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Review of Sensimar Seaside Suites & Spa

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Sensimar Seaside Suites & Spa
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Puerto Aventuras
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268 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Good resort at the moment....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

We spent 14 nights here from the middle of November 2012. This resort has a sea frontage of about 500m, however only about 200m has direct sea access and only about 50m is clear of rocks/coral. The water is lovely warm temperature (unlike the pools which are rather cool) and is protected by artificial reefs maintaing a depth of about 1.2m.
To promote their idea of romantic couples there are a lot of 'double' beds on the beach but because they create shade most people grab 2 sunbeds as well which means there is a shortage when the hotel is busy. This can only get worse when a new 90 room block opens next year because the beach is not very deep due vegetation and the planned extension to the beach is to the south where there aren't any suites. They could also do with having some toilets on the south end of the resort. When the new lobby opens it will be about 1km from the furthest suites!!
The staff were all very friendly and the girls that provided our beach bar service (Ana & Anyeli) were fantastic! The staff in the restaurants were mostly good but they can't cope at peak times and sometimes their level of expertise is poor, a waiter changed my wife's main course cutlery across her whist she was eating her starter! The food quality could be better, sometimes had no flavour so we think it's probably all imported frozen. There are 7 restaurants, 3 open for breakfast and 5 in the evening. The breakfast is buffet or waiter in 2 out of 3 but the queue for fresh eggs & omlettes is poor, more chefs required at breakfast and trying to get bacon is difficult, it's not available to help yourself. The house wine generally offered is rubbish so ask for the Chardonnay or the Cab Sav - it's a lot better, the wine on the wine list is expensive and not much better!!
The sun went off the beach about 3 in the afternoon and the vegitation has been allowed to take over so the whole resort goes into shade. It rained on quite a few days.
There is one tennis court but no lighting so we could only play till about 5.15.
In summary the resort is good, very clean and tidy. the staff willing and friendly although at times the food service was lacking. The food could better.
Personally I believe their current 'improvements' will spoil this resort from spring 2013 & therefore I won't return. It also a 10.5hr flight from UK with 6 hour time change.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

What an amazing place the staff here are amazing and do friendly, they cannot do enough for you. This place has it all food that is out of this world, amazing drinks. We got a different piece of towel art every day. the time difference did not seem to affect us which was great, the entertainment staff are great fun and are always on hand to have a laugh and joke with. We also went on some amazing trips. Everyone on holiday there is so friendly and chat to you no matter your age. I would recomend this hotel to anyone its AMAZING!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

We had a fantastic time at this wonderful hotel, even though there was work going on to update parts of the hotel. This hotel has everything to offer and the staff are very friendly and pleasant at all times. We cannot fault this hotel for its service, quality, cleanliness and food standard.
All the restaurants were of very high standard and rooms where cleaned every day.
Food, drink choice was amazing and a 5 Star resort for all your needs.
Would definitely recommend this as a great place to stay for a romantic getaway.
Meal on the beach a must as nice and romantic and worth every penny.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Portsmouth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2012

We have just returned from an 11 night stay in this relaxing resort and I agree with all reviews, absolutely the most relaxing holiday we have ever had!!!

As soon as we arrived we were met by friendly staff, who could not do enough for us. The introduction over, we were taken to our rooms which were just superb. We had one of the non swim up rooms, 2nd floor with balcony looking through palm trees onto the beach. The only down side of our room, block 24, is a bit close to the bar, so some nights the music from the bar was a bit loud. I would suggest block 30 upwards if you want some peace and quiet.

The whole complex was spotless with staff everywhere, brushing, cutting, cleaning but always with a friendly “Hola” which went a long way and was always presented with a friendly smile.
The food, everywhere was superb, breakfast under the palm trees, friendly banter with Lorenzo and staff , was always a great way to start the day.

Some of the organised trips are close by eg Tulum ruins and swimming with turtles at Akumal bay . These can easily be done by yourselves and a lot cheaper. Just get the local minibus (Colectivo) from hotel gate and go direct, great saving. Also at Tulum ruins, it’s worth getting a guide, but expensive. We asked the guide to find another couple and we would split the price which they did, so good tip.

Looked at all the adventure parks around and left it to the end of holiday and spoke with many people throughout the week to find out which came top. If you like adventure, high zip wires, driving small off road buggies through caves then Xplor is the one to book. It took 10 years to build and has only been open three years. We had a fantastic day there and went home with a big childish grin on our faces.

At the hotel there is some extensive building work going on, building around another 100 plus rooms at the back of the resort but this had minimal effect on our holiday. My only worry is that we chose the resort because of its small intimate size and with the new buildings we are worried this may change.

All in all this is the best beach holiday we have had, service and food was 5*, the room was superb and the staff were the best. Personal thanks to our two concierge looking after room 2614, the mad Miguel with the infectious laugh, you will hear it before you see him and all the staff in the Italian restaurant who made my wife’s birthday a very enjoyable, friendly and memorable evening.

