a five-star vacation hideaway at the heart of the riviera maya, mexico.
Warm sun year-round, crystal-clear turquoise waters and miles of powder-white sand that is cool to the touch whatever the weather would seem powerful attractions enough to lure visitors, yet the Mexican Caribbean offers so much more. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, the world’s second longest coral reef, ancient Mayan temples, nature parks and lively resort towns offering a sophisticated blend of shopping, dining and nightlife. All this has made the area and its twin destinations of Cancun and Riviera Maya a top holiday spot.
Visitors to the Mexican Caribbean soon discover that one trip is not long enough to experience everything in this tropical playground. There is so much to see and do that you can spend a lifetime of vacations here, and many people do just that, choosing to return to Royal Resorts®, their Mexican home away from home, year after year.
Founded in Cancun in 1975, Royal Resorts is a pioneer vacation ownership company, which has grown over the years with Mexico’s premier master-planned resort. It now has six beachfront resorts in Cancún and the Riviera Maya, over 85,000 member families from all over the world and some of the highest customer satisfaction rates in the industry.
What makes Royal Resorts so irresistible and has its members anxiously preparing for their next trip? Its resorts offer a winning combination of luxury villa accommodation, five-star services and hospitality. The fully furnished two-bedroom, two-bathroom villas sleep six and have ocean-view terraces. Mark Carney O.B.E., Royal Resorts marketing and sales director says, “We thought about what families need on vacation, and we have taken care of every detail. Our villas are spacious, comfortable and impeccably maintained; they are equipped with everything you could possibly want during your holiday, and there’s maid service every day except Sunday.” This philosophy also extends to resort amenities and activities. There is something for all ages.
As the popularity of the Riviera Maya skyrocketed, the Royal Resorts developers decided to expand into the area, selecting the Grand Coral beach and golf community, ten minutes to the north of district capital Playa del Carmen and 30 minutes from Cancún International Airport, to be the site of The Royal Haciendas. “There is enormous demand for the Riviera Maya, and more than ever, Royal Resorts member families are deciding to extend their vacations south of Cancún. People love the area, its natural beauty, attractions and its laid-back ambiance,” says Mark Carney. “Since its launch in 2005, The Royal Haciendas has had a tremendous reception, and villa sales have exceeded our expectations.”
Nestled on the shores of two sheltered bays with miles of soft white sand on the doorstep, The Royal Haciendas takes its inspiration from the grand haciendas of the Yucatán. The low- rise buildings are set in extensive gardens and feature arches, columns, fountains and terraces.
Showcasing the best features of the Royal Resorts in Cancún, the villas at The Royal Haciendas represent the culmination of over 30 years of vacation villa design experience. All 252 units sleep six and have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a spacious living and dining area with two Murphy beds, a fully-equipped kitchen and an ocean-view terrace that is perfect for relaxing, al fresco dining and stargazing. Additional touches of luxury include flat screen TVs, DVD players, wireless Internet access, granite counter tops and a whirlpool tub for two on the terrace.
The villas are available in two floor plans: the Ocean-view Villa (153m2/1,648sq.ft) and the Penthouse and Beachfront Villa (160m2/1,722sq.ft), which in addition to the aforementioned features, also has a small lounge area in the master bedroom and a larger master bathroom with closets. The Royal Resorts Flexivilla concept allows the second bedroom to become a lock- off room with a kitchenette and its own separate entrance, giving families the option to use the entire villa or to convert the unit into a suite sleeping four and a separate junior suite for two.
The Royal Haciendas offers members and guests an impressive array of amenities. There are two infinity pools and two semi- Olympic lap pools. Large whirlpool tubs, sun decks, swim up bars, children’s pools and shaded hammock areas are added attractions in the pool areas. There are floodlit tennis courts, a sports desk, a gym and a dive center offering trips to reefs in the Riviera Maya and Cozumel and PADI resort courses. Families can enjoy the resort’s daily activity program for children and adults, featuring sports, beach games and crafts. The Royal Haciendas has a spa and a beauty salon to complete the pampering experience.
Guests who would like to explore the area can plan a sightseeing itinerary with the inhouse travel agency. Options include trips to archaeological sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá; family outings to the famous Xcaret and Xel-Há parks; bird watching in Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and jungle adventures at Xplor, where activities include zip lining, caving and swimming in cenotes. Catamaran cruises, water sports, fishing trips and horse riding can also be arranged. There is also a car rental desk at the resort.
A delicious experience awaits diners at The Royal Haciendas. The beachfront restaurant La Palapa del Sol offers tropical ambiance and a varied menu. For a casual lunch the poolside Sol Grill and Luna Grill serve up ceviche, burgers and tasty fish tacos. For a more sophisticated experience, diners can visit Los Murales, featuring fresh seafood from the Caribbean and Pacific served in a lovely setting enhanced by a series of magnificent Byzantine- style mosaics inspired by the work of Cuban painter Arturo Montoto. There is a gourmet express counter for in-villa dining, as well as a well-stocked resort convenience store.
Nearby Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen offers more shopping, dining and nightlife choices. Grand Coral beach and golf community features a Nick Price-designed 18-hole professional golf course.
The Royal Haciendas Membership Program “is an excellent option for visitors who fall in love with the Mexican Caribbean, wish they could stay longer and decide to return. It offers them the chance to have their own holiday home, one that they can enjoy with their families for a many years to come. We use the guaranteed villa, guaranteed week concept, which is unique in the Mexican Caribbean and offered by only a few companies at global level.
The concept benefits members in that it gives them guaranteed holidays, without the need for reservations. They choose the villa location and the time slot that suits them, and their villa will be waiting for them at the same time every year. All they have to do is show up.”
Members like the flexibility that Royal Resorts offers. They can rent or lend their villa or part of it, exchange it to stay at the other Royal Resorts or use it to explore the world. Carney explains, “Members can stay at over 2,400 resorts in exciting destinations around the globe by using the exchange network to trade their unit. Our membership program really does offer endless possibilities.”