A Message To Our Royal Resorts Members

On September 19, a strong earthquake hit Mexico City and the states of Puebla, Morelos, Mexico, Oaxaca and Guerrero causing serious damage and loss of life. Our hearts go out to all the people affected by this tragedy and to those who have lost loved ones. They are in our thoughts and prayers.

The earthquake struck on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquakes that killed 10,000 people in Mexico City and neighboring states and just weeks after a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.

Today, just as they did 32 years ago and as they always do, the Mexican people have come together to help others. Emergency workers are desperately trying to reach people still trapped in collapsed buildings. They have been joined by search and rescue teams from other parts of Mexico, including one from Cancun, and specialists from other countries. Across the country, Red Cross centers are operating round the clock to receive and dispatch emergency relief.

Royal Resorts employees and management have joined the many millions of people across the country that are donating food and other supplies, medicines and money to rebuild the homes and lives of quake victims.

Mexico and its incredible people have a special place in all our hearts and we ask you to keep them in your prayers at this difficult time. If you would like to help quake victims, you can donate to:

Mexican Red Cross

Cruz Roja Mexicana»

Save the Children

Save Children Mexico »

Oxfam Mexico

Oxfam Mexico»

UNICEF Mexico

UNICEF Mexico»

The Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Caribbean are not affected

The earthquakes did not affect the Yucatan Peninsula and Cancun, Riviera Maya and all your favorite places are more beautiful than ever. This is also the case for major visitor destinations in other parts of the country.

One of the ways in which you can help Mexico and its people is by traveling to this wonderful country.

We hope to welcome you back to Royal Resorts very soon.

New Municipal Government Environmental Fee for all Hotel & Resort Guests in the Riviera Maya

As part of its work to preserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the area, and effective October 1, 2017, the Solidaridad Municipal Government will begin charging an environmental tax to all hotel and resort guests in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya.

This new initiative includes members and guests staying at The Royal Haciendas. In accordance with Municipal Finance Law, the Environmental Sanitation Fee that will be charged to your account is as follows:

Room/One-bedroom Suite   $10 pesos per night
Two-bedroom Villa               $20 pesos per night

As of January 1, 2018 $20 pesos per night will be charged for the Room/One-bedroom Suite and $40 pesos per night for the Two-bedroom Villa.

What will the tax be used for?

The proceeds from this new Green Fee charged to all hotel and resort guests in the Riviera Maya will be used to contribute to environmental protection and sanitation initiatives such as:

  • Beach conservation and upkeep
  • Implementation of an integral Waste Management program in urban areas
  • Elimination of open-air garbage dumps
  • Reduction of carbon emissions by installing LED lighting systems in public areas
  • Other programs geared towards making the Riviera Maya a sustainable destination

Why is it needed?

The Riviera Maya is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its white sand beaches are legendary and the world’s second longest coral reef is just offshore, its jungles and wetlands are home to rare species and it boasts the world’s longest underground rivers discovered to date. Yet increasing visitor numbers and population growth are outpacing public services and more action is needed to improve waste management and other services for the health of the environment and area ecosystems. The new Green Fee charged by the Solidaridad Municipal Government will be used for such programs.

This new Environmental Fee will only be charged to Riviera Maya hotel guests. It does not apply to Cancun or Puerto Morelos.

To read the official press release click here.

 

 

 

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Airlines add more new flights to Cancun

Looking for flights to Cancun? There are even more options as more airlines are expanding their networks to include Cancun or adding new flights to cater to growing visitor demand for Cancun, the Riviera Maya, the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan. As of April 14, 2018 Southwest Airlines will operate direct Saturday flights to Cancun from […]

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Airlines add more new flights to Cancun

Looking for flights to Cancun? There are even more options as more airlines are expanding their networks to include Cancun or adding new flights to cater to growing visitor demand for Cancun, the Riviera Maya, the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan.

