With great excitement, El Dorado Maroma, a resort located in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, announced that the construction of 30 overwater bungalows is currently taking place with an opening date of September 1st, 2016.

These water villas will join 128 on-land accommodation options as well as the existing restaurants, bars and resort activities. Once open, these will be the first overwater bungalows in the Cancun area, unless you include the Rosewood Mayakoba Resort just north of Playa del Carmen.

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Overwater bungalows

El Dorado Maroma – Riviera Maya, Mexico

While not yet available to book, El Dorado Maroma plans to have two different types of overwater suites available soon. These will be the Palafitos Elite overwater bungalows which will have a maximum occupancy of 2 adults and will be 600 square feet in size and the Palafitos overwater bungalows that will also have a maximum occupancy of 2 adults but will be a little larger with 775 square feet of space. Each are detailed to offer both private accommodations and airy rooms, personal walkways and views of the ocean.

>More information about the El Dorado Maroma – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Current room choices

Currently, there are 11 different room choices making for a total of 128 rooms on-site, each situated on or right next to the beach. Though they each differ in size, number of guests allowed and amenities, each is detailed and styled to provide a luxurious stay. Even the smallest of the rooms includes a view, a king size or 2 double size beds, bathroom amenities including an in-suite Jacuzzi for two, a living area and an entertainment system.


Nightly room rates seem to hover around the US$700 to US$1,000 range, which leads us to believe that the overwater bungalow nightly rates will most likely be around the US$1,000 and higher a night mark. Once the overwater suites are in place and ready to book, we’ll update you with their nightly rates.

Resort amenities and activities

Noted as one of Travel Channel’s top 10 beaches in the world, Maroma Beach offers visitors a long stretch of polished white sand to enjoy alongside beautiful views of Mexico’s waters. In addition, the resort allows guests only a short walk to the beach itself from their chosen rooms, allowing for easily beach access throughout the day and into the night.


As you’re talking a little stroll on the sand, you’ll find a lovely surprise- the resort’s spa. Located directly on the sand and situated near the water’s edge, the spa is made up of 3 thatched-roof beach bungalows allowing for both natural light and ocean breezes to filter through as you enjoy your mid morning massage.


In addition to the spa, guests will find several different pools to enjoy, 6 restaurants and 4 bars, including a swim up pool bar. All of these amenities are within close walking distance to each and everyone of the resort’s rooms, making for a relaxing stay. If you’re traveling by boat, the resort also houses a marina where you’ll find adventure boats waiting to take you out for a day on the water.


Other amenities including tours, car rentals, a laundry service, both a tobacco shop and a jewelry store, medical services, money exchanges and wedding, honeymoon and anniversary packages. Activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle-boarding, kayaking and other water sports.

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  1. I’m wanting book a overwater (for a couple) from Honolulu for 2 nights in November 2022.
    What is the instruction ? Could I contact you privately ?

    1. Martine,

      We are simply an online guide to overwater resorts around the world and we don’t do bookings. We have links to the best source to book each resort on each of the pages. Best of luck! -Roger

  2. I’m wanting to take my family to a vacation in a bungalow..over water.
    Swimming pool..I have 6 adults and 2 kids. Can u help?…send name of place or pics

    1. Hank,

      Unfortunately there are no overwater bungalows that can accommodate 8 people. Most of them are built for 2 or 3 people and even the rare resorts with 2-bedroom units charge a fortune for those. You are best off looking for 3 separate normal overwater bungalows for your group. -Roger

    1. Katherine,

      I cover most of this in my article on when to go to the Maldives. The short version is that there are pros and cons to any time of the year. It’s really only late May through early July when you might get hours of rain at a time. The rest of the year the rain tends to come quickly and usually end in 20 minutes or less. I think most people actually prefer to go to the Maldives when the weather is worst where they live, because it’s always warm and pleasant in the Maldives. -Roger

  3. I’m just in the beginning stages of planning an anniversary vacation for around Sept if next year so I know it’s to early to book but wanted to know where I should be looking for the best rates on fights from atlanta Georgia. We want an over water bungalow all inclusive or mostly all inclusive lunch and dinner with drinks/alcohol included. And a few activities. If you know of 2 or 3 options that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you..

    1. April,

      There are a few very expensive all-inclusive overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, but none in Bora Bora or anywhere else in the South Pacific. If you really want all-inclusive then the Maldives is your best bet as they have about 25 resorts there that are all inclusive or offer all-inclusive options. You’ll probably get the cheapest flights from Atlanta to the Maldives about 5 months out. And you’ll usually get the best rates at a resort from 3 to 6 months out. Have a great trip. -Roger

  4. Hi
    I am very interested to know how to build a bungalow and the conditions ex. Water deep , power of waves , etc

    1. M,

      I get this question a lot and it always surprises me. I wish I could help, but we are an online guide to overwater hotels and we have nothing to do with construction of them. You might consider contacting construction firms in the Maldives, since most of the world’s overwater resorts are there and they keep building new ones. -Roger