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COMMEMORATING 40 YEARS OF ROYAL RESORTS

Royal Resorts is offering a unique, limited edition opportunity to commemorate 40 years of excellence in Quintana Roo. This memento will help you to remember the fun, relaxation and enjoyment of your experiences in Cancun and Riviera Maya. A beautiful aerial photo of your favorite resort with the Royal Resorts 40 Years logo is captured in stunning fashion on a ceramic tile and is available online at Teddy Trays.

The tiles have two measurements: 6” x 6” or a 6” x 8” and come with a display stand. The aerial images are also available in an 11-ounce tea/coffee cup that is dishwasher and microwave safe. Check out these limited edition items today at Teddy Trays.

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Celebrating 40 years at Royal Resorts

It’s been 40 years of precious memories at Royal Resorts. Forty years of welcoming our members and guests and their families to their resort home in Cancun and the Riviera Maya and creating magical vacation moments for them.

Welcome home
Your Royal Resorts hosts, these are the employees who remember your name and greet you with “Bienvenido a casa” time after time. A host of familiar smiling faces welcoming you with Mexican warmth and the hallmark Royal Resorts hospitality, all ready to go that extra mile to make your vacation truly exceptional. They clean your villa, sometimes leaving tropical flowers on the table to brighten your day, bring you your favorite cocktail at the pool bar or that extra-spicy sauce with habanero chili you like so much. Perhaps they are the Concierges, always on hand to help you with your every vacation need, the bellboys, Front Desk staff or the Thomas More Travel representative who is a mine of information on the Yucatán and gives you tips about fun places to visit in the area. Many have become friends over the years, asking about your children and telling you all about their own families.

More things to enjoy with each vacation
Royal Resorts is the perfect spot for a Cancun family vacation. Members love coming home to the spacious two-bedroom villas fully equipped with everything they need for their stay. There’s even a private ocean-view terrace for watching the sun and moon rise over the Caribbean and leisurely al fresco meals.

Pools, tennis courts, sailboats or kayaks, fun games, sports and activities, kids clubs, fitness centers, spas, shopping and a wealth of dining choices, the array of amenities at Royal Resorts has grown over the years and the search continues. We are constantly looking for new activities and services to enrich your vacation experience and give our members even more benefits.

The Royal Resorts family
Now comprising more than 70,000 families, the Royal Resorts member community continues to grow. From 51 countries and all walks of life, they share a passion for the Mexican Caribbean.

Some members come to Royal Resorts to get away from it all, disconnect and simply relax. Many enjoy activity-packed vacations with family and friends. Others travel to indulge a love of scuba diving, bird watching or Mayan history. And for many more, it is the one chance in the year to bring the family together for a vacation that spans cities, states, countries and even continents.

A lifetime of memories, over the years at Royal Resorts, we have seen children growing up, friendships forged, engagements and weddings and even grandchildren take their first faltering steps on the beach.

This is what Dee H., Royal Resorts member since 1982 has to say about Royal Resorts and the incredible memories it has given her and her family.

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What are your Royal Resorts 40-year memories?
Do you remember the early years at The Royal Cancun (Club Internacional de Cancun, also known as Vacation Club International or VCI) or days spent on the beach at The Royal Caribbean, The Royal Islander, The Royal Sands or The Royal Haciendas, our first Riviera Maya resort? Do you have a precious memory of Cancun in its infancy or of exploring the Yucatan? Why not share it with us? Drop us a line with your photos and vacation stories at memories@royalresorts.com

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Cancun sea turtle nesting season news

Here is the latest Cancun sea turtle nesting season news for 2017. Summer turtle nesting season is in full swing at Royal Resorts in Cancun, the Riviera Maya and elsewhere in the Mexican Caribbean. It has been a busy few weeks, with seven turtles in one night at The Royal Sands only to be followed […]

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Cancun sea turtle nesting season news

Here is the latest Cancun sea turtle nesting season news for 2017. Summer turtle nesting season is in full swing at Royal Resorts in Cancun, the Riviera Maya and elsewhere in the Mexican Caribbean. It has been a busy few weeks, with seven turtles in one night at The Royal Sands only to be followed by another six the next day and then an incredible 15 on June 22! The tally of nests to date at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander in Cancun has grown steadily and now stands at 625 with 73,635 eggs under guard in the turtle nurseries (as of August 1). This is way up on the same period in 2016, in fact, the number of eggs is almost triple the season total for last year.

