MARVELOUS MAROMA

Suzanne Barney on 05 April 2019
The Secrets Maroma hotel has a world-famous beach which is one of the best in Caribbean and has won many awards. It is an adult’s-only resort and although it has 400 rooms, it has a feeling of space and a nice mixture of relaxation and activity.

The hotel has plenty of inviting sunbeds located by the pool and white sand beach. The gardens are beautifully manicured and in the heart of the hotel there is a huge infinity pool. I joined in with some of the activities such as Connect 4, basketball and bocce ball just to break up the sunbathing. There were plenty of sunbeds and gazebos free by the pool so I grabbed myself a mojito from the swim up bar.

There was wildlife in abundance at the hotel. Agouti (like squirrels), iguanas (lizards), Coatis (member of racoon family) as well as the reef being for fish and turtles.

We were in a preferred room which originally was a swim up pool room but because it was a double, we had to change to a higher room with a jacuzzi on the balcony, still with a fabulous view and all the same facilities.

I love the way they think of everything with hairdryers, a safe, coffee machine, iron, iPod, stocked mini bar, free Wi-Fi and of course 24-hour room service. The layout is really good as well so finding your way around the hotel is OK. Despite there being 400 rooms you don't feel you are in a large hotel.

I had booked a hot stone massage at the spa. I decided to go early and use the hydrotherapy circuit. I used the steam room, jacuzzi and water jets. I then had a wonderful 80-minute massage so returned ache, pain and toxin free back to the room to get ready for dinner.

I had booked in to the teppanyaki table at the Himitsu restaurant but only could get in at 10pm so we went to the show and had a few drinks before dinner. They have theme shows every night and this evening was Mexican so there was a Mariachi band and dancers to keep us entertained.

The food was excellent: shrimp and beef cooked in front of me by the chef which was worth waiting for. The quality of food has surprised me during this trip, everything is high quality. We tried room service in the morning which was a banquet in itself.

Staying only one night I wasn't able to sample everything at this hotel. There’s a gym, yoga, beach volleyball, sailing, windsurfing, water aerobics, kayaks and snorkelling to name a few (and so many other restaurants to try)!

Plus nearby you have Xcaret and Xelha which are excellent venues for culture and snorkelling if you want to get out of the hotel - I most definitely will return.