We stayed at Casitas in August with another couple. We usually stay at El Dorado Maroma, so this big resort was a nice change of pace. The Casitas section is small and quiet, and since the resort was not at capacity, it had many of the advantages of a larger resort without the crowds!
First of all, our sincere gratitude to Carmina, our concierge from EDM. She knows us well and intervened to make sure we got a room with a view! She is the best and we were delighted to see her at the Exotic Travelers gala at EDM. We were put in section 30 of Casitas... wonderful view of the ocean and a quick walk to the beach!
Check in was easy - we were whisked away to the Casitas for check in with Israeli, our Casitas concierge. All was explained and we loved our room. Our first lunch was at Kampai, the Asian restaurant. The food was wonderful, but, with the August temperatures, it was warm inside the restaurant.
Dinner our first night (and one other night) was in the Italian restaurant (the main one, not the Casitas Italian). Complements to Jesus, our wonderful waiter, who made the experience so pleasurable. The food was great. We had read many reviews of the lobster lasagna...let me say, they did not exaggerate. It was amazing!
Our days were spent on the beach... mostly on a beach bed in the shade. There are plenty of beach beds.. no rushing out in the morning to save one. The beach is not one for swimming... there are rocks everywhere.. but they don't interfere with sunning! We did try to snorkel once right off the beach, but were disappointed.
Lunches were either at La Isla (right near the main pool) or Jojo's (on the beach). Both were good, but we found we really enjoyed Jojo's the most... nice ocean breeze and great service from Efrain and Gregorio! It was an easy walk from the Casitas section along the beach to Jojo's, although in the heat, we at times used the golf cart service!
Breakfast at Cocotal (thanks again to Efrain!) was amazing. It is buffet, with an omelet station, and offered everything anyone could want! Anyone who says they don't get enough to eat is not making sense. There is more than enough food, and they always offer more!
We also had dinner at Cocotal several times and it was very good. We also ate dinner at Kampai (again, good food, but very warm inside the restaurant) and at the Italian in the Casitas section. Unfortunately, our experience at the Casitas Italian was not as good as at the main restaurant. It is small and was only open occasionally, so it felt very crowded and rushed. The service was definitely not as good as we got from Jesus!
In comparison to EDM, I would have to say we truly enjoyed Casitas, but feel that if the resort was at full capacity, it might not be as enjoyable. We are not night people, so I can't comment on the entertainment. We loved the peace and quiet. There was a convention of destination wedding planners for the last few days we were there, and the one morning they were in Cocotal at the same time we were, it was very noisy. Just a glimpse of what it would be like at full capacity.
Overall, we truly enjoyed our stay. The room was great.. always clean.. and the best outdoor shower ever!!! It was huge! Unfortunately, Fuentes, the mexican restaurant, was closed the entire time we were there, but we were able to order off their menu at Cocotal.
Obviously, August is not prime time in Mexico, but we had a wonderful time. Yes, it was hot, but there was always a great breeze on the beach, and we were steps away from a pool and a great pool bar! We met some lovely people, but had the peace and quiet we value so much on a vacation! All in all, it was a totally successful trip!
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- El dorado casitas royale, one of conde nast traveler readers’ top 100 hotels in the world and a AAA four diamond resort, is the pinnacle of romantic seaside luxury.Nestled along the beach in a separate, secluded area within El Dorado Royale on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma is an adults only resort designed for romance. A superb array of amenities and services makes this an unrivaled destination for romantic getaways, weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries. ... more less
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