(Closed) El Dorado Royale or Secrets Maroma Beach ?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which place to Honeymoon?
    Royale : (5 votes)
    63 %
    Maroma Beach : (3 votes)
    38 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee

    I’ve stayed at El Dorado Royale twice. It’s my favorite resort. The sandbags are kind of a turn-off, but they have to have them there to help protect the reef.

    Last year we had someone at El Dodrado Royale 353 nights of the year, and everyone came home happy.

    I don’t think the oil spill will be an issue.

    Post # 4
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    595 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We stayed at the Royale for our honeymoon. It was really nice! It is very quiet and if you are pool people (like my Hubz and I) then you would like it. The only complaints I had were the evening shows, They were not 5 star quality and the beach was not that great.. rocky on the one side then the sandbags everywhere. And don’t waste your time with the “candle lit dinner on the beach” the food wasn’t great and there was not even a candle. lol. Also, we went at night and you couldn’t see the beach beacuse you were surounded with screens to block the wind.

    Over all we had a really great honeymoon there.

    If you like the beach, I have heard that the Maroma beach is beautiful and has won awards for the beach. (what I heard)

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Any way you can go to El Dorado Maroma? It’s amazing!

    Post # 6
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2009

    @mrsRtobe: I agree! Went there for our honeymoon, and it was perfect, and so secluded, quiet, and relaxing.

    Post # 7
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    28 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’ve heard such great things about Secrets Maroma – the beach, the resort, the food. My vote goes here!

    Post # 9
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    746 posts
    Busy bee

    Well El Dorado Royale does have 600 rooms, but it doesn’t have that mega resort feel. I’ve stayed there when it’s been at 100% occupancy, and it doesn’t feel crowded. We never had to wait for a table at dinner or struggle to find a beach chair.

    For a smaller option, try El Dorado Seaside Suites. It’s been voted most romantic hotel in the world by Forbes a couple of times. It has 300 rooms. One of our agents stayed there two weeks ago and loved it. However, I think the advantage again to El Dorado Royale over Seaside, and Excellence Resorts, is that you have a great mix of casual and formal dining. You don’t want to spend your whole vacation having to get dressed up to go to dinner.

    We travel frequently and always post reviews and tons of photos on our Facebook page. Believe me-the hotels don’t always look as good in person as they do online. So if you’re looking for undoctored photos, check our Facebook page.

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    The El Dorado Maroma has about 45 rooms but it feels like it has about 10. There were always chairs by the pool, beach beds, and lounge chair available and no waits for any thing any where. The food was also amazing. It’s tough to pick when there are so many good options- try to prioritize your must haves and wants and go from there. (also for good deals try kayak.com vacations)

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We met a travel agent and her husband when we were on our honeymoon.  She 100% recommended the Royale.  I have never been there, but she said it was amazing.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    we booked our Honeymoon for 9/25-10/2 to el dorado royale casitas! 🙂 UBER excited and saw our TA’s first hand photos… it’s beautiful! he also showed us the path of the oil spill and we are nowhere near it. (unless some fluke ocean current change that happens) we did however get full-protection travel insurance since we are during hurricane season

    Post # 14
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    746 posts
    Busy bee

    @LNT:  be sure to ask your travel agent if he/she is quoting travel insurance in the rates you are receiving.  And then ask exactly what are the terms of coverage (e.g., is it cancel-for-any-reason?  Do you receive 100% money back for the trip should you need to cancel?  Is it only a percentage of the money?  Or is it just vouchers for future travel?  Are weather-related reasons covered? etc.)  Also, ask to see if it provides medical coverage outside of the U.S. since most of our health insurance policies do not cover us for foreign travel.  Travel insurance is EXTREMELY important for a variety of reasons and well worth the extra money, which is not much if you compare it to the overall price of the trip. 

    I was at both resorts a couple of weeks ago, so if you want to check out recent, undoctored photos, you can go to the Bliss Honeymoons Facebook page.

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @LNT: ours is a full-coverage travel insurance that allows us to cancel the entire trip for 100% reimbursement or rebook a different vacation on the spot for the same week. (for any reason). it was $276, well worth our $6000 HM package and peace of mind; in case anything does go wrong with hurricane season, emergencies, etc.

    Post # 16
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Hi! I JUST got back from Cancun a few weeks ago, and we stayed at a Secrets Resort – not Maroma but Riviera. Maroma is supposed to be 100 times nicer/better than Riviera. Our stay at Secrets Riveria was AWESOME! Seriously, they took such good care of us, and we’re not even married yet! Everything was lovely–the beach, the people, the atmosphere, the rooms, the service…You will not be disappointed.

    We’re planning to try out Maroma the next time we go to Cancun. =)

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