A colourful coastal taste of the real Mexico on the Riviera Maya.
Some resorts are in Mexico, and some resorts give you a real Mexican experience. The Belmond Maroma is the latter. Maroma is in the centre of ancient Mayan territory, between lush jungle and the perfect white sand beach, evoking a flavour of Mexico that few other resorts manage.
The spacious, airy hacienda-style suites are hand-finished by local artisans, with painted tiles and hand-forged candelabras. Stroll the pathways between them, watching out for iguanas below and coati in the palm trees above, to visit the Kinan spa – which was built in alignment with the energy flow of the stars – for treatments which use honey made at the Maroma by local bees. The evening Temazcal ceremony is also not to be missed. Calm your body and soul in a low-ceilinged mini pyramid with a mix of traditional Mayan chanting and herbal infusions heated over hot stones.
While the sun sets, stop in at Freddy’s al fresco tequila and ceviche bar for a sunset tequila-tasting guided by Freddy himself. El Restaurante and El Sol are the other places to dine after the sun goes down; try El Restaurante for beachside home-style Mexican cuisine, and El Sol for local food with a more contemporary twist.