Five turtles have come ashore on the beach at The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya. Turtles rarely nest on the beach at The Royal Haciendas and when they do the biologists that patrol the bay move the eggs to a corral at a neighboring resort to the north.

First babies of the season
And there’s even more great Cancun sea turtle nesting season news to share with you, the first baby turtles of the summer at Royal Resorts have been born! More than 1,237 eggs have already hatched at The Royal Sands, The Royal Islander and The Royal Caribbean and security guards have released the tortuguitas after dark to scuttle across the sand towards the waves and a new life at sea.

More Cancun & Riviera Maya turtle news
The 2017 Cancun sea turtle nesting season looks like being a very good one with lots of turtles coming ashore every night. Biologists working in the Cancun City Hall turtle conservation program reported that there are already more than 2,361 nests in 44 corrals at hotels along the Cancun shoreline. The majority of the nests are green turtle 1,322, 33 are loggerhead, five are hawksbill and there has been one leatherback turtle nest.

Elsewhere in the Riviera Maya, Flora, Fauna y Cultura A.C., the conservation group that coordinates the turtle nesting camp in the Xcacel-Xcacelito Turtle Sanctuary recently revealed that since 1996, biologists and volunteers have protected 30,380 green turtle nests and more than 6,000 loggerhead turtle nests on the shores of this pristine bay.

Xcacel-Xcacelito is one of the most important sea turtle rookeries in the Americas.Turtles can nest up to six times in one season and lay an average of 100 to 120 eggs each time, just imagine how many baby turtles have scuttled across the sand towards the sea over the years on this beach. We hope that many more do so this year and throughout the Mexican Caribbean.

Turtle conservationists on the island of Cozumel have reported that they have already registered 830 green turtle and loggerhead turtle nests on one nesting beach, Punta Sur, and that this is already a record-breaking number. They expect the number of nests to top the 1,000 mark by the end of August.

Tracking sea turtles by satellite
In other sea turtle news, two adult male Hawksbill turtles and an Olive Ridley turtle that were nursed back to health in the turtle clinic in Xcaret Park have been released into the wild, this time wearing satellite trackers. The movements of the turtles through the Mexican Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico will be monitored as part of a study into critical sea turtle habitats in the region being undertaken by researchers based at the Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav-IPN).

Sea turtles are at risk from climate change, becoming trapped in fishing nets as bycatch, coastal erosion affecting nesting beaches and oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. It is vital for scientists to identify the location and size of critical turtle habitats in the region.

“Sea turtles are sensitive to changes in their habitats and have a complex life cycle,” says Dr. Ana Negrete of Xcaret Park Conservation Department. “At different times in their lives they move between different marine and coastal ecosystems to feed, hide while they grow to adulthood, breed and nest. They are wide-ranging, migrating long distances that span large geographic areas such as the Gulf of Mexico or between countries.”

Additional satellite trackers will be fitted to the shells of hawksbill, green, loggerhead and Kemp’s Ridley turtles that come ashore in the states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan and Campeche or Tabasco and Veracruz. The research findings will be used to develop a multi-sector plan to protect turtles and their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico in the event of an oil spill.

