You did it! You and your brand-new spouse exchanged vows, celebrated with family and friends, mingled with every guest and danced the night away. Now it’s time for just the two of you. After all, that’s what this wedding was all about, beginning your life together as a couple. Time for the honeymoon!By Lenore Cullen Barnes | Photography courtesy of Karisma Hotels & Resorts
The team at Susan Peavey Travel, Inc., with locations in Marshfield and Harwich Port, Massachusetts, focuses on three Karisma El Dorado Resorts, located on the Riviera Maya, Mexico, as premiere honeymoon destinations for a variety of couples, whether their perfect day is spent napping on the beach or ziplining through a tropical rainforest. All three resorts are less than 30 minutes from Cancun International Airport and each assures a relaxed romantic setting, perfect for recharging, reliving wedding day memories and making new ones.
Beyond the shared romantic ambience, these El Dorado Resorts enable couples—adventurers, foodies, social butterflies or sun-and-spa worshippers—to tailor their honeymoon experience to their own vision.
Adventurous honeymooners staying at El Dorado Maroma, a beachfront resort by Karisma, have easy access to zip line excursions, deep-sea fishing, catamaran cruises and horseback rides along jungle trails. Get certified in scuba diving or just enjoy a diving trip. Bonanza Ranch, winner of Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence two years in a row, offers guided horseback tours to the exotic Mayan Cenotes, sinkholes where you can jump in for a refreshing swim.
Couples who prefer to bask in the sun and luxuriate at the spa will be equally at home at El Dorado Maroma. Simply spending time on Maroma Beach is a peak experience; it’s been named one of the top ten beaches in the world by various independent reviewers, including the Travel Channel. When it’s time to get out of the sun, Naay Spa offers an array of services to further relax and rejuvenate. With roots in Mayan and other international traditions, treatments at Naay Spa employ contemporary techniques to deliver top-notch massages and body treatments. A memorable treat is the beachfront massage in the over-the-water Palapa. This September, the resort opened its Palafitos—over-water bungalows with glass bottom floors, outdoor showers and a ladder leading directly to the sea. Oversized decks with lounge chairs maximize the spectacular views.
Foodies will discover their own form of paradise
at El Dorado Royale. Each of the three resorts features a Gourmet Inclusive experience, with à la carte dining at all the properties’ restaurants and partnerships with the Canadian Beef Council and Jackson Family Wineries. Once a month, top chefs and wine experts spend one week at the resort conducting beef sampling and wine pairings, cooking classes and demonstrations. Eleven restaurants on the El Dorado property offer international cuisine from Caribbean seafood to Italian fare to Pacific Rim sushi. Fuentes’ culinary theater entertains food-lovers with its open kitchen and access to “a full cooking show of Iron Chef level,” according to the resort. The resort’s chef and sommelier collaborate to host an informative and delicious evening that’s a feast on every level. Enhancing the menus at all the resort restaurants are organic vegetables and herbs grown in the property’s 75,000-plus-square-foot greenhouse.
El Dorado Casitas Royale, a spa resort, which was voted one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” is a recent recipient of the AAA Four Diamond award and is rated one of the top 10 best hotels in Riviera Maya by Trip Advisor. An adults-only destination, its beachfront location and swim-up suites set the tone for a fun and luxurious honeymoon. The Casita Suites in neighborhood-like settings allow plenty of privacy but also facilitate socializing. The swim-up pools, bars and restaurants are inviting venues to meet for a drink or dinner with other couples. Eight categories of suites offer a variety of amenities, like roofless outdoor showers, balconies overlooking the beach and private infinity pools.
You may have to head home eventually, but remember the honeymoon’s not over! You can book your second honeymoon to another resort in the El Dorado family with Susan Peavey Travel, Inc.
Susan Peavey Travel is a GIVC Agency
(Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant).