My Stay at El Dorado Seaside Suites in Mexico

Last week I took a break from my daily routine, DIY projects and more to go on vacation, not only with Ed, but as well as both our daughters and their significant others. We headed to the Riviera Maya in Mexico and stayed at the El Dorado Seaside Suites resort.

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It was a fabulous getaway vacation.

Beach at Riveiria Maya in Mexico

This is where I spent most of the days, relaxing on a Bali style beach bed watching the surf, reading, and snoozing.

Mexico vacation at El Dorado Seaside Suites on the Riviera Maya

It was perfect… the weather and everything about the resort. I have written about traveling to this area in Mexico before in this post, My Trip to the Riviera Maya.

Lazy River at the El Dorado Seaside Suites resort on the Riviera Maya

For this trip we decided to stay at another one of the El Dorado resorts. Just like the other two we have stayed at, this resort, El Dorado Seaside Suites did not disappoint. It was beyond just a hotel on the beach. It was a resort where I didn’t have to do anything except relax and be pampered.  I also celebrated my 58th birthday and did enjoy a few extras like a massage and facial at the resort’s spa.

El Dorado Seaside Suites Vacation in Mexico looking out at the ocean from the lazy river

We stayed in the new building where every floor has a lazy river on the ocean side. Each room has a porch with an outdoor bed and chairs and access to the lazy river along with a fabulous view from sunrise to sunset.

Lazy River at the El Dorado Seaside Suites resort on the Riviera Maya

After spending the day on the beach it was refreshing to hang out in the river for a bit before getting ready to head out for dinner.

Dining options at El Dorado Seaside Suites in the Riviera Maya in Mexico

The resort is not just an all-inclusive resort, but “Gourmet All-Inclusive”.  The food was way above par. This picture was taken when we ate out on a pier over looking the ocean for steak and lobster.  My sleeveless top is from Kaari Blue.  

There is a dinner dress code at all the dining places in the resort. Collared shirts for men and no flip flops

Romantic candlelight dining on the beach at El Dorado Seaside Suites resort on the Riviera Maya

We ate a different restaurant every night and each of us, Ed and myself, plus our daughters even had a romantic dinner for two on the beach one night.  This is my youngest and her boyfriend.

Romantic candlelight dining on the beach at El Dorado Seaside Suites resort on the Riviera Maya

…and my oldest daughter and her fiancee.

 El Dorado Seaside Suites resort on the Riviera Maya

During the day when we were not eating, we hung out in the beach beds that line the shore.

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They are the best as they keep you out of the sun, but you get to still enjoy the beach, the water and the green palms swaying in the breeze. It was delightful!

the beach at El Dorado Seaside Suites resort on the Riviera Maya

The resorts beach butlers and waitresses make sure you have everything you need from sunscreen to drinks. Our new favorite drink is called an “Iceberg”.  A mix of Dos Equis with a frozen margarita.  They were refreshing!  Sorry I don’t have a photo of one, but new ones, bottles of water or any drink you wanted were constantly placed on the beach bed tray all day long.

Snorkeling at El Dorado Seaside Suites resort on the Riviera Maya

We went snorkeling along the coral reef and saw lots of colorful fish…

 the beach at El Dorado Seaside Suites resort on the Riviera Maya

…and took long walks along the beach.

Coral reef along the Riviera Maya

The second largest coral reef in the world runs along this part of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and goes all the way down to Belize.  Some of the beaches are all coral, but the resort has areas that are coral-free so you can swim and enjoy the waves.

Storm brewing along the coast of the Riviera Maya

When in the tropics, pop-up storms in the summer that last 10 minutes are common. We watched two of these roll in, both around noon.

Panoramic view of Storm rolling in along the Riviera Maya in Mexico

It was fascinating to watch from the beach as the ominous dark clouds rolled in and the rain came for about 10 minutes and then moved on letting the sun come out again for the rest of the day. I took this panorama photo with my phone.


I took this photo a day after when I took a long walk along the beach all the way out to the end of a point along the beach and past other resorts. I didn’t think I would make it back, but I did as it never rained along the beach only out on the ocean.

El Dorado Seaside Suites on the Riviera Maya in Mexico

We had a fabulous week not only getting to be at the beautiful resort, but spending time with our daughters.  As most vacations go, it went by way too fast.

We are now back home and spent July 4th out on the lake with friends.

Today, I am back at work and DIYing. My first project to take on this week is to makeover the front door of the house with paint. So it’s back into my paint clothes for me. :-)  You can see the before over on Instagram. 

I will keep you posted on the progress as well as a few other projects that I have decided to do this summer.

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  1. Ann Fritz says:

    I am thinking of going to this resort for my honeymoon. I read a review that the infinity river is cold? Is that true?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Ann – We have been to 4 of the El Dorado resorts. Seaside Suites was not our favorite. The resort is separated by the nude resort – so you could not walk on the beach to access some of the resorts amenities without going out to the front side of the resorts where it was hot to get to the other side. The infinity river was very cool, but the view of the ocean was amazing.

