A Taste Of Wine Country On The Mexican Riviera

Winters can be cold in California, but if you fly down to the Riviera Maya, you can still enjoy the taste of Wine Country in El Dorado. From the big city of Cancun, you need only drive 20 minutes south to feel like you’re in the real Mexico. Karisma’s adults-only, El Dorado Casitas Royale and new Seaside Suites resorts are hidden in the Mexican jungle on the one side, a mile and a half of private, pristine white beaches and clear, azure ocean on the other.

From November to March, the average highs here range from 89-92 degrees, making the palapa style suites at El Dorado Casitas Royale an aerie retreat.

One doesn’t need to leave the room with 24-hour room service, butler, and concierge services, but the allure of the outdoors with its beachside bars and array of non-motorized water activities beckons. El Dorado also has the one of the largest spas in the region, specializing in Temazcal, an ancient Mexican ritual steam bath, overseen by a shaman, that purifies the body and soul.

El Dorado resorts are not just all-inclusive, they’re “gourmet inclusive,” with 20 unique onsite restaurants and bars to choose from. For true food and wine enthusiasts, El Dorado partners with Jackson Family Estates for a week-long Culinary Series each month featuring well-known chefs and talented sommeliers. Every evening, gourmands will savor beach bbqs, sumptuous dinners, and informative food and wine events.

Chefs are inspired by the freshest local seafood and tropical ingredients, plus the El Dorado Resorts have a 76,000 square foot hydroponic greenhouse for an even greater selection. The diversity of cuisines presented by the guest chefs are matched only by the selection of Jackson Family Wines from around the world. Get a taste of Wine Country with food friendly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from Santa Barbara, Monterey, Mendocino, Russian River, as well as classic Napa Valley and Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon wines. In 2016, Chefs such as Jackson Family Wines Executive Chef Justin Wangler, whom we love from Partake in Healdsburg, and Food & Wine Best New Chef Sue Zemanick from New Orleans' Gautreau's Restaurant, are part of the exciting 2016 lineup. 

The latest addition to the El Dorado family is the new El Dorado Seaside Suites, a six-story hotel that combines the clean, modern look of Miami with the stature of the famous Tulum Mayan ruins only 20 minute drive away. Every suite has a private balcony with an outdoor daybed and sofa to gaze out at the spectacular vista. Each suite on the first floor has a swim-up pool connecting to the main pool while on floors 2-6, each suite has an infinity pool.

The Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series events incur an additional supplement. For more information, visit the Karisma Hotels website.