Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa
This renowned resort between Cancún and Tulum recently reopened its doors after an extensive floor-to-ceiling renovation. The result: nine new Sian Nah (Mayan for “house of heaven”) Suites, each with its own massage space, gym, and plunge pool; a self-serve bar at the 7,000-square-foot, Mayan-inspired Kinan Spa; El Sol restaurant, where chef Guillermo Gomez turns out modern Mayan-Creole dishes; and a fleet of waterfront beds, a picturesque perch for sipping mango-and-cilantro margaritas. The 65 original, thatched-roof bungalows have also been spruced up with luxe linens, painted Mexican tiles with century-old designs, and handwoven hammocks and rugs. The charming staff—from the women who scatter bougainvillea blossoms on your bed at turndown to the waiters who prepare guacamole tableside—elevate the experience from mundane to genuinely personal.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.