El Dorado Royale Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Puerto Morelos, Mexico

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Pros

  • Luxurious all-inclusive beachfront resort
  • 13 pools, including one saltwater
  • 450-acre sprawling property that can be accessed by golf carts
  • Rooms have balconies, whirlpool tubs, coffeemakers, and minibars
  • 7 a la carte restaurants, snack corners, and a number of bars
  • A plethora of fitness activities such as yoga, kayaking, tennis, biking, and snorkeling
  • Nice spa with sauna and steam room
  • The resort encourages an eco-friendly lifestyle
  • Free introductory scuba clinic in pool
  • Free shuttle to shopping center and Playa del Carmen (reservations required)
  • Room service included

Cons

  • Rocky beach has unsightly sand bag breakers; not ideal for swimming
  • Some rooms are more dated than others
  • Wi-Fi comes with a fee and can be spotty in areas
  • Food and drink quality vary between restaurants
  • Most restaurants require reservations; all have dress codes
  • Time limits to use kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and paddle boats
  • No hard liquor in minibars
  • Guests may be asked to participate in time-share meetings
  • Room service restrictions on rainy days

Bottom Line

The El Dorado Royale is an adults-only resort with a whopping 450 acres of tropical jungle along the Riviera Maya. There are 13 pools in total -- an important aspect, as the ocean bottom is too rocky for most to enjoy. The resort calls itself a "gourmet" all-inclusive, and offers a dizzying array of restaurants (all with dress codes), as well as bars, nightlife, spa treatments, and on-site activities. There are three total sister properties in this area, and the Royale is the most basic -- though rooms still feel luxurious with balconies or terraces, walk-in showers, whirlpool tubs, bathrobes, and stocked minibars. The resort is attached to the newer Casitas section which has additional amenities such as outdoor showers and private plunge pools.

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 Scene

A sprawling adult-only all-inclusive

This sprawling, 450-acre resort will give walkers an opportunity to exercise their legs; otherwise, guests can jump on one of the many golf carts scooting from one end of the property to the other (these free rides are a good way to experience the manicured grounds). The mile-long sandy beach is rocky and not ideal for swimming, but still suitable for games, strolling, and dining (romantic candlelit dinners are possible).

When in need of an escape, the tour desk arranges off-site excursions, or guests can take a shuttle service to visit Playa del Carmen (though the schedule may be limited and reservations are required).

 Location

An all-inclusive resort along the beautiful Riviera Maya -- just south of central Cancun

The El Dorado Royale is along the Riviera Maya, closer to the town of Playa del Carmen than Cancun. 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 the 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 El Dorado Royale is an adults-only resort with a whopping 450 acres of tropical jungle along the Riviera Maya. There are 13 pools in total -- an important aspect, as the ocean bottom is too rocky for most to enjoy. The resort calls itself a "gourmet" all-inclusive, and offers a dizzying array of restaurants (all with dress codes), as well as bars, nightlife, spa treatments, and on-site activities. There are three total sister properties in this area, and the Royale is the most basic -- though rooms still feel luxurious with balconies or terraces, walk-in showers, whirlpool tubs, bathrobes, and stocked minibars. The resort is attached to the newer Casitas section which has additional amenities such as outdoor showers and private plunge pools.

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Address

  • Carretera Puerto Morelos, Lote 15, Playa del Carmen, Mexico 77710

Room Types

  • Jacuzzi Junior Suite
  • Ocean Front Jacuzzi Junior Suite
  • Ocean View Jacuzzi Junior Suite
  • Presidential Suite
  • Swim Up Jacuzzi Junior Suite

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Number of Rooms: 639
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Puerto Morelos, Mexico
Address: Carretera Puerto Morelos, Lote 15, Playa del Carmen, Mexico 77710
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