Price Band: $$$$$
Tags: Luxurious, beach, spa, romantic, gourmet
Price Band: $$$$$
Tags: Luxurious, beach, spa, romantic, gourmet
In a nutshell:
Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa is a luxury hotel located on award-winning Maroma Beach. Gourmet dining, elegant accommodations, polished service and a superb spa await guests. Water sports and excursions are available. Recommended for couples and honeymooners; children accepted in some rooms.
Maroma is truly special – a beautiful hideaway on a perfect Caribbean beach with a welcome that makes you feel at home within minutes. You won’t believe that you are less than an hour from the crowds at Cancun – from the moment you leave the coastal highway you really are in a different world.
Once you leave the main highway it takes a good fifteen minutes’ drive through the jungle before you catch a glimpse of white stucco walls and thatched turrets. On our first visit, many years ago, we arrived in darkness and, momentarily stunned by the remoteness, we were amazed to be greeted by name at the entrance. Although the hotel has grown over the last few years, the personalized service and attention to detail is as strong as ever. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff here. The hotel still has that air of enchantment.
Inside is a world of rounded white walls, lush green foliage and stylish furnishings, with views of the turquoise Caribbean and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The renowned Kinan Spa offers a wonderful range of treatments and spa rituals to revive, invigorate and pamper.
Dining is amazing; eating in one of the two elegant dinner restaurants with the sound of waves breaking just outside the window or right on the beach under a blanket of stars is a magical experience.
Maroma has an understated elegance and is a discrete but luxurious sanctuary; no wonder it is so popular with celebrities. It is unlike many hotels in that it evolved from the desire to preserve a little piece of paradise by sharing it with a few invited friends. (There is a captivating story of how the house developed, but it should be left for those who visit to read whilst within the picturesque estate).
If you’d like to explore the Yucatan it’s quite easy to rent a car and visit the ancient cities of Chichen Itza and Tulum, or the bright lights of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. But be warned – once you arrive here you may find it very hard to tear yourself away…
Maroma’s 63 guest rooms and suites are all close to the beach but none rise higher than a palm tree, so from the ocean only a few glimpses of white stucco and palapa can be seen. Consequently the lush gardens and beautifully maintained white walls are a surprise that unfolds almost miraculously to the first time guest; only to be surpassed by the warmest welcome on the Caribbean.
Maroma’s popularity with repeat clients means that availability can be hard to find in the peak winter months. The stunning One Bedroom Suites are highly requested – they feature a specially designated area for spa treatments, plunge pool and fitness area with cardiovascular equipment, free weights and a plasma TV.
The Master Suites offer an abundance of space with a separate living room and bedroom, and beautiful unobstructed ocean views. Junior Suites are slightly larger than the guest rooms with a combined bedroom/sitting room and generally have fantastic ocean views.
Garden Rooms are mostly on the ground floor and some can be darkened by foliage, whilst others have large balconies overlooking the swimming pool.
Ocean View Rooms have prime positions and many offer unobstructed views of the coast from their large balconies or terraces.
Most of the guest rooms have the trademark round tub or sunken bath and most rooms do not have a television.
Summary of room facilities
Air conditioning, complimentary wireless internet access, 24-hour room service, morning coffee service delivered to room, iPod docking stations, kaftans, hair dryer, umbrella, exclusive bath amenities, aromatherapy with nightly turndown.
Garden View room
King bed or two twin beds, terrace, ocean views. Maximum occupancy 2 guests (adults or children). 325 sq. ft.
Ocean View room
King bed, terrace, ocean views. Maximum occupancy 2 guests (adults or children) 325 sq. ft.
King bed or two twin beds, sitting area, furnished terrace, ocean views. Maximum occupancy 2 guests (adults or children). 450 sq. ft.
Garden or Ocean views, King bed or two twin beds, large living room and spacious bathroom with tub and shower. Maximum occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 12. 678 sq. ft.
