|Sunrises like you cannot imagine from the beach at El Dorado Royale|
|Main lobby at El Dorado Royale|
- Welcome glass of Sparkling wine and refreshing towel.
- All Gourmet meals and specialty bites
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages from a selection of domestic and international premium brands.
- Minibar with beer, water, soft drinks stocked once a day.
- Daily and nightly activity program with live music & shows.
- Bicycles provided to ride around the premises.
- Non-motorized water sports: kayak and snorkeling gear.
- Scuba clinics in the pool.
- Hospitality Desk
- 13 swimming pools, one of which is a natural salt-water pool.
- 2 hard surface lighted tennis courts. Rackets and balls provided free of charge. Restrictions apply to be used at night.
- Complimentary Shuttle to Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Reservation required.
- Personal Concierge Service from 8 am to 11 pm
- Fitness center, Sauna and Steam Room
- 24 hours room service (restrictions apply on rainy days)
- Taxes and gratuities included
While staying at El Dorado Royale, I learned about their Greenhouse. Although you may never see the greenhouse, a 70,000 square foot greenhouse facility, you certainly will experience it. The greenhouse produces vegetables and herbs not only for El Dorado Royale, but for the other resorts in the Karisma product including sister El Dorado Spa Resorts and Hotels and Azul Hotels. They grow organic vegetables and hers including cucumbers, bell peppers, chilies, basil, cilantro, and mint. If you wanted to see the greenhouse, tours depart from the main lobby several days a week. El Dorado Royale's resort greenhouse was the first of it kind in the region and had its first harvest in 2009.
|My building at the El Dorado Royale|
Don't worry about being too far away from anything at any time as there are always employees on golf carts willing to give you a ride any time of the day or night. I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed when I first arrived thinking I would never find my way around, but in less than a day I was navigating my way around the resort quite easily. I would definitely pick up a bike if I was staying here for a week and ride every morning or run along the paths.
|Luxury Jacuzzi Junior Suite|
|Jacuzzi awaits with champagne|
|Swim up suites|
|View from my Luxury Jacuzzi Junior Suite|
GOURMET INCLUSIVE RESTAURANTS: The exquisite restaurants and bars of El Dorado Royale epitomize the excellent quality and customized service that forms the Gourmet Inclusive vacation experience.
|Cocotal (photo courtesy Karisma Hotels + Resorts)|
Kampai - Pacific Rim: Take in the stunning ocean views as you enjoy the best of authentic Pacific Rim cuisine from India, Vietnam, China and Japan. Don’t miss the area’s freshest sushi or the authentic spring rolls. Buddha statues highlight the enchanting Thai-inspired decor.
La Isla Restaurant: This open-air palapa restaurant features continental breakfast as well as à la carte international breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a special focus on Mediterranean cuisine at dinner.
Fuentes - Culinary Theatre: A foodie’s dream come true, Fuentes is the ultimate in dining and entertainment. Dinner and a show? It’s all right here in one place. With five open kitchens under a 90-foot vaulted thatched roof, Fuentes offers an epicurean adventure to satisfy both your appetite and your curiosity. Flat-screen TVs display our Michelin-trained chefs’ cooking techniques and Mexico’s rich culinary heritage. Winner of the 2008 Wine Spectator Award, the restaurant’s unique interactive concept allows guests to take part in every aspect of their meal—from asking the chef about cooking techniques to learning about the authentic local ingredients. Guests can also invent their own creations at the three cooking stations—cold prep, hot dishes and the always popular, dessert station.
|El Rincón Mexicano|
El Rincón Mexicano: Enjoy the tastes of authentic Mexico! With a broad menu to satisfy everyone, you can take in the culinary delights of our country with items like tacos, fajitas, fresh pico de gallo and more. Enjoy the beautiful garden view while you dine for both lunch and dinner.
Just before dinner we had the opportunity to take part in a tequila tasting in a small area adjacent to the restaurant. Whether you go alone and join others or have your own group, you can definitely expect to have a good time.
