This was our first trip to the El Dorado Royale and also first time in Mexico. My husband I stayed here for our honeymoon (end March - April) and we were so impressed it was very hard leaving!
It is a fantastic adults only resort, staff are v friendly and helpful, our beach butler Angel was amazing and brought us drinks hourly. We stayed in the swim -up casita section (28), we found it was a quieter part of the resort and only a 15 min walk to the lobby and entertainment stage ( or 2 min buggy ride). Each casita section has its own pool bar and so there are never too many people in it. The beach was only a 30 second walk from our casita suite and the beach palapas (4 poster beds) were v impressive. The resort also offers 24 hour room service, an excellent addition to the gourmet all inclusive.
Our casita suite was immaculate and had everything you need. A huge jacuzzi, indoor and outdoor shower, a tv & dvd player (dvd's are available to borrow but most in spanish - you may want to bring your own if have multi-regional format) the maid did a wonderful job everyday cleaning our suite.We had a huge king size bed and a double bed outside on our decking that is hidden behind netting so no one can see in. There is also a table and chairs on the decking and the back leads to your own sun loungers that are submerged into the lazy river.
All of the restaurants were excellent, food wonderful. I am a vegetarian and the chefs were all v accommodating and would make up something special for me if there was nothing on the menu that I could eat. Santos was one of the many excellent chefs in La Fuentes! For breakfast there were many restaurants to choose from all table service however in Cocotal & La Fuentes there is the option of self service, my favourite for self service was Cocotal, they had everything from cereals, waffles, pastries, fruit, cooked breakfasts and a chocolate fountain!!! The Kampai was our closest restaurant and they did a fantastic menu for breakfast, lunch & dinner (tip - make sure you make a reservation for the kampai or get there early when it opens to get a table!) We found you dont need to make reservations in advance for the other restaurants, you can choose on the night where you fancy going, sometimes you may have to wait 20 mins for a table but there is always a bar within sight to have a drink while you wait. The health bar was a great place to go for smoothies, shakes and lunches. A favourite was the peanut butter & banana shake. The smoothies would be nicer if they took the seeds/pips out of the fruit.
All the bars were great, they have an extensive list of cocktails, some favourites were the drunken monkey (creamy) & sexy mama (fruity). The bar next to the entertainment stage has swings in it which are fab...also a challenge to stay on after a few cocktails...!
The entertainment crew were great, they worked hard day & night to provide lots of activities & fun for everyone. One of our favourite nights was the Jamaican night, a v good live band that will get you up dancing and wiggling until your hearts content! The jet ski's are excellent fun to take out, the sea can be a little choppy though so hold on tight!
The actual beach was lovely, they had comfy four poster beds called palapas and sun loungers. A beach butler (if in casita section) and there is always a bar within sight. The sea was warm and clear, however there are large sandbags that look like large whales and make the beach look unattractive, however the purpose for these is to create 'artifical reefs' to encourage marine life and protect the beach if there were to be a hurricane. The sea can be quite choppy and I would take caution swimming out of your depth. The best place to snorkel and the calmest & clearest part of the sea is opposite the health bar. There is a lovely little lagoon bit there.
Another note to add is the resort has buggys that can take you anywhere in the resort if you didnt fancy a walk. The resort is very safe and secure, a word of warning though, I would advise not walk down the road out of the resort to catch the local bus because there is jungle with snakes etc and can be v dangerous at night. Also there is no way the local bus will be able to see you in the dark by a v busy road. It is better to get a taxi or the free shutttle service the resort offers.
Honeymooners make sure you remember your wedding certificate for the lovely honeymoon package, the massage in the spa, candle lit dinner on beach & breakfast in bed :-)
Whether you are on your honeymoon, a special anniversary or a break with friends, this resort shall do more than impress, you will be so spoilt you will never want to leave!!
Thank you to all the staff for making our honeymoon so special :-)
Mr and Mrs James
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- El dorado casitas royale, one of conde nast traveler readers’ top 100 hotels in the world and a AAA four diamond resort, is the pinnacle of romantic seaside luxury.Nestled along the beach in a separate, secluded area within El Dorado Royale on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma is an adults only resort designed for romance. A superb array of amenities and services makes this an unrivaled destination for romantic getaways, weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries. ... more less
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