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Royal Resorts joins Ciudad de la Alegria Kings Day children’s toy convoy

Royal Resorts volunteers joined the Ciudad de la Alegria Dia de Reyes convoy on January 6 to give a Kings Day surprise of toys, sandals and candy to hundreds of children in Mayan villages in Quintana Roo and Yucatan.

In Mexico, children traditionally receive toys from the Tres Reyes Magos, the Three Kings, on January 6, many writing letters saying that they have been good all year and asking for a favorite toy. The convoy was planned to reach children in remote rural communities that might miss out on Kings Day events often organized in larger villages.

The meeting point for convoy volunteers was the Ciudad de la Alegria community center on the outskirts of Cancun at 6 a.m. to load trucks with huge bags of toys, soft toys for tots, footballs, bikes, sandals, boxes of food, clothing, candy and even piñatas. Then it was time to hit the road.

There were two routes and two convoys, one to communities in the Tulum-Coba area and the other following a route through northern Quintana Roo and Yucatan, which called at tiny hamlets and villages in the Xcan-Tizimin area, accessible by single lane roads. These are communities deep in the forest that are really off the beaten track; a few homes clustered around a church, a rural school and a small grassy park or square.

The sight of the convoy drawing up caught the attention of the villagers, the word spread and there was soon quite a crowd. The children met the Three Kings and had fun with volunteers who lined them up to receive toys, sandals and candies. There were piñatas to be broken, more candies to collect and some lucky children even took home bikes they won in a raffle.

Other volunteers distributed clothes and food and there were grocery boxes for elderly residents, some of who remembered the Ciudad de la Alegria staff from previous visits. One couple of helpers had even brought biscuits for the village dogs.

In total more than 2,900 toys and pairs of sandals were distributed. Many of the toys were donated by Royal Resorts members, guests and employees and a big thank you goes out to all those who gave generously and helped in spreading happiness to so many children.

Gracias!

Help the Royal Resorts Foundation

If you missed the Royal Resorts Christmas Toy Drive and would like to give to children in need, why not donate to the Royal Resorts Foundation or bring gifts of new toys, children’s clothing and school materials all year round? Learn more about the Royal Resorts Foundation and its causes: study scholarships for children, the fight against cancer, physiotherapy for children, employee emergency relief in times of serious illness, support for community programs and conservation.

 

 

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Timeless Traditions: Day of the Dead in Mexico

It’s that time of year again when Mexican markets are full of orange marigolds and sugar candy skulls and trails of flickering candles lead to ornate altars laden with flowers, offerings of food and photos of loved ones. The whisper of prayers is carried on the breeze and people prepare to join a procession. In […]

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Royal Resorts joins Ciudad de la Alegria Kings Day children’s toy convoy

Royal Resorts volunteers joined the Ciudad de la Alegria Dia de Reyes convoy on January 6 to give a Kings Day surprise of toys, sandals and candy to hundreds of children in Mayan villages in Quintana Roo and Yucatan.

In Mexico, children traditionally receive toys from the Tres Reyes Magos, the Three Kings, on January 6, many writing letters saying that they have been good all year and asking for a favorite toy. The convoy was planned to reach children in remote rural communities that might miss out on Kings Day events often organized in larger villages.

The meeting point for convoy volunteers was the Ciudad de la Alegria community center on the outskirts of Cancun at 6 a.m. to load trucks with huge bags of toys, soft toys for tots, footballs, bikes, sandals, boxes of food, clothing, candy and even piñatas. Then it was time to hit the road.

There were two routes and two convoys, one to communities in the Tulum-Coba area and the other following a route through northern Quintana Roo and Yucatan, which called at tiny hamlets and villages in the Xcan-Tizimin area, accessible by single lane roads. These are communities deep in the forest that are really off the beaten track; a few homes clustered around a church, a rural school and a small grassy park or square.

The sight of the convoy drawing up caught the attention of the villagers, the word spread and there was soon quite a crowd. The children met the Three Kings and had fun with volunteers who lined them up to receive toys, sandals and candies. There were piñatas to be broken, more candies to collect and some lucky children even took home bikes they won in a raffle.

Other volunteers distributed clothes and food and there were grocery boxes for elderly residents, some of who remembered the Ciudad de la Alegria staff from previous visits. One couple of helpers had even brought biscuits for the village dogs.

