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Grand Residences by Royal Resorts, Best of the Best in 2018

In January, we announced that Grand Residences by Royal Resorts had won TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 awards honoring the best hotels in Mexico for the fourth year running. Members of the TripAdvisor online community voted Grand Residences into the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico, coming in at No. 4; it is No. 2 in the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mexico; No. 14 in the Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Best Service and No. 18 in the Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Families listing.

Grand Residences also made the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 World’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels listing at position No. 25.

Additionally, Caribbean Journal showcased Grand Residences by Royal Resorts as one of the Top Ten Caribbean Beach Resorts to visit in 2018. Calling our Leading Hotels of the World® affiliate resort “a true jewel,” the article mentions that at Grand Residences luxury goes beyond design and amenities and is a philosophy. https://www.caribjournal.com/2017/12/30/best-beach-resorts/

The accolades for Grand Residences by Royal Resorts don’t stop there, the travel website Trivago rates it as the fifth best 5-star hotel in Mexico in its listing of the country’s finest hotels in 2018.

Vacationing at Grand Residences
Have you stayed at Grand Residences by Royal Resorts, the latest and most luxurious beachfront resort in the Royal Resorts collection? Enjoy spacious suites with touches of elegance at every turn, gourmet dining, world-class service and a host of luxury refinements for an unforgettable vacation in paradise. The resort’s beachfront setting to the south of Puerto Morelos is spectacular and ideal for quality relaxation. And when you feel the urge to go exploring, there’s plenty to choose from. Cancun and Playa del Carmen are an easy 20-minute drive away and a world of natural and historical attractions awaits in the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan. The Concierges at Grand Residences will help you book snorkeling and diving trips in Puerto Morelos National Marine Park, fishing and yacht charters, zip lining fun and jungle adventures and a variety of day trips to the Riviera Maya’s famous parks, Mayan archaeological sites and colonial towns and biosphere reserves teeming with life.

Book today www.grandresidencesrivieracancun.com

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Sign up for the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race, Feb 18

There’s still time to sign up for the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race on Sunday, February 18 (week 7) in Cancun. Join us for a morning of exercise and fun in support of a worthy cause. All race proceeds will go to building and equipping a kitchen at the Don Bosco Community Project, a center that helps give disadvantaged and vulnerable young people a better future.

REGISTER FOR THE RACE ONLINE

Race details
• The Third Royal Resorts Foundation race takes place on February 18 at 7 a.m. Starting point: Captain’s Cove Restaurant to Westin Regina and back again.
• 3, 5 or 10 kilometers
• Age categories for men and women
Free (15-39 years) Master (40-49 years) Veteran (50 and over)
• Race Fee is $280 pesos per adult and $230 pesos per child and includes a souvenir t-shirt and finalist’s medal, race number, chip, water and an isotonic drink at the finish line
Prizes will be given to the first three places in each category in the 5 and 10 km races for men and women. The first three Royal Resorts employees to cross the finish in the 5 and 10 km races for men and women will also receive prizes.

Children’s Fun Run
Bring the kids! There is a race for them too!
• Children aged 4 to 7 years
500 meters
• Children aged 8 to 12 years
1 kilometer

Transport will be available for Royal Resorts members and guests staying at The Royal Haciendas in Playa del Carmen who would like to compete in the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race.

If you are not going to be in Cancun in February you can still support the cause by making a donation to the Royal Resorts Foundation online at www.royalresortsfoundation.org or during your stay at Royal Resorts.

Our Race Cause
With the proceeds and donations from the 2018 race, the Royal Resorts Foundation will help build and equip a kitchen at the Don Bosco Youth Center. This Ciudad de la Alegria community center gives vulnerable teenagers in marginalized neighborhoods on the outskirts of Cancun hope for the future.

