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Sea Turtle Season in Cancun and Riviera Maya

Sea turtle season in Cancun and Riviera Maya begins in May

Sea turtle nesting season begins in May in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. All along the Mexican Caribbean shoreline, the Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres, Contoy, HolboxCozumel, Sian Ka’an and the beaches of southern Quintana Roo, female green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles, and the occasional giant leatherback turtle, come ashore at night to lay their eggs in the sand. Forty-five to 60 days later, their eggs hatch and the baby turtles struggle out of the shells and begin their perilous dash towards the waves and a new life at sea.

The birth of the sea turtle is one of nature’s greatest wonders and Royal Resorts is proud to do its part to protect this ancient, and sadly, endangered species.

After refresher courses on turtle nesting habits given by biologists working for the Ecology department in Cancun City Hall, Security guards at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander in Cancun, and Grand Residences in Puerto Morelos, have begun their annual summer vigil.

Night after night, these conservation guardians patrol the beaches in search of nesting female sea turtles. When they find one, they watch over her as she digs her nest and deposits her eggs. They then transfer the eggs to a nursery where they must dig another nest that is identical in shape and depth to the original. The sea turtle species, date and time of nesting and number of eggs are recorded and another long wait begins until they hatch.

Finally, the watch is over and guests are invited to see the baby sea turtles being released to race across the beach towards the waves and a new life in the ocean.

Royal Resorts is a Sea Turtle Conservation Pioneer

Royal Resorts has been protecting the sea turtle since 1985. Official record keeping began at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander in 1998 and in 18 years we have protected 6,686 sea turtle nests and released 604,309 baby turtles! In 2015, there were 527 nests with 55,434 baby turtles at the Cancun resorts and a further 69 nests and over 5,000 hatchlings released at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun. We hope that our sea turtle guardians will be even busier this year.

Follow the Sea Turtle Nesting Season Rules

If you are due to visit Royal Resorts or Grand Residences Riviera Cancun or will be traveling to Cancun or the Riviera Maya during the summer, join us in protecting these beautiful creatures.

• If you spot a sea turtle on the beach at night alert the security staff

• Be very quiet and keep still

• Watch from a distance of ten meters

• Do not attempt to touch the sea turtle or crowd her

• Do not shine a torch or use the light on your mobile phone

• Please, no flash photography of nesting sea turtles or baby turtles

• No smoking

• Follow the instructions given by security staff at all times

• Security staff will release baby turtles after dark when predators such as seagulls and frigate birds have gone to roost. Changes in Federal environmental law here in Mexico mean that it is no longer possible for guests to handle baby sea turtles.

• Help us to keep our beaches and sea clean. Discarded straws, plastic bags, beer packaging, fishing lines and other garbage floating in the water are lethal to sea turtles and other marine life

• When snorkeling or diving watch sea turtles from a distance, do not swim towards them and do not attempt to touch them

• Wear a t-shirt when snorkeling as protection from the sun instead of applying sun block. Sun products pollute the water and are harmful to marine life

The sea turtle is protected by Mexican law and it is illegal to disturb them, persecute or hunt them and consume their meat or eggs.

First Sea Turtle Nests in the Mexican Caribbean

Volunteers patrolling the beaches in the Puerto Morelos area, Akumal and the Xcacel-Xcacelito Turtle Sanctuary in the Riviera Maya and the island of Cozumel have reported the first sea turtle nests of the season. There will be many more in the weeks to come.

The first sea turtle of the season spotted on a beach in the Puerto Morelos area was a huge leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), the largest species in the world and seldom seen in the Mexican Caribbean. Known as tortuga laud in Spanish, the leatherback turtle can be up to seven feet long. It owes its name to its carapace, which is rubbery and ridged, unlike the harder bony shells of the green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtle.

All sea turtles are ocean wanderers and none more so than the leatherback turtle. It swims the longest distances between feeding and nesting areas; distances in excess of 7,000 miles have been recorded, there and back again. It can also dive deeper than any other turtle, to over 4,000 feet and can stay immersed for over an hour.

Leatherback turtles feed on jellyfish and many die as a result of swallowing plastic bags and other refuse they mistake for their prey.

Xcaret nurses 12 injured sea turtles back to health and releases them

In more sea turtle news, after a year of intensive care in the Xcaret Turtle Rehabilitation Center, 12 green and hawksbill turtles were released in May to begin life at sea.

The three hawksbill turtles were juveniles, around eight or nine months old when they were rescued in a state of extreme malnutrition. The nine green turtles were hatchlings born in the 2015 season that were too weak to be released. Xcaret vets were able to nurse them back to health.

The most important center of its kind in Mexico, the Xcaret Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center attends turtles brought in with injuries caused by boat collisions, entrapment in fishing nets, plastic garbage and swallowing fishing hooks. Others have been attacked by poachers, dogs or jaguars or are suffering from anorexia, starvation or diseases. The survival rate of turtles rescued in such circumstances is up to 67 percent at the Center.

