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Royal Resorts Signature Club unveils a new benefit: Privileges for Royal Resorts

Royal Resorts Signature Club members have a brand new platform to use for all their travel and leisure needs. Unveiled on March 27, Privileges for Royal Resorts offers them the chance to book hotels, guided vacations, cruises and flights with exclusive discounts and great savings.

How does it work?

Every year, Royal Resorts Signature Club members will receive up to US$4,500* in Savings Credits, equivalent to their annual Club Service Fee, that can be applied as partial payment for Hotels, Resorts, Cruises, Guided Vacations, Merchandise, and much more purchased on Privileges by Royal Resorts.

Royal Resorts Signature Club Members will earn additional Savings Credits when using Privileges for Royal Resorts to book flights, car rentals and other services.

Save hundreds of dollars a year with Privileges for Royal Resorts

With their Savings Credits, Royal Resorts Signature Club members will book hotels, cruises, package vacations, purchasing wine and more without the markup other retailers place on travel services or goods.

• Stays at 350,000 hotels and resorts around the world, leading brands
• More than 21,000 cruise sailings on the world’s major cruise lines
• Golf Stay & Play and Ski packages
• Tours & Guided vacations
• Spa & wellness
• One-stop shopping for wine, gourmet produce, golf gear, electronics, appliances and designer brands
• Best Rate Guarantee
• Earn additional Savings Credits when booking flights, car rentals, golf tee times and more
• Earn Savings Credits on qualified transactions and promotional offers
• Cruise Credit for savings on up to 4 Cabins
• Access to last-minute getaways
• Full service Concierge

*The amount of Savings Credits received each year depends on the number of weeks a member has registered in their RRSC membership and/or by the number of Points owned by the member. For more information, please contact: rrsc@royalresorts.com
Savings Credits are awarded each year once the Club Service Fee and the Signature Club fee of the membership is paid
Savings Credits are exclusively for use on the Privileges for Royal Resorts platform and cannot be converted to Royal Resorts Rewards.
The Privileges for Royal Resorts program may be subject to cancellations or modifications at any given time.
U.S. toll free 1-888-882-9343 | www.rrsignatureclub.com | Mexico toll free 001-855-211-4056

Other Royal Resorts Signature Club benefits

Signature Flexibility

Platinum Signature Club members can deposit their fixed unit/fixed week in the Signature Flexibility program in exchange for Signature Points any year that they choose to do so and plan their vacation time. It gives them the freedom to choose several shorter escapes or travel at a different time of year, staying for longer, in a bigger unit, or at one of the other Royal Resorts.

Global travel with Signature Exchange

Through Signature Exchange members can trade their unit through the RCI international exchange network to stay at 4,500+ affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. There’s a special dedicated reservations call center and online services to assist Royal Resorts members.

Use Points for Travel Services with Signature Marketplace

Welcome to the Signature Marketplace portal where as Royal Resorts Signature Club members you can use points from your deposited units as currency and purchase travel services including hotels, flights, tour packages, cruises, car rentals and treats for your next Royal Resorts vacation!

Karma Exchange

Through an alliance with the luxury hotel group Karma, Royal Resorts Signature Club members can use their Signature Club Points to enjoy incredible stays at properties in Bali, Thailand, India and Germany.

President’s Circle

Owners at Grand Residences by Royal Resorts®, the luxury resort hideaway to the south of Puerto Morelos that is affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World®, have their own Royal Resorts Signature Club membership level called the President’s Circle. The President’s Circle offers a world of benefits, international luxury resort stays and exclusive travel services.

 

Find out how you can enjoy Royal Resorts Signature Club benefits

For more information on Points offerings at The Royal Cancun, The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas and Signature Club benefits, call ext. 172 to arrange a meeting during your next visit.

www.rrsignatureclub.com

 

 

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Put a spring in your step at the Royal Resorts Spa

Leave the grey days of winter behind you and renew body and soul this spring at the Royal Resorts Spa in The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas. With all its fragrance and health benefits, the aromatherapy massage is perfect for the season and will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. It will ease tired muscles and alleviate stress. You’ll soon be ready to hit the beach, explore the Mexican Caribbean and to enjoy life to the full.

