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Seafood fans, try the new Sand Dollar at The Royal Sands

If you are traveling to Cancun soon or are staying at Royal Resorts and can’t wait to get your fill of fresh seafood, The Royal Sands has another delicious dining option for you to try during your vacation. Now open, Sand Dollar is a cevichería or seafood bar on the terrace outside Sidelines. The menu features seafood cocktails, tostadas, tacos and several varieties of ceviche, all perfect for lunch with an ice cold beer or a tropical cocktail and a view of the pool deck and the Caribbean.

Get your bearings and order drinks, try the Pink Wave, the Sand Dollar signature cocktail, a refreshing concoction of fresh lemon, Sprite, blush wine and Merlot. As you look at the menu, your waiter will bring tortilla chips and two homemade tomato salsas for you to snack on, both are delicious.

Have you tried ceviche before?
Ceviche is one of the most popular dishes along Mexico’s Caribbean, Pacific and Gulf shorelines and throughout Latin America. Fresh seafood is marinated in lime juice until it literally “cooks” and turns white. Chopped onion, tomato, chili, coriander, and a dash of oil and seasoning are added and the ceviche is served with totopos or corn chips, very tasty!

Ceviche recipes vary from region to region, some chefs add cucumber or mango and the seafood can be diced or grated fish, shrimp, lobster, clams or octopus or a mixture of all of them! Chef Juan Manuel Fuentes has created five different ceviches for the Sand Dollar, made with shrimp, fish, clams and even oyster mushrooms for vegetarians. You won’t find these flavorful ceviches anywhere else. Try one, try them all!

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Plenty of delicious seafood choices on the Sand Dollar menu
The Sand Dollar menu also features a selection of Mexican seafood cocktails with octopus, shrimp and the famous Campechano. Often served as a pick me up, this hearty seafood cocktail is a blend of shrimp, fish, octopus and clams marinated in lime and tomato juice with chopped onion, tomato, cucumber, coriander, avocado and a hint of chili. A fruit cocktail with fried plantains, watermelon, papaya, melon and kiwi fruit marinated in orange juice, parsley and honey vinaigrette is a refreshing tropical alternative.

Try the crispy corn tostadas. Piled with fish ceviche, octopus, tuna or shredded beef salpicon, a tasty Yucatan dish, and served with salsas, they are so delicious you won’t be able to eat just one.

If you are in the mood for seafood tacos, there’s a choice of taco fillings to munch on at the Sand Dollar. “Shelliche” mixed ceviche, octopus salad or stewed tuna tinga feature on the menu, as do minilla, which is shredded fish cooked in a mild chipotle chili sauce, and flaked salmon served Korean style with sesame oil, coriander, carrot, red cabbage, lime juice, sambal sauce and rice sheets.

Sand Dollar tacos are served with the traditional soft corn tortillas but you can also choose lettuce leaves, crispy taco shells or rice sheets for an Oriental touch. Tostadas and tacos come with chili sauce or chipotle mayo and there’s plenty of habanero chili on demand.

After your meal sit back, enjoy the view, order another beer, cocktail or coffee and be sure to save space for a homemade ice cream – coconut and fresh pineapple or tangerine with Xtabentun –, ice cream soda or Key Lime pie.

The Sand Dollar is located on the terrace outside Sidelines Sports Bar at The Royal Sands. Open daily from 12 noon to 8 p.m. (weather permitting). From 5 to 8 p.m. freshly made sushi is also available in addition to ceviches, seafood cocktails, tostadas and tacos.

What else is new on the Royal Resorts dining scene?
In more Royal Resorts dining news, be sure to try the new panini and crepe menu in La Rotonda Bar at The Royal Haciendas just outside Playa del Carmen. Freshly made sushi is also available. Daily, 5 to 10 p.m.

Discover an array of tempting new dishes on the El Conquistador menu at The Royal Islander in Cancun.

There’s also the Mexican Wine Tasting Dinner on Wednesday at Hacienda Sisal in Cancun. Try wines from some of Mexico’s most famous vineyards and a delicious menu of traditional dishes to complement them perfectly. Reservations are required for this event as seating is limited.

Have you tried the Monday Smoke BBQ lunch on the terrace at Cayo Largo in The Royal Islander? Brisket, ribs, pork and chicken are all cooked to a traditional smoke recipe from St. Louis and there is a choice of sauces and traditional BBQ garnishes. Smoke BBQ sandwiches are also available at The Royal Cancun on Tuesdays.

Also at The Royal Islander, Paco’s Tacos has an expanded menu offering of tasty traditional tacos and is sporting colorful new Mexican décor.

Enjoy your favorite cocktail in the open-air terrace bar at Tradewinds in The Royal Caribbean or the Sippin’ and Dippin’ beach bar at The Royal Cancun.

Stay posted on this blog for more Royal Resorts dining news.

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10 Mexican Caribbean Travel Experiences for 2017

Traveling to the Mexican Caribbean this year for a Cancun family vacation at Royal Resorts? Try something new during your 2017 trip. The Mexican Caribbean and the Yucatan offer a wealth of amazing places to visit and the opportunity to create unforgettable travel experiences. Where would you like to go and what would you like to do? Thomas More Travel is your guide to the area and here are 10 great trip ideas to whet your appetite for wanderlust.

Explore the Mesoamerican Reef

When you travel to the Mexican Caribbean for your Cancun family vacation you literally have the Mesoamerican Reef, the world’s second longest coral reef system, right on your doorstep! Take the plunge and explore a wonderland of reefs that begins near Contoy Island, runs through the Cancun-Isla Mujeres area, and south along the Riviera Maya and the Costa Maya into the neighboring country of Belize.

Stretching for nearly 700 miles, this immense reef system is home to more than 500 species of fish, large and small, 350 species of mollusks such as octopus, conch and colorful nudibranchs, tiny sea horses, turtles and many other wonderful marine creatures.