Cancun sea turtle nesting season rules
Witnessing a sea turtle lay her eggs is an incredible experience, one that will awe you and bring a lump to your throat, but if you are lucky enough to see one, keep quiet and watch from a distance. Join us in protecting the sea turtles; follow the Cancun sea turtle nesting season rules:

• Alert resort security staff when you see a turtle on the beach at night
• Be very quiet and keep still. Loud noises, flashing lights and the movement of people startle nesting sea turtles and disrupt nesting, causing them to leave the beach without laying their eggs
• Watch from a distance of at least ten (33 feet) meters
• Do not attempt to touch the turtle or crowd her
• Do not shine a torch or use the light on your mobile phone
• Flash photography is strictly prohibited
• No smoking
• Follow the instructions given by security staff at all times

Turtles are protected by Mexican law and it is illegal to disturb them, persecute or hunt them and consume their meat or eggs. Last year, SEMARNAT, the Mexican Ministry of the Environment, enforced new rules for turtle nesting season to keep human contact with the fragile baby turtles to a minimum. The rules stipulate that hatchlings can only be released by trained security personnel and not by hotel guests. Failure to comply with these measures can lead to resorts losing the right to have turtle nurseries on site or to be part of the turtle protection campaign.

Help save the turtle year round
You can help protect sea turtles in the Mexican Caribbean year round, not just during the summer nesting season.
• Don’t litter, help keep our beaches and oceans clean. Discarded straws, plastic bags, beer packaging, fishing lines, cigarette butts and other garbage floating in the water are lethal to turtles and other marine life
• When snorkeling or diving watch 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

Say no to straws
Join the Royal Resorts no straws campaign and say no when offered a drinking straw. The Royal Resorts bars are no longer serving drinks on the rocks with a plastic straw and waiters will only bring them when specifically asked to do so. Straws discarded on the beach or floating in the water can seriously injure and kill sea turtles and other marine life.

Go one step further and say no to plastic bags, shop with reusable cloth or straw bags instead. Sea turtles become entangled or mistake floating plastic bags with the jellyfish that they prey on and ingest them with fatal consequences. Discarded fishing lines and nets, plastic beer packaging, cigarette butts and other garbage are also lethal to sea turtles. Please help keep our beaches and oceans clean.

Support conservation and the campaign against climate change. Global warming is causing rising sea temperatures and water acidification with grave consequences for sea turtles and other species.

Stay posted for more Cancun sea turtle nesting season news this summer on the Royal Resorts blog.
(Source of sea turtle satellite monitoring project information, Experiencias Xcaret; Cancun and Cozumel sea turtle statistics Novedades)

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Grand Residences wins Wine Spectator award

In a new accolade for Grand Residences, the latest luxury resort in the Royal Resorts collection, its signature restaurant El Faro Grill has made it into the prestigious Wine Spectator magazine list of top restaurants for 2017.

Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards honor restaurants with outstanding wine lists that offer carefully chosen wine selections to go with their cuisine and with something to appeal to all discerning wine lovers. This year, the Wine Spectator list showcases restaurants from every state in the United States and 75 countries around the world for their passion for wine. All award winners will feature in the August edition of the magazine. https://restaurants.winespectator.com/restaurant/3855/el-faro-grill.

El Faro received the Award of Excellence for its extensive wine list Available for diners to browse on a tablet, it features 200 wine selections from some of the finest vineyards in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Mexico, California, Chile and Argentina and a wine cellar of 2,000 bottles. Wine Spectator critics judged its particular strengths to be Mexico, Burgundy and Bordeaux.

Wine lovers will find classic favorites side by side with wines from small, family-owned vineyards in up-and-coming wine regions such as Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California.

El Faro Sommelier Javier Moreno Cortez is on hand to help diners choose wines that will be the perfect pairing for all their menu selections. Whether you pick a fragrant white wine, a full-bodied red or a bottle of champagne to accompany a dish prepared by award-winning French chef Yann Cozic, it will be a marriage made in heaven.

Affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World®, Grand Residences is located on a beautiful beach to the south of Puerto Morelos, the gateway to the Riviera Maya. It has incredibly spacious luxury suites with every creature comfort and an array of world-class services for guests to enjoy, including two restaurants, beach bar, swim up bar, lobby bar, four swimming pools, tennis courts, kids club and activity center, gym, spa and a gourmet food market. Other refinements range from a weekly sunset cruise to afternoon tea on the terrace and cooking classes. A team of concierges is on hand to help book unforgettable day trips, water sports and more.