On arrival at the Spa you’ll meet your therapist and select your aromatherapy oil for the massage, sight unseen. You are given the collection of essential oils to sniff and you choose the one you like best, the idea being that your body selects the blend it needs the most.

The essential oils are extracted from flowers, citrus fruit, herbs and plants and the collection available at the Royal Resorts Spa features these blends:

 

Rose geranium, mandarin orange and lemon eucalyptus

Relief from pain, cramps and relaxes tense muscles

Lavender, frankincense and grapefruit

Energizing and rejuvenating

Rosemary, eucalyptus, cajeput and ginger

Relief from pain, cramps and relaxes tense muscles

Frankincense, rose geranium, grapefruit and fennel

Soothing, balances energy and emotions to achieve harmony

Grapefruit, juniper and cypress

Detoxing, helps eliminate water retention and acts against cellulite

Arrive at least 30 minutes before your aromatherapy massage at the Royal Resorts Spa so that you can do the hydrotherapy circuit to prepare you for your treatment. Start in the inhalation room, the sauna, followed by the steam room and the jacuzzi, taking cold showers whenever recommended.

During your massage, the blend of essential oils you selected is applied to the neck, shoulders, elbows, knees, wrists and ankles. At this time you must breathe deeply and inhale the fragrance for maximum benefit, sheer bliss!

Ready to try an aromatherapy massage at The Royal Resorts Spa this spring? Book now email: spa@royalresorts.com.

Check out the Royal Resorts Spa collection of massages, facials and body wraps, available at The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas.

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How about an unforgettable eco trip to the desert island of Contoy on your next Cancun vacation?

A two-hour cruise across a sea in impossible shades of turquoise brings you to the untouched island paradise of Contoy or “bird island.” Declared a national park in 1998, the mangrove forest, palm groves and dunes of tiny Contoy are home to 150 species of native and migrant birds. The island has one of the largest populations of brown pelicans in the Caribbean and a 5,000-strong colony of magnificent frigate birds, cormorants, spoonbills, ibis and ten species of heron. The island’s deserted beaches are a refuge for sandpipers, oystercatchers and other shore birds in the winter and a nesting site for sea turtles in the summer.

Spend your day on Contoy swimming in the bay with placid sting rays, snorkeling, sunbathing and bird watching. For an additional fee you can board a smaller boat and explore the mangroves where you’ll see the birds up close. Climb the observation tower for breathtaking panoramic views of the island and the Caribbean.

Sightings of flying fish, sea turtles and dolphins are frequent during the boat trip to Contoy and summer visitors may occasionally catch a glimpse of the manta rays and whale sharks that gather to feed in the waters of the northern Mexican Caribbean.

Contoy’s status as a reserve means that the number of visitors is limited to only 200 a day.

A Mexican night under the stars at Xoximilco

Your destination for the evening is Xoximilco, a jungle park between Cancun and Puerto Morelos that is inspired by the canals and world-famous floating gardens of Xochimilco on the outskirts of Mexico City. At Xoximilco, the mariachis strike up under a star-studded sky, tequila flows and dinner is served on board a colorful trajinera or barge that sails along tree-lined canals. This is a Mexican experience you won’t want to miss on your next Cancun vacation; it’s full of color, music and song, a fiesta to share with family and friends.

On arrival at Xoximilco, you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink and a tasty traditional snack of esquites (corn cooked in lime juice and topped with cream or mayonnaise, cheese and chili powder), then you’ll be ready to board your trajinera. There is a boat for each Mexican state and all are decked out in colorful and unique designs featuring symbols associated with the individual states, for example the monarch butterfly for Michoacan.

During your cruise through the forest, you’ll be serenaded by musicians from different parts of Mexico, such as guitar trios from the Yucatan, harp-strumming jarochos from Veracruz, the banda from northern Mexico and, of course, mariachis. You’ll also see scenes representing life in Xochimilco: canal-side wooden homes, men tending gardens and women paddling canoes filled with flowers, produce and warm tortillas for your meal. You’ll watch traditional dances and try some yourselves, hear ancient Aztec legends and dine on delicious Mexican cuisine.