As of April 14, 2018 Southwest Airlines will operate direct Saturday flights to Cancun from Columbus, Ohio and New Orleans (subject to government approval). Air Europa will also be offering three weekly flights to Cancun from Madrid starting this September.

The colonial treasures of Mexico’s Bajio region, Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende are now more accessible than ever with a new route offered by Mexican airline Interjet. The flight from Cancun to Guanajuato departs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

(Source: Novedades)

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Stars to play the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2017

Guitar maestro John McLaughlin, John Hemming and pianist Chick Corea are three of the stars returning for the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017, November 30 – December 2. John McLaughlin will pay tribute to the legendary Spanish guitar player and longtime friend Paco de Lucia who lived in Playa del Carmen for many years and died in 2014.

The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival 2017 line up is expected to feature musicians and groups from previous years who will pay their own tribute to Fernando Toussaint, the Mexican jazz musician and Playa resident who founded the event and who passed away in 2016.

The Riviera Maya Jazz Festival takes place, November 30 to December 2 at Playa Mamitas in Playa del Carmen. Free admission.

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More amazing prehistoric discoveries in Riviera Maya cenotes

More amazing news about Riviera Maya cenotes and the ancient secrets that hidden in their depths. The Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has revealed that archaeologists and cave divers exploring a cenote in the Puerto Morelos area in the Riviera Maya discovered the fossilized skull of a new species of prehistoric giant ground sloth dating from the Late Pleistocene, between 10,647 and 10,305 years ago.

The expedition dive team was mapping the depths of the Zapote Cenote on the Ruta de los Cenotes when the discovery was made in 2010 but it wasn’t until 2014 that the skull and some of the bones and claws were removed for analysis and dating.

Before analysis could began the bones had to be dried out, a slow process carried out in sealed chambers in which humidity, light and temperature were carefully controlled round the clock. After three years of study, the results revealed that the sloth is a new species never seen before, it was given the name Xibalbaonyx oviceps, an allusion to Xibalba, the Maya Underworld.

The skeleton was found at a depth of 50 to 55 meters and experts believe that the giant sloth may have fallen to its death when the cenote was either dry or the water level was much lower.

Sea level rises during the Early Holocene period 10,000 years ago caused the flooding of cave systems and cenotes to fill with water in the Yucatan Peninsula. A source of fresh water for all creatures, they became time capsules, preserving the bones of prehistoric animals and traces of the earliest human settlers of the area. To date, the bones of 14 other sloths have been found in 11 caves and have yet to be identified.

Giant ground sloths originated in South America and experts believe that they migrated towards North America nine million years ago. A sea once separated North and South America. and they are thought to have crossed it and moving through the Caribbean from island to island and also between islands forming what are now Panama and Central America. More studies are needed on this migration and their evolution.

This find follows other amazing discoveries of prehistoric bones and fossils and Mayan ceramics, offerings and artifacts found in Riviera Maya cenotes.

(Source: INAH)

 

Photo courtesy of Vicente Fito, INAH

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Events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan

Here’s our monthly guide to events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan this fall.

Mexican Independence, September 15 & 16
Mexico celebrates the anniversary of its Independence from Spain with delicious food, music and colorful festivities the night of September 15 and processions on September 16.

Xplor Bravest Race, Xplor Park, September 17
Xplor Bravest Race is a fun 5-kilometer race through the jungle with a course of 30 manmade and natural obstacles to test your strength and bring you into contact with the elements: water, earth fire and wind. One of the elements will be your ally during the challenge.

As you run through the jungle, you’ll encounter rival Elementals who will motivate you to race harder and also try and prevent you from reaching the finish line and steal your flag. With the help of your Element ally, you can defy them and even turn the tables on them taking their flags. Competitors who complete the race with flags representing all four elements are The Bravest.

