Overwater bungalow honeymoon: Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma

Photos courtesy of Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Photos courtesy of Karisma Hotels & Resorts

This is the fifth part in a series highlighting my favorite recommendations for couples dreaming of a romantic honeymoon in an overwater bungalow. From the French Polynesia to the Maldives, stay tuned for even more overwater bungalow goodness coming soon!

The French Polynesia and Maldives are natural considerations for couples who want to honeymoon in an overwater bungalow. Tahiti is where the iconic accommodation was conceived and, thousands of miles away, the Maldives houses 60 percent of the world’s overwater bungalows.

Given the travel time required to reach either destination though, is all hope lost for couples who have their heart set on celebrating the start of their happily-ever-after in an overwater bungalow but want to avoid a full day of travel?


Enter: Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma in Mexico!

Located on one of the top beaches in the Caribbean, the Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma offers a luxe honeymoon experience that couples in the United States can reach nonstop in less than three hours from most major cities.

Resort: Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma

Location: Maroma Beach in the Riviera Maya

Resort size: 30 overwater bungalows (the Palafitos are in a private area of the 157-suite El Dorado Maroma resort)

How to get to the Palafitos: After arriving at Cancun International Airport in Mexico, the Palafitos are about an hour-drive from Cancun.

Overwater bungalow options: Choose between the Overwater Bungalow and Elite Overwater Bungalow, with the main difference being the Elite accommodations are located at the very end of the pier for prime ocean views and come with a dedicated butler. Regardless, all bungalows feature:

  • Glass bottom floors

  • Private infinity pool

  • Direct ladder access to the ocean

  • Romantic Aguas del Amor™outdoor shower

  • Indoor relaxing hot tub for two

  • Oversized deck with wooden lounge chairs

  • Exclusive beach beds

  • 24-hour room service

  • Customized beach picnics

  • Breakfast served in your bungalow daily

  • Dressing service before dinner

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