We (couple, 40ish) just came back back from 2 wonderful weeks (Mar 10th-24th 2009) at Maroma Resort & Spa.
We have stayed in other similarly priced hotels and resorts in the past and while we have sometimes liked the food better than we did at Maroma or stayed in nicer, larger rooms than we did at Maroma, this is place that we most likely would return to.
The first reason for this is the beautiful beach (nicer than anything we have so far experienced in Mexico, the Maldives, Mauritius, Bali etc etc). The beach is wide and clean, the sand is white and powdery, the sea is clear and turquoise with a little surf.
The second reason is the size and "special feel" of the resort: with about 60 rooms it is quite small and to us felt more like a spa-hotel than a Mexican resort.
Some further comments (partly in response to other reviews here):
1.) Food and Drinks
Quality of food and drinks is very good (we liked the lunch-menu best). Definitely try the "Tuna+Grapefruit" Ceviche (at the beach-bar) and the Guacamole and chips (brought to your day bed on the beach). For variety, go to Playa del Carmen (see 6.).
We had a very nice room with direct ocean-view in the main-building. While there definitely are resorts with more spacious and luxurious rooms at similar rates, we did not mind at all because we spent most of the day at the beautiful beach anyway and slept very well at night.
There was no TV in the room which we actually found very nice (full relaxation and time for books).
Food and drinks ARE expensive but NOT at rip-off-level. Since you are not required to sign anything when you leave a restaurant or a bar, the place has an "all-inclusive" feeling to it (an illusion that is destroyed rather harshly upon checkout when you get your bill).
Only go if you can afford it. (If you can't afford it: go anyway but stay less days.)
Service was very good and quick, everyone is trying to adress you with your first name which we thought has a nice touch.
For a special evening, do the rooftop-dinner on the "Mirador" (great view, beautiful stars). Make sure to tip the poor waiter who has to schlepp your food the 80 steps upward to the roof.
There was virtually no nightlife at Maroma. Mariachis play almost daily at dinnertime but there was no music at the bars and they closed at around 10pm. If you want to go out at night, you can take a taxi to Playa del Carmen though (20 Minutes, US$20) where there are heaps of restaurants/bars/clubs.
As I have already written above, Maroma was a beautiful, relaxing and entertaining holiday. If we would have to choose to re-visit just one place that we have been to in the past, this would be it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set among verdant jungle beside a white, sandy beach, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is one of Mexico’s top luxury hotels. Here you can start the day with yoga and end with a session in a traditional temazcal sauna. Spend lazy days in ocean and poolside restaurants or stroll through flower-filled gardens where parrots and butterflies perch. Explore some of Mexico’s great heritage sites, dive in mysterious underwater caves or shop till you drop in Cancun. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maroma Resort And Spa By Orient-Express Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Maroma Resort Spa
- Maroma Hotel Playa Del Carmen