Maroma Resort in Mexico

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By Richard Klein

There are many amazing things about Maroma, from start to finish, and from one end of the property to the next. The property is located on an old coconut plantation, very much isolated from cities and modernity around it. The main building is the original one from the plantation’s early days, with a spanish influence in design, updated to hold all that we would find Maroma has to offer. 

It was all very rustic chic, with a view of the turquoise ocean seen right away through the candle chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, and a bar with seemingly hundreds of different tequilas to the left. Each attention to detail was more impressive than the next.

Upon our arrival, we were greeted with a Maroma Margarita, handed to us by the awaiting attendants. The service continued to be impeccable throughout our stay. It’s about “The welcome…with a ‘Welcome Home’ and a welcome margarita” says Ari Martinez, PR manager. 

The rooms are all unique, and uniquely impressive. We stayed on the top floor of the main building, in a suite overlooking the ocean. The beach itself is a site to see, and one of the facets most boast worthy of the place. Pure white sand stretching out as far as one could see, meeting with the clear turquoise of the warm inviting waters lapping at the shore. If you wake up early enough in the morning, you’ll see hotel staff raking the sands free of seaweed, ensuring the pristine white expanse. 

There are no televisions in the resort, as the staff encourages visitors to take in the beach, relax with the water, read, and simply be. Attendants walk along, offering homemade sorbet and fresh coconuts straight off the tree. 

Each night is an exhibit of different foods and entertainment. Fish is procured from the small village nearby. Half of all profits made from the fish go back to the village. The spa is an experience not to be lost on the luxurious traveler here. Drawing from Mayan traditions, the services and practices performed in the exquisite space are deeply in line with the beautiful relaxed nature of the space. 

The resort is also customizable and LGBT friendly in all the right ways. We received a note before our arrival asking for details of what we enjoyed eating, and who my partner was (note: not wife or husband or spouse). It’s all part of their “handmade hospitality” motto. 

“We choose the phrase ‘Handmade Hospitality’ to describe the whole atmosphere at Maroma,” Martinez says. “And our philosophy of caring for our guests in a very individual and personal way. We want to make our Guests feel at home, a special hidden gem in the Mexican Caribbean.” 

While secluded, I assure you, there’s absolutely no reason why you’d want to leave. Tulum and Cancun are each an hour away, and Playa del Carmen, a short 40 minutes. 

And don’t miss the magical parrot. The staff claims the magnificent bird calls the resort home five hours a day, before flying off to seek its own adventures. And a relaxing adventure you’re sure to have, if you choose to stay at Maroma. 

You can take a look at the Resort’s website here

About The Author

After completing a degree in architecture and design at Carnegie Mellon University, Richard Klein moved to New York City and served as design manager for the New York City School Construction Authority. Working closely with leading architects to redesign buildings in the nation's largest school system, Richard honed an authoritative eye for detail at all levels of the design process. Motivated by the burgeoning design culture of the West Coast, Richard relocated to San Francisco to further explore his interest in design and lifestyle philosophies that were taking root there in the early 90's. Settling in San Francisco, Richard was an Art Director of Macy’s West, specifically working with Macy’s magazine. He also began to develop numerous relationships within the design community working with such companies as Wells Fargo, Levi’s and Esprit. Merging his innate ability to cultivate and curate pioneering local talent Richard created the Surface Gallery in the South of Market area of San Francisco. Through viral marketing and weekly events, the gallery gained increased popularity among the city's creative community. Richard quickly realized the need to provide a larger conduit in order to properly discuss and disseminate the work of these emerging artists. The gallery morphed into a publication and Surface Magazine was born in 1993. In tandem with the exhibitions, Surface magazine focused on inventive West Coast artists and designers hand-picked by Richard. Using his ability to identify the new and the next and to garner substantial support from the design community, Richard began to develop an international reach locating edgy talent from around the globe. Under Richard, Surface also became lauded by national media with such quotes as "It functions as a virtual swipe book of contemporary style images." New York Times; "An extraordinarily handsome publication." The New York Post; and "One of the most striking new independent magazines in America." Vanity Fair. With success abroad and attention streaming in from U.S. outlets, Surface organically evolved into a global style icon by late 1995. With accolades piling up, Richard sought to build on this increasing interest in order to grow Surface into the one source for global consumers to find the most groundbreaking concepts and provocative personalities in the design realm. Continuing with his hands-on approach to the look and content of the magazine, Richard and Surface began to attract global advertisers such as Cartier, LVMH, General Motors and Calvin Klein, among others. With advertisers lining up at Surface's door, Richard began focusing his efforts more on the publishing side, and paying special attention to developing the brand identity of the rapidly expanding media company. Within a short period of concentrating on the business side of the enterprise, Richard quickly realized the potential for the brand to move beyond the book, expanding Surface's trademark ability to locate and support new talent into larger scale three dimensional projects. RK conceived, developed and launched several brand programs that resonated with the international design community. Furthering the capacity of the Surface lifestyle, Richard collaborated with the Hotel on Rivington in New York City's Lower East Side to create a two- story penthouse that lets Surface guests and designers live in ultimate luxury as curated by Surface. 18 years later after initially launching the first issue, Surface has become the focal point for a loyal community of design enthusiasts and opinion-leading readers that reside in well over 200 countries. In 2008, Richard oversaw the licensing of the Surface brand to a Beijing publishing company - and Surface China was born. Over the last year, Richard’s focus has been building a new brand. He has lead the launch of dot429 and is currently operating as the CEO. Called a linked in for the LGBT community by the Wall street Journal, and a visually stunning facebook for gay men and women by the huffington Post – dot429 has attracted a membership of over 55,000 people in a short 13 months. Richard participates on the San Francisco leadership council of GLAAD, and is on the advisory board of MCF. Richard was the Co-chair of the San Francisco Glaad media awards in June of 2010.

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