Lights off at Royal Resorts for Earth Hour, March 25

It’s lights off at Royal Resorts for one hour on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. (local time) in observance of Earth Hour, the global movement that unites people to protect the planet. Royal Resorts will be joining millions of people around the world in switching off the lights for Earth Hour.

Turn your lights off
Non-essential lights will be turned off at Royal Resorts in Cancun and at The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya during Earth Hour and if you are staying with us this Saturday, we invite you to join in too. Dim the lights in your villa and step out on to your terrace or spend the hour on the beach. As you gaze up at the starry sky, listen to the waves and feel the soft breeze on your face, think about what you can do to protect our planet by reducing your carbon footprint, after all, it’s the only home we have got.
#letschangeclimatechange

Earth Hour 60+ Dinner at The Royal Sands
La Veranda Restaurant at The Royal Sands is participating in Earth Hour. The lights will be turned off symbolically at 8:30 p.m. and diners will enjoy their meal by candlelight. There will be a 60+ Earth Hour buffet with décor inspired by nature and featuring natural and recycled materials and live piano music for diners to enjoy.

Celebrating Earth Hour 2017 at The Royal Haciendas
At The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya, the lights will be dimmed at 8:30 p.m. and there will be a special Earth Hour Legends of Rock event on the stage in Phase II.
The theme of The Royal Haciendas Earth Hour event is “I love the Planet”. At 8 p.m. commemorative Earth Hour t-shirts will be on sale with all proceeds going to the conservation and community causes supported by the Royal Resorts Foundation. At 8:35 p.m., after the lights are turned off, the performers in the Legends of Rock show will take to the stage to sing hits by Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas and John Lennon, among others.
There will be time for a moment of meditation to take the Earth Hour pledge to protect the environment. Everyone can do something whether it’s switching to solar power, recycling, walking more instead of using the car, saving water and energy, switching to green cleaning products in the home and workplace, supporting reforestation and conservation projects, saying no to plastic bags, planting wild flowers to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and the many other things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

Going Green at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun to the south of Puerto Morelos is also participating in the global Earth Hour movement on March 25 to spread awareness of climate change. Grand Residences owners and guests and their families will enjoy a day of fun activities culminating in the traditional dimming of the lights for one hour in the evening.
The morning starts with beach cleaning at 9 a.m. followed by yoga on the beach at 10 a.m. There are t-shirt painting sessions and a recycling craft contest at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. respectively.
At 1 p.m. Grand Residences owners and guests and their families are invited to join staff in a tree planting ceremony.
Afternoon activities include a painting competition for children at 2 p.m., a nature quiz at 3 p.m. and a world on the beach event at 4 p.m.
To spread the conservation message, children can have their faces painted as cute pandas at 7 p.m. and owners and guests are invited to watch a Fire Show at 7:30 p.m.
Finally, at 8:30 p.m., non-essential lights will be turned off around the resort for one hour and guests can join in by dimming their lights. They can sit on their terrace, the pool deck or the beach and enjoy the sound of the waves and the beauty of a star-studded Mayan sky.

Earth Hour Around the World
Millions of people around the world in 152 countries will be observing Earth Hour on March 25 by switching off the lights and participating in a variety of ways ranging from candlelit vigils to dinners, processions, community events, conservation campaigns, reforestation programs and petitions.
More than 400 iconic buildings including the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the Sydney Opera House will also dim their lights. This collective action is to shine a light on climate action and comes as research shows that global warming is accelerating. Temperatures were the highest on record in many parts of the world in 2016 and readings for this year already show that this trend is continuing, with even higher temperatures.
The impact of climate change is being felt in many different ways around the world, from melting ice caps and glaciers and rising sea levels to catastrophic coral bleaching along the Great Barrier Reef, ocean acidification, flooding, droughts, famines and extreme weather events.
In the words of former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, “climate change is a people problem. People cause climate change and people suffer from climate change. People can also solve climate change.” It’s time to come together.
#EarthHour #LetsChangeClimateChange www.earthhour.org

