Dorado Seaside Suites is an Adults Only property for singles and couples
located south of Cancun about one hour on Kantenah Bay/Riviera Maya, facing the
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Dorado is not a nudist resort. However, its sister property next door is:
Hidden Beach Resort. See: http://hiddenbeach.NET
include your suite accommodations, all meals, all bar drinks, light
entertainment nightly, beaches and two fresh water swimming pools, hotel taxes
and tips. Total room count is approximately 175 and all accommodations are
suites, some of which are Jacuzzi equipped. Airfare to Cancun and airport
transfers are extra.
The resort recently received a multi-million
dollar facelift in all guest rooms. New suites have been added and all guest
rooms plus its five restaurants have been upgraded to five star (Mexican)
standards. Swim Up Suites are also a feature of the newest room additions.
Castaways Travel Video Tour
of El Dorado Seaside Suites.
NOTE: If you are a guest at El Dorado Seaside
Suites, you cannot use the services at Hidden Beach. However, you can visit
Hidden Beach by buying a day or night pass at the lobby of El Dorado for one
visit. For a longer stay, you may also move to Hidden Beach and pay the
difference to upgrade to Hidden Beach. Ask guest services at El Dorado for a
tour of Hidden Beach before you switch sides or decide you want to spend a day
If you enter the Hidden Beach property without paying, you will
be asked to leave the resort entirely to make your own way home, without
refund. Security guards are placed along the beach, too, as well as at the main
ALERT: We know of several potential clients buy a
lower-priced room at El Dorado on line after we've alerted them about the rules
above. They've subsequently attempted to use the Hidden Beach
..without success. So, be forewarned; don't ruin your holiday
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required for international air travel to all destinations outside the
El Dorado Seaside Suites & Spa Resort is 60
miles south of the Cancun International Airport and a few miles south of Playa
del Carmen, the other major tourism area on the Yucatan besides Cancun. A large
real estate development at Puerto Aventuras is nearby which has more shops,
restaurants, a 9 hole golf course and more hotels.
The resort is
situated on a beautiful stretch of beach at Kantenah Bay that faces the Mexican
Caribbean. The resort's entrance is located right on Mexico highway 307, the
freeway that runs from Cancun in the north down to Tulum to the south. Tulum is
about 80 miles from the Cancun airport.
You can choose a transfer
service, a private taxi or rent an auto from one of the major international or
local car companies. If you buy a complete package with airfare and resort
included, ask for transfers to be included and pre-paid if you prefer. Cost for
transfers can average $30-$100/person, round trip. Prices subject to change
without notice. Car rental rates are comparable to U.S. costs, but don't be
surprised if the rental company requires mandatory insurance to be added to
your rental agreement. Just about all tourism destinations, resorts and
attractions are easy to find along the Mayan Sun Coast, as it's called, since
virtually all of them are within an hour or less by car down the main highway
(Mexico 307). The newest tourism area down toward Tulum is about 1.5 hours
south of the Cancun airport.
Rental autos are also available on site at
the resort if you want to play day tripper and see some of the local sites
Just about all tourism destinations, resorts and attractions
are easy to find along the Mayan Sun Coast, as it's called, since virtually all
of them are within an hour or less by car on the main highway (Mexico
|| Seaside Suites is adults only, suited for singles and
El Dorado Seaside Suites has a fun atmosphere starting with
its adults-only, all-inclusive concept. Accommodations, all meals, snacks, bar
drinks, beer, wine, liquor, activities, entertainment, hotel taxes, 24-hour
room service, tips and service charges are included in one price. Transfers and
airfare to Cancun are extra.
Guests have access to full spa services,
a custom fitness program, yoga and meditation classes, aerobic classes and
massage classes. This is a great place for romantic couples and honeymooners.
Non-motorized water sports are available including snorkeling,
kayaking, windsurfing, beachcombing, etc. There are two swimming pools, four
bars and three restaurants on site. There is a tour desk to help you arrange
optional sight seeing.
NOTE: Please take care of your valuables, cash,
airline tickets and passports while on vacation. Some vacation destinations are
considered "third world" countries and experience petty theft. Recommendation:
Do not take precious jewelry unless you wear it all times. All suites at El
Dorado contain in room safes. Just a word of caution to make sure you remember
to practice common sense with your valuables while you're on vacation.
Below is a list of many of the services included in the room charge. This list
is subject to change without notice and additional services may be added as the
resort upgrade continues.