Visit Izamal, the city of gold

Have you ever visited Izamal, the Yucatan’s very own “city of gold?” If not, go off the beaten track on your next Cancun vacation. Famous for its huge 16th-century Franciscan convent and imposing Mayan pyramid, this peaceful little town all decked out in bright yellow is often called the “city of three cultures,” a reference to its pre-Hispanic and Spanish heritage and the traditions of today’s Mayan inhabitants. It is the perfect spot for discovering the history and traditions of the Yucatan, shopping for handicrafts and sampling regional cuisine.

Inhabited by the ancient Maya as far back as the 3rd century B.C., Izamal became a sacred site with shrines to two deities: Itzamná (the chief god, inventor of writing, medicine and agriculture) and Kinich Kakmo (the sun god). Archaeologists have unearthed more than 20 major Mayan buildings around town, along with ceremonial roads called sacbes, tombs and house mounds. The principal temple is the pyramid of Kinich Kakmo, the third largest building in Mesoamerica in terms of volume.

After the Spanish Conquest, Franciscan friars took advantage of Izamal’s religious importance by building a huge mission on top of the Pap-Hol-Chac temple. The Convento de San Antonio de Padua was founded in 1549 and completed in 1618. Home to the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of the Yucatán since 1648, it is one of Mexico’s ten most important shrines. The fortress-like building is also said to have the largest closed atrium in Mexico and one of the largest in the world, with no fewer than 75 arches.

The historic houses, arches, churches and civic buildings surrounding the convent are painted yellow and are part of the charm of this Pueblo Mágico. Explore its tranquil neighborhoods, sample the traditional cuisine, watch artisans at work and call in at the Community Museum in the main square.

Izamal is 158 miles from Cancún and 43 miles from Mérida, take the turnoffs signposted on the toll road or Highway 180.

Submerged sculptures, visit Cancun’s Underwater Art Museum

The Cancun-Isla Mujeres National Marine Park is home to the world’s largest underwater sculpture museum, inaugurated in 2009. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this famous icon on your Cancun vacation and see the colorful marine life that now makes its home among the statues. Snorkeling and diving trips are available.

More than 500 statues by British sculptor Jason deCaires-Taylor and other artists are submerged in different locations in the park, including Punta Nizuc and Manchones Reef.

In addition to its artistic appeal and the powerful symbolism of the sculptures, the museum has a message of conservation. As another attraction for snorkelers and divers, it takes the pressure off popular reefs in the marine park, giving them a chance to recover and for fish populations to increase. The statues have undergone a “sea change” over the years, transforming into gardens of coral, colorful sponges, sea fans and algae. These new reef communities have attracted damsel and butterfly fish and crustaceans such as lobsters that live among the corals. Large schools of blue tangs and angel fish are also returning to the area.

Go exploring with Thomas More Travel

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You can help your resort reach no. 1 on Trip Advisor

Wouldn’t you like to see your resort as No. 1 on Trip Advisor? You can help it reach the top spot by posting a review of your Royal Resorts vacation experience on Trip Advisor. Tell the world about your resort, the moments that made your day and the staff who looked after you during your stay.

You can include your review in the direct Trip Advisor link in the Royal Resorts customer satisfaction survey you receive via email a few days after your departure. Alternatively, you can visit www.tripadvisor.com to write your review.

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News from the Royal Resorts Kitchen

Our chefs are working hard to give guests even more delicious dining options and here’s a round up of Royal Resorts Restaurant news for you.Take a look at some of the latest tempting treats that await you on your next visit to Royal Resorts in Cancun and The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya.

Ceviche and Sushi now served all day at the Sand Dollar, The Royal Sands

Many Royal Resorts members and guests have already tried the Sand Dollar, the new terrace restaurant at The Royal Sands that opened earlier this year, and have enjoyed the ceviches and tostadas. In addition to the seafood ceviches, cocktails, tacos and tostadas, the Sand Dollar menu has been expanded to include freshly baked Argentinean empanadas and sushi, now available from 12 to 8 p.m. Be sure to try the tasty empanadas (turnovers), you can order the classic minced beef ones or go for the Biscayan-style tuna or a Mexican favorite, Poblano chili rajas or strips, sweet corn, onion and cheese, all are served with chimichurri sauce (assorted flavors).

