Mexico’s First Overwater Bungalows Are Pretty Spectacular

Though They’re Not Particularly Great for Sleepwalkers

By Chris LaMorte ·
None 10 Photos Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma
You’re asleep and having a dream.

You’re in Mexico. The beaches are white. The sky is blue. Everything is wonderful. Then you look down.

Beneath your feet: why, you’re in the middle of water. And you’re on stilts. And you’re drinking a glass of champagne. Also, there’s a camel watching you.

Only this is not a dream. And you’re not asleep. But that camel: so real.

Because you’re at Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma, which are the first of their kind in Mexico, now open in Playa del Carmen’s Maroma Beach. (Dive right into this slideshow. The water’s fine.)

You’ve seen this kind of setup before, of course. Stilt-supported cabins called palafitos located right in the sea. Thatched roofs. Glass floors offering a peek into the sea below. But they’re usually a Maldives kind of thing. And that’s just not fair.

So, here you’ll receive the pleasures one can only get with off-beach bungalows equipped with private infinity pools, romantic outdoor showers and a butler at your beck and call.

And when it comes to leisure, you’ll go kayaking. You’ll investigate the beach bars. You’ll get wrapped up in moss at the spa. Then you’ll demand to ride a camel and that will somehow just happen.

But you should ask nicely just to be sure.
Chris LaMorte

Chris LaMorte’s favorite lapel: peak. Favorite bulldog: French. Can you offer him a glass of champagne: yes. Often mistaken for: Zach Galifianakis. Often mistakes himself for: Bradley Cooper.


Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma
Carretera Cancún, Tulum, Km 55.3
Playa del Carmen, QR 77710
official website


Elsewhere on the Daddy

More Travel