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Wanting to head to Mexico, but not sure where to stay? For your next adults-only all-inclusive getaway consider a stay at the El Dorado Royale resort. This property, located in Riviera Maya, is perfect for those looking for a low-key, fun, Mexican-inspired resort. With its dinner theater restaurant, and Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Experience, this resort is also PERFECT for foodies! I visited this resort last week, had a great time, and I am so excited to share my full review with you.
As a full-service Travel Agent, I am invited to stay and tour resort properties. As always, opinions are all my own.
El Dorado Royale Review: An Adults-Only All-Inclusive in Riviera Maya, Mexico
El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort by Karisma is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort located in Riviera Maya, Mexico. I was recently invited to come to Mexico and tour several Karisma resorts. Traveling to Mexico and the Caribbean during the pandemic was wonderful, as was flying during COVID.
At the time of my visit, Riviera Maya had just been hit by TWO hurricanes AND one was churning off-shore. So it was rainy and windy, and my pics aren’t the best. But I managed to have a great time at El Dorado Royale!
How Far is El Dorado Royale from Cancun International Airport?
El Dorado Royale is located in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which is about a 30 minute drive from the Cancun International Airport. If you are looking for an adults only resort in the hotel zone, check out the Hyatt Zilara Cancun or if you want to be down in Playa del Carmen, check out the Hilton Playa del Carmen (all are adults only all-inclusive resorts). Of course if you are with your kids, the Hard Rock Riviera Maya is a great option!
The El Dorado chain of resorts also includes the El Dorado Casitas (which is adjacent to the Royale), the El Dorado Seaside (located an hour south of the Cancun International Airport) and the El Dorado Maroma, which is where you will find the Palafitos Overwater Bungalows.
Of the four El Dorado resorts, Royale is the most budget friendly, but still offers the quality experience you would expect from the brand.
Choosing an all-inclusive resort can be tough. Some are big, some are small, some are on the beach, some just near it. Some resorts have better food, more drink options, and more entertainment than others. Of course, there is your budget to consider as well!
For those reasons, it’s always best to consult with a travel professional to help find the perfect resort for you next vacation. And the best part? My services are free!
That’s right, you get full on, personalized, concierge vacation planning service, and it does not cost you a cent more! In fact, a package vacation with one of my preferred suppliers can often save you money on your trip!
What’s the difference Between El Dorado Royale and Casitas?
The El Dorado Royale is located adjacent to the El Dorado Casitas and Generations Riviera Maya Resorts. You can access Casitas or Generations by taking a golf cart shuttle or take a lovely walk along the beach.
Royale guests can use the restaurants at the other two resorts and some of the bars, as well as the entire stretch of beach.
Rooms at El Dorado Royale
There are six types of rooms at the El Dorado Royale. On my recent visit, I stayed in a luxury junior suite in building 11. This area is closest to the main lobby, but furthest from the beach and pool. If you are on a budget and want to just getaway, this is a great room category.
This adults only resort does offer some double bed rooms, although most are Kings. I stayed in room 1111 which was well appointment with a lovely soaking tub. The mini-bar was stocked with beer, soda and water. I loved sitting on the balcony. Check out my room tour:
Worth noting there are no elevators at El Dorado Royale, and there are two and three story buildings.
The views get better as you get closer to the ocean!
If you are looking for something a little extra special, consider a swim-out suite. These have balconies that open up into the lazy river.
Restaurants at El Dorado Royale
El Dorado Royale is part of the Karisma brand of properties that boast a gourmet All-Inclusive Experience.
And friends, the food at the El Dorado Royale did NOT disappoint!
Honestly, I ate so well during my four day stay at el Dorado. During my November 2020 visit, not all restaurants were open (due to low occupancy because of the pandemic) but I enjoyed every meal.
Worth noting during the time of my visit, food displays (aka buffets) were not available due to health protocols.
Breakfast at El Dorado Royale
I loved both sit down breakfast and ordering room service in my suite. At the time of my visit, breakfast was being served at Cocotal (under the main lobby). I loved all the traditional Mexican offerings, but American breakfast items like waffles and pancakes were also available.
Two mornings, I ordered room service breakfast. You can order room service 24 hours a day, and through the app. You don’t even have to call anyone!
Lunch at El Dorado Royale
In busier times, the pizza restaurant and la Isla serve lunch right by the pool. At the time of my visit, the pizzeria (which also served salads, burgers and sandwiches) was moved to Villa d’Italia and Kampai was offering lunch at Cocotal. If you are visiting during the pandemic, be sure to ask for clarification as to what is offered where. Needless to say, we had some confusion with finding the restaurants!
