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Maroma Resort & Spa

Overview:

Maroma Resort & Spa is an upscale luxury resort located on the Riviera Maya, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The resort is pitched at honeymooners and other couples seeking an exclusive, romantic retreat set beside one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. The world-class spa is among the best in the Caribbean and offers unusual healing rituals such as a temazcal and janzu, a water healing ritual.


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The Grounds at Maroma Resort & Spa:

Lush tropical gardens full of birds – including the resort’s colorful resident parrots – greet the traveler’s weary eye on arrival, and welcome margaritas and smiling staff complete the transition from the real world into the Maroma universe.

The design of the main house, all gleaming white stucco, staircases and colonial flourishes, lends the place the feeling of a private grand residence (which it once was.)

Some rooms are tucked within the gardens of the main area; others are set further apart, closer to the spa and beach. No matter which room you land in though, you’re only ever steps away from the glowing white sand and utterly clear waters of gorgeous Maroma Beach.

On my first visit to the hotel several years ago, Maroma pretty much had this stretch of coast and jungle to itself: in the intervening years, however, several other resorts have moved in. While the beach might seem a bit more crowded than it once was, it’s still one of the more secluded and unspoiled on the Riviera Maya.

At night, over a thousand candles are lit throughout the property’s paths, creating a magical, ethereal glow.

The Rooms at Maroma Resort & Spa:

Maroma offers seven room categories, ranging from garden-view one-bedroom rooms to a private four-bedroom villa suitable for families. The newest of the categories is the oceanfront “Sian Nah,” or “House of Heaven": these nine suites feature indoor-outdoor showers, private plunge pool, large terrace and a private spa palapa.

All the rooms and suites feature original art, traditional textiles, handpainted tiles and mahogany furniture. The décor is a blend of traditional five-star luxury – sunken tubs, king size beds, leather sofas – and quirky, rustic touches like the naïve Mexican paintings and hippie-ish kaftans that double as robes and beach cover-ups.

It’s the thoughtful little touches that really elevate the guest experience at Maroma, like the daily tea, coffee and juice service: guests place their order the night before and staff leave it outside their door at the appointed time in the morning.

Dining at Maroma Resort & Spa:

There are two main restaurants at Maroma: the Mediterranean-esque El Restaurante, which offers all day dining both inside and out on the terrace (try the delicious house gazpacho at lunch) and El Sol Tapas and Restaurant, an elegant room that offers a more romantic, fine dining experience. During the day, Freddy’s Tequila and Ceviche Bar, right on Maroma Beach, is the place to while away the afternoon while sampling the six house ceviches, prepared tableside, along with one of the finest and most comprehensive boutique tequila selections in the Yucatan. The lobby bar, meanwhile, is popular at sunset, when guests gather for cocktails prepared by the ultra-knowledgable and charming mixologists behind the bar.

The Spa at Maroma Resort & Spa:

Kinan – which means healing energy of the sun in Mayan – is a sensitively designed spa that pays homage to many traditional Mayan healing practices through treatments and the organic herbs and plants used in the products. Treatment rooms point east to west, symbolizing the balance of day and night, while the relaxation room is oriented north representing the earth and grounding.

Try one of the signature Kinan treatments like the chocolate treatment for two, highlighting the cocoa bean’s ancient use in this part of the world for both healing and pleasure; the temazcal, a Mayan sweat lodge ritual in which participants take part in a spiritually-based ceremony within a kind of teepee next to the beach, or janzu, a hypnotic water ritual performed in the custom-built meditation pool.

Recreation at Maroma Resort & Spa:

Given its proximity to the ocean, it’s not surprising that many of the activities at Maroma are centered around the sea. Guests can snorkel the offshore reef, go parasailing, diving, sport fishing or swimming with dolphins. The land-bound, meanwhile, can tee off on the nearby golf course. Weekly cooking classes with talented head chef Juan Pablo Loza offer a fascinating glimpse into Mexican cuisine, as guests learn both street food preparations and classic dishes.

Highlights:
  • The setting on gorgeous Maroma Beach
  • The romantic ambience, from the excellent restaurants to the candlelit pathways
  • The world-class cuisine that guests can both enjoy and learn how to create
  • The terrific spa, where wellness enthusiasts can try out unusual treatments like temazcal and janzu
  • In spite of its exclusivity, the resort still feels laid-back, and everyone, from staff to guests, is super friendly

Drawbacks:
  • The rates aren’t low, so this is more of a once-in-a-lifetime experience than somewhere you’d just spontaneously book
  • The smaller garden rooms can be uninspiring compared to the newer beachfront suites: it’s worth splurging on an upgrade

The Verdict:

This award-winning resort deserves all the accolades heaped upon it: service is seamless, the food and wine are world-class and the romantic, super-exclusive ambience flows throughout every experience. Ideal for honeymooners or couples wanting to splurge on the kind of trip they’ll talk about for years afterwards.

Address: Carretera 307, Km 51
Riviera Maya, Solidaridad, Quintana Roo
Phone: + 52 998-872-8200

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