In March, 2012, on a trip primarily for birding/nature appreciation purposes, I spent five delightful days and nights at the Hotel Amarte Maroma which is located in the Riviera Maya about 20 minutes from the Cancun Airport and approximately 15 minutes from Playa del Carmen. The hotel consists of 24 beyond comfortable, well-appointed cottages (all 2-level four-plexes, I believe) and has three luxurious villas located on a beach on Maroma Bay easily accessible about a mile from the main hotel. The cottage room that I stayed in was immaculate, spacious, extremely well-lighted and serenely quiet at night: it consisted of a siiting room, a large sleeping area, a huge tiled bath/shower, a separate bathroom, and loads of closet space. Especially appreciated were the first class, "natural" amenities/toiletries including insect repellent. Also most appreciated was the hammock that was strung on the deck outside of the room-while on that hammock from my second floor perch, I could could enjoy the sounds and sights of such birds as tropical mockingbirds, Yucatan jays, multiple species of hummingbirds, social flycatchers, and even those ubiquitous great-tailed grackles.
I was really thrilled with the lush tropical garden grounds of the hotel which among other vegetation had a variety of palms, banana trees, and bouganvilleas. The walkways at night were more than adequately lit with adorable Maya motif lampposts and there were benches spread throughout the grounds. Another plus for me were the iguanas and geckos that harmlessly scurried about and the dozen or so peackocks that are housed there.
While the room and grounds were superior, the hotel staff that I had contact with were even more so! They were extremely helpful and were more than eager to answer all of of my questions regarding the hotel and the Riviera Maya. Arrangements were even made for someone to show me the virgin forest property that the hotel owns which is not part of the hotel proper- there I saw all sorts of birds, including one of my "target" ones, a squirrel cuckoo.
Moreover, the staff made arrangements for me to see another of the properties that is affiliated with the Amarte, the Villa Castelli. About a half mile from the hotel this huge, well landscaped, architecturally impressive duplex villa is set (safely!) right in the jungle with a mangrove as its backdrop. Most people would be impressed with its fully equipped kitchen, its mahogany trimmings, and the jacuzi in the livingroom- as for me, an afficionado of rocks and minerals, I really loved the Mexican onyx light fixtures and wash basin on the second floor. It has multiple balconies which afford fantastic views of the jungle and from which I saw all kinds of birds like olive-throated parakeets, white-fronted parrots, Yucatan and golden-fronted woodpeckers, plain chacalacas, a few species of orioles, and,of course, more Yucatan Jays. Nearby, I had the thrill of seeing a pair of rather uncommon great currasows.
However, overall. the biggest plus for me was that the environmentally congruent and attuned Amarte is not one of those environment/ecology destroying All-Inclusive Resorts that are more and more becoming the dominant part of the area's landscape. Unlike the intrusive all-inclusives, you can rest assured that the Amarte will not have any comically clad, safari uniformed security guards asking you "what are you doing on our beach?"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AMARTE...A tropical oasis in the heart of the Riviera Maya on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, between the jungle and sea, the sun and the moon, the past and the present.A special place where the rhythm of the tides and the whisper of the breeze connect you to what was and what could be. Amarte embodies the art of living with a unique collection of boutique hotel rooms restaurants and event spaces dedicated to celebrating the best of local flavors and traditions, architecture, music and art in a beautiful natural setting which includes the tropical abundance of the jungle and a private venue on the most spectacular beach in the Mexican Caribbean.This secluded enclave includes 24 charming hotel rooms divided among separate bungalows nestled along stone pathways in an exuberant garden of flowers and fruit trees; the excellent Pavo Real Restaurant surrounded by a small lake and lush tropical gardens, ideal for group events; the intimate beachfront Pavo Real by the Sea overseen by our French chef; Piano Café Burger Bar Bar featuring gourmet burgers and steaks and a private beach with an open-air wedding chapel and restaurant/bar installations for hosting weddings and group events. The Amarte Family is waiting to welcome you with warm smiles and their unique brand of “handmade hospitality”. ... more less
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