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El Dorado Royale, Adult-Only Gourmet All-Inclusive Riviera Maya Resort


El Dorado Royale, a Karisma Resort, is an Adult-Only, Gourmet All-Inclusive resort featuring the ultimate in cuisine, premium beverage brands and pampering service for couples, honeymooners, anniversaries,and for destination weddings. Book your El Dorado Royale stay with ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION and we wiil typically UPGRADE your room and UPGRADE your Roundtrip Transfers from Standard to Non-Stop - on us! We have been visiting El Dorado Royale since 2003 and the delivery of cuisine and service has never been better, never. They were really on top of their game in 2013. And when we brought the Mix 93.3 Morning Show and their listeners here in January, 2014 the results were spectacular!


This is El Dorado Royale


Located only 30 minutes south of the Cancun airport in beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico, El Dorado Royale, which has a 5 star rating (on a scale of 5), offers Jacuzzi Junior Suites, Swim-Up Pool Jacuzzi Junior Suites, and either Luxury or Premium (Ocean Front) Jacuzzi Jr Suites. For even more luxurious and romantic accommodations visit El Dorado Casitas Royale the famous section of romantic Casita Suites in many varieties, including Casitas with personal swim-up pools, and for guests on the second floor, Infinity Pool Casita Suites.


ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION has been recognized annually as one of the Top Producing travel agencies in the world and are all Certified GI (Gourmet-Inclusive) Consultants. As one of the Top Producers in the World ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION is often able to offer Exclusive Discounts, Free Room Upgrades, Special Sales, FREE Spa Services, Deliver Special Requests,and much more. Guests of ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION receive all the best service and experience before they even arrive at El Dorado Royale thanks to the resort guide we have personally prepared and give each guest.

El Dorado Royale
is one of ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION's favorites. Apparently we are not alone.










As 2013 came to a close El Dorado Royale introduced many new amenities and upgrades:

Jay showing off the Catch of the Day on ice @ JoJo's

♥ 0 Trans Fat used

Heineken is now stocked in room and served at bars♥ Heineken & Coors Light are now included in the complimentary in-room Mini-bars and bars in addition to Mexican cerveza. Heineken is now served on tap at bars.

♥ Special Occasions - we can now have logos and photos printed on cakes.

♥ Canadian Beef Weeks - the 2nd week of each month will feature a Celebrity Guest Canadian Chef for a week long culinary series paired with outstanding wines.

Sante Fe Grill - This outstanding new restaurant opened in the Casita section featuring AmericanWine Room in Sante Fe Grill cuisine with Mexican Soul, a very cool glass Wine Room & a yummy Signature Grilled Pineapple Cocktail.

♥ 5K Run - Every Friday at the resort

♥ All Luxury & Premium Suites have been completely remodeled, and Jacuzzi Jr Suites have been refurbished.

♥ Fresh Seafood Catch of the Day - displayed on ice at Jo Jo's and served either grilled or fried, your choice.


Premium Ocean Front & Swim-up Jacuzzi Jr Suites @ El Dorado Royal in Riviera Maya, MexicoConde Nast Traveler readers' selected it as a Top 100 hotels in the world. The main theme here is romance. Hammocks, beach beds, Jacuzzi's for two, tables for two at a la carte gourmet restaurants, private pools, candlelit dinners on the beach for two; moonlight champagne massages on the beach for two. We could go on forever. All Jacuzzi Jr Suite's with stocked mini-bars, gourmet-inclusive a la carte dining in an adult-only setting. And that's before we talk about the luxurious beachfront  romantic Casita Suites. Whether you are a couple planning a destination wedding, celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary, or just want to escape the kids screams, El Dorado Royale should be a major consideration. With a requirement that all guests be at least 18 years of age the resort is able to provide the service and amenities adults appreciate.

Immediately upon arrival in the spectacular lobby you'll know you've arrived at a special place. You will be warmly greeted with a chilled hand towel and a glass (or two) of chilled champagne or wine during check-in. In this large modern lobby you can arrange day tours, shop in several enticing stores and enjoy drinks or a game of billiards in the smoke-free Martini's bar. You can even buy a hammock to take home, similar to the one you will soon be enjoying on your patio or balcony.




