Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
Riviera Maya & Isla Holbox, Mexico
At a Glance
Set on one of the most stunning beaches in Mexico - think powdery white sands washed by the clearest turquoise sea
Formal yet relaxed Belmond run hotel with excellent service
A place to relax and be pampered - no TVs in the guest rooms and suites
Guests can enjoy a variety of dining experiences from Yucatan inspired dishes at El Restaurante to gourmet cuisine at El Sol
The Kinan Spa offers a selection of invigorating treatments based on ancient Mayan techniques
A full range of non-motorised water sports available at the marina - kayaking, sailing, fishing - superb snorkelling and scuba diving offshore
Has now opened completely to families - it was previously only for guests aged 16 years and over
Provides a Mexican hacienda feel
Set on a beautiful, more untouched beach
More authentic experience with small houses rather than big developed buildings
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit is typically during the drier, slightly milder months between November and April. The ‘rainy’ season begins in the south around June and runs until November. Although it can be hotter and more humid at this time of year, usually it only rains for a couple of hours before the weather clears. The wettest months tend to be September and October. The Caribbean coast can be affected by the hurricane season, which officially is from June to November.
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a tropical hideaway located on the fabulous Yucatan Peninsula outside of Playa del Carmen in Mexico, nestled between the turquoise Caribbean and lush jungle on a pristine long stretch of white sand beach.
A tropical retreat, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is located next to the world's second largest reef surrounded by 200 acres of jungle and plantation preserve.
The 63 guest rooms and suites are decorated in a traditional Mexican style with hand painted tiles, mahogany furnishings and soft wool rugs. Bathrooms are well appointed with sunken baths and thatched roof terraces offer stunning views of the ocean and jungle. Families are very welcome here.
There are 3 restaurants with ocean views serving innovative Mexican cuisine, a juice bar and a tequila & ceviche bar. Guests can enjoy excellent Yucatan inspired cuisine served in an oceanfront dining area or under the thatched palapa on the beach. By night, the beach front dining area is illuminated with candles and torches. A range of dining experiences are offered on a weekly basis from tequila tasting classes to cocktail lessons and traditional BBQ dinners.
Facilities at the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa include three swimming pools, two tennis courts, the Kinan spa offering a variety of treatments, and a rooftop yoga pavilion with 360-degree views of the jungle. The spa and wellness centre offers a range of spa and beauty treatments including facials, massages, yoga and reiki.
Given its privileged beach location, one can enjoy a long list of water sports, including snorkelling, diving, sailing, parasailing, sport fishing, kayaking and swimming with dolphins. It's also possible to arrange excursions to nearby Mayan ruins such as Coba and Tulum.
The Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa has 63 fabulous guest rooms and suites. They have all been furnished with soft wool rugs, hand-painted tiles, original artwork and king size beds to create a lovely serene environment. All rooms feature a terrace or balcony with hammock and sitting areas and come with iPod docking stations, sunken bathtubs, air conditioning, complimentary WiFi and a morning coffee service delivery.
Children are welcome all year round at the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa. Up to two children can be accommodated in the Garden Master Suites and above and children are given a welcome kit, child size slippers and kaftans and milk and cookies at bedtime. Babysitting can be arranged and there is a daily 2-hour afternoon supervised children's programme, where the children can learn about Mexican and Mayan culture through play. There is also a games centre with a kid's activity room (Xbox, beach toys, organised activities.) Kids under four must be accompanied by an adult. There is a family swimming pool and beach games, and all children receive a special welcome kit, kid size slippers and kaftan at check-in.
There is a 24 hour gym on site, three swimming pools (one exclusively for adults), two tennis courts (rackets and balls available), and a spa with ten treatment rooms.
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is set amongst beautiful tropical gardens and has three swimming pools and two tennis courts. Tennis lessons with a pro can be arranged on request. There is also an observation tower where guests can chill out and enjoy the views and also organise a special private dinner on request, and a cultural palapa, with a range of books and magazines, television with a selection of movies and complimentary. The hotel has some excellent restaurants, with the option of dining by the beach. There is a gourmet Restaurant 'El Sol' with a casual elegant ambience, 'El Restaurante' combines traditional Mexican flavours with a modern twist and live music, 'Freddy's' is a tequila and ceviche bar offering the largest tequila and Mezcal selection in the area. La Cantina offers a diverse a la carte menu serving a range of Mexican home-style dishes and the Cilantro juice bar is now open daily, conveniently located next to the fitness centre.
