So if yesterday's post was all about how they make the inside of Maroma resort special, today let's talk about the outside. And specifically let's talk about the beach...the glorious beach. One of the most perfect I've ever seen - although that can be said for the coast that stretches all the way to Tulum. What was great about this part of Mexico is that the beach is this unique combination of white sand that's the density of powdered sugar, the blue water that's out of a fairy tale, and there is nothing to take away from your beach experience. No jellyfish or urchins that force your beachmates to relieve the sting (yes, have been there), no sharks lurking underneath the surface, no trash on the beach and from what I could tell (whether at Maroma or anywhere else we were on the coast), nothing really preventing you from leaving your things on the beach without a care in the world while you go for a swim in the warm waters. We have done beaches all over the world and I can't think of one that checks off all those items all in one location.
And of course, as is their style, the service that Maroma provides on the beach itself only adds to the experience. Beach chairs with inches if not feet of padding, a regular parade of treats to keep you cool, and a BEACH BAR CART... that comes to you! and makes concoctions to order! Loved it. And maybe loved the bar tender too. In a platonic way of course.
One quirky thing about the beaches on this coastline is the regular seaweed/algae clearing. We first saw it in Tulum and from what I could tell it was happening at just about every beachfront property, regardless of whether it was hundreds of dollars a night or just a collection of simple palapas. There is a lot of raking that goes on from early morning to late afternoon of this never ending collection of seaweed/algae on the shore - some rake, some wheelbarrow. But where does it all go? And it seems to be like that all day every day - I imagine they burn it or set it out for biodegrading somewhere but I ended up being totally fascinated by this process. Something to investigate further...
|View from our room.|
|The Maroma Beach.|
|The parade of beach refreshments begins...|
|Like chilled mini-apples on ice in copper urns.|
|...and cardamom ice cream mini cones...|
|And my personal favorite - the Maroma beach bar cart.|
|...with all the key ingredients.|
|The beach bar cart in its full splendor.|
|The beach in its natural state...|
|The platoon of seaweed/algae clearers.|
|Wheelbarrow upon wheelbarrow of seaweed.|
|Undeveloped beach on one side of Maroma.|
|The one rainstorm of our stay rolling in.|
|And one pic of yours truly, having a journey like no other, just like they promised.|
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.