S: El Dorado Royale 1/5/2012
BC: created by Natalie P. April 6, 2012
1: Our ten year anniversary was January 17, 2012. Since we like traveling and we had never been to an all inclusive resort before - we decided to try our luck with the Funjet vacation package. You book a vacation but they book the resort for you. This is the least expensive way to do these trips. Two days before the trip they emailed us where we would be staying. We got lucky - it was an adult only resort! It was called El Dorado Royale.. The food was great - the room was beautiful - the service was excellent! I'd definitely go back there again but next time I want to share this experience with my kiddos so we will be staying at a kid friendly establishment!
3: El Dorado Royale | a Spa Resort
4: Room was Beautiful!
5: Jacuzzi Spa & Back Patio
6: Sunrise Couples Massage
7: Eddie was really excited to have a massage on the beach. They called it the Sky Massage. It was a little chilly that morning but the massage was nice. It was sort of weird to be completely naked under that little robe. It was especially crazy when they disrobed us without showing anything!
8: Another Day In Paradise | We spent the last day on the beach trying to soak up as many rays as we could before going back to Missouri. It wasn't too hot that day - maybe 72 degrees. I did some reading and took a nice long nap on a lounge chair with a towel over me. We did have a few margaritas, of course!
9: The main pool is where we hung out the most. There was a bar, activities, food a few steps away, and lots of activities. We did have to get there early and put towels down to get a good spot. We did experience a few light rain showers but fortunately they didn't last too long. The weather could have been a little better.
10: We watched these guys set up all morning and we kept wondering what kind of demonstration they were going to put on. Finally, around lunch time, they started to bring out carts of these weird looking sandwiches. They set it up on a big oval table - like a big ring. An announcer stepped up to a microphone to tell us the story behind this bread. It was a loaf of bread with sugar topping and candied somethings and in each loaf was a little baby Jesus. If you chose a piece with one then you won a prize. We didn't get a baby Jesus the bread was pretty good! They also served hot chocolate with the bread since it was part of the tradition. It tasted very different then what we are used to in the states but it was excellent. Nothing like a little Mexican bread and hot chocolate by the pool! | Mexican Culture
12: Restaurants | On the Resort
13: For an all inclusive resort - the food was pretty amazing. The drinks were included, too. One night we totally over indulged. We went to a martini bar for pre-dinner drinks (dirty gin martinis). Next we headed downstairs to D'Italia, the Italian restaurant, and found out there was a pretty long wait. So we walked all the way across the resort to this Japanese fusion restaurant called Kampai and got a table pretty fast. The sushi was very good and all you can eat. We drank saki during our meal so we were pretty tipsy. Then I had an idea to go to several different restaurants on the resort and try different desserts. As you can see they care a lot about presentation! Needless to say, I was a bit sick at the end of the night! | Fuentes-Culinary Theatre
14: We were lucky to see all the animals they had on the property. The foal on the left was in the process of being trained. We were warned to not get too close. The little guy below was a small horse or a mule...I am thinking it was a mule. All of the animals were well taken care of.
15: This was a horse that was rescued and was in the process of gaining weight and regaining his strength. The family that had him could no longer afford to care for him and asked the resort to adopt him. | 'KingKong'
16: Our Bike Adventure | Instead of going on an excursion we decided to take a leisurely bike tour around the property. After we got going we found out it would be about a 3 mile ride....off-roading on a gravel road for several hours. Holy cow - can you say sore tush!
17: Our bike guide was awesome. (on left). The tour was about 3 hours and included seeing animals, natural waterfalls, and historic sites. They also took us to their green houses where they grow their own peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini.
18: The airport was pretty amazing. It had everything from jumbo sized candy to designer purses. We didn't buy any souvenirs but we did by some prescription medications to bring back with us. The other souvenirs were just too incredibly expensive!