In total more than 2,900 toys and pairs of sandals were distributed. Many of the toys were donated by Royal Resorts members, guests and employees and a big thank you goes out to all those who gave generously and helped in spreading happiness to so many children.

Gracias!

Help the Royal Resorts Foundation

If you missed the Royal Resorts Christmas Toy Drive and would like to give to children in need, why not donate to the Royal Resorts Foundation or bring gifts of new toys, children’s clothing and school materials all year round? Learn more about the Royal Resorts Foundation and its causes: study scholarships for children, the fight against cancer, physiotherapy for children, employee emergency relief in times of serious illness, support for community programs and conservation.

 

 

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Timeless Traditions: Day of the Dead in Mexico

It’s that time of year again when Mexican markets are full of orange marigolds and sugar candy skulls and trails of flickering candles lead to ornate altars laden with flowers, offerings of food and photos of loved ones. The whisper of prayers is carried on the breeze and people prepare to join a procession. In […]

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Royal Resorts Foundation Race Beneficiary Dani Moves into his New Home

Remember Dani, the “boy of glass,” the brave little child with brittle bone syndrome (Osteogenesis Imperfecta) that the Royal Resorts Foundation has been helping? In February, we held our first charity fun run in partnership with Cancun NGO Erase Una Vez un Hogar, A.C. (Once Upon a Home) to raise money to build him a house. On August 20, Dani and his family moved into their brand new home and Royal Resorts volunteer Raul Prado was one of their first visitors.

When Erase Una Vez Un Hogar volunteers first met Dani in the village of Leona Vicario, Dani and his family were staying in a borrowed house that was woefully inadequate for Dani’s needs. He was tiny, spending most of his time in his mother’s arms due to the fragility of his bones. In his short life – he is only five – he has already suffered 14 bone fractures.

Royal Resorts Foundation joined the cause to improve Dani’s quality of life and help build him a home. Thanks to the support for the race from Royal Resorts employees, members and local people and donations we received, building began and the house was soon ready to welcome the family.

 

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Building a Home for Dani

Built with ramps for wheelchair access, Dani’s new house has two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and living/dining area and a small terrace. He’ll live there with his parents, sisters and the latest member of the family, a new baby brother.

The house is 90 percent finished, but there are still things to be done such as installing lighting and ceiling fans, mattresses and the foam floor mats that Dani needs to be able to safely play on. Erase Una Vez un Hogar has launched an appeal for donations in order to obtain the furniture and appliances still needed.

Dani is happy to be in his new home and thanks everyone at Royal Resorts for their help and friendship. Raul presented this little champ, who is always ready to smile despite the challenges he faces, with his Royal Resorts Foundation race medal and t-shirt.

We thought you would like to see these photos and video of Dani and his family in their new home and we will keep you posted about how they are getting on.

 

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Royal Resorts Foundation Helps Children with Special Needs get Physiotherapy

The Royal Resorts Foundation is helping six children to get the physiotherapy they need at the CRIT (Centro de Rehabilitacion e Inclusion Infantil Teleton) Rehabilitation Center in Cancun.

CRIT Centers provide diagnosis, physiotherapy, multisensory stimulation, occupational therapy and care for children who have motor, bone and neuromuscular diseases, autism and cancer. They help children who otherwise might not receive the vital treatment they need to improve their quality of life. Counseling, health and hygiene seminars are also available for the parents of special needs children.

Run by a Mexican charity called Fundacion Teleton, there are 23 CRIT Centers in different parts of Mexico and a Children’s Cancer Hospital, collectively attending 294,172 children. The Cancun CRIT alone receives 891 children from all over the Yucatan Peninsula and has a waiting list of 200 children. Some learn to walk, swim or receive therapy to improve their movements so that they are more self-sufficient, others begin to communicate through art or practice their language skills.

For more information on Royal Resorts Foundation causes, fundraising news and to donate online visit www.royalresortsfoundation.org

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Helping Children Study, Mano Amiga School Children say “Gracias”

The Royal Resorts Foundation promotes children’s education as one of its community causes and helps students from disadvantaged backgrounds with grants to enable them to study. As a result of the Dollar a Stay campaign at the resorts and the generous donations of members, guests and employees, we are able to give scholarships to children studying at the Colegio Mano Amiga in Ciudad de la Alegría in Cancun.

We thought you’d like to see some of the most recent graduates from the Mano Amiga School in this video. These happy, smiling five and six-year-olds have just finished their third year of preschool and are ready for the next stage of their primary education in the fall. They want to say a resounding and heartfelt “gracias” for your support.

