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PUBLISHED WORK - Hotel and Resort Reviews > Maroma Resort & Spa - Riviera Maya, Mexico :: Stellar Cellar   (News)   June 2010

Maroma Resort & Spa - Riviera Maya, Mexico :: Stellar Cellar  (News)

Maroma BeachMaroma Resort & Spa on the Riviera Maya in Mexico is known for many things. This Orient-Express hotel consistently topped the top lists for a decade. Tony Blair, Robert Plant and Prince Charles all favor the same room (number 23) and other celebrity fans include Robert Redford, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Sean Penn, Cameron Diaz and Sharon Stone.

Maroma also received a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2008 and 2009. However, during 2009 the resort’s wine cellar suffered from a degree of neglect as Maroma (and many other resorts in the country) cut back on inventory like expensive wines to cope with a tourism downturn caused by the swine flu fears and a barrage of U.S. State Department travel warnings which negatively impacted travel to virtually all areas of Mexico (despite the fact that violence issues the State Department warned of are, for the most part, focused on the border, not beach resorts).

Maroma Resort & Spa - restaurantSix months ago Maroma hired a new sommelier who has now rebuilt the resort’s cellar. Alexandre Rioux, 24, was born in Montreal and came to Mexico four years ago to become the wine steward at the El Dorado Royale.  Determined to become a sommelier, Alex bought a copy of the Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia and began training himself. He ultimately received professional training and accreditation with the Associacion Mexicana de Sommelier.

Today Maroma’s cellar now boasts 340 labels (and counting) from around the world ranging from $30 to $5,000. Alex has also started hosting a must-book seven course wine-pairing dinner ($250 per person, available Monday through Saturday) served at a romantically set table in a small cellar-inspired private dining room. Guests are treated to an ever-changing menu which recently included perfectly tender sea scallops, rib-eye encrusted with chili and coffee and a palate-cleansing lime sorbet made by local Mayan women, enjoyed as an eclectic soundtrack including Frank Sinatra and Al Greene played in the background.

You’ll definitely want to document your wine-pairing dinner so take advantage of another great service at Maroma: free use of digital cameras. Maroma has three Sony Cyber-shot 10.2 megapixel digital cameras  which they loan to guests to use for free during their stay. Upon check out, you’ll receive a CD containing the images you shot.

For more information, call 52 (998) 872 82 00 or 1-843-965-8616.
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