On the beachfront, just 15 minutes out of the Caribbean coastal town of Playa Del Carmen, is the beautiful Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa. This meandering, Mayan-influenced, 5-star, eco-friendly oasis is a definite cut above the rest of the accommodation offerings along the Riviera Maya. In fact, it is a preferred choice of several movie stars and captains of industry...or those who prefer the finer things while traveling.
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa feels less like a hotel and more like a tastefully grandiose estate. Three large and lovely pools are discretely positioned within the property’s tropical gardens, and the grand Spanish Colonial lobby, decorated with bold and original artworks, opens onto a tropical courtyard which eventually leads you to a stretch of private beachfront of sugar-white sand.
Depending on your budget, you have a choice of suites, each with its own style. We fell in love with our one-bedroom suite, with its curvilinear oceanfront balcony, side terrace with private plunge pool and hammock. But of course, the beach beckons, and Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa boasts its own beach, which is so exclusive that there are always more chaises and umbrellas than guests, and a server to greet you and fetch the beverage of your choice as soon as you sit down.
Fitness as well as relaxation is also on the agenda. Take advantage of the resort's morning yoga sessions offered beneath a soaring palapa, or indulge an exquisite massage from a dedicated and professional therapist in a transcendental Mayan setting...and with a little herbal Mayan know-how. It's the perfect way to detox or to destress from the worries of the modern digital age.
Enjoy the plentiful dining options on the property, including Chef Gabriel’s fun and casual cooking classes on the beach where you might try dishes such as freshly prepared guacamole, locally caught prawns in green chilies, or fresh from the ocean red snapper, blackened with mole spices—and to drink, a healthy lime margarita with chia seeds!
Both El Restaurante for breakfast, and El Sol Tapas & Restaurant for date night dining, serve the most authentic, top quality Mexican food using locally sourced organic ingredients. For a fun and raucous treat, book out La Cantina or join with other guests for the Chef’s Table of specially selected street food paired with robust and revelatory tequila and mezcal shooters. You’ll be surprised at how much you can learn about the noble art of turning agave into alcohol—while getting delightfully tipsy. For something special and romantic, request a dining table on the beach where you can eat by candlelight and be serenaded by traditional Mexican musicians.
This is paradise and you'll never want to leave, but you're always welcome to return to this friendly oasis, which is a signature property from the Belmond collection.