Jordan and I celebrated our first anniversary at El Dorado Seaside Suites. We plan to take a vacation every year around our anniversary, and by vacation we mean a sleep, eat, and drink kind of trip. I can’t believe it was almost two months ago that we enjoyed a well deserved, relaxing week away!
We had an absolutely perfect honeymoon. You can read more about the incredible week we had at Secrets Maroma here. It was very tempting to go back to Secrets Maroma, but we wanted to try something a little different. We thought that trying a different resort would either top our experience at Secrets Maroma, or we would develop an even greater appreciation for Secrets Maroma. Our travel agent gave us several options, and we ultimately decided on El Dorado Seaside Suites.
There are a few key features that Jordan and I look for when choosing a beach resort, where all we really care to do is rest:
- Adult Only
- Immaculate Facilities
- Pool & Beach
- All Inclusive
- Gourmet Restaurants
Here is what we loved about El Dorado Seaside Suites…
Our room was wonderful, and in the perfect location! Each room in the resort has an infinity pool on its balcony. It was nice to have, but we really didn’t spend as much time in our infinity pool as I thought we would have. It’s not a huge space so even though we had rafts, there was only so much floating we could do without going into our neighbor’s pool. The major drawback to spending time in the infinity pool is obviously the fact that there is not drink service :)
The rooms are very clean and have fun, modern decor. Our bed wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was a King which Jordan and I always enjoy. The bathroom was fabulous — walk in shower with a waterfall element, separate room for the loo, double sinks, and a jacuzzi tub. I’m so grateful that we were on the top floor because our pool could get sun, and we had a wonderful view of the ocean. As harsh as this may sound, I think any rooms not on the top floor would have a subpar experience.
We enjoyed delicious meals each evening, despite the air conditioning not meeting the needs of my sunburn (hello, lobster). There is a wide selection of restaurants for dinner, but hardly any options for breakfast, lunch or snacks. We found that room service was by far the best breakfast, and we always ate lunch near our beach because we didn’t want to go far. There really are not options for snacks aside from pretzels. We really missed the never ending amount of tater tots at Secrets Maroma!
As always in Mexico, the service was wonderful no matter where we were in the resort. Our servers at lunch and on the beach were always the same so we developed fun little relationships with them. Jose was our lunch waiter, and just the sweetest guy! The entertainment team is great, but they never convinced me to do aerobics. One afternoon there was a guacamole class that no one was participating in so I volunteered, and it ended up being really fun!
The most wonderful thing about our experience at El Dorado Seaside Suites was the fact that it was somewhat empty. We wandered down to the beach around 9:00 each morning with our choice of cabana. Half way through the day, when our bed had been covered in sand, we could move to another beach bed. Or if we decided that the pool sounded better, we could just go on up to the pool and pick our set of chairs. And I’m pretty sure we never shared an elevator, which is probably best because they don’t ventilate elevators in Mexico.
But nothing is perfect, and there were a few things that we didn’t love about El Dorado Seaside Suites…
The lack of food options during the day was kind of miserable for foodies like us. I had packed some snacks that we could enjoy, but man, we missed the plethora of snacks that were offered to us on our honeymoon. Good thing dinner was always good!
El Dorado Seaside Suites is super spread out, in fact its part of a resort trio. We had to take a golf cart to almost all of the restaurants. The over achievers walked, but my sunburn prevented us from doing that. Ha! Many people may see the variety of resorts as a plus, but we really prefer a more compact arrangement. One of the resorts is a nude resort, but there are no restaurants inside its walls. The other resort is predominately for European travelers, which may sound like a silly concept, but it truly catered to European preferences.
If you go to El Dorado Seaside Suites, go to the bathroom when you land and don’t drink a water bottle on your charter. It is about an hour drive from the airport, which is pretty miserable when you have to pee! I have stayed farther south of Cancun before, but this drive seemed extra long because of my bladder situation.
Because El Dorado Seaside Suites is new, the beach is kinda meh. We were not able to swim in the ocean at all, lest our ankles be broken and our feet sliced! The last few days that we were there it looked like they were drilling up the rocky ocean floor. I feel a little sad about this, because I’m pretty sure it used to be coral reef. I completely understand that the beach is a work in progress, and I’m certain I would feel much differently if we were able to enjoy the beach a bit more.
Overall, we had a wonderful trip. It renewed us and that’s just what we needed. We won’t ever go back to El Dorado Seaside Suites because our experience at Secrets Maroma was so much better. However, I’m so glad that we gave it a try! I’m already looking forward to celebrating year two. I’ll share a few pictures below, but I warn you: these are non-edited iPhone images! I decided not to take my DSLR because it fogged up really bad on our honeymoon. Better than nothing, right? ;)
Who wants to go to the beach, now?