El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma
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Kodatski stayed here on Dec 8, 2012 during their trip titled: Kodatski's Great Adventure.
... in NZ aren't as bad as they are here. Most of the guys this morning are feeling or at least looking a bit worse for wear. But that's what you get when you party the night away until the small hours of the morning. Surprisingly however, Thomas was up Albright talking until about 5:20am, got about 20 minutes sleep and still seems to be going better than most of the others. We end up catching a bus up to the Mexican border and were involved in a very minor bus collision, now ...
... got rowdy and insisted that Diego party with us. At one point Ryan was actually behind the bar mixing drinks. We all had tequila poppers and flaming shots. I am amazed we all remained upright. A good time was had by all.
Friday and Saturday were dedicated to relaxing beachside and poolside. We dodged short rainstorms, took naps in our lounge chairs, read a lot, watched all the crazy tourists and sipped tropical drinks. It ...
So we got our little domestic flight to Cancun, arriving at 6am. After taking some time to try as sleep on the floor again we have up and had breakfast, waiting for a bus to Playa del Carmen. Stepping out of the air-con building was ridiculous. The heat is melting and the humidity even worse.
Arriving at Playa del Carmen we wandered round looking for a hostel. In these 20 minutes I feel I must have sweated out half my body weight. Eventually we settled on Tres Mundes ...
... to get there. I normally like going to walmart to have a look around but the cancun one is small so it didnt take me long to have a look around. I bought a few things and caught the bus back to the hotel zone and stopped at la isla shopping mall. This would be a fab mall if you could afford to shop in places like gucci but not for a budget backpacker like me. It pretty much rained on and off all day so i was glad that i went out to do some ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEl Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma Playa del Carmen
very good easy &relax place good stuff and food and pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma Playa del Carmen
Upon arrival at Cancun, be prepared with detailed directions, as it is new enough that most of the transfer drivers are uncertain of the entrance road. It might be helpful to mention "MI Hotelito" -its original name. We have been to the Riviera Maya seven or eight times in the past eight years (to various and diverse destinations)and have watched the area grow. We have also visited many other resorts over the years, in many other areas of the world, and I have never before been tempted to write a review of an hotel...until now. This place was simply wonderful! The hotel itself, the beach ,the ancillary facilities, the FOOD, and the service were second to none. This is not a resort for the action-oriented, as there are few activities offered, but for the dyed-in-the -wool luxury lover, it is paradise. The hotel is small, the staff highly skilled, the services personal yet professional and prompt and the level of luxury is high. The rooms are extremely well-kept, clean and comfortable, the grounds (while under some rennovation) very pleasant, and the food and service are truly five-star. They are willing and able to arrange convenient and comfortable transportation and/or tours to nearby attractions, if you should for any reason WANT to leave the resort to explore. We had massages in the palapas located just off of the shore of the beach (accessed by elevated walkway), right around sunset of our second day. The sound of the waves washing soothingly below, the subdued cries of the sea birds, the excellent massage staff and the incredible sunset got us thoroughly relaxed and ready to enjoy the rest of our stay. This is a great place for a quiet, no-kids, couples get-away. It has the beauty of the nearby Palenque reef, the pristine Maroma Beach, the perfect climate and proximity to all the attractions of the Riviera Maya-without the noise and bustle of the larger resorts.
As the taxi drives up to the resort - I have to say, it pretty scary. It took about 5 minutes down this long dirt road to get to the resort. Once there, it is very small and not as impressive as some resorts that have great entrances (none of this is complete). As we entered the lobby, which is very small, there were 2 desks, one on each side of the room and the Christmas tree was in the center. Small but nicely decorated. We were given the normal welcome champagne. We had arrived earlier than normal check-in time about 12:30, so we had lunch & then returned to the lobby & then proceeded to our room. We had an infinity ocean front room. I had requested second floor but due to a plumbing problem we were assigned to the third floor.
El Dorado Maroma is Amazing
El Dorado Maroma is amazing. If you are the type that likes a smaller resort with that personal touch, then Maroma is for you. Defiantly book an infinity swim-up suite. I am not a fan of the mi hotelito suites, but the ones in the new section are great. Maroma beach is just outside your door and it is breathtaking. The food was fantastic. It has a real culinary flare. It truly is gourmet dining. This is a small boutique hotel, so don't expect a lot of excitement, but it is within walking distance to the Maroma beach activities (ie. jet ski rentals, ATV rentals, boating, snorkeling and such.) Given the chance I will most certainly return. WOW!
This is not a trip report for the El Dorado Maroma formerly Mi Hotelito but just a little report on what we saw while walking the beach in front.
I was there in November for my good friends' wedding. This place has made some considerable changes since the last review. The service was fantastic and around the clock. The staff was amazing and by the end of the first day, everyone knew our individual names eventhough we were a large party.
Last June or Next June
After some effort I have been told by Mi Hotelito's parent company, Karisma Hotels, that having been damaged by the last hurricane that it won't be opening until next June at the earliest.
John Pitchers, Norfolk, England.
We'll we were supposed to be enjoying our honeymmon at Mi Hotelito in early June. We called and found they won't be open till September. Horrible communication Mi hotelito. Now we will scrammble to find any room we can for June. I will never use Karisma resorts ever again.
We went to the El Dorado with 2 other couples & were wonbdering what to expect after reading reviews about it. As one review stated...."I don't know where those negative reviews came from." It was GREAT. Good service. clean rooms & grounds, the BEST food we have had at any of the 9 all inclusives we have vacationed at. Premium booze also ,but you do have to specify. Yes the reserving for the restaurants is a pain, but that happens everywhere. Yes the beach is rocky in spots, but we knew that & it was worth the fact that, I beleive, it contributed to the fish I saw while snorkelling. We had an oceanfront room & left our door open at night & felt safe(we were 2 floors up). The sound of the ocean was so soothing. The room was clean,well stocked & the jacuzzi inside was more condusive to being used(as opposed to one resort we were at that had the jacuzzi on the balcony) If I had to "pick" a negative it would be the problem with on again, off again water or the fact that they are not always fast to repair a broken hair dryer but hey.....we were not in Canada! Relax & enjoy a GREAT resort