It was one year ago this week that my wife and I traveled to El Dorado Maroma for our honeymoon. After a great deal of research we selected this facility because it met virtually all of our criteria...all-inclusive, gormet food, adults only, tropical setting and limited space. Not only were our expectations met but they were exceeded in every way we could have asked for. The only reason I waited this long to write was I wanted to see if I felt the same after some time had passed. Well not only do I feel the same but my fondness for it has grown.
The trip from the airport was crowded in the van - it made several stops on the way to EDM to drop off other vacationers at other resorts - but as we drove through the mangrove trees we knew this would be perfect. Isolated and perfect.
Check in was handled quickly and smoothly with champagne and a cool towel offered since the heat in Mexico in July is intense. Our room, on the ocean side, was beautiful with each and every amenity just as it was described in the information I had read.
Our first day there we were given a quick tour to make sure we knew where everything was and from that point we were on our own. Our first dinner was at the Japanese restaurant and it did not disappoint! We actually thought we would eat every meal there we enjoyed it so much but we found every restaurant to have it's own personality and flavor with one common thread - gormet style quality food with beautiful presentation. Whether it was breakfast or one of the specialty dinners every meal was prepared perfectly. That is not say that every food was to our liking but it had nothing to do with quality or presentation, just personal preference.
There is very little night life here or for that matter much in the way of organized activities - which is just what we wanted. After all of the demands of a wedding the last thing we wanted was hundreds of people all trying to out-do one another. There were some things scheduled that you could take advantage of but we wanted to make our own schedule as much or as little as we wanted with the option everyday to be spontaneous (like para-sailing from the marina next door - a GREAT experience) or make our trips to the restaurants, pools or beach the most strenuous thing we did all day.
The staff was very attentive but also respected our desire not to be inundated with service. Everyone was very friendly and seemed to genuinely appreciate what their responsibilites were in maintaining a first-class facility. Even the grounds crew, on very, very hot days, stopped what they were doing to look you in the eye, smile and offer a cheery "Hola" whenever you walked by.
The only slight negative was having to endure a presentation from the company that runs the vacation booking part of the hotel. The gentleman who welcomed us when we agreed to sit throught this was very pleasant but then passed us off to the heavy who did apply some pressure for us to sign on. Actually he made some very tempting offers but we were honest from the beginning about not being in a place to make a commitment and after not too long a time they relented and we were done. The upgrade to a lobster dinner for our beach dinner made it worthwhile and it in no way detracted from our experience - rather it has been good for a laugh each time we talk about it.
I, too, have read the negative comments posted on this site and I could not more strongly disagree with those assessments. Whatever we wanted, all we had to do was ask. Nothing was denied us and if it was a little unusual or not something they normally did, they found a way. In summary, if you are looking for a quiet, gormet, pampered vacation than you could not make a better decision than EDM. This would not be the best place for 20-something newlyweds who are geared toward late night partying and the bar or club scene. But if relaxation is your goal with amazing food, attentive hosts and a beautiful surrounding the El Dorado Maroma is for you. EDM may not be heaven, but you can definitely see it from there.
- 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