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PostSubject: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:20 pm

We booked the El Dorado Royale (Casita section) for January 2011. We wanted a really relaxing break so opted for a 5 star all inclusive on the Riviera maya. We were treating ourselves so chose to book the ground floor of a Casita in the quieter section of the hotel. On arrival we were taken to our casita reception area in a buggy to check in and were given Champagne. We were then taken to our Casita.
For every 12 Casita’s there was a swimming pool. Guests could use any of the 13 pools on the complex but often used ones nearest their accommodation. Our pool was usually quiet and it had a swim up bar.
The casitas can just be seen behind the bar.


We were in the pelicanos bar section. The Barman was very attentive and regularly came round to ask what we wanted. Sometimes he would just come with a drink if we were on the beach. Often he would write our names on our vodka mudslides in chocolate sauce.
As you can see the curtains used to make RM swimwear were not stolen from PN



There was also a young man who came around regularly offering water, sandwiches, books, fruit and lollies.
Staff in general were all polite and had a happy outlook probably when they weren’t always feeling it.
The beach was just across a pathway and Casita guests could use the shaded beds.


Our Casitas were lovely. We had a Jacuzzi, an indoor and outdoor shower, good air conditioning.





This is our balcony area

They were cleaned daily and the mini bar was restocked with drinks and snacks. (Sol beer, pepsi and 7 up) you could choose what you wanted. Each night we had turndown service and a chocolate left on our bed.You could also choose a pillow and a fragrance from a menu. One night RM answered the door and said not to bother but tipped and said we will have the chocolate. After that we got 1 chocolate each left every night. We also had a variety of towel animals left in our room.

It was a big complex. We walked everywhere as we seriously needed the exercise after the lovely food. You could wait for a golf buggy to get around.
Food wise, I didn’t take many pictures but the food was amazing IMO. There were 7 restaurants; La Fondue was all Fondues unsurprisingly. We never tried this because I don’t eat cheese. It always looked like a lovely relaxing place to go and I think RM would have liked it. Fuentes was advertised as Mexican style but we only ate here once and were disappointed. It was buffet style and not to my taste as much as some of the others. Cocotal was excellent for breakfast and I believe Fuentes was similar so people tended to go to the closest. They were buffet style but omelettes pancakes and waffles were made to order and there was a chocolate fountain. You could also have made to order breakfast at the Asian style restaurant Kampi and La Isla. Both were excellent.
In the evenings we ate a lot at D’Italia which was really good. Also at the Kampi. You had to book for these but got priority if in a Casita. (There did seem to be a bit of a hotel class system going on). There was also JoJos which did a similar menu at lunch and dinner. We had lunch there a couple of times which was good. In addition there was a burger stall which parked by the pools over lunch and a health bar which served healthy lunches and smoothies. Also a place which served pizza’s and burgers open for lunches and a Mexican place which was good.
Drinks were all good, you could get premium brands at no extra cost, some wines and lobster was not included but that’s about all.
The Martini bar was excellent, very luxurious. Pistachios and bar snacks always available. We spent the one rainy day quite happily in here working down the list of Martinis.

There were a few bars dotted around. The entertainment was mainly in the swing bar. We didn’t see much so can’t comment but they had Michael Jackson tributes and similar which people who went enjoyed. We prefered to sample and enjoy local traditions such as the Mexican Flag beverage or a Miami Vice.


There was a bit of a hard sell on timeshare as the Concierge based in our reception was on commission but I think he realised that we didn’t have the kind of money required so didn’t hassle us too much
Iguanas basked around all over the place and there was a croc out back in the swamps. We saw a raccoon and lots of colourful birds


This is the view from the reception. some Casitas had a lazy river leading to the pools


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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:29 pm

Execellent review and lovely place Roamer have a rep from me
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:34 pm


Looks fab roamer !

rep from me too Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:34 pm

Forgot this pic of our Casita
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:10 pm

My heaven it looks fantastic.But such a long flight.RM loves his drinks.Great review one of the best.
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:13 pm

Fantastic pics and review and a rep from me cheers

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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:24 pm

