Hotel Highlights

  • The must luxuriously natural hotel in the Riviera Maya.
  • Fantastic food with many options.
  • Spectacular beaches.

Overview

Perfectly plunked between sea and jungle, Belmond Maroma Hotel & Spa in the Riviera Maya is a whitewashed lesson in the Mexican ideal. Study up on local mezcals at the beachfront cantina, learn traditional Mayan healing techniques at the spectacular spa, take to the kitchen of one of the two restaurants to learn about local herbs and fish or become an ace at relaxing by the Caribbean Sea, beneath a thatch-roof palapa.

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Here's what you get for booking Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa with us:

Two 30-minute massages

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Facilities

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Maroma Resort and Spa hotel – Solidaridad – Mexico

Need To Know

Rooms

63, including 33 suites and a four-bedroom villa.

Check–out

12pm. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $525.00, excluding tax at 19 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 10% per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include an a la carte, in room breakfast of fruit, pastries and coffee or hot chocolate.

Also

From the moment you arrive and taste the soothing welcome cocktail – a signature margarita – you'll start to relax. Continue the mellow mood at the exceptional Kinan Spa. Set in the jungle, the spa uses top-of-the-line products in treatments that are native to the region, including a temazcal, or traditional Mayan steam bath. It also has a mud bar with four different types of healing muds for guests to apply before the sauna or steam room. The spa offers early morning yoga with ocean views, and a boot camp with TRX, interval training and plyometrics.

At the hotel

Spa with 10 treatment rooms; gardens; DVD library; gym; tennis courts; observatory, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: morning coffee service, CD player, iPod dock, free WiFi Nespresso machine, Mayan bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Spring for a Master Suite, which can look out at the ocean or gardens, and has a private balcony, a soaking tub and extra space. The Oceanfront One Bedroom Suite has the best setup, with a four-poster bed, floor-to-ceiling views, a spa palapa, plunge pool on a private terace, outdoor shower and pristine ocean view. For the most privacy, opt for one of the garden-view rooms.

Poolside

There are three. The heated main pool is open only to adults, and has garden views. The second pool, which is open to all ages, is set near the ocean, with prime views; there are no lifeguards on duty at either pool. There is a third pool, by the spa, which is also open only to adults.

Packing tips

The sun is extremely strong on the beach, so bring armour or stop by the thatch-roofed boutique for anything you might forget, including cover-ups, sunscreen, sunglasses and hats, along with pottery and other souvenirs.

Also

Dogs under 10 pounds are welcome; a $200 fee per pet is required for your pooch to bed down in your room; dogs must be leashed at all times on the property, and are not permitted in the restaurants, spa or pool area.

Children

This hotel is best suited to adults, though there is an unsupervised games centre for children. Rollaway beds are available for $100, and babysitting can be arranged for US$18 an hour for at least four hours, plus transportation.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs under 10 pounds are welcome; a $200 fee per pet is required for your pooch to bed down in your room; dogs must be leashed at all times on the property, and are not permitted in the restaurants, spa or pool area.

Weddings

This property is suitable for weddings

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There are two, and both serve some of the region's best food. El Sol is the more upscale option, with Mexican-Mediterranean fusion. The kitchen serves tapas- and full-size options, with a focus on local fish and spices. Its massive wine cellar ensures a perfect beverage pairing for each course. The more casual El Restaurante serves Mexican breakfast, lunch and dinner items on the terrace or in the dining room with sweeping sea views. The kitchen's specialties include lobster enchiladas, duck tacos and seafood pozole.

Hotel Bar

Freddy’s Tequila & Ceviche bar is a waterfront beach hut serving light fare and potent drinks, made from over 120 different tequilas and mezcals. Test your tolerance with the Seven Blocks, which is named for the length most people people who order it can walk before blacking out. Pair cocktails with any of the six ceviches, which change frequently and are prepared to order in front of guests. The more casual La Cantina pours homemade beer, offers guided tequila tastings and hosts a bi-weekly home-style Mexican dinner.