Our commitment to environmental stewardship at Royal Resorts
From recycling to sea turtle protection and support for regional conservation projects, Royal Resorts is committed to its role of environmental stewardship. It is always looking for ways to expand the green initiatives already in place at its resorts in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos.
All the Royal Resorts properties are certified by the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative or MARTI as being resorts with eco-friendly policies and three of them (The Royal Cancun, The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas) also have the Mexico Tourism Board Distintivo S awarded to resorts for their sustainability programs.
Green programs in place at Royal Resorts include recycling, using energy-efficient technology, saving water and substituting cleaning products for eco-friendly alternatives. There are solar panels on the roof at The Royal Sands in Cancun and all the resorts have energy-saving lights. Guests are invited to participate in the water saving program by not asking for the towels and bed linens to be changed on a daily basis.
Native species of trees and shrubs are planted in the gardens and plant and organic kitchen refuse is used to make compost. There are chef’s gardens at the resorts stocked with organic herbs, chilies and chaya, a Yucatecan plant which is more nutritious than spinach. The Royal Cancun also has a botanical garden for guests to enjoy and which features in several environmental awareness activities.
Other green programs range from beach cleaning and turtle protection to purchasing regional products and supporting reforestation programs, conservation and sustainable development. The green philosophy extends throughout the company and employees attend workshops on recycling, water conservation and other environmental and sustainability-related topics.

The Royal Resorts Foundation helping to protect the Mayan jungle
In partnership with Amigos de Sian Ka’an,A.C. the Royal Resorts Foundation is helping to fund an initiative to protect the Mayan Jungle, its wildlife and underground rivers.
Through this program, landowners in Ejido Juarez and El Eden, a private reserve in northern Quintana Roo are receiving environmental services payments in return for pledging to preserve the forest on their land instead of clearing it. To date, 400 hectares of forest have been saved using this system. This helps protect rare animals and birds, captures carbon dioxide emissions and safeguards the underground rivers that are the only source of fresh water in the area and which supply drinking water to Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
The landowners involved recognize that it is essential to protect the jungle for future generations and their passion is helping to convince other ejidos to join the program.
El Eden Reserve lies in an area of cenotes, underground rivers and lagoons where water is abundant year-round, attracting wildlife. A patchwork of jungle and marshland microhabitats, it is a sanctuary for the jaguar, puma, ocelot and other mammals such as the peccary, whitetail deer, spider monkey and anteater. Crocodiles inhabit the lagoons and the area is home to a host of forest and wetland birds.
The long-term goal is to expand this conservation initiative in the north and center of the state, linking larger areas of forest to the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve and creating natural wildlife corridors for endangered species like the jaguar.

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Grand Residences and Royal Resorts in Trip Advisor Mexico’s Top Hotels list

Grand Residences has made the Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Top 25 Hotels in Mexico 2017 list for the third year running, coming in at No. 2. In the category of Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Best Service 2017, the award-winning Puerto Morelos resort is at No. 3.

We are pleased to share with you that two other Royal Resorts were also included in the Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice lists for Mexico. The Royal Cancun and our Riviera Maya resort The Royal Haciendas feature in the Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Families 2017 occupying spots No. 4 and No. 12 respectively.

Both resorts have sheltered beaches and gentle surf, extensive tropical gardens for treasure hunts, children’s pools and playgrounds, and kids clubs offering a range of fun activities. Parents and grandparents love the amenities, low-rise architecture, sense of community and the welcoming ambiance too. Home away from home, they really are family favorites, perfect for an unforgettable vacation in paradise for all ages.

Tell the World about Royal Resorts

If you have just returned from Royal Resorts, why not share your experience on Trip Advisor. Tell the world what you love about your resort, the meals and activities you and your family you enjoyed or about a member of staff who made your day.

You can also use the GuudJob app to post reviews of the employees that look after you during your stay. Download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Log on and search for the Royal Resorts logo and the person’s profile. Alternatively, visit www.guudjob.com to write your review.

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Race Day

The morning dawned fine on February 19 as 493 runners and walkers of all ages lined up on the starting blocks outside Captain’s Cove Restaurant in Cancun for the 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race. This year, the field of competitors included 161 Royal Resorts employees, 17 Royal Resorts members and local runners who joined in to support the cause. They ran three, five or 10 kilometers along a route through the Cancun Hotel Zone to El Mirador (Playa Delfines) and Punta Nizuc or did a 3-kilometer walk, a new feature this year. A Kids Fun Run was another new event for 2017 and 54 children competed in the 500-meter and 1-kilometer categories.

