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El Dorado Seaside Suites, Adult-Only Gourmet All-Inclusive

El Dorado Seaside Suites, a Karisma Resort, is an adult-only, gourmet all-inclusive resort located near Tulum in Riviera Maya, Mexico. This is a laid back yet elegant gourmet quality resort located on a very long beach fronted by couples beach beds, Sky Massage cabanas, and junior suites equipped with Jacuzzi's. The saff of ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION has stayed at El Dorado Seaside Suites dozens of times and inspects the resort several times a year. We know the staff from the owners to to the bartenders very well. Clients of ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION receive the best deals, special pricing, FREE upgrades, and are the most prepared to have an ultimate vacation at El Dorado Seaside Suites.







Premier SectionEl Dorado Seaside Suites has completely upgraded - again, and ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION offers this, our most recent review. Effective May 1, 2013 El Dorado Seaside Suites opened a brand new 90-room Premium Section designed in the most contemporary Caribbean style. Check out our personal photos and room description below. We love recommending El Dorado Seaside Suites to the right clients. We'll even buy you Non-Stop Transfers.



Double Decker Beach Beds

The adults-only concept insures guests must be at least 18 years and above. And what a perfect oasis this is with no high rise neighbors, a long beach, no kids, service beyond expectation, a la carte meals (buffets only for breakfast if you insist), premium brand drinks, spa services if desired (extra fees apply), and no crowds. With only 380 newly remodeled and new built Jacuzzi junior suites there are no crowds. ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION says- "El Dorado Seaside Suites is the perfect destination for a laid back adult-only, relaxing vacation where all you have to do is enjoy gourmet meals, a remarkable beach, and let the friendly servers bring you another cold beverage of your choice."

Jay by Wishing Well @ Beachfront SuiteEl Dorado Seaside Suites is spread out as the beachfront buildings hug the beach, which is over a mile long. This resort has undergone a fantastic upgrade, improving its rating from 3 1/2, to 4 1/2, and in 2007 to 5 stars. Since then it has continued to enhance the product and delivery of service.


With the exception of a few suites, all accommodations here are junior suites complete with sitting area, stocked mini bars with beer, soda and bottled water. The new beds are firm four poster beds. We love the extra touch of adding flat screen LG TV's (nice upgrade) and DVD/CD players. Garden view, ocean view, and beach front suites are identical except the views. Two newer sections built behind the original sections feature Swim Up Jacuzzi Jr. Suites on the ground floor, resort/garden view units on higher floors and ultimately some that look over the building in front to provide breathtaking ocean views. Each junior suite offers a patio or balcony with chairs and a wonderful hammock. Garden view units are also close to the beach, just on the back of the beachfront units. All accommodations are Jacuzzi Junior Suites.  No matter which building you are in you will be just a few steps away the soft sand.

Beach Bed Cerveza timeWith removal of over 600 tons of rock a few years ago this beach has transformed into a beauty. If you love long walks and solitude this beach is for you. If you prefer activity it is also the place for you. There are more than enough paddleboats, kayaks and snorkeling gear for the number of guests. The three pools offer a choice of relaxation or activity; but the recently added 4th pool in the Premium Section section is outstanding and reserved exclusively for guest in that section. Here you have a swim-up bar. The swing bars feature swings for seats and add to the uniqueness of the resort. The Guacamayas Lounge is what more Caribbean bars should be like. We think it's pretty cool.

Two of the major benefits of the adults-only concept (perfected by Karisma - the marketing company of this resort, El Dorado Royale, El Dorado Maroma, Azul Beach, Azul Fives and Azul Sensatori) are service and cuisine. The staff is extremely friendly, and that comes directly from the owners Joe and Dolores! You can observe the staff working as a team, which is impressive. All meals and snacks are prepared fresh. You never have to go through a buffet line if you chose not to. A la carte is the operative here. Sit down indoors or outdoors and order from a menu every time.

El Dorado Seaside Suites is the perfect name. A very good resort has constantly improved and is now outstanding. We have really enjoyed viewing and experiencing the progress over the past 12 years. There is nothing else like it for the money.

El Dorado Seaside Suites
is one hour plus south of the Cancun Airport in Kantenah Bay of the Mayan Riviera, facing the Caribbean. You are 30 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. This is a great location to explore the Mayan attractions such as the natural aquarium of Xel-Ha (10 minutes), 20 minutes from Ecological Park Xcaret, 15 minutes from the ruins of Tulum. The Puerto Aventuras Golf Club is also nearby.


All meals - a la carte and buffet, snacks, domestic and international drinks, and non-motorized water sports. Buffets are available only for convenience - you can always order a la carte from a menu. You will also enjoy access to 24-hour room service, however restrictions apply during rainy days.



