Each summer, we eagerly await the arrival of our oceangoing visitors, the sea turtles that nest on beaches throughout the Mexican Caribbean, and at 12:30 a.m. on June 13, The Royal Sands welcomed its first turtle of 2009. The green turtle in question dug her nest in the sand in front of Building A and laid a staggering 120 eggs! Security staff then collected the eggs and moved them to the safety of the corral where they will hatch in 45 to 60 days.
Royal Resorts has been participating in the statewide turtle campaign since 1985 and is proud to help protect these beautiful, ancient and sadly endangered creatures.
We all dream about a once in a lifetime adventure, whether it is sailing the South Pacific, staying at a chateau in the Loire Valley or playing golf at St. Andrews, but did you know that you can have your own unforgettable experience right here in the Mexican Caribbean? Apart from the mysteries of the ancient Mayan cities that dot the peninsula, you can take to the water for a trip to see the whale sharks, the largest fish in the world.
These gentle giants, yes, they are plankton feeders, spend the summer months in an area off the coast of Holbox and Cabo Catoche, the northern tip of the state of Quintana Roo, where the waters of the Caribbean mingle with those of the Gulf of Mexico. Mexican scientists have been able to identify around 200 whale sharks in the area and believe that this is the largest gathering in the world. International research findings reveal that whale sharks are great ocean travelers, congregating in a handful of spots around the world such as Australia, Fiji, the Sea of Cortez, Quintana Roo, Belize and Honduras to feed and breed.
In recognition of its importance for migrating whale sharks, Mexican President Felipe Calderon recently declared this stretch of ocean off Holbox a biosphere reserve, thus extending the Yum Balam Reserve which already protects the area‚ coastal wetlands and lagoons.
If you would like to meet the pez domino as local fishermen affectionately call it in reference to its speckled and striped markings, Thomas More Travel offers an amazing nature trip that gives you the chance to swim and snorkel with these peaceful creatures in the company of a knowledgeable guide.
Simply special . . .
For a truly memorable evening in a romantic setting, El Conquistador is the place. Candlelight, a gourmet meal featuring Chateaubriand, fresh salmon, lobster and shrimp, a selection of flamed desserts and attentive service are the hallmarks of this elegant cozy restaurant. Live guitar music nightly (except Saturday).
Open daily: 5 ‚Äì 10:30 p.m.
Reservations are recommended. Contact the Restaurant Reservations Center upon arrival at your resort, Ext. 65216 & 65217
The Royal Haciendas is the latest addition to the Royal Resorts collection. A five star resort located on a beautiful beach in the heart of the Riviera Maya, offering luxury and comfort in a splendid natural setting.
With its classic arches, columns, terraces, fountains and gardens, the low-rise architecture at The Royal Haciendas is inspired by the grand old haciendas or estates of the Yucatan which prospered from the cultivation of a native agave plant called henequen or sisal in the late 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th century.
Attendance at a 90-minute resort sales presentation is required. If married, both husband and wife must attend the presentation together. Reservations based on availability. Transportation, incidentals, taxes and meals are not incluided. Please call for complete details of promotion. This offer is not available to groups, family reunions (three or more families traveling together), current Royal Resorts members, Royal Resorts employees and their immediate families. Persons who have toured the same Royal Resorts location within the last 24 months or that participated in a Royal Resorts discounted promotional offer, requiring a tour, more than once are subject to a surcharge.
The Royal Haciendas Fourth Phase Opens
The fourth and final phase of The Royal Haciendas opens this June in the Riviera Maya. Seventy-one villas will be inaugurated, bringing the resort total to 252 villas. Additional features in this wing include a children‚Äôs pool, a craft activities area, a games room and a beachfront massage deck next to Building I.
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Spread the Word
Click here to read about the Royal Resorts Member Referral program. Share the Royal Experience with your circle of friends and workmates and find out how you can start reaping the rewards.
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Royal Spa Pampering
How about some pure indulgence for body and soul on your next trip to Royal Resorts? Pencil in some Spa time to your vacation schedule and enjoy a massage, facial or body wrap at our state of the art Spas located at The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya. Click here to start choosing your therapies.
Start your next vacation in style with a beach massage, available at all five Cancun resorts and at The Royal Haciendas. If you don‚Äôt want to leave your villa, ask about the relaxing villa and terrace massages offered by the Spa. Enjoy the Spa experience in the comfort and privacy of your own villa.
When the temperatures are sizzling, the last thing you want to do is waste time on a trip to the supermarket, you‚Äôll want to head straight for the water. Keep cool and do your shopping at your resort store, The Royal Market. You‚Äôll find everything you need and a great selection of Mexican and imported produce. Ask about the seasonal promotions available.
Stock up your Fridge Online
Use the convenient online Kitchen Starter Kit to save time on your next trip. Do your grocery shopping before you travel and The Royal Market will deliver your purchases to your villa for you.
Finding a Flight
Royal Club Vacations can help you find the lowest airfares to Royal Resorts destinations, rent a car and take care of all your world travel needs. Check the collection of cruises, family getaways and travel packages or use the online booking engine.