Jackson Family wines presentation

You can't go wrong with your room selection here - all rooms are junior suites complete with an in-room Jacuzzi, stocked mini-bar (complimentary and restocked daily), and a patio or balcony furnished with two comfy chairs, a table, and a wonderful hammock - on request. This is one resort where the Garden View rooms really do provide a beautiful view of well manicured grounds and the relaxing sounds of fountains. However other room categories compete for your selection, such as the Ocean View, Ocean Front, Swim-up Junior Suites and the completely renovated and redisigned Luxury & Premium jacuzzi Jr Suites, and the extravagant 2-Bedroom Presidential Suite. For the Casita Suites, Swim-Up Casita Suites, the Infinity Pool Casita Suites, and the spectacular Presidential One Bedroom Casita we refer your to our complete description of El Dorado Casitas Royale. We highly recommend that you read our room descriptions and view our personal pictures from our multiple stays and repeated visits.

The impecable tranquil grounds @ El Dorado RoyaleThe level of service and attention you receive at El Dorado Royale is simply outstanding. The quality of drinks (top shelf brands in14 bars) and a la carte gourmet dining options (10) exceed the vast majority of other all-inclusive resorts. Joe and Dolores, the owners, constantly enhance and upgrade this resort. One example is the fact that the original Italian restaurant proved too popular, so they built another to accommodate demand. That's the El Dorado way! Honeymooners and couples celebrating an anniversary receive additional perks we describe below.

The beach is wide and long enough (over a mile) to get lost in your own space and the many, many thatched roof beach beds can be used to nap, read, or even cuddle in private by drawing the curtains.




El Dorado Royale has one of the best Honeymoon and Anniversary packages we know of! And to make it better we have some exclusive benefits in addition to it. Be sure to read about it.

ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION knows El Dorado Royale and the parent company Karisma very well. We are Certified Gourmet Inclusive Karisma Expert Consultants. This is our most popular resort, and the feedback we receive from our clients who visit the resort is unrivaled. The reason is simple. This resort is fabulous. We speak with every client upon their return and the feedback we receive from El Dorado Royale guests is at the highest level.



When you select El Dorado Royale for your Destination Wedding you guarantee that you will celebrate your most cherished moment at a beautiful location of your choice - beautiful beach, gazebo, or a chapel one step from the beach, in an adult-only environment. Further, you and your family and guests will be treated to a 5-star Adult-Only Gourmet All-Inclusive resort with incerdible accommodations and impecable service. Customize your wedding and reception as you wish, even qualify for a FREE WEDDING, and earn UNLIMITED FREE EVENTS. ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION will be with you all the way and offer special group discounts regardless of where your guests come from or how many nights they stay.


Secluded spot on the beach @ El Dorado Royale


In the beautiful Riviera Maya. Just a 25-minute ride south from the airport the resort is located 15-minutes north of Playa del Carmen (Ask about Non-Stop Transfers to speed up your travel time).

El Dorado Royale
is Gourmet-Inclusive. All meals are served a la carte with gourmet quality - you always order from a menu, unlimited snacks, and premium brand drinks. 24-Hour room service; in-room mini-fridge drinks; daily and nightly activity program; bicycles provided to ride around resort; shopping tours to Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Non-motorized water sports are available at the beach. Plenty of activities and night time entertainment. While spa services are not included, use of the sauna, steam room, pressure shower and fitness area at the Spa of El Dorado are included.



Naay Spa services are available at an additional fee. El Dorado Royale places a high emphasis on their spa. We encourage you to reserve treatments early during your stay. A new, larger and grander spa opened in the Casita Section to accommodate the huge demand. Therapeutic and Beauty Shop services offered include: Shiatsu, Thalassotherapy, Milk bath, Thermal mud wrap, Dorado Deluxe, Thermal mud massage, Facials, Exfoliating Body Scrub, Shower Massage, Manicure, Pedicure, Haircut, Shampoo, Braiding, Hairstyling and Wedding preparations. Customized intimate treatments may be arranged in your room, or in a larger treatment room for bridal groups. Beachfront couples moonlight mssages are extremely popular. And the latest option is the over-water Sky Massage bungalows for individual or couples treatments.

Over-Water Couples Sky Massage @ El Dorado Royale


Amazing entertainment @ El Dorado RoyaleThere are plenty of activities if you wish, including: 12 pools, one of which is a natural salt water pool; daily activities and entertainment program, including beach volleyball, aqua-aerobics, salsa lessons, low impact aerobics, meditation, Tai-Chi classes, and yoga; non-motorized water sports including the gear for paddleboats, kayaks and snorkeling; Scuba clinics in the pool; bicycles and tennis; two hard surface lighted tennis courts - rackets and balls included; fitness center including sauna and Turkish baths; complimentary shopping tours to Cancun and Playa del Carmen.


