As part of Travel Agent's recent coverage of Karisma Hotels & Resorts' 8th Annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant Awards in Mexico, we got to tour the new El Dorado Seaside Suites, which officially opened in the last week of December.
The new build beachfront property, which is located near Mexico’s historic Tulum Mayan ruins, has 192 swim-up and infinity suites – each with its own pool on a private terrace or balcony – and one of the largest spas in all of the Riviera Maya.
It neighbors the former El Dorado Seaside Suites site (now Sensimar Seaside Suites) and is set across nearly 80 acres. Two spacious room categories – Oceanfront Infinity Jacuzzi Suites and Oceanfront Swim-up Jacuzzi Suites – offer impressive views of the Caribbean Sea.
In addition to the private terraces, each unit has an outdoor day bed and a romantic circular sofa – designed for two – that swivels 360 degrees. The resort is the only property in the region with infinity or swim-up pools on all six floors.
For spa enthusiasts, the Mayan-themed N’aay Spa is said to be one of the largest in all of Riviera Maya. The space offers a full treatment menu including ancient holistic treatments, hydrotherapy, herbal therapy, facials, ice room, mud cabin and reflexology – culminating with the signature Beachfront Sky Massage, where guests receive their treatment in total privacy on the beach in a beautifully designed palapa, surrounded by nothing but ocean and air.
As part of the Gourmet Inclusive Experience, 20 on-site dining and bar establishments will provide guests with an array of delectable options for every meal, with an eclectic mix of high-design indoor fine dining experiences and casual al fresco dining. In addition to 24-hour in-room dining, the epicurean concepts include the Oceanfront Gourmet Corner for savory sandwiches and salads in a lively seaside setting; Mia Casa, an intimate contemporary Italian restaurant; Chef Market, a lavish food display with cooking stations and cuisines from around the world; Klay Talay, showcasing Asian Wok cuisine specializing in creative, fresh and authentic fare with a vast selection of Japanese beers and sake, among others.
El Dorado Seaside Suites’ 10 stylish bars, lounges and swim-up bars offer a robust selection of premium alcoholic beverages. Notably, La Cantina Tequila Bar will offer a collection of tequila and mezcal, and the Gourmet Pub will serve beer, craft cocktails and high-end wine.
The scenic sky deck is a great place for weddings and private events, providing open-air views of the Caribbean sunsets.