It was a fun morning enjoyed by all and the community spirit and family atmosphere were fantastic. Employees brought their families to take part in the race or to cheer them on. Several Royal Resorts members who competed said that what they enjoyed the most was spending time with Royal Resorts employees and their families while doing something to support a community cause and that they would definitely be back next year.

Before the break of dawn there was a pre-race warm up led by members of the Royal Resorts Social Activities team. Volunteers were on hand to give race instructions and distribute water along the route. Spa staff helped with post-race stretching and massages for tired competitors and a team of restaurant employees served food and drinks.

Royal Channel, the Royal Resorts in-house TV station, was on hand to film and take pictures of the race and the awards ceremony. The first, second and third place winners in the 3,5 and 10 kilometer races, the walk and the Kids Fun Run received medals.

Watch the highlights from the 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race video

Helping Maclovio and his family

This year, the Royal Resorts Foundation teamed up with Pro Niños Excepcionales A.C., a Cancun NGO that supports children with physical, neurological and mental challenges to help a man who has given his life to caring for sick children. Maclovio Tun looks after child riders and horses at the Pro Niños Excepcionales Equine Therapy Center. He is all too familiar with the challenges that such children face as his own son Reyes has cerebral palsy and his wife is confined to a wheelchair.

They live in a house that is unsafe and lacks clean water, sanitation, access ramps and other aids that Reyes and Carmen so desperately need. With the proceeds from the 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race, the Royal Resorts Foundation and Pro Niños Excepcionales A.C. will be able to improve the quality of life for Maclovio and his family by creating a safe, healthy and comfortable home for them.

The architectural plans have been drawn up and call for a complete transformation of their house, from top to bottom. New features will include a kitchen with proper storage and food preparation facilities, a bedroom and bathroom. Ramps and other mobility aids will be installed to improve access for Carmen and Reyes. Rebuilding will soon begin and you can check this blog for more updates from the Royal Resorts Foundation as work progresses.

See you in 2018 for the 3rd Royal Resorts Foundation Race

The Royal Resorts Foundation thanks everyone who supported the 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race this year, the competitors, volunteers, sponsors and donors. We hope to see you in week 7, 2018 for the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race when you can join Royal Resorts employees, members and Cancun athletes to support another worthy local cause. Help us spread the word.

About the Royal Resorts Foundation

The Royal Resorts Foundation is always looking for ways to help those in need, support community causes and protect the environment. Its causes include:

• Conservation of the Mayan jungle, rare wildlife and the area’s underground rivers
• Children’s education
• Cancer screening and treatment for women on a low income
• Physiotherapy for mobility challenged children
• Emergency relief for employees in times of serious illness
• Help for the aged

Visit the Royal Resorts Foundation website at www.royalresortsfoundation.org for more news, events, photos and videos and to find out how you can help. Follow the Royal Resorts Foundation on Facebook 

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Another familiar face for many Royal Resorts members and who celebrated his 30th year with Royal Resorts on December 23, 2016 is Ricardo Rodriguez, Thomas More Travel Operations Manager. Ricardo’s first job was manning the tour desk at The Royal Cancun in 1986. Congratulations also go out to Ricardo and to all the members of staff who are celebrating important work anniversaries with Royal Resorts.

Every three months, employees who are celebrating 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or more years with Royal Resorts enjoy an anniversary breakfast with department heads and Management representatives. This breakfast is one of the events organized during the year by the Human Development department.

What are your 40 Year Memories?

During the year, we will be publishing stories and photos commemorating 40 Years of Royal Resorts on our blog, in this newsletter and on our Facebook page. If you would like to drop us a line and send us photos and stories about your treasured vacation memories with family and friends, staff you remember at your favorite resort, we would love to hear from you. You can send photos and vacation stories to memories@royalresorts.com

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Our newest seafood spot, Sand Dollar

Sand Dollar, the new cevichería on the open-air terrace outside Sidelines Bar at The Royal Sands is a popular spot for lunch or an early evening meal.
Try chef Juan Manuel’s Fuentes five different ceviche recipes, order a classic shrimp cocktail or munch on seafood tostadas and tacos, they are all delicious. Sand Dollar is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., sushi is also available from 5 p.m.

