Lonely Planet Writer

Mexico is getting its first overwater bungalows at a beachfront resort

While they are a staple of resorts in the South Pacific, Mexico will soon get its first overwater bungalows for travellers looking for luxury accommodation on the water.

Exterior of Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma.
Exterior of Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma. Image by Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma

The El Dorado Maroma is a beachfront resort on the Riviera Maya’s Maroma Beach, opened by the luxury hotel company Karisma Hotels and Resort. The company says that this development, opening in September 2016, will be the first overwater bungalows in the country.

Exterior of Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma.
Exterior of Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma. Image by Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma

The tropical-style dwellings allow guests to get as close to the water as possible, and come with a number of perks for people who love the ocean.

Interior of Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma.
Interior of Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma. Image by Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma

The first phase will see 30 overwater bungalows that will offer ocean views, glass-bottom floors, ladder access to the ocean, outdoor showers, private infinity pools, indoor Jacuzzis and more.

Exterior of Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma.
Exterior of Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma. Image by Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma

The bungalows will also come with 24-hour room service, exclusive beach beds, customised beach picnic and full butler service on-demand – which can include getting deliveries of sunscreen, reading materials or even food. El Dorado Maroma is also aiming to appeal to a specific demographic – the bungalows are adults-only, with the company noting they will be a perfect location for honeymoons or anniversaries.

Exterior of Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma.
Exterior of Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma. Image by Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma

As more guests want to experience staying in an overwater bungalow without heading to the South Pacific, the resort style is also cropping up in other locales like the Caribbean.