The Don Bosco Center lends a helping hand to young people who have dropped out of school due to poverty, gang membership, domestic violence and other factors. They continue their studies and learn English and computer skills. Seminars and workshops on health and nutrition, values and self-esteem also give them a boost of confidence and there are sporting and cultural activities too.

A study by the TecMilenio University in Cancun showed that many of the teenagers attending the Don Bosco Center are malnourished and that this is causing low concentration levels and poor academic performance. Building a kitchen will give them access to nutritious meals and better health.

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Register for the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race today
You can register online at www.royalresorts.com/foundation
Email: contact@royalresortsfoundation.org
Bring your friends and family!

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Happy 18th birthday to The Royal Sands

Celebrating 18 years of unforgettable vacation moments at The Royal Sands. It doesn’t seem so long ago that the resort opened in 2000 on Cancun’s finest beach. By 2001, it had 340 two-bedroom villas and to this day it is still the largest resort in the Royal Resorts collection.

The stretch of shoreline that The Royal Sands sits on is so beautiful that it was once the site of Casa Maya, the low-rise tropical house that was the Caribbean retreat for Mexican presidents.

With the welcoming, family-friendly ambiance that is a hallmark of all the Royal Resorts, The Royal Sands offers a variety of activities for a fun vacation. Three large pools, including an infinity pool and lap pool and a separate pool for children; a full-service spa and gym, tennis courts and a basketball court added in 2017 head the list. A small marina across the road offers sail boating on the lagoon. The activity center and kids clubs offer a packed program of daily activities for all ages and tour desk staff help plan day trips, park visits and water sports in the area. The resort store features a small cafe serving Starbucks coffee and the boutique and jewelry store are the first stops for souvenirs.

La Veranda Restaurant and Sidelines Sports Bar were renovated in the fall of 2017 and the contemporary decor and redesign of the bar are proving popular with members and guests. Char Hut pool bar is the spot for tasty snacks and shrimp tacos with a great view of the beach; Sand Dollar Gourmet Terrace offers a menu of sushi, ceviche and other seafood dishes and Hacienda Sisal is a favorite for Mexican cuisine.

The villas at The Royal Sands are being completely renovated as part of a phased program that is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. To date, 163 villas already have their new furniture and soft furnishings in fresh colors and another 100 will be renovated this year (subject to occupancy).

Booking a stay at The Royal Sands
Looking for a family-friendly resort in Cancun? Visit www.royalreservations.com to book a stay at The Royal Sands.

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Plan a romantic dinner in Cancun, choose Royal Resorts

Love is in the air at Royal Resorts this month and there are plenty of tempting options on offer for a romantic dinner in Cancun this Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy a sublime special menu and soft guitar music in El Conquistador at The Royal Islander or Los Murales at The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya. Choose the romantic lagoonside setting of Captain’s Cove for your Valentine’s Day meal; go with the special menu or order delicious fresh seafood a la carte. Dine by candlelight on the open-air terrace, truly waterfront dining at its best and the perfect place for a romantic dinner in Cancun.

Inspired by the grand old Mexican estate houses of yesteryear, Hacienda Sisal is another romantic spot for an unforgettable meal and there is a mouthwatering Valentine’s Day menu.

La Trattoria at The Royal Cancun has a February 14 themed menu full of Italian magic to celebrate love and you can also find tempting dishes at Tradewinds, The Royal Caribbean and Cayo Largo, The Royal Islander.

Members and guests staying at The Royal Sands have two fabulous Valentine’s Day options. La Veranda is offering a special menu for the evening in addition to a la carte and buffet choices. As an alternative, book your table for a memorable beach occasion, the White Sands Dinner.

White Sands Beach Dinner
Celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day with a candlelit dinner on the beach at The Royal Sands. The White Sands Dinner includes dinner, open bar (domestic drinks) and live music. Cost: US$330 per couple. The event starts at 6 p.m. and white attire is requested. Reservations required: +52 (998) 848-8245, email: specialevents@royalresorts.com
If you are looking for an idyllic spot for a romantic dinner in Cancun this is it.