Absolutely brilliant review with the accompanying photo's Roamer, well worth a rep. :-bd:

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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:30 pm

Yes a rep from me too Roamer.
Having been to Mexico ourselves we know exactly what you are talking about. I really believe you have to go to understand this. Steak & eggs cooked to order for breakfast is an alien concept to Spanish all inclusives Rolling Eyes Washed down with high quality Bucks fizz. Hmmm drunken



Whilst Ramblinman might not have run up those shorts from curtains in PN, those earlier versions pictured above still appear to have a piece of curtain pole attached to the insides lolol lolol lolol
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:33 pm



I was too polite to comment..................... smile
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:37 pm

Excellent roamer, looks gorgeous wow
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:39 pm

debdon wrote:
Excellent roamer, looks gorgeous wow


I assume you are talking about the section of curtain pole? Shocked Shocked Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:43 pm

I take it RB has a beige set of shorts now as well lol!
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:44 pm

The review of course :n!b: I dunno some people coy
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:46 pm

Also RM has a pair made out of Iguana skin as well. wink

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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:02 pm

Mark wrote:
Yes a rep from me too Roamer.
Having been to Mexico ourselves we know exactly what you are talking about. I really believe you have to go to understand this. Steak & eggs cooked to order for breakfast is an alien concept to Spanish all inclusives Rolling Eyes Washed down with high quality Bucks fizz. Hmmm drunken



Whilst Ramblinman might not have run up those shorts from curtains in PN, those earlier versions pictured above still appear to have a piece of curtain pole attached to the insides lolol lolol lolol

rolling laughing rolling laughing

Well he did have Ursula Andress sunbathing on the next bed deckchair
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:08 pm

Its worth mentioning that the Secrets Maroma did well on trip advisor. There are no sandbags in the sea so the beach is rated better. A friend we met while at the Casitas went to the Maroma in July and much prefered the El Dorado. They have stayed at lots of lovely places in 5 stars and she rates this one as number one.
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:18 pm

I know about 5/6 years ago they had a tornado/hurricane which wiped a large amount of the beaches away, Perhaps that's why they may have sandbags to hold the beach in place
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:34 pm

Exactly right DB. There was severe damage cause by a hurricane. I didn't mind the bags at all. They looked like whales if you use your imagination and you could snorkle safely near them.
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:37 pm

roamer wrote:
Exactly right DB. There was severe damage cause by a hurricane. I didn't mind the bags at all. They looked like whales if you use your imagination and you could snorkle safely near them.

The Highlander, Yozef & Jan would feel at home there then Roamer. wink

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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:43 pm

Mick wrote:
roamer wrote:
Exactly right DB. There was severe damage cause by a hurricane. I didn't mind the bags at all. They looked like whales if you use your imagination and you could snorkle safely near them.

The Highlander, Yozef & Jan would feel at home there then Roamer. wink

Thats a bit personal Mick. Yozef and Jan didn't gain that much weight. smile
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 10:46 pm

roamer wrote:
Mick wrote:
roamer wrote:
Exactly right DB. There was severe damage cause by a hurricane. I didn't mind the bags at all. They looked like whales if you use your imagination and you could snorkle safely near them.

The Highlander, Yozef & Jan would feel at home there then Roamer. wink

Thats a bit personal Mick. Yozef and Jan didn't gain that much weight. smile

Whoops, I meant the country not the marine mammals. Embarassed Im sorry

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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:01 pm

Looks fab roamer, we went to Mexico for our honeymoon and loved it. Always said we would go back but never did.

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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:35 pm

Very enjoyable Roamer . . . . was the sand on the beach white and powdery? How long was the flight time? Oh and do you require jabs? Rep from me too - well done cheers
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:57 pm

Sand is Caribbean white TB (i've been too lol)



11 hours flight time out, 9.5 hours back.

No jabs required
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PostSubject: Re: El Dorado Casitas Royale   Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:10 pm

Ooooh . . . . that looks VERY nice! I love the feel of that fine powdery sand between my toes! Very Happy

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