Together with its charitable foundation Flora, Fauna y Cultura de Mexico, A.C., Xcaret has been involved in sea turtle conservation for more than 30 years. Flora, Fauna y Cultura manages several turtle camps in the Riviera Maya and on its watch it is estimated that more than 10 million baby turtles have been helped on their way to begin life at sea.

Check this blog for more sea turtle news during the season. You can also pick up a Save the Sea Turtle t-shirt from La Paloma Gift Shop at Royal Resorts and support conservation.

Want to know more about sea turtle protection in Cancun check our Cancun Destination Guide 

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Painting the Phase 2 Buildings at The Royal Haciendas

As part of the Resort Improvements program for 2016, all buildings in phase II (facades and terraces) at The Royal Haciendas are being painted and work started in week 18.

Work will take place from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all buildings are scheduled for completion by week 38, weather permitting.

We appreciate the cooperation and comprehension of our members and guests. Staff will do everything in their hands to minimize any inconvenience that this project may cause. If you need assistance, please contact the Front Desk where staff will be on hand 24 hours to help if required.

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Villa Renovation at The Royal Sands

The renovation of the first 100 villas at The Royal Sands is underway and is on track for completion by the end of the year. The walls and doors in more than 70 units have already been repainted in the color scheme selected for the redesign and all 100 villas have new curtains. To date, […]

Villa Renovation at The Royal Sands
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Villa Renovation at The Royal Sands

The renovation of the first 100 villas at The Royal Sands is underway and is on track for completion by the end of the year.

The walls and doors in more than 70 units have already been repainted in the color scheme selected for the redesign and all 100 villas have new curtains. To date, the new quartz counter tops and cabinet doors have also been installed in more than 15 kitchens.

What will the renovated units at The Royal Sands look like?

The contemporary design selected features tones of beige, green and grey and accents of aqua, jade and turquoise. Both bedrooms will have new furniture, headboards, lamps and bedspreads. The living and dining area will be given a complete makeover with a new sofa and cushions, tables, lamps, curtains, art and the addition of a mirror in the niche by the front door. The kitchen cabinets and counter tops are also being resurfaced and the dining room chairs and living room wall cabinet will be repainted and restyled.

The terrace furniture will also be replaced as part of the renovation.

Villa Renovation at The Royal Sands

The photos show the approved concept for the villas; the final design is subject to variation.

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Celebrating 10 Years at The Royal Haciendas
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Celebrating 10 Years at The Royal Haciendas

It will be a summer of celebrations at The Royal Haciendas. Starting week 21 (May 28) there will be special member events and activities commemorating the tenth anniversary of our beautiful Riviera Maya resort.

Whether you have been with The Royal Haciendas since the beginning or joined our Royal family later, we hope that you’ll celebrate with us.

Take a look at our photo gallery showcasing the beauty of The Royal Haciendas. We’d love to hear what it is that you like so much about your resort home and drop us a line to share your special memories at the Haciendas or your favorite pictures of the resort.

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New Royal Resorts website
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Our new look website

We launched our new website in late April with a crisp, clean design and new photos of your home away from home and our beautiful beaches. We hope that you enjoy using it.

You’ll find resort, activity and destination information, the online services you use to plan your vacation, the webcams, activity programs, the Royal Resorts blog and many additional features.

User statistics were taken into account during the planning stages to give popular services more prominence in the menus and make the website easier to navigate.    You’ll also find that the new design is mobile friendly if you are used to visiting it on your phone or tablet.

More information and other new features will be incorporated to the website in the months to come.

www.royalresorts.com

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Royal Resorts Foundation Lunch
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Royal Resorts Foundation Lunch for the Elderly at Hacienda Sisal

The Royal Resorts Foundation helps host a monthly get-together for senior citizens in one of the parishes in Cancun. It provides lunch and volunteers from the resorts help serve the guests, spending time with them and making sure that they all enjoy themselves. In April, instead of gathering in the courtyard of the Lourdes church for the monthly event, 135 elderly parishioners were invited to a very special lunch in Hacienda Sisal given by the Foundation.

Our guests of honor boarded the buses normally used to transport Royal Resorts employees and were driven to Hacienda Sisal where they were greeted by Royal Resorts Foundation and Restaurant Division volunteers. Resort gardeners had helped out earlier in the day by decorating the restaurant and making the table centerpieces.

The lunch was spinach-stuffed chicken breast in mushroom sauce served with mashed potato, fruit juice drinks, cake and coffee. As they ate, the guests listened to marimba music performed by the musicians of the Perla del Caribe band who donated their time for the event.

After their meal, the guests had fun participating in dance, fashion and singing contests. As a final touch of pampering, they received gifts and food baskets as the event drew to a close.

This group of senior citizens comes from Lourdes, Santa Cecilia, Maria Auxiliadora and San Juan Bosco parishes. They are poor, do not have family in Cancun to care for them and many are frail. For some, this monthly get-together is their only opportunity to meet up with friends. The Royal Resorts Foundation is happy to support the event.

For more information on the Royal Resorts Foundation visit www.royalresortsfoundation.org

 

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Your Personal Concierge will assist with anything you might need during your stay at the Royal Resorts
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Ask your Concierge

At Royal Resorts you have your own Concierge, who is on call to help you with restaurant, golf and tour reservations, activity and sightseeing information during your stay. It is the job of our Concierges to take care of everything so that you can relax and enjoy your vacation.
The Concierge department has been growing since 2015 and there are now separate teams to attend the needs of members and non-member guests at the resorts. You’ll also see Pool Concierges on duty on the pool deck and in the resort lobbies.
Your Personal Concierge will greet you on the day that you arrive and will have your invitations to exclusive Member events during the week such as the Welcome Party and Taco Party.
Call ext. 172 whenever you need to talk to your Concierge.

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Plan payments during the year with the new Easy CSF service
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Plan payments during the year with the new Easy CSF service

Interval Servicing Co. (ISCO) has a new online escrow service for Royal Resorts members called Easy CSF that will enable you to make deposits towards your annual Club Service Fee.

Using the new Escrow Service will help you plan your payments during the year and take the strain off your finances instead of having to pay one lump sum. It is quick and easy to use. Enrollment in the program is free and you decide how much you would like to deposit in each installment and the frequency of the deposits. A US$2 non-refundable service fee is charged for each escrow deposit.

It’s your choice and you have control over the amount you deposit and the timing. If you would like to make a change, put the deposits on hold or even cancel the agreement you may do so, providing the request is made no later than 30 days prior to your billing date for the Club Service Fee.

In the event that you cancel the Escrow Service, you will receive a refund for all the deposits you have already made, with the exception of the non-refundable service fee charged for each deposit.

If the escrow deposits you make exceed your annual Club Service Fee, Interval Servicing Co. will pay the membership company the corresponding amount to cover the Club Service Fee bill and refund the difference to you through the bank account used to process the payments.

Only deposits via ACH (Automated Clearing House) are eligible for the escrow service. They must be processed through a US bank account. ACH transactions are automatic charges deducted from your checking or savings account.

You must be a member in good standing and current with all your financial obligations to the resort in order to enroll and use the Interval Servicing Escrow Service.

The escrow service is only available to members residing in the United States and who have a US bank account.

If you own multiple weeks and would like to use the Escrow Service you must enter into one agreement per membership.

This new service is for members with weeks at Royal Resorts in Cancún and the Riviera Maya, Mexico; it is not available for the Resorts on St. Maarten, Curaçao and Aruba at this time.

Getting started

Log in to the Interval Servicing website at www.intervalservicing.com/EasyCSF to get started. The program is quick and easy to use.

Watch the Easy CSF video

Click on this link to watch the Interval Servicing how-to video that will show you how to enroll for the Easy CSF service in easy steps.
Easy CFS service for Royal Resorts Members from Interval Servicing

If you would like additional information about the Escrow Service or need assistance, please contact Interval Servicing Co. by calling 1-800-930-5050 US/Canada, 01-800-099-0486 Mexico or 954-485-5400 All Other Countries.

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Smoke BBQ at Cayo Largo
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Smoke BBQ at Cayo Largo

Traveling to Cancun soon? Don’t miss the new home-style smoke BBQ at Cayo Largo in The Royal Islander. Every Monday starting at 12 noon, you’ll be able to tuck into ribs, brisket, chicken and tender pork cooked to a traditional St. Louis recipe and smoked for up to 12 hours for maximum flavor.

Order the full BBQ if you want a hearty lunch or try the freshly made sandwiches with your choice of juicy brisket or pulled pork. BBQ sides include coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans and pickles and you can select the BBQ sauce you want on your meat; there’s the classic BBQ marinade, chipotle, vinegar, mezcal and Korean.

Come early as the BBQ is cooked in small quantities to ensure top quality.

After your BBQ, relax on the terrace and enjoy a traditional country-style dessert, classic pecan pie with a Mexican touch of mezcal, creamy banana pudding or ice cream.

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New Beverages Menu available at The Royal Roast Coffee Shop

Call in at the Royal Roast Coffee Corner in The Royal Market at The Royal Sands for a coffee or cold drink. You’ll find that there is a brand new expanded beverages menu with even more of your Starbucks® favorites to enjoy.

Pair your coffee, mocha, Frappuccino or iced tea with a pastry, cake, gelato or one of the freshly made baguettes or salads.

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