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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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Celebrating 40 years with Royal Resorts

We are sure that you would like to join us in congratulating another member of the Royal Resorts family who has passed an important milestone in her career. Ivohnne Peniche, Office Manager in the Corporate Office in Merida is celebrating 40 years with Royal Resorts. She has seen the company grow over the years from […]

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Building a home for Maclovio, 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race reaches target

The 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race took place on February 19 in Cancun with the participation of 493 competitors of all ages, 84 volunteers and local sponsors. Thanks to the efforts of all involved, a total of $214,000 pesos was raised, almost triple the amount raised in 2016, in support of this year’s cause: rebuilding the derelict home of 74-year-old Maclovio Tun and his family.

2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race photo gallery

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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Celebrating 40 years with Royal Resorts

We are sure that you would like to join us in congratulating another member of the Royal Resorts family who has passed an important milestone in her career. Ivohnne Peniche, Office Manager in the Corporate Office in Merida is celebrating 40 years with Royal Resorts. She has seen the company grow over the years from the early days when The Royal Cancun was still under construction.

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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Ocean flavors, your guide to great seafood at Royal Resorts

After a day out in the Mexican Caribbean enjoying the warm sun and sea breeze, you can work up quite an appetite and there’s nothing better than a plate of fresh seafood for dinner at one of the Royal Resorts restaurants in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. Here’s our guide to some of the tastiest seafood on offer during the week. Try one, try them all.

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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Unlocking the secrets of the pyramid at Chichen Itza

The ancient Mayan capital of Chichen Itza casts its spell whenever you visit it but in March it seems all the more impressive. Thousands gather at the foot of the Pyramid of Kukulcan in the Great Plaza to welcome the spring and the return of an ancient god.

Also known as El Castillo, the 25-meter-high pyramid is a solar clock, aligned to catch the rays of the setting sun on the spring and fall equinoxes (March 20 and September 22 in 2017). Triangles of light and shadow form along the side of the north staircase and the figure of a snake appears, merging with the head of a stone snake at the foot of the building, creating the illusion of a gigantic serpent slithering down from the heavens and across the ground towards the Sacred Cenote. The apparition of this mysterious figure is testimony to the skill of ancient astronomers and architects.

The snake symbolizes Kukulcan (also known as Quetzalcoatl in central Mexico), the feathered serpent god, returning to earth to give hope to his followers and heralding the spring planting and fall harvest seasons for the Maya.

 

A pyramid inside a pyramid

The pyramid of Kukulcan was built some time between A.D. 550 and 800, with later modifications between 800 and A.D. 1,000. The majestic pyramid we see today was constructed during the Itzae period when the city reached its peak, between A.D. 1050 and 1300. The Itzae had links with cultures in Central Mexico and this is reflected in their art depicting serpents, eagles, warriors and skulls.

When archaeologists first explored the pyramid, they dug through tons of stone and earth to find a second temple containing a chac mool statue, the enigmatic reclining stone figure with hands cupped to receive the heart of a sacrificial victim, guarding the entrance. There was a magnificent throne in the form of a red jaguar with jade spots and eyes in the inner sanctum. The sacred feline figure was discovered with an offering of coral, sacrificial flint knives and a turquoise mosaic disc.

Studies in the last two years have revealed more secrets hidden deep inside the pyramid. Using the latest tri-dimensional electric resistivity tomography technology, archaeologists have discovered that a cave containing a cenote lies beneath the structure and that there is an even earlier and much smaller temple dating from AD 550 to 800. Built before the Mayan inhabitants came into contact with other Mesoamerican civilizations, it is in pure Maya architectural style. This find means that there are actually three temples on the site built around each other at different times during the city’s history.

The only source of fresh water in the Yucatan, cenotes were the gateway to the Underworld, the home of the gods and were holy places. The earliest pyramid may have been located beside the cenote for religious ceremonies and later rulers added their own monuments on top as a way of channeling sacred power.

A short distance from the Great Plaza is another building associated with Mayan astronomy, the round tower known as El Caracol or the Observatory. It has a viewing platform and wells, which were used by ancient astronomers to mirror starlight, and it was aligned to catch sunsets and moonsets on both equinoxes and to mark the course of Venus.

If you would like to explore Chichen Itza, one of the greatest ancient cities in the Americas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, contact Thomas More Travel to book your day trip.

Several Chichen Itza options are available, including excursions that offer you the chance to call in at the colonial town of Valladolid, one of the Yucatan’s Pueblos Magicos (Magical Towns), explore cenotes or stay in the evening for the Chichen Itza Light & Sound show, Noches de Kukulcan, a spectacular video mapping screening.

 

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