Last orders

Freddy’s serves from 10am until 10pm. The Restaurante serves each day from 7am until 10.30pm; El Sol serves dinner from 7pm until 11pm.

Room service

A selection of Mexican classics, salads, soups and American fare is available 24 hours a day.

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Dress code

Beach chic: kaftans, linen trousers and nice sandals will suit perfectly.

Top table

At El Sol, request a table near the windows to look out at the terrace. The Restaurante’s best tables are at its south end, opposite the sea.

Local Guide

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Maroma Resort and Spa hotel – Solidaridad – Mexico
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

The area surrounding Maroma doesn’t have great dining, so head to Playa del Carmen for the best flavour. Nab a spot on the roof of La Casa del Agua in Playa del Carmen for Caribbean lobster, plenty of steaks and a pork dish that slow-cooks for 10 hours in sake and mirin (+52 984 80 302 32; www.lacasadelagua.com). Despite its prime spot on Fifth Avenue, La Azotea seems hidden from the outside world. Track it down to be rewarded by a roof deck with pizzas, seared tuna, ceviche and flavoured martinis (+52 984 80 302 88; www.hotelpunto.com). On Calle 12, The Glass Bar serves excellent modern Italian dishes with a wine list to match (+52 984 803 12 70; www.theglassbar.com.mx).

 

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Remote Riviera shores

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Carretera Federal Cancún Tulum Km 51, Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, CP 77710

Belmond Maroma Hotel & Spa is set on the Riviera Maya, outside Playa del Carmen on Highway 307.

Planes

Cancun International Airport is a 35-minute drive from the hotel. From here, you'll be able to fly to cities all over the world, including Miami (www.aa.com), New York (www.united.com) and Paris (www.airfrance.com). It's also served by some charter flights from the UK.

Automobiles

If you plan to leave the hotel, a car is advisable. Cancun airport has several rental kiosks.

Reviews

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Maroma Resort and Spa hotel – Solidaridad – Mexico

Anonymous review

by Erin Hartigan , Travelling taster

‘Dude, this is gonna be awesome,’ the fellow next to me in a tequila-branded T-shirt crows (along with some intermittent shouts of ‘woohoo’) as we begin our descent into Cancún International Airport.

Mr Smith and I swap a quick smirk. ‘Bet our awesome beats his,’ Mr Smith whispers. We have a feeling that our definitions might be radically diffe...

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Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Anonymous review by Erin Hartigan, Travelling taster

‘Dude, this is gonna be awesome,’ the fellow next to me in a tequila-branded T-shirt crows (along with some intermittent shouts of ‘woohoo’) as we begin our descent into Cancún International Airport.

Mr Smith and I swap a quick smirk. ‘Bet our awesome beats his,’ Mr Smith whispers. We have a feeling that our definitions might be radically different from our seatmate’s, as we’re set to bypass bustling Cancún in pursuit of the serene Maroma, a boutique resort and spa, on the Riviera Maya.

A mere 30 minutes south of the airport – we zoom up to the collection of whitewashed, thatched-roofed buildings perched on a secluded stretch of shore on one side with dense acres of rainforest on the other. All of it is blissfully removed from the tourist masses.

Ready to enter vacation mode, we find that the friendly staff awaiting our arrival with icy anise-flavored margaritas (made with the Mayan liquor xtabentún) are one step ahead of us. ‘Now this is awesome,’ Mr Smith chides. The sun is setting as we clink glasses, check in and make our way to Pescado, the Ocean View Junior Suite we will call home for the next two nights.

Set on the north edge of the property with pristine ocean views, our second-floor room has a canopy bed with hand-loomed bedding, a soaking tub big enough for two in the tiled ensuite and a private hammock-slung balcony facing the shore. It’s a travel brochure sprung to life. Rose petals are artfully arranged on our downy bed and aromatherapy tinctures are displayed near the pillows.

