Holiday Festivities at Maroma

Special programs for holiday visitors to Riviera Maya property

By: Lisa Jennings

The Maroma Resort and Spa on the Riviera Maya has a number of special treats planned during the holidays to help guests feel a part of the family.

Guests can learn how to create traditional Mexican piñatas, which are an integral part of Mexican Posadas celebrations. On Christmas Eve, the chef will invite guests into the kitchen to help prepare traditional Mexican dishes and cocktails, which will be shared as a communal meal family-style. And on Christmas morning, guests will awake to find their piñatas filled with a special gift from the Maroma staff.

During the Christmas holiday week, afternoon teas with seasonal treats will be offered, and holiday choirs will perform, adding to the festive atmosphere. New Years Eve will include a Posada celebration, as well as a Nativity and a Three Kings activity.

Rates from Dec. 19 to Jan. 3 start at $525 per night, plus tax and tip, and include daily breakfast, ground transfers and special holiday programming. Minimum night stays are required during peak holiday periods.

The 64-room, hacienda-style resort has won a number of awards, but, most recently, it was selected for the “The Best in the World Readers Choice Award” in the Nov. 2004 issue of Conde Nast Traveler, and ranked third in the Top 10 Central America Hotels category.

Located about 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport on the Yucatan Peninsula, the Maroma property includes 500-acres of beach and a rainforest that was previously a coconut plantation. The beach is protected by the second largest barrier reef in the world, which provides optimum conditions for diving and other water sports. The rustic-but-luxurious resort has three pools, tennis courts, and a library with books on Mayan culture.

And the new Kinan Spa is scheduled to open later this year, offering a full range of Mayan-influenced spa services in unique environments, such as treatment rooms with private gardens, and a roof-top “massage tower” with 360-degree views.

Maroma is the only Orient-Express Hotel in Mexico.