Selected room accommodation, all
Welcome champagne and manager's cocktail party
meals & snacks in three restaurants and four bars
24 hour room
Unlimited domestic bar drinks, beer, wine and soft drinks
Daily and nightly activity program
Full service spa
Bicycles on property
Non-motorized water sports (kayaks, paddle
Scuba clinic in pool (diving for certified
divers extra charge)
Two fresh water swimming pools
Sauna & Turkish bath
(rackets and balls included) Â· Complimentary shuttle for shopping
tours to Playa del Carmen and Cancun
taxes, tips and service charges
Guest services desk for 24 hour
Optional services available for an extra charge include:
SCUBA diving and certification on site
in the hotel lobby
Special private dinners on the beach, very
Gift shop Spa treatments, massage & beauty shop
Car Rental desk
Tour desk for sight seeing
Shopping shuttle and excursions into Playa del Carmen
distance telephone and Internet services
Special wedding packages
Electricity is 110 v.
Drink the bottled water provided free
of charge in each room.
American breakfast daily and snacks throughout the day
A la carte
lunch and dinner, with a daily choice of three restaurants and grill
Lobster offered twice weekly
Weekly theme buffet dinners and shows
Unlimited beverages at four bars and disco theater
music for dancing at disco theater
Paddle boats, kayaks, and
snorkeling, snorkeling tour and fish feeding at pier
stretching, and aerobic classes
Daytime tennis, bicycles, snorkeling
tour, fish feeding at pier, aquarobics, stretching class, aerobics, dance
exercise, volleyball and table tennis.
Daytime social activities
including beach walk tours, Spanish lessons, comedy shows, Mexican cooking
classes and ceramic painting (ceramic piece not included).
||Five restaurants, featuring a program called "Gourmet
Inclusive," serve a variety of fare for both daytime and evening dining.
TIP: Check with the front desk, reception or the restaurants
themselves to determine if reservations are required.
TIP: Extend your
dining pleasure: Start your evening with a drink first at the La Caretta
Mexican restaurant located next door to Mia Casa. You will enjoy sampling the
tequilas at the bar. Or, if you're headed to Klay Talay or Los Arrecifes, visit
the cocktail lounge inside upstairs at Klay Talay or outside at the big bar Las
Guacamayas. Try out the swings located around the bar area but don't drink too
much or swing too high
.you may find yourself flat on your back after an
TIP: We've experienced it ourselves and heard
from clients that the main serving portions tend to be smaller than one would
expect (from a USA standpoint). The "Gourmet Inclusive" program is designed
around a more European dining experience with appetizers, soup, salad, main
course and desert with after dinner drinks the usual bill of fare. If you think
you really have an appetite, order 1) two entrees or 2) an extra portion. It's
all inclusive so enjoy the benefit.
The five restaurants provide very
Mia Casa features Italian
cuisine for evening dining.
serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and requires no reservations. You have a
choice of dining outside under the palm trees under the stars or inside in air
o Breakfast a la carte
o Lunch a la carte
International dinner featuring daily chef suggestions and specials of the day
Mexican a la carte specialties for night time
fare. Classical Mexican cuisine featuring dishes from the interior of Mexico as
well as specialties prepared by the chef. You won't find "Tex-Mex" food
it's a bit more sophisticated presentation. Go early to visit the
Tequila bar to loosen up a bit before dinner.
KLAY TALAY RESTAURANT
Blends a variety of Asian styles into a fine fusion of Oriental
cuisine. An eclectic mix of Oriental, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and
Malaysian dishes provide you with a real challenge from the menu for your
evening's selections. Our personal favorites include the sushi selections and
satay dishes. Plenty of curry flavored main courses are featured, too. Open for
dinner only; reservations are required.
VIDA, a Fusion
Speaking of fusion, visit this newest addition at El Dorado
for a real treat at dinner time, although it's open for breakfast, lunch and
dinner. The chef combines a luscious mixture of tastes, tantalizing dishes and
superb entrees into a treat to delight your senses. The menu is so varied, you
will have a hard time making a choice for dinner.
TIP: You and your
companion(s) order two different dishes and split them to double your culinary
General Dress Code: No coats or ties required, but tasteful long
pants and collared shirts are fine for the guys. Sundresses and nice slacks are
fine for the gals. The El Dorado enforces a dress code for their specialty
restaurants for dinner: No sandals, no T-shirts or cut off shorts and no tennis
shoes. Guests can go with Polo or dress shirt.
The Asian, Italian and Mexican
restaurants operate on select schedules. They are closed one night a week
usually. Consult your hotel guest services guide upon arrival for hours of
operation and reservation policies. NOTE: Dress code and reservation policies
are subject to change.
Outside near the Las
Guacamayas main bar is a delightful little open air Mexican kitchen for late
night snacks, finger food, dips/chips and brick oven pizza to help you burn off
that alcohol fizz before lights out
Another little bar is located at
the lap pool adjacent to the La Carreta Mexican restaurant, too.
||All inclusive room rates vary seasonally, with the high
(winter) season reflecting the higher tariffs. Fall season reflects the lower
Suites can range from $100 - $200/person/night, depending
upon the season and accommodations selected.
