Come May 2023, the lush Riviera Maya along Mexico’s verdant Yucatán Peninsula will watch one of the region’s most iconic hotels spring back to life as Maroma, A Belmond Hotel reawakens amongst 200 acres of tropical jungle. Tara Bernerd, the interior designer behind some of the world’s most coveted luxury hotels, has been hard at work getting the property ready for its big reopening, which owners LVMH are banking big on as the first extensive transformation within Belmond’s growing North America portfolio.
Given LVMH only recently acquired Belmond back in 2018, we’re expecting quite a lot from Maroma’s new lease on life. The resort and spa closed in April 2021 ahead of the extensive renovations, which centre around 10 new waterfront suites, a new culinary direction spearheaded by local-born executive chef Daniel Camacho and a refined spa and wellness centre that’ll double down on the property’s natural setting.
Bernerd, who has worked with Belmond before as well as Four Seasons and Rosewood, engaged a number of local artisans to better incorporate the immediate surroundings into Maroma Resort & Spa. More indigenous materials have been used to help complement the original design and architecture of the property as well as each of the 72 rooms and suites that are spread across the private beach.
Those waterfront suites look like they benefit the most from the new aesthetic direction, leaning heavier on indoor-outdoor living with a private pool and garden for each.
As far as public spaces go, the property’s three pools have all been redesigned with tiles made from volcanic stone. The wellness component will now be the first Guerlain Spa to launch in Latina America, bringing the acclaimed brand to Mexico and sketching the brand’s signatures with a touch of Mayan culture. That should translate to a holistic experience, with a comprehensive program of meditation, movement and yoga workshops blended with sound and healing rituals.
Signature restaurant, Casa Mayor, is the latest project from Chef Daniel Camacho paying homage to traditional Mexican cuisine and the colours of the country’s flagship dishes. Freshly caught seafood should be a big focus here, so expect massive seafood towers to be a common sight around the breezy space along with Jalisco-style birria and a chocolate cake made with Oaxacan black mole and flamed with house mezcal.
Casual restaurant Bambuco will also be given a touch-up with a wider selection of Mexican wines and Tequila cocktails, while lively beachside Freddy’s Bar will continue being the property’s most energetic space with live music and DJ sets on the sand.
Maroma, A Belmond Hotel
Address: Carr. Cancún – Tulum Km 51, 77710 Riviera Maya, Q.R., Mexico
Contact: +52 998 872 8200