After a good bit of work researching our options for a five day holiday, my fiance and I settled on the Royal Sands in Cancun, and now reflecting on our vacation, are very pleased with our choice.
Some of the things that we really liked were that the place was very clean and the staff courteous and genuinely friendly. That things quieted down at night and there was no problem of noise interfering with sleep. That the pools were large and well kept and heated to just the right temperature, not too warm or too cold. In March in Cancun heated pools really do seem to be a necessity as the pools would be uncomfortably cold otherwise. The pools at the Royal Islander and the Royal Caribean are also heated.The beach there was excellent, but the water was rough and a bit cold, and few people up and down the beach could be seen in the water even at mid day. There were quite a few children there, as it is a family resort, but at this time of year not so many that the shrieking could become oppressive. Nor were there many Spring Breakers. There were quite a few late middle age and elderly but not enough that it felt like a retirement community. Our room had a great view and we were actually able to take a couple of chairs and table onto the balcony and have our breakfast out there. There is an excellent spa connected to the resort that can be used for $12/day. The two restaurants are convenient ; we enjoyed the Sunday brunch at the Mexican restaurant, whose patrons at that time were mostly locals..
The downsides were that the staff badgered us to get out of our room on Saturday morning even though we weren't to check out until the next day by calling on the phone before 9am to wake us and then knocking and acutally entering the room by 9:20 even though the Do not disturb sign was hanging. There was a repeat performance of this by the staff the following day, our check-out day.
The beds are mediocre at best - soft and small (I actually partially fell out one night) but really not too bad. An upgrade from full size to queen with firmer mattresses would help. There were activities during the day but little to do there at night, so really nightlife is a cab ride or bus ride away. This is easy enough, though it would be easier if there were something to do at night sometimes without having to travel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Sands(R), All-Inclusive, one of the best All-Inclusive resorts in the area, sits at the center of Cancun's spectacular Caribbean shoreline with breathtaking views of white sand and turquoise waters. With a privileged location, five-star luxury, a world-class Spa, tempting dining choices and activities for all ages, The Royal Sands has everything you need for your next Caribbean vacation. Enjoy fine dining, activities and amenities offered by the REFINE All-Inclusive package. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Sands Hotel Cancun
- Royal Sands Cancun
- Cancun Royal Sands Resort
- Royal Sands Resort Cancun