It is nearly impossible to believe that in just a couple of days my husband and I will be celebrating our third wedding anniversary. To say that the past three years have flown by is a complete understatement. It seems like just yesterday that I married the man of my dreams at The Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA (where we met!) and then had the most wonderfully romantic and relaxing honeymoon at the El Dorado Casitas Royale in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
When we first started planning the honeymoon we were completely set on at least two weeks in Italy, packing in as many destinations and experiences as possible. After much thought and discussion (and moments of clarity) , we decided that we would postpone that trip and something more “low-key” and relaxing would be much more appropriate. The thought of a direct flight to a Four Diamond, all-inclusive, adults-only, seaside luxury resort sounded like the perfect “post-wedding” destination. The El Dorado Casitas Royale not only met our expectations, it far exceeded them in EVERY way!
When we arrived at the gorgeous resort, we were greeted with a huge smile and refreshing cocktail (I know I’m easy to please, but that one gets me EVERY time!). We were then whisked off to our private casita and toured the beautiful, well-maintained property and immaculately manicured grounds. My jaw almost hit the floor when we walked into our stunning and luxurious swim-up casita! The room was huge with a high ceiling and palapa roof, had an in-suite Jacuzzi, roofless outdoor shower (my fave!), stocked minibar and every possible amenity. There was also an exterior double bed and our own water-mirror balcony where we could step down to a lazy river that connected to our casita pool with swim-up bar. We brought our own pool floats from home (I am obviously a professional sun-bather), so this was definitely one of our favorite features!
We were on our honeymoon, after all, and the friendly, attentive and hard-working staff went above and beyond to meet our every need. We had a private candlelit dinner on the beach, a beachfront couples massage, our suite decorated with rose petals, turn-down service with champagne, bubble baths drawn (my husband would KILL me if I posted a pic of him in the tub, but I am SO tempted) and we felt completely spoiled and pampered. Although you can do as much, or as little, as you want at this resort we tried to balance being active (wink wink) with the relaxing and quality “one-on-one” time that we really wanted.
This exquisite all-inclusive resort includes 7 gourmet restaurants and the fabulous service and attention to detail continues there. Every meal at every restaurant was absolutely delicious and the yummy food and beverages was definitely a highlight of our honeymoon experience. Our casita pool bartender was quick to learn our names and favorite drinks and took VERY good care of us (which could be part of the reason I fell asleep during a live music show… and no, that picture will definitely NOT be posted)! There was also 24-hour room service and I’m a little embarrassed to admit how many times I ordered chips & fresh guacamole (it was THAT good…just saying).
Our swim-up casita shared a pool/bar with just a few other guests (adults only, thank goodness!), which was so peaceful and relaxing but we also enjoyed meeting and getting to know our “neighbors”. Between hanging out in our floats in the pool, relaxing on the beach in the covered beach bed (well, my hubby did… I was worshiping the sun!), kayaking in the ocean, working out together, eating the most delicious food and being treated like royalty by the amazing staff, our honeymoon was exactly what we didn’t know we needed! So thankful for the wonderful memories of an incredible week-long beginning to the rest of our lives! El Dorado Casitas Royale, muchas gracias from The Hensley’s!
Happy Anniversary, my love, and here’s to many, many more years (and LOTS of travel!) together! Te quiero mucho!!