Unlike most Riviera Maya The hotels are stacked like dominoes between the party city ends of Cancun and Tulum. Maroma, Belmond Hotel, is a turn off the main highway and a bump on the road that leads into the lush Mexican jungle. The site was discovered by chance in 1976 when Mexican architect José Luis Moreno flew in by helicopter and decided to build a house there for his wife. Maroma still exudes the romance of its origins as a secret hideaway. However, after a two-year closure and extensive renovation, the 200-acre property reopened last August as the chic, modern Mexican hacienda of your dreams.
A family-friendly review of Belmond Maroma’s highlights
“Ninety percent of the Maroma renovations were done by Mexican craftsmen who incorporated hundreds of years of tradition into their work detail found throughout the hotel,” says Belmond Maroma General Manager Federico Echaez.
Among the stunning decorative masterpieces are ornate tapestries, woven wall hangings, heavy Yucatán wood-framed doors, shell chandeliers, Mayan vessels and bamboo wall lights, and custom-made tableware. Throughout the hotel, guests will also find nearly 700,000 hand-painted floor tiles designed by José Noe Soro Salceda, one of Mexico’s top ceramicists. Returning guests will be relieved to find that Maroma’s curved white plaster walls are still standing, a source of pride for Echaiz.
“What I like most about the renovations is that Maroma maintained its design. We did not change anything from the outside, and we respected our past and history.
Luxurious home base
With 72 rooms, suites, and villas, Maroma pampers guests when it comes to accommodation. As of August, 10 new one- and two-bedroom suites with Caribbean Sea views and direct beach access add to the luxury. Those looking for ultimate privacy should check out the two-bedroom Beach Pool Villas or the 3,939-square-foot Maroma Villa, which offers four bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a spacious outdoor terrace with a private pool.
Maroma’s communal pool areas are finished with volcanic stone tiles in the same turquoise colors as the area’s many natural cenotes. Perfume brand based in Mexico City Chino perfumes He created a custom scent for the property as well, combining notes of clay, lemon, and incense, which will accompany you throughout your stay.
Nourish the body and soul
On the food and drink front, guests can enjoy the recipes of Michelin-starred chef Curtis Stone at the new Woodend, where seasonal dishes, seafood, locally sourced meats, and vegetarian masterpieces are prepared on an open wood-fired grill. Flavor and sustainability are the stars of the show at the new Casa Mayor, where Mexican-born chef Daniel Camacho sources 90 percent of his ingredients from Mexico and about half from the Yucatan Peninsula. Expect colorful seafood towers, Jalisco-style birria (slow-cooked stew), chocolate cake made with Oaxacan black mole, traditional street tacos, and Mayan and Mexican fruit and herb juices on the dynamic and seasonal menu.
The hotel also plans to open the first Guerlain spa in Latin America in November 2023, with nine treatment rooms overlooking the jungle. The healing rituals will be inspired by the four elements of nature (fire, water, earth, and air), ancient practices, and the sacred Melipona bee, a symbol revered by the Maya people for more than 3,000 years. The spa will also offer a selection of daily workshops in meditation, movement, and yoga, and will have its own apothecary where guests can learn how to identify herbs combine them from nature, and use them in your daily practice.
Activities with a sense of place
Hundreds of candles are lit around the property each night, adding to the magic of Maroma, and a candle-making workshop invites guests to add their own candles to the magical scene. Other activities and adventures include water sports in the turquoise ocean, golf (with balls that turn into fish food in the water), and Mayan stargazing. There are also not-to-be-missed tortilla-making classes as well as a “Journey to the Agave” experience, a lesson from the resident mixologist on the origins, methods, and flavors that go into making tequila, mezcal, and cocktails. RaicellaPlus samples these beloved Mexican spirits.
Exclusive privileges of Ciao Bambino
Ciao Bambino is one of less than 300 agencies in the world carefully selected to be part of the elite Bellini Club in Belmond. This means customers who Book through Ciao Bambino Get exclusive amenities and perks like flexible resort credits, welcome gifts upon arrival, complimentary room upgrades based on availability at check-in, daily breakfast, and unlimited WiFi. Don’t forget to ask your CB Family Travel Advisor Convert a $500 Bellini Club gift voucher to use on your next Belmond vacation.
If you can tear yourself away from Maroma’s dreamy mirage, Echaez suggests visiting one of his favorite places: One blameIt is an archaeological site that, according to Ashiz, is one of the most important sites in the region. It’s perfect for those who want to learn about Mayan culture without the crowds.