Grand Residences is the No. 1 hotel in the Puerto Morelos area on TripAdvisor and appears in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Luxury Resorts in Mexico 2017 and the Top 25 Resorts for Service in Mexico 2017.

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Royal Resorts supporting conservation in the Mexican Caribbean

For Royal Resorts supporting conservation in the Mexican Caribbean has been a labor of many years. The Royal Resorts Foundation recently donated $222,905 pesos to Cancun conservation group Amigos de Sian Ka’an, A.C. to further its work to protect jungle, wetland and marine ecosystems in the state of Quintana Roo and the creatures that inhabit them.

A Mexican Caribbean conservation pioneer, Amigos de Sian Ka’an turned 31 in June. Founded in 1986 to watch over the state’s new biosphere reserve Sian Ka’an, “Amigos” has been involved in the groundwork and campaigning for the creation of a chain of reserves in the state, including Uaymil, Contoy, Arrecifes de Sian Ka’an, Arrecifes de Xcalak, Balan Ka’ax and Cozumel, an area representing more than 1.1 million hectares. Most recently, it was a consultant for the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve, which was designated by presidential decree in 2016. This new reserve will give much-needed protection to 23,000 hectares of marsh and mangrove, more than 300 kilometers of coral reef and the Arrowsmith Bank.

Amigos de Sian Ka’an staff and volunteers are involved in projects ranging from research and wildlife studies, an environmental services payment program for protecting the jungle to mapping the network of underground river systems in the area and developing a water management plan with local authorities and the private sector to protect the aquifer from pollution. It has an environmental awareness program in the community to spread the conservation message. It has a team working on sustainable development projects in Mayan communities to provide better economic opportunities for inhabitants through tourism, agriculture and the sale of crafts and other products made in the villages.

Another team of marine biologists monitors the health of the Mesoamerican Reef and marine life in 25 different reef sites in Sian Ka’an and the Riviera Maya. They have discovered that the health of Sian Ka’an reefs has not changed in the last five years but that overall 53 percent of corals in the areas monitored are suffering from bleaching as a result of rising sea temperatures, one of the consequences of global warming.

In 2016, Amigos de Sian Ka’an helped eradicate casuarina pine trees from the island of Holbox. Casuarinas are an non-native and extremely invasive species that spreads quickly and takes over, to the detriment of the mangrove forest.

Another Amigos recent project focused on the south of the state: three cays in the Banco Chinchorro atoll are now free of rats and feral cats; as a result crab and lizard populations are already rebounding.

Amigos de Sian Ka’an received the 2016 Skål Sustainable Tourism award for Maya Ka’an, a community tourism initiative in Sian Ka’an and central Quintana Roo.

A longtime supporter of Amigos de Sian Ka’an, the Royal Resorts Foundation joined forces with it in a conservation program to preserve areas of tropical forest in areas of northern Quintana Roo under threat from development, protect wildlife, including rare species such as the jaguar, and the aquifers that supply water to Cancun, Isla Mujeres and the Riviera Maya.

Get involved, the Royal Resorts Foundation is protecting nature and helping people
Find out more about the Royal Resorts Foundation and its community and conservation causes. Visit wwww.royalresortsfoundation.org

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Shining Stars at Colegio Mano Amiga, our Royal Resorts Foundation students

School’s out for summer at Colegio Mano Amiga in the Ciudad de Alegria in Cancun and Royal Resorts Foundation representatives were invited to attend the first graders open school end of term event. The Royal Resorts Foundation provides study scholarships for this entire class of first graders, 35 children.

As part of the open school, children were tested on their knowledge of Spanish, mathematics, English and animals, in this case, the jaguar. Some of the questions were asked on an individual basis and when they got a question right they moved forward a row, and to the back of the class when they answered incorrectly. This was followed by a problem solving session in groups.