The Mexican Caribbean also welcomes ocean wanderers that move through the area to feed or breed during the year. They include eagle rays, golden cownose rays and manta rays, sailfish, marlin and the famous whale shark. The world’s largest fish, the whale shark congregates in the waters around the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and east of Contoy and Isla Mujeres during the summer months to feed on plankton.

Plan a family snorkeling trip in Puerto Morelos Marine Park, Yalku or Isla Mujeres or don your mask, flippers and tanks for unforgettable reef dives in the Cancun-Isla Mujeres area, Cozumel and Akumal. For an amazing experience further afield, visit Banco Chinchorro, a coral atoll off the coast from Majahual and Xcalak.
With clusters of submerged sculptures in several locations in the Cancun-Isla Mujeres National Marine Park, Cancun’s iconic Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) is the largest of its kind in the world and well worth a visit. Snorkeling and dive trips are available.

Mesoamerican Reef

Spend the Day in Playa del Carmen

When was the last time you strolled down la Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen’s vibrant 5th Avenue? If it has been a while, on your next Cancun family vacation why not plan to spend the day in the Riviera Maya’s lively waterfront capital? You’ll find even more boutiques, craft shops, art galleries and international designer stores to browse through and plenty of new restaurants, bars, outdoor cafes and gelaterias to tempt your taste buds.

There’s more, after a spot of shopping or beach time why not take the family to Playa’s trio of attractions? First up is the Playacar Aviary where you can see toucans, parrots, macaws and other colorful native birds from southeast Mexico in a jungle setting.

Then head for the 3D Museum of Wonders on 10th Avenue. The exhibits at this very different museum are 3D drawings and famous paintings on the floors, walls and ceiling that create optical illusions. Come face to face with a lion or a dragon, drag a zebra out of the jungle, surf the waves, fly like the birds and even pose in a shell like Botticelli’s Venus.

Finally, visit Playa’s newest attraction, L’Aquarium, a state of the art aquarium with 45 spectacular tank installations on three floors of the Plaza Corazon Mall on 5th Ave and Calle 14 (the entrance is on Calle 14). Exhibits showcase the coral reef and other marine ecosystems and more than 200 species of multicolored fish and marine creatures.

Yet another museum is set to make its debut in Playa del Carmen later this year, the Frida Kahlo Museum. Timed to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of this iconic Mexican artist, the museum will be the second of its kind in the world and will feature paintings and sketches by Frida and local artists inspired by her work.

L’Aquarium Playa del Carmen


A Vision in Pink

If you have never been to Rio Lagartos, the fishing village on the north coast of the Yucatan that is the gateway to the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, make 2017 the year that you explore this wetland wonderland. It is home to thousands of flamingos, so many that they dye the horizon salmon pink.

Local fishermen trained as eco guides take visitors on boat trips through the ria or estuary and mangroves to the salt flats and lagoons where the flamingos feed on the minute brine shrimp that give them their bright pink plumage.

In addition to flamingos, Ria Lagartos is a refuge for 364 other species of bird and the feathered population is swelled in the winter months by migratory ducks, waders, songbirds, birds of prey and even hummingbirds that fly south to escape the colder climes of the US and Canada. During your boat trip you can expect to see herons and egrets, ibis, roseate spoonbills, kingfishers, skimmers, white and brown pelicans and hawks. You’ll spot birds any time of the day but for the greatest number of sightings plan your visit for sunrise.

Ria Lagartos Reserve owes its name to the lagartos or crocodiles often spotted in the mangroves. Other resident wildlife includes spider monkeys, jaguars, deer, coatimundi and raccoons. The shoreline is also an important nesting area for sea turtles, particularly the hawksbill or carey, the smallest of the four sea turtles found in waters around the Yucatan Peninsula.

A trip to Rio Lagartos can be combined with a visit to the colonial town of Valladolid or the archaeological site of Ek Balam, 20 minutes to the north of Valladolid.

Pink Flamingos

Nights of Mexican Caribbean Magic

For a magical Mexican Caribbean evening how about dining under the stars on board a catamaran or a Spanish galleon? Other options are a Mexican gala of music, dance and tasty cuisine, a Mayan jungle experience or a Cirque du Soleil show.

There’s something about taking to the waves to watch the sunset, enjoying a lobster dinner and cocktails and watching the moon rise in a star-studded sky. Evening cruises depart from Cancun and sail through the lagoon and the bay. Luxury yachts and catamarans also ply the Riviera Maya coast.

Xoximilco Park is the place to go for a lively Mexican fiesta of music and cuisine. Board a trajinera or colorful gondola for a cruise along canals in the jungle where musicians serenade you at every turn. Dinner is a tasty selection of some of Mexico’s most popular dishes and beer and tequila flow freely.

Cirque du Soleil’s Riviera Maya show La Joya takes its inspiration from the annual migration of the monarch butterfly, Mexican nature and history and the passing of the love of life from one generation to another. Music, art and the grace of the Cirque du Soleil performers make it an experience for the senses. Four packages are available: VIP dinner and show, dinner, champagne and show, show, champagne and hors d’oeuvres and show only.


Merida, Cultural Capital of the Americas 2017

Celebrating its 475th anniversary and being named Cultural Capital of the Americas 2017, the first city to have achieved this distinction twice, Merida should be on your must-see list this year. Lonely Planet, New York Times and the Huffington Post have all recently featured the capital of the Yucatan for its colonial treasures, rich traditions, cuisine, music and the hospitality of its inhabitants.

Spend the day exploring the city’s historic heart, visiting the 16th-century Cathedral and Casa de Montejo, home of Merida’s founding family, on the main square. Then stroll along Calle 60 past more colonial churches and leafy squares to Paseo Montejo, a wide boulevard lined by opulent mansions built at the height of the henequen boom in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Visit Merida’s many museums and art galleries, starting with the Gran Museo de la Cultura Maya and the Regional Museum for an introduction to Mayan culture. At the City Museum, you’ll learn that Merida’s origins go way back before 1542. The Spanish conquistadores built their city amidst the ruins of a much earlier Mayan capital called T’ho.

Shop for Yucatecan and Mexican folk art in craft centers, bustling markets and eclectic boutiques and galleries. After dark, sample the delights of the Merida dining cuisine and enjoy a different cultural event every evening. The program ranges from traditional dance performances and guitar trio concerts to a Mexican evening and Merida en Domingo, an all-day gala on Sunday.

Mestizas Merida Yucatan

Have a Family Park Outing

Treat the children to a day out at one of the Riviera Maya’s famous parks on your next Cancun family vacation. There’s plenty to choose from, whether you enjoy water sports, zip lining and jungle adventures or Mexican culture.

Spend the day snorkeling at Xel-Ha or “flying” through the forest canopy at Xplor or Selvatica. Visit four cenotes in one day at Xenotes Oasis Maya, explore a pristine cave system at Rio Secreto or combine Mayan history, cenotes and jungle adventures on the Coba Encuentro Maya, Jungla Maya or Cenote Maya tours.

With an array of natural and cultural attractions including a huge aviary, aquarium, a Mexican Folk Art Museum, underground rivers to explore and a caleta or inlet for snorkelling there’s something for everyone in the family at Xcaret. Be sure to stay on for the spectacular evening show. From the days of the ancient Maya and Aztecs to the coming of the Spaniards and all that ensued, it tells the story of Mexico through music and dance. It’s so colorful, vibrant and moving that it will have you shouting “Viva Mexico” with the best of them.

Xenses, the Riviera Maya’s latest park, is a strange world of optical illusion and fantasy where nothing is as it seems and the fun is endless.


Mayan Majesty

Famous Mayan metropolis Chichen Itza made international headlines in 2016 with the discovery of an even older pyramid hidden inside the famous Pyramid of Kukulcan. If you have visited Chichen Itza or the cliff top citadel of Tulum before, why not make 2017 the year you venture further in the Maya World?

Head inland from Tulum on the Mexican Caribbean coast to the ancient jungle city of Coba, one of the largest archaeological sites in the Maya World but also one of the least studied; 90 percent of its temples and palaces have yet to be excavated. For spectacular views of the surrounding forest and four nearby lakes, climb Nohoch Mul, the tallest pyramid in the northern Yucatan.
South of Tulum, the smaller site of Muyil is on the shores of a lagoon in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Exploring both sites on your Cancun family vacation is a chance to have your own jungle experience with plenty of wildlife sightings.

In the neighboring state of Yucatan, discover Ek Balam near Valladolid or pay a return visit to Chichen Itza, one of the World’s New Seven Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or is this the year that you travel further afield to the beautiful ancient city of Uxmal? Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Uxmal is famous for the artistry of its stone carvings and is the largest of a chain of archaeological sites known as the Puuc Route, all an hour’s drive south of Merida.


Off the Beaten Track

Go off the beaten track during your next trip to the Mexican Caribbean and explore the Mayan communities of central Quintana Roo and the immense Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, an area collectively known as Maya Ka’an. A collection of community tours gives you the chance to visit rural villages, meet the Maya and learn about their culture, farming, herbal medicine, cuisine and beliefs. If you enjoy nature, other trips take you deep into Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve for bird watching, kayaking, snorkeling and a look at chicle harvesting. The sap of the chicozapote tree is the natural raw ingredient for chewing gum.

Sian Kaan

Explore at your Own Pace with a Private Tour

On your next Cancun family vacation, sit back and relax, let someone else take care of the driving as you explore the area at your own pace on a private tour available through Thomas More Travel. You have a van, driver and even a bilingual guide at your disposal and you can plan your own day, spending as long in each place as you wish. Visit one of your favorite Mexican Caribbean beaches for lunch or go somewhere new. Tour desk staff will be happy to help you put together a sightseeing itinerary.

Thomas More

See more of Mexico

If you are staying in Cancun or Riviera Maya for several weeks and you would like to go somewhere different this year, why not see more of Mexico? Thomas More Travel offers getaways to some of the country’s most famous destinations and an expanding internal flight network makes regional travel easier than ever. Guided tour packages are available to cosmopolitan Mexico City, the colonial cities of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato and Puebla, Copper Canyon in the northern state of Chihuahua and the beautiful state of Chiapas, a blend of breathtaking natural scenery, Mayan and colonial history and traditions.



Book your 2017 Vacation Adventures with Thomas More Travel
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Second Royal Resorts Foundation Race

Running for a Good Cause in 2017, 2nd Royal Resorts Foundation Race, Feb. 19

Calling all runners, start 2017 by signing up for the Second Royal Resorts Foundation Race in Cancun on February 19 and join us in supporting another worthy cause. This time, the Royal Resorts Foundation has partnered with Pro Niños Excepcionales A.C., a Cancun charity that helps children with physical, neurological and mental challenges. We will be helping a man who has devoted his life to caring for sick children but now needs a helping hand himself, Maclovio Tun

At 74 years old, Maclovio is the sole breadwinner for his family, wife Carmen who is paralyzed as a result of a childhood bout of polio, and their son Reyes who has severe cerebral palsy. Their derelict house has a leaking roof, no door and no sanitation facilities and is unfit for them to live in. The goal is to renovate and extend their home, making it a safe, healthy and comfortable space for them.

Maclovio is the sole breadwinner in his family, caring for his wife and his son with dedication and dignity. Pro Niños Excepcionales volunteers first met him 12 years ago when he brought his son on his tricycle to the association’s physiotherapy clinic to request help for the boy. His appeal was granted and in return he helped out at the center cleaning the land and collecting fallen branches to sell as firewood. It soon became evident to staff at the center that he did not have a steady job and after meeting Carmen, it dawned upon them just how precarious Maclovio’s situation was.

