Today I’m reviewing the El Dorado Casitas Royale in the Riviera Maya. The El Dorado Royale Resort is operated by the Karisma brand – and it is massive. Its beachside span is about a mile long.
The resort is divided into three sections. The El Dorado Royale, which is adults only. The El Dorado Casitas Royale, which is the higher end section, and also adults only. And then there’s Generations, which is kid-friendly and more of a hotel style. You can visit and use any of the three sections of the resort. They have many pools I think there’s over 14 but I couldn’t tell you the exact amount that’s how many there were. There are 15 restaurants, 17 bars, including swim-up bars, and 2 spas. It’s an All-Inclusive resort excluding Spa treatments, excursions, and a few types of drinks, etc.
The grounds were unbelievable just because of how large this property is. We stayed in the Casitas section so it took about 10-15 minutes to walk to the Main Lobby. They do have golf carts shuttling people around which is definitely helpful if you don’t want to walk. It’s a beautiful resort, the design of the buildings, the pathways, the vegetation all top notch.
The Room at the Casitas was amazing! We had a ground floor room which I don’t normally recommend but in this case, I do. Since there is a lazy river from your back door that connects to the pool with a swim-up bar I might add. The room was very clean and comfortable. The style is extremely charming and it’s really cute how they arrange a greeting with flowers and pebbles when you arrive. The room had a jacuzzi and TWO showers! One inside and one outside. Now that’s luxury.
The Food was pretty good and all inclusive – They actually like to refer to themselves as Gourmet Inclusive. They have their own greenhouse on the property where they harvest their own vegetables. They also have many restaurants to choose from which is nice if you like variety. We went to the restaurant ‘Le Chique’ at Azul Sensatori Resort. It is an amazing experience if you want a break from the ‘all inclusive’ options.
The Pool automatically gets 5 Stars because there were tons of them. The main pool was ginormous. The El Dorado and Casitas rooms are arranged into smaller groups with their own pool. The fact that some of the pools connect to your room via lazy river is just awesome and There are swim-up bars in most pools.
There were a ton of activities at the El Dorado during the day. There was water volleyball, tequila tasting classes, fitness classes, just to name a few because there were many activities.
There are many things to do and see in Mexico and I highly suggest doing your research before arriving. That way you are prepared and aware of the wonders that Mexico has to offer.
The beach, I was pretty disappointed in this beach as you know I choose my destination based on their beach. The beach itself was beautiful and very long which was really nice. There were many cabanas and lounge chairs available. However, there was tons of seaweed. Piles of it. I saw the staff desperately trying to get it of it. I’ve talked to many people about this issue and apparently it’s the time of year or the currents that makes the seaweed come up. We went early September which is hurricane season. Maybe that’s not the best time to go. However, if the seaweed wasn’t there the water looked a little rocky in some places. I also wanted to note those big rocks sticking out of the ocean are not rocks. The resort deliberately placed them there to create one of the worlds longest artificial reefs. It’s supposed to protect the coast from natural erosion and provide a new habitat for thousands of species. I like to support companies that are environmentally conscious and go the extra distance to preserve our planet. Apparently, these rocks will be completely submerged within 10 years. As beautiful as this beach was, I did not go swimming in the ocean once because of the seaweed and I really love swimming in the ocean.
Overall, this resort was incredible. Everything about the El Dorado Casitas Royale was perfect except for the ocean which is out of their control. If this resort were on an island with pristine waters I would definitely go back. Karisma has many other hotels around the world including Jamaica so I will definitely have to check that out. I’m rating this trip 4.5 out of 5 stars.