One Bedroom Suite (Sian Nah Suite)
Ocean front, separate living areas, outdoor terrace, private palapa for spa treatments, private plunge pool, large bathroom, fitness area with free weights and cardio equipment (or separate child’s room with 2 twin beds), private access to beach. Maximum occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children under 12. 1916 sq. ft.
Maroma’s Garden View Rooms overlook the swimming pool and lush tropical gardens.
Each room is individually decorated with local arts and crafts and original pieces of art and all rooms have air conditioning. Most rooms have bathrooms that have a large tiled tub with a shower above; perfect for leisurely bathing, plus a vanity unit beautifully made with local wood.
The magnificent Ocean View Rooms occupy prime positions, with large terraces and views of the beach and ocean (some rooms may have palm trees partially obstructing the view). Bedrooms are spacious and all have either a terrace or balcony with table and chairs. The rooms have some lovely characteristics including local artwork and locally crafted furniture.
Bathrooms feature local hand painted tiles; most bathrooms have a large sunken tiled tub with a shower over. Wash basins are set in an attractive dark wood vanity.
The Junior Suites have prime locations with direct ocean views and feature a spacious bedroom with sitting area. The Junior Suites have always been a favorite with repeat guests for their blissfully large and sunny terraces, wide open vistas of deserted beaches and jungle land, with maybe a second large balcony shaded by a palapa roof and featuring a large hammock and outdoor dining area. The newer Junior Suites are also proving to be hugely popular, these rooms have positions right on the edge of the beach
These spacious Suites offer unobstructed ocean views of the ocean and gardens. The rooms feature a large separate sitting room with sofa and easy chairs. There is a wet bar and a large furnished terrace which also has a hammock.
The bedroom has a canopied king bed and seating area. Rooms contain local artwork and textiles and furniture designed and made at Maroma.
The One Bedroom or Sian Nah suites are without doubt some of the most luxurious we have ever encountered. The sumptuous rooms provide an amazing degree of space, privacy and unrivaled ocean views. The rooms have a large separate sitting room with large picture windows facing straight to the ocean. The sitting room has a traditional palapa roof but the rooms are fully air-conditioned. Local textiles are used here and there, adding a dash of color to the rooms.
Steps lead from the living room to a spacious bedroom, some with an impressive domed ceiling. The rooms feature a romantic four poster bed with finest quality cotton bed linens. The bathroom is equally well proportioned and has a large sunken tiled tub, his and hers vanities, and both an indoor and outdoor rain shower. From the bathroom there is access to a private fitness studio with cardio equipment and weights. (Four suites can offer a second bedroom for children as an alternative to the fitness room and accommodating 2 twin beds). These suites also feature a private spa treatment room were you can enjoy a wide range of treatments from the Kinan spa.
These suites have beach front locations and from the sitting room and terrace guests have unobstructed ocean views. A large semi-circular terrace with comfortable chairs leads from the room. It is a wonderful place to relax at the end of the day. You’ll also find a telescope in the room, so you can spend sometime checking out the night sky which can be extremely impressive here. There is a second terrace to the side of the suite which features sun beds, a hammock and a plunge pool. These rooms offer the ultimate luxury for a romantic escape or honeymoon.
There are three restaurants to choose from at Maroma. El Restaurante, the original restaurant, has been complimented by El Sol, and the spa restaurant, Cilantro.
El Restaurante offers casual elegance with its white stucco walls, tiled floors and crisp white linen. The dining room is cool and airy in the daytime and ambient and romantic in the evenings. We particularly like the tables on the outdoor terrace in the evenings for a special romantic dinner.
The service, as you would expect, is impeccable – yet also friendly and even entertaining. If there isn’t someone playing the piano, you may just hear the music of the waves just beyond the patio. You will certainly feel relaxed from the moment you enter until you retreat to your quarters.
The menu combines fresh local produce with modern style and exquisite presentation. Seafood, particularly lobster, features in the appetizers and main courses. At the end of your meal we highly recommend the Flaming Mexican coffee prepared at your table – a delight for the eyes as well as the taste buds!