Pool Beds surround the 13 pools @ El Dorado Royale


The beachThe beach is over a mile long and very wide. For folks who long to walk along the beach and complain about some resorts that don't allow that - it's different here! The over-water pier was added in October 2012. Looking for something unique - perhaps private? There are a plethora of four poster thatched roof beach beds with curtains for privacy. So find a good book or perhaps a good partner and snuggle in comfort to the sound of the waves. You can even arrange a sleepover in a specially prepared beach bed. Lot's of couples do this. There is even a salt water pool perfect for snorkeling. Warning - there are sandbags (artificial reefs is the term) in the ocean which can be unsightly if you focus on them. However, they do a great job of breaking the hard waves, making the ocean here a great location to wade, snorkel and frolic. More importantly there is no erosion here, unlike Cancun and more recently the Playacar area. You will love being pampered by the beach waiters who take your drink orders.


Water Volleyball game @ El Dorado Royale


Plenty of non-motorized water activities such as paddleboats, kayaks, and snorkeling are included. Motorized water activities are available for an additional fee. Two highly recommended complimentary on-site activities are: The escorted bike ride around the property by stables, cenotes, waterfalls, the Greenhouse and much more. And a tour of the 700,000 sq-foot Greenhouse, which produces organic vegetables  and herbs, including cucumbers, bell peppers, chilies, basil, cilantro and mint - enough to accommodate El Dorado and Generations Resorts, many employees and area hospitals.



RESTAURANTS (9): Reservations are not required. All restaurants are Non-Smoking. Casita guests may make dinner resrvations.
(Dress Code for Cocotal, D'Italian, & Kampai: NO t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, bermudas, tennis shoes or beach sandals. All other Restaurants: Shirt with sleeves, dress shorts or pants, dress shoes or sandals (no tennis shoes or beach sandals). For Ladies - Capri pants, Dresses, Skirts, Long Pants, Shoes, Dress Sandals.


Typical gourmet-inclusive fare @ El Dorado Royale



COCOTAL: This is a specialty restaurant with a changing menu. Located in the lower level of the main lobby Cocotal is open for breakfast, Brunch (Sat & Sun), and Dinner. This is where you will discover the full breakfast buffet with an ommlet station. Air conditioned

La Isla Mediterranean Restaurant @ El Dorado RoyaleLA ISLA:

Open air under an enormously high thatched palapa roof, located next to the main swimming pool. Open at 6am for Continental Breakfast and beginning at 7am a la carte breakfast is available. Also open for lunch (you really have to try the crapes) and for dinner featuring Mediterranean Cuisine. The ambiance is incredibly relaxing. You pass over the lazy river pool by way of a wooden bridge to enter.




D'ITALIA Villas:

D'Italia Restaurant @ El Dorado RoyaleContemporary Italian cuisine. Everyone loves D'Italia, it is one of the most  popular restaurant at El Dorado Royale. It is absolutely wonderful and a must for all guests at least once. Open for dinner only. Air conditioned.



D'ITLAIA Casitas: This, the second of the fabulous Italian restaurants was created by popular demand and is located in the Casitas section near the beach. More wonderful delicious traditional Italian dishes. Open for dinner only. Air Conditioned.


Kampai, Pacific Rim Restaurant @ El Dorado RoyaleLocated in the Casita section, this air conditioned venue offers Oriental/Pacific cuisine along with a sushi menu. Kampai is remarkably authentic complete with Buddha statues. Practice with your chop sticks. Kampai serves an outstanding breakfast and lunch, in addition to dinner - a real convenience for Casita guests.


The Burger Menu at JoJo'sThe staff at ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION has a ritual. When we check in to El Dorado Royale we dump off our bags, take pictures and video's of our room and head straight for Jo Jo's for a fantastic lunch and some cold cerveza. The typical lunch menu includes appetizers like ceviche, fish fingers, and Corn Chowder. Among our favorite entrees: Burgers (they have their own extensive burger menu - see the photo insert), Mahi Mahi, Grouper, Snapper, Fajitas, and Ribs. In late 2013 Jo Jo's began displaying on ice and serving Fresh Catch of the Day Seafood. The ice cream is very good! Located on the beach this is a covered open air venue, typically with nice ocean breezes. During dinner you can see the lights from Cozumel and the passing cruise ships while you dine on mouthwatering Caribbean dishes.  The menu is far too extensive to tackle but there's something for everyone. Don't miss this one. Open for lunch at 11am and for dinner beginning at 6pm.


