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Royal Resorts launches Grand Residences Points-based memberships

Royal Resorts is offering its members more options for a richer lifestyle that promises a lifetime of extraordinary memories.
Introducing a new Grand Residences Points-based membership that provides exclusive benefits through the Royal Resorts Signature Club’s latest addition, the Elite membership.

Discover what the new Signature Club Elite membership offers:
• Exclusive Points access to the award-winning Grand Residences by Royal Resorts®, one of The Leading Hotels of the World®
• Dozens of complimentary extras, including room upgrades, airport transfers, welcome baskets and massages
• Three levels of Signature Club Elite membership, offering a convenient path to extending your options and benefits
• 30-day priority access to five other Royal Resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya
• Exclusive access to luxury vacation exchange around the world through The Registry Collection by RCI®, including discounts on golf vacations, yacht rentals and cruise vacations

To learn more about these exciting new memberships call your concierge at ext. 172 upon arrival at Royal Resorts or email rrsc@royalresorts.com

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New Royal Resorts dining option, Mexican night at La Veranda

We have a new Royal Resorts dining option for you this summer, get ready to tuck into traditional dishes from all over Mexico! It’s Mexican Night in La Veranda at The Royal Sands in Cancun.

Listen to mellow marimba music performed by a group from Chiapas as you sip a margarita, tequila or mezcal or a glass of Mexican beer or wine and choose what you are going to eat.

Start with a generous helping of guacamole, chips and salsa or fresh seafood ceviche. There’s a full salad bar featuring Mexican specialties such as tasty salpicon, which is shredded beef with radishes, tomato, lettuce, cilantro and red onion or help yourself to chicken, lettuce, jicama and other vegetables. Try a classic market snack: esquites or cooked corn kernels topped with cream, cheese, chili powder and lime juice.

Assemble your plate of antojitos mexicanos or Mexican snacks for starters. These may include tacos al pastor, quesadillas, crispy deep-fried tacos dorados and sopes, which are corn dough patties with assorted toppings. Yucatecan snacks to try are salbutes and panuchos, corn tortillas topped with shredded chicken or turkey, lettuce, sliced avocado and pickled red onion.

Main courses on the buffet range from chicken in mole sauce, that smooth chocolate-chili spice mix that is a traditional specialty in Puebla and Oaxaca, to Veracruz-style fish or the catch of the day cooked in garlic butter or al mojo de ajo. There are beef and chicken brochettes, chicken tamales and carnitas or marinated roast pork. Try the beef barbacoa which is cooked for so long it literally melts in your mouth or cochinita pibil, pork marinated in achiote and Seville orange juice spice mix, wrapped in banana leaves and slow roasted. Served with warm homemade corn tortillas, pickled red onion and a dash of chili sauce, it is a showstopper dish from the Yucatecan kitchen.

Make your own tacos with corn or flour tortillas, diced beef or chicken, rajas con crema or poblano chili slices in a cream sauce, refried beans, Mexican rice and grilled spring onions. Vegetarian dishes include potatoes with chard, zucchini in tomato sauce and nopales, tender cooked cactus leaves.

Be sure to help yourself to some freshly made salsa. There are a variety of sauces to choose from, including pico de gallo, tasty cooked tomato salsa and avocado, green tomatillo, serrano chili and coriander-based sauces. For an extra kick, seasoned chili eaters can try xnipek, made with the fiery habanero chili from the Yucatan.

For a sweet ending to your Mexican meal, help yourself to some traditional desserts. They include candied papaya, fritters with cinnamon and piloncillo sugar sauce, caballeros pobres or Mexican-style French toast, crème caramel and tres leches or Mexican cream cake. Order Mexican-style coffee or hot chocolate with fragrant cinnamon and a glass of Xtabentun, the honey-anise liqueur made in the Yucatan.

The Monday night Mexican buffet at La Veranda in The Royal Sands is served from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and the marimba band plays from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $465 pesos per person, children half price. It is included in the REFINE All-Inclusive package.

A week of theme nights at La Veranda
There’s something for everyone at La Veranda during the week with an array of theme night buffets, an a la carte menu and chef’s specialties. Satisfy your craving for fajitas on Saturday night and enjoy island recipes on Sunday during Caribbean night. Monday night is Mexican night and on Tuesday you’ll savor fresh pasta, seafood and other Italian dishes. Wednesday night brings you the flavors of the Orient and Prime rib night on Thursday is a favorite with meat lovers. Finally, on Friday, don’t miss the poolside BBQ.