In order to help him, Pro Niños Excepcionales hired Don Maclovio to work in its equinotherapy center. To this day, he cleans out the stables, looks after the horses and leads them around the paddock during sessions with children.

Our Race Mission, Rebuilding Maclovio’s House
Maclovio’s house is literally falling down; it was damaged during Hurricane Wilma and the family has never had the money to repair it. Parts of the roof are missing, others leak when it rains and falling tiles, crumbling plaster and rotting wood are a constant risk. There is no front door, a safety issue for such a vulnerable family, only one bedroom, an improvised kitchen, no cupboards or closets and no bathroom. The lack of clean water and sanitary facilities are serious health concerns.

The goal of the Royal Resorts Foundation Race is to raise money to completely renovate Maclovio’s house, adding a second bedroom, a proper kitchen-dining room, a bathroom and the ramps and other mobility aids that Carmen and Reyes desperately need. This project will improve the lives of Maclovio and his family, giving them a home that they will be more comfortable in.

Sign up for the Second Royal Resorts Foundation Race
Sign up for the Second Royal Resorts Foundation Race and help renovate Maclovio’s home. Take part in the 10, five or three-kilometer race or a three-kilometer walk, there’s a Fun Run for children too.

Sign up today by emailing
Invite your friends and family to take part too! The closing date for registration is February 11.

Race details
• The Royal Resorts Foundation Race takes place on February 19 at 7 a.m. Starting point: Captain’s Cove Restaurant to Westin Regina and back again.
• Race Fee is $250 pesos per adult and $150 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
• 3, 5 or 10 kilometers
•Age categories for men and women
Free (15-39 years) Master (40-49 years) Veteran (50 and over)

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-kilometer 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

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 or during your stay at Royal Resorts.

The Royal Resorts Foundation
The Royal Resorts Foundation is always looking for ways to help the disadvantaged and the sick, bring change to local communities and conserve the Yucatan Peninsula’s precious ecosystems and wildlife. Its principal causes include education for children living in poverty, funding vital cancer screening and treatment for women on a low income and physiotherapy for children with motor and neurological diseases, emergency relief for employees in times of serious illness and conservation of the Mayan jungle and the area’s underground rivers.
Visit to learn more about the Royal Resorts Foundation, its causes, activities and events and how you can help.


New Year’s Eve Dining at Royal Resorts


Are you staying at Royal Resorts in Cancun or the Riviera Maya for New Year? Here’s a quick guide to New Year’s Eve dining at our restaurants so that you can ring in 2017 in style.There are tempting treats, live music and more.

New Year’s Eve in Cancun
When it comes to New Year’s Eve dining, there’s plenty on offer in the Royal Resorts restaurants. Take your pick between a gala buffet or a five-course menu in a romantic setting.

• Enjoy the New Year’s Eve gourmet buffet at Captain’s Cove on the shores of Nichupte Lagoon. This is waterfront dining at its best with fresh seafood, roast top sirloin, pork and turkey, pastas, salads, desserts and much more. A welcome cocktail, open domestic bar and a glass of sparkling wine for the midnight toast are included in the price. After dinner the party continues in Pancho & Willy’s Bar with a DJ, orchestra and a mariachi serenade.
• New Year’s Eve Dinner at El Conquistador in The Royal Islander, the delicious menu features Surf & Turf or Duck Magret, open domestic bar during dinner and a glass of sparkling wine for the toast. Master guitarist Jorge Duran will be serenading diners.
• New Year’s Eve dinner at Hacienda Sisal, diners choose between a surf and turf dish of beef fillet and shrimp or lobster thermidor. One cocktail and a glass of sparkling wine are included. Live Mexican music during the evening in the romantic ambiance that evokes a grand old Mexican hacienda of yesteryear.
• New Year’s Eve Buffet at La Veranda, The Royal Sands, the evening includes a sumptuous gala buffet, welcome cocktail, open domestic bar during dinner and live piano music.
• If you are in the mood for dancing then head for Sidelines Bar at The Royal Sands where there will be a DJ from 9 p.m. to midnight and an open domestic bar.
• New Year’s Eve Buffet at La Palapa, The Royal Cancun, a delightful spread, live music, open domestic bar during dinner, a welcome cocktail and a glass of sparkling wine at our classic Mexican Caribbean beachfront restaurant.
• A la carte menus will be served at La Trattoria, The Royal Cancun, Cayo Largo, The Royal Islander and Tradewinds,The Royal Caribbean.


Welcome to 2017 at The Royal Haciendas
Enjoy New Year’s Eve dining with family and friends in Riviera Maya style with a sumptuous Casino Night dinner at La Palapa del Sol. The la carte menu will be served at Los Murales.

12 Grapes for Good Luck
It is a New Year’s Eve tradition in Mexico to eat 12 grapes in quick succession after the stroke of midnight for good luck. You should make a silent wish with each one you consume.

For further details and reservations please call the Restaurant Reservations Center at ext. 165.

Grand New Year Dining
At Grand Residences, our luxury resort in Puerto Morelos, owners and guests can look forward to a gourmet New Year’s Eve dining experience. Award-winning French Chef Yann Cozic has created a sublime menu and El Faro Grill will be decked out for the perfect celebration in paradise. The festivities include a mariachi serenade, DJ, music for dancing and a cotillion per person.
Guests can start 2017 in gourmet style with New Year’s Day brunch. The spectacular spread features breakfast dishes, prime rib, lobster, lamb, smoked salmon, quiche lorraine and much more. Grand Residences guests can make reservations with the concierges or at El Faro Grill. Prepaid reservations only.