Fuentes Gourmet Show Cooking @ El Dorado RoyaleWe are thrilled to say that we dined in Fuentes on Opening Night with the top executives from Karisma Resorts and Funjet Vacations. A very large, air conditioned restaurant under an amazing palapa roof. This is Culinary Theater featuring a kitchen that is open for observation and the cooking techniques are broadcast on large screen monitors in the restaurant for your viewing pleasure. The Chef will explain in detail the ingredients - many from the on-site green house. The Sommelier will guide you through the art of pairing during this truly gourmet dining experience. Only open for dinner and one seating. Reservations are required and you must be prompt. Fuentes is closed on Sundays.



Appetizer Dish @Rincon MX at El Dorado RoyaleThis is one of the newer additions to the growing collection of restaurants and this one actually evolved from an outdoor lunch-only option. Opening in the summer of 2012 Rincon transformed into a nice air conditioned glass-walled dining room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are highly impressed with the quality of the authentic Mexican cuisine presented for all three meals and the creativity of their creations!


Sante Fe Grill & Wine Room The newest culinary addition to the gourmet collection. Located upstairs behind D'Italia Casitas and adjacent to the fabulous (secret premium) Bellinis Bar. Soon after Sante Fe Grill opened we sampled wonderful Tamal, deep sea scallop, Venison tenderloin, Tikin'xic style catch of the day, braised pork belly, and for dessert - a trio of local flavors, tomatoes jam, mango chipotle & bitter chocolate ganache. All of which was absolutely mouthwatering! And let us not forget to mention their signature Grilled Pineapple Cocktail which we sampled several times for good measure. Salute! We have since dined here often for breakfast, lunch and the outstanding dinner. For dinner you select a main entree and one side dish. The staff will bring you four courses of delicious appetizers to share. Reservations are required and we highly recommend this dining experience.


Pizzeria @ El Dorado RoyaleEnjoy an amazing variety of fresh pizza's from wood-burning ovens across from the beach. Also the place for fantastic angus burgers, gourmet bites and more. Beer & wine are available but not umbrella drinks. Open 11am - 5pm.


*The meals at El Dorado Royale are a la carte. Never a mandatory buffet. If you are a picky eater and afraid of the stories you've heard about all-inclusives you should seriously consider this resort - you will not be disappointed.


Healthy Corner Bar @ El Dorado RoyaleServes fresh fruits, whole-wheat sandwiches, energy enhancing shakes, juices and smoothies.  Alcohol is not served here. Open from 8am until 4pm.




BARS: 14
LOBBY BAR MARTINIS: Opened with the new lobby, incredibly beautiful non-smoking lounge is entered into from the Main Lobby. Prove your worth on the pool table. An outdoor balcony area that overlooks the resort is available for smoking. Order any drink you desire but the specialty here is Martini's (the chocolate martini's get rave reviews!), with a variety of premium vodkas from around the world. Now open between noon and 2am.

LAS GUACAMAYAS: This is the place to go for shows and live music until 2am. Open air and fun. This bar features swings for two while you enjoy Mexican beers, tequila, or drinks of your choice and live music.

LA ISLA: Swim-up bar in the main pool. Open until 5pm.

LAS FUENTES SWIM UP BAR: Located at Las Fuentes swimming pool. Open until 5pm.


COTORROS: This is a healthy bar serving fresh friuts, wholewheat cookies and smoothies, in the Casita section.

PERICOS: Swim Up. Located in the 2500's Casita section. Open until 5pm.

PAPAGAYOS: Swim Up. Located in the 2600's Casita section. Open until 5pm.

PELICANOS: Swim Up. Located in the 2700's Casita section. Open until 5pm.

TUCANES: Swim Up. Located in the pool behind La Isla Restaurant - a very central location. Offers shaded areas. Open until 5pm.


Tucanes Swim-up bar & quiet pool @ El Dorado Royale


COLIBRI: Swim Up. Located in the 2800's Casita section. Open unil 5pm.

QUETZAL: Swim Up. Located in the 2900's Casita section. Open until pm.

FAISANES: Swim Up.  Located in the 3000's Casita section. Open until 5p.

ALBATROS: Swim Up.  Located in the 3100's Casita section. Open until 5pm.

GAVIOTAS SEASHORE BAR: Located in front of Kampai restaurant. Open 8am - 11pm.


BELLINIS BAR: Located atop of D'Italia Casitas - very relaxing upscale bar with the premium of premium liquors. Open 6pm - 10pm.