In other Foundation news, our team of Royal triathletes recently took part in a swimming race across the bay to Isla Mujeres and a run organized by the Cancun Polytechnic, both to raise money for our community and conservation causes.

For more information on the Royal Resorts Foundation and its causes, visit www.royalresortsfoundation.org

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Royal Resorts Foundation Lunch for the Elderly at Hacienda Sisal

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Royal Resorts Foundation Donates to Mano Amiga School

One of the causes supported by the Royal Resorts Foundation is education and it provides scholarships for children attending the Cancun school Colegio Mano Amiga. At the recent graduation of 71 students from Bachillerato (Senior High), Royal Resorts Operations Director Armando Millet made a donation of US$31,435 to the school to give even more children the opportunity to learn and fulfill their potential.
Founded in 2009 in the Ciudad de la Alegría community center on the outskirts of Cancun, Colegio Mano Amiga provides education for children from extremely poor and disadvantaged backgrounds, who otherwise might not have a chance to complete their studies.
Thirty of the students who graduated this month have attended the Mano Amiga School since it opened and completed their secondary education there. Two students received dual awards for academic excellence and merit: Martha Cecilia Vargas Caamal (Promedio 9.7), Luis Ángel Cohuo Matú (Promedio 9.6), and many others hope to go on to university. Indeed, five of the college-bound students have been awarded full scholarships to attend Anáhuac University in Cancún.
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Many parents attending the graduation expressed their gratitude for the support of the Royal Resorts Foundation. Thanks to the generous donations of members, guests and staff, we have been able to make dreams come true and help these students take their first steps on the path to a better future.
For more information on Mano Amiga School and the Foundation’s other causes visit www.royalresortsfoundation.org

Royal Resorts Foundation Launches a Toy Drive to Collect Gifts for a Dr. Sonrisas Children’s Day Party on May 9

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Will you be staying at Royal Resorts this April? You can help the Royal Resorts Foundation to spread some happiness to needy and sick children in Cancún by giving toys. We have launched a new Toy Drive for a Dr. Sonrisas Children’s Party on May 9 to celebrate Children’s Day (April 30) and we would love your support.

If you would like to donate a toy for children between the ages of 5 and 12, here is the list of suggested toys and games:

  • Dolls
  • Cars and other vehicles*
  • Balls
  • Board games
  • Art and craft games
  • Children’s books in Spanish
  • Bags of candy for the piñatas

* Please do not donate battery-operated toys, guns or other war games

Toys and games can be dropped off at the Front Desk in your resort. The closing date for the Toy Drive is April 6. 

The Royal Resorts Foundation supported two Dr. Sonrisas children’s parties in 2014. Watch the videos and read our posts and see the smiles on the faces of the children who were the guests of honor at these very special events.

If you are not going to be in Cancun in April but would like to support our event, why not donate online at www.royalresortsfoundation.org One of the Royal Resorts Foundation causes is children’s education, providing scholarships for pupils from disadvantaged or vulnerable backgrounds which enable them to study at the Mano Amiga School in Ciudad de la Alegría on the outskirts of Cancún.

If you are due to travel to Royal Resorts later in the year, you can donate toys and educational materials at any time.

Your support for the Children’s Day Toy Drive and the Royal Resorts Foundation charity causes is greatly appreciated.

Earth Hour at Royal Resorts, March 28, 2014

On March 28 at 8:30 p.m. (local time), Royal Resorts is participating in the global Earth Hour campaign organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature or World Wildlife Fund) to draw attention to the dire effects of climate change and the urgent need to protect the one thing that unites us all, the Planet. Millions of people, more than 7,000 cities and famous buildings throughout the world will turn their lights off for one hour and take up the Earth Hour call to action. One planet. One future.

Non-essential lights will be turned off at Royal Resorts during the hour and members and guests are invited to join in by dimming the lights in their villas, attending our special events and thinking about what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and help heal the Earth.

Earth Hour at The Royal Haciendas

At The Royal Haciendas members, guests and staff will gather on the beach to see the Earth Hour 60+ motif, which will be formed by balloons illuminated with neon lights.

Staff will represent the four elements: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire in a moment of reaffirmation of our bonds to them.

A special Earth Hour a la carte menu will be available for dinner from 6 p.m. with live music from 7 p.m.