      We like El Dorado Maroma the best – it is a smaller resort, but has the best swimming area of all the resorts. The service is the best there to as the staff gets to know you since it is smaller resort. We have been there 3 times. Then we liked El Dorado Royale. It is very nice, but really no ocean swimming there. The El Dorado resort in Jamaica was awful as it is on a strip of land right between the highway and beach. You hear traffic noises all day and night. Congrats on getting married soon.

  2. Michelle Horstmeyer says:

    Did you stay on the infinity side? Or what bldg and room were you in? Was there sun in your pool area? We are supposed to have an oceanfront room when we go in January but saw some ppl said their room was all shady so water really cold

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Michelle –

      We stayed in the high rise building with the Infinity pool. We were on the second floor from the top so we had a fabulous view of the water from our suite. The water in the infinity pool was cold. We went in once, but that was it. Maybe in the heat of the summer months would it feel refreshing.

      The smaller pools on the ground were warm, but we did not go in any of them as we preferred to swim in the shallow water in the front of the resort the most.

      We enjoyed our trip here, but of the three El Dorado resorts in Mexico that we have been to, this was out least favorite. El Dorado Maroma is our favorite and then the El Dorado Royale.

  3. Sheryll $ Critters. says:

    I missed hthis post, so here is a late WOW! Looks like heaven right here on earth! The cost is tremendous, I am very jealous. But also so very happy for you and your family! And you had a good excuse to buy some new clothes! And relax!! To me, that is a win, win, win!

  4. It looks fab, Diane. Beloved and I are looking for a nice destination to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary next year. I shall have to research this resort! Glad you had such a lovely break. Sue x

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sue – It is our third time vacationing on the Riveria Maya. The first time we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. :-) We have enjoyed every trip. There are hundreds of resorts along the coast south of Cancun. I am sure you will love the area. Jan – April is in season, but we have been there in October and June, too.

      1. Hey Diane. We just returned from 2 weeks at the El Dorado! We had a swim-up suite on the TUI Sensimar side and it was AMAZING! We have your post to thank for discovering what was one of our best ever holidays. It truly made our 25th Wedding Anniversary very special. Thank you! Sue x

  5. Your vacation looks like paradise! Glad you had a relaxing time and wonderful birthday! Can’t wait to see the next project ?

  6. Diane,
    First happy happy birthday! I always loved being away on my bday.
    Was the coral beach right in front of your accommodation? I loved the beds but I also want
    A sandy beach. Any help would be appreciated!
    Your paint formula is the one I always use. The Calcium carbonate! I persuaded my bil to use it on their
    bathroom cabinets. He told my sister he knew it would not work….scratch easily! Ha! He is now a firm believer! Thank you!
    Smiles, alice

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Alice – The coral is right off the beach in some areas of the resort. If you want to swim without coral around you need to walk over to the other areas of the resort called Sensimar. The resort has many areas and pools all around too for those who don’t like to go to the beach. If you want the sandiest beach then I would highly recommend one of the other El Dorado resorts along the Riviera Maya. They have 3 and we have been to all of them. El Dorado Maroma has the best beach, it is beautiful, no coral. It is also the smallest and cozier of the El Dorado resorts and my favorite.

      1. Thank you so much! I will check it out!

  7. Happy Birthday, Diane! I love reading your blog, in fact, yours is the first that I’ve subscribed to and I’ve copied several of your ideas! The first one was the topiary! I just celebrated a big birthday and realized that I have never had a fabulous vacation like the one you posted! The main reason is, I really don’t like to travel, but I think it’s time I wet my toes in the “get out there and have fun” experience! Quick question, did you use a travel agency and, more importantly, how safe did you feel? You’ve taken such beautiful pictures, look so relax and made me want to copy another one of your great ideas! P.S I’m from South Carolina, too!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Faye – This was our third trip to the Riviera Maya and I have always felt save. Even when we went off the resort for tours. It is a poor area off the resorts, but I never felt afraid, not even a little bit. We used our timeshare called Exotic Travels to set the trip up, but any travel agency can do it. When you go to the resort make sure you include the transportation to and from the resort from the airport. Lomas Travel does this. They set up everything and will do everything for you the minute you step out of the airport and the same for when you return.

  8. Linda Weeks says:

    You deserve a wonderful vacation! This one looks crazy happy to be on! know what? It just occured to me that I need to find a blog where they can teach you how to take photos with a smart phone! I haven’t gotten one yet, but I intend to get one someday. You must have mastered that whole enterprise! Beautiful photos!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Linda – We have been wanting to take a getaway vacation for sometime with our daughters. Last week was the only week that everyone was free so we jumped at the chance. Phone photography is easy, very easy. iPhones have exceptional cameras. All you do is click open the camera app on the phone, frame your shot, hit the screen where you want focus, hold still and click. Done! Way easier than using a big daddy DSLR. :-) If you want to add filters and colors to your shots, you can do that also, but I don’ like the way the filters look, so I don’t use them.

