Banyan Tree Grows in the Riviera Maya

    Singapore-based Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts will unveil its first western-hemisphere residences in spring 2009 when Banyan Tree Mayakoba opens along the Riviera Maya in Mexico. Fifty U-shaped villas were designed to provide owners with their own private gardens, swimming pools, sundecks, and outdoor baths. Mayakoba, a 1,600-acre plot of land purchased by Spanish development company OHL, has been divided into five separate developments, each operated by a leading resort company. One- to three-bedroom villas range from $1 million to $6 million for beachfront access. Banyan Tree will offer a resort hotel in addition to the 50 residences. Residents will have access to all amenities at the accompanying resort, including golf at El Camaleón, the Greg Norman-designed PGA-rated golf course, a spa with extensive hydrotherapy offerings, and a private beach club with a restaurant and pool. (www.banyantreemayakoba.com)

    Alexandra Foster

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