Karisma El Dorado Royale: 10 reasons to stay at this Riviera Maya, Mexico beach resort.

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2016 is already becoming a year of globe-trotting! I spent the first half of January at the sunny Karisma El Dorado Royale in Mexico. 

My travels are typically quite gruelling, but this one was different. For once, I got to kick back and enjoy the beaches, wellness, and all the avocado smoothies I could drink.

And I was overjoyed to reunite with my partner in crime, Yukiro Dravarious. Enjoy our Mexican photo diary, which describes 10 reasons we had a royal time at El Dorado Royale! 

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1) The warm weather. Even an icy Goth queen brightens up under warm skies and palm trees. What a treat to wear sun-dresses in early January, while we saw our friends battling the snow in Tokyo and suffering from -15 degree temperatures in Sweden…

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2) Easy access. We flew into Cancun from NYC, a quick and inexpensive flight. Karisma’s partner Lomas Travel picked us up, and within an hour, we were settled into our rooms.

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I put on my white sun hat to walk around, and came across a cute white pagoda that matched my outfit. Which brings us to reason number three…

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3) There’s so much to explore. The grounds of El Dorado Royale are huge, and all guests have access to the adjoining resorts too (Casitas and Generations Riviera Maya). If we didn’t feel like walking all the way, we could call for a shuttle or hail one down.

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4) This ocean view! Our room was steps away from the private beach and waterfront.

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Yukiro wore appropriate shoes for the sand — giant, studded platforms (similar to these black platform shoes.)

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This photo says it all. I loved walking barefoot in the sand, and watching the birds fly over the ocean.

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In January, the weather was warm, but not overly hot or humid. (I wore a white cut-out dress similar to this one by Cushnie et Ochs.)

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5) Healthy food galore. We had all-inclusive access to the restaurants here — and especially loved the Health Bar. It was our type of dream scenario: you could order as many green juices, smoothies and salads as you wanted!

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6) Meeting new friends. We said hello to this big, sleepy iguana. And we enjoyed chatting with the staff, some of whom went out of their way to make our stay a pleasure.

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There’s never a dull moment when we travel together. Yukiro dominated this game of chess, naturally.

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Ding dong, the Queen is dead.

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Meanwhile, I lazed on the lounge beds — and sipped a margarita or two.

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7) Wellness activities. Every day, there were at least a dozen classes we could participate in, for free.

Yukiro and I felt energized after a Pilates routine that incorporated large exercise balls. We aimed to do yoga every morning on this pier… but to be honest, we never managed to wake up in time for the 8am session…

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8) Tequila tasting. We learned about the various types of tequilas and sipped each of them. Energizing, in a different kind of way!

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Our daily schedule looked something like: berries and yogurt for breakfast, Pilates class, fresh fruit smoothies and salads for lunch, 80-minute massage at the spa…

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… followed by a nap by the ocean, margaritas and tacos for dinner!

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And all this took place in this beautiful beach environment. (This is the east coast of Mexico, in the Riviera Maya.)

Outfit Details: My dress is similar to Cushnie et Och‘s, and I’m wearing this wide brimmed sunhat

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Guests often come here for a destination wedding. Yukiro pretended to be the evil mistress of ceremonies.

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9) Day trips to Tulum. While we had fun vogue-ing and relaxing, we also wanted to experience the Mayan ruins and Mexican art near us. The resort’s location made it convenient for us to explore the culture of Tulum. (I’ll show you our excursion in an upcoming article.)

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Gracias to Karisma El Dorado Royale for inviting us to stay with them in Quintana Roo, Mexico! I’m not usually an “all inclusive resort” type of traveller, but Karisma changed my mind.

But wait: what’s the final reason to come here? The food is above and beyond anything I expected. It’s worth dedicating an entire post to the restaurants, so this is what I’ll do next.

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I leave you with this sunrise shot, with the silhouettes of palm fronds.

Have you vacationed in Mexico before — if so, where? Aren’t you glad to see Yukiro back on the blog? 



  1. yukiro
    Posted January 23, 2016 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    I had so much fun! Can we do it again!? :D

    excellent photos! so much viciousness in one blog post <3

  2. Andrea
    Posted January 23, 2016 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Boo-ti-ful photos.

  3. KarliRose
    Posted January 23, 2016 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    You witches, back together hehe

  4. DD Zoe
    Posted January 23, 2016 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

    Fabulosity to the extreme.

  5. Jenn
    Posted January 23, 2016 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    I love this…

  6. Baoru
    Posted January 23, 2016 at 11:41 pm | Permalink


  7. Tarantula
    Posted January 23, 2016 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    It is storming in Connecticut and dang, I long to be in Mexico with you……………..

  8. ☞ Steve De Rose ☜
    Posted January 24, 2016 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Superb photographs.

    Who did Yukiro’s makeup? I think she stole this blog post from you. (You should have asked to borrow her dress. ;=) )

    • lacarmina
      Posted January 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      Yukiro always does his own makeup – genius!
      and I don’t mind at all, the evil queen shines bright!

  9. Shelly
    Posted January 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    definitely must make a visit soon

  10. Quentin
    Posted January 24, 2016 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    I <3 seeing you 2 2-gether

  11. Lijun
    Posted January 26, 2016 at 2:58 am | Permalink


  12. Ursula
    Posted January 26, 2016 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Magic…both of you

    Posted January 26, 2016 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    I must go back!

  14. brooke
    Posted January 26, 2016 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    Yayyy!!!! It’s great to see the awesome duo back together again =D

  15. Ballet Bloggess
    Posted January 26, 2016 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    i am dying at the “unusual choice of beach footwear” hah go girl!

  16. RupertCanul
    Posted February 22, 2016 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Thank you La Carmina for sharing your own experience with us. Somehow these tips which are mentioned in this post will be helpful us to have a best Mexico trip. Already booked the all needs and recently done booking a private vehicle transportation company as “Nasttransfers” from the airport.

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