Romantic Beach Dinners
Valentine’s Day is just the beginning, you can arrange a Romantic Beach Dinner to celebrate your love, an anniversary or birthday all year round at Royal Resorts. Dining on the shoreline listening to the sound of the waves and watching the moon rise into the star-studded heavens is a magical experience.

The evening includes a five-course dinner (options available), a bottle of wine, waiter service, a wooden arch with veils, candles and tiki torches. Cost: US$320 per couple. Prior reservations required, contact the Special Events department during your vacation to arrange your Romantic Beach Dinner or email specialevents@royalresorts.com

Book your table
Reservations are required for dinner at El Conquistador, Captain’s Cove, Hacienda Sisal, La Trattoria in Cancun, Los Murales at The Royal Haciendas, the White Sands Beach Dinner and for Romantic Beach Dinners.
Information and prices are subject to change without prior notice

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Valentine’s Day Pampering at The Royal Sands Spa

Staying at The Royal Sands in Cancun this February? The Royal Sands Spa is offering a Valentine’s Day special for Couples available all month. For her: enjoy a 60-minute facial and a 90-minute aromatherapy massage. For him: enjoy a 60-minute reflexology session and a 90-minute deep tissue massage. The 90-minute massages take place in the same suite and the couple also enjoys a private 20-minute dip in the Jacuzzi. Price: US$499.

This Valentine’s Day Couples special is only available at The Royal Sands Spa. Reservations at the resort with the Spa representatives. Information is subject to change.

Plan some Spa time on every Royal Resorts vacation. Choose your favorite massage from the collection, indulge with aromatherapy, a facial or a body treatment. The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya both have full-service Spas. There are smaller Spa outlets at The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Cancun for massages, facials, manicures and pedicures and beach massages can be arranged at all the resorts. Visit https://www.royalresorts.com/guest-services-and-amenities/spa/ to check the collection of massages and therapies available at The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas Spa.

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Flowers for every occasion at the Royal Market

Say “I love you” with flowers this month. Whether you send a bouquet of pink roses for Valentine’s Day, a huge bunch of perfumed white lilies or an artistic arrangement of tropical blooms such as torch ginger, heliconias, sunflowers and bird of paradise in red, orange and yellow, flowers make the perfect gift for every occasion. Order them online in time for your Royal Resorts vacation using the convenient shopping service offered by the Royal Market or call in at the resort store during your stay to choose flowers from the catalog. Flowers and other gifts ordered are delivered to the suite or room to surprise the recipient.

Go one step further and add a bottle of wine or champagne, a fruit basket, chocolates or a celebration cake.

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Plan a Royal Resorts Wedding in Cancun or Riviera Maya

Are you or is someone in your family thinking about getting married in Cancun or the Riviera Maya, if so, then how about a Royal Resorts wedding? Plan a wedding in paradise with the Caribbean as a spectacular backdrop. Make the most important day in your lives a Royal Day and choose Royal Resorts as the setting for your wedding. We would love to be your hosts and help you create magical memories.

To the beach and beyond
Cancun and the Riviera Maya are two of the world’s most popular destination wedding locations. Imagine your marriage ceremony on the beach gazing into each other’s eyes and at the sparkling turquoise waters beyond, true paradise.

Yet although the beach is the most popular setting for a Royal Resorts wedding, there are many other enchanting locations to offer the bride and groom. They include the waterfront deck at Captain’s Cove Restaurant, secluded flower-filled gardens and beachfront terraces at the resorts and the elegance of Gran Salon Hacienda Sisal. From an intimate exchange of wedding vows on the beach to a grand society gathering with cocktails, dinner, dancing and more, there is a venue for every occasion.

Planning your wedding to perfection
Choose a wedding package from the Royal Resorts collection or tell the Special Events team about your perfect dream wedding. Whatever your choice, the team will work with you every step of the way. From selecting flowers and table décor to menus and music, they will take care of every little detail to make your wedding day unforgettable.

