A very pleasant surprise and a wonderful place for large families or groups of friends to vacation affordably. Cancun's beaches are beautiful, though in November, we found the surf a little high and warning flags were up for every day of our 8 day stay. It also meant that the winds brought cloud cover in every afternoon about 2 pm. So plan on getting your sunshine in the mornings. If you are into water sports and don't have small children that want to swim in the ocean, this spot is fine. The pools are great! The sand is great too. We checked in on a Friday and found the resort mainly populated with seniors. Don't let this fool you! Most people check-in on Saturdays. The seniors that we met are often there for extended stays, so they appear to be majority of the guests during the change-over each week. By Sunday, the resort had groups of all ages plainly in sight. If you are able (as we were) to get a room just overlooking the beach, you will find it difficult to believe your bargain. The ocean view rooms allow you the sounds of the surf, plus a view of sunrise and the beautiful turquoise waters. You will be treated to a roomy apartment with kitchen and stove plus a fridge that you can fill for yourself. Each room has an adjoining apartment if you are two families or groups and there are 2 pull-down beds, a couch and a king-sized bed in many rooms. Add the room next door and you can likely handle 10 or 12 people. (the pull-down beds are not recommended for large adults though).
Take lots of small bills with you. Currency is not easy to get and the resort suggest tips for every service offered. The bar prices are such that most guests only drink during Happy Hour (3-5). We found that if we dined at the resort for two meals each day, (2 adults and a child), we spent roughly $30 to $40 a day in tips for everything.
There are 2 restaurants within the grounds of this resort and 5 within easy walking distance.
We never tried the Conquistador Steak house during our stay. The prices were in line with steakhouse prices elsewhere in Canada or the US, plus the mention of a surcharge for beef on the display menu seemed a little confusing. With so many other options, we just kept trying other spots. The Palapa Restaurant by the pool was the best place for breakfast lunch and often dinner, but we realized that it was far more affordable for the early meals to shop at the grocery at the resort and make our own breakfast and lunch. The store was amazing with wines, liquors, tequila and a great variety of Mexican beers. The produce was varied and fresh, plus they made their own salsa and guacamole to sell. The meat selection was not large, but you could certainly find enough choices to cook your own suppers if you wanted.
Theme nights were huge at the resort, and the Mexican Fiesta was a far better dinner and show than we found at the Dreams Resort in Peurto Morelas (Dreams Cancun Riviera). The show featured professional dancers performing dances from all around the different states of Mexico and a little history with a nod to the Mayans included. Taco night featured some great Mexican food and we found some fantastic local flavors that we had not found in any other stays in Mexico. Much better than even the regular menu at the same resort.
Free shuttles run to other Royal Resorts and affiliated restaurants each hour and each of those are an easy walk to other restaurants and sites of interest for shopping or recreation.
The Cancun buses are clean, fast and cheap and appeared very safe as well. Roughly a dollar got you most places that you might want to go in the hotel zone without delay or confusion.
The resort shares beach and restaurants with Make no bones about it, the Royal Mayan in Cancun is a part of the Royal Resorts chain of hotels, and a "time share" property, BUT we found that there was less effort put on sales here than in other regular hotels that we've stayed in. I was really surprised by that - but it is true.
They did assign a guest concierge to us, and he did invite us to a presentation, but there was no pressure to go and they were very happy to let the experience in the resort do the talking for them. Very refreshing. There is a laundry room to do your own or you can pay the laundry attendant to do it while you go and enjoy your day.
From other guests that we met, the story goes that next year the hotel will be sold after a long run with the chain. Apparently they do this so that hotels regularly get refurbished, or rebuilt.Despite her age being more than 20 years, she is still a modern comfortable resort.
If you are hoping to go on vacation with a large family, I'd highly recommend this resort!
If you are traveling as a couple, I don't think that you will see any more savings than you'd get from an all-inclusive, but for families with 2 or more children, this is the very best way to see Cancun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guests at The Royal Mayan can relax on the powder-white sand or by the pool and enjoy a variety of activities such as tennis and sail boating. The resort is next to The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander and guests can use the amenities at all three clubs. A shuttle bus service is also available to The Royal Sands and The Royal Cancun -Club Internacional de Cancun, the other two Royal Resorts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Mayan Hotel Cancun
- Royal Mayan Cancun Mexico
- Cancun Mayan Hotel