Up to 3,500 people will be competing in this event. Minimum age of competitors is 16. http://en.xplorbravestrace.com/about-xplor-bravest-race.php

Fall Equinox at Chichen Itza, September 22
See the serpent of light and shadow descend the Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza as the sun sets on the day of the fall Equinox.

Fiesta del Cristo de Las Ampollas, September 27, Merida
The patron saint of Merida is honored with masses, pilgrimages, processions and traditional dances.

Festival Internacional de la Cultura Maya (FICMAYA), Merida, October 1 –23
Now in its sixth year, this celebration of Mayan culture past and present takes place in Merida, the Cultural Capital of the Americas 2017. Events will include seminars given by leading experts on Maya culture, poetry readings and theater, live music, dance and much more. It also features an offering of live transmissions from the famous Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato.

15th Annual Sea Turtle Festival, Xcacel, October 20, 21 & 22

Festival de Vida y Muerte, Xcaret Park, October 30, 31, November 1 & 2
Hosted by Xcaret Park, the Festival of Life and Death Traditions showcases one of Mexico’s richest and most colorful customs, the Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos, which takes place on November 1 and 2. At this time of year, Mexicans believe that the souls of the departed come back to the world of the living for a short time. They welcome their loved ones with altars laden with flowers, food, treasured possessions and other offerings, and with candlelit vigils, masses and serenades.

In the Yucatan, the Day of the Dead is known as Hanal Pixan or “feast of the souls” and the state is the guest of honor for this year’s festival. Delegations from Spain and Argentina will also be participating with music and dance.

The Festival program features processions, altars, traditional cuisine, art exhibits, music, dance, theater, children’s events and a visit to the colorful Mexican cemetery.

OHL Classic at Mayakoba, PGA golf in the Riviera Maya, November 6 to 12
A field of players that includes some of the PGA’s leading young players and several former champions gathers for the OHL Classic at El Camaleón Golf Club in Mayakoba.

Xel-Ha Triathlon, Xel-Ha, November 18 & 19
A field of 1,800 athletes will compete in the Xel-Ha Triathlon and the National Triathlon Championship Mexico 2017.

Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, Playa del Carmen, November 30 – December 2
Playa Mamitas is the venue for this popular music event.

Check this blog for more events in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Yucatan during the year.

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Mexican Independence dishes to try at Hacienda Sisal: Chiles en Nogada

Celebrate Mexican Independence at Hacienda Sisal in Cancun this September by trying a signature dish always served during the festivities, Chiles en Nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce). You’ll find them on the menu along with many other tempting Mexican dishes.

The time-honored recipe for Chiles en Nogada features poblano chilies with a sweet-savory filling topped with a creamy walnut sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, coriander and parsley, the colors of the Mexican flag, red, white and green.

A patriotic culinary creation
A sophisticated dish that is a celebration of Mexican bounty, there is a fascinating story behind Chiles en Nogada. History tells that in 1821, General Agustín de Iturbide visited the city of Puebla after signing the Treaty of Córdoba, the agreement that gave Mexico its Independence from Spain. He decided to celebrate his saint’s day in the city: August 28, the day of St Augustine, and the city’s elders held a banquet in his honor. The nuns of Santa Monica Convent were caught up in the fervor of his visit and invented a special dish to commemorate his visit and the birth of a nation, using the colors of the new flag: red, white and green.

Poblano chilies are stuffed with a sweet and savory filling of ground pork and beef, dried fruit (raisins, citron, peach and apple), spices, garlic and onion and topped with a creamy white sauce made from ground walnuts, almonds and sherry. Pomegranate seeds and chopped cilantro and parsley complete the color sequence.

To this day, the inhabitants of Puebla pride themselves on this patriotic dish and every August chefs compete in a contest to prepare the best Chiles en Nogada. Recipes for Chiles en Nogada vary from family to family, some cooks put pears and apple in the stuffing or use citron peel, pineapple, prunes or banana. Some swear by nutmeg, pine nuts and add a dash of rum, while others scorn the use of cream or cheese in the sauce, relying on nuts to create the creamy consistency. The staples, however, are pomegranates and walnuts and these are only in season during late August and September, coinciding with Independence month. And whatever the interpretation, the results are always delicious.