When the lights are turned off at 8:30 p.m. there will be time for a moment of quiet reflection on what each one of us can to do protect the planet and fight climate change followed by a water drum and neon light display.

Commemorative t-shirts will be on sale during the day with all proceeds going to the Royal Resorts Foundation community and conservation causes.

Earth Hour at the Royal Resorts in Cancun

In additional to the dimming on non-essential lights at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean, The Royal Islander and The Royal Cancun, several of the Royal Resorts restaurants are also participating in Earth Hour.

La Veranda restaurant at The Royal Sands will have special Earth Hour décor, live piano music and a commemorative Earth Hour cake for diners to enjoy. The lights will be turned off symbolically at 8 p.m. and diners will enjoy their meal by candlelight.

The lights will also be turned off for Earth Hour at Cayo Largo in The Royal Islander and Tradewinds at The Royal Caribbean as dinners enjoy their meal and there will be Earth Hour-themed surprises for the children.

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Earth Hour activities for children and families will also take place throughout the day at Grand Residences, our luxury beachfront property to the south of Puerto Morelos in Riviera Cancún.

The program kicks off at 9 a.m. with t-shirt painting and will be followed by a session on the history of the Earth. At 11 a.m. guests can try their hand at making art from recycled materials and at noon there’s a painting contest. Children can line up at 2 p.m. to get their face painted as a panda, the famous World Wide Fund for Nature symbol, their favorite animal or even an Earth Hour hero like Spiderman. At 3 p.m. guests are invited to join Grand Residences staff on the shoreline for a spot of beach cleaning and stay on for the World in Sand activity at 4 p.m.  At 8:30 p.m. it’s lights out for Earth Hour.

Spreading the Green Message

At Royal Resorts, the role of environmental stewardship is taken very seriously and it is always looking for ways to expand the green initiatives already in place at its resorts in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos. The Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative or MARTI has already certified all the Royal Resorts properties as being resorts with eco-friendly policies.

Green programs already operating at Royal Resorts include recycling, using energy-efficient technology, saving water, substituting cleaning products for eco-friendly alternatives, composting, planting native species and sowing herb patches in the gardens. Other activities range from beach cleaning and turtle protection to environmental education, purchasing regional products and supporting conservation and sustainable development. The green philosophy extends throughout the company and employees attend workshops on recycling, water conservation and other ecological topics.

In 2013, a team of 15 employees was trained as sustainability experts and they now give workshops to their fellow employees on environmental protection, social responsibility and even the importance of wellbeing and mental health. The message they share spreads through the company and staff transmit it to their families and into the community, helping to raise awareness and work for change.

Read more about the work that Royal Resorts does year-round to protect the environment.

Going Green, Royal Resorts’ Mission to Protect the Environment

A longtime supporter of conservation campaigns in the Mexican Caribbean, Royal Resorts has taken on a role of environmental stewardship in recent years and is always looking for ways to make more efficient use of natural resources, save water and electricity, switch to eco friendly cleaning products and to reduce its carbon footprint. Here’s a rundown of important green initiatives underway at the resorts.

Using energy-efficient technology

In late 2010, 175 solar panels were installed on the roof at The Royal Sands and now supply 50 percent of the hot water needed by the resort’s 340 villas.  Additional panels may be added in the future.

Heat exchangers fitted in the air-conditioning systems enable the resorts to use energy more efficiently by preheating the water for the villas. Fluorescent/PL Energy saver bulbs have been used in the villas, walkways, corridors and offices at the resorts since 1994. LED lights were installed in the resort lobbies in 2011 and in the pool areas. By switching the lights, Royal Resorts now consumes 59 percent less KWH than if it still used standard bulbs.

TV sets in the villas have been replaced with LCD flat screen energy saving models, which use 40 percent less electricity.

The importance of recycling

Over the years, Royal Resorts has switched many of its transactions online to reduce the use of paper and printing costs. It also recycles wherever possible and encourages guests and employees to do the same

There are recycling trashcans throughout the resorts and guests are invited to separate plastic, glass, aluminum cans and cardboard waste and put it in a special bin in their villas. There are special bags for used batteries and they can also be handed in at the gift shop. Behind the scenes, staff also separate scrap metal, paper, cardboard and office supplies and even the cooking oil used in the resort kitchens. All waste suitable for recycling is collected and sold as “trash for cash” to certified recycling companies.

