El Dorado Royale: A Spa Resort by Karisma


If your vision of the most romantic honeymoon includes sunshine, sand, and some of the most lavish spa services on the planet then you might want to enter our contest to win a 7-night all-inclusive stay at the prominent El Dorado Royale located near the Riviera Maya near Cancun, Mexico.

The El Dorado Royale is only a twenty-five minute drive from the Cancun International Airport which means in no time you’ll be luxuriating in one of the world’s top 100 hotels according to the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

This exquisite spa resort is an adults-only destination making it the perfect place to get your romance on. An AAA Four Diamond Resort, the El Dorado Royale is home to 478 pleasure-inducing suites ranging from the “this is absolutely breathtaking!” to the “oh my god I never want to leave!”

Upon arrival you’ll receive a welcome glass of sparkling wine and a refreshing towel that instantly says you are not at home. Depending on the suite you choose you might even enter your room to find it decorated with rose petals, candles, and aromatherapy — and what room is complete without a fresh, tropical flower arrangement? But we’re focusing on the tiny details that signal opulence is at hand – let’s discuss what really makes this resort a playground for pleasure-seekers everywhere.

First off, the El Dorado Royale is a beachfront resort facing the Mexican Caribbean and many of the suites feature decorations inspired by Mexican motifs. And if you’re not so keen on swimming in the warm waters of the Caribbean don’t stress, the resort has 5 on-site swimming pools, one of which contains natural salt-water if you still want that ocean feel. Walking to the swimming pool sound like too much trouble after your flight? Then make sure to book one of the swim-up suites so all you have to do is step out your patio door and into the relaxing river.


But what really makes the El Dorado Royale the essence of luxury are the two on-site spas. Sure you can get the traditional spa services like scrubs, body wraps, facials, and mani-pedis but you’re in paradise! I recommend trying something truly decadent and different like the delicious chocolate therapy, mud massages, or the all-new temazcal — a “house of heat” where you can sweat out your toxins and stress, and rejuvenate your soul.


Looking for something fun for you and your honey to indulge in? The El Dorado Royale provides for your every whim of fancy since the resort features

  • Full concierge service
  • 2 lighted tennis courts
  • Kayak and snorkeling gear
  • A fitness center, sauna and steam room
  • Scuba diving clinics in one of the pools
  • Wave runners and equipment for para sailing
  • Daily and nightly activity program with live music and shows
  • And more things to do than the mind could ever hope to imagine

And don’t forget that right outside your door lies the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Why not go on an adventure and book a scuba diving or deep sea fishing trip? Fancy a swim with dolphins or a zip line through the forest canopy? The resort can book that for you too. Want to go exploring by yourselves? Just ask the concierge to book you a car rental or take a ride on one of the complementary shuttles to Cancun or Playa del Carmen.


Other nearby attractions include the Mayakoba championship golf course, some of the Mayan ruins, and the El Dorado Royale also features an on-site horseback riding stable. You’ll definitely want to check-out the Bonanza Ranch and take the two-hour guided tour along jungle trails. And this tour is made complete with a stop-over at some of the famous Mayan Cenotes, enchanting grottos that have been in use for centuries.

Of course, if you’re only interested in romance there are gourmet meals a-plenty and candle light dinners to be enjoyed. And no guilt is necessary over the decadent dishes you’ll be served since organic herbs and vegetables are grown in the 70, 000 square-foot on-site greenhouse. It’s no wonder that the El Dorado Royale resort was awarded the 2012 Green Globe Certification for Sustainable Travel and Tourism.


The foodie in you will surely delight in El Dorado Royale’s several swim-up bars and eleven restaurant experiences. Whether your tastes run towards seafood, sushi or contemporary Italian cuisine, you’ll be amazed by the sumptuous feasts presented to you.

The Health Bar is a popular day-time haunt of guests and features fresh fruit, juices, smoothies and mouth-watering whole-wheat sandwiches. But it’s the Fuentes culinary theatre that will truly sate your curiosity and cravings. Once a day resort guests are invited to reserve a seat in the open kitchen which features a full cooking show and real Mexican fusion cuisine. You’ll undoubtedly remember this gourmet experience for years to come.

There’s no time like the present to start your married life off right so be sure and book your honeymoon at the El Dorado Royale Spa Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Or better yet, enter our contest and maybe you’ll be celebrating your good luck as well as your good fortune.

Pamela Nicholson is a contributing writer for Canada Gay Weddings

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