 

Pozole, another festive dish
A bowl of hearty pozole pork or chicken broth topped with the traditional garnishes of chopped onion, cilantro, lettuce, radishes and crispy tortilla strips is also a good way to celebrate Mexican Independence month at Hacienda Sisal. Pozole is served every Thursday for lunch and dinner.

On the evening of September 15, Independence Night, order a premium tequila, an artisanal mezcal, beer or sotol or the Hacienda Sisal signature margarita and raise your glass to toast Mexico and the Mexican people with “Viva Mexico.”

 

Book your table at Hacienda Sisal
During your vacation, try some of the brand new dishes on the Hacienda Sisal menu and don’t miss Sunday Brunch. Hacienda Sisal is located next to The Royal Sands in Cancun Hotel Zone. Open daily 2 to 11 p.m. Book your table now.

Mexican Independence Night at La Veranda, The Royal Sands

La Veranda at The Royal Sands is serving up a festive and traditional buffet for Mexican Independence Night on September 15. The dinner will take place al fresco in a poolside setting and a Mexican band will play live during the evening.

The array of main course dishes includes classics from the Mexican kitchen: chiles en nogada, chicken tamales, beef flautas, tostadas, enchiladas, quesadillas and chicken mole, among others. Make your own tacos with chicken, beef, chorizo or pork, lashings of guacamole, nopales, pico de gallo and spicy sauces. Try the tasty carnitas or barbacoa, tacos al pastor or pozole.

There’s a salad bar and even the dessert bar has a Mexican twist featuring caramel, buñuelos or fritters and traditional candies. Buen provecho!

There will be live music and traditional Mexican dances during dinner, Mexican games and plenty of festive décor in red, white and green.

Margaritas and sodas are included in the buffet rate. The Independence Night buffet at The Royal Sands in Cancun is available from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Record-breaking 2017 turtle nesting season at Royal Resorts

The 2017 turtle nesting season at Royal Resorts in Cancun is breaking records. The tally of nests in the corrals at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander is 1,044 to date, with 121,278 eggs and our dedicated security team has already released 59,690 baby turtles (September 12). Six turtles have also laid their eggs on the beach in front of The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya and there are 230 nests at Grand Residences to the south of Puerto Morelos. As the nesting season stretches well into September, we expect some late arrival turtles to come ashore to lay their eggs in the weeks to come.

Royal Resorts is a pioneer in turtle conservation in Cancun and has been protecting our special ocean-going visitors since 1985. In the last 19 years, 7,976 nests have been protected at the resorts and 685,516 baby turtles released. This titanic labor is undertaken by our security teams that patrol the beaches every night during the summer, come wind or rain, mosquitoes, heat and humidity. They are in search of the female turtles that struggle ashore to nest and we are all immensely proud of them.

On a breezy night in late August, we caught up with two of these dedicated turtle guardians or tortugueros at The Royal Sands and joined them on patrol. This is what they had to say about their mission and the 2017 turtle nesting season.

The Royal Resorts turtle guardians
Adolfo Y., Head of Security at The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander has been with Royal Resorts for 24 years and has been watching over the turtles for the same amount of time. He tells us about the work he is so passionate about.

“Each year before nesting season starts biologists working for the Ecology Department in Cancun City Hall visit Royal Resorts to give us a sea turtle refresher course,” Adolfo says “All our security agents attend, even the old hands, and we learn about techniques for handling turtles, eggs and hatchlings, how to dig the nests in the corrals and take measurements. Finally, we go over nesting season rules to ensure that we know about any changes in the Federal Law concerning sea turtles that we need to enforce when talking to guests. We all have to be trained in order to look after our turtle visitors.

