Pros

  • Adult-only all-inclusive on a peaceful lagoon
  • 10 delicious dining options with a relaxed dress code
  • Suites have whirlpool tubs, outdoor spaces, and flat-screen TVs
  • Four pools with bars, including a relaxing pool with late-night drinks
  • Large spa with guided hydrotherapy circuit (fee), salon, and gym
  • Free premium alcohol and 24-hour room service
  • Beach butler service
  • Daytime and evening activities, plus sports facilities
  • Free international calls and Wi-Fi
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Cons

  • Entire resort has access to the swim-up suites' plunge pools
  • Plain, traditional rooms don't measure up to luxury status
  • Nothing within walking distance (pro for some)
  • No kids allowed (pro for some)
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Bottom Line

The luxury Sensimar Resort Riviera Maya is an adult-only, beachfront all-inclusive about an hour from Cancun, that's known by its loyal guests for having superb food. Ten gourmet-style restaurants and bars keep bellies full and drinks in hand, while the resort's peaceful grounds and lagoon beach make it easy to relax. All 360 rooms come with two-person whirlpools, coffeemakers, and furnished balconies or terraces, but decor is a bit sparse and dated for a hotel of this caliber. Guests generally like the relaxed dinner dress codes, large spa with hydrotherapy circuit, and romantic vibe. However, rates are often higher than comparable properties in the area. The TRS Yucatan is worth a comparison for those looking for an adult-only property with a more affordable rate.

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Things You Should Know About Sensimar Resort Riviera Maya

Also Known As

  • El Dorado Seaside Suites
  • Sensimar Seaside Suites & Spa
  • El Dorado Sensimar Riviera Maya

Room Types

  • Beachfront Junior Suite
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Ocean Front Junior Suite
  • Ocean View Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Presidential Suite
  • Swim Up Junior Suite

Address

Carretera Playa –Tulum Kantenah, km 95, Puerto Aventuras 77710, Mexico

Phone

52 (984) 875-1910

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Sensimar Resort Riviera Maya

Scene

Casual, yet upmarket all-inclusive with romantic atmosphere and well-manicured grounds

Sensimar Resort Riviera Maya, formerly El Dorado Sensimar Riviera Maya, is an adult-only property celebrated for its romantic vibe and quality dining. The well-manicured grounds feature paved pathways, lots of palm trees, and several nooks for lounging or lying in hammocks. Sounds of ocean waves and sea air help aid in the overall relaxing nature of the hotel. When the resort opened back in the 1990s, there were only four rooms. Over the years the property expanded, and it's now home to 380 guest rooms. Sensimar is adjacent to another sister property, giving the guests a few more options for dining and entertainment. Expect to see older couples, many return guests from the U.K. and Germany. 

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Location

Beautiful beachfront location in the southern part of Riviera Maya

Sensimar Resort Riviera Maya is located on a soft white-sand beach on Kantenah Bay, about 10 minutes from Puerto Adventuras and an hour south of Cancun. There’s nothing within walking distance here, though its three-minute driving proximity to the main highway makes it convenient for easy day trips to both Tulum (20 minutes south) and Playa del Carmen (30 minutes north). 

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Rooms

Spacious suites with traditional decor and hot tubs

There are 380 guest rooms in the Sensimar Resort Riviera Maya section of this resort complex, and while they have an upscale vibe, they feel more basic and somewhat dated that other hotels of this caliber. The traditional look consists of marble floors, simply canopy beds, and dated wood furniture, plus earth-tone linens and beach-themed artwork. Room size stays pretty much the same throughout categories, leaving location and view as the primary deciding factor. Two-person whirlpool tubs in bedroom areas, bathrobes, slippers, and optional turndown service help add to the luxe vibe, while daily restocked minibars with water, beer, and soda add value. Guests can also expect iPod docks, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, DVD players, and air-conditioning, as well as furnished outdoor spaces. Bathrooms have marble showers, quality toiletries, and hairdryers.

Jacuzzi Junior Suites have garden views, Luxury Jacuzzi Junior Suites inch closer to the beach, and Beachfront Jacuzzi Junior Suites have the best beach views. Swim Up Jacuzzi Junior Suites have direct access to a shared plunge pool with swim-out bar, both accessible to anyone staying at the resort. Premium-level suites are located on higher floors and have extras like menus for aromatherapy and pillows and a separate concierge.

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Beach

Lazy beach area against a shallow lagoon with calm waters

Sensimar Resort Riviera Maya's beach area is more of a shallow lagoon with built-in breakers to quell the surf. Waist-deep waders enjoy the calm, clear waters, and guests can rent kayaks or snorkel gear for free. Strategically placed palms, a soft white-sand beach area, and lack of music keep things tranquil, and Bali beds and basic loungers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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All-Inclusive / Food

Ten dining options, including several a la carte eateries

It's probably no surprise that a resort known for its gastronomy has 10 different restaurants for guests to choose from, though only six of these restaurants are located directly on Sensimar Resort Riviera Maya's property (with the others next door at the Sensimar Suites sister property). Options cover Mexican, Italian, Asian, Latin fusion, and several "world" cuisine menus. Expect four options for breakfast and lunch, eight restaurants open for dinner, and a relaxed dress code that permits shorts and flip-flops (though no beach attire). Noteworthy features include a margarita bar in the the Culinarium, breakfast served at picnic tables in the sand, a private dining room (fee) inside the popular Italian restaurant Mia Casa, and an "international food display" that's fancy branding for a buffet. Reservations are only required for the Asian restaurant and gourmet pub with open kitchen. Room service is available 24/7 for free. 

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Features

Full of all-inclusive features

This resort is large and packed with features, especially since guests have access to a handful of extras located on the Sensimar property next door. Guests can expect four pools, though counted in this number are the two shared plunge pools associated with the Swim Up Jacuzzi Junior Suites. Conveniently, all pools have a bar area, including a late-night bar connected to the relaxing pool (the latter is also used as a bar for guests waiting for seats at dinner) and small swim-up bar in the sports pool. The resort's all-inclusive package also covers premium alcohol at seven bars (10 if you count the bars inside restaurants), and, thanks to bars at every pool, on the beach, and a sports bar open late (until 2 a.m. during our stay), guests don't have to go far for a drink. The Naay Spa is a favorite among guests, with its 16 treatment rooms, barber shop, and guided hydrotherapy circuit (fee), and treatments that often include typical Mayan ingredients like chocolate. This area is home the resort's smaller gym with a handful of elliptical machines and all-in-one weight machine, while the next door property houses a larger fitness center with more equipment and pool views. 

Coconut painting, beach butlers, access to two fitness rooms, and traveling pop-up restaurants are some of this resort's standout features, while freebies like free scuba introductions in the pool, international calls, and free mezcal tastings are nice perks. Active features include tennis courts and beach volleyball, as well as a life-sized chessboard and table tennis. 

All-inclusive rates include nightly shows and daily activities, all restaurants and bars, Wi-Fi, use of the spa's steam room and sauna, and perks like yoga classes and salsa lessons. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Free Breakfast

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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