Located on the Riviera Maya, south of Cancun, the 412-room Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is a romantic, adults-only all-inclusive resort, set on a private white-sand beach lined with sunbeds, cabanas, and palapas. In addition to the buffet, a wide range of high-quality dining options are available, including Japanese teppanyaki, French cuisine, a wine cellar with over 200 different vintages, and, for an extra charge, romantic dinners for two on the beach. A stunning destination-style spa offers couples' treatments in private outdoor cabanas on the beach. Rooms are large and tasteful, with four-poster canopy beds, separate sitting areas, and private balconies; ground floor rooms are swim-up suites. The hotel is especially popular for honeymoons and destination weddings, though numerous additional fees can make a stay here pricey. Travelers wanting to be within walking distance of Playa del Carmen's bustling Fifth Avenue -- a popular tourist destination for shopping, bars, and nightlife -- could consider the Royal Palma del Carmen.
The Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun Resort is all about romance. The resort combines elegance and intimacy throughout spacious, high-ceilinged common areas and sprawling, manicured tropical grounds, both of which have plenty of secluded nooks and shaded seating areas. There are candles, fountains, and serene pools of water everywhere; the carved wooden furnishings are handmade by Mexican artisans, and all guests receive champagne and refreshing towels upon arrival.
The lobby is large, airy, and modern, with marble floors and columns, iron chandeliers, and sitting areas with furniture upholstered in rich Mexican oranges, reds, and dark browns. In contrast to the usual hotel monolith, the front desk consists of a series of private tables, adding to the feeling of personal service that could easily be overlooked in such a large property.
The spa -- with its natural stone walls, river-stone mosaics, and banks of candles -- is a true destination for romance and relaxation; couples' treatment rooms include dual soaking tubs, and there are outdoor cabanas for couples' massages right on the beach. The pool area, too, is relaxed and romantic: it winds its way through the property, with areas that feel almost like private lakes, with boulders and plants right up to the water’s edge. Hammocks are scattered throughout the lush grounds, and there are a number of shallow pools with tables, chairs, lounges, and hammocks set in the water. Guests have even been known to play poker, half-submerged, and the swim-up bars encourage similarly decadent socializing.
Despite the size of the resort, the restaurants don’t feel crowded. Each has private booths or tables where couples can feel alone; Bordeaux, the wine-themed restaurant, takes it up a notch with a wine room that doubles as a private chef’s dining room for a lucky couple. Guests can also have dinner for two right on the beach. Needless to say, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is especially popular for weddings and honeymoons.