Receptions can range from a romantic beach dinner for the bride and groom to a cocktail party, a formal sit-down dinner or a sumptuous buffet for family and friends. Set group menus are available and the chef can also create special menus on request.

Other services available on request range from photos and video, live music, sound and lighting to arranging a stylist and spa time for the bride.

Just married at Royal Resorts in 2017
Three couples pledged their love at Royal Resorts in 2017, this is what they had to say about their Royal Resorts wedding day.

Laura & Conor L.
October 2017
“Our wedding day was absolutely beautiful and perfect. Karina is nothing but top notch and had everything ready for us. Our friends and family also very much enjoyed our day. Thank you, Karina, for giving us priceless memories to last a lifetime!”

Whitney & Chris K.
September 2017
“We started our planning a year ago, and Karina and Dulce nailed it. We couldn’t have asked for more a perfect wedding! Delicious food, beautiful ceremony, … a tent, gorgeous flowers and the most excellent photographers Cesar & Wilmer!”

Stephanie & Joshua M.
October 2017
“Big thanks to Special Events for giving us one of many surprises during our wedding reception. The fireworks display was icing on the cake. Stephanie and I can’t say enough of how great a job Karina and the team did putting things together”

Getting started on your Royal Resorts Wedding
Get started by visiting http://royalresorts.events to check the wedding packages collection and the additional services available. Contact specialevents@royalresorts.com when you are ready to start planning your celebration.

The Royal Resorts Special Events team also organizes vow renewal ceremonies, anniversary, engagement, birthday and graduation parties, reunions and other events.

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Start preparing for your Cancun vacation

Are you counting down the days on your calendar to your next Cancun vacation and the moment that you arrive at Royal Resorts and hear those magical words, “welcome home.” Start preparing for your trip now, here are some tips before you travel about online services that can save you time.

Book your Airport Transfer with Thomas More Travel
Go ahead and pre-book your airport transfer with Thomas More Travel as part of your Cancun vacation planning. Save time at Cancun Airport and head straight for your resort. Use the link to the convenient airport transport reservation service

Book your airport transfer to Royal Resorts

Thomas More Travel offers shared and private transport to the Royal Resorts in Cancun and The Royal Haciendas and will take you straight to your resort. As an added convenience, the charge is applied to your bill at check out.

Download the Royal Resorts App
Use the Royal Resorts App to check your reservations, request cribs, high chairs and mobility aids and, best of all, preregister your guests so that you’ll save time at check in.

The Royal Resorts App has lots of features to help you during your Cancun vacation too. Book tables at Royal Resorts restaurants with the restaurant reservations tool. Consult the daily Activity Center and Kids Club programs of fitness classes, sports, games and craft sessions. Review your orders and purchases, make payments to your account and check out from your resort. You can also use it to report incidents and send suggestions to Guest Services.
The Royal Resorts App is Available for Android and iOS. Download today

Stock up your fridge using the Royal Market online ordering service
The last thing you want to do after a tiring flight is go shopping. Save yourself a trip to the supermarket on the first day of your Cancun vacation by using the Royal Market online ordering service to stock up the fridge in your Royal Resorts suite. With the Kitchen Starter Kit you can order snacks and drinks, breakfast staples and more before your trip and they will be waiting in your suite when you arrive. Click here to get started and select your groceries from the shopping list. http://www.royalresorts.com/app/cybermall/kitchen_stuffers.aspx

Book tours and water sports with Thomas More Travel
Visit the Thomas More Travel website at www.thomasmoretravel.com to look for tour and activity ideas for your next visit. From exploring Mayan archaeological sites and fun family days out at the Riviera Maya’s famous eco and adventure parks to diving, zip lining, catamaran cruises, bird watching and more, a world of experiences awaits you.
And if you want to go off the beaten track, how about planning a private trip? Thomas More Travel offers vans, drivers and guides for private trips and will help you plan the perfect day out or a longer excursion.