For more great trip ideas and promotions, sign up for the Royal Escapes e-bulletin. Contact Royal Club Vacations toll-free at: 800-221-8090 U.S. & Canada; 001-800-221-8090 Mexico; (954) 736-2200 or e-mail:email@example.com
Booking Additional Nights at Royal Resorts
Visit the official Royal Resorts Reservations Center website for online bookings of additional nights and weeks at Royal Resorts and The Royal Haciendas.
In Search of Excellence
During your next vacation at Royal Resorts please take a few minutes to complete the In Search of Excellence guest satisfaction survey and post it in the collection box at the Front Desk before checking out. You will automatically be entered in a monthly draw and could win a week‚Äôs stay with us.
Our CONGRATULATIONS go out to our April winner:
Guest: SALLY BROOK, The Royal Islander, Villa Guest 4733, Week 16, 2009.
We would like to thank all our members and guests for filling out the survey.
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Fresh seafood, a waterfront setting and unbeatable views make Captain‚Äôs Cove a Cancun landmark. On your next visit, order grilled shrimp, the delicious local fish called boquinete, crispy golden calamari or choose your own lobster. After dinner, why not step next door to Pancho & Willy‚Äôs Bar. There is live music and karaoke on different nights during the week.
Captain‚Äôs Cove is open daily from 12 noon to 11 p.m. and the bar stays open until‚Ä¶
Click here to book your table.
Seven Nights of Fun
Poolside cookouts, theme buffets, dinner shows, live music, karaoke, bar games and more, you really can have Seven Nights of Fun at the Royal Resorts restaurants and bars. From Lobster Night at Club Internacional de Cancun on Monday and the Mexican Dinner Show at Hacienda Sisal to Italian Night at Tradewinds and the Farewell Poolside BBQ at The Royal Sands, there‚Äôs something on every night at the different resorts.
Read Royal Resorts News, the resort magazine for details, ask your Personal Concierge or call the Restaurant Reservations Center.
Turtle Season is Here Again
Members of the Royal Resorts security staff have begun to patrol the beach in front of the Cancun resorts on the lookout for our very special summer visitors, the female sea turtles that come ashore at night to lay their eggs in the sand. The Mexican Caribbean is an important nesting area for rare green and loggerhead turtles and biologists, hotel personnel and conservationists watch over the creatures as they laboriously dig their nests. The eggs are subsequently collected and moved to a corral above the high water mark where they hatch 45 to 60 days later.
Resort guests may be lucky enough to have a National Geographic experience and watch one of these beautiful and ancient creatures from a distance as its lays its eggs, or participate in one of the turtle releases later in the summer.¬† Royal Resorts has been participating in the annual Cancun Turtle Conservation campaign since 1985.
Whale Shark Watching
If you are due to visit Cancun during the summer, why not sign up for a trip to see the whale sharks, the world‚Äôs largest fish. This incredible experience is only available in a handful of spots around the globe including Australia, Fiji, Belize and the Mexican Caribbean. These gentle giants gather to feed on plankton in an area of deep water off the island of Holbox and Cabo Catoche in northern Quintana Roo from mid-May to September. Tours are available with Thomas More Travel.
Explore the Yucatan
On your next trip to the Mexican Caribbean, be sure to spend some time outside your resort exploring the area. From ancient temples to a dazzling yellow convent and the salmon pink of thousands of flamingos, the Yucatan Peninsula is packed with natural and historical wonders and even if you have been coming down for many years, there is always somewhere new and exciting to visit.
Go on a photo safari in the area‚Äôs nature reserves and catch rare and colorful wildlife on film, swim in the crystal-clear waters of a cenote, zip line through the jungle canopy and more.
Let Thomas More Travel, the in-house travel agency at Royal Resorts, be your guide.
Dive Right in
Grab your snorkel mask, take a deep breath and start exploring the underwater world of the Caribbean. Home to hundreds of species of fish and other colorful sea creatures, the world‚Äôs second longest coral reef system stretches south along the Quintana Roo coast into Belize and is an endless source of wonder for divers.
If you have never seen a coral reef, try snorkeling during your vacation or learn how to dive by taking a resort course. A variety of trips is available for all levels of experience and the staff at the tour desk will help you find one that‚Äôs suitable for you.
Thomas More Travel is offering a new trip to the ancient city of Coba that also offers you the chance to meet the Maya of today, learn about their timeless traditions and even support sustainable development projects in the local area.
The day includes a guided tour of the archaeological site, which is one of the largest in the Maya World and one of the least explored; time to take photos of jungle flora and fauna, a visit to a pottery workshop in a nearby village and to a cenote to watch an atmospheric representation of the ancient Mayan ballgame.
Tune into Royal Channel, the Royal Resorts TV station, during your next trip for a fun line up of programs on activities, entertainment and sites of interest in the area.
Transportation from Cancun Airport
Canc√∫n International Airport regulations prohibit Thomas Moore Travel from collecting passengers and transporting them to Royal Resorts or The Royal Haciendas unless they have a pre-booked voucher in their possession when they arrive.
Don‚Äôt be caught out, if you don‚Äôt have a voucher, you will have to organize your own transport to your resort. Save time and book your airport transfer at least 24 hours prior to travel. Click here to make your online reservation. We will get back to you with your confirmation