Beginning on June 8th, Cancun and the Riviera Maya began slowly reopening to tourism — very slowly. In fact, the majority of the hotels, restaurants and attractions are still closed; however, most have announced plans to reopen in the coming weeks or months.
In the meantime, Linda and I are doing what we can to help the local economy by visiting businesses as they reopen and sharing pics and information with our readers.
Our most recent trip was to El Dorado Maroma, an all-inclusive resort located north of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We went with a couple of our friends who live in the same complex we do.
Being a bit geographically-challenged myself, I like to include interactive maps in our posts. Here’s one showing where the resort is located:
Sanitation and Health Protocols
Since it doesn’t appear that COVID-19 is going away anytime soon, some of our readers may be wondering what types of protocols the resort has implemented to help keep them safe, so I’ll start there.
When we arrived, we were given a health questionnaire to fill out and they took our temperatures. We were given hand sanitizer and encouraged to practice social distancing while on the property. That was pretty easy to do because the hotel was only at 30% occupancy.
At restaurants, guests were spread out and they were given a QR code to scan with their cellphone in order to download the menu.
The hotel staff wore masks at all times but the use of masks was not mandatory for guests. Even so, many guests wore masks when walking around the property but not when eating, drinking or lounging by the pool or on the beach.
The hotel staff was constantly cleaning and sanitizing everything and we all felt very comfortable with their protocols.
Since we live in the area, we drove to the resort. It’s located about 45 minutes north of where we live. I know that answer won’t be of much use to you folks who want to know if it’s possible to fly here — it is.
The Cancun Airport is the closest international airport and there are both domestic and international flights arriving daily. Here’s a link to their website in case you’re curious where those flights are coming from: https://www.cancunairport.com/arrivals.html
The Resort Itself
This property is older than many other resorts but very well maintained. There were plenty of hammocks, lounge chairs and daybeds to go around.
The beach area is particularly nice with soft sand and no rocky patches to hinder your entry and exit from the water.
You might have noticed that the sky looks a little hazy. Apparently, that was caused by the dust cloud from the Sahara Desert.
Our room was located on the second floor and came complete with a jacuzzi inside and a plunge pool outside.
In some of the beach photos in the last section, you may have noticed the bungalows over the water. Those are called Palafitos, and according to El Dorado’s website, they are the first and only over-water bungalows in Mexico
Food Quality and Variety
If food and drink quality is important to you, you really can’t go wrong staying at any of the El Dorado resorts. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we tried. We were particularly impressed by the food at the Italian restaurant. My favorite dish was the Porcini mushroom ravioli with duck in a raspberry sauce.
This particular resort had multiple themed restaurants (Italian, Asian, Peruvian and Mexican), but due to low occupancy, they weren’t all open every night.
I can’t say enough good things about the staff at the hotel. Everyone went out of their way to make sure that we had a had a great time. They did a fantastic job!
Let’s Wrap This Up
We’ve only been home from the resort for a couple of days. That’s just enough time to wash clothes and pack for our next mini-vacation that begins tomorrow. We’re making up for those months we were cooped up inside.
Well, that’s it for today! Hasta luego.