"Where the Jungle Kisses the Sea"© The beautiful Maya Palms Resort is an ecological oceanfront getaway situated on the Meso-American Barrier Reef in the core of Mexico's Chinchorro Banks. All of Maya Palm's resort buildings are modeled after actual Mayan Ruins, gathering the Arch of Labna, the Great Pyramid at Uxmal, and Chichen Itza's El Castillo to the doorstep of the Caribbean Sea.
The resort buildings consist of the Labna Entry building, which houses the gift shop and offices; Bodega; Pyramid Reef Bar & Grill; Ice House; Dive Shop; Swimming Pool; Main Palapa; and the Villas.
They have taken great effort to preserve the native plants on the property and added a wide variety of other tropical plantings, including a hundred trees, so guests are ensured the fragrant, exotic experience of a tropical landscape - from lush stands of brightly colored heliconia rostrata hanging down like pendant lobster claws to jungle orchids unfurling their frilly blooms up in the trees.
Location: The Maya Palms Resort lays 10km south of the village of Mahahual and the Costa Maya Port, which is fast becoming the Caribbean's premier cruise destination. In addition to the many resort amenities, the close proximity of Mahahual Village and Chetumal allows one to enjoy other activities such as shopping, horseback riding, ruins tours, dolphin encounters, jungle tours, and people watching. Maya culture tours to the ruins of Chacchoben, Kohunlich and Dzibanche can be arranged. Accommodations: Maya Palms rental beachfront villas are located just feet away from the lapping waters of the Caribbean and are well appointed with all the comforts of home -- including air conditioning. And for those who prefer the soft caress of an ocean breeze, all villa rooms face the sea. In addition, Maya Palms villas are screened and have ceiling fans, private bath, hot water, 24-hour electricity, two full size beds, daily maid service, a private porch, and pure R/O water produced by our seawater recovery plants. Guests will find the tropical setting to be unspoiled and secluded, a welcome change from the crowds so often encountered at other resorts. The availability of wireless Internet throughout the resort allows you to go on line any time of day or night. Optional Meal
Package: Maya Palms offers its guests the option of a meal package that includes a hot breakfast with fruit and coffee, lunch, and a four-course gourmet dinner. The Pyramid Reef Bar & Grill is located inside Maya Palms' main pyramid. Offering fine food, relaxation and recreation, The Pyramid Reef Bar & Grill is world renowned for incredible gourmet meals with a Yucatan flair, featuring frozen tropical drinks and cervesas. The main palapa/bar area is ideally situated so as to take advantage of four dimensions of Maya Palms: ocean views, sea breezes, orchid gardens, and native wildlife. The palapa is a place where family and friends can gather for games, dining, or just good conversation.
Freshwater Swimming Pool: Maya Palms Resort has a spacious seaside freshwater swimming pool featuring a large tile deck, walk up bar, pool palapa, showers, and bathrooms. Great for relaxing or exercise, the Maya Palms pool is also a haven for sun worshiping, lounging, and refreshments -- the perfect place to unwind after a day of diving or fishing.
Meso-American Barrier Reef: Located directly in front of Maya Palms Resort, the Meso-American Barrier Reef lies only 400 yards off shore. This is the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, stretching over 600 miles north to south, its size surpassed only by Australiaˇ's Great Barrier Reef. Home to some of the most extensive and well-developed coral formations in the world, the amazing reef supports a wide diversity of marine life with over 500 varieties of fish. Activities: Maya Palms Resort offers Scuba Diving, snorkeling, swimming, beachcombing, kayaking, fishing, bird watching, relaxing on the mile of private beach, or just laying in a hammock amid the palms and ancient Sea Grape trees. The beautiful gardens and beach offer great photo opportunities, as do the areas indigenous inhabitants which include several varieties of land crabs,Toucans, Iguanas, Coates, Hummingbirds, Pelicans, Parrots, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Orioles, Ospreys, the resident Eagle of five years nesting atop their radio tower, and many more.
Swimming and Snorkeling: Maya Palms' extraordinary virgin reef system breaks the waves, making swimming and snorkeling enjoyable for both beginners and pros. A rich variety of colorful coral, fish, lobsters, turtles, rays, and conch inhabit the reef, providing visitors with an unforgettable show of nature´s beauty. The reef also serves to provide calm waters along the white sands of Maya Palms' vast beach.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling: Maya Palms' Chinchorro Divers is the founding pioneer for Scuba Diving in Costa Maya. Obtaining the first permit to dive the Chinchorro Banks, Maya Palms' Chinchorro Divers are PADI, SSI, and TDI certified resort dive facilities, utilizing the incomparable experience and backing of one of the United States' most successful and unique dive resorts: Bonne Terre Mine.
As a result, the bilingual staff of professionals has logged thousands of hours worth of hands-on experience in training and accompanying Scuba Divers and Snorkelers. The Dive Center is equipped with modern state of the art equipment that is updated continually. They have the largest air/nitrox capacity and over 100 rental tanks. The spacious 48ft dive boats are well maintained and fully equipped with state of the art navigation, marine radios, safety and first aid equipment and, of course, DAN O2 systems.
The Owners: Missouri entrepreneurs Catherine and Douglas Goergens have been launching successful ventures in the Scuba Diving and Hospitality/Resturant industry since 1972.
The couple and their resorts have been featured in feature films such as The Abyss and IMAX World presentations, as well as a wide variety of national and international print and television media including:
• People Magazine
• National Geographic
• Men’s Health
• Sport Diver Magazine
• Scuba Diving Magazine
• Skindiver Magazine
• Entrepreneur Magazine
• Diver Magazine
• France Magazine
• Adventure Magazine
• Lonely Planet
• The Washington Post
• The New York Times
• The Los Angeles Times
• The San Francisco Chronicle
• The Chicago Tribune
• The London Examiner
• The Toronto Star
• The Wall Street Journal
• Routers News Service
• International Herald Tribune
• The Associated Press
• American Way Magazine
The Goergens’ facilities are home to the Red Bull Depth-Charge and have also been featured on The Discover Channel (three times), The History Channel (two times), Jacques Cousteau’s Mississippi Adventure, Good Morning America, CNN, The Today Show, To Tell the Truth, Jeopardy, Fox News, Paul Harvey, and ESPN.