“The biologists patrol the shoreline from Punta Cancun to Punta Nizuc every night from May to October. They use four wheelers and infrared lights and are supported in their work by resort security staff like us. When a turtle comes ashore at Royal Resorts we let the biologists know and take care of it while it lays its eggs, this gives them time to concentrate on the beach in front of vacant lots and in between hotels.

“The first thing we do when we find a turtle is make a note of the species. Hawksbills (carey in Spanish) are the smallest of the four turtle species that nest in the Mexican Caribbean and are easily recognizable by the distinctive markings on their glossy shell. Green turtles (tortuga verde or blanca in Spanish) have white under parts and the loggerhead (caguama) has a broad head. Leatherbacks (tortuga laud) are the rarest and largest visitors and they have a leathery ridged skin, hence their name.

Adolfo says, “We ask any guests on the beach to keep their distance from nesting turtles and to keep quiet so as not to scare them. Sudden movements, lights and noise will frighten them and may cause them to leave the beach without nesting. Sea turtles are protected under Mexican law and touching or harming them is prohibited. The use of flash photography, torches and lights on mobile phones is also forbidden.

The security guards wait until a female turtle has dug her nest, something that can take an hour to an hour and a half and when she enters a trance it is a sign that she is ready to lay her eggs. They crawl through the sand to measure her and wait to collect the eggs. Adolfo explains, “Sometimes turtles go through the entire process of digging a nest and leave the beach without laying their eggs because the sand doesn’t feel right or it is too humid. They’ll return in the nights to come when conditions have improved.“

The 2017 turtle nesting season has been so busy that sometimes the Royal Resorts security teams find several turtles on the beach at a time, and there have been nights with up to 15 and 20. When this happens they watch over one of them and place a sign next to the others to indicate that they are also being taken care of.

When the turtle has finished laying, the eggs are carefully removed from the nest, counted and moved to the turtle nursery or corral further up the beach where they will be safe from predators (crabs, birds, iguanas and raccoons), the passage of human feet and the waves. Guards prepare a nest that must be identical in shape to the nest dug by the female turtle, a wide chamber in the sand with a narrow entrance resembling a jug. The eggs are deposited and a sign put up with the species, date, time and the number of eggs.

Forty-five to 60 days later the eggs hatch and Adolfo tells us, “When we see the baby turtles and release them to begin their lives at sea we feel immense satisfaction that we are helping to conserve an endangered species. We set them free at night when there are no predators about, no birds, animals and fewer fish such as the barracuda that hunt them; this gives them a better chance when they enter the water. It’s a wonderful moment when we see them scuttling across the sand towards the waves. We say it was worth the sacrifice, the sweat, mosquito bites, being covered head to toe with sand every night, all the hard work and the patient hours patrolling the beach. We are happy that our guests, workmates and the Royal Resorts Directors appreciate the work we do.

Turtle nesting is cyclical with a slow year followed by a busy year and the 2017 turtle nesting season has been exceptional. The number of nests has broken records and we still have a couple of months to go,” adds Adolfo.

“Things that stand out during my 24 years as a turtle guardian would be having to move nests and their precious eggs out of harm’s way in polystyrene boxes several times when hurricanes were advancing straight towards Cancun,” Adolfo recalls. They were able to save the nests from the fury of the waves and the turtles began to hatch in a store room and were eventually released when the waters calmed. He adds, “I also remember that about 20 years ago an enormous leatherback turtle came ashore to nest but when she was returning to the water she got stuck. Between 15 to 20 of us helped her on her way, she must have weighed about 500 kilos.

“My message to our members and guests is please respect the turtle rules. You can also help us keep the beach clean, make sure cigarette stubs, plastic bags, ring pulls and beer packaging go in the trash and don’t use straws in your drinks.” Adolfo will be out every night for the rest of the 2017 turtle nesting season on the lookout for turtles, he says, “it is something we are passionate about, we put our hearts into it.”

