Stunning Stays: Overwater Bungalows Debuting in the Riviera Maya

In Playa del Carmen & Tulum, Stay by Suzanne Koch

Sometimes a classic hotel suite, no matter how luxurious it is, is a bit of a bore when an exotic world is just out the window. When you spend your days venturing through Mayan ruins and hiking through thick jungle foliage, escaping back to a traditional hotel room seems…well, traditional.

This year, throw boring tradition over your eighth floor balcony and head to adults-only El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma who’s stepping up its game and stretching out its property to include overwater bungalows—yes, just like the ones seen sprinkled throughout Tahitian waters in Bora Bora. Come September, palafitos (or stilt houses) will dot the waters of Maroma Beach which was voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world by Travel Channel. And soon it will also become the locale of the first and only over-the-water offerings in all of Mexico.


Located in the Riviera Maya, it goes without saying that these bungalows will offer killer views, and not just outwards but downwards too. Every bungalow will be complete with glass bottom floors so stepping inside will feel like stepping out. Lovebirds will be happy to find indoor Jacuzzis for two in each room along with “Aguas del Amor,” a private outdoor shower. And what’s all this without an extra level of exclusivity? This first phase will also include in each suite a private infinity pool, direct ladder access to the ocean and an oversized deck.

Don’t worry about having to trek to shore for a nice meal either. If you ever decide to leave your bungalow (and we’re having a hard time finding a reason), there’s an overwater grill and wine bar that serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner and even has a private dining room with none other than a glass floor. And if you thought the spa (yes there’s a spa too!) would be a variety of mundane, average treatments, think again. The overwater Náay Spa pulls from traditional Mayan practices which used the surrounding marine life in treatments. The use of Meroma’s Sea Moss, which is found only in the Caribbean, is a common theme throughout much of the spa menu and is rich in mineral salts and high in detoxifying antioxidants.

“El Dorado Maroma’s Palafitos — Overwater Bungalows are the most exquisite and unique suites in the entire region, with the ocean and renowned Maroma Beach literally at your fingertips,” says Armando Chomat, executive vice president of Premier Worldwide Marketing, the exclusive worldwide representatives for Karisma Hotels & Resorts.

Guests are also able to enjoy all the on-shore offerings at El Dorado Maroma that features three pools, six restaurants, four bars and a variety of resort activities. Like the Palafitos, the resort encompasses the Gourmet Inclusive Experience of a la carte dining, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, full-service concierge and 24-hour room service.

Booking for the Palafitos — Overwater Bungalows has already begun with rates starting at $665 per adult, per night. For more information or to book a reservation, visit:

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