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16 Jan Stay at Chichen Itza Mexico – the Amazing Mayaland Resort

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It was nearly dusk, and after a day of driving from Cancun and exploring colonial towns and the countryside on our way to Chichen Itza Mexico, we were tired & anxious to arrive at our hotel.  Finally, we started seeing the signs for the famous archeological site, Chichen Itza, and then a sign for the Mayaland Resort.  We pulled up to the gate and were greeted by a guard who gave us a pass for our dashboard, then we proceeded down the dark and bumpy unpaved road through the jungle.  Eventually, the road opened up at a dead end, the parking lot.  We had barely parked the car and opened our doors when we noticed a man who was already pulling up behind our car with a golf cart.  He greeted us with a friendly smile and said “welcome to the Mayaland Resort!  

For our visit to Chichen Itza in Mexico, we chose to splurge a bit more than usual on our room here at the Mayaland Resort because of the convenience it provided to exploring the ruins.  It is one of only 2 resorts owned by the same family company located on this archeological site (including The Lodge at Chichen Itza).  It even has it’s own private entrance to the site!  We knew it would be a nice place to stay, but we had no idea that this hotel stay would give us an amazing experience that we would not soon forget.

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Enjoying the grounds at Mayaland Resort

The Most Unforgettable Journey from our Car to our Room

It was almost dark by now, so we quickly piled our luggage onto the golf cart, hopped on, and were swept away by our driver.  As soon as we turned the corner onto the property path, we felt like we were transported into a Hemingway novel.  Our driver explained the history of Mayaland Resort and pointed out bungalows where distinguished guests had stayed at the resort (such as Pavarotti, Jennifer Lopez, British Royalty, etc.).

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Even as the daylight faded, we could see that the grounds of the resort were immaculate as we made our way down the winding path lined with torches.  Thatched-roof bungalows were surrounded by lush greenery, and the scent of flowers in bloom circled around us with the light breeze.  We could hear birds singing in the trees, and when we looked up, bright stars were beginning to shine through the jungle canopy above us.  Eventually, through the trees we saw a large Hacienda-looking building with glowing lights and archways; the main house where we would check in.

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The main house at the Mayaland Resort

Our driver stopped the cart, told us to leave our luggage, and escorted us inside the arched corridors to check in.  We were greeted by more staff who gave us warm, herbal scented wet cloths to refresh our bodies and hands.  The scent was incredible, and it immediately relaxed us!  Then we were handed goblets of a dark red fruit juice; we weren’t sure exactly what flavor it was, but it was very tasty and refreshing.  We drank it while our driver-turned-escort assisted with our check in and obtained our key.  Then he walked us back to the cart, piled our luggage on his back (he refused our assistance), and continued to lead the way up to our room on the 3rd floor of the main building.

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Looking out at the Observatory from the Mayaland Resort

Mayaland Resort Rooms – Spacious, Luxurious, & Beautiful!

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Time to relax! Liz enjoying the view from our balcony & drinking the juice from check-in.

Once we arrived at the entrance to our room, we noticed that we could see the ancient Observatory on the grounds of Chichen Itza, quite a view to see from our room!  When our guide opened the door, we walked into our room and were even more impressed by what we saw.

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More beautiful carved wood throughout our room – Mayaland Resort

The room was enormous, with gorgeous woodwork on every piece of furniture and accent; even the doors were carved with amazing detail!  There were colorful stained glass murals on some of the front windows & door, as well as a complete wall of clear windows along the back of the room.

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Even the bathroom door was intricately carved – Mayaland Resort

This wall of windows looked out over the jungle canopy and included a door leading out to a spacious balcony where we could sit and enjoy the gardens too.

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Great view to wake up to from our room / balcony!

Liz was in charge of making this reservation, and this whole time I’ve been overwhelmed at what I’ve seen and experienced and the Mayaland Resort.  With my jaw partially on the floor, I looked at Liz and asked “how much did we pay for this room?”  Being that we traveled here in the low season, the price was incredibly affordable and well worth it!

Check out the Planetarium Show – at the Mayaland Resort

Once we got settled, we ventured back outside and walked the grounds to their recently built planetarium on property.  We had purchased tickets to the 7:30 pm show, so we made it just in time.  This small planetarium played a custom show that explained a bit of the history of the Mayan people, and their religious & cultural beliefs.  This enlightening and entertaining show really helped us to understand the meaning of Chichen Itza to the Mayan people.  Liz and I love learning about other cultures and history, so this was a perfect way to set up our visit to Chichen Itza Mexico!

