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Maroma Resort and Spa, Solidaridad 

Carretera 307, Km 51
Tel: 52 998 872 8200
Tel: 866 454 9351 (toll-free)
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José Luis Moreno created this beloved barefoot-luxury resort long before the Riviera Maya became the hot destination it is today. After being acquired by Orient-Express Hotels in 2002, it was expanded, and the jungle-lush estate (a former coconut plantation) is now a sleek operation with 65 rooms, including spacious Sian Nah oceanfront suites with plunge pools and private fitness rooms. The 7,000-square-foot Kinan Spa has architecture based on "Mayan sacred geometry," and offers temazcal, massage, a meditation pavilion, and yoga retreats. The food—even the calorie-reduced spa cuisine—is wonderful. Candles are lit throughout the 25-acre resort at night, leading the way along winding paths. Inside the rooms and suites, sconces, archways, and nightstands built into curving walls create an old-world Mexican ambience; some units have heavy wooden tables and chairs on private terraces and casement windows to let in sea breezes. But pyrophobes and claustrophobes beware—flickering votive candles and oil lamps are part of the turndown ritual here, as is a voluminous gauzy mosquito net draped around the bed.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
At this "miraculously luxurious hideaway," two- and three-story hacienda-style buildings are spread across 25 beachfront acres, and rooms use local materials—stone flooring embedded with shell fossils and thatched roofs made with native xit palm leaves. Of staff: "Your wish is their command." At El Restaurante, "the eggs Benedict with chorizo is sublime."

(65 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 93.1
  • Activities: 90.4
  • Design: 95.8
  • Food: 86.3
  • Location: 98.6
  • Rooms: 93.2
  • Service: 94.5

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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Maroma is simply amazing. Lush grounds, quite and private. Wonderfully warm and accommodating staff. I proposed to my wife at a private candlelit table right on... more