My husband and I, and our 10 year old daughter, stayed at the Royal Resorts Sea Aquarium for one week at the end of June as part of the Kids Sea Camp week. We had a fantastic time!
Royal Resorts Accommodations: We stayed in the suite which includes a king-sized bed in one bedroom, a large bathroom area with changing room and sink outside the shower/bath/toilet area, a spacious living/dining area with two Murphy beds, and a kitchen. There is a large patio area (we were on the ground floor) with two sets of sliding glass doors that reflect the sun so your room stays cool and people can't see inside and seating for six. All of the beds had very comfortable mattresses and pillows. The three ceiling fans located in the dining, living, and bedroom areas worked well to keep the A/C flowing.
The kitchen is equipped with dishes for eight as well as all of the pots, skillets, utensils, and appliances needed including blender, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, oven, stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator. Salt/pepper and sugar are provided.
The room was very clean with ample towels for the beach/pool and showering. dishwashing and dishwasher detergent, a mop and bucket, and a hand broom and dustpan are provided to help tidy up during your stay. However, while we there light maid service was provided daily with full maid service completed mid-week.
When you arrive, if you plan on eating meals and snacks in your room, you will have to make a trip to the grocery store. If you're not renting a car, a shuttle is provided to the store. When the van is packed with 10 people you wonder where the groceries are going to fit. Have no fear! While you in the store shopping, which has any basic grocery item you will need including beer, a trailer mysteriously appears behind the van and as you come out of the store you wheel your cart (groceries and all) into the trailer. The van driver returns everyone to the resort where you promptly take the cart to your room, empty the groceries, and return the cart to the van. A neat little system that works well.
The resort has three pools and a large hot tub. All were kept clean as well as the pool area which has plenty of lounging options in both sun and shade.
The resort's grounds are well-kept and it's lovely to take evening walks around the resort and then over to Lion's Dive and Breezes area. The grounds are guarded by security personnel walking around. We always felt safe and found everyone to be very friendly.
Internet: We were not charged for internet usage, but it is listed as a rate of .25 per minute wireless or .05 per minute if you use their dialup. Both options are available within your room.
During our stay we dived with Ocean Encounters each day. The staff and owner were friendly, accommodating, and entertaining. Nolo, the owner, was always asking how things were going and getting anything we needed. Chris, divemaster and course director, likes to tell stories to the point where you don't know whether to believe it as truth or fiction. He got half of the boat believing, when we visited the Blue Room, if you go under the water a few feet it will actually taste like fresh water. I was impressed with Ocean Encounters' presence and cordiality during Evening Kids Sea Camp activities...beyond the typical work hours.
Kids Sea Camp to the best of my understanding contracts with the Royal Sea Aquarium and Ocean Encounters for many of their activities, which are seamlessly intertwined. Ocean Encounters provides the diving instruction, and together along the sea aquarium staff provides activities such as movie night, the dolphin encounter, and catered beach dinners. The week's activities provide a full schedule of events which are a little overwhelming in the beginning, but by mid-week you get into the flow of things. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the kids sea camp, and unlike her parents, never seemed to expend all of her energy and took in all the sea camp had to offer. Each of the kids received a nice tote bag, shorty wet suit, snorkel and mask, and a t-shirt.
Restaurants: We went out for about half of our meals. We ate a Blue Oceans (The passion fruit mousse is excellent), Hemingway's, and Kontiki's. The food was good at all three. The atmosphere at Kontiki's was the best. Hemingway's had the slowest service and their desserts were nothing special. The general consensus is that Mambos has the slowest service (up to 1 1/2 hours to be be served dinner), so we did not eat there.
Royal Sea Aquarium: A small aquarium by Baltimore Aquarium standards, but nice to spend an hour or so there. Our daughter liked seeing "Herbie" the large culebra snapper on each of her visits.
Overall an excellent vacation. I would highly recommend Royal Resorts, Ocean Encounters, and Kids Sea Camp.
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