There’s a good reason Mexico gets so many luxury travelers drawn to its coasts: the country has more luxury beach resorts than any other country in North America—including the USA. You can quickly get to the Riviera Maya region of the Yucatan Peninsula from the east coast or Midwest of the USA. Leave your home in the morning and be sipping a cocktail with your loved one on the beach in the afternoon at a romantic spot like Belmond Maroma Resort.
When I live in the USA it’s in Florida, so I know that we have some fine beaches with white sand and palm trees, but even in Florida it’s hard to find the kind of beachfront luxury resorts you get in Mexico. The ones in the Riviera Maya have a much higher staff-to-guest ratio, the rooms are usually far more plush, and the water is often 5-10 degrees warmer in winter. Plus they don’t have to be JW Marriott sized to be profitable. Maroma has just 63 rooms and suites, so you’re not going to feel like you should have a lanyard and a stack of business cards.
Three of their four room categories are suites, including the ones where you can walk right out onto the beach or snap that perfect drool-worthy social media photo from your deck. As you can see from that photo at the top, you won’t have to go very far to dig your toes into the white sand or swim in the Caribbean waters.
The Ocean View Junior Suites are the first upgrade, looking out at the blue water, but if you are on your honeymoon or celebrating an anniversary, why not step it up? The Master Suites have a separate living room so you can snuggle up on the sofa while looking out at the scenery–either the lush jungle or the sea. Both have outdoor space for taking it all in.
The top room choices are the Oceanfront Suites, with more than 1,900 square feet of space. These have a plunge pool on the covered patio where you can relax with a view of the waves, beside a furnished deck. They have luxuriant outdoor showers in addition to the indoor ones. Some have their own spa area or fitness area, while others have room for the kids if you’re coming as a family.
That resort is running a “Suite Life Package” through the end of the year to give you extra incentive to spread out in larger quarters for your Mexican beach vacation. You get these goodies thrown in when you book the package:
* Daily a la carte breakfast at El Restaurante
* Three-course dinner for two on the beach with wine pairing
* Daily in-room wake-up coffee service
As part of the Belmond Resorts group, you know that Maroma will deliver a high level of cuisine and personal service from a well-trained staff. See our reviews of this Riviera Maya Resort and their historic Casa de Sierra Nevada property in San Miguel de Allende.
Photos courtesy of Belmond Maroma, (c) Edgardo Contreras