Don’t miss these Royal Resorts dining choices either
Not staying at The Royal Sands? Fear not, there are a variety of tempting theme nights to try during your Royal Resorts vacation in Cancun and at The Royal Haciendas in Playa del Carmen. Here are more Royal Resorts dining recommendations for you.

Monday
Lobster Night, La Palapa, The Royal Cancun
Mediterranean Night, Tradewinds, The Royal Caribbean
Teppanyaki Night, Sol Grill, The Royal Haciendas (reservations required)

Tuesday
Prime Rib Night, El Conquistador, The Royal Islander (reservations required)
Oriental Night, La Palapa del Sol, The Royal Haciendas

Wednesday
Italian Night, Tradewinds, The Royal Caribbean
Prime Rib Night, Captain’s Cove (reservations required)
Teppanyaki Night, Sol Grill, The Royal Haciendas (reservations required)

Thursday
Caribbean Beach Night, La Palapa, The Royal Cancun

Friday
Caribbean Night, La Palapa del Sol, The Royal Haciendas
Teppanyaki Night, Sol Grill, The Royal Haciendas (reservations required)

Saturday
Lobster Festival, Tradewinds, The Royal Caribbean and Cayo Largo, The Royal Islander
Prime Rib Night, Captain’s Cove (reservations required)
Mexican Night, La Palapa del Sol, The Royal Haciendas

Sunday
BBQ Night, Tradewinds, The Royal Caribbean
Brazilian Night, La Palapa del Sol, The Royal Haciendas

This is just a sampling, ask the Concierge for more Royal Resorts dining recommendations.

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Beating the Heat at the Royal Resorts Spa

Basking in the tropical sun on a Mexican Caribbean beach it can be easy to overdo it, especially if you come from a cooler northern climate. If you do have a case of sunburn, The Royal Resorts Spa at The Royal Sands in Cancun and The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya has the answer.

The new SOS After Sun Facial from the Babor line of luxury skincare from Germany, now available at the Spa, is the perfect remedy. It contains soothing chamomile, vitamin E, soya, sesame seed and peanut oils, aloe vera, wild indigo extract and kaolin. These active ingredients refresh and calm skin that is red, irritated or overheated after too much sun, providing instant relief. The gentle formula also makes it ideal for sensitive skin.

The mask is applied and then your face is completely covered in bandages for 60 minutes for maximum absorption. The SOS After Sun Facial does not include a steam treatment or extractions.

Top tips for beating the heat from the Royal Resorts Spa
• Wear a hat, sunglasses and have a t-shirt or cover up with you
• Apply eco-friendly sunscreen with the correct factor for your skin and repeat during the day
• Make sure that your children wear special kids sun lotion with a high SPF factor to protect them from burning, SPF 70 is recommended
• The hottest part of the day is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
• Even if it is cloudy or breezy you can still burn
• Drink plenty of water throughout the day, at least two liters is recommended
• Don’t overdo your sunbathing! Cool off in the shade or in the water frequently
• Sun products should always be reapplied after bathing
• Use environmentally friendly sun products to protect marine life and coral reefs and shower before entering the water
• An even better idea is to wear a t-shirt as an alternative to sun cream if you plan to go snorkeling
• Wear cool cotton clothing in white, cream or pastel colors
• Snack on fresh fruit and vegetables to cool off
• Add some freshly squeezed lime, orange or grapefruit juice to your water or try some of the local tropical fruit drinks known as aguas de fruta o aguas frescas. Made with pineapple, orange, lime, mango, melon, guanabana or soursop, pitahaya (Dragon fruit) and guava you’ll find them very refreshing. Another cool drink to order is jamaica, which is a iced tea made with the dried petals of the hibiscus flower
• If you are in Cancún or Playa del Carmen indulge with some helado as ice cream is known in Mexico, you’ll find a variety of flavors and whichever one you choose, it’s sure to be delicious
• If you do burn, apply refreshing aloe vera gel to cool off or make an appointment at the Royal Resorts Spa for the SOS After Sun Facial
• Apply moisturizer in the evening after bathing to keep your skin soft. Slices of cucumber over the eyes will also help you cool off
• It is cooler on the coast due to the sea breeze so if you plan to visit the archaeological sites and colonial cities that lie inland in neighboring Yucatán, it is a good idea to go early when it is cooler. You’ll also beat the crowds.

Ready to book your appointment at the Royal Resorts Spa?

