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El Dorado Royale Spa and Resort

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An August 2004 trip to Yucatan Peninsula by Cantin2

El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa Photo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico More Photos
Quote: Luxury All-inclusive at its best...We're not fans of all-inclusives in Mexico but between Cancun and Playa del Carmen resorts are too far from villages to make any other type hotel an option.

El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa

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Hotel | "El Dorado Royale Spa and Resort"

El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa Photo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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El Dorado Royale is an adult-only, 303-room, beachfront luxury resort midway between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen - just a few minutes south of Puerto Morales. It is visually appealing with its white, three-story Moorish villas; beautiful pools; neat landscaping; waterfalls; fountains; and a private section of casitas. The moment you enter the cool, white, marble lobby, you can sense the elegance: there is a fountain pool, you are greeted with a glass of champagne while checking-in, and you are given a passport-size map of the resort - and it's off to enjoy. Each of the comfortable suites are decorated in Mexican-inspired motifs and has marble floors, a bathroom with very large showers, air...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa
Punta Brava
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa

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Hotel | "Casitas @ El Dorado Royale Spa and Resort"

El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa Photo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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The highlights and premium area of Eldorado Royale Resort is their Casitas Village -- a quiet, more private section of this resort that consists of four villages of 20 casitas, each with their own pools and swim-up bars built along the ocean. These palapa-roofed buildings are so spacious and attractive -- the rooms "wow" you as you enter with large, octagonal king beds draped in mosquito netting, all white spreads and curtains. The bed is decorated for your arrival with two kissing swans, fabricated from towels and decorated with red flower petals. The two-person jacuzzi tub is in one corner, with two windows overlooking the ocean or pool. The DVD, CD, TV, and extra storage space a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2004

El Dorado Royale Resort & Spa
Punta Brava
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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Cocotal

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Restaurant

Cocotal Photo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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This high ceiling 200-seat airy restaurant is located on the lower floor of the main lobby. Tables are well spaced - mostly for two or four, covered with white linens and either a small vase of flowers or candles and dimly lit (unusual in most restaurants in Mexico). Floor-to-ceiling windows are softened with sheer curtains. The entire back wall is alabaster with lighting from behind - very interesting effect. Cocotal serves breakfast as a buffet or á la carte if you prefer. Brunch is offered here on Saturday and Sunday (busy check-in days), but with rather meager offerings. If you arrive and your room is not yet ready, a better choice would be to head toward the beach for lunch at La Isla und...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Cocotal
Eldorado Royale Spa and Resort
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Kampai

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Restaurant

Kampai Photo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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This unique Pan-Asian restaurant is on the top level of an open-air palapa in the Casitas section -- open for dinner only, by reservation. The dim lights, waiters’ themed dress, Far East music, and Asian runners on the tables all add to the mood during the leisurely dinner. The a-la-carte menu is multinational, with choices from China, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia -- each dish is served on its own, appropriately designed plate (maybe square, oblong, or triangular, with a flower or herb decoration). We chose to dine here twice and were most pleased. You are on the second floor of the palapa, so if you ask to sit along the rail, you have a view of the water. Especially tasty were the shri...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2004

Kampai
Eldorado Royale Resort and Spa
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

D'Italia

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Restaurant

D'Italia Photo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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Our favorite restaurant at this resort is D'Italia, the gourmet Italian restaurant that makes its home on the ground floor of the contemporary lobby building. Whenever we had reservations here, we would begin with martinis in the "Martini Lounge" just above the restaurant -- a very beautiful, high-ceilinged, minimalist-decorated cocktail lounge (all that's missing is a musician). You can enjoy the luxurious surroundings inside, sit on the balcony and watch the evening lights slowly come on throughout the resort, or even play pool in a separate alcove. Meander on down the curved marble staircase to D'Italia for a wonderful meal. Again, there is contemporary starkness, softened by seafoam green micr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2004

D'Italia
El Dorado Royale Resort and Spa
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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Beaches and pools at EDR

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Beaches and pools at EDR Photo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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EDR's main attraction is not its beach, which at first sight is disappointing, but it certainly grows on you. The quarter-mile stretch of sand is broken up by areas of coral, making entry into the water a slight challenge. The beach is basically divided into three areas; the two sections along the main hotel are divided by a pier in need of repair (work was being done). The area near the casitas was set apart from the rest by a manmade salt water pool dug out from the coral The sand is soft and the beach is lined with palm trees, palapas, natural vegetation, lounge chairs, and "beds" under large palapas. These are the most popular because of their white cushions, pillows, and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 23, 2004

Beaches and pools at EDR
Eldorado Royale Spa and Resort
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Spa

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You feel the soothing relaxation as soon as you enter the spa -- a rock fountain with trickling water and aromatherapy invite you to linger and relax. This two-story building houses the gym, lockers, showers, sauna, and steam rooms on the first floor and treatment rooms above. Lots of windows -- many tinted -- allow you to feel in touch with nature while working out in the A/C. Book early -- the spa is very popular. Treatments such as facials, reflexology, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, and all sorts of massages -- sports, shiatsu, four hands, stone, and couples' -- are on the menu. The treatment rooms are dim, candlelit, and each has a wonderful, relaxing aroma. The couples' massage room is ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2004

Spa
Eldorado Royale Resort and Spa
Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Evening Activities

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El Dorado at night Photo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
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Evenings at El Dorado Royale Resort and Spa are romantic and magical because the walkways are lit and subtle lights illuminate the fountains, pools, and waterfall. All patios and balconies are bathed in soft light while plantings and palm trees have spotlights and the moon and stars are reflecting in the water. A unique experience here, offered free to honeymooners, is a lobster dinner on the beach. All the better if the full moon is shining. Lounge chairs are moved from under the palapas and white, long, clothed, and candlelit tables for two are set up. Tiki torches are lit and palm tree trunks are wrapped in mini-white lights. Being serenaded by a saxophonist, sipping champagne, heari...Read More

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Pack a bathing suit in your carry-on—your room more than likely will not be ready. You'll be directed to the restaurant on the ground floor of the main building to have lunch—but don't do it. Go to La Isla instead, under the large palapa poolside. You'll feel as though you've started your vacation in style. Make reservations as far ahead as they allow—usually three days—for the best times. If you dine at 7:30 or 8pm, you more than likely will miss the evening entertainment. Some of it is excellent—especially the Cirque de Soleil-type acrobatic show. The menu in the non-reservation dining room changes daily—you may want to check this prior t...Read More