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the evenings gentlemen are required to wear slacks and a collared shirt.You may well choose to take your breakfast on the patio between the restaurant and the beach, sheltered from the morning sun by the palm trees yet cooled by the breeze.
For lunch, you’re also welcome to eat by the pool or in some other shady corner. But for dinner, make an occasion of it – cocktails on the terrace from sunset, then crystal and linen, candlelight and piano music, and a lingering four or five courses before that final romantic stroll on the silvery moonlit sand…
El Sol offers guests a contemporary but elegant option for dinner. Colorful tables are set under arched ceilings draped in fabric; which gives the restaurant an Arabian feel. Ambient lighting adds to the mood. Other tables are arranged outdoors on a large wooden terrace overlooking the beach. The restaurant combines Mayan and Creole Cuisine; a fusion of spices and the sophistication of European culinary influences.
Located near the Kinan Spa, Cilantro is an al fresco dining option available for breakfast and lunch. From its poolside location there are some stunning ocean views. Breakfast includes fresh fruits and egg white omelets. For lunch you can select from a wide range of salads, sandwiches, fish and meat dishes. The pool menu includes dishes that you easily enjoy from the comfort of your sun bed; ceviches, quesadillas and nachos.
Cilantro also has a juice bar featuring exotic blends of local fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world, this incredible sandy bay greets you as you walk through to the rear of the hotel. With a stunning azure sea and powdery white sand that is always cool to the touch, waves to add a little excitement, and a tropical palapa for some shade in the heat of the day, it’s utterly, breathtakingly perfect.
Snorkeling and other water activities are available if you’re feeling energetic, or you can just grab a cocktail from the thatched beach bar and sit, relax and watch the world go by.
Take a walk through the grounds to reach the Maroma’s original swimming pool. Edged by lawn and fed by a trickling fountain, it’s an oasis of coolness after the heat of the beach. Relax here in the sun loungers or maybe take lunch in the shade. Whilst relaxing, admire the lush foliage and colorful bougainvillea in the carefully tended gardens.
The spa pool is located close to Kinan Spa and Cilantro Restaurant; it is also right by the beach. Cilantro offers a pool menu; so you can enjoy a delicious lunch from the comfort of your sun bed. The hardest decision you’ll face is whether to cool off in the swimming pool or the Caribbean which is just steps away.
Exploring the grounds further, you’ll find a third pool which is set amidst pretty gardens. It is close to some of the Garden Rooms and away from the main sections of the resort, so a very quiet place to relax.
Kinan is the Mayan word for ‘energy of the sun’ and is often used in reference to the individual inner energy. This luxurious spa offers many treatments which are based on ancient Mayan healing. All of the products used are 100% natural and grow in the jungle surrounding Maroma.
The spa has been built out of local materials and features treatment rooms with private gardens, open-air massage palapas and a rooftop yoga pavilion. Cream stucco walls, hand-hewn beams and mahogany furniture add elegance and style.
There are two areas with wet/dry saunas and cold plunge,Temazcal, male and female relaxation rooms, Janzu garden pool and a spa boutique.
The nearest airport is Cancun – by road the journey to Maroma takes about 30 minutes.
From Cancun Airport, take a right (going south) to Highway 307 and follow the sign ‘Tulum -Cozumel’. Approximately 35 km (22 miles) down the highway you will pass the town of Puerto Morelos.
Continue on for about 15 km (9 miles) and on your right there will be a sign marked ‘Rancho Loma Bonita’ (horseback riding), from this point continue for about a further 5 minutes and then on the left side you will see a sign for the ‘Piano Bar Restaurant’, this marks the entrance to Maroma Beach.
There is a security guard on the entrance gate who will need your name in order to allow you access. Once through the gate the road narrows and winds through the jungle. Follow the road for about 5 minutes, it leads to the lobby of the hotel.
There is free parking available close to the lobby.