Just came back from a very relaxing vacation week at the El Dorado Maroma. We arrvied on the 06 of April. We had booked the Mi Hotelito section of the hotel. Beware, those are much older room that would certainly need refurbishing. However we didnt let that be an issue for us. We enjoyed the fact that we were 1 minute walk from the beach. At night, we could leave the patio door open and hear the wind in the palm trees. It was simply heaven. We had turn down service every night and out mini fridge was always full.
Food: Papitos was our best meal everyday. Each day at lunch time they have a theme: tacos, burgers, BBQ, Fish market. I have traveled many times to bigger resort where you see a huge selection of food at the buffer but then it all taste the same. El Dorado does it differently. The selection is smaller because it is FRESH. Great salada bar with amazing Guacamole and Pico de gallo. I ate the best fish I have ever had. Simply grilled on the BBQ with ligh seasonning, it was DELICIOUS. You could see that the priority is quality and freshness.
Evening meals where very good as well. The Zuppa de Tortilla at the Mexican restaurant was amazing. We prefered the lunch restaurants but evening was also very good. We ordered room service one night and it was very good as well.
Service: Every review mentionned how amazing the staff is and this is true. For example my fiance always has Hot Chocolate in the morning. We asked once and after that, every morning we went, we had a hot chocolate coming right away. The employee real care about their guest and it shows. We were at the beach beds and someone would come over and bring us new dry towels or drinks. One time we went swimming and when we came back our clothes were folder and with a flower on top of them.
Beach: Yes there is a small lagoon to walk across and the second day we were there, the color was more green then blue. However, every other day, the sea was a 100 different shades of blue. I loved the fact that you can take long walks. After the Marina, there is a long strech of soft white sand with great swimming. There is no other resort close by so it feels like you are on a deserted island. This was pricless. I am very picky when it comes to beaches and this one is in my top 2 along with Turk and Caicos. If you are a beach person, this is the place to go. I had booked the Secrets Capri first for this trip and changed it to the El Dorado based on reviews about the beach and I am glad I did. We saw the Secrets and there is almost no beach and since it is located in a mangrove, the water was green/brown. So If you are a beach person , this hotel is the place to go.
Quiet: We wanted a quiet resort and this is what we got. We were always swimming at the small pool and often we were the only ones. It feld like a private pool just for the 2 of us.
We wanted to relax and we did. We got beach beds everyday, we had great meals, great swimming, great walks, great service. We will go back for sure. The resort exceeded my expectations in every way.
On a different note, if you love snorkeling like we do, I do recommand Akumal beach. 5 USD for parking. No need to take a tour. You simply put on your fins and your mask, you swim directly from the beach 5 minutes and you can see amazing marine life. Coral, turtles and hundreds of different kind of fish. Get there early because around 10h00 tours start to arrive and it can become very crowded. We went 3 times, observing turtles, it felt like a dream. A must see.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on one of Travel Channels Top Ten Beaches in the World, El Dorado Maroma is an upscale, exclusive Caribbean resort for romantic couples and active vacationers alike. Intimate and beachfront. Rustic and luxurious at the same time. the hotel provides outstanding services and gourmet cuisine. Receive personalized butler and concierge service, arrive with style with a champagne check in. It is rustic, because it is not pretentious and was built using traditional materials and with the philosophy of embracing the bounty of the nature and the local environment. It lies directly on the beach of Maroma, considered to be one of the best beaches in the world by independent reviewers, including the Discovery Channel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, By Karisma Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- El Dorado Maroma Hotel
- El Dorado Maroma Resort