Part of the Embrace The Journey Travel team recently visited Mexico to tour and learn about some of the resort offerings in the Cancun area. The team stayed at the El Dorado Seaside Suites which is an all inclusive, adult only resort located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, just over an hour from the Cancun International Airport.
El Dorado Seaside Suites
El Dorado Seaside Suites is a fairly large resort. The sides, or sections, of this resort have completely different atmospheres. We stayed on the Infinity side. The Infinity Side is one large building with all swim-up suites. Even the suites on higher levels have their own pool! The main level pool area has a swim-up bar which hosts an active pool party during the day. You can still enjoy the music and festivities from your pool without being in the middle of the party. While we were there there was a music festival group keeping the area very lively and active. The infinity side is best for those who like to be in the water but are not concerned about having a great beach. There is a beach area, but it is small and not the best for swimming. For the best beach option the Palms side is recommended.
On the Palms side you will find a beautiful beach, low buildings and a very tropical relaxing feel. There are a few swim-up suites located in this section that are all on the ground floor of a taller building with rooms with amazing beach views. The section closest to the beach has the beachfront suites, then you have garden view suites in another section. Room layouts are the same or similar across the resort.
Plenty of dining options are available. My personal favorite was Mia Casa, the Italian restaurant, which actually has two locations on property. There are many choices from Asian fusion, Barbeque, and of course Mexican. Breakfast and lunch can be found in both table service and buffet style. Reservations are strongly recommended for dinner and dress codes are applicable to many. For coffee lovers there is a Starbucks on property in the Palms area. Room service is available 24 hours a day and is fairly quick.
As with most destinations now, El Dorado Seaside has a mobile app to help in making your vacation as easy as possible. I found using the app to be very easy and helpful, especially for ordering room service. Concierge desks are also found in several locations around the property to assist you with your needs.
Unique and Fun Activities
- Start your week with A 5K Fun Run
- Fire Show
- Spanish classes
- Latin dancing classes
- Foam Pool party
- Tequila Tastings and cocktail parties
- Karaoke, volleyball, Zumba and much more
One of the most unique activities is the coconut painting. Once you paint your coconut you can place it around the resort or take it home with you. It is so fun to hunt for your coconut on a return trip.
Golf carts/shuttles take you around the resort as needed. Allow ample time to get to a reservation or activity. Some activities like the Spa, and some restaurants are in the “main” or check in building area. Yes, you can walk, but it can be faster to use the golf carts. Walking between the Infinity side and Palms side was a much shorter walk.
The Palms and Infinity are not the only sections to this large resort. It also caters to guests who wish to be a little, how should we say,…more “free”…. during their vacation. Hidden Beach is the all natural area completely secluded from the rest of the resort. Hidden Beach offers dining, activities and special parties for guests for “free-er” guests.
Activity Recommendation: A beach side massage! They have a special building on the Palms side for beach side massages. We did a package that included hydrotherapy and a massage. They let you choose if you want the massage on the beach or in the spa. Of course we said the beach! It was amazing!
Best Tip: Make sure you pack a day bag! They will take your luggage upon arrival but it may be a while before you have your room. Take any important items or things you may need such as medications, swimsuit, electronics, etc. in a carry bag.
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