The hotel offers different authentic dining experiences each night which might be Barbecue on the beach night, Taco night, Cantina night, Seafood night, tequila or wine tasting nights for example. Join the Chef's Table on Wednesdays and enjoy a 6-course, authentic Mexican cuisine inspired by ancient techniques, served up by the Executive Chef.
Guests at the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa can enjoy a wide variety of activities including cooking classes, kite surfing, snorkelling, swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, sailing, parasailing, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding, tennis and shark whale watching between June and mid September. Excursions can also be arranged to some of the famous Mayan sites dotted around the Yucatan peninsula. Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa also offers yoga, pilates, wellness, detox and med spa programs.
Scarlett Richard (Staff)
Belmond Maroma is a boutique resort and spa with only 63 rooms. Sat on the finest stretch of beach in the Riviera Maya, with a jungle backdrop and hidden from the tourist crowds it boasts a pretty cool location. What I really liked about the Belmond was that it retained a Mayan feel and was reflective of the destination you were in. The hotel is all low rise and made up of a collection of white-washed houses with thatched-roofs and decorated with hand-made Mexican furnishings. The Ocean Junior suites are the perfect rooms if you want to wake to the sound of waves and offer lovely views of the sea. For more privacy go for the rooms on the upper floor.
Mark Beken (Staff)
If you like dazzling white beaches, then Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa's is one of the best. It is not especially cheap, but those who are familiar with the Belmond style will know what to expect in terms of the service and facilities. All in all it's a good option for adults with good facilities and plenty of activities (note that children are not allowed) and in an excellent location near Puerto Morelos, which is as authentically Mexican as you will get on this stretch of the coast.
I'm looking forward to more unwinding the following night, at one of the growing number of actual spas. At the recently enlarged Kinan Spa at the Maroma Resort, where I'm staying, I go for an Exotico Body Polish: an exfoliating balm of crushed purple grape seeds followed by a layering of volcanic mud and a tension-dispelling coconut spritz. Maroma holds pioneer status as the first and, at almost twelve years old, the most venerable of the small resorts to offer upscale service and amenities. Like a few of the more intimate venues along this coast, it began life as a private residence, built on the grounds of a former coconut plantation. Its white stucco buildings and stone paths today aspire to the atmosphere of a village, with Mayan motifs, a nightly lighting of abundant candles, and the occasional New Age or European touch. The highlights of the grounds, for me, are the ceiba tree near the front entrance, whose engorged-looking trunk calls to mind an enormous vase; the restaurant's main archway, which artfully frames a superior beach; and a big guacamaya parrot. Loud both in its occasional squawks and in its primary-colored feathers, the bird sits on a lower tree branch in a central courtyard looking enviably happy with its lot.
Chichen Itza & Private Cenote
A superb experience that combines exploring the archaeological wonders of Chichen Itza, a delicious picnic and relaxation by a beautiful cenote in complete privacy
Coba by Bicycle
Explore one of the Yucatan's less known Maya sites by bicycle, and climb the 120 steps to the top of the Nohoch Mul pyramid temple. Accompanied by a historian guide you will learn about the ruins and natural wonders which can be found at the site.
Dive Mexico's Underwater Museum
Explore the weird and wonderful underwater world of the Riviera Maya as you experience one of the most fascinating dive sites. The MUSA Underwater museum was created to encourage coral to grow and is now home to an array of colourful fish species.
Ek Balam & Xchen Cenote
Explore one of the Maya world's less visited complexes, the magnificent Ek Balam, before relaxing by a beautiful cenote in the afternoon.
Jungle Quad Bike Adventure Mexico
Go quad biking along lush tropical jungle tracks through the Mayan rainforest on Mexico's Riviera Maya. Drive past stunning white sand beaches and cool off with a swim in a crystal clear sacred cenote.
