Fairmont Mayakoba Breakfast and Dining Review

Fairmont Mayakoba Breakfast and Dining Review

 

This Fairmont Mayakoba Breakfast and Dining Review is from recent business travel to Mexico's Riviera Maya for ILTM. For the prior post, please see Fairmont Mayakoba Review, Riviera Maya.

Daily buffet breakfast at La Laguna Restaurant is included for TravelSort Clients as a Virtuoso benefit.

Fairmont Mayakoba Restaurants

Fairmont Mayakoba has three main restaurants:

  • Brisas Restaurant by the beach is open daily, serving a la carte breakfast 8-11am, Lunch 11am-5pm, and dinner 6-11pm
  • El Puerto Restaurant serves Latin-Asian fusion fare for dinner only, 6-11pm and is closed Mondays.
  • La Laguna Restaurant and Lounge is the most casual of the three and serves both international and Mexican favorites daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Review: La Laguna Breakfast Buffet at Fairmont Mayakoba


Breakfast at La Laguna Restaurant

Due to the resort buy-out La Laguna was the only option for breakfast, but the breakfast buffet had a number of choices. There was a good selection of fresh fruits, with pineapple, papaya, watermelon, whole fruits such as plums, apples, pears and bananas. Of course more expensive fruits such as berries were missing, but that's what I expected for the Fairmont.

Fairmont Mayakoba La Laguna Breakfast Review-Fruit

 

Smoked salmon, cold cuts, salad and cheeses were also available. The smoked salmon was ok, although I get better quality smoked salmon from Trader Joe's, and the cheese selection was very basic.

Smoked Salmon and Cold Cuts, Breakfast at Fairmont Mayakoba

Cheese and Salad, Breakfast, Fairmont Mayakoba Review

 

Hot dishes were attractively set out in red casserole pots, and flanked by some very fresh salsa and guacamole.

Hot Dishes, Fairmont Mayakoba Breakfast Review

Tamales, Fairmont Mayakoba Breakfast Review

 

My favorite part of the buffet was the omelet station. While I don't usually make eggs for myself at home, it's a nice treat at hotel breakfasts. My favorite combination included a type of Mexican shredded beef (which I don't remember the Spanish name for), mushrooms and spinach. The omelet chef was also the nicest and most cheerful Fairmont staff member I interacted with all week–he should be given a raise and also train the somewhat obnoxious bellmen.

Omelet Station, Breakfast at La Laguna, Fairmont Mayakoba

Omelet, Breakfast at Fairmont Mayakoba Review

 

There were plenty of pastries, but quality-wise I preferred the omelets.

Pastries

 

Yogurt was also a disappointment–rather thin and even the plain looking one was sweetened. The granola was quite good, however.

Yogurt and Granola

 

Lunch at Brisas Restaurant by the Beach

One of the issues with the size of the Fairmont Mayakoba property is how long it takes to get to the beach. Unless you have tons of time and don't mind the heat, don't attempt to walk it. Instead, either grab one of the bicycles dotted around the resort or ask for a golf cart to take you there. 

Once you do get there, Brisas Restaurant matched up with at least my idea of what the Mexican Riviera should look like, with indoor-outdoor dining and great sea views.

View from Brisas Restaurant

Brisas Restaurant Seating, Fairmont Mayakoba Review

 

I was seated quickly, though since we had little time between our morning and afternoon meetings, there was no time to order most of the a la carte menu selections. 

Brisas Menu, Fairmont Mayakoba

 

Instead, I ordered the Ceviche Mayakoba which featured shrimp, avocado and octopus crowned with tomato sorbet, served in a chilled glass bowl. It was excellent, better in fact than the ceviche I later tried at Rosewood Mayakoba (future review coming).

Ceviche Mayakoba, Brisas Restaurant, Fairmont Mayakoba

 

Homemade tortilla chips also accompanied the ceviche, and I asked for habanero hot sauce to accompany it–nice and spicy.

Tortilla Chips and Habanero Sauce, Brisas Restaurant

 

The Verdict

Brisas Restaurant at Fairmont Mayakoba is a must-try for lunch for its views and Mexican seafood, and I heard rave reviews by colleagues for its steak sandwich as well. I was less impressed by the Latin-Asian tapas that we were served from El Puerto for the ILTM opening party, although that could reflect my high standards for Asian cuisine, which I've been eating all my life. Breakfast at La Laguna was pleasant, with attentive service and very good made to order omelets, though the other buffet fare ranged from very good to mediocre.

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Disclosure: As an invited hosted buyer at ILTM Americas, ILTM paid for my stay and breakfast at Fairmont Mayakoba. I paid for my own lunch at Brisas Restaurant.

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