  • •Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • •Mini-bar with beer, water and soft drinks refilled once a day (juices & snacks only in Premium Section)
  • •Day and Night activities program with live music
  • •Use of in room safety deposit box
  • •Non-motorized water sports: kayak and snorkel gear
  • •Beach towel service
  • •Bathrobes to use during stay
  • •Scuba clinics in pool
  • •Hard surface non-lighted tennis court. Rackets and balls provided free of charge at the front desk
  • •Fitness Center
  • •Live music and shows
  • •Activities - beach volleyball, aquaerobics, salsa lessons, low impact aerobics, seasonal yoga lessons and more
  • •And more!




Naay Spa services are emphasized and available at an additional fee. The Naay Spa is now housed in its own beautiful 15,000 square foot home, next to the soon to be new lobby. Options include:


SIGNATURE TREATMENT: Kukulcan massage, a relaxing massage created to pamper your body Massage area on the beachwith different massage techniques using natural oils derived from the benefits of Mexican herbal therapy and "Guajes", a traditional massage accessory. Lomi-Lomi, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Swedish techniques are the perfect combination for your relaxation. 80-minutes.


MASSAGES: Relaxing and anti-stress, Swedish, sports, reflexology and shiatsu and couples. These can also be enjoyed beachfront as a Sky Massage.

FACIALS: Deep cleansing, moisturizing, nourishing, revitalizing and oxygenating.

SPECIAL BODY TREATMENTS: Exfoliating body scrub, milk bath, thermal mud massage, royal deluxe.


Beauty Salon: Manicure, pedicure, braiding.


Activity Center for Water SportsWith four swimming pools you can chose between relaxing or active - all have swim up bars. There are always optional games and activities in the active pool. The resort offers a variety of daily and nightly activities, including beach volleyball, Aquerobics, salsa lessons, low-impact aerobics and more. Bicycles are included and available for use to get about the resort. A Fitness Center is available as well as a tennis court where rackets and balls are provided free of charge.

Non-motorized water sports include an ample amount of paddleboats, kayaks, and snorkeling gear.

The resort has entertainment every night  at 9pm, followed by live music with excellent bands to dance to. It's easy to make your own entertainment here.

Beach area extended beyond property lineThis is an excellent beach as it is wide and over a mile long. In 2007 the beach was extended and now borders on Government land with no buildings. 95 covered beach beds have been added. 

Not only are there many beach activities available such as volleyball, paddleboats, snorkeling and beach walking but some of the best activities require no energy at all. Beside being a beach bum in a comfortable lounge chair be sure to take advantage of the fabulous four poster palapas beach beds. You can even draw the curtains for more privacy at many. With more than a mile of gorgeous white sand beach to explore you can find your own privacy with no problem.


Be warned that while this is a tame couples resort the beach is considered European (top optional for women), so it is possible to occasionally observe topless sun bathing.



RESTAURANTS: Reservations are not required. If restaurants are full you will be given a pager, and notified as soon as your table is ready. Of course you can enjoy a complimentary drink while you wait at a nearby bar. You can now enjoy Vegan or Gluton Free cuisine. Ask us how to make arrangements.


Dress Code: Casual elegant

Ladies - Capri pants, dresses, skirts, long pants, shoes, dress sandals.

Gentlemen: Bermuda shorts, long pants, collared shirts, dress sandals, casual shoes.

Rrecifies restaurantARRECIFES: Caribbean cuisine including fresh ceviche, curried shrimp, Jamaican chicken just to name a few. This is a non-smoking air-conditioned restaurant.

Breakfast: 7am - 11am

Lunch: 12:30pm - 4pm

Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm


La Carreta appetizerLA CARRETA: Authentic (and outstanding) Mexican cuisine, open only for dinner and decorated in authentic Mexican style. They do a great job of incorporating traditional seasonings with fresh garden herbs and vegetables, including many grown in their own greenhouse at El Doardo Royale. This is also a non-smoking air-conditioned restaurant.

Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm

Klay Talay Asian restaurantKLAY TALAY: Classified as Wok cuisine and a Hibachi terrace. Indoor and outdoor sitting area. There are two small private areas as well. This restaurant is on the second floor. The outdoor seating area has beautiful ocean views where you can grill your own yakitori on the charcoal, in addition to a full a la cate menu. This is a non-smoking restaurant.

Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm

Mia Casa Italian restaurantMIA CASA: Contemporary Italian Cuisine. Just steps from the lobby. With walls of glass the views of the grounds and ocean are spectacular, and the cuisine is sensational. This is an air-conditioned restaurant that has expanded to now include al fresco seating overlooking the illuminated tropical gardens. Outstanding wine list. The phenominal list runs from $37 to $500 beyond house wines. We have dined at and thoroughly enjoyed all the restaurants but must confess this is our favorite. This is a non-smoking restaurant.

Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm

Vida Garden GrillVIDA GARDEN GRILL: Latin Fusion - Creative Latin fusion cuisine open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The restarant has a very nice casual feel to it, maybe that's because of the spring garden inside or the extensive Margarita menu - they will even serve them shaken. They forced us to try the Chocolate Margarita. Yummy! Vida Garden Grill is air-conditioned with walls of glass for nice views of the gardens.

Breakfast: 7am - 11am

Lunch: 12:30pm - 3pm

Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm


GOURMET PUB - World Cuisine to Share: Enjoy a variety of creative dishes from all over the world presented in a way for you to share this wide selection of cuisine in a rustic relaxed environment. This is now the newest restaurant on site. (Reservations are required)

Dinner: 6pm - 10pm

Shady outdoor SandwicherieSANDWICHERIE: This is the place for great snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Conveniently located near the Guacamayas bar and lounge this is a most pleasant palm tree shaded area. Features a wood burning oven for fantstic tasting pizzas served to order, a selection of Angus burgers, gourmet bites, and plenty of succulent Mexican snacks.  Home to some of the best fries, imagine waffle fried with Arby's curly fries seasoning.

Breakfast: 6am - 10:30am

Lunch: 11:30am - 6pm

Dinner: 6:30pm - 10pm

LIMONERO: (Coming Soon in the new lobby) World cuisine is the attraction here with lavish food displays featuring cooking stations for breakfast as well a a full a la carte menu. The a la carte menu during the evening is best classified as International, and excellent. This will b\ the newest addition to El Dorado Seaside Suites.

Breakfast: 6:30am - 11am

Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm


BEACH BARBECUE: Another evolving cuisine concept from the owners of El Dorado. Located midway on the beach, you will find a different theme of Gourmet delights every day such as Paella, hamburgers & hotdogs, chicken & shrimp skewers, and more. So sit by the ocean at shaded picnic tables and enjoy different daily creations along with your favorite cold premium drinks.

Breakfast: 8am - 11am

Lunch: 12:30pm - 4pm

*There is also room service available 24-hours a day. Restrictions apply during rainy days.

You will enjoy premium brand alchohol such as Absolut, at El Dorado Seaside Suites.

Lounging in Guacamaya LoungeGUACAMAYAS: Affectionately called the "Swing Bar" due to the swings surrounding the bar itself. This is a fun gathering spot under a large traditional palapa with big screen TV's for cold beer, exotic cocktails, or aged Tequila with tropical music under a traditional Palapa. Open from 9am until 2am.


Arrecifes Swim-Up Bar & Pool

SWIM UP BAR ARRECIFES: Swim up bar in the Main (lively/activities) pool. Open 10am - 6pm.

SWIM UP BAR COLIBRI:: Located next to villa 35. Open 10am - 6pm.



Gaviota Swim-Up Bar & Lounge

SWIM UP BAR GAVIOTA AND LOUNGE: Located in the heart of the resort, right by a tranquil waterfall. Open 10am - 6pm.






Los Cotorros Lounge AreaCOTORROS: Another swing bar, this one located at the relaxing pool beside La Carreta. Open 9am - 11pm.






Premium Section Pool & Swim-Up BarGARCITA SWIM-UP BAR & GOURMET CORNER: The newest bar on property is located in the new Premium Section and is reserved exclusively for guests of this section. Here you are treated to gourmet bites and sandwiches in addition to your favorite drinks. Bar: 10am - 6pm. Lunch: 12 Noon - 4pm. Gourmet Bite service from noon until 3pm

LA CANTINA: Tequila tasting bar with several different types - branded Tequilas, flavored Tequilas and creative Tequila cocktails. Enjoy a drink here before your Mexican dinner or your romantic dinner on the beach. Open from 5:30pm until 10pm. Located inside La Carreta Restaurant.


MARGARITAS RESTAURANT BAR: This margarita bar features a great selection of flavored margaritas and cocktails - even hand shaken. Located inside of Vida Garden Grill restaurant. Open: 5;30pm - 10pm.


MEZCALITO LOBBY BAR: (Coming Soon) Conveniently located in the main lobby, Mezcalito honors Mezcal, s smooth traditional Mexican liquor. Listen to soft Mexican and Latin music while enjoying top shelf liquors, including Mezscal and even virgin cocktails - (pinadas). Open noon until 2am.


ROOMS: 380 rooms

Jacuzzi Jr Suite BeachfrontAll Junior Suites include Jacuzzi for two, an indoor sitting area with table and chairs, king bed or two double beds, marble or Mexican tiled floors, Mexican decor, flat screen LG TV's with satellite service, DVD/CD player, ceiling fans, mini-bar stocked with beer, soda and bottled water - replenished daily, air conditioning, private shower, coffee maker, hair dryer, safety deposit box, iron and ironing board, umbrella.

