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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

Your Essential Guide to Every El Dorado Resort

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The El Dorado Resorts by Karisma are authentically Mexican and focus on delicious cuisine! Each hotel features many eateries highlighting vibrant local flavors and ingredients. El Dorado resorts have Michelin-rated restaurants specializing in farm-to-table dishes. Foodies will not want to miss their culinary theater. El Dorado also offers various stand-out room categories, the most spectacular is their overwater Palafitos. It's the closest you can get to a thatched-roof Tahitian overwater bungalow you can get in this hemisphere. Here is your essential guide to every El Dorado resort.

The exclusive El Dorado Seaside Suites is an adult-only, beachfront resort an hour south of Cancun. It is very similar in vibe to its sister resort. Rooms are divided into an older or newer section of the resort; the latter is more modern. These rooms feature infinity pools or swim-out access to the infinity pool. The property shares restaurants and facilities with the next-door sister resort, El Dorado Seaside Palms.

Jessie's Seaside Suites and Palms Tip: These are the least expensive El Dorado Resorts, and their private pool rooms fill quickly, so plan on booking 4-6 months in advance if you won't be happy without a pool.

Cons: They are on an artificial lagoon with a sea wall, which is small and rocky. If beach quality is essential to you, look elsewhere.

El Dorado Royale is one of Condé Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels globally. With 13 stunning pools, seven restaurant options, a handful of bars, a fantastic spa, yoga, snorkeling, and kayaking, you won't be bored or hungry. Whether you plan on chilling at the beach, uncovering the vibrant local culture, or engaging yourself in a world of grand adventures, Royale is a good fit for many honeymooners.

Cons: The beach is rocky and not great for swimming. But the main con is that the food at Royale is hit or miss. Some restaurants don't live up to the standard set at the other El Dorado Resorts.

Nestled on one of the Riviera Maya's most breathtaking beaches, El Dorado Maroma is a romantic, adults-only haven. Here, lush tropical grounds and attentive service create the perfect retreat. There are six restaurants, many bars & pools, and beachfront massage services.

Cons: El Dorado Maroma is a popular choice for destination weddings, so you will often find the restaurants, bars, and even parts of the beach closed for private events. Also, the beachfront is relatively tiny.

Casitas Royale offers a romantic, adults-only escape in the heart of the Riviera Maya. It features gorgeous swim-up suites, an indulgent spa, and exceptional service; you will have 13 restaurants and 18 bars providing plenty of options. El Dorado Casitas Royale is a more intimate and upscale resort when compared to the others in the brand. The outdoor showers are a stand-out feature, and couples rave about them.

Jessie's El Dorado Casitas Tip: Choose the One-Bedroom Presidential Casitas and receive a huge private pool and butler service.

Cons: Again, the beach is small and rocky, but you also will find time-share salespeople. Give them a firm "No Thank You," and they will leave you alone.

Do you want to escape not only your life but your clothes? Do you feel that you need a liberating escape? Then Hidden Beach might be just what you desire. You're free to go as bare as you dare for me; that means a burka—plan on packing light and kiss tan lines goodbye.

Cons: There is only one restaurant on site, and Hidden Beach doesn't offer many amenities, but you may use the El Dorado Seaside Suites next door.

Have you been dreaming of honeymooning in an overwater bungalow but don't have the time to head to Tahiti? The villas are gorgeous and very romantic. Palafitos envelop you with the sapphire tranquility of the Caribbean. Gently rippling waves beckon you for a swim and lull you to sleep.

Cons: The bungalows are closer together than you will find in Tahiti and the Maldives, so they aren't as private as elsewhere. They are pretty pricey; prices start at $1000 per night.

One common issue with El Dorado resorts is beach quality, and if you want a gorgeous stretch of the beach, then El Dorado isn't the right fit for you. But if you are looking for an adults-only all-inclusive with tons of amenities and authentic cuisine, you should consider El Dorado.

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