For most of us, when we think of overwater bungalows, we imagine the Maldives or Bora Bora, but that level of luxury is available just a few hours south of the border in Mexico — specifically in the warm Caribbean water at Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma, an adults-only honeymoon hotspot in the Riviera Maya (the stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula) that made its debut this past September.
Imagine this: After a four-hour flight to Mexico's Cancun International Airport and a chauffeured drive to the property, you are handed the room key to your very own overwater bungalow. For the rest of your Mexican honeymoon you'll be surrounded by crystal-clear water and secluded beaches without a care in the world.
Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma is comprised of 30 stand-alone suites (the word palafitos means “stilt houses” in Spanish) situated on Maroma Beach. These units boast 800 square feet of privacy, complete with your own infinity pool, outdoor shower AND glass-bottom floors.
This all-inclusive resort provides personal butler service — you heard right, you’re assigned a butler to take care of your every need — and days begin with a quick discussion of your plans for the day with your butler. In addition to beach beds reserved exclusively for guest use, the list of activities that the resort offers includes cooking classes, parasailing, snorkeling, horseback riding and yoga. Náay Spa, the on-site overwater spa, offers treatments based on traditional Mayan herbal practices and even incorporates the region’s marine life, like Maroma’s local sea moss.
In the middle of the property is the Overwater Grill and Wine Bar, which is exclusive to guests staying in the bungalows. The restaurant offers Mexican fare with a Caribbean twist — think tapas, tacos and fresh seafood entrees, as well as hand-crafted cocktails. Want to hit the beach? The team will pack a picnic for you. Late night munchies? Room service is available around the clock.
No doubt your honeymoon will be over before you're ready to return home, but take solace: Now you and your husband have an excuse to return to this special destination to celebrate anniversaries for many years to come.