You know when you look at a brochure and think this place is too good to be true, well on this occasion the brochure was right and possibly didn't do this hotel it's full justice.
Set at the end of a half mile drive and with natural jungle on each side a warm welcome is guaranteed as soon as you roll up outside the lobby, no queuing at reception you are taken to a small room and served champagne and canapes whilst you go through the formality of checking in and then whisked to your room by golf buggy.
All the rooms, villas and suites are painted in the same colour and connected by a series of pathways, don't be surprised that for the first couple of days you end up getting slightly lost getting back to your room especially at night - I did.
The gardens are extensive full of tropical plants and are kept immaculate.
You will more than likely come across Iguanas and Racoons on your walks and the bird life is spectacular.
ROOMS - We stayed in a Junior Suite with a beach location. The room was large and incorporated a king size four poster bed, bath with jaccuzzi,shower,WC,2 wash basins,TV and DVD,minibar. The room was spotless and was kept that way by our maid. The minibar was restocked each day with water, soft drinks and local beer
RESTAURANTS - 5 A LA CARTE restaurants on site serving Mexican, Italian, Oriental, International and Grill cuisine. In addition there is a Sandwicherie serving pizza, burgers and burritos at lunchtime. There is no booking system for the restaurants, it is on a first come first served basis, they can be quite busy between 1800 and 1930 but are open until 2200. Didn't have a complaint regarding the food it was all to a high standard in each of the restaurants.
Room service is available 24 hours
BARS - Seven bars located within the complex, the Guacamaya is open until 0200. In addition there are two more located on the beach- drinks can be ordered from your sun bed up until about 1600. A good selection of spirits, cocktails and beers are available, all international brands are available.
BEACH - a long and narrow sandy beach is located from the centre of the complex up until the right hand side boundary, to the left of the complex there is no beach as the coral reef extends up to the shoreline. As a natural coral reef is located here it is advisable to wear some form of footwear when swimming although not essential as there are large patches of sand.
Sunbeds and four poster beds line the beach, however not all sunbeds have shade and there is a 0700 rush to put towels on the best ones - yes I hold my hands up I did this.
The beach is constantly swept and kept free of seaweed throughout the day.
POOLS - if you don't fancy a dip in the sea there are two large pools and in addition some rooms have swim up pools.Sports and activities are centered around the activities pool.
SPA - there is a spa within the hotel complex where you can get a wide range of massages etcetera. There is an additional charge for these but the price can be negotiated beforehand.
SHOPS - three gift shops located on site one offers jewellery. These can be a little expensive so If you are looking to buy souvenirs then a taxi trip to Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen is worthwhile - cost about $10.
A warning, if you are going to use a taxi let the Concierge book it for you, the price is fixed, if you go on you own the price can be expensive and not guaranteed at the end of your journey
ENTERTAINMENT - this is where possibly the hotel lets itself down slightly, there are nightly shows and live bands playing in the Guacamayas Lounge. Some of the shows are well presented but a couple during my stay were poor. In addition Karaoke and a sort of Mr and Mrs quiz was also presented which are definitely not my cup of tea
TRIPS - I'm not usually one that takes advantage of these as I usually find them overpriced but I did take two and I can recommend both to you. The first was organised by Thomsons and took us to a Mayan Village, the temples at Coba, a Mayan market and finally to a splash pool in the jungle for a refreshing swim. The second was organised by the Hotel's own tour firm (located in he lobby) and was a Jeep Safari to Sian Ka'an nature reserve, this involves an hour and a half drive through the reserve to Punta Allan, here you will then have a snack and board a speedboat which takes you through the mangroves and then into open water where yo can spot dolphins and turtles and then spend time snorkelling, then it is back to Punta Allan for lunch.
STAFF - I don't think I have met such friendly, helpful and dedicated staff anywhere else on my travels, everyone had a smile on their faces and greeted you with Hola - expect to say that at least 50 times a day.
SUMMARY - Stunning location, first class hotel, wonderful staff, amazing holiday. It was probably the best holiday I have had and would have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone. See you next year
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- El Dorado Seaside Resort
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