Sunsets and seafood at Captain’s Cove

Waterfront dining at its best, Captain’s Cove is a Cancun classic. Enjoy the finest locally sourced seafood, spectacular sunsets and great cocktails. Choose lobster, shrimp and fish cooked to order, try a hearty traditional seafood broth, carpaccio or octopus pizza. And for meat lovers there’s Prime Rib Night every Wednesday and Saturday.

Cuisine, music and art at Los Murales

Lobster, fish, shrimp and clams are paired with fresh herbs, exotic spices, lime and a dash of chili to create a perfect blend of flavors for an exceptional dining experience. Live guitar music, art and an elegant setting await diners at Los Murales, The Royal Haciendas’ signature restaurant in the Riviera Maya.

Lobster night at The Royal Cancun

Monday night is Lobster night at La Palapa, The Royal Cancun’s beachfront restaurant. Dine under the stars on the shores of the bay.

Use the Royal Dining App to book your table or ask your Concierge to help you with restaurant reservations.

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Sports, music and more at the Royal Resorts Bars

Keep track of major sporting events during your stay and sing with the stars at the Royal Resorts bars this March.

March Madness at the Sports Bars

If you are going to be in town during March, don’t miss out on the College Basketball playoffs. All the action will be broadcast live at the Royal Resorts Bars: Sidelines at The Royal Sands, La Cabaña at The Royal Caribbean, the Sports Bar at The Royal Cancun and La Rotonda at The Royal Haciendas.

Karaoke Night

Don’t miss Karaoke Night. Join us for a trip down memory lane and sing along to your favorite songs. Here is the line up:

  • Sunday and Thursday, La Cabaña at The Royal Caribbean, 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Sidelines Sports Bar at The Royal Sands, 8 p.m. to midnight
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Pancho & Willy’s Bar at Captain’s Cove, from 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday at The Royal Cancun
  • Monday and Wednesday, La Rotonda at The Royal Haciendas

Schedule is subject to change without prior notice

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Kids Stuff

Do you have children or grandchildren aged four to 12 years old? Take them to the Royal Resorts Kids Club for non-stop daily fun, beach and pool games, arts and crafts, nature walks and much more. They’ll soon make new friends and they won’t want to leave!

The new Kids Club at The Royal Caribbean is now open, also serving The Royal Islander. The other Kids Clubs are at The Royal Cancun, The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas.

Members can use the supervised Kids Club at no extra charge. Reservations required.

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Basketball at Royal Resorts

You can now play basketball during your Royal Resorts vacation. There is a court at The Royal Sands and a multiuse court at The Royal Haciendas and half courts at The Royal Cancun and The Royal Islander. Make court bookings and sign out basketballs at the Sports Desk.

Another new activity to try during your stay is foot-pool; you’ll find the courts on the sundecks at The Royal Islander and The Royal Sands and on the beach at The Royal Cancun.

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Have you seen this bird?

One of the most beautiful birds found in the Yucatan jungle is the black headed trogon (Trogon melanocephalus), a shy species with a bright yellow breast, a thin band of white separating the yellow from its black throat plumage, a light blue ring round the eye and a distinctive black and white barred tail.

Trogons are usually elusive but this season large numbers of them have been spotted in Cancún and other urban areas. Local conservationists have yet to discover the reasons for this, citing possible factors such as the birds searching for food, deforestation and drought. If you happen to come across one of these birds at your resort, please let staff know so that they can report the sighting to Amigos de Sian Ka’an.

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Booking your airport transfer with Thomas More Travel

As part of your vacation planning go ahead and book your shared or private airport transfer to Royal Resorts and The Royal Haciendas with Thomas More Travel. Shared and Private transfer services are available and all you have to do is choose the one that suits your travel needs and book online. It is easy, convenient and hassle-free.

A Thomas More Travel representative will be waiting to greet you outside the Arrivals area and you’ll be on your way to your resort in no time.

 

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