Christmas & New Year Dining at Royal Resorts

menu-navideno-christmas-specials-royal-resortsReady for some festive dining, if you are staying at Royal Resorts in Cancun or the Riviera Maya for Christmas or joining us for New Year, delicious cuisine awaits you at our restaurants. Here’s a guide to some of the treats in store, roast turkey and all.

Christmas Eve Dining
Mexicans traditionally gather for their family Christmas meal on Christmas Eve or Nochebuena, and our restaurants are offering a tempting spread of seasonal dishes. La Veranda at The Royal Sands, La Palapa at The Royal Cancun and La Palapa del Sol at The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya will have buffets laden with an array of delectable choices ranging from roast turkey and beef to heavenly desserts. Service is from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in La Palapa, 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in La Veranda and from 5 p.m. at La Palapa del Sol in our Riviera Maya resort.

For other Cancun dining options, try the Christmas Eve dinner special at Hacienda Sisal, which features roast turkey or surf or turf with tender beef fillet and marinated pastor-style shrimp. If you are in the mood for something different, sup on fresh seafood at Captain’s Cove or choose Italian cuisine in La Trattoria at The Royal Cancun. A la carte menus are available in Tradewinds at The Royal Caribbean and Cayo Largo at The Royal Islander.

Christmas Day Menu Specials and Buffets
For Christmas Day dining, tuck into a sumptuous festive buffet with roast turkey and all the trimmings in La Veranda at The Royal Sands, La Palapa at The Royal Cancun and Tradewinds at The Royal Caribbean from 5 p.m. For something different, El Conquistador at The Royal Islander is offering a Christmas Day dinner with live guitar music from Jorge Duran and this popular restaurant now has new opening hours of 6 to 11 p.m.. You also have a second chance to try the Christmas menu special at Hacienda Sisal. For those who may have already had their fill of roast turkey, however unlikely, the La Trattoria Christmas Day menu special features a delightful salmon recipe and other tempting dishes, all with an Italian twist, from 6 to 11 p.m.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Royal Style
Ring in the New Year in style with a mouthwatering buffet in Captain’s Cove, Cancun’s favorite seafood restaurant on the shores of the lagoon. Other dining options include a delicious New Year’s Eve dinner in Hacienda Sisal next to The Royal Sands or El Conquistador at The Royal Islander. There are New Year’s Eve buffets in store for revelers at La Veranda in The Royal Sands and La Palapa at The Royal Cancun. And if you are staying at The Royal Haciendas, the New Year’s Eve dinner at La Palapa del Sol has a Casino night theme. A la carte menus are available in Los Murales at The Royal Haciendas and in the other restaurants at the Royal Resorts in Cancun.

For further details of Christmas and New Year dining, prices and New Year’s Eve reservations, please call the Restaurant Reservations Center at ext. 165.

Grand Dining at Grand Residences
If you have checked into Grand Residences for the Christmas or New Year holidays, award-winning French chef Yann Cozic is cooking up a gourmet experience for you. Dine at El Faro Grill with family and friends on Christmas Eve and savor the special Christmas Dinner menu. Return on Christmas Day for the exquisite El Faro brunch. Breakfast dishes will be served from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. if you want to head straight for the beach. For a more leisurely lunch, try the hearty spread of prime rib, lobster, roast turkey, pork loin and more available from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

On December 31, El Faro Grill will be decked out for a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Party. The festivities include a mariachi serenade, DJ, music for dancing and a cotillion per person. Finally, guests can start 2017 with a delicious New Year’s Day brunch. Grand Residences guests can make reservations for these events with the concierges or at El Faro Grill (Prepaid reservations only).


Cancun Night Marathon, Saturday, December 10, some roads closed

It’s the Cancun Marathon on Saturday, December 10! Now in its 32nd year, this night race attracts a field of more than 3,000 international marathon racers and local runners.

The race starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday and the route followed by the runners covers Malecón Tajamar (lagoonside, opposite the Malecon Las Americas Shopping Center), along Bonampak Ave, Calle Antonio Enriquez Savignac (El Table), Kukulcan Boulevard as far as El Mirador (Playa Delfines) at Km 18 and back again.

The staging of this race and the marathon route will cause disruption to traffic and delays on Friday and Saturday; therefore we recommend that you take this into account when planning dining and other activities.

• From 11 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, Ave. the north-south lane of Bonampak Ave. from the Bullring to Nichupte Ave. was closed to traffic and will remain closed on Friday and Saturday.

Cancun Marathon Race Day Road Closures, Saturday, December 10
On Saturday, December 10, the following roads in Downtown Cancun and two lanes of Kukulcan Boulevard in the Hotel Zone will also be closed:

• At 1 p.m. Sayil Ave. leading to Bonampak Ave. and Nichupté Ave. leading to Bonampak Ave. will be closed.

• At 2 p.m. the entrance to the Hotel Zone will be closed to vehicles along with the two lanes of Kukulcan Boulevard next to the lagoon as far as Playa Delfines. The entrance to El Table road will be closed and the intersection of Ave. Bonampak with Boulevard Luis Donaldo Colosio will also be partially closed.

• There will also be road blocks affecting Bonampak Ave. with Cobá Ave. and Coba Ave. (North-South traffic circle) and Tulum Ave. with Sayil Ave.

• Once the 5 km Fun Run has ended the road block on Bonampak Ave. will be moved as far as Hospiten hospital and vehicles will be diverted towards Tulum Ave. past the Civic Justice Offices.

If you are going to Downtown Cancun from your resort, please note that all vehicles entering and leaving the Hotel Zone will be using two lanes of Kukulcan Boulevard. Your journey is likely to take longer than normal.

Vehicles heading for the Hotel Zone and the Airport will take the Luis Donaldo Colosio Boulevard route.

If you have any questions please ask at the Front Desk and check with Thomas More Travel if you are departing on Saturday afternoon and have booked your transport to see if there are changes in the departure times from your resort.