Juan José G., Security Supervisor at The Royal Sands has been with Royal Resorts for 21 years and in the Security department for 18 years. Eighteen summers patrolling the beach searching for turtles has taught him a thing or two about this ancient species. He explains, “the annual turtle workshop given by the biologists is indispensable, some of our security guards are new and come from rural areas, they may never have seen a turtle before, let alone one that size! They learn how to identify them, the tracks they make in the sand and how to tell when they are entering the egg-laying trance and how to collect the eggs and move them to the corral.” Juan José adds, “During our patrols we sometimes have to help turtles that become stranded to nest and then return to the sea.

“The number of eggs laid by the turtles varies from around 80 to 100 but we have had prolific nesters that lay up to 180 or 200 eggs,” says Juan José. Turtles nest several times during the season.

When the eggs hatch, the security guards try to release the babies the same night if wind and wave conditions permit. “If the eggs hatch in the morning then the tiny creatures are kept in a box filled with cool damp sand to ensure that they do not dehydrate,” Juan José explains. Human contact is kept to a minimum so as not to stress the turtles. During their beach patrols, guards also notify biologists whenever they come across a sea turtle that is fitted with a tracking tag or is injured.

“When I began to protect the turtles 18 years ago, I was surprised at what an amazing experience it was when I saw the first one and I’m happy to say that I still feel the same emotion each year,” says Juan José. “I love telling our members and guests about turtles and when the hatchlings begin to emerge it is an even bigger satisfaction. My message to visitors is if you see a turtle please let us know. Keep quiet and keep your distance of 10 meters (30 feet). Never use your flash to take pictures or shine bright lights.

“We are honored to be part of a global campaign to protect one of the world’s most ancient species,” says Juan José. “We do what we can and the fact that this is a record-breaking year is a great motivation. We feel very proud to watch over the turtles.”

WATCH OUR 2017 TURTLE NESTING SEASON VIDEO

Good 2017 turtle nesting season news from Akumal, the place of turtles
In other 2017 turtle nesting season news from the Riviera Maya, Akumal, which means place of the turtles in Maya, is also seeing an upsurge in the number of turtle nests. To date, 1,006 turtle nests have been registered in Akumal Bay, Half Moon Bay, Jade Bay and Akumal Sur, the four beaches monitored and patrolled by the Akumal Ecology Center (CEA). Of these 812 are green turtle nests and 194 are loggerheads.

Comparing the number of nests to previous years reveals that in 2016 there were 794 nests, 924 in 2015 and 659 in 2014. In 2016, there were 56,310 hatchlings with a survival rate of 88 percent.
(Source: CEA Turtle Season Report)

WATCH THE VIDEO

 

A message to the Royal Resorts community

Our hearts go out to all those who have been caught up in the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma on St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barths, Anguilla, Barbuda and other Caribbean islands and for those who continue to be impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. We hope and pray for a speedy recovery for all the communities affected.

To our members, staff and the people of Florida and the Caribbean who are in the path of Hurricane Irma, please stay safe.

Simpson Bay Resort & Marina on St. Maarten
We are happy to report that Royal Resorts Caribbean members, guests and staff at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina are all safe in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Sadly, this monster storm has left a trail of destruction on St. Martin/St. Maarten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the community and we pray that reconstruction will soon begin and that your island will bounce back, better and more beautiful than ever.

Royal Resorts Caribbean members due to travel to Simpson Bay Resort & Marina soon should check the Hurricane Irma Update section on the Simpson Bay Resort website for the latest information. Click here: www.simpsonbayresort.com/hurricane-updates.html

ISCO office to close for Hurricane Irma
Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma on the state of Florida, the Interval Servicing office in Fort Lauderdale will be closed today, September 8 and on Saturday, September 9.

Service will resume after the hurricane has moved away from the area and the building has been inspected.