What I learned is that good tequila is like good bourbon or whiskey and is smooth and does not require salt or lime to combat the taste. If you're sucking on a lime, you're not drinking good tequila. If you're drinking añejo or reposado tequilas, you should be sipping them and not downing them in a shot.
|A few of the tequilas we sampled during our tequila tasting|
|Tequila tasting with small bites|
I was thrilled to have some authentic Mexican food while in El Rincón Mexicano and it was exceptional! We started with the corn chowder, which was delicious and creamy.
A huge tray with guacamole and a variety of salsas and pico de gallo was brought to the table along with fresh tortilla chips. Whether you are afraid of spicy food or not, you could find mild all the way up to super spicy, just the way I like it.
|El Rincón Mexicano Shrimp|
For entrees, the meat eaters in our special dining party could choose from the slow cooked brisket Mexican style in pasilla child and tomatillo sauce or the El Rincón Mexicano Shrimp made with ancho peppers, cinnamon, brown sugar crust, buerre blanc, and a balsamic hibiscus reduction.
|Black been and cheese chile relleno|
The chef accommodated my no meat request and made a ridiculously cheesy black bean and cheese chile relleno. So yummy!
|Crepes with caramel, chocolate, and tequila|
Not to be forgotten was a delicious dessert of crepes with caramel, chocolate, and of course, tequila.
Gourmet Corners: To satisfy those sudden afternoon cravings (for food!), our Gourmet Corners are the answer. Enjoy pizza fresh from a wood-fired oven at La Cabaña Pizzeria. Healthy Corner offers fresh fruit, juices and smoothies, while Las Olas serves various salads and sandwiches.
|Room Service menu|
If that still can't satisfy you, there's always 24 hour room service. With an extensive menu in English and Spanish, you can certainly find something that will satisfy you any time of day.
|Room service breakfast|
I ordered breakfast through room service one morning and despite the heavy meat filled menu, they were able to accommodate my request for a cheese and veggie burrito with a side of beans and pico de gallo and coffee. Lots of coffee...
And, of course, some fresh fruit, which was delicious. There's something about being in the Caribbean that requires you to eat fresh fruit, especially pineapple. I think it is an unwritten rule that all travelers must abide by or face persecution.
GOURMET INCLUSIVE BARS: Whether you want to sip on a martini or a daiquiri poolside, El Dorado Royale has you covered.
|Martinis Lobby Bar (photo courtesy Karisma Hotels + Resorts)|
Martinis Lobby Bar: Sip martinis while taking in spectacular views of the Caribbean at the sophisticated Martini Bar, featuring more than 30 martinis and premium vodkas from around the world. Don’t miss the signature “Dorado Martini,” a shimmering cocktail made with flecks of real gold. With a pool table and outside seating, the Martini Bar is a great spot for a pre- or after-dinner drink. You can even order hookah and choose from the flavored tobacco available at an extra charge.
Bar Las Guacamayas: Relax on one of the swinging chairs while savoring a cold drink. Choose between a great variety of beverages (cold Mexican beer, cheladas, exotic cocktails, or aged tequila) with live music.
Swim Up Bars: Some resorts might have two or three swim up bars, but El Dorado Royale has a whopping nine swim up bars that serve gourmet snacks, premium cocktails, and other refreshing beverages and you never have to leave the pool. All swim up bars are open from 9 am to 5 pm with the exception of Gaviotas Seashore Bar which stays open until 11 pm and the Beach Bar that remains open until 2 am.
|Náay Spa Royale|
|Beachfront Sky Massage|
|Beachfront at sunrise|
Don't believe me? I'm telling you this place is so big you won't believe how much beachfront there is. With more than a mile of sandy beach, the resort seems to go on forever. Do keep in mind that the private section called El Dorado Casitas Royale is adjacent to El Dorado Royale. The Casitas guests can use El Dorado Royale, but not vice versa. Basically, you will be able to walk through the Casitas area, but don't expect to lounge on the beach or use a pool there unless you're a Casitas guest.
|Sunrise at El Dorado Royale|
El Dorado Royale
Address: KM 45, Carretera Cancún - Tulum, Riviera Maya, Q. Roo.
C.P. 77710, México
Telephone: (52) 998 8728030, Fax: (52) 998 8728031
Web site: El Dorado Royale