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Maratón Nocturno en Cancún este sábado, 10 de diciembre, cierre de algunas avenidas

¡Es el Maratón de Cancún este sábado, 10 de diciembre!

Ahora en su año 32, esta carrera nocturna atrae más de 3,000 competidores internacionales y corredores locales.

La carrera comienza a las 5 p.m. y la ruta que seguirán los corredores cubre Malecón Tajamar (Laguna Nichupté, frente al Centro Comercial Malecón Las Americas), Avenida Bonampak, Calle Antonio Enríquez Savignac (El Table), Blvd. Kukulcán hasta El Mirador (Playa Delfines) a la altura del Km 18 y de regreso.

El punto de partida de esta carrera y la ruta del maratón provocará la interrupción de tráfico y retrasos el día viernes 9 y sábado 10 de diciembre; por lo que le recomendamos tome en cuenta sus tiempos al momento de planear sus actividades.

• A partir de las 11 p.m. del día jueves 8 de diciembre se cerró el carril de norte a sur de la Av. Bonampak, en el tramo comprendido de la Av. Nichupté a la Plaza de Toros, permaneciendo cerrado ese carril durante todo el día viernes.

Cierre de Avenidas el día del Maratón, sábado 10 de diciembre

• A 1 p.m. del día sábado 10 de Diciembre, realizarán cierres preventivos de la Av. Sayil con Av. Bonampak y Bonampak con Av. Nichupté.

• A 2 p.m. se cerrará la entrada a la Zona Hotelera, los dos carriles de subida del Boulevard Kukulcán (del lado de la laguna) hasta Playa Delfines, la entrada de El Table y se realizará el cierre parcial de la intersección de la Av. Bonampak con Boulevard Colosio.

• Cierres preventivos en la Av. Bonampak con Cobá (Serviturismo) Tulum y Av. Cobá (Glorieta Norte-Sur) y Tulum con Sayil.

• Al finalizar el recorrido de la carrera de 5 kilómetros se moverá el dispositivo de cierre hasta el Hospiten y haciendo la desviación de vehículos hacia la Av. Tulum pasando por los Juzgados Cívicos.

Si usted va al centro de Cancún desde su Resort, tenga en cuenta que todos los vehículos que entran y salen de la Zona Hotelera van a utilizar dos carriles del Boulevard Kukulcán. Es probable que su recorrido tarde más de lo normal.

El acceso a la Zona Hotelera se realizará por el Boulevard Colosio, rumbo al aeropuerto.

Si usted tiene alguna duda, por favor pregunte en la recepción. Si su salida del Resort es el día sábado y ya tiene reservada su transportación consulte con Thomas More Travel si existe algún cambio.

The Hacienda Sisal Wine Dinner
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Book your table for the Hacienda Sisal Mexican Wine Tasting Dinner now

Taste Mexico. On your next Cancun vacation be sure to visit Hacienda Sisal for the new Wine Tasting Dinner featuring the very best of Mexico, the perfect pairing of wines and cuisine from all over the country.

Enjoy sparkling, white, rosé and red wines paired with five delectable courses. The refreshing acidity of a Dubois sparkling wine goes well with a melted cheese and mushroom starter; a Casa Madero Chardonnay is served with a smoked marlin tostada and salad and the richness of pork in a cochinita pibil sope is balanced with a L.A. Cetto rosé. After a refreshing Yucatecan lima sorbet to cleanse the palate, a full-bodied, award-winning Casa Madero Shiraz is served with carnitas and followed by beef fillet in salsa borracha with a Santo Tomas Cabernet Sauvignon. Dessert is a heavenly chocolate crème brûlée set off to perfection by Xtabentun, the Yucatan’s honey-anise liqueur.

The world of Mexican wine

The vineyards participating in the Hacienda Sisal Mexican Wine Dinner are among of the country’s oldest and most famous, the winners of many awards.   Santo Tomas and L.A. Cetto are two of Baja California’s most famous wineries, both located in the Valla de Guadalupe near Ensenada. Located in the Valle de Parras in Coahuila and founded in 1597, Casa Madero is Mexico’s oldest vineyard – and the oldest in the Americas. The Dubois by NV Freixenet sparkling wine is produced in the central state of Queretaro.

The Hacienda Sisal Wine Dinner is every Wednesday. Book your table now as capacity is limited to 30 people. Calling the Restaurant Reservations Center at ext. 165 or reserve online.



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Celebrating Halloween and Mexico’s Dia de Muertos tradition in Cancun

Are you in Cancun or the Riviera Maya this week for Halloween and Dia de Muertos on November 1 and 2, one of Mexico’s most famous traditions? If so, there’s plenty in store for you at Royal Resorts and as you explore the area.

Halloween Trick or Treat at The Royal Haciendas

The Activities team at The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya has lined up a number of special Halloween activities for October 31. For starters, join them at 3 p.m. in the Multiple Events Area for The Royal Haciendas 10th Anniversary weekly party. At 4 p.m. it’s Piñata Time, bring your children and grandchildren to take turns to hit the piñata and grab the candies that fall out when it breaks. At 4:30 p.m., there’s Trick or Treating for the little ones and yet more candy! A movie follows at 6 p.m.

Commemorative The Royal Haciendas 10th anniversary Dia de Muertos t-shirts will be on sale with proceeds going to the Royal Resorts Foundation community and conservation causes.

Cancun Trick or Treating

There are special Halloween children’s activities at the Activity centers today in the Cancun Royal Resorts too.

If you are staying at The Royal Caribbean or The Royal Islander bring your children to The Royal Caribbean Activity Center. The fun starts with decorating Halloween candy baskets at 10 a.m., face painting and a special surprise activity. Then there’s trick and treating and a costume contest followed by a Halloween piñata at 4 p.m.

At The Royal Cancun, children can make their own baskets and Halloween masks and then line up after lunch for some scary face painting. Trick or Treating is at 2 p.m. and the piñata is at 3 p.m.