In 2014, 400 tons of recycled materials from the resorts were sold for US$21,000 to raise money for the Royal Resorts Foundation’s charitable causes: conservation, education, the fight against cancer and employee emergency relief.

Switching to biodegradable alternatives

The use of straws, non-biodegradable polystyrene cups and take-out containers has been reduced in the resort pool and beach bars and reusable melamine plates and acrylic glasses are used wherever possible.

Biodegradable bags are used in the resort stores and shoppers are asked if they really need one. Eco friendly cloth bags are available for purchase. Even the resort magazines are printed on recycled paper.

Where possible, cleaning products, polishes and varnishes used at the resorts

are substituted for environmentally friendly options such as ozonated water to clean and disinfect, biodegradable polish and soap that does not lather or produce bubbles but is still an effective cleaner.

Ozone purification pool technology keeps water in the swimming pools clean, and has helped reduce chlorine consumption by 40 percent. And by switching to colored towels, Royal Resorts has been able to cut the use of bleach in the resort laundries.

Conserving water

Resort guests are invited to help protect the planet by not requesting a change of bed linens, towels and beach towels on a daily basis. Water-saving faucets and devices have also been installed in villa bathrooms to reduce water consumption and staff also do what they can to conserve this precious resource.

Royal gardens

From planting native species of trees at the Royal Haciendas and Grand Residences to composting organic kitchen waste and the use of eco friendly garden products wherever possible, the Royal Resorts gardeners are going back to the land.

There are herb gardens outside the restaurant at The Royal Caribbean, The Royal Sands and at The Royal Haciendas. Chilies, tomatoes, radishes, chaya and herbs such as coriander, basil, oregano, marjoram and rosemary are grown organically in the small plots and there are citrus trees in the garden at The Royal Haciendas. Apart from providing fresh produce for the restaurants, the flowering herbs also attract bees and butterflies.

As part of a joint project by the Garden and Activities departments, a new botanical garden has also been created at The Royal Cancun. It forms part of a larger environmental awareness initiative at the resort with fun activities for children and families planned to launch later in 2015.

Protecting the beaches

Employees take their turn in keeping the beautiful white sands of Cancun and the Riviera Maya pristine as part of an ongoing Beach Cleaning campaign at the resorts, and also by volunteering for beach clean ups in Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve.

Trash collected ranges from cigarette butts, plastic and polystyrene, bottles and cans left on the beach, seaweed and other waste that washes up on the shoreline.

Spreading the word

At Royal Resorts, the green program includes raising environmental awareness with the goal of turning staff into conservation crusaders in the workplace, at home and in the community.

Throughout the resorts, departments collaborate to recycle and save water and electricity and there are regular Green Team meetings to discuss ideas and implement additional eco-friendly policies.

In 2013, 15 members of staff were given in-depth training on environmental issues to qualify them to give workshops on aspects of sustainability, conservation and social responsibility to their colleagues. This Sustainability Group is now spreading the message through seminars on topics such as:

Environmental education, saving water and electricity, mental health, gender equality in the workplace, importance of education, “green” shopping and good citizenship.

Royal Resorts turtle program

Since 1985, Royal Resorts has been protecting the sea turtles that emerge from the sea during the summer to lay their eggs on the beaches of Cancun. It was among the first resort groups to sign up when municipal authorities subsequently launched a conservation campaign and now participates in the annual statewide turtle program coordinated by SEMARNAT, the Mexican Department of the Environment.

Record keeping began in 1998 and, since then, Royal Resorts has protected 6,524 nests and released 548,756 turtles. Tens of thousands more will be released this year.

Royal Resorts supports conservation in the Yucatan Peninsula

Royal Resorts is a longtime donor to Amigos de Sian Ka’an, the Cancun-based conservation group that has done so much to protect the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and the wildlife of the Yucatan Peninsula. Conservation is also one of the Royal Resorts Foundation’s key causes and it is participating in a regional program implemented by Amigos and the Mexican National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) to safeguard four million hectares of tropical forest.

The Royal Resorts Foundation is raising money in support of Amigos de Sian Ka’an’s work with rural communities and ejidatarios or small farmers and

landholders to protect the forest instead of clearing it for development. They receive environmental services payments for leaving the land untouched. In addition to conserving the forest and the creatures that inhabit it, such actions increase carbon capture and help to offset the devastating effects of climate change.