After your meal, sip a signature Sand Dollar cocktail or indulge with fruit ice cream or freshly baked apple strudel and enjoy the view.The Sand Dollar is open daily on the terrace outside Sidelines Bar.

Teppanyaki Show Cooking Grill at La Palapa del Sol, The Royal Haciendas

In more Royal Resorts Restaurant news, La Palapa del Sol, the beachfront restaurant at The Royal Haciendas, has a delicious new dining option for members and guests to enjoy, a Teppanyaki show cooking grill on Monday and Friday. Watch the chef prepare fresh seafood, steaks and vegetables in true Teppanyaki style. The cost is $410 pesos per person. Drinks and tips are not included. Reservations are required.

There are two Teppanyaki grill tables, each one seating 10 people. You can make your reservation in La Palapa del Sol or by calling Ext. 173, starting at 11:30 a.m. There are four sittings to choose from: 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. You will be given a ticket with your name, villa number, number of people, date, reservation time and a confirmation number. Members and Members with the REFINE All-Inclusive package may make their reservation beforehand. Reservations for non-member REFINE All-Inclusive guests are accepted on the day. Due to the demand, there is no grace period for reservations so as not to delay the show for other diners. If diners arrive late they will find that their reservation has been cancelled. The Teppanyaki dinner is not suitable for diners who are allergic to gluten or seafood as all the food is prepared and cooked on the same table. In this case, the chef will not be able to prepare gluten or seafood-free dishes separately for diners. No children under the age of 12.

Monday night means International cuisine and Rodizio at La Veranda, The Royal Sands

International Night at La Veranda, The Royal Sands on Monday is a whirlwind tour of world cuisine. The buffet features chicken curry, pork, mussels in white wine sauce, beef bacon rolls and many other tempting dishes. Don’t miss the Rodizio, tender cuts of beef cooked and served Brazilian style.
Buffet from 5 p.m., live piano music during the evening.

Draft beer now on tap at The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander

In addition to your favorite bottled or canned beers, draft Mexican beer is now on tap at The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander. You can order it at the Tradewinds and Cayo Largo terrace bars, the pool bars and La Cabaña lobby bar.

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Italian dining at Royal Resorts

Sometimes after a day on the beach in Cancun or the Riviera Maya, exploring Mayan ruins or a fun-filled visit to a jungle zip-lining park, all you want for dinner is a plate of piping hot pasta or a pizza with all the vibrant flavors of Italy. Whenever you are craving home-style Italian dining at Royal Resorts you’ll find plenty of options.

If you are looking for Italian dining at Royal Resorts your first stop should be La Trattoria Restaurant at The Royal Cancun. This intimate little restaurant offers a tempting menu full of zesty Mediterranean salads, carpaccios and antipasti to share for starters. Follow them with a variety of pastas, you can choose your own combination of sauces and add vegetables, chicken, shrimp or fish. Classic main course dishes include seafood risotto, scampi, chicken parmesan, fish picatta, lasagna, seafood pasta and bistecca di manzo or tender Florentine-style steak.

Alternatively, choose one of La Trattoria’s gourmet pizzas and be sure to save space for a tempting Italian dessert. Deliciously smooth and creamy tiramisu, panna cotta and fresh fruit gelato are all on the menu. La Trattoria is open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are required. Use the Royal Dining App to book your table or call your Concierge at ext. 172.

More Italian dining at Royal Resorts

For more Italian flavors don’t miss the popular Italian Night at Tradewinds in The Royal Caribbean on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. The buffet features all your favorite pastas, pizzas and other traditional dishes and there’s live trumpet music.

La Veranda at The Royal Sands offers an Italian & Seafood Night on Tuesdays. Dine on frutti di mare pasta and other Italian pasta dishes and enjoy live piano music.

If you are staying at The Royal Haciendas, our Riviera Maya resort to the north of Playa del Carmen, La Palapa del Sol restaurant also has an Italian Night on Wednesdays. Italian recipes also feature prominently in the Mediterranean buffet on Friday night.