At the end of the event, the Headmaster presented diplomas to three star pupils for their outstanding performance during the year and praised all the children saying that they were all champions.

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Colegio Mano Amiga students come from poor families, often from single parent households, migrant families or vulnerable backgrounds sometimes overshadowed by domestic violence, health and other problems that would make it impossible for the child to continue his/her studies if it were not for this support. The school provides primary, secondary and preparatory level studies and pupils also receive nutritious meals, medical care and guidance to give them the confidence they need to pursue their dreams.

Collecting school materials
In other Royal Resorts Foundation news, Royal Resorts employees recently organized a collection of school materials, new and second-hand, to donate to disadvantaged children in the Tres Reyes community on the outskirts of Cancun.

The Royal Resorts Foundation accepts donations of educational material, new toys and used clothing (children and adults) in good condition all year round if you would like to help.

Get involved, support the Royal Resorts Foundation
Visit www.royalresortsfoundation.org for more information about our community and conservation causes and to donate online.

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Royal Resorts Foundation Race 2017, building Don Maclovio’s house

Our 2017 Royal Resorts Foundation Race beneficiary 74-year-old Maclovio Tec will soon have a more comfortable home with ramps and other aids for his wife Carmen who is confined to a wheelchair and his son Reyes who has cerebral palsy.

Work is advancing at the building site and the project is 40 percent completed. The walls are going up, the floors and roof are being laid and cement is now being applied inside. As part of the project, a new kitchen, bathroom and second bedroom will be built and new windows, doors and cupboards installed.

Check the photo gallery to see building progress.

We will keep you posted as construction advances and we will soon have more news to share with you on the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race in 2018.

Get involved, support the Royal Resorts Foundation
Visit www.royalresortsfoundation.org for more information about our community and conservation causes and to donate online.

 

 

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Royal Resorts welcomes its new Executive Chef

Meet Juan Carlos Orozco, the new Royal Resorts Executive Chef. Only 32 years old, he is a young talent who has already cooked for Presidents, royalty and celebrities and has worked in several international hotel chains both here in Mexico and in Panama and Cuba. This is his second time at Royal Resorts and members and guests can look forward to many tempting surprises in the months and years to come.

Originally from Mexico City, Chef Juan Carlos grew up in Leon, Guanajuato, in the fertile Bajío region. As the youngest grandson he spent much time helping his grandmother in the kitchen learning all the secrets of traditional Mexican cuisine. He also remembers helping his father in the orchard and greenhouse, harvesting fresh produce and then helping him cook it. As a result of this experience a passion was kindled and he decided that he wanted to become a chef.

He studied diplomas in Gastronomy and New Mexican Cuisine at the Iberoamerican University and during his career he has taken many courses on the latest tendencies and techniques in world cuisine, hotel administration and more.

In 2008, he joined Palace Resorts as a Specialty Chef and Sous Chef with responsibility for events. In 2011, he was recruited to Royal Resorts as Executive Sous Chef before moving to Panama to open two new hotels, the Intercontinental and Westin. It was at the Westin that he cooked for ministers attending the Latin America Summit in 2013, the visit of US Vice President Joe Biden and the Economic Forum.

In 2014, Chef Orozco returned to Mexico to Grupo Karisma in the Riviera Maya, working as Executive Chef in Generations Riviera Maya and Azul Sensatori.

In 2016, he was appointed as Executive Chef at Hyatt Ziva in Los Cabos with responsibility for seven specialty restaurants and a sports bar. He then moved to Cuba to take up a post as Executive Chef at the Melía Cohiba in Havana, where the four restaurants were favorites with the diplomatic community.

He reminisces, “I have had the honor to cook for three Mexican Presidents Vicente Fox, Felipe Calderon and Enrique Peña Nieto, US Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Latin American heads of state, the former King of Spain and many other dignitaries.”

Chef Orozco has amassed a wealth of experience in running hotel restaurants and has achieved a standard of excellence wherever he has worked.