Each Junior Suite has a patio or balcony equipped with chairs.



As described above with king or double beds and either garden or pool views.



King beds only with a separate living room area. Garden and coconut palm tree views, and located convenient to the main facilities.



These 1st or 2nd floor suites are located facing the beach in villas 15, and 25 through 34. King beds only.

Beachfront Jacuzzi Jr Suite exterior

Swim-Up SectionAll have a King Bed. Step down from your patio into a river shaped swimming pool with two in-water chaise lounges. This river pool connects you to a main pool. Enjoy the same features and amenities as with all other units. Villa 14.




Premium Room InteriorPremium Section features suites designed in contemporary Caribbean style (which we like), with dark wood accents, and are equipped with the following:

AC, King bed, 32" LCD TV, DVD player, iPod docking station radio/alarm, in-suite Jacuzzi, safety deposit box, minibar restocked daily with beer, bottled water, sodas, juices and snacks; bottle of sparkling wine, fruit basket, iron and ironing board, coffee and tea maker, direct dial telephone, deluxe bathrobes, marble bathroom, amenity kit, hair dryer, double sink and vanity mirror.


All 80 suites in the Premium Section are identical. Ground floor suites are swim-up, mid floors are pool and garden view, and 5th & 6th floors are ocean view. That's the only difference.



Premium pillow menu, sitting area, large patio or balcony with 2 chairs a table and a relaxing day bed, complimentary DVD lending program, private area concierge, aromatherapy menu, exclusive pool area with pool butler service.



80 suites with a king bed (only 5 have 2 double beds) as described above and all with pool and garden views. Located near the lobby.



16 gound floor suites where guests can step right into the pool in front of their suite with their own sun loungers. All rooms are kind bed. See our photo below.

Premium Swim-Up Suite



The 5th and 6th floors are designated Premium Ocean View. Rooms in these top two floors of the Premium building look over the original Beachfront Suites and deliver oceanviews.

Romance and intimacy is the name of the game in the Royal Suite at El Dorado Seaside Suites. The Royal Suite features a separate living area, liquor cabinet, walk-in shower, double Jacuzzi, and double sinks in the spacious bathroom, and a large terrace with a bed-for-two facing the ocean.



Same amenities as above but with the additional benefit that you can step right into a lazy river that flows in front of the suite while enjoing ocean views.



King bed, Jacuzzi, Safety deposit box, Hair Dryer, Private bathroom, Air Conditioning, Celing Fan, Direct Dial telephone, Plasma TV with Satellite service, DVD Player, Coffee Maker, Minibar with beer, bottled water, soft drinks, juices, and chocolates; Liquor Dispenser in room with Whiskey, Vodka, Tequila & Rum; 2 bottles of wine (Red & White), bottle of sparkling white wine, fruit basket, iron & ironing board, umbrella, digital scale, Premium pillow menu, Aromatherapy menu, bathrobes and slippers.



• Nightly turn down service

• 24-Hour premium room service menu

• Butler Service

• A private candle light dinner on the beach (minimum 7-night stay)

• Preferred access to restaurants

• In-suite Wi-Fi Internet included

• Snorkeling equipment

• DVD console with available movie library at Butler station



Presidential Studio jacuzzi ViewThe Presidential Studio has romance intended featuring a master bedroom, living room with plasma TV, DVD/CD player, DVD menu, in-suite ocean view jacuzzi for two, L'occitane amenities kit, bathrobes and slippers, turn down service every night, pillow menu, aromatherapy, safety deposit box, telephone, daily stocked minibar, coffee and espresso maker,iPod docking station, 24-hour room service with Premium menu, bottle of sparkling wine and fresh flowers upon arrival, premium liquors in room, and free Wi-Fi.


Presidential Studio PlapaThere is a large patio or balcony with either your own private swimming pool or infinity pool (2nd floor), a designated beach area with chaise lounges, private beach beds, and an ocean view palapa dining area.


Additional amenities for entertainment are also available: such as table games, personal snorkel equipment, iPod docking station, international magazines and daily newspaper. Concierge service is available between 8am and 5pm and a Personal Butler is available between 7am and 11pm.


Presidential StudioYour personal butler will be able to arrange the following services: private dinner in-suite or a moonlight dinner on the beach prepared by your personal chef, in-suite afternoon tea every day at 5pm, in-suite private wine and tequila tasting, an aromatherapy menu and pillow menu. Plus preferred access to all the restaurants and Naay Spa, premium magazines and newspaper are provided, plus Non-Stop Limo transfer to/from the airport*.

*Minimum 7-night stay.


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