El Dorado Maroma Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Pros

  • An intimate all-inclusive resort with friendly service
  • 3 gourmet a-la-carte restaurants and 3 bars
  • 2 pools, one with swim-up bar, and an expansive beach
  • All rooms come with balconies/patios, flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players, coffeemakers, and minibars
  • A range of suite options with amenities such as private pools, Jacuzzis, and outdoor showers
  • Spa and salon, with beachfront massage services and a sauna
  • Fitness center has plenty of cardio and weight equipment
  • Next door to a company that provides day excursions

Cons

  • This smaller resort lacks certain amenities offered by the sister property next door
  • Wi-Fi comes with a fee
  • Guests may be asked to participate in time-share meetings
  • Rooms near the bar and pool can be loud in the evenings

Bottom Line

The adults-only El Dorado Maroma resort is more intimate than its much larger sister property down the beach, the El Dorado Royale. With only 72 suites ranging in size and grandeur -- most have private infinity or swim-up pools and outdoor showers -- the Maroma is an ideal spot for those seeking a quiet, romantic holiday (though wedding parties can liven things up). The most stand-out aspect of the location is having next-door access to Marina Maroma Paradise -- a company that provides day-excursions such as sport fishing, diving, kayaking, sailing, and wave-runner rentals. For less adventurous folk, the long sandy beach is great for hand-in-hand strolls (though the waters are a bit rocky for swimming). The resort calls itself a "gourmet" all-inclusive, and offers three a la carte restaurants, bars, and nightly entertainment. All room types feature balconies or terraces, flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players, bathrobes, and stocked minibars. For rainy days, there is a spa, fitness center, and business center on-site, but Wi-Fi is not included.

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 Location

An all-inclusive resort on Maroma Beach in Riviera Maya -- just south of central Cancun

The El Dorado Maroma is located along Riviera Maya's Maroma Beach, which is closer to the town of Playa del Carmen than Cancun. The resort also shares premises with Marina Maroma Paradise, which offers a wide range of water sports, tours, and day and night activities. The Riviera Maya is famous for its large resorts and smaller boutique hotels, as well as the many fine dining restaurants. The area contains mostly all-inclusive, self-contained resorts, and this one in particular is geared toward adults on a romantic getaway. Visitors don't come to this part of Riviera Maya for the sights -- there are none -- however, the resort does arrange day trips and excursions. There is a shuttle to Cancun, as well. To get a feel for local flavor, head to the culture-rich downtown area (known as Ciudad Cancun), which is a drive away.

  • 43-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 54-minute drive to downtown Cancun
  • 33-minute drive to Puerto Morelos, with quiet beaches and great snorkeling spots
  • 26-minute drive to Playa del Carmen, a laid-back and bustling town with great shopping, and a well-heeled crowd
  • 59-minute drive to Tulum ruins
  • 3-hour drive to Chichen Itza ruins

 Bottom Line

The adults-only El Dorado Maroma resort is more intimate than its much larger sister property down the beach, the El Dorado Royale. With only 72 suites ranging in size and grandeur -- most have private infinity or swim-up pools and outdoor showers -- the Maroma is an ideal spot for those seeking a quiet, romantic holiday (though wedding parties can liven things up). The most stand-out aspect of the location is having next-door access to Marina Maroma Paradise -- a company that provides day-excursions such as sport fishing, diving, kayaking, sailing, and wave-runner rentals. For less adventurous folk, the long sandy beach is great for hand-in-hand strolls (though the waters are a bit rocky for swimming). The resort calls itself a "gourmet" all-inclusive, and offers three a la carte restaurants, bars, and nightly entertainment. All room types feature balconies or terraces, flat-screen TVs, CD/DVD players, bathrobes, and stocked minibars. For rainy days, there is a spa, fitness center, and business center on-site, but Wi-Fi is not included.

Things You Should Know About El Dorado Maroma

Address

  • Carretera Cancun - Tulum Km. 55.3, Playa del Carmen, Solidaridad 77710

Room Types

  • Beachfront Villa
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Infinity Pool Jacuzzi Suite
  • Jacuzzi Junior Oceanfront Junior Suite
  • Mi Hotelito Beachfront Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite Oceanfront
  • Swim Up Jacuzzi Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 74
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club:
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya
Address: Carretera Cancun - Tulum Km. 55.3, Playa del Carmen, Solidaridad 77710
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