Saturday, April 20, 2013

WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO MEXICO, part 3, Maroma

Ulrika Thelander continues her Mexican adventure - Maroma is the third and the smallest of her beautiful hotel stops...

This Orient-Express hotel lies a little closer to Cancun than the Mayakoba hotels. A rustic, truly “Relais & Chateau” kind of place with a lovely location – the beach is wide and absolutely stunning here, stretches ahead without the bends and bays you find at Mayakoba.

Mexican style comes over with the fabrics and small details, together with white walls and ceilings in dark wood. This authentic feel makes it a fantastic little hideaway with only 63 rooms and a few villas.
Junior suite in Mexican spirit

Ocean view junior suite



Suite with romantic old fashioned charm


The lead-in category of rooms are rather small but very charming, and face the little garden and pool.

Old fountain in the gardens

One of the hotel's common pools
There are two different pools and a nice little Spa.
Nature reigns even at the spa

Lush garden seen from the lobby

The restaurants are great and the service at the Beach Cabanas and lunch restaurant by the beach is superb.

They now accept children but don’t have many activities for them, so you can book a nanny. And the hotel has a pet parrot that is sure to please the kids.
This parrot was actually at a nearby
ecological park - worth visiting

In a nutshell

A small rustic resort on a stunning beach, Maroma is ideal for couples of all ages - I would recommend Maroma to anybody who prefers an intimate resort.

The environment

Here are a few glimpses of the natural environment of Mexico - richly tropical - as seen at the nearby ecological park and aquarium, Xcaret.
Underwater colour in the aquarium at Xcaret

Flowers in the butterfly garden
And one of the many beautiful butterflies

Flamingoes

Turtle sanctuary at Xcaret
This popular 25-acre park also offers an orchid farm, bat cave, cultural shows with Mayan rituals, and water activities like snorkelling and diving on nearby coral reefs.

Riviera Maya has many other attractions, among which many Mayan archaelogical sites (like Tulum and Coba). Best season is November to April, when it is usually sunny but not too crushingly hot.




Thursday, April 11, 2013

WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO MEXICO, part 2, Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Sales Manager Ulrika Thelander continues her Mexican journey.  This rewarding tropical destination is now one of her declared favourites...



Turquoise sea.

White sands.

Mayakoba has it all. In this lush tropical reserve, Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers pool villa accommodation. That makes a lot of water - on top of all the lagoons and the ocean.

Perfect for couples or families who want a lot of privacy, the villas all have a wall around them,  enclosing private garden with pool. Altogether there are 107 villas with one, two or three bedrooms.

A private pool fronting a beachfront villa.

It is quite far between the main area and beach where the 3 Bedroom Beachfront villas are. These beachfront accommodations can be booked as one or two bedroom villas, depending on season.

Master bedroom
Lounge
All inevitably stylish ... it's Banyan Tree.

The hotel has four different restaurants. Down by the beach and pool, Sands has an attractive setting and location. Breakfast is served in the restaurant up by the Main building so we had a buggy to pick us up.

Good start today...

Activities: There are bicycles to rent.  The Mayakoba championship golf course can be seen beside the path to the beach. There are plenty of activities for children including Mangrove Boat Tours, free nonmotorized watersports etc. 



The Banyan Tree Spa is fantastic with a great portfolio of different treatments, located in the main area together with the Banyan Tree Shop and other boutiques.

Lobby - stylishly contmporary...
I would recommend this hotel for all people who want a lot of privacy and in villa dining.

How to get to Mayakoba

40 minutes by car from Cancun International Airport

Banyan Tree offers

Take a look at our own Banyan Tree web site:

www.selectcollection.com/banyantree

Here you will find great special offers and discover how you could win a stunning Melissa Odabash kaftan...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO MEXICO, part 1, Rosewood Mayakoba




M is for marvelous. Our Swedish sales manager Ulrika Thelander has travelled around the world to many fabulous destinations but only recently visited Mexico. Now she reports:

“I am impressed! I now have three favorite M destinations – Maldives, Mauritius & Mexico.”

Her first port of call was Rosewood Mayakoba, which shares a beautiful private nature reserve of waterways and mangroves with Banyan Tree Mayakoba, along with a championship golf course and..
... gorgeous white sand beaches

A short drive north of holiday playground Playa del Carmen you enter this lush protected area through huge gates. We let her snapshots tell some of the story:


If you arrive in the daytime you start your stay
with a boat ride. Check-in is done in your suite.

A nice way to start your holiday!

Ulrika’s favourite accommodations at Rosewood Mayakoba were:
...the beachfront suite

and
Ulrika's own Ocean Suite number 505

Ocean Suite 505 has a perfect location not far away from the Beach Restaurant and communal pool with a stunning view from your terrace with private pool. All suites have a private pool – some smaller than others.

She can also recommend the smallest category Lagoon Studio suite, which faces the water/lakes that surround the hotel.
Your place to relax by the lagoon

There are 128 suites in total – and each one has a heated plunge pool outdoor deck and boat dock, Bose sound system, CD/DVD player and iPod docking.

Bicycles are free to rent during your stay and are available for teenagers as well. There is a small kids club just by the beachside pool...
...pictured from a cabana

The hotel share tennis courts with the other hotels nearby but has a beautiful Spa and gym on a private island where no children under 13 are allowed. (Bridge crossing)

The spa retreat


There are three restaurants – the smallest serves reasonably priced sushi and by the beach a traditional Mexican restaurant serves pizzas as well.


And the breakfasts are truly tropical.

And the service at this hotel is superb! You really feel special everywhere. By the pool they serve you free water bottles in ice-buckets, small canap├ęs & smoothies during the day, and of course the Beach/pool boys make up your sun chair. They even come around cleaning your glasses and give you a little head massage while you wait for your glasses to be cleaned :)


"I would recommend this hotel to anybody who wants top service," says Ulrika.

A few more snapshots follow...
Telescope for guests in a lagoon suite
Outdoor shower in a lagoon suite


 
Next stop will be Banyan Tree Mayakoba.