Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A journey like no other: Maroma, Part I

The Main Hacienda Foyer

So way back when, in the dark days of November, I happened to enter a Twitter contest on a whim.  It was for the Orient Express line of hotels and their campaign of "journey like no other".  AND I WON.  I never win ANYTHING.  Raffles, contests, whatever, I never win - and let's just say that this win was worth waiting for.

The prize was a stay at the Orient Express Maroma Resort, and that was the whole reason for building the trip around the Yucatan Coast in Mexico that I've been writing about this week, so that it fully became a journey like no other.  As you can imagine (or at least, as I was imagining), the Maroma property truly is one of a kind, and while the buildings are gorgeous, it's actually the service, elegance and friendliness of the staff that truly set it apart as one of the better properties that I have ever been too.  It is not at all stuffy, but it is luxury.

When we planned our trip (and I'll post our itinerary in a few days in a resources post in case it's helpful for anyone considering the same), we got all of our adventures and exploring out of the way so that the last few days we could use to totally unwind, and also to make the most of Maroma.  This is one of those places that once you check-in, there is very little that you want to do on the outside of the hotel until you check out.  I'm sometimes weary of big hotel developments in "tourist zones" - gah - but Maroma manages to balance that with the feeling of total seclusion.

What's neat about this property, compared to some of the big boxes on the beach, is that it was a house before it was a hotel and that translates into the overall feel.  The gift of a local baron to his girlfriend, the main house has become anchor to the property restaurants and initial rooms, with additional out buildings for rooms and villas and spa built around it. It's Carribean white on the outside (goes well with that carribean blue water), but pure hacienda chic on the inside and as beautiful as it is during the day, the place takes on a while different feeling at night when the staff hand lights over 1,000 votive candles to distribute amongst the property. 

I'm sharing some shots of the interiors and grounds with you today but I'll be back with shots of the beach and ocean tomorrow, the real stars of the show...

Entry to the Property.

Entry Foyer Waiting Area.

One of the best beds I've ever slept in...

Ahh welcome notes and fruit plates always win me over.

Slippers handwoven by the surrounding Maya community in the rooms.

One of the many restaurants - all of them excellent but our favorite (as is our style) was the
sushi and margaritas as Freddie's Tequila Bar on the water.

A Cantina theme night organized by the hotel with communal table for hotel guests.

Mexican Hot Chocolate stand in the mornings.

Handmade tortillas fresh every day in the lobby.

Handpainted Mexican pottery at breakfast.

The Temezcal Sweat Lodge on property.

Hand painted urns.

Entryway to the Kinan Spa. 

A furry friend on property.

Ladies wanting babies take note, the Ixchel fertility pool.  They say it works.

Loungers in the spa.

Chilaquiles, my new favorite breakfast.

Tortilla chips for the evening made from the handmade morning tortillas.

Mayan pottery in one of the restaurants.

Handpainted planters dot the property.
A little glimpse of the candlelit evening look.

All photos by The New Diplomat's Wife.

Full Disclosure: I received my hotel stay at Maroma as part of a prize, but am writing about my experience of my own volition.  All travel, meals, gratuities and extras on property were paid for by myself, with the exception of one spa treatment for each of us. All opinions expressed about the property are my own.


  1. What a gorgeous place. I really love the colors. Everything seems so lush and cool. 'Cept the fertility pool. That's a little sketchy.

  2. My husband and I visited Maroma 10 years ago for our honeymoon. We have been back three times. It is by far the nicest resort we have ever visited. Your description and photos are spot on.

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