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The Planetarium located on property at Mayaland Resort, Chichen Itza Mexico

We Loved EVERYTHING About the Mayaland Resort

Even though we noticed a couple of small travel groups & families staying at the resort, it almost felt like we had the resort to ourselves! There were multiple swimming pools on property, some of them were tucked away in hidden corners – surely slices of heaven during the hot summer months!  There were a few shops, including a Mexican chocolate shop (with yummy samples), as well as a serene Mayan Spa!

Dinner at the onsite restaurant was top notch quality, and the service was some of the best that we have experienced around the world.  In fact, you could sit inside the restaurant and enjoy its Spanish Hacienda decor, or you could sit outside amongst the gardens.  It was such a peaceful setting & we loved sitting outside during our meals to enjoy nature’s ambiance.  Liz and I just couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful the resort was!

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Wandering the grounds at Mayaland Resort

The Mayaland Resort’s Private Entrance Makes it Easy to Visit Chichen Itza in Mexico

The next morning we woke up early to have some breakfast (outside among the birds and towering palms) before heading in to explore the Chichen Itza ruins.  It was recommended by the staff that we go inside as soon as it opened so that we could beat the heat and the day-trippers from Cancun.  It only took us a couple minutes to walk across the property to the private entrance and it was so nice not having to rush around or wait into line to get our tickets for the ruins. Arriving early to the ruins also made it to where we could wander around peacefully and take pictures with hardly anyone there.  We even beat some of the vendors there that were there setting up for the day and all the tour buses to arrive.  Make sure to read our post on planning your visit to Chichen Itza.

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Getting ready for our amazing breakfast before heading over to Chichen Itza

After exploring the Chichen Itza ruins for several hours, it was nice to be able to take a short journey to our room and cool off from the heat and sun!  Cooling off in one of the many swimming pools on property is convenient, but there are also a number of refreshing cenotes (sinkholes filled with crisp, fresh water) nearby.  After a full day of exploring the area and the ruins, it was time to have another delicious dinner at the resort.  We enjoyed having dinner outside by candlelight and looking up at the stars peeking through the towering palm trees all around us.  And when I say great food, it doesn’t do it justice, some of the best food we have ever had on the road!

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The Restaurant on site at Mayaland Resort

After another amazing dinner, it was time to indulge in one of our other passions…massages!  One thing that we are very guilty of is enjoying a good spa and massage, especially when we are traveling.  The spa at the Mayaland Resort is top notch.  The decor was so relaxing, very spiritual and natural with flowing white tapestries, natural wood and amazing herbal scents.  Enjoying a relaxing massage at the spa was a perfect way to end a fun filed day in Chichen Itza.  With only a short walk back to our room, we slept wonderfully!

The Spa at the Mayaland Resort is the perfect way to cap off a busy day!

The Spa at the Mayaland Resort is the perfect way to cap off a busy day!

Can We Stay Here Forever?  The Mayaland Resort

We hated waking up on our final day, because we knew that we had to leave this magical place.  We felt like we were spoiled in every way by the service and scenery at the Mayaland Resort.  We initially chose this location because of convenience, but we left so grateful to the staff for giving us such a relaxing and memorable experience; it will stay with us forever.  One thing is for sure, we will be back again!

Are you ready to go?  Click here to check out the rates & book your room today at the Mayaland Resort or The Lodge at Chichen Itza in Mexico!


13 Comments
  • Corinne
    Posted at 06:10h, 17 January Reply

    Looks like a great place. I’ve got to get to Chichen Itza some time! Thanks

    • Liz
      Posted at 18:40h, 17 January Reply

      Thanks for the comment Corinne! It was so beautiful, we would stay there over and over!!! :-)

      – Liz & Josh

  • PurpleTravelKate
    Posted at 07:15h, 20 February Reply

    I love the enthusiasm for this place – it’s making me want to just drop everything and go there now!! :) Enjoying your blog.

    • Liz
      Posted at 12:48h, 20 February Reply

      It is very much a special place and one that we have yet to find anything quite as magical. We truly loved it there and plan on returning again in the future. Put it on your list for sure 😉

  • SafeTripMexico
    Posted at 20:08h, 27 February Reply

    I just found your attractive blog, I wish I had one like yours, but I am just adding a blog to my website. Anyways, I enjoyed reading your “Stay at Chichen Itza, Mexico – the Amazing Mayaland Resort” and “2 Minute Vacation: The Famous Tulum Ruins in Mexico” posts, and even though I live in Cancun, I haven’t stayed yet at the Mayaland Resort, but after reading your experience, I will definitely spend a few days on it. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Carlos
    Posted at 18:51h, 02 November Reply