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Get ready for a summer of family fun at Royal Resorts

Are you ready for your Cancun vacation or are you traveling to the Riviera Maya this summer? The Royal Resorts Activity Centers and Kids Clubs have a fantastic program of sports, beach and pool games, competitions and crafts lined up for you. Get ready for a summer of family fun at Royal Resorts, with something for all ages.

Staying in shape
Start the day with yoga, zumba, pilates or aqua fitness. There are stretching exercises and morning walks, you can sign out a bike or reserve a tennis court at the Sports Desk. Later in the morning, learn some salsa steps or practice your Spanish.

Enjoy the pool fun, water polo, dance and bingo sessions and at 3 p.m. it’s always time for beach volleyball.

If you are staying at The Royal Cancun try sail boating or paddle boarding out on the calm, crystal-clear waters of the bay and book your place on the kayak lagoon tour for the glimpse of the mangrove forest and the wildlife that inhabits it. You can also make a reservation to use sailboats at The Royal Sands and at the Royal Marina next to Captain’s Cove restaurant if you are a guest at The Royal Caribbean or The Royal Islander. There’s even a regatta at the Royal Marina on Friday morning.

The sheltered bay at The Royal Haciendas is ideal for kayaking and snorkeling and the Activity Center at our Riviera Maya resort has plenty of other fun sports, keep fit sessions, games, craft workshops and contests to keep you entertained.

Summer at the Royal Resorts Kids Club
Your children will have so much fun at the Royal Resorts Kids Club that they won’t want to leave! Offering a fun-packed program of beach and pool games, sports, movies, craft workshops and more, there is plenty to keep them entertained and they will make lots of new friends too.

The summer schedule includes activities such as mini Olympics, treasure hunts, pirate face painting and hat making. Your children can learn how to make cookies, bracelets and tissue paper flowers and the traditional Mexican papier mâché piñata and there’s a piñata party for them too at the end of the week.

Open to children between the ages of four and 12, the Kids Club offers daily supervised activities at The Royal Cancun, The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean, also serving The Royal Islander, and The Royal Haciendas in the Riviera Maya. Guests at Grand Residences by Royal Resorts® in Puerto Morelos can take their children to the resort Kids Club and there is a fun program of activities, sports and keep fit sessions for adults and teens to enjoy.

The activities listed in the activity and kids club programs may vary from resort to resort. Most activities are complimentary but some craft sessions have a small fee to cover the cost of art materials. Evening activities at The Royal Haciendas with food have an additional cost. Click here to see some sample activity programs.

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Royal Resorts shopping, new at La Paloma gift shop

Call in at La Paloma Gift shop during your vacation to see what’s new this season. Start your Royal Resorts shopping right here!

Protect yourself from the sun and reduce your impact on the environment with brands of eco-friendly biodegradable sun products such as Arrecife and Aloe Up are now on sale at the gift shop. Lotions and sprays are available with different SPF levels.

The gift shop now has a larger selection of moisture proof t-shirts with the Royal Resorts logo that are perfect for gym workouts or general wear.

Colorful handmade bags and backpacks from the state of Oaxaca are now on sale and are a great gift idea.

La Paloma Gift shop is located at The Royal Sands and The Royal Caribbean with smaller stores at The Royal Cancun and at The Royal Haciendas.

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Royal Resorts helping to protect the environment

On June 5, World Environment Day, the Royal Resorts Foundation donated $281,984 pesos to Amigos de Sian Ka’an in support of its conservation projects in Quintana Roo.

From turtle protection to recycling, reducing plastic pollution, saving water and energy, and reforestation among others, for Royal Resorts the role of environmental stewardship is of the utmost importance. Conservation is one of the key causes of the Royal Resorts Foundation, and it is a longtime supporter of Amigos de Sian Ka’an.

Founded in 1986, following the designation of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Amigos de Sian Ka’an is a Cancun-based conservation NGO with a scope that has gone far beyond the borders of the huge reserve. It has been instrumental in the protection of more than 1,100,000 hectares of jungle, wetlands and marine ecosystems and the creation of 13 different reserves in the state of Quintana Roo designated by the state and federal governments.

Its multidisciplinary team of scientists works on conservation projects in the Mayan Jungle and wetlands and to protect wildlife, mapping the state of Quintana Roo’s and Yucatan’s precious aquifers and creating a water management policy that protects the underground rivers and cenotes. Marine biologists monitor the health of the Mesoamerican Reef, fish populations and the eradication of invasive species such as the lion fish and devil fish. Others are involved in sustainable development projects in Mayan communities, combating climate change and environmental education.

