Aldea Maya

A newly introduced dining concept at Maroma Resort, Aldea Maya (meaning “Mayan Village”) offers guests an authentic Yucatecan experience set jungleside in a recreated Mayan “village” within the grounds of the resort. Diners eat in a casual, open-air setting as chefs prepare food over an open flame using clay pots and pans, and servers dressed in the traditional white embroidered “huipiles” dish up a memorable meal showcasing the region’s signature flavors. Expect to sample dishes like black bean stew with sour cactus fruit salsa and lion fish cooked in a banana leaf with mint, tomatillo and local citrus salsa. A portion of the Aldea Maya proceeds will be used to create and promote ecological and educational programs that will directly benefit the local Mayan communities. Non-guests are also welcome to make reservations for the experience.

Glass Bar/Di Vino

Many insiders consider the Glass Bar—which opened in 2003 and is run by four handsome Italians from Naples—Playa’s best restaurant. Tables spill out of the charming dining room, with its exposed brick walls and original works of art, onto 5th Avenida, the town’s main thoroughfare. Given the eatery’s location across the street from hip Deseo hotel, an outdoor table is a great spot for people watching. The menu emphasizes beautifully presented Italian Mediterranean fare, including homemade pastas, grilled fish and hearty meats like rabbit and lamb. Daily specials are written on a green chalkboard. There’s an extensive wine list and a decadent dessert menu, including freshly made ice creams and sorbets. If you can’t get a table here, the same team also runs Di Vino wine bar across the street.

Exterior View : Saffron, Riviera Maya, Mexico


The upscale restaurant at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba is perfect for a change of culinary pace. Set on a dock an with views of the lush jungle landscape, Saffron serves amazing Thai cuisine in a sophisticated environment. Despite the intimate location, the restaurant also caters to families.

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