Pizza to order

Then there’s Bartolo’s Pizza, the Royal Resorts in-house pizza delivery service. Freshly made pizza delivered to your door in minutes is the perfect option for a casual supper in your suite while you watch a movie or a sports broadcast. Call ext. 139 to place an order.

 

Buon Appetito or Buen Provecho as we say here in Mexico!

 

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Great News for Royal Resorts Golfers, Special Green Fees and Tournament Days

Royal Resorts golfers, get out on the fairway during your vacation in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. Have fun and enjoy 18 holes of great golf at some of the leading championship courses in the Mexican Caribbean. As a Royal Resorts member you are entitled to special discounted green fees at these prestigious golf courses, all are beautiful and have challenges for players of all skill levels.

Cancun

  • Iberostar Cancun

    18 holes, 6,734 yards par 72 course in the heart of Cancun Hotel Zone. Designed by the Aoki Corporation and Pedro Guereca

  • Puerto Cancun

    18 holes, 7,241 yards par 72 course between the Hotel Zone and Downtown Cancun. Designed by Tom Weiskopf

  • Playa Mujeres

    18 holes, 7,218 yards par 72 course, 20 minutes to the north of Cancun. Designed by Greg Norman

Riviera Maya

  • Iberostar Playa Paraíso

    18 holes, 6,800 yards par 72 course between Puerto Morelos and Punta Maroma. Designed by P.B. Dye

  • El Camaleón at Mayakoba

    18 holes, 7039 yards par 72 course in Mayakoba to the north of Playa del Carmen. Designed by Greg Norman. Hosts the annual PGA Tour event The OHL Classic in November.

  • Grand Coral Golf Club

    18 holes, 7,050 yards par 72 course in Grand Coral to the north of Playa del Carmen. Designed by Nick Price. Host of the Mexico Golf Tour’s Riviera Maya Open in 2017.

  • Book your golf day now

    During your stay, your Concierge is on hand to help you with golf reservations, ext. 172

    Sign up for the Royal Resorts Golf Tournament

    Test your golfing skills against fellow Royal Resorts golfers and have fun at the weekly Royal Golf tournaments held at the different courses. Tournament days are as follows:

    • Grand Coral Monday
    • Playa Mujeres Tuesday
    • Puerto Cancun Tuesday
    • Iberostar Cancun Wednesday
    • Iberostar Playa Paraíso Thursday
    • Puerto Cancun Friday
    • All tournament days are weather permitting.

    Get your Golf Gear at The Royal Market

    Rent a Callaway golf bag or Puma golf bag with Cobra clubs from The Royal Market if you don’t want to bring your own golf gear with you to Cancun or decide to play a round of golf with friends during your stay. Clubs for left-handed players and for women are available. The golf bag rental service is available at The Royal Market stores in The Royal Sands and The Royal Caribbean in Cancun and The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya.

    New to The Royal Market at The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas, Callaway, Adidas and PGA Tour golf shirts for men and women, golf caps, gloves and golf balls are now on sale

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    Workplace Studies, Royal Resorts Adult Education Program

    At Royal Resorts we believe in opportunities for all, the chance to pursue personal and professional development. That’s why employees who were unable to complete their high school education when they were younger can continue their studies in the workplace through the Royal Resorts Adult Education program. An initiative that began 23 years ago, it has helped many employees achieve their goal of graduation. To date, around 1,800 primary, secondary and senior high school certificates have been awarded to staff members.

    Reasons for not completing school in childhood are many and include poverty, difficult family circumstances, illness, having to work or look after younger siblings, distance and cultural barriers, but employees can put all that behind them and begin anew by enrolling in the Royal Resorts Education Program.

    Classes in the Workplace

    Originally from Chetumal, Linda Gutierrez is a member of the Royal Resorts Adult Education Program team giving classes in the workplace. She divides her time between The Royal Cancun, The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander in Cancun, while a colleague covers The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya and works with some of the employees at The Royal Islander.

    Linda has a degree in Tourism Administration and has been with Royal Resorts for almost 14 years. Prior to joining the company, she worked for the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA) and she has plenty of experience and in-depth knowledge of the primary, secondary and senior high school course modules and inscription processes that her students must follow.

