Riviera Maya, Mexico
Maroma, A Belmond Hotel
Elegance With a Mayan Touch
What it is
Mayan-tinged elegance on a stunning beach.
What it isn't
A sprawling pre-fab complex.
What we think
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa was one of the first luxury resorts to appear on the Riviera Maya, and—despite expanding several times and being brought under the Belmond umbrella—it remains one of the best retreats. Formerly a coconut plantation, the hotel has a distinctly Mayan feel, thanks to indigenous art, handcrafted furniture and white stucco buildings fringed with thatch roofs. The 63 rooms and suites have private terraces, hand-painted tiles in the bathrooms, smooth stone floors, exposed beams and huge white beds. There's an unmistakably romantic vibe—especially when the sun goes down and thousands of candles light the walkways and public spaces. Families are welcome, too (there are even Welcome amenities for kids along with special menus in the restaurant and spa), although at certain times of year there is an extra charge for young children staying in their parents' room. The best features: a soft white-sand beach, one of the best on the coast, and a temple-like 7,000-square-foot spa that focuses on traditional Mayan treatments.
You're here because
You want to be swept away by luxury and romance, but don't want to lose a sense of authenticity.
A brightly colored butterfly lands on your shoulder as you wander through the hotel’s lush tropical jungle surroundings.
Restaurants & Bars
El Restaurante - Serves regional specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Delight the best of the traditional Mexican cuisine and after nightfall, 1,000 of candles enchants the resort
El Sol - Farm-to-table cuisine specialties with exceptional cuts of freshly grilled meat and seafood straight from the waves. El Sol provides a casual yet elegant ambiance and an international wine list (the wine cellar is the third-largest in Mexico!) - Please note that El Sol is currently closed
Freddy’s Bar - Offers the region’s largest collection of tequila and mezcal to accompany a selection of fresh dishes and snacks to be enjoyed beachside
La Cantina - Gastronomic experience that includes extensive selection of tequilas and homemade beers. Guests can also enjoy ‘botanas’, home-style local dishes typically enjoyed over drinks. Open on Wednesdays and is reservation only
Gastronomic Experiences - Genuine Mexican flavors and exquisite surroundings combine to create a memorable dining experience for even the most sophisticated palate. Enjoy Cooking classes, Tequila Rituals, Mexican Wine Tours, BBQ parties on the beach and much more
Set in a jungle preserve in the heart of the Riviera Maya, about 30 minutes from the Cancún airport and 25 from downtown Playa del Carmen.