royal sandsThe Royal Sands Cancun is a luxurious 5-star beach front property (Presidents have slept here), located in Cancun’s famous hotel zone. On this beautiful and historic site, the Royal Sands Cancun previously known as the Casa Maya, hosted many Presidents and foreign dignitaries over the years. Royal Sands is a luxury private beach resort of 170 condos. The Royal Sands is part of the Royal Resorts family which includes the Club Internacional de Cancun, the Royal Mayan, Royal Caribbean, and the Royal Islander.

As a registered guest of any one of the Royal Resorts, you can use the facilities at all of their properties. Exercise, entertainment, parking, and pool facilities, satellite TV, tennis courts, bicycles, volleyball court, sailboats and snorkeling gear are free. Take advantage of a well-stocked grocery store and boutique, a travel agency, and car rental agency. Treat yourself to one of the largest spas in Cancun, complete with fitness center, weight and cardiovascular equipment, an aerobics room, sauna, beauty salon, facial and body treatments and massages.

royal sandsSelect a 2 bedroom, 2 bath with a full kitchen, living room, and balcony overlooking the ocean. Some units have two full sized beds, walk-in closet w/safe, coffee maker, microwave, and a mini refrigerator. All of the units are ocean view There is a little market on site offering a wide variety of affordable items. It is not far from all the clubs, but far enough to be away from all the commotion if you like the quiet. It is also in walking distance to 2 very nice malls and various restaurants. The pool areas are huge and beautiful. Lots of chairs. Quick check in and out. The beach is beautiful, again plenty of chairs and great bar service. Happy hour every day 3 – 7 pm. Each condo has a huge terrace with an ocean view and comfortable furniture. The beds are very comfy.

Chicken fingers and hamburgers will cost you $10, and a bottle of water on the beach costs 10 bucks as well. You must have a credit card when you check in so they can charge everything you do at the resort directly onto your room key which is connected to that card. So be sure you ask how much before you swipe away. They also have a small grocery store on site with American food at twice to three times the price. The world class Cancun nightclubs will require a cab or bus ride. There are no grocery stores within walking distance but two malls are close by.

The beach has lots of palapas for shade, though in higher season, it might be hard to find a palapa on the beach. The adult pool has lots of sun or shade options, comfortable chairs for sitting at a table or lounging in or out of water. There’s a lap pool for games, volleyball, etc, during the afternoon. Food and drink service at the pool and on the beach is excellent – just put out your blue flag when you want something. The resort looks large, but it is very easy to get around, and if staying on “adult” side in phase 2, everything you need is within easy reach. The resort is wheelchair accessible, even on the beach. Security walks the beach and makes sure the vendors are not bothering guests too much.

There is a soup and salad bar always at the restaurant. The low-carb folks have lots of choices even Splenda margaritas. The market has a good selection of food and drink, and prices were not bad – $1 for a coke. Buy milk, bread, and such and dine in your room each day, if you like. The Veranda and Sisal restaurants are both good. Sisal is a bit more upscale. For those who want something more, there is a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse a 5 minute walk from the resort.

You must use your room card to charge everything, however, the bill comes with each person’s charges separate, which is great when traveling with friends. It can be hard to get change for bills if you want to tip someone or want cab fare. Take lots of 5’s and 1’s. Workout facility have most of what you might want. The rooms are equipped with a microwave and a coffee maker, and free high-speed WiFi. There are 3 large pools, a spa, tennis courts, gym, etc, and even a little supermarket within the hotel.

Many take a bus into town and shop at Sorrenos, for food for the entire week. The bus runs outside the hotel constantly and is cheap. There is no need to rent a car unless you want one for one day for excursions to the chic and artsy Playa del Carmen or the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza which may turn into all-day affairs. Do NOT use the rental place in the Royal Sands, but go across the street to the European rental and get a nicer car for about $50 US for the day. You can also take the bus to the ferry to Isla Mujeres. Rent a 4 passenger golf cart when you get there for $60 US for the day.

You always have to be prepared for the hustle and bustle at the airport, especially when you arrive. The Mexicans are very aggressive, which can be intimidating at times. NOTE: When you get there, go straight out of the airport to the shuttles, don’t stop at the various, official looking desks along the way, and don’t collect $200. They are all time share sharks.

You’ll find fun on the beach with the cute baby sea turtles. The resort gathers the eggs, and on the nights they hatch are released back into the sea. Talk about a great family event. Everybody loves it! There are many complimentary items that other hotels do not offer such as use of golf-clubs, snorkels, sailboat lessons, life-vests, bicycles and a variety of other sports equipment. There are two large pools with a swim-up restaurant/bar. The A/C in the units blast cold.

Avoid the special tours and off property restaurant recommendations. These are “bait and switch” operation to sell time share. You’ll be dropped off and have to pay your own cab back to the hotel, with an explanation that there’s an agreement with the taxi union.

The resort charges to your room card and you settle your bill when you check out. This is good because you can use whatever pesos you have left towards your bill and pay the rest on your credit card so you don’t end up going home with excess pesos. Royal Sands has there units divided into 2 phases. Phase One is the main pool and reception area, Phase 2 has its own pool area. It doesn’t matter where they put you as its only minutes to walk to each. Be aware that you will have to pay 650 pesos “departure tax” at the airport when you’re ready to return home.

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