At Royal Resorts he oversees the operation of all the restaurants in Cancun and at The Royal Haciendas and has a staff of 250 chefs, cooks, kitchen assistants and cleaning staff. He says, “My responsibilities are to keep raising quality standards and customer satisfaction, staff training, innovation, the creation of new menus and to be at the forefront, always looking for new products and techniques for the dining pleasure of our guests. We are working on changes that we think our members and guests will be very happy with,” he adds, “our goal is to take the Royal Resorts restaurants to another level, making gradual changes to a la carte and buffet menus, improving the presentation of dishes on the buffets.“

Chef Orozco continues, “We are already making some changes to the menus, diners will find new Mexican dishes to try at Hacienda Sisal and the Sand Dollar at The Royal Sands will have a ceviche menu at lunchtime and a greater variety of sushi in the evenings.” However, he is quick to point out that members who have favorite dishes that they enjoy every vacation need not worry, they will still be able to find them on the menus.

When asked what inspires him, he says “I am inspired by the latest tendencies, the fact that world cuisine is constantly evolving and that there is always something new to learn, such as the sous-vide vacuum sealed slow cooking technique or farm to the table. I was one of the first chefs in the Riviera Maya to serve molecular cuisine but it is no longer in fashion. Later on I had to learn how to prepare Indian cuisine to cater to growing demand. The market is always changing.”

“I would say that my greatest strength is Mexican cuisine, Chef Orozco says, “I was an ambassador for Mexican cuisine when I worked in Panama and Cuba. Mexico is extraordinarily rich in cuisine and food culture that UNESCO added it to the World Heritage list. The country is so big that each region has its own specialties and they are best sampled in situ. Having said that, there are some gastronomic hot spots like Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, Tabasco, Chiapas and Yucatán that are remarkable for the number of dishes they contribute to the national cuisine. As we are in the Yucatan Peninsula I would recommend that our guests try local dishes such as cochinita pibil (marinated slow cooked pork), sopa de lima (lime and chicken broth) or salbutes (deep-fried corn tortillas topped with shredded lettuce, avocado, chicken or turkey and pickled red onion).

“Mexican cuisine comes in two different varieties: antojitos or appetizers such as tacos and complex dishes known as guisos that are sophisticated blends of sauces, herbs and spices, with vibrant flavors. Previously, the stereotype of Mexican cuisine was the taco; this is no longer the case. Gifted Mexican chefs are making their mark on the international stage and the chefs of the world are turning their eyes towards Mexico for the richness of its ingredients and flavors.

“The food world is revolutionizing,” he adds, “More universities are offering culinary courses. Renowned chefs like Ferrán Adria of Spain are experimenting with flavors and textures. Cuisine is an art, you put your very soul into preparing a dish; it is your interpretation. You can give the same recipe to 10 chefs and they will all come up with something different. Yet, the more I learn, the more I see that traditional Mexican cooking techniques like the pib or cooking pit used here in the Yucatan, or the barbacoa of central Mexico are the slow cooking techniques that are so popular nowadays. You have to respect your roots.”

“My message to Royal Resorts members and guests is that tempting new dining experiences will await them on every visit. In addition to their classic favorites, they’ll find fresh flavors, different dishes and theme nights to try.”

 

 

 

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Moonlight and magic, open air dining at Royal Resorts

On warm summer nights in Cancun and the Riviera Maya there’s nothing better than enjoying a meal in the open air and when dining at Royal Resorts you have plenty of options to choose from.

After a long flight, you might want to relax on your first evening in Cancun or the Riviera Maya and the private terrace of your suite is the perfect place for a casual supper of pizza from Bartolo’s, the Royal Resorts pizza delivery service, the Royal Express food to go counters or room service at The Royal Cancun, The Royal Sands or The Royal Haciendas.

The poolside cookouts and BBQs at different resorts during the week are a must for tasty grilled fish, steaks, chicken and burgers under the stars. They are the perfect option for a Cancun family vacation and a great way to meet other Royal Resorts members and guests.

