Just 20 minutes from Cancún's international airport is Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, set on 25 acres of preserved jungle. Guests here still enjoy direct access to the Caribbean Sea and its powdery, white-sand beach, as well as to a wide variety of physical fitness and wellness activities and services. Rooms are generous in size and are filled with sunlight, let in through large windows. Tile floors and design accents—throw pillows and furniture, for instance—have an earthy color palette. Many rooms feature indigenous artwork and handmade furniture. Though it might be tempting to stay within the confines of the resort, the area is home to a number of worthwhile attractions, including the Maya site of Tulum and a biosphere reserve; the concierge can provide information about both, as well as tips for guided excursions and reputable outfitters.
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Pristine White Sand on the Riviera Maya
Belmond Maroma is a secluded, luxurious hideaway on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with the turquoise Caribbean to one side and 200 acres of protected jungle on the other. It has the widest beaches in the Riviera Maya, rooms that reflect the colors of the country, and a long list of activities. With many direct flights to Cancún, this has become a favorite respite for novice and world travelers alike. I fell in love with Maroma years ago.
AFAR Travel Advisory Council member Bettie Jo Currie’s Riviera Maya package includes four nights at the Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa in a Deluxe Ocean View room with daily breakfast. This itinerary includes private transfers from the airport, a private excursion to Tulum, Coba, and a Mayan Cenote, and a half-day sailing on a private catamaran, all for the price of $4900 per couple.