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January 3, 2009
Quogue, New York
July 20, 2005
Cancun - 1/2 hour away for nightlife
Cozumel - 1 hour away via bus and ferry for diving
Great food for all-inclusive
Romantic and luxurious feeling at resort
Massages on the beach
These palapa-roofed buildings have casitas so spacious and attractive, the rooms "wow" you as you enter. They have large octagonal king-size 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 red flower petals. Even the lower floor has 15-foot ceilings and peaked roofs.
A two-person jacuzzi tub is in one corner, near two windows overlooking the pool. The DVD, CD, TV, and extra storage are hidden in the dark wooden armoire. Another highlight--the marble bathroom sports an "open to the sky" shower made of stone. When you turn on the shower, one wall becomes a waterfall. The large balcony or patio has a table with two chairs, two lounge chairs, and a hammock.
The newest sections have a meandering "river" along the edge of the casitas that joins the pool and swim-up bar, so you can literally swim out from your casita; it's not a private pool, but it's neat. These luxury accommodations are perfect for a honeymooning couple and are serviced by a concierge, with guaranteed reservations in any restaurant. There is no restaurant to cater specifically to these guests, but room service, with a sandwich and pasta menu, is available 24 hours a day.
Once the newest section is complete and a restaurant is added, the casitas area will be restricted to casitas-only guests. As of now, there is an archway with a sign designating this area as "private," and towels are of a different color, but there is no one to enforce this restriction.
These accommodations are really special—go ahead, SPLURGE and ENJOY!!
Note: If you exchange, make sure that it is resort no. 6291. The all-inclusive mandatory daily fee is more than Eldorado Royale's and you cannot upgrade once you are at the resort—in most cases, it is sold out.
From journal Riviera Maya
January 27, 2005
Playa del Carmen: 25 minutes south
Cozumel and its diving: 45-minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen
Tulum Mayan ruins: 1 1/2 hours by car
Xelha and Xcaret: ecological parks--don't miss them: 1 hour and 1 1/2 hours--see journal--from Playa del CarmenBest Things About the Resort:Adults only
Gourmet food at an all-inclusive
Beautiful, spacious room and gorgeous casitas
Feeling of luxury
Resort Experience:El Dorado Royale Spa and Resort, an all-inclusive resort for adults only, is made up of two sections: a villa section with 20 villas, and the casita section, with four sections of 11 buildings.
The villas are three-story moorish structures with 10 suites each. From the lobby area, they scatter on down to the beach, with lovely landscaping, palm trees, and meandering pools with fountains and waterfalls. A few resident peacocks add to the interest.
EDR refers to their rooms as suites, but they are oversized rooms--all with beautiful views, a patio or balcony, and an indoor Jacuzzi tub overlooking the pools or ocean, with a shutter to provide privacy if wanted. The Mexican-influenced decor is colorful, and the dark wood furniture, marble floors, and overhead fans make them cool-feeling.
A large armoir contains a TV, minibar--replenished every day--and storage space. A desk, table with two chairs, large closet with a safe, and a small stand with coffee maker make this room quite comfortable
The marble bathroom is very large. The very large marble and tile shower has an attractive stucco archway leading into it--big enough for two. Lots of mirrors, plenty of counter space, a hair dryer, iron and board, robes, and flower arrangements add to the sense of luxury.
Balconies and patios are quite private for relaxing in the hammock or teak lounges. I generally prefer the top floor for the added ceiling height and privacy. EDR has high ceilings even on the ground floor. Architecturally designed stucco deividers separate you from your neighbor, and tinted windows allow you to keep the drapes open. They've thought of everything to make your stay as romantic as possible.
Do not confuse this resort with Eldorado Seaside Resort, which is further south (a sister resort) but not as luxurious. The all-inclusive fee may seem steep for an exchange, but it is worth it. The Casitas at Eldorado Royale may also be available--these are the most luxurious but also carry an extra charge of $100/day. The Casitas appear as a separate resort on the exchange availability.
There is so much to say about this resort that I've dedicated a whole journal to review the different aspects--enjoy reading it.
November 10, 2004
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 are hidden in the dark wooden armoire. Another highlight -- the marble bathroom sports an "open to the sky" shower made of stone. When you turn on the shower, one wall becomes a waterfall. The large balcony or patio has a table with two chairs, two lounge chairs, and a hammock.
The newest section has a meandering "river" along the edge of the casitas that joins the pool and swim-up bar, so you can literally swim out from your casita -- not a private pool, but it's neat. These luxury accommodations are perfect for a honeymooning couple and are serviced by a concierge, with guaranteed reservations in any restaurant. There is no restaurant to cater specifically to these guests, but room service, with a sandwich and pasta menu, is available 24 hours a day.
Go ahead - Splurge - Enjoy
From journal El Dorado Royale Spa and Resort
October 7, 2004
Each of the comfortable suites are decorated in Mexican-inspired motifs and has marble floors, a bathroom with very large showers, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and balconies with lounge chairs and hammocks. A unique feature is that all rooms have a Jacuzzi overlooking the pools or the ocean; a wooden shutter allows you to have privacy or views of pools or ocean and a lovely breeze.
With nine pools scattered throughout the property, finding a lounge chair or a quiet spot is never a problem. For the activity lovers, it's all centered at the main pool with water games, bikes, ping-pong tournaments, ceramic painting, a swim-up bar; a beach bar; a pizzeria and grill stand; and Jojo's, which serves Mexican snacks buffet-style.
The beach area is not the main attraction at this resort. The sandy areas are nice and many palapas and beds line the very long shoreline. The problem is the coral, as it's hard on your feet, but there are many spots to enter on sandy ground. Because of erosion problems, there are many HUGE sandbags, 100 or so, partially submerged that the waves break over. They look like huge rocks. After a while, you get used to them and vacationers use them for sunning. When the water is rough, it's even fun to sit on them and be washed off by the surf. But this means no water activities like kayaking, sailing, jet skiing, banana boating or parasailing. It also means that it's quiet and relaxing.
The resort attracts mainly a young, under-40 crowd with lots of newlyweds, but guests of all ages would feel comfortable here. The clientele is probably half American, along with many Brits, Dutch, and Germans. EDR is a deluxe property, and is ideal for vacationers seeking laidback luxury.
With nine dining options, you'll be hard pressed to decide where to dine. The only buffets are at breakfast and Jojo's for lunch. All other restaurants have á la carte menus. Reservations are needed at most, and the food is as near gourmet, as you'll find at any all-inclusive resort. Service is good, not superb, and dining is leisurely.
If you're yearning for a casually elegant resort, you won't be disappointed. It's a near perfect destination for honeymooners or couples seeking a romantic, relaxing place to unwind.