royal cancun resortThe Royal Cancun Resort ($329 – $646) adults only, all-inclusive spa and resort is 8 stories of 285 elegant suites with furnished terraces or balconies and private hammocks. Optional features include kitchenettes, steam showers, car rentals, beach cabanas, and gourmet coffee systems. The Royal Cancun is smack dab in the middle of the best shopping, and Cancun nightlife, between two of the strips most popular clubs, Coco Bongo and Planet Hollywood.

Perfect for a quiet getaway and relaxation, the Royal Hotel Cancun Romance Concierge will help kindle the fantasy and flames of starry-eyed couples with “moonshine massages”. A wedding chapel is located on site, and the business center accommodate up to 600 people. Guests are welcome to use the facilities of partner property Cancun Real, on “The Point”.

The rooms are large, ocean front, and beautifully finished in sophisticated wood and marble. The Royal Cancun beds are comfortable with “top-notch” mattresses, and quality sheets. Select your pillows from a menu. There’s a refrigerator, fully-stocked mini bar with full-sized bottles of liquor, jacuzzi for 2, flat screen TV, and a docking station for iPod. 24-hour high-speed internet access and unlimited wifi is available throughout the resort. All suites provide a lap-top size electronic safe deposit box. For those sensitive to smoke, 50% of the rooms are designated non-smoking as well as certain areas of the public facilities and restaurants.

royal cancun swimup suitesThe spacious swim-up suites with reserved chairs afford the opportunity to “get away” from the main pool for a little privacy. Toss in a “Magic Box”, the mini-bar, and 24-hour room service, and you’ve got the makings for romance. A “Do Not Disturb” button lets the maid know that the turn down service will not be required tonight. Junior suites with ocean view, quality Bose stereo, jacuzzi, and hydro and standard shower will put you in the right mood.

If you book a Junior Suite at the Royal Cancun, you may find it unavailable upon arrival. This is unfortunately a ploy to upgrade you to a more expensive room. Guests often discover too late that the “upgraded” room sometimes comes with twin beds (guaranteed to kill a romantic vacation). For those who don’t “upgrade”, a sweaty and tiresome game of “your room’s not ready” will have you face-to-face with the reservations desk until they are quite convinced that you’re serious about not forking over the extra dough. Now, you will probably get the upgrade “complements of the house” to soothe the ruffled feathers. This is customary practice everywhere in Mexico.

royal cancun beach beds loungesThe strollable beach is quiet, spacious, and lined with Royal beach-beds, and lounges. Days can be spent under a beach cabana just staring at the ocean and listening to the surf. The cabanas on the beach are reserved for particular rooms, but most will be unoccupied – so take your pick. The beach butlers will be around shortly with your drinks.

The Fitness Center has very few free weights, but is equipped with the latest machines (treadmills, stairmasters, etc) and cables. It is more than enough for a daily, vacation workout with Life Fitness ® apparatus, Stott Pilates equipment, aerobics, spinning, and yoga with expert instructors. The resorts’s holistic spa, SPAzul with Indian Temazcal (herbal sweat lodge), massage cabins, saunas, Polish waterfall, and cold plunge will leave you floating on a cloud.

The Spice breakfast buffet serves up excellent waffles – a great way to start the day. For many visitors this is the restaurant of choice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with all day gourmet dining buffets, show cooking stations and à la carte menus. Seafood lovers are in paradise with Pelicanos’ à la carte fusion of Caribbean and Mexican specialties in an oceanfront setting, complementing the gently, lapping surf, and fragrant salt-spray. Enjoy Mediterranean style appetizers from Northern Spain and the Basque region at Tapas and Pinxos before tackling the main coarse.

The Royal Cancun has 5 sit-down restaurants with full menus (a rarity at all-inclusives). Maria Marie melds Mexican and French cuisine into original and enchanting art. The Asiana Tepanyaki Sunset Restaurant puts on a spectacular cooking show with lounge-bed dining in a garden setting. The Asiana is lunch and dinner for sushi lovers. Try the octopus. The Japanese Hibachi puts on a show. Pelicano’s restaurant accommodates “special orders” that are off the menu, and may even give you a guided tour of the kitchen. Reservations are not required except at the Chef’s Plate due to limited seating. The Chef’s Plate is International haute cuisine with everyone seated at a long table, dining without menus. Each course is a unique presentation, specially prepared. Savor steaks of all cuts, lamb, veal, and chicken. Salads, soups, sushi, shrimp, hamburgers, carpaccios, stir fries, breads, and rich desserts.

The Royal Coffee House serves up European-style brews of espressos and cappuccinos, and gourmet pastries, desserts and ice creams. High Teas are taken daily on the cafe’s sunset terrace. Sugar-free items are available. There are 4 main bars – the pool bar, the beach bar, the lobby bar and a bar in Pelicanos restaurant. Ask for the “top shelf”. The bars close at midnight, but there is a 24 hour “lounge” where you can mix your own drinks and prepare snacks. The chips, guacamole and a mean cheese dip satisfy the munchies.

Time at the pool may find you chillin’ under the bridges, safe from the scorching sun. The pool is huge and does not connect all the way around, so heading back to the swim up bar may require a good reason. There are two pools. The infinity pool with two spa tubs and swim up bar is very laid back as might befit an adults only retreat. The “activities” pool is for the fun and games. The chairs and cabanas around the pools are quickly “reserved” in the morning, so you may have to rise early, and stake your claim. There is hardly this problem on the beach, where lounges are almost always available. Whether the pool or beach, cocktails are already on their way.

On various nights, the resort sets up a party and dinner show on the beach. The lobby, where most of the nightly shows are performed, is not air condition, and can be uncomfortable. Even though Royal Cancun bars close at midnight and there is no club/disco on the property, the entertainment staff schedules “pub crawls” to Cancun nightclubs for patrons who have the energy left after a busy day of cooking classes, yoga, Spanish lessons, spinning classes, pottery painting, pool/beach games, Cancun tours, etc.

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