BEACH BAR: Located next to JoJo's on the beach by the main pool until 2am. Great place for conversation, background music and views and breezes from the ocean. This is the quieter of the two night time bars. Open from 9am - 2pm.


ROOMS: 476 rooms in 8 categories excluding Casitas
JACUZZI JUNIOR SUITES - the standard remodeled accommodation

LUXURY JACUZZI JR SUITES & SWIM-UPS - Completely remodeled and redisigned

PREMIUM JACUZZI JR SUITES & SWIM-UPS - Ocean Front, completely remodeled & redesigned

El Dorado Royale junior suites have indoor double Jacuzzi's and feature lovely woodenIncluded Mini-Bar furniture including king size or double beds, nightstands, and a desk. Conveniences include air conditioning, ceiling fans, flat screen LG cable TV, telephone, coffee maker, radio and alarm clock, iron and ironing board, and safety deposit box. The mini-bar is stocked daily with complimentary beer (Mexican, Heineken & Coors Light), soda and bottled water. The bathrooms are good-sized, featuring marble counters, amenities such as lotions, shampoo, hair dryers etc, good lighting and large showers with a tile seat. Newer sections have double sinks. You have use of the logo bathrobe and slippers during your stay.


Brand new exterior appearance @ El Dorado Royale


Each suite is part of a three story building housing no more than 13 units and allowing plenty of breathing space between buildings. First floor patios and upper level balconies feature comfortable chairs and wonderful hammocks (upon request). You can say adios to stress. Listening to the relaxing sounds of the fountains or Caribbean sea while being caressed by the Caribbean breeze will definitely melt away any anxiety. These sections are closest to the main lobby.


New in 2013, redesigned interior @ El Dorado Royale


The Jacuzzi Junior Suites truly have wonderful garden views. The Ocean View Junior Suites offer partial ocean views. The Premium Junior Suites are steps from the beach and offer direct ocean views. Swim-up Jacuzzi Junior Suites offer a lazy river to step in to in front of your Jacuzzi Suite patio. Your lazy river leads to a main pool and swim-up bar.

New glass see-through balconies @ El Dorado Royale



Recently updated and well designed, with DVD-player, connoisseur cabinet with four different spirits for you, plus an upgraded mini-bar. Welcome gifts include a fruit basket, bottle of champagne and a bottle of wine. Exceptional amenities include Butler/concierge service to assist with aromatherapy and pillow menu, dinner reservations, movie selection menu, and in-suite complimentary internet access. All suites have beautiful wooden furniture adn king bed only.


Additional advantages: Vonage internet phone, E-lounge, and 1 candle light dinner on the beach per stay.



Same amenities and benefits as above plus a swim-up river pool steps outside your patio.



This ocean front Presidential Suites features a master bedroom with a King Bed, a second bedroom with 2 double beds, plus a Living Room, Dining Room, private swimming pool, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, outdoor hammocks and much more. You will also find Plasma TV's and DVD players in both bedrooms, Surround Sound theater in Living Room, ceiling fans, AC , fine Italian linens, iron and ironing board in both bedrooms. This lavish suite includes a blender, coffee make, microwave, stovetop all inside the personal kitchenette, Crystal glassware, Cable TV, Wireless internet access, fully stocked premium bar featuring Alcohol, Wine, Champagne, Juice, Tea, Bottled water, Haagen-Dazs ice cream and a deluxe fruit basket. Accommodates up to 6 guests.



Luxury Jacuzzi Jr SuiteThese are newly renovated and redesigned 590 square feet junior suites with a choice of a king bed or 2 double beds. As you see from our photos the Luxury Jacuzzi Junior Suites are contemporary, with double sinks, glass enclosed showers and a private terrace or balcony. Maximum of 3 guests.



Same contemporary redesigned and recently renovated description and amenities as above - plus a patio that leads to a lazy river pool. Maximum of 3 guests.


PREMIUM JACUZZI JR SUITE:Premium & Premium Swim-Up Jacuzzi Suites

A recently renovated and redesigned contemporary 590 square foot jr suite featuring a king bed only, double sink, glass enclosed shower and of course Jacuzzi for two. Premium services include: private check-in, champagne and fruit basket in room on arrival, pillow and aromatherapy menu selection, 10% discount on wireless internet access, and personal concierge service and pool butler. 2 guests only.



Same exact description as above except this room comes with a choice of 2 double beds or a king bed - plus this suite connects to a river pool in front of your patio. Maximum of 3 guests.




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