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Maroma Resort and Spa by Orient-Express 4.5

Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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  • On a calm, white-sand beach between Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos
  • Comfortable rooms have balconies or terraces and contemporary decor with pops of color
  • Upscale spa offering massages, salon services, and yoga and Reiki classes
  • 2 restaurants, 2 bars offering tequila tastings, and a wine cellar
  • 3 nice outdoor pools with shaded areas and comfy loungers
  • Activities galore: 2 tennis courts, observation tower, a library, water sports
  • Fitness center with modern machines, private classes and personal trainers
  • Free a la carte breakfast served in the restaurant or delivered to room
  • One free snorkeling trip per guest included in the price
  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Outrageously expensive extras and dining
  • No TVs in rooms (a pro for some)
  • Some rooms are small for the price

Bottom Line

This upscale 65-room boutique between Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos has a beautiful setting on a white-sand beach, amid a jungle preserve. Contemporary rooms are equipped with original artwork, furniture from the hotel’s own workshops, king beds and either a terrace or a balcony. The great amenities on offer, including three pools, upscale dining, a wonderful spa, and a gorgeous beach, make this a solid pick, but prices are quite steep; other luxury resorts in the area may offer better value.

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On a lovely white-sand beach halfway between laid-back Puerto Morelos and hip Playa del Carmen

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The hotel is set on a jungle preserve located halfway between the towns of Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. The area serves as a perfect compromise for anyone looking for Cancun's stunning beaches sans the hordes of tourists. The impressive reefs just offshore attract a fair share of divers, and many come to take a dip in the inland cenotes (massive sinkholes filled with crystal-clear groundwater).

There’s nothing within walking distance but for the gorgeous beach and other resorts, but the hotel has a list or trusted cab drivers that will take you anywhere. Just make sure to call ahead, as they are not on-site.

  • 35-minute drive from Cancun International Airport
  • 20-minute drive to Playa del Carmen
  • 25-minute drive to Puerto Morelos
  • 26--minute drive to Xaman Ha Aviary
  • 27-minute drive to Xcaret Eco Theme Park
  • 45-minute drive to Downtown Cancun
  • 46-minute drive to the action in the Hotel Zone
  • 1-hour drive to Tulum
  • 2-hour drive to Coba
  • 3-hour drive to Chichen Itza

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Highway 307, Kilometer 51, Solidaridad, Playa Maroma, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico

Room Types

  • Deluxe Garden View Room
  • Deluxe Ocean View Room
  • Garden View Master Suite
  • Oceanfront Four Bedroom Villa
  • Oceanfront One Bedroom Suite
  • Ocean View Junior Suite
  • Ocean View Master Suite

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