El Dorado Seaside Suites Addition to Open Winter 2015

The new addition to Karisma’s El Dorado Seaside Suites will open for business winter 2015 after a lengthy renovation project. Originally, it was slated to open Nov. 1 but the opening date has been delayed to sometime in winter 2015 (guesses are sometime in December).  In actuality, this new addition will become the new El Dorado Seaside Suites while the older property will now be referred to as Sensimar Seaside Suites and Spa.  The “old” El Dorado Seaside Suite section appears to be under contract with Tui (a German-based travel company) which sells packages mostly to European clients (Thomson is a big seller of Tui-contracted properties).  Karisma already has a Sensimar section at El Dorado Royale and all guests are allowed to use the Tui facilities in contracted sections.  While the “old” EDSS rooms are slated for the European market, the new EDSS resort is open to everyone.  All guests were originally supposed to receive a complimentary upgrade to the new section, but since the opening has been delayed, it is unclear at this time whether the upgrade will be taking place once the new EDSS opens and how long it will last.

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El Dorado Seaside Suites Renovations, August 2015

If you have a Facebook account, you have probably already seen some of the artist renderings or models of the new addition to EDSS.  Reportedly, this new addition is on the north side of Hidden Beach Resort and resembles Generations Riviera Maya.  Here are some of the artist renderings I discovered, if you haven’t seen them already.

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Riu Playacar Renovation, Aug. 10

If you have a Facebook account you’ve probably already seen artist renderings from the Riu homepage in their photo section.  Looks a bit like the layout of Riu Palace Mexico, especially the new pool area.  What do you think?

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Finest Playa Mujeres Resort Review

With all the hype about the new Finest Playa Mujeres resort I just had to check it out for myself.  Following my visit to the lovely Riu Palace Las Americas I took a 35 min. taxi ride to this new resort–in fact, it’s so new that my taxi driver had to confirm its location with both the Riu doorman as well as the security personnel at the Playa Mujeres gate.  Since the resort is located north of downtown Cancun and well out of the Hotel Zone district, my taxi had to go through two security gates–one at the entrance to the Playa Mujeres resort area, and the other more lengthy security check at the entrance to the resort itself.  There is a third security checkpoint between the Playa Mujeres and the Finest Resort checkpoints, but this one was still under construction so there were no live personnel to ask me for identification.  With the amount of time it took to actually enter the resort, I was beginning to think the queen of England was a guest as well–this is a very secure location, so guests can feel at ease about non-registered individuals roaming the property.

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