2013 Awards for Karisma Hotels – El Dorado & Azul


El Dorado’s are crowned again!


The Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards for 2013 are in!  80,000 people participated, the largest in voting history, with a remarkable 1.3 million votes.

The Top 100 Hotels + Resorts in the World were revealed and El Dorado Maroma made its mark.  In fact, the hotel scored an impressive 95.6 out of 100.

El Dorado Maroma sits on Maroma Beach, which is hailed as one of the prettiest beaches in the world.  This adults-only, Gourmet Inclusive resort takes the all-inclusive concept to new levels with superior service, outstanding food choices and upscale amenities.

The quaint 72 suite hotel is beautifully captured in hues of ivory, tangerine, plum, and forest green to create a lush, tropical atmosphere.

It’s an absolutely fabulous hotel.  People come here year after year and it’s easy to understand why.  From the food, to the service, to the amenities, you don’t get any better than El Dorado Maroma.  It’s definitely the best of the best.


In addition to the Top 100, the Top 30 Cancun/Yucatan Hotels were revealed and several more Karisma properties were recognized amongst the best.  The El Dorado Casitas Royale, El Dorado Seaside Suites, and Azul Sensatori all graced the list.


El Dorado Casitas Royale is a romantic, adults only, all inclusive secluded hideaway built on 450 acres of tropical jungle and over a mile of white powdered beach.

The upscale rooms feature indoor/outdoor showers, amazing views of the sea with private double sofas on the terrace, and many suites boast private plunge pools.

The thatched roofs only add to the ambience while the exclusive concierge service impress and delight.

This place is niiice.  It sits behind El Dorado Royale, so you get the comforts of both hotels when you stay at Casitas.  Besides the room, the beach beds were probably my favorite part.  I loved that you didn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to claim one.  There were plenty to go around.  I was spoiled by all the service and loved all the healthy food choices–especially the juice bar.

El Dorado Seaside Suites is the definition of barefoot elegance.

Relaxed and laid-back, this adults-only all inclusive turns carefree into a lifestyle.  Nestled along a white sand beach, this resort is for those who love the quaint, boutique style approach.

The suites boast upgraded amenities, swim out options, and beachfront hideaways.  It’s great.  The service is awesome.  In fact, the bartender knew my name after the first drink.  I loved not needing reservations for dinner or just relaxing on the terrace watching the waves and enjoying room service.

I actually stayed here with a group of about 8, and it was easy to meet up and hang out together.  I felt renewed after this trip.  It’s easy to see why it made the list.

Azul Sensatori is the place to be for families…especially those with older kids.

This place is cool.  They have kids activities for the little ones and an awesome game room with older kids in mind.  The pool is fun with a separate one for kids and the beach is great.  There’s tons of stuff to do at night with plenty of bars/lounges to keep the adults happy.

The suites are the best.  They offer everything from king beds for two to connecting family suites where you get a lot lots of room for your kids and privacy for yourselves.  The food is great and the staff friendly and cheerful.  It’s no surprise that Azul Sensatori made the list.


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