Indulge with the REFINE All-Inclusive package
Royal Resorts members, why not add a little bit more indulgence and relaxation to your stay at The Royal Cancun, The Royal Sands or The Royal Haciendas with the REFINE All-Inclusive package? You are entitled to a member discount, call 888-721-4422 to book before you travel or purchase it at the Front Desk upon arrival at these three resorts. Visit www.royalresorts.com/packages to see what is included, rates, the program rules and policies and a FAQ section.

Celebrating something special on your trip?
Do you have a birthday or an anniversary coming up during your trip, contact Special Events at specialevents@royalresorts.com to arrange a Romantic Beach Dinner or a Chef’s dinner on the terrace.

Get your Royal Resorts vacation off to a great start, book a Spa morning
Say good-bye to stress on your very first day at Royal Resorts with a relaxing massage or a luxury treatment at The Royal Sands or The Royal Haciendas Spa. Visit www.royalresorts.com/spa to see what’s available, download the brochures and send a reservation request. You can also email spa@royalresorts.com

Shop for beach books, make sure you have a good selection
Whether you are bringing paperbacks or your Kindle, make sure you are well stocked with beach books for your Cancun vacation.

Take care of the little details
Call your bank, credit card company and phone service provider to let them know you’ll be traveling. Check insurance coverage and take out a travel insurance policy.

You’ll soon be on your way to a fantastic Cancun vacation at Royal Resorts!

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Set sail on a romantic sunset dinner cruise in Cancun

Set sail on a romantic sunset dinner cruise in Cancun this February. Board the famous Spanish galleon Columbus for a voyage across the Nichupte Lagoon in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Dine on charcoal-grilled lobster and sip a Caribbean cocktail as you listen to the soft melodies of a saxophone player.

Enjoy the gentle breeze and watch the moon come up and the Cancun lights twinkle under a star-filled sky. Delicious food and romantic moments, this will be an unforgettable evening to celebrate love.

Two sailings at 5 and 8 p.m. Visit www.thomasmoretravel.com or ask at the Thomas More Travel desk in your resort for more information on this dinner cruise in Cancun.

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Maya Mystery, the Jungle City of Coba

Follow in the footsteps of 19th-century explorers on your own jungle adventure and discover Coba, ancient city of the Maya. Just 44 kilometers inland from Tulum in the Riviera Maya, Coba lies deep in the forest and many of its temples are still buried under a tangle of tropical vines, palms and tree roots.

German explorer Teobert Maler was the first European to visit Coba in 1891 after hearing tales of strange carved stones and temples hidden deep in the forest. Since then, a number of excavations have revealed that the long lost city is actually one of the Maya World’s largest archaeological sites, with an extension of around 70 square kilometers.

Coba is clustered around five shallow lakes, which would have provided inhabitants with fresh water in ancient times, and its name in Maya actually means “waters ruffled by the wind.”

The city reached its peak during the Maya Classic period, A.D. 250-900, when it was a regional capital and an important trade center, distributing goods to and from the Caribbean coast, Central America and cities in the Yucatán. Merchants would have bartered commodities such as honey, beeswax, cotton, henequen, cacao and copal incense that were produced in the region for sting ray spines, spiny oyster shells and salted fish from the coast and jade, obsidian, quetzal feathers and gold from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and other parts of Central America.

At the height of its power, Coba is thought to have had a population of around 70,000 people. Unlike other Mayan cities in the area, it was still inhabited at the time of the Spanish Conquest.

Although the majority of its temples and buildings still lie under a mantle of vegetation, Coba is gradually revealing its secrets. The most recent breakthrough by Mexican archaeologists is the identification of a dynasty of 14 lords from the hieroglyphic inscriptions on stelae or standing stones at the site. This powerful house ruled the city from around A.D. 500 to A.D. 780 and had links to Ek Balam, Calakmul and cities in the Peten region of northern Guatemala.