The Maya Ka’an community tourism initiative has the goal of bringing visitors to Mayan villages in the reserve and central Quintana Roo and improve the livelihoods of their inhabitants.

MARTI, the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative is a joint program with the public and private sector to establish better environmental practices in hotels, cruise lines, marinas and other tourism companies and protect the coral reefs and other ecosystems in the area.

For more information on Amigos de Sian Ka’an conservation programs visit www.amigosdesiankaan.org

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Royal Resorts Foundation race donation to Don Bosco Youth Center

At a ceremony held in the Ciudad de la Alegria on the outskirts of Cancun in May, representatives of the Royal Resorts Foundation presented the Director of the Don Bosco Youth Center with a check for $340,000 pesos, the proceeds from the Third Royal Resorts Foundation Race in February. The money will be used to build and equip a kitchen at the community center for vulnerable teenagers.

The Don Bosco Center provides a safe environment for young people to study, learn skills and attend workshops. Having a kitchen to provide them with nutritious meals will improve their overall health, attention span and academic performance.

Get involved in Royal Resorts community work
For more information on the Royal Resorts Foundation, its community and conservation causes and ways in which you can help, visit www.royalresorts.com/foundation

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Thomas More Travel unveils new website

Thomas More Travel recently unveiled its brand new website with a crisp design, photos, videos and even more exciting tour options to choose from in the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan.

Check out the new www.thomasmoretravel.com to book your transfers from Cancun International Airport to Royal Resorts or other hotels in Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Browse the collection of day trips, cruises and water sports and start planning your vacation adventures.

Do you want to scale ancient Mayan pyramids, explore the underwater world of the Mesoamerican Reef, fly through the trees on a jungle zip line or come face to face with rare wildlife? Go snorkeling, set sail on a catamaran or spend the day with the family at one of the Riviera Maya’s famous nature and adventure parks. Visit archaeological sites, picturesque colonial towns and traditional Mayan communities. Renew your ties with nature in the area’s biosphere reserves and dive into the crystal-clear waters of a jungle cenote or sinkhole. From history, nature and adventure to Mexican cooking classes and vibrant nightlife, it’s all here and Thomas More Travel will help you plan unforgettable vacation experiences to tell your friends about back home.

Start booking your Cancun tours with Thomas More Travel

Visit www.thomasmoretravel.com or the Thomas More Travel desk in the lobby of your resort.

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Mexico’s record-breaking visitor numbers continue

According to figures released by the Mexico Tourism Board, the country welcomed 10.6 million international visitors in the period January – March 2018. The statistics show an increase of 12.6 percent when compared to the same period last year and are an indication that Mexico’s popularity as a destination continues to rise.

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Grand Residences receives award at Mexico’s Tianguis Travel Show

Grand Residences Riviera Cancun® received the Diversification of Mexican Tourist Products award for excellence in the Premium or Luxury category at the famous Mexican travel show, the Tianguis Turístico held in Mazatlan, Sinaloa in April.

Now in its forty-third year, the Tianguis showcases Mexico’s many destinations and the variety of adventures that await visitors and attracts tour operators and travel agents from all over the world. For decades it was held in Acapulco but it is now hosted by a different city or destination each year. Famous for its beaches and fishing, the 2018 host Mazatlan is known as the “Pearl of the Pacific.”

Grand Residences also appears in the TripAdvisor 2018 Travelers’ Choice listing of the World’s Top 25 Luxury Hotels and picked up four different Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 accolades given to the best of the best in Mexico. This is the fourth year running that it has been included in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico category.

• TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 4
• TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mexico
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 2
• TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Best Service
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 14
• TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2018 Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Families
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is No. 18

Nestled on a beautiful beach just to the south of Puerto Morelos, Grand Residences offers a luxury vacation experience: spacious, elegantly furnished suites with every creature comfort, gourmet cuisine by an award-winning French chef, a spectacular infinity pool, a kids club and an array of activities and amenities for guests to enjoy. The resort is affiliated with The Leading Hotels of the World®.

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Distintivo H awarded to The Royal Haciendas restaurants

Top marks for The Royal Haciendas in the annual Distinctivo H inspections of the restaurant kitchens and food storage areas. It achieved a score of 100 percent in the review.

Distintivo H is a Mexico Tourism Board quality certification program for restaurants and hotel kitchens based on regular inspections to review hygiene standards and food handling and storage facilities.

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