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Intimate, exotic, but above all, romantic—the dream vacation that never ends.
We’ve all been there, in one of those lucid, romantic dreams where the place is so perfect and the feeling so blissful we don’t ever want to leave. But the real world has a way of insisting on it. When we do wake up, we leave the dream with one overwhelming thought. I want to go back—and stay. In one very dreamy place, you can. You don’t even have to wait for your REM sleep cycle to kick in. The setting is the award-winning, adults-only El Dorado Maroma in Riviera Maya, where the line between the real world and the dream world blurs.
For a full immersion in the experience, remember this one word: Palafitos. It means “overwater dwelling,” and at the El Dorado Maroma by Karisma, it equates to 30 brilliantly designed and exquisitely appointed overwater bungalows. at body of water happens to be one of the most beautiful in the world, hugged by the white sand shoreline of Maroma Beach, named one of the 10 best beaches in the world by the Travel Channel.
With its mesmerizing glass floor and a private ladder descending into the water, your Palafito will provide unlimited access to azure surrealism and mind-soothing tranquility. You’ll also find plenty of appealing spaces for relaxation, from the expansive outdoor deck to the indoor Jacuzzi. And then there is the private outdoor shower called, appropriately, Agua del Amor. We’ll leave the translation to you.
The Palafitos are the first and only overwater luxury bungalows in Mexico, this should come as no surprise. El Dorado Resorts provides unique romantic experiences for guests at award winning luxury hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean. Karisma Vice President of Marketing Armando Chomat describes the Palafitos as “a one-of-a-kind experience for travelers seeking the ultimate luxury getaway, whether it’s to celebrate a honeymoon, birthday, anniversary, or for no reason at all but to become immersed in nature and be pampered with the finest hospitality.” Clearly this is a place where love and luxury are perfectly coupled. Consider the world-class dining of the Gourmet Inclusive Over Water Ocean Grill & Wine Bar, featuring an open kitchen, mesmerizing views, a glass-bottom floor and menu options inspired by the sea and land with fresh vegetables and spices that are grown in the El Dorado Royale greenhouse.
When it’s time to connect body and soul, the Overwater Náay Spa offers relaxing, invigorating, therapeutic treatments based on traditional Maya herbal practices. Of course, even couples who are madly in love with the water have to come up for air sometime. When they do, there’s another dreamscape only
steps away—where Maroma Beach offers the shore version of a siren song, with lots more to love.
The resort is intimately scaled, with everything just a short romantic walk across the beach. The Gourmet Inclusive offerings at El Dorado Maroma include three pools, six premier restaurants and four bars. But that’s not all. Guests can enjoy any number of stimulating resort activities, including dancing (from slow to interpretive), yoga, beach volleyball, cooking lessons, kayaking and even bocce on the beach.
At the end of the day, however, it’s time to return to the ocean as the dream continues. How the plot unfolds from there is up to you, your significant other and your imaginations. When you do go to sleep, you’ll do so with the awareness that when the night ends, the dream doesn’t. There’s just a lot more natural light. And as for those glass-bottom floors in the Palafitos. You might be surprised by the exotic species you see in the water below. Then again, they might be surprised by what they see above.
Palafitos at Sunset
Bungalow Patio with Pool
Palafitos Rooftops at Sunset
Images courtesy of El Dorado Resorts