Well, there was good and not so good.
We stayed at the Royal Haciendas, so first I will talk about the place. It really is very beautiful, however, if you are going to stay there before 7/07, be prepared to either not stay at the resort much or do pretty much nothing (which is fine for relaxing and reading books and so forth). If it is the latter, be prepared to usually be one of 2-3 tables in the restaurants, be the only party in the bar (if you are lucky, another party may be there), and generally be to yourselves the whole time. You could not really rely on the schedules for things to happen or be open (the gym closed earlier then scheduled by a few hours a couple days because nobody was using it, events listed on the itinerary did not happen (Karaoke on Fridays), the lap pool was in repair all week, so there was no pool volleyball. The gym part was pretty frustrating as we like to work out and schedule ourselves accordingly. There is construction going on every day (minor construction on Sunday) that you clearly hear all over the place. There were many bugs/mosquitos that prevented us from using the balcony too much (sitting out there for only a couple minutes, I had 3 mosquitos in my drink and had a few bites). There are currently 55 villas open (that is what I was told and by the number of buildings and villas per building, it seems about right) and they were mostly occupied. But, it seemed that more people went away from the resort because of the lack of people, then stayed at the resort. The resort itself looks great. The grounds of the finished part were very nice. The villas were excellent, beds comfortable, balconies big with Jacuzzis. The lobby bar is beautiful as is the La Palapa restaurant. The employees were friendly and helpful as you would expect from the Royal Resorts. All in all, I have high expectations the next time I go when the first phase will be complete and there are more people. They need to figure out a way to try to minimize the amount of flys/mosquitos (maybe some bug lamps on the balconies that the people can use when they are out there?). I knew going into this vacation that there would not be many people and was looking forward to it, but the feeling of really being one of only a few people everywhere we went became too much for us. So, most all of the issues I feel will be fixed with the finishing of the first phase and this resort will be incredible, until then, not so much in my opinion.
However, that did not limit us from having an incredible vacation. The first thing I would recommend is DEFINITELY renting a car. This paid off for us 10 times. The resort is about a 5-10 minute drive to downtown Playa (depending on traffic). Having a car gave us the flexibility of coming and going whenever we wanted and it was great. Parking was no problem in Playa, we always found a spot around 5th Ave. The result of the resort not having much to do, led us to experience Playa just about every day and take a trip to Akumal and Tulum (again not on tours, with our car). Playa is just a great little town. I could walk up and down 5th Ave all day long. It is filled with wonderful restaurants and bars and boutique shops. The main beach in Playa is Mamitas and it is very nice (not as nice as the beaches in Cancun in my opinion, but still very nice). You can rent a lounge chair and relax all day there. We took a day trip down to Tulum to see the ruins, which were nice, but then we went a little further to the Tulum beaches and ate at this great little place on the beach called Ana y Jose and just hung out on the beautiful Tulum beaches all day.
So this is just a short trip report, not a day by day account, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will be happy to help.