Dinner at El Dorado Royale
When you arrive on property, you can make reservations for dinner. You can do this at the concierge hut. During the pandemic, it was necessary for crowd control, but having reservations will secure your spot
And remember, you can eat at Casitas as well, making dinner options:
Fuentes – Culinary theater
JoJo’s Seaside Grill
Santa Fe Grill
The only up charge restaurant at El Dorado Royale is the dinner show, Fuentes (and it’s a nominal charge to secure the reservation).
Bars at El Dorado Royale
There are several bars at El Dorado Royale and the drinks were really great! I particularly loved the house wine they served – dangerously delicious!
Each evening, we hung out at the Martini Bar, located in the main lobby. This bar offers many drinks, martinis of course, and be sure to try their signature chocolate martini!
During the day, there are two swim up bars by the main pool area, and servers to get you drinks if you are lounging in a Bali Bed.
If you go to the south end of the Royale property or walk north over to the Casitas, there are bars on the beach. Remember, the swim up bars in the Casitas enclave are reserved for guests of those rooms immediately in that area.
El Dorado Royale Activities
El Dorado Royale is a great resort for guests looking for a fun and relaxing pool area. I loved that the Bali Beds are available for all guests (on a first come, first serve basis).
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Around the pool area you will find pool volleyball and ping pong. Other resort activities include: bike rentals, a full gym, and there is a schedule of daily activities on the el Dorado Royale app. Highlights include daily outdoor yoga and complimentary tequila tastings!
The beach at El Dorado Royale is small, and at the time of our visit, there was a hurricane churning off shore, making the water super rough.
CHECK OUT: BEACH VACATION PACKING LIST
Each evening there is a show (magic, circus, etc.) and a DJ or band for later night dancing. I liked that this resort wasn’t dead at night, but it wasn’t a big party either.
El Dorado Royale Honeymoons
As an adults only resort, with so many amenities, gourmet restaurants, and located in the perfect spot to explore the Yucatan Peninsula, the El Dorado Royale is a great resort for honeymoon couples!
Be sure to book your honeymoon with me, my honeymoon bookings may qualify for extra amenities!
Plus, with beautiful Bali beds and hammocks around the resort, there are some romantic spots to relax on your honeymoon!
El Dorado Royale Destination Weddings
Looking to get married in paradise? When planning a destination wedding, I often hear brides and grooms (understandably) don’t want to pressure their friends and family into paying for an expensive resort. The El Dorado Royale has a great price point for four diamond luxury, your guests will be so excited to come celebrate with you.
Plus, with beautiful spots around the resort to have your ceremony and reception – el Dorado Royale is the perfect place for your wedding.
Inviting families to your wedding? No worries, they can stay at the adjacent Generations Riviera Maya, a family friendly property!
If you are interested in a destination wedding, be sure to reach out here.
El Dorado Royale Review
I visited for three nights in November 2020. At that time, Riviera Maya had just been hit by not one, but TWO hurricanes, and like the rest of the world was dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. It also rained most of the time I was there as yet ANOTHER hurricane churned offshore.
Despite all that, I still had a great time at El Dorado Royale!
With limited capacity, many facilities were closed and the beach had lots of debris from the storm. But, crews were working hard (when it wasn’t monsoon raining) to clean up from the hurricane.
Also, worth noting that all of the Karisma properties we visited were taking the highest level of precautions to provide guests a safe hotel stay during the pandemic.
I think this would be a super fun resort to visit with a group of fun-loving adults. With the Lomas Travel desk right in the lobby, it’s easy to book all the fun Mexico excursions such as Xcaret, Xel-ha (We visited Xel-ha in 2023 when staying at the Iberostar Selection Cancun),Swimming with Dolphins, visiting Mayan ruins, snorkeling trips, SCUBA or visiting a cenote.
I truly loved the food (and drinks!) on property and the service was great.
Do You Tip At El Dorado Royale?
Always tip your transfer drivers, as they are not employed by your resort. At El Dorado Royale I also tipped a few bucks to the bellhop, golf cart driver, bartenders, room service, and at meals.
PRO-TIP: Bring lots of small bills!
Overall, this resort is very affordable and is a great vacation experience in Mexico. I definitely recommend El Dorado Royale for your next adults only all-inclusive Mexican vacation!
Have you been to an El Dorado resort? What is your favorite all-inclusive in Mexico?