My husband and I went to The El Dorados Casita Royale in May 2010 after my oldest son's wedding. We had been building a house and wedding for the past five months straight and desperately needed a vacay of our own! We have went one several cruises with friends and families and have always been active on exursions and adventures. But this time we wanted to be all alone(have four kids) and just veg and relax.There would be no pre-planning on this one.Just seven days of rest of relaxation! We also were celebrating our tenth anniversary together!! So we only wanted to spend time together and re-connect.This was the place to do it. We origianlly made our reservations for three nights in the Casitas and four nights in the regular garden view rooms in the Royale. We read alot of reviews and did alot of ploting about what we could afford. This seemed to be the best of both worlds. Get to the resort and stay our first three nights in the beautiful Casitas then move on to the less expensive rooms for the rest fo the week when we were familiar with the resort and started to do more than just stay by the room. All of this was good in theory! So when we got there, you are wisked away to the Casitas( you feel kinda special) and then on our second or third night we couldnt bare the thought of leaving the Casitas, so we made a deal with the conceirge the best we could and got the other four nights for $600. Oh, and somehow when we booked the original booking we qualified for an upgrade. So to our surprise when we checked in we got a swim up!!!!My whole reason for picking this resort in the first place. So awesome! Okay so like the third night we were awoke in the night by a loud waterfall sound, I woke my husband up and thought he left the shower on or something. But no, it was a broken water pipe under the master sink. The room was quickly flooding by the second. My husband was able to get under and turn off the rusty valve. But by then the room was half flooded. We called immediatly for assistance and clean up crew. The crew came (3am this was happening) to secure the water main shut off. We went back to bed, for clean up in the morning. We called first thing that morning (7:30am)and told the conceirge we were leaving for the morning and we would like the room to be mopped up of all the water(marble floors). They were very pleasant and said yes, yes, of course. After breakfast and a few changes in our day plans we returned to the room a few hours later to our surprise nothing had been cleaned up. So between all the confusion we ended up getting offered a room upgrade to an Oceanview Casita with its own infintiy pool. So we packed up and moved down to the 3100 block. Ooohh, we were moving up in the world. How fun we thought. Now we are really royality! (we were in the 2900 block before, it only goes up to 3200) We enjoyed our new rooms view and upgraded immenties. But after two nights we really missed our swim-up. Here we were on the second floor and had to walk down a huge flight of stairs and go around the whole side of the building just to get to the pool and bar. So after much pleading we moved again! This time back down to a swim up in the 3000 block! Now this one was the best room yet!!!! A huge swim up area with lounge chairs in the water and near the end of the half circle of Casitas. Just paradise, too bad it was only for 2 nights! I could go on and on about likes and dislikes about the whole resort, its just so hard to describe it all in a small review. The resort is very big, you will definatley want to use the shuttle system. Walking is nice too along the beach side, but it to gets tiersome.We are in our twenties and thirties. But back to the Casitas, if you want the seclusion and special treatment you will want to stay there. If you are looking for more the wild side with more people and crowds stay ot the other end. But you probably cant go wrong either way. But I do strongly recommend a swim up if you plan on spending alot of time in your room or together. They are awesome! The outside showers will not disapoint either. Sooo cool! Oh and did I mention each terrace has its own bed outside, how fun, great for those afternoon siestas!We probalby enjoyed Kampai, La Fondue the best. Yum! The spa massage treatments were pretty expensive, but we did them anyways. I dont think they were worth it though. Sorry. Seven days is not enough time there for sure. I would love to go back! But we probably never will, we like to find new adventures and places we havnt seen before. The world is soo big!But we are sooooo happy we picked this resort, you will not be sorry. We did decide to leave the resort for some scuba diving one day, some ruins sightseeing another day and my husband went deep sea fishing. We just couldnt stay put. But in the end I wish we had more time at the resort! So if you want to do more than just the resort, plan for more days you wont be sorry. It would be a nice mix and give you more time to sight see and enoy the Beautiful resort you are paying for!!!!oh, and you will have to put up with alot of language barriers though. Even in this high end resort, we experienced ALOT of "lost in translations". that was our only main complaint :)Oh, well you just learn to deal and have alot of patience.I am so excited for anyone reading this and that are thinking of going. I say...DO it!!!! and have a blast like we did! Great friendly people there too, staff and other traverlers! You can be as outgoing or secluded as you want to be here! Enjoy!!! Oh, and being a little tipsy at all times, doest hurt either ;) thanks to the all-inclusive, and we dont usually drink at home very much at all, but it helps to loosen up. Okay I will stop rambling now..goodbye and goodluck!
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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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