The first recipients of environmental services payments were farmers in northern Quintana Roo in Ejido Juarez and San Mateo Ake near El Eden, a private reserve en route to Yum Balam Biosphere Reserve and the island of Holbox. Their land is located in a belt of forest and marshland along a geological fault line associated with the cenotes and underground river systems of the Riviera Maya. As water is plentiful year round, this area attracts a variety of wildlife and the long-term goal is to protect it in order to create a natural corridor linking it to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve; this will help rare species such as the jaguar, puma and ocelot.

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Purchasing regional products

Whenever possible, Royal Resorts purchases locally to support small businesses and producers, boost the regional economy, reduce transport costs and conserve fuel. An example of this is the furniture in the villas at the resorts, all made by carpenters in the neighboring state of Yucatan. Organic coffee, chocolate, honey from the Yucatan, locally made handicrafts, herbal cosmetics and sauces are available at Royal Resorts stores and gift shops.

Royal Resorts are certified as green resorts

Royal Resorts is participating in the Mesoamerican Reef Tourism Initiative or MARTI. Founded by Amigos de Sian Ka’an, Conservation International and the Coral Reef Alliance, MARTI seeks to protect the world’s second longest coral reef through the implementation of better environmental practices to reduce pollution and minimize the impact of tourism on area ecosystems. Over 100 resorts and other companies in Cancún, Riviera Maya and Cozumel have signed up to this initiative and are working for change. MARTI has already certified all the Royal Resorts properties as being resorts with eco-friendly policies.

In 2013, The Royal Haciendas, The Royal Sands and The Royal Cancun also received the Distintivo S from the Mexican Tourism Board, a distinction awarded to resorts for their work towards sustainability.

Greening Grand Residences

Nestled on a beautiful beach with the Mesoamerican reef just offshore and mangrove forest and a nature reserve in the backyard, Grand Residences is in a privileged natural setting. Planning had to be meticulous in order to safeguard the environment and obtain the construction permits for the resort.

Mexican environmental laws protect mangroves and permits stipulated that Grand Residences had to preserve the surrounding mangroves and that 75 percent of the landscaped areas on the 13-acre site also had to be planted with white and botoncillo mangroves and the remaining 25 percent with native species found in coastal areas such as palms, chaca, sea grape and spider lilies.

A nursery was established at the site in 2008 and the majority of the plants used in the landscaping and reforestation of the resort, including 100,000 mangrove seedlings, were raised there. Mangroves have since been transplanted to different areas of the resort such as the sunken gardens on either side of the decks and also behind the machine house.

The adjacent lot has also been reforested with mangroves and rubble dumped in the wetlands by a former owner of the site was removed, restoring normal water flow. Wildlife is returning to the reforested area and the resort will continue to contribute to the conservation of the ecosystem.

Grand Residences operates with cutting-edge eco-friendly programs to reduce its environmental impact and protect local wildlife.

Ninety percent of all the lighting in Grand Residences is LED, the remainder is PL and energy-efficient air-conditioning, electrical appliances and water heating systems are used. The water is purified using reverse osmosis technology and there is a desalination plant. A state of the art treatment plant also allows waste-water to be treated and disposed of in accordance with environmental norms.

Royal Resorts Donates to Cancun Fire Department

donacion bomberos 3Royal Resorts is a longtime supporter of community causes in the Cancun area and on this occasion it was able to help the Cancun Fire Department with a donation of equipment for one of the city’s fire stations.
The donation consisted of fridges, a microwave oven, beds, mattresses and tableware for ten people that had been replaced in villas but were still in good condition. The appliances will be used to equip the Base 8 Fire Station in the Alfredo V. Bonfil district on the outskirts of the city. Firemen manning the station will now be able to store and prepare food and have somewhere to rest as they keep watch over the area.
Royal Resorts is also a regular donor to the Red Cross, local conservation group Amigos de Sian Ka’an A.C., Grupo Desafio de Quintana Roo A.C. Cancer Relief and the Ciudad de la Alegria A.C. (City of Joy) community center on the outskirts of Cancun. Additionally, over the years it has supported orphanages; help centers for the victims of domestic violence and charities for children with physical and mental challenges.
Through the Royal Resorts Foundation (Fundacion Royal Resorts A.C.) it is seeking more ways to give back to society by promoting health and education, contributing to sustainable development in Quintana Roo, and by protecting wildlife. Visit www.royalresortsfoundation.org for more information about the Royal Resorts Foundation, the causes it supports, its fundraising campaigns and ways in which you can help.