Out-of-Hours Chichen Itza Private Tour
Rise early to explore the impressive site of Chichen Itza as the sun comes up and before the gates open to the public on this exclusive private experience, allowing you to escape the crowds and make the most of your time at this must-see landmark.
Private Catamaran Sail to Isla Mujeres
Charter your own private catamaran for the day and sail the turquoise Caribbean waters that separate Cancun from the stunning white shores of Isla Mujeres, stopping en route to visit secluded coral reefs for fantastic snorkelling in protected seas.
Private Chichen Itza tour
Enjoy a private guided tour of Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 'New 7 World Wonders', a unique place to be discovered! This ancient Mayan capital is the most famous of the archaeological zones in the Yucatan.
Private Deep Sea Fishing in the Riviera Maya
Experience the thrill of sport fishing in the warm waters of the Mexican Caribbean on a private fishing charter. Catch mahi-mahi, sailfish, barracuda, king mackerel, wahoo, tuna, grouper, snapper, and many other species.
Rio Secreto - Underwater River Expedition
Step back in time as you head on this amazing excursion to explore the underground 'Secret River', a series of caverns with impressive stalagmites and stalactites which create a dramatic and mysterious setting for today's adventure.
Riviera Maya Jungle Adventure
Venture into the World's longest underground river system on this full day adventure through Mexico's Mayan Riviera, snorkelling in hauntingly beautiful sinkholes, off-roading through stunning jungle landscapes by jeep and flying along zip lines.
Scuba Diving Dos Ojos Cenote
Experience the most amazing scuba diving of your life exploring the world's most extensive system of underwater caverns and caves at Dos Ojos cenote near Tulum. All you need is an open water certificate for this epic adventure.
Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve Private Tour
Discover the UNESCO Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve on the Riviera Maya with this unique ecological tour through the coastal wetlands. Learn about nature, ecosystems, tropical birds and plants, as well as Mayan culture and swim in sacred cenotes.
Snorkel with whale sharks
Snorkelling with whale sharks is incredible, best experienced between July and August when droves of these remarkable creatures can be found. Gasp as these gentle leviathans of the deep cruise past you, an utterly unforgettable experience.
Snorkelling with Turtles in Akumal
Akumal is a small beach town on the Riviera Maya and is a great place to snorkel with sea turtles as you are almost guaranteed to see them. Wonder at these ancient sea creatures in their own environment.
Tulum Mayan Ruins
Experience the mystery and the magic of Tulum, considered some of the most beautiful Mayan ruins in Mexico mostly because of its dramatic location on a cliff overlooking the turquoise Caribbean.
Ultimate Chichen Itza air expedition
Soak in spectacular views as you swoop over the Yucatan peninsula by private plane, passing over cenotes and lush jungle to reach the impressive ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Ultimate Uxmal & Merida Air Expedition
Soar over the Yucatan Peninsula by privately chartered plane for unrivalled views of the region's stunning topography, enjoying privately guided visits of the archaeological site of Uxmal and the charming historic centre of Merida.
Originally named after the then Spanish capital city and then relocated to its current area, Valladolid is a wonderful city to explore and offers much in the way of history, culture and natural wonders.
Wave Runner Riviera Maya
Speed across the turquoise waters of Playa del Carmen by jet-ski for an exhilarating way to explore the beautiful Caribbean coast. Head to Playa Norte, a picture-perfect stretch of white sand beach where you can relax to your heart's content.
Mexico City, Campeche, Merida & Riviera Maya
from £6200 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Perfect for couples or honeymooners interested in exploring authentic Mexico with some beach relaxation
- Soar over the ruins of Teotihuacan in a hot air balloon
- Explore impressive Mayan ruins from Uxmal, Kabah, Chichen Itza & Edzna
Location & directions
Riviera Maya & Isla Holbox, Mexico
Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is located in the state of Quintana Roo, on the Mexican Caribbean, at the Riviera Maya.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Cancun International Airport. Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is a 30-minute drive from the airport.
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