    Dear Liz:

    Thank you for the awesome blogs, photos & info on Chichen-Itza, Valladolid & Cancun. We followed your guidance on a recent trip we just got back from, and you couldn’t have been more right about everything! We rented from America Car Rentals, very easy and a good experience. We went to Valladolid, the Mayapan Distillery & stayed at Mayaland. All very awesome experiences! Truly magical! Waking up to the view of the Mayan Observatory every morning was out of this world. It was like we were living on a movie set — only real, and more breathtaking! Your wonderful advice, photos and information really helped us lock down the details of our trip. We were unsure about driving, but now feel like the worry was a bit unwarranted, as the toll roads are safe and easy. Valladolid was a gem, and while we didn’t get much time there — we did do that distillery tour and took a bottle of Tequila Blanco with us for the road. I can’t thank you enough for your help — from afar and over the interwebs! We can’t wait to return!

    • Liz
      Posted at 04:56h, 04 November Reply

      Carlos – thank you so very much for reading, and for letting us know that our advice was helpful! We really appreciate it and are so happy to know that we were able to help you enjoy your experience. Travel is what we love, and we really love to share it with others so that they can experience it too. So that is awesome to hear that you had a great experience.

      We honestly can’t wait to go back to the Yucatan. We had a wonderful time! And we brought back some of that tequila too, a couple bottles :-)

      Thanks and happy travels!
      – Liz & Josh

  • Alex
    Posted at 20:01h, 24 January Reply

    Liz:

    Thanks for the recap of your trip. I stumbled upon your site before our recent trip (incidentally, we are also from Atlanta and ended up with the exact same rental car!) and spent two nights in Merida, one at Mayaland, and three in Playa del Carmen.

    If we have one regret it is that we did not spend two nights at Mayaland as we explored Chichen Itza in the morning, came back to the bungalow for a quick shower, and checked out before the noon checkout. It left us feeling a bit rushed, so I would definetely recommend a second night at Mayaland.

    Thanks for the great recap of your experiences in the Yucatan, and as you said in a previous reply, we can’t wait to go back either.

    • Liz
      Posted at 21:42h, 26 January Reply

      Thanks for reading Alex! I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to Chichen Itza and the Mayaland Resort. We completely agree that you need to stay at least a couple days to really enjoy it. We only stayed two nights, but wished we had a third!

      Happy travels & thanks for your comment!

      – Liz

  • Uwe
    Posted at 08:14h, 23 July Reply

    Hello, good day.
    Nice Review.
    Is it possible to enter the Private entrance to the archeological Park before 8 a.m. ?

    • Josh
      Posted at 22:14h, 23 July Reply

      Thanks for reading, and for the comment! From what I recall, we had to wait until the park opened at 8 am before we could go through the private entrance. However, I would imagine that there might be certain “special” days when you can go in early, or maybe ask someone about a private tour. Even going in at 8 am, there were no crowds there — hardly anyone! The tour groups / buses don’t arrive until 10 or 11, so it made for a nice morning.

      Have fun. We miss it there — definitely one of the best places we have every stayed.

      Cheers!
      Josh

  • Rich Lockhart
    Posted at 23:45h, 18 August Reply

    Hi Liz,
    Just found your blog and enjoyed reading it. I am planning a trip to the Yucatan next May and want to include a stay at the Mayaland. Do you remember which category of room you stayed in? Would you rent that category again or something different? We are planning on a 2 night stay, is that enough time to explore everything? How much time do you recommend for exploring the ruins?

    Thanks for your help,
    Rich

    • Liz
      Posted at 22:19h, 20 August Reply

      Hey there Rick – thanks for reading, and for the kind words!

      I believe we stayed in the category just above the lowest, standard level (perhaps it was called deluxe / superior?). It wasn’t super expensive, but we were impressed with it for sure! We absolutely loved it there. We only stayed for 2 nights, but honestly, wished we would have stayed at least 1 more. The hotel is amazing, and it’s nice to spend a day (or part of a day) relaxing. If you go into Chichen Itza early when it opens, you can probably see it all in a few hours — so you will be finished around lunch time. Plenty of time to go back to the room and rest.

      However, there are SO many other sites to visit nearby. We recommend renting a car. It’s perfectly safe to drive around — just be careful, have a GPS or a good map, and try not to drive at night (bad roads, animals, and no lights). There are a lot of awesome Cenotes, villages and other sights to see.

      By staying 2 days, we actually felt a little rushed and we just loved the atmosphere so much, that we really wanted 1 more day to enjoy it.

      Cheers & enjoy your visit!

      Liz

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