Riviera Maya Travel Guide
We thought the Viceroy Riviera Maya had won the best turndown service award with their plunge pool turndown but another resort in the area may just have them beat.
The Belmond Maroma (remember, Belmond is the new name for Orient Express) does a resort-wide turndown service every night. All around the property, candles are lit--along the walkways, in the lobby, at the restaurants, by the beach and around the pool (above.) Did we mention this happens every night?
The Belmond Maroma boasts a more secluded location than other resorts in the Cancun area, set amongst 25 acres of preserved jungle with the beach and ocean in front of it. Of course, you will pay for this. Deluxe rooms start at $815 a night which includes breakfast, coffee in-room, internet and a welcome cocktail. You may be able to score a slight discount by booking Belmond's introductory offer of 15 percent off standard room rates. The deal is valid on bookings made by June 26 for travel by June 30, 2014.
[Photo: Belmond Maroma/Facebook]
After completing a multi-million dolllar renovation of the Barcelo Bavaro in Punta Cana that increased its occupancy rate by about 2% and revenue per available room by 8.6%, Barcelo will now turn its attention to its gigantic Riviera Maya property in hopes of achieving similar results.
The project will cost more than $45 million and will begin on May 6 and focus on the complex’s Maya Beach and Maya Caribe hotels. Each will receive a revamped lobby, a new bar and an a-la-carte restaurant. The complex as a whole should benefit from the addition of an entertainment center that is to include a sports bar, bowling alley, teen disco, kids club, waterpark, and paddle tennis courts. A new Premium Club lounge will also be added.
The property consists of five adjacent hotels and one of the largest pools we've seen on a resort property in that region, with plenty of space to find serenity and avoid the drunk people at the swim up bar.
Reviewer Geraldine Fabrikant informs us that five years ago, Maroma was just a boutique hotel with about 32 rooms. Then Orient-Express Hotels bought the place, added new rooms, two swimming pools and the Kinan Spa. When Hurricane Wilma walloped Mexico in 2005, Orient Express forked over $16 million to make repairs and finish the upgrades.
In short, no expense has been spared here which is always nice to know when traveling to Mexico, if you know what we mean.
Down in Mexico the Paraiso de la Bonita Resort has decided that putting guests up in luxury for a few days is not enough: they want people to get out there into the natural environment. You see, the resort is a member of the World Heritage Alliance so they have to do their bit to support the World Heritage Sian Ka'an Biosphere that's just an hour and a half away.
The Biosphere has been around for over 20 years and is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. It has unique wetlands and archeological sites as well as hundreds of bird species and over a hundred known kinds of mammals too. This makes it important, beautiful and worth visiting: even the hotel thinks so.
Right now the Paraiso de la Bonita is offering a 4-night Sian Ka'an Eco-Experience package, with accommodation in a luxury ocean view suite, a dinner in their Michelin-chef-led restaurant, and an excursion to the Biosphere Reserve; package costs start at $1,999. When you're not in the Biosphere you can relax at the resort's Thallasso Center Spa or explore the coastal barrier reef nearby (it's the second largest in the world).
The only bit that makes us stop and think a bit is the promise of a private transfer from the airport to resort using their fleet of air conditioned White Lincoln Navigators. Shouldn't eco-excursions be in eco-cars? Hope someone helps out and sells the Paraiso de la Bonita a few hybrid automobiles.
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ABC network stars Teri Hatcher and Kate Walsh recently took a trip (but not together) to the Paraiso de la Bonita in Riviera Maya, Mexico over the Memorial Day Weekend.
So while Lindsay Lohan was melting down at the Mondrian Hotel, Kate Walsh was cuddling with her new fiancé Alex Young and Teri Hatcher was exploring the area with her boyfriend Stephen Kay.
Golfer Greg Norman has built a new golf course and this time it's along Mexico's Riviera Maya. As we mentioned a while back, the Riviera Maya was not as damaged as other parts of the country by Hurricane Wilma and is becoming a new fave among the tourists who are sick of Cancun.
The Fairmont Mayakoba will start taking reservations on April 1 as will Norman's latest work, El Camaleon.
But this is not your average wasteful luxury resort. Nope. This section of the Riviera Maya is eco-conscious and closed to vehicular traffic, leaving you to explore other kinds of transportation like bicycles and lanchas--thatch-roofed boats.
More on the golf resort post-click.