    She explains that when an employee expresses interest in the Royal Resorts Adult Education Program, the first step is to ascertain whether they can read and write and what grade they reached. This is done by means of an interview and a questionnaire. If the person has already completed several years of school and has the paperwork to prove this, they complete the modules that they missed. Their studies are revalidated without them having to sit an exam. In other cases, employees start their primary or secondary education from scratch, study all the course modules, do homework and sit monthly exams.

    Linda says, “The attention is one on one because each student is at a different level and learning capacities vary greatly. They follow the course workbooks published by the Mexican Department of Education (SEP) and I go over each topic with them and mark their homework, explaining where they made mistakes or have questions. If they have difficulty understanding a particular concept, such as algebra, I can give them examples from real life to help them. Sometimes it’s just a case of explaining something in greater depth and they will grasp it. They may not have their basic schooling but they do have experience and giving them an instance using words or situations they know is all that it takes. Although they are unfamiliar with the terms used in the workbooks they are still able to understand the concept.“

    “The amount of time it takes someone to complete their studies is really up to them,” Linda adds. “Some students are quick learners or work harder at home. They have two hours of classes a week and they can study up to two modules a month and finish their entire secondary education in 18 months. Of course, if I see that someone is capable of more I will demand more from them and make them work harder.”

    The course of studies that students follow as part of the Royal Resorts Adult Education Program is certified by the Mexican Department of Education (SEP) and the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA). In 2016, 27 Royal Resorts employees completed their primary or secondary studies and received their school certificates. Three more finished preparatoria or senior high.

    Sixty-six employees are currently enrolled in the Royal Resorts Adult Education Program, and are working for their primary or secondary school certificates and 15 are studying senior high online.

    Linda says, “My greatest satisfaction is seeing our employees graduate and receive their school certificates through the Royal Resorts Adult Education Program. I’m so happy that I can share my knowledge with them, explain topics to them and see how they begin to learn. They come to see me not only as a teacher but also as their friend and counsellor. This is very rewarding.” She adds, “I have taught some of my students how to read and write and I see them shake off the shyness and stigma that this entails and become more confident. Many employees are very fearful when they begin their primary education. They have low self-esteem and think that because they are older they won’t be able to learn. I watch them change and gain confidence, the way they express themselves undergoes a transformation. They are able to analyse situations and absorb more information and their decision-making improves. They appreciate the opportunities they are being given.

    “I have helped some employees to complete their primary and secondary school and they are now studying Senior High. Others have been promoted and are working their way up the career ladder. Here in Mexico, the Department of Education offers more and more higher education opportunities in the form of free online courses and university degrees. I did a Diploma in Algebra and am currently studying a second Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. It is only a question that our students decide to pursue their dreams and work hard to achieve their goals.

    Linda finishes, “I thank Royal Resorts for the opportunity it gave me to participate in the Adult Education Program and help employees with their studies.”

    Linda, Royal Resorts Adult Education Program team member

    Meet two of the Royal Resorts Adult Education Program students

    Spa therapist Nury completed her secondary education in 2016 through the Royal Resorts Adult Education Program and aims to register for Senior High this year. She says, “It was very important for me to finish my secondary education, it is one more step in my personal growth. Linda, my teacher, gave me the confidence I needed to fulfil my objectives. The fact that Royal Resorts gives us the opportunity to study in the workplace is a tremendous help.”

    Nury, Spa therapist.

    Another Royal Resorts Adult Education Program student is gardener Raymundo, who is studying for his primary school certificate. He says, “It means everything to me to be able to read and write and to be learning. It has helped me see things in a different light. Before I was too shy to talk and now all I want to do is to keep studying. The world really has opened up for me, I feel so much more confident and I’m really happy to be working here. I thank our teacher for her support and Royal Resorts for giving me this opportunity.”

    Raymundo, Gardener.