All rooms are
air-conditioned and include robes, coffee maker, king size beds, servi bar
stocked with complimentary soft drinks, beer and purified water. Cable TV and
DVDs are available with movie selections available for complimentary use.
||Adults Only. You will see most folks in their late 20s to
60's with most in the middle. A few singles are guests but most visitors are
couples. There is a good mix of international clients from North and South
America as well as Europe plus a few from Asia.
||The "original" El Dorado Resort (before Seaside Suites) was
built by Joe Martinez and wife, Delores, owners of both the El Dorado Seaside
Suites, Hidden Beach Resort, Las Hotelito at Maroma Beach, the El Dorado ROYALE
near Cancun and Lomas Travel, the largest tourist transportation service in
The resort is thankfully secluded and located down a single
paved road that leads to the resort and beach from the main highway, Mexico #
307 from Cancun.
This lovely property is known for a good time, with
all rooms laid out in separate hotel buildings (one and two story) scattered
along the beach facing east toward the Mexican Caribbean.
Seaside Suites Resort and Spa is self-contained with virtually all services
you'll need located on site. The resort is spread over about 40 acres all
facing the Caribbean. The south beach has been completely upgraded with
additional services added on site.
El Dorado is
fun.....lively yet relaxing. You will find fun singles and couples there who
are ready to have a good time. Nightlife centers around evening meals, dancing
and light entertainment provided by the resort in the form of musical acts,
local shows and folkloric presentations. Of course, there's always amateur
talent night with performers plucked from the audience.
A shuttle bus
or taxi can take you to Playa del Carmen a short ride away, if you are in the
need for more nightlife and culture. Playa del Carmen is our favorite little
tourism beach town on the Yucatan. Playa is about 20-25 minutes north of the
If you plan to vacation for a week or so,
consider renting a car since there are numerous tourism sites to see within an
hour of El Dorado. One of the finest examples of the Mayan civilization is at
Tulum, a few miles south of El Dorado. Tulum is the only Mayan temple located
If you don't want a car, find another couple to share the
expense and hire a taxi for the trip or for all day. Guest services in the
hotel lobby can make the arrangements for you. ALWAYS determine your price for
the taxi for your round trip FIRST before you depart.
tour, ask the driver if he has children, wife or a lady friend, bring him a
gift from shopping or buy him a soft drink along the way to express your thanks
and your kindness.....these little gestures can do nothing but help you.
||Use this link from our parent company, Fox Travel/American
Express rep. to pre-book your excursions, tours and sight seeing before you
arrive at the resort. Typically, tours and sight seeing include pick up at your
hotel. See: Pre-book Sight Seeing
Travel within one hour
from the resort and do the following: Shop at open air markets, dive with the
dolphins, take a trip by jet ski through the mangroves, dance, swim, eat, visit
Mayan ruins at Tulum, see cultural and folkloric shows, cruise on a pirate ship
or a catamaran, bar hop in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, visit Cozumel via water
taxi from Playa del Carmen for the day, enjoy world class dining in Cancun,
visit Isla Mujeres across the bay from Cancun, scuba dive, visit three water
parks with underground rivers and pools called cenotes, go horseback riding,
snorkel and even visit Cuba on a day trip from the little airport at Playa del
Carmen for about $300/person, round trip including your tour guide, airfare,
transfers, meals and tours of Havana.
A tour desk is on site
with trained personnel at Lomas Travel to assist you with your tour selections.
There are at least 50 different tours, trips, cruises and excursions you can
select from. If youÂre not a U.S. Citizen, you can legally visit
Cuba for the day, with flight tours departing daily from the small airport in
Playa del Carmen.
||Relaxing and low key
||Close to all major tourism sites including the Mayan
ruins, water parks such as Xcaret and Xel-Ha, shopping in Playa del Carmen
||Nightlife can be subdued with light dancing and Las
Guacamayas Bar the center of the action. If you want more diversions, just hop
a cab and go in to Playa del Carmen to party until the early hours or watch the
sun come up on the beach with a bloody Mary at the Blue Parrot in Playa.
||Service and quality level show signs of consistent,
positive attention from management.
||Mexico is a year-round, world-class destination and Cancun
has great weather with the Caribbean beach water just about perfect anytime.
Ladies, from December to early March, the night time temps can drop to
the upper 50s(F) so take along a sweater or jacket if you chill easily.
Summer time is warmer, of course, with hurricane season from late
August to early October adding humidity to the weather equation. Typical summer
high temps are in the low 90's (F).
Recommendation: Always buy travel
protection insurance for your peace of mind.
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|| Wish the resort had a piano bar to mix and mingle
with the guests after dinner.
Wish the south beach was clothing
optional, although topless is practiced by most of the European
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