The EDR really is just amazing. The flight from the UK is 10 hours and I was a little weary when we arrived in Mexico, I just wanted to get to the hotel and chill out. As soon as we arrived at the hotel there were bell boys who would not let us touch our suit cases as they were dealing with them and wanted us to check in. You walk into the lobby of the hotel and it takes your breath away, the fountain looks as gorgeous in real life as it does in the photos (and you get a glass of champagne). The check in was very efficient and the lady behind the desk explained everything to us and gave us a map.
Then it was back outside to get a bell boy to give us a tour of the resort in one of the buggies on the way to our room. He was kind enough to stop off at the bar so we could get a beer on the way. He bought our bags up the stairs and put them in the room for us while we took in the room. They really are as nice as in the photos, very spacious. Our maid Trinidad did an excellent job of keeping the room tidy and the towel art that she left was amazing,
We had an ocean view room room, in block 5, room 517. We thought this was a really good location. It was near enough to everything for walking but far enough away not for it to get noisey. We had breakfast everyday at the Cocotal, and had the buffet everyday. The range available was excellent and the food was always gorgeous. Mr Ananias the waiter always had a smile on his face and kept your juice or coffee full.
The weather during the first week of our stay was a little disapointing, it rained quite heavily a few times, but it is the rainy season so what can you expect. The second week was blisteringly hot and without the breeze it would have been unbearable. The days were spent lazing on the beach or in the sea. The snorkelling is fantastic but some of the sea bottom is a bit rocky in places. If you go for a walk on the sand bags, be careful, some of them are very slippy.
Lunch was either at La Isla or the Pizza bar. The spicey chicken fingers at La Isla were gorgeous. The service in the Pizza bar was a little slow at times when it is busy but we were not kept waiting for too long.
The restaurants we tried in the evening were Cocotal, La Carretta, Fuentes, Kampai, D'Italia and Jo-Jo's. All of the food was very nice. Fuentes is something else entirely and an experience I have never had before. It is advertised as a Cullinary Theatre, so I thought we would see a show whilst we ate. The show is your food being prepared and when I came out, I felt like I had seen a show. We had no problems getting the reservations that we wanted at all, I appreciate the hotel may not have been at capacity but it certainly was not empty.
The evening entertainment was very good too. I think my favourite has to be the ventriliquist on a Sunday night Justin, he was very funny. The circus show was one that took my breath away with some very daring tricks being performed. All the entertainment was very good.
I have read some reviews on here from people saying that they were bored. I cannot see how, everyday at all times there appears to be an organised event for you to take part in starting at 8.00am. I was happy just to chill out on a Sun bed apart from the few trips that we went on.
We went to Delphinus to swim with the dolphins which was totally amazing, again something that I have never experienced before but cannot wait to do again. They are so intelligent and love the interaction with you and the foot push is awesome.
We also went to Tulum and Coba which was an interesting day out. On the trek along the trail to the main pyramid at Coba you see alsorts of wild life along with the ancient ball courts. Climbing the pyramid is also worth the effort if you have a head for heights and are not put off by the 45 degree angel of the stairs. On the way out of Coba we saw a crocodile in the lake near the entrance.
Our final trip was to Xel-Ha. This day can be as relaxing or as wild as you want it to be. The lazy river is excellent and some of the fish are huge. Whilst we were snorkelling round we saw a ray. If you want to test your balance, try walking across the floating bridge, that was good fun.
In summary it was a fantastic holiday which I would recommend to anyone. The rain did not ruin it as there is plenty of shelter around the complex if it does rain. The food is excellent however if you want to take a buffet at every meal this may not be the place for you, the only buffet available is breakfast apart from the salads at lunch time. The staff at the hotel work very hard to make sure you are happy. We had a problem with our toilet one night, within 2 hours whilst we were out having a meal it was fixed. The grounds staff work really hard keeping everywhere looking nice, even the iguanas/pea cocks approved and the beach was always kept immaculately clean.
If anyone has any specific questions about this hotel that you wish to ask me, please do so. Phogan1@ntlworld.com
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Conde Nast Traveler Readers’Top 100 Hotels in the world and a AAA Four Diamond Resort, El Dorado Royale is an adults-only destination that provides the ultimate in service in the ultimate setting.With more than a mile of sandy beach in Mexico's Riviera Maya, El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort, by Karisma offers an escape which no other destination can match. All the luxuries you can dream of, combined with an emphasis on personal attention to your every whim, make this an ideal location for a getaway. Travelers join us from around the world for romantic outdoor beach weddings or ceremonies in our intimate beachfront chapel, relaxing honeymoons, anniversary celebrations, or just much needed time off. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Dorado Royale Hotel Riviera Maya
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- El Dorado Royale Spa Resort
- El Dorado Royale Resort
- Eldorado Royale
- El Dorado Royale, By Karisma Playa Paraiso, Mexico - Riviera Maya