As I sit here flying home from my most recent stay in Mexico with the love of my life sitting next to me, the One Republic song “It’s a Good Life” keeps playing in my head.  I have always loved this song, way back when it was released as it always hit a emotion deep down inside of me.  A feeling of gratitude, an overwhelming feeling of how lucky I am to have all of the blessings that I have in my life.  As the songs says:

“I have so much to feel good about.”

Hubby and I have spent the last 3 days frolicking at the Adults Only El Dorado Casitas Royale in the Riviera Maya.  This resort is operated by Karisma hotels and it is a “true” 5 star property and has been awarded with four diamonds by AAA.  I can not tell you the feeling of luxury that we experienced from the moment we arrived to the moment we left; we were treated like we have never experienced before.

El Dorado Casitas Royal, Presidential Swim Up Suite.

Upon arrival at 11am we were wisked off by private golf cart from the main lobby to the Casitas check in just a few minutes away.  Upon arrival we were treated with cold, aromatherapy infused wash clothes and a mimosa by our personal concierge, Mariano. Knowing we were arriving earlier than the regular 3pm check in, our special request for early check in was pleasantly accommodated, and not only was it ready but we were also being upgraded.  We both exclaimed, “To what?” as we had already booked one of the highest room categories available, a Swim Up Casita Suite.  We were upgraded to an Individual Casita Suite with Swim Up. The luxuries of this room  were beyond spectacular from the pillow menu options, to selecting which aromatherapy scent we would like to have our room infused with each evening. Karisma resorts understands that luxury is not just experienced by the visually appealing, but by all the senses, especially touch, smell and taste (I will get to that one shortly).

Time to select our pillow!

Our room had everything you could possibly imagine…a king sized bed, a jacuzzi tub, double sinks, indoor and out door shower, a large terrace that stepped out to our own lazy river. WOW was all that I could muster up. (Click HERE for room video).  But those amenities were not the best of what our room had to offer. The beach and the ocean were a mere 25 steps from our back door.  Try taking 25 steps and notice how close that actually is.  Our room was so close to the beach that if we had to use the washroom the closest facilities were actually in our room!!

25 steps from our room we had a private Bali bed that overlooked the ocean.  It came with a beach butler who would regularly check in on us to make sure that we had everything we required for our stay.  My signature Strawberry Mojitos ready even before I had a chance to request it.

The resort also offered 24 hour room service and we took full advantage of this luxury. Ordering breakfast and eating on our private patio every morning – freshly squeezed orange juice, steaming coffee, our vacation staple of eggs benedict, an assortment of fruits, berries, cheeses and pastries that we deliciously devoured.  Mid after snacks of fresh guacamole and chips were delivered and taken to our Bali bed and enjoyed while soaking up the sun and the ocean breeze. We also pre-ordered a picnic lunch to be brought out directly to the beach which included salads, wraps and sandwiches.

Karisma Resorts are known for their gourmet food choices and promise each meal to be a culinary experience and they absolutely delivered.  Every meal that we had was beyond spectacular.  Within 3 days we had the opportunity to experience an authentic Mexican at Rincon Mexicano, Asian at Kampai, Italian at D’Italia and a special experience at the Wine Kitchen Restaurant and Tasting Room at  Generations Spa Resort just next door.

The grounds of the resort were tropical and expansive but each block of Casitas provided a small private enclave.  With only 16 to 30 rooms in each block, each having its own pool and swim up bar, there were many opportunities to relax and enjoy without feeling overwhelmed by other guests.  The resort is quiet providing a great experience for those looking for a chance to enjoy and connect.

2016-06-14-08-25-12To say that we loved every moment of it would be an understatement.  To feel so pampered was perfectly spectacular.  El Dorado Resorts by Karisma provides an unsurpassed experience for those looking for an adults only retreat.  From start to finish we loved every minute of it and are already counting down the days to when we can return again.

Happy Travels,


“When you’re happy like a fool; Let it take you over; When everything is out; You gotta take it in.” – It’s a Good Life by One Republic