Dining at Royal Resorts should always include lobster night at La Palapa in The Royal Cancun on Monday. La Palapa is a classic Mexican Caribbean thatched roof restaurant with spectacular views of the bay looking out towards Isla Mujeres. It’s a wonderful beachfront spot to dine on grilled lobster and fresh seafood and listen to the rustle of the palms in the soft breeze.

If you are staying at The Royal Haciendas, dine on the terrace at La Palapa del Sol. Sip a sunset cocktail as the sky turns to rose, violet and then deep blue. Watch the lights of Cozumel and passing cruise ships twinkle in the distance and listen to the waves as you enjoy your meal. On Saturday evening, don’t miss the Sol Grill cookout with live music.

Captain’s Cove is a must during your Cancun vacation for cocktails on the terrace at sunset and an unforgettable evening under the stars dining on some of the freshest seafood in town. Order local fish caught earlier in the day, shrimp, calamari and Caribbean lobster served grilled or cooked according to traditional Mexican or International recipes. The Captain’s Cove menu http://www.captainscoverestaurant.com offers something for every seafood fan and there are juicy steaks, chicken and pasta too.

Are you celebrating something on your vacation, a birthday or wedding anniversary perhaps? For something truly special why not arrange to have a romantic dinner on the beach? Dine by candlelight on a three-course menu, order a bottle of wine or bubbly and enjoy the moonlight and the sound of the waves. You might even be lucky enough to see a shooting star.

Romantic dinners on the beach can be organized on request at all Royal Resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Contact the Special Events department for more information, specialevents@royalresorts.com

Dining at Royal Resorts? Check the Welcome Home Guide you receive at check in for details of poolside cookouts, theme nights and more during the week.

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Poolside dining treats to try this summer at Royal Resorts

Are you staying at Royal Resorts in Cancun or the Riviera Maya this summer? Here’s a Royal Resorts dining tip, try some of the tasty seasonal snacks on sale by the pool in the different resorts. Here are some of the treats in store for you:

The Royal Islander
Try discada, a traditional mixed meat dish from northern Mexico that owes its name to the iron disc – originally an old farm plough disc – that is used to cook it over an open flame. Bacon, beef, pork, chorizo, onion, tomato, garlic, bell peppers, serrano chili and a dash of beer feature in the dish and it is served with tortillas. Available on Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m.

There’s also fried fish daily and poolside paella for lunch on Thursdays (limited availability).

The Royal Cancun
It’s taco night by the beach bar every night except Saturday this summer. There’s also a fresh fried fish special available poolside during the day

The Royal Sands
Try the chef’s tasty paella on Sunday and snack on char-grilled chicken, fried fish, shrimp or fish ceviche and refreshing fresh fruit and vegetable crudités served Mexican style with chili powder and lime wedges. You’ll find them on sale poolside during the week.

The Royal Caribbean
Work up an appetite for a poolside lunch of pescado frito or fried fish or seafood ceviche

The Royal Haciendas
Snack on ceviche during the day and try the Teppanyaki Night on Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Reservations required.

Pozórale! Pozole Thursday at Hacienda Sisal
Have you tried Hacienda Sisal Pozole Thursday, if not, pozórale, which means “go on then!” Every Thursday, Hacienda Sisal serves up this hearty Mexican broth for lunch or dinner.

Pozole comes in three varieties: rojo (made with tomato and dried chilis), verde (made with green tomatillo, epozote or cilantro, jalapeño chili and pepitas) and blanco (clear broth; all include pork or chicken and cacahuazintle corn kernels (hominy).

Once the broth is served, diners then top it with the traditional pozole garnishes: shredded lettuce or cabbage, finely chopped onion and chili, sliced radishes, tostadas, chili, oregano and lime and tuck in.

So remember, pozole is on the menu every Thursday at Hacienda Sisal for lunch or dinner. Located next to The Royal Sands, Hacienda Sisal is open daily from 2 to 11 p.m.

Information is subject to change.

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