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    New upholstery for villa furniture at The Royal Islander

    We thought that our Royal Resorts members at The Royal Islander in Cancun would like to see the fresh new look we are giving to the furniture in their home away from home. We hope that it will get you in the mood for your next trip to the Mexican Caribbean. The comfy sofas and chairs in the living rooms, the dining table chairs and the chairs in both bedrooms of the 179 villas are being reupholstered. In addition, the resort lobby has a new look.

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    The latest Cancun & Riviera Maya news

    Here’s a round up of the latest Cancun & Riviera Maya news and an update from Merida, capital of the neighboring state of Yucatan.

    Cancun is 47 years old this April

    The Pioneros de Cancun (Cancun Pioneers Association) are gearing up to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the founding of Cancun on April 20, 2017. This group is comprised of members of the founding families who came here in 1970 to work on the construction of Mexico’s first master-planned tourist center. Cancun’s anniversary celebrations will include masses, processions, exhibitions and a dinner dance for the Pioneros Association.

    Cancun’s pioneers built the first hotels, the roads and the infrastructure that the fledgling community on the mainland would need. Some came alone and sent for their families later while others brought wives and children with them into a new world of deserted beaches and dense jungle where it was common to see spider monkeys and toucans in the trees. This annual gathering on April 20 is a chance for them to meet up once more and swap memories.

    Founded in 1975, Royal Resorts is a Cancun pioneer and The Royal Cancun story began in 1977. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, what are your memories of Cancun in the early days? Drop us a line at memories@royalresorts.com and let us know.

    Xcaret’s Scarlet Macaw Breeding & Conservation Program documentary overall winner at Boston College Film Festival Award

    In more Cancun & Riviera Maya news, Flying Home: the Return of the Scarlet Macaw, the documentary on Xcaret Park’s scarlet macaw breeding and conservation program that is helping bring Mexico’s macaw population back from the brink of extinction, was named the overall winner at the 2017 International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival in Boston on March 26, 2017.

    Produced by Xcaret and Mexican production company Bicho Studio, the documentary follows the macaws bred in Xcaret Park on a journey from their birthplace to the jungles of northern Chiapas and southern Veracruz where they spend time adapting to their new habitat before being released to the wild. It tells of the work done by Xcaret biologists and vets, university researchers, NGO’s and communities in the release areas. The film won in the Small Company category, Fan Favorite category and Best in Show category.

    The International Corporate Citizenship Film Festival is the largest film festival that showcases the work of companies and professionals in the field of corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

    Xcaret began to breed macaws in 1993 and has been so successful that it is in the Guinness Book of Records for the numbers of chicks born. Survival rates are 80 percent and to date more than 1,000 birds have been raised from four original breeding pairs. A flock of them is set free every day at noon to fly over the Riviera Maya park and several flocks have been released into the wild. In only three years, this groundbreaking reproduction and conservation program has boosted Mexico’s wild macaw population by 80 percent.

    Two popular Merida events get a facelift

    On your next trip to Merida, the 2017 Cultural Capital of the Americas, you’ll find that two of the city’s most popular events, the Noche Mexicana on Saturday evening and the Merida en Domingo all-day gala have been revamped to make the experience even more enjoyable for residents and visitors.

    Both weekly events offer you the chance to sample traditional antojitos or snacks such as quesadillas and tacos, shop for crafts and local art and watch musicians and dance performances from the Yucatan and other parts of Mexico.

    The Noche Mexicana takes place in the park at the beginning of Paseo Montejo and on Sunday the main square, Calle 60 and other surrounding streets are closed to traffic for Merida en Domingo.

    Contact Thomas More Travel if you would like to plan a trip to Merida during your Royal Resorts vacation.

    Road works on Highway 307 in the Riviera Maya

    Here’s some Cancun & Riviera Maya news to be aware of if you are due to be in the area in April or May, road works in the Riviera Maya. If you are going to be driving on Highway 307 in the Riviera Maya please take extra precautions as road works are underway in several places. Work will continue for the next two months and there may be delays in the mornings.

    Work will take place every day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the highway between Playa del Carmen and Cancun. The affected stretches are from km 302+500 to km 320+00 in both directions and from km 322+000 to km 330+950, direction Playa del Carmen to Cancun. There are signs alerting drivers to upcoming road works and you should reduce speed.

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