Finally, I have never been back to the same place twice but would definitely go back to The Eldorado Suites tomorrow. My only worry it may lose its intimacy due to the extra rooms being added and we will continue to monitor this on Trip Advisor.
If you go to the Eldorado suites… relax and enjoy

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

My wife and I just returned back to Philly. We had such an amazing experience everyone made us feel like we we're at home! Everyone said "Hola," to us as we walked around the resort. Something so simple yet really made such a nice difference. Everyone was so warm and friendly and went the extra mile. Would highly recommend this resort to family and friends, the rooms were kept very clean every day. Everything was amazing, we used the gym, which is located in the spa. When you first walk into the spa, you can smell the relaxation, it always smelt sooooo great! We were greeted everyday we went to the gym, and even we found a fellow American working there, I think his name was Chris. He was really awesome! I had never had a massage before and he answered all of our questions and even suggested some services for us. Our therapists were out of this world. My wife was with Ignacio and I was with a lady named Enaye or anahee. Not sure how to spell it. My first spa experience was awesome. Thanks guys for making our vacation escape sooooo amazing! We will definitely be coming back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Bry W
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Peterborough, Ont
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

We just returned from our one week stay at the EDSS and really enjoyed it. The staff at this resort are some of the hardest working and friendliest we have experienced. We travel 3 times a year and almost always to Mexico and usually to Cancun or the Mayan.

I'll break this review down to 3 categories:

Awesome:
The staff, hotel cleanliness and the entire resort grounds are spotless. Lots of cleaning is happening on a regular basis and the pride of the staff really shows while they work. Everyone from the waiters to the bartenders and of course the rec staff go above and beyond to ensure a good time is had by all. The Italian restaurant was (for us) the best al a carte. Excellent food, service and ambience made it our favourite.

Very Good:
The rooms are well appointed and very functional and even though we had to switch rooms once (due to getting a room with two double beds) we were very impressed with the lay out. I might only suggest to get rid of the TV cabinet to allow for more room at the foot of the bed. The cabinet doors don't open flush so you have to make sure you close them before you go to bed or you may walk into them. Lots of storage space and hangers made it easy to unpack.

Good:
The food at breakfast and lunch could use some help. The breakfast buffet did get backed up as there is only one egg station and people were getting a little frustrated waiting to get bacon and eggs (the cook controls the bacon and it's not on the buffet but rather beside her while she cooks...odd?). There is a menu you could order off of but we honestly don't mind getting our own food. There are two other areas to get breakfast on the resort but neither in our opinion were great.

At lunch time the patio has a small buffet and offers a choice of 7 different hamburgers, a few Panini options and desert; this gets old in a hurry. The beach grill has a few options of rice, beans, chicken or beef and hamburgers or hot dogs. The restaurant by the front desk offers a few different items and we found this to be the best of the bunch...just our opinion.

I'm sure your thinking that perhaps I'm nit picking but I can only give this a 4.5 star based on a poor beach area, lack of music, a poor and ugly looking swim up bar at the activity pool (looks like a drive thru) and some weak food options at breakfast and lunch. Draft beer is your only option unless you’re in your room and a less than average wine is offered in both white and red unless you pay for a bottle from the wine list.

Not sure if we will return as there are allot of adult only options out there but if I do it's because of the staff and resort cleanliness!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kidderminster, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

Our first time in an adults only resort,(bliss!!) and the resort certainly went beyond our expectations. Our jacuzzi suite (3625) was on 3rd floor, not overlooked & in a quiet area of the resort, it was kept very clean by the housekeeping team, mini bar stocked everyday ( if you have a preference for your drinks, tell the concierge who will organise it). Nothing seemed too much trouble for any of the staff & not one passed us without saying "hola". Loved all the meals in the restaurants, from breakfast to evening meal ( including lunch in La Sandwicherie,especially if our waiter was Lorenzo,who always had a smile & a few friendly words,loved him!) None of the staff expect a tip, grateful if you do but no change in service if you dont. Beach was good,not brilliant for swimming, take your sandshoes due to coral, but never a shortage of sun or daybeds & Lucy kept our drinks coming.

If you intend to go off site at all, due to the location, you will need a taxi or local bus,both readily available.

Just be aware that there is some building work at the moment, which didn't have any adverse effect on our holiday, although it would have been nice if Thomson had told us instead of telling us 2 days before we went that there was " a bit of rubble on the car park which would probably would be gone by the time we arrived......."

Room Tip: Our room was in a very quiet area of the resort, great for us. From what we could see, very few peop...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Sensimar Seaside Suites & Spa

Property: Sensimar Seaside Suites & Spa
Address: Km 95 Carretera Cancun-Tulum, Puerto Aventuras 77710, Mexico (Formerly El Dorado Seaside Suites)
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Aventuras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#1 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#5 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#6 Business Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#6 Spa Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sensimar Seaside Suites & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 378
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Also Known As:
El Dorado Seaside Hotel
El Dorado Seaside Suites Mexico
El Dorado Resort Spa
Hotel El Dorado Seaside
El Dorado Seaside Resort
El Dorado Spa
El Dorado Seaside Mexico
Eldorado Seaside Suites
Eldorado Resort
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