Exploring Coba
A line of impressive ceibas, the sacred tree of the Maya, marks the entrance to the archaeological site and from there a network of trails leads off through the forest to the different clusters of temples. You can explore this huge site on foot or rent a bike or a tricycle, the traditional mode of transport in Maya villages throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.

From a distance you’ll see the crest of Coba’s most famous building soaring above the treetops. Standing 42 meters high, Nohoch Mul is the tallest pyramid in the northern Yucatán and the views from the top are spectacular. The narrow pyramid staircase leads to two temples where offerings of animals, conch shells, jade and a fragment of a stela were found.

About 70 meters southeast of the pyramid is Stela 20, the best preserved of 30 stelae, altars and carved panels found at the site. It depicts a lord standing on the back of a bound captive, surrounded by three other courtiers who appear to be paying homage to their ruler. Stelae were erected by rulers to commemorate events during their reign such as military victories, marriages and accessions.

Other building groups are the Cobá group, the oldest at the site, La Iglesia, another 24-meter-high pyramid crowned by a temple, the Ball Court, Las Pinturas, Xaibé or the Crossroads Pyramid and the Macanxoc group which has nine circular altars and eight stelae.

Coba is also famous for the sacbes or Maya causeways that radiate from the heart of the city. To date, 45 of these roads have been unearthed at the site, including the longest sacbe in the Maya World. This sacbe links the city with Yaxuna, near Chichen Itza, a distance of 101 kilometers. Sacbes were used for ceremonial processions, trade and military missions and to mark the boundaries of a city’s territory and influence.

Watch out for Wildlife
Maya mysteries aside, one of the thrills of exploring Coba is being in the jungle and catching a glimpse of some of the creatures that make their home among the trees. Towering chicozapote trees, tropical figs, cedars, chacas and ceibas compete for space, their branches festooned with lianas, orchids and bromeliads. Look up through the leaves and you may spot flocks of parrots and Yucatan jays, the yellow breast of the shy trogon and a flash of turquoise and russet as a motmot bird takes flight.

Families of spider monkeys move through the canopy in search of zapote fruit and agoutis, brocket deer and coatimundis forage in the undergrowth. Iguanas sun themselves on the rocks and huge morph butterflies in shades of iridescent blue flutter along jungle trails.

Choosing a trip to Coba
Thomas More Travel offers several different trips to Coba. You can spend the whole morning at the archaeological site or combine your visit with a side trip to the famous cliff top city of Tulum on the Caribbean coast and a refreshing dip in a jungle cenote or sinkhole.

Another trip takes you to Coba in the afternoon. After a guided tour of the ancient city and a visit to a potter’s workshop you’ll watch the sunset on the shores of the lake between Coba village and the archaeological site. Then you’ll venture into the jungle after dark to watch the representation of the ancient Maya ball game and part of the Maya creation story, the Popol Vuh.

For even more jungle thrills, the Mayan Encounter trip includes a guided tour of Coba, zip lining, rappel, snorkeling in a cenote, a visit to a Maya village for a nature walk, a Maya ritual and a lunch of traditional Yucatecan dishes.
Visit www.thomasmoretravel.com or call in at the tour desk in your resort during your stay.

Visiting Coba at your own pace
If you would like to rent a car and explore on your own, take Highway 307 south to Tulum and the turnoff to Coba. The journey to Coba takes about 90 minutes from Cancun and one hour from Playa del Carmen.

Twenty minutes north of Coba along the same highway is the tiny village and community reserve of Punta Laguna on the shores of a beautiful jungle-rimmed lagoon. For a small charge villagers will take you along jungle trails in search of the spider monkeys that make their home in the reserve.

On the return journey, call in at Tulum or Akumal for a late lunch on the beach and visit one of the many cenote parks in the Riviera Maya.

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