Halloween activities for children at The Royal Sands begin with hand prints, finger painting and candy basket decoration. There’s a surprise activity at noon and face painting at 2 p.m.. Trick or treating is at 3 p.m. and the event concludes with piñata fun at 4 p.m. Ask Activity staff for more details.

Dia de Muertos

From orange cempasuchitl marigolds and flickering candles to cut tissue paper depicting skeletons, sugar candy skulls and impressive altars laden with offerings of food and flowers, symbols associated with Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Mexico’s most famous fall tradition are everywhere you look this week.

Dia de Muertos is celebrated on November 1 and 2 the length and breadth of the country. At this time of year, Mexicans believe that the dead return to the world of the living for a short time. They welcome their loved ones back with altars bearing photos of the deceased, food and drink that they were partial to, treasured possessions, flowers and other offerings. Candlelit graveside vigils are held with prayers, food, flowers and even serenades.

The Mayan Day of the Dead is called Hanal Pixán, which means “feast of souls.” Throughout the Yucatan, families make the pilgrimage to the cemetery to visit the graves of their loved ones and erect altars to honor the souls of children and adults.

As night falls on November 1, the Maya bekieve that the dead draw near to dine and they prepare a feast for them. Tables laden with offerings of mucbilpollo, large chicken tamales wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in a pit and gourds of tan-chucua, a thick corn drink flavored with crushed cacao beans, pepper and aniseed are set up under the trees outside the house. Pumpkins, squash, corn, bread, fruit, sweets, honey cakes and flowers are added to the altar, candles are lit and incense burns. The family spends the night in prayer and vigil. The next day they eat the mucbilpollo, washing it down with gruel, chocolate or balche, an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and the bark of a tree.

You’ll see Dia de Muertos altars in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Valladolid and Merida.

Xcaret Festival of Life & Death Traditions

If you are planning a day at Xcaret this week, you’ll have the chance to participate in its annual Festival de Vida y Muerte, the Festival of Life and Death, which showcases the beliefs and traditions associated with Dia de Muertos. Held on October 30, 31, November 1 and 2, the Festival features processions, altars, a mass, traditional cuisine, art exhibits, music, dance, theater, concerts, children’s events, and a visit to the colorful Mexican cemetery.

This year, groups from different parts of the guest state of Puebla have joined the Mayan communities from central Quintana Roo and Yucatan that always participate in the Festival. They will be giving festivalgoers a glimpse of their rich traditions, such as the Huey Atlixcayotl fiesta in honor of San Miguel Arcángel and Quetzalcoatl, which brings together processions of pilgrims from the 11 ethnic regions of the state in Atlixco to celebrate with dances and ceremonies.

Communities from the northern mountains of Puebla will erect their Day of the Dead altars and handicrafts from all over the state will be on display, including Talavera ceramics, trees of life from Izucar de Matamoros and embroidered textiles. Puebla’s famous chicken in mole sauce, tinga stew, tamales, cookies and candies will be on the menu.

Famous Mexican actor Ignacio Lopez Tarso and singer Lila Downs (gala concert on November 1 and 2) are both returning to the Xcaret stage this year.

Book your Xcaret visit with Thomas More Travel. Call in at the tour desks in Royal Resorts or check

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Important News About Guest Elevators


Dear Member,

In order to keep the resort installations at the highest standards for the benefit of all our members, we would like to inform you of our plans to upgrade the electrical systems, cabin renovation, engine and cable replacement for the guest elevators at The Royal Islander, building 1 and The Royal Sands, buildings A and I:

The Advisory Councils approved this complete overhaul and it will take an estimated five weeks for completion. Work will begin during maintenance week at each resort and will continue for the following four weeks. During this time:

  • The elevator in Building “1” at The Royal Islander will be out of service for weeks 37 through 40, 2016, and
  • the elevators in Buildings “A” and “I” at The Royal Sands will be out of service for weeks 41 through 44, 2016.

All other guest and service elevators will be operating normally, unless an unforeseen technical failure occurs.

If the aforementioned work represents an inconvenience for you please let us know and we will do our very best to accommodate you accordingly. Please call us at 1800 930 5050 or email us

We are working to improve the resort and we appreciate your understanding and support during this essential project. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home in paradise.


Royal Resorts Management

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Estimado socio,

A fin de mantener las instalaciones de los resorts bajo los estándares de calidad más altos para el beneficio de todos nuestros socios, nos gustaría informarle de nuestros planes para mejorar los sistemas eléctricos, renovar las cabinas y reemplazar los motores y cables de los elevadores para huéspedes de The Royal Islander, edificio 1 y The Royal Sands, edificios A y I:

Los Consejos Consultivos aprobaron esta revisión completa y llevará un estimado de cinco semanas para terminarse. Los trabajos comenzarán durante la semana de mantenimiento de cada resort y continuará durante las cuatro semanas siguientes. Durante este tiempo:

  • El elevador del edificio “1” en The Royal Islander estará fuera de servicio durante las semanas 37 a 40 de 2016.
  • Los elevadores de los edificios “A” y “I” en The Royal Sands estarán fuera de servicio durante las semanas 41 a 44 de 2016.

Todos los demás elevadores para huéspedes y de servicio estarán funcionando normalmente, a menos que se produzca un fallo técnico imprevisto.

Si las obras mencionadas representan un inconveniente para usted, háganoslo saber y haremos nuestro mejor esfuerzo para evitarlo. Llámenos a 1800 930 5050 o envíenos un correo electrónico a

Estamos trabajando para mejorar los resorts y agradecemos su comprensión y apoyo durante este proyecto esencial. Esperamos poder darle la bienvenida de nuevo a su hogar en el paraíso.


