Between the palm trees
I stayed at the beautifully peaceful Maroma Resort and Spa (a Belmont Hotel), located oceanside in Riviera Maya. It truly is magical – with a strong background in Mayan roots, the hotel offered so many spiritual activities. One of my favorites is the ancient temazcal rituals, meant to purify the body and connect to nature. Essentially like a sauna/spa mix, these rituals involve sitting in small teepee-like structures at dusk. Chanting, mixed with healing herbs, are meant to cleanse the body and create harmony. The rituals are definitely a once in a lifetime experience, strongly connected to the Earth and the mysticism associated with Mayan ways. I definitely felt like I was immersed in the culture!
Another hotel I’d recommend is the Rosewood Mayakobá, another very serene property with amazing suites.
The food was simply amazing. And when I mean “simple” I really mean it in the purest sense. Everything was handmade in front of us, and using yes, simply great ingredients (fresh lime, avocado, freshly-picked tomatoes, etc.) that all came together for a definitely delicious culinary spread! There was a woman who would make fresh tortillas every day for breakfast. My favorites were the “Build Your Own Tacos” on sizzling hot tortillas. Holy guacamole!
The area at Maroma was so peaceful – from hidden spa gardens and bubbling fountains to rock mazes and more, I felt like I was walking through a tropical fairytale.
A must-see in the area is Tulum – this location has really been trending in the recent past, and more tourists are flocking here for their incredible caves, cenotes (more on that below), and ruins. It’s a 2 hour drive from the Maroma, but definitely worth it. Located on the Caribbean coast, the area has some of the most beautiful and intact ruins. Take a tour to explore the sights!
To cool off from the Mexican heat, take a dip in the Grand Cenote – you can snorkel or scuba dive through natural water-filled canyons.