  9. That sure looks like a wonderful resort with beach beds and lazy rivers, just to name a couple of things I have never seen before! What a wonderful way to spend your birthday, and with your daughters, to boot! Who could ask for anything more? I’m glad for you to have had such a wonderful time! Happy birthday to my favorite blogger!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Pat – You made my day saying I am your favorite blogger. Thanks! Being able to find a week where we were all free and could get off work was challenging, but we made it happen and booked the trip only a few weeks ago. Thanks for the b-day wishes.

  10. What a nice and perfect place to relax in Riviera Maya, and with your family still better!!
    Happy birthday Diane, really 58?? You have an incredible skin and looks like pretty young!! Where are your wrinkles?? You don’t have any!!
    I can’t wait to see your door makeover…

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks for the birthday greetings Yolanda. As a teenager I had horrible acne never thought my skin would look good. Since then I have become a skincare junkie. I have crows feet near my eyes, dark spots and sagging skin, but do try to take good care of my skin. My mom had beautiful skin and hardly any wrinkles so hopefully I have her skin genes. :-)

  11. Jane Conheady says:

    OMG! Happy Birthday! You and your family are all so cute. I have bookmarked this post for my next vacation! I am very jealous!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Jane – Thanks for the b-day wishes. XO On our first trip to the Riviera Maya we stayed at El Dorado Royale in the Casitas section and loved it so much, we became members. This resort is the largest. Two years ago we went to another one of their resorts called El Dorado Maroma. It is a much smaller, cozier resort. Both of these are Gourmet All Inclusive also. Each resort is a little bit different. Seaside Suites where we just returned from is larger now with the addition of the building we stayed in. I would go back to any of these resorts, but my favorite one I think is El Dorado Maroma. They now have over the water huts/rooms just like you see in Tahiti. I would love to stay in one of these on a future trip.

  12. If anyone deserves a beautiful family vacation it’s hard working you! Your pictures are wonderful. Can’t wait to see your door make over.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Joan – Thanks – I spent all day today prepping the doors. It was hot hot hot and not the best temp to paint in, but so far I have the primer coat on and all looks good. :-) I should have it done by early next week.

  13. What a great trip for you and your wonderful family! I enjoyed reading about it. I’ll bet the scenery gave you lots of inspiration in coastal shades of blue!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Linda – Yes, the vivid blues, teals and turquoise water was so soothing yet stimulating for my visual brain. Way different from the woodsy greens of the lake. I loved the way the ocean looked layered in color from darkest blue at the horizon all the way to almost white on the shore. :-)

  14. I will add this location to my bucket list. This desert sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Happy birthday! What a wonderful vacation. How hot was it?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes Cathy – It is hotter and more humid in South Carolina right now then it was in Mexico. :-) The average day temp was around 88 – 90 degrees. In the evening around 78 with high humidity. We have always gone in the winter, but last week was the only week that we all could go so we decided to go even though it is the hottest time of the year, plus hurricane season. I was thinking it would be too hot, but was very surprised that it was not as bad as in SC.

  16. Oh my….how wonderful that must have been! Glad you got rested up because now the vaca is over! By the way, Happy Belated Birthday!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Sharon – Thanks for the b-day wishes. It hasn’t really hit me yet that I am 58, my twin sister is coming this weekend, so I am sure we will celebrate more since we will be together. I started the door makeover and boy was it hot! I will do a bit each day until it is done. I am working on the stencil post and will have that done soon as I know you were interested in seeing how I did that. Enjoy your evening.

      1. Thanks, Diane and I know you and your sister will have a great time. Never hurts to spread out the birthday celebration as long as possible! and you really don’t look 58….
        I appreciate your thoughtfulness about that stencil too, because I also have a peaked ceiling on one end of the half bath, so I’m doubly excited to see that stencil post, but take your time. And please stay as cool as possible and well hydrated!

  17. Wow! What a place! Thrilled you got to have some down time with your family! ;)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Donnamae – It took some doing for all of us to figure out a week where we could all get off of work, but we made it happen. :-) It was so nice getting to hang out with my daughter’s and their guys.

  18. Elaine Williams in Baltimore, Maryland says:

    OMG Diane! My dear sweet 28 year old niece is getting married in Riviera Maya in September 2018. Now I can hardly wait to get there because of your wonderful pictures. You have a beautiful family. You and Ed looked fabulous and I know you must be proud of your ‘girls.’ I know I would be!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Elaine – During our week stay, we saw 3 weddings take place. The whole coast is just gorgeous. You will have a wonderful time and have lots to look forward too. It was nice to getaway and relax. Ed especially since he travels a lot and works 24/7. For me, it was a nice break from paint brushes :-) I am very proud of my girls…they are my pride and joy and what make life the best!

  19. You sure do look relaxed!!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Helen – As soon as you step onto the resort, see and hear the ocean plus feel the balmy breeze… you relax instantly. No cooking or any chores to do also helped. :-)

  20. So glad you took a well-deserved break with family, resort looks wonderful as is your family.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Rosemary – It took some doing to organize the trip, but I am so happy that we made the effort and made it happen so we could all be together.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Jan – It really was WOW. The resort really is amazing and takes care of your every need. I only brought up a few of the things the staff does for you. They also have bubble baths in your rooms ready for you when you come off the beach, plus champagne and snacks. It was all so nice.