Cancun in style
British Airways have just started to provide flights to Cancun, Mexico and now have two direct flights a week departing from London Gatwick, with a Boeing 777 servicing the route. It provides a choice of three cabins, including BA's Club World business class with fully flat beds.
It is this superb new service that I have been fortunate enough to experience first hand and from the charming BA crew to our attentive hosts at Maroma Resort and Spa by Orient Express, service was exceptional throughout this trip.
When I arrived at the hotel, its location really blew me away, as it sits on what I can only describe as one of the best beaches in the world. Platinum white sands lead away from an intoxicating Yacatan jungle backdrop and as it's in Mexico's Riviera Maya (an area of outstanding natural beauty) it enjoys a crystal clear Caribbean coast that has to be seen to be believed.
At Maroma the vast majority of rooms benefit from this stunning ocean view. My Villa Master Suite was right on the beach and the villa also had its own pool.
The hotel has a very Mexican feel to it and is far-removed from, and preferable to, some of its rather brasher neighbours; understated luxury and attention to detail rather than over-the-top opulence.
As you'd expect, the food was fantastic from the traditional Mexican breakfast to a fabulous dinner on the beach and Freddy's bar was (and remains) stocked with over 200 tequilas (although the Modelo beer faired less well).
This hotel would be ideal for couples and honeymooners, especially with one of their Kinan Spa Rooms set up for two; and with chocolate on the menu, the mind boggles!
We took in several other hotels on the Riviera but, personally, Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita (exceptional boutique resort with healthy gourmet cuisine - a perfect antidote to the Cancun nightlife) and, in stark contrast, Banyan Tree Mayakoba (Asian simplicity in tranquil surroundings with each villa having its own pool and overlooking the canals) stand out among them.
For me though, Maroma is definitely somewhere I'd love to return to; for more that just the food (and chocolate).
This blog wouldn't be complete without reference to Coco Bongos, a truly bizarre but gripping 'cabaret' show featuring, amongst others, tributes to Robbie Williams, Axl Rose and Lady Gaga - definitely worth a visit, possibly just the one though.