‘Maroma? More like Maromance,’ I joke to Mr Smith. He shoots me a ‘how corny?’ look. In this setting, I’d probably fall in love with the party-boy seatmate from my flight. Worried the room will lull us into missing round two of pre-dinner margaritas, we swap our travel gear for breezy linen dinner attire and beeline for the oceanfront bar.

Before we’ve even taken our seats, it’s evident that Maroma knows how to ensure a good time: the end barstool is emblazoned with the name of a trusty regular, who returns each year for his share of margaritas from the barkeep, Victor, who, it would appear, is the world’s foremost tequila expert. Victor directs us to seats next to the regular’s chair, asks a few questions about our tastes and shakes us jalapeno-spiced cocktails with expertly salted rims. As with any top bartender, he also shares a few bits of wisdom on what to order (lots of guacamole) and how to spend our days (doing nothing, except maybe a bit of snorkeling). We nod obediently, already planning our next visits. Mr Smith and I make a pact to have our own regular barstools before the decade’s up.

Mediterranean-inspired Mexican restaurant, El Sol lures us outside for dinner, where we feast on ceviche and pasta with local lobster, not to mention a few more margaritas. Though we’ve been on the ground less than two hours, we feel an eternity away from real life.

The beach is completely deserted as we make the short stroll back to our room. Feeling a bit naughty and emboldened by Victor’s potions, the Mister and I take full advantage of the seclusion, stripping off and dashing into the warm, placid water. Giggling like kids, we splash and float and try to spot constellations that even the Hubble telescope couldn’t locate over our home in light-polluted New York City. It feels like we’ve been here a week already.

Mornings are bustling at Maroma. After all, only fools – and the very hungover – would skip the excellent breakfast, which includes options like chilaquiles, chilli rellenos, homemade tortillas and papaya juice. It’s also an ‘early bird catches the sunloungers’ race to nab prime spots on the sand.

Enchanted by just how far this breakfast is from our usual grab-and-go oatmeal, we linger and miss reserving the chairs nearest us and end up a bit down the beach, beside the snorkel shack. Clearly it’s a sign. Booking a boat trip out to the reef, we spend the morning spotting tropical fish, holding starfish, scouting baby sharks and working up an appetite for guacamole.

Following our ambitious life-aquatic morning, we commit to an afternoon of quality time sun-lounger time. The gracious staff – or beach butlers as they are called – offer us free refreshments of ice pops and fruit, and are speedy with the guacamole and cervezas we order.

Glorious as this private playa is, there are few reasons to leave the beach at Maroma. And one is Kinan Spa, a tree-surrounded open-air space that has a few open-air pools and several secluded treatment rooms that face east-to-west to channel positive energy.

Having romped in the night sea, snorkeled, hammocked and overdosed on guacamole and margaritas together, Mr Smith and I opt to do this as a duo. We choose the couple’s treatment room for one of the spa’s messy-but-relaxing signature mud massages, using custom-chosen muds from the special bar. Detoxifying, soothing and sun-burn-busting, the treatments feel almost as naughty as our night swim, especially at the end in our 10-minute post-massage Jacuzzi plunge. The hot tub – with rainbow lights that flash red most often – is meant to amplify the Maromance.

But if there’s anything we’ve learned so far, it’s that Maroma doesn’t need any help setting the mood. The mood is set. And it’s awesome.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa's Guestbook below.

 

GoldSmith

Stayed on 29 Jan 2014

We loved

The service at the hotel was exceptional. Everyone there went above and beyond to provide great customer service. It really was quite lovely. The ceviche bar was outstanding and breakfasts were lovely. The beach was great.

 

Don’t expect

There is a fair bit of garbage that washes up along the beach. The property itself is free but if you take a walk, there is quite a bit along the other parts of the shore that they cannot take care of.

Rating: 9/10 stars