When I think about a destination wedding, I dream of an amazing backdrop, time with family and friends and of course as a plus size bride feeling comfortable. That’s why I included “plus size friendly” in the title because we often times fall in love with a location but then immediately think, will this be accepting of me. So don’t worry, these resorts are 100% accepting of all of you.
Now I want a perfect combination of natural beauty, romance and unique adventures for me and my guest like anyone, so take it from me because the Riviera May is the perfect choice for your destination wedding.
And today I’m beyond excited to introduce you to one of the most amazing places for an unforgettable wedding weekend in the Riviera Maya…get ready to feel like you literally have it all….El Dorado Spa Resorts by Karisma!
While this trip was sponsored by Apple Vacations, all of my opinions are my own, and I promise to give a thorough and honest review of the resorts!
As a plus size bride there are so many things you want to do when you think of getting married in a destination wedding, marry your person on the most beautiful beaches in the world, have a sunset cruise for your family and friends, or even take it one step further and have your honeymoon in Mexico’s only overwater bungalows. These are beyond amazing!
Well, it’s your lucky day because El Dorado Resort’s all inclusive experience and unbelievable properties has all of these. Yep, I know your dream vacation + wedding celebration is possible. It can truly be a reality for you.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KARISMA HOTEL AND RESORTS
I had the privilege of staying at two of El Dorado properties in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico this summer and can truly say they are just the idyllic places to get married. With a plethora of spaces to tie the knot from different beachfront ceremony setups overlooking the Caribbean to an open-air sky terrace with all the beauty of the Riviera Maya as your background, there is really no shortage of venue options to celebrate your special day at El Dorado Resorts.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KARISMA HOTEL AND RESORTS
PHOTO COURTESY OF KARISMA HOTEL AND RESORTS
Before we move forward and tell you why you should really consider El Dorado Resorts for your destination wedding and or honeymoon, there is something you should know about El Dorado Resorts ⎼ the food is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Now as a foodie I absolutely love to be wowed and wined and dined but it’s just something about having culinary masterpieces created for you and your special person.
Their highly skilled team of chefs will surprise you with an infusion of international flavors you’ve never thought were possible. Every dish is as creative as it is delicious, and the best part is that you can enjoy it all with your all-inclusive experience.
Oh and can we talk about the service? What can I say about the first-class and incredibly friendly service we encounter everywhere at the resort? Every team member is trained to make the guests feel like royalty. If you are looking to be catered to and made to feel like a princess, well this is the pace to go.
El Dorado Maroma
On our first part of the trip we stayed at El Dorado Maroma, an uber-gorgeous and tranquil resort on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world (Playa Maroma). Besides the spacious and comfortable suites, the luxury resort features the famous Palafitos, the only overwater bungalows in the Mexican Caribbean.
I seriously cannot find a more romantic place to have your honeymoon than this exclusive, adult,only, private spot. The VIP area is equipped with it’s very own restaurant and the suites are as magnificent as you can imagine.
During our stay we were able to enjoy everything that you get with the renowned Gourmet Inclusive Experience® by Karisma, the all-inclusive journey that gets you unlimited gourmet food, immersive activities and access to all El Dorado Resorts luxury experiences. Think a private beach dinner on a gazebo decorated just for the two of you, unlimited drinks at the pool with your friends, salsa lessons, yoga with the girls or a fire show on the beach after your rehearsal dinner.
And I have to say as a plus size bride, I did notice that I felt extremely comfortable through out the whole resort. I wore a two piece bathing suit and had no reservations at all. Everyone was so accepting of people of all sizes and it truly allowed me to have an even more amazing time.
My favorite features of this marvelous resort are the intimate bridal suite inside their spa, the peaceful beach bed with private butler, and the waterfront private villa that you can rent for you and ten of your guests with 5 bedrooms. The villa includes your very own private pool and one of their talented private chefs to cook every meal for you. This is definitely where I’ll be staying the next time I visit and it ‘s perfect for bridal parties, bach parties and people traveling together to stay in one place together.
Trust us, there is no shortage of indulging activities at El Dorado Maroma.
El Dorado Casitas Royale
A short distance away from Maroma Beach, you’ll find other three incredible properties by Karisma Resorts. In the second part of our trip I stayed at El Dorado Casitas Royale, a beautiful resort nested in between two other Karisma resorts.
The atmosphere at El Dorado Casitas Royale is a combination of laid back tropical elegance and impending adventure. It makes the place ideal for honeymooners who appreciate the privacy of the compounds, but may want to mingle with a party crowd by visiting the bars and clubs at the neighboring hotels. It was a perfect merriment of being able to spend couples time along but then partaking in the fun and festivities when you wanted to.
In one side of Casitas, you’ll find El Dorado Royale, an adults-only hotel ideal for groups of friends who like to travel in style. It definitely had more of a party vibe and I loved it. It also had the cutest photo locations that were just so much fun. Perfect for hanging out with friends and having a good time.
Their schedule of planned activities throughout the week is nothing short of impressive, but if you feel like relaxing is what you are looking for I highly recommend you visiting the spa, either for a couples massage with your babe or for a pampering session with your bridal party the morning before the wedding.
On the other side, is the all-inclusive family hotel, Generations Riviera Maya with its modern approach and friendly atmosphere. We love this unique three-resort layout because it ensures that the fun will never end for you and your loved ones during your wedding weekend. And as someone with kids, it can be so hard to want to go places but not have options when going to a destination wedding. The three-resort layout totally solves that problem.
Your gourmet all inclusive experience allows you to hop in between resorts to visit every restaurant and every bar, enjoy all the beautiful pools and the entire set of activities available in all the three resorts. And also allows a little separation when you or your guests would like some adult time. Just saying!!
The Perfect Destination Wedding At El Dorado Resorts
Whether you want to get married in a church or on the beach and celebrate with a tropical outdoor reception or an oceanfront indoor affair, El Dorado Resorts has something for you. In fact, they have a venue or a charming spot for everyone. No matter the size, the style or the budget, El Dorado Resorts can make your dream wedding a reality.
From your ceremony décor details to a coordinated private reception complete with Gourmet Inclusive® menu pairings and beyond, their wedding team under the leadership of Weddings by Lomas Travel would transform your vision into the wedding you had always dreamed of. I was so surprised to learn that they have a fully dedicated staff specialized in making events happen all year round with professional florists, creative event designers, experienced wedding coordinators and everything in between. There is no celebration too big or small for the team at El Dorado Resorts.
So are you wondering about some of their amazing locations across the resorts. Of course you are? Don’t worry I’ve included some of the top locations and stunning images to show how your decor dreams can come true.
The Pier Deck
Beach and Gazebo Fuentes
El Dorado Beach
And because there is truly so much to do and see at El Dorado Resorts, I highly recommend you to plan a trip long enough so you and your guests can truly experience everything this Riviera Maya gem has to offer. Make it a vacation!
So whether you are planning a destination wedding, a tropical honeymoon, or a fun girl’s weekend getaway, El Dorado Spa Resorts by Karisma is the ideal choice for you. Ready to book? Complete this form to get all the information you need to plan your dream big event!