Administración Royal Resorts

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Paco’s Tacos Restaurant
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Taco Time, Mexican Traditions at Paco’s Tacos

Discover a tasty Mexican tradition, a hearty meal of tacos in Paco’s Tacos, our family-friendly restaurant at The Royal Islander in Cancun. A tortilla with a delicious filling that ranges from grilled steak or shrimp to stewed chicken or pork, the taco is Mexico’s most famous antojito or finger food. Order it in a variety of combinations, all are delicious.

The Paco’s Tacos menu is a veritable celebration of the art of eating tacos. First, choose your favorites from a selection that includes tender beef, tacos al pastor (marinated pork topped with fresh pineapple, onion and coriander), carnitas or fried pork, chicken, fish, shrimp, cheese and vegetable fillings. Then drizzle your tacos with chili sauce and add a spoonful of guacamole and you are ready to tuck in!

When you are ready for your meal at Paco’s Tacos or indeed any of the other Royal Resorts restaurants, Captain’s Cove and Hacienda Sisal, download the Royal Food App from the iTunes store and book your table online.

There’s much more on the Paco’s Tacos menu besides tacos, how about fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas, tortas (filled rolls), or nachos? There are also crispy hard shell tacos if you are homesick for the Tex-Mex version. If you are with friends, the Plato del Luchador (Warrior’s Platter) is a taco selection that’s perfect for sharing.

Start your meal with lime or black bean soup or the soup of the day. Try the alambres or skewers or the queso fundido or melted cheese served in a traditional molcajete or volcanic stone mortar. Vegetarian dishes feature tender nopales or cactus pads and Portobello mushrooms. Be sure to order a Mexican craft beer or an agua fresca or refreshing fruit-based drink to go with your lunch.

The ambiance at Paco’s Tacos is fun and the décor colorful. Stars from the golden age of Mexican cinema, such as Maria Felix, Pedro Infante and Jorge Negrete share wall space with famous artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and masked lucha libre wrestlers. In addition to personalities from Mexican history and culture, there’s folk art and humorous sayings associated with cuisine. If you are not sure how to eat your taco, look at the chart showing diners how to hold it correctly!

Paco’s Tacos is on the second floor of the Cayo Largo building at The Royal Islander. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

How to Eat a Taco
Believe it or not, there is an art to making Mexico’s famous finger food! Take a warm corn tortilla from the basket – your Mexican hosts will tell you never to take the top tortilla – and place it on your plate. Put a spoonful of the filling in the center and spread evenly. This is the only time you’ll need to use your knife and fork as tacos are eaten by hand.

Not sure what to have in your tacos? Go for chopped grilled steak, fish or shrimp, chicken or vegetables. Chorizo and potato and rajas con crema, which are mild poblano chilies in a cream and melted cheese sauce are also tasty. Add guacamole, pico de gallo or your choice of chili sauce (mild to fiery habanero chili from the Yucatan), a sprinkling of salt and lime juice. Roll the tortilla up like a pancake or fold it and you have a taco.

True connoisseurs will tell you to hold the taco with your index finger and thumb and lean over the plate to avoid being splashed as the juice drips out. They say that your head should be at an angle of 45˚ and your elbow at 90˚ approximately. You can balance tacos dorados on a fork to stop them getting soggy as you add salsa. After a couple of attempts you’ll have mastered taco making and we are sure that you will want to sample as many as possible. And don’t be embarrassed about licking your fingers after eating tacos, everyone does it!

Corn or Flour Tortillas?
Whether to order corn or flour tortillas, that is the question. Corn tortillas are used to make tacos throughout Mexico, but flour tortillas are also popular in the north of the country. You can always request flour tortillas if you prefer them.

Tacos Dorados
Other variations on the taco theme include tacos dorados or flautas, which are pre-rolled tacos of shredded beef or chicken that are deep-fried and served on a bed of chopped lettuce, crumbled cheese, chili sauce and sour cream. In northern Mexico, they are often served with a broth containing zucchini, tomato and carrot, pickled red onion and crumbly white cheese.
Other varieties of taco are steamed and known as tacos sudados or tacos de canasta.

A Taco Tour of Mexico
After one meal at Paco’s Tacos, you’ll be ready to work through the whole menu and try all the tasty fillings. And if you are going to travel elsewhere in Mexico, there are even more to sample. While some staple ingredients such as grilled beef, chicken, marinated pastor-style pork and guisos or stews are served in tacos throughout the country, each region has its own specialties. Here’s a quick guide to some of them.

• Yucatan: Cochinita pibil (marinated pork baked in banana leaves in a cooking pit until tender), lechón or suckling pig, salpicon or shredded beef with lettuce and radish, tikinxic (marinated grilled fish), longaniza or Valladolid sausage

• Baja California Norte: Shrimp or fish in batter served with shredded cabbage, onion, chipotle mayonnaise and pico de gallo, lobster burritos with refried beans, pico de gallo and rice

• Mexico City: Tacos al pastor, picadillo or stewed ground beef, huitlacoche or corn mushroom with corn kernels, squash blossoms, pork or beef offal, chicharron or pork rind in a green tomatillo sauce, chorizo, nopalitos

• Michoacan: Carnitas, marinated fried pork

El Bajio: Barbacoa (slow-cooked marinated lamb, pork and goat cooked in maguey leaves), nopalitos or tender cactus pads

• Sonora and Chihuahua: Chargrilled steak and pork

• Sinaloa: Seafood, machaca or dried beef, chilorio or stewed pork, and tacos dorados

• Nuevo León: Tacos de cabrito (roast goat)

• Puebla: Chicken or turkey in mole, a smooth sauce made from chocolate, chili, ground spices and sesame seeds, tinga or braised chicken or beef

• Oaxaca: In addition to chicken mole, cecina or tasajo beef, other traditional Oaxacan taco staples include cheese and squash flowers…and insects! Chapulines or toasted grasshoppers and fried maguey worms are a local delicacy

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