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The Royal Sands Resort, Cancun, Mexico
July 2-9, 2011
Without a doubt, the Royal Sands knows how to please it's members and visitors. You've heard it in review after review, it's the people that make the resort. And it's what I based my decision on to stay there.
The staff at the Royals are fantastic, top notch, and professional. They go out of their way to please and assist you, at any hour of the day. Even when you need maintenance, they are there within 10 minutes of your call. And the staff at the laundry facility will wash, dry and fold your clothes and have them ready for pick up pronto! (and they smelled awesome!)
You do not use cash at the resorts, once you check in you are issued a room card and that is how you pay for your entire stay, no matter which of their resorts you're at! You can also exchange your USD for Pesos at the front desk, they give you really great exchange rates, so it's worth it to change there before you go on your day.
Clean, updated and comfortable. Each unit has a breathtaking view of the crystal blue ocean. The balcony is by far the largest I've ever seen, it accesses both the main living area and the master bedroom and has a full table/chair set and two lounge chairs as well. Some have said the resort rooms are dated, I didn't think so. I do think they could 'warm them up a bit' with some colorful deco and wall hangings. Regardless, the rooms were clean and immaculate. The beds were very comfortable, the best I've slept in a long time with comfy squooshy pillows to boot! The kitchens are stocked with everything you need to make dinner in, with a full sized stove, fridge and microwave. One teensy note: a tv upgrade would be great! (they were small and kept getting stuck on channels), but who needs tvs on vacation!?
The resort has two large pool areas, both with swim up bars and food. They'll serve you right at your lawn chair by the pool, out at your palapa on the beach or right in the pool! The bartenders and wait staff go out of their way to please you, and let me tell you, they hustle! Even in hot, humid temps, they're rushing around to get you what you need as quick as possible. Large pool towels are provided for everyone, as well as snorkeling equipment and other sports related rentals, free of charge. There's a recreation center for kids' activities daily and also water aerobics and yoga classes at the pool as well.
The Phase I pool is huge and has a kiddy pool area, plenty of lawn chairs and an adult lap-swim pool extending from the main lobby. There was some sort of party the first day we went to the pool which disappointed us, we had just traveled all that way, unpacked and got our stuff to go to the pool and just go 'aaaah' and relax. However, the party at the pool was incredibly loud, so loud you had to shout to the person next to you. I noticed kids covering their ears, and the DJ was running some sort of bikini/booty contest. Not what we came to Mexico for, it was like we walked into Spring Break in July. We tried to escape to the Phase II pool but couldn't find any lawn chairs because everyone else escaped there too.
The Phase II pool is smaller, but more 'wavy' in shape. The huge palapa houses their swim up bar and cafe. It also has a kiddie area and is more quiet than the main Phase I pool.
The beach at the Royal Sands is flawless. It's like nothing I have ever seen or experienced before. Having been to some really nice Caribbean beaches, this one, by far, will take your breath away. The soft beige sands and warm azure-blue waves are so inviting and fun, you could spend the whole day in the water and not get sick of it. The palapas are just beautiful and were easy to get, with large grass 'umbrellas' to shade the hot sun.
I especially liked the outdoor showers by the beach and the walk-in water steps to get the sand off your feet. Very cool. Another cool thing: I noticed the beach has handicap-accessible palapas, they can roll you right out to paradise!
At night, if you're lucky during the summer months, you'll get to witness a mama sea turtle (ginormous, I might add) come up on the sand and lay her eggs. All of the Royal Resorts have a very nice program to protect and nurse the eggs and once hatched, release the baby turtles back into their habitat that you can take part in. Check out their website for more info.
We ate several times at La Veranda due to their amazing buffets. Whether breakfast or dinner, their buffets are plentiful and have lots of variety from Mexican dishes to comforts of home type foods. The Sidelines sports bar made it easy for us to catch up on sports scores and even NASCAR races, although we only peeked in, heck, we were on vacation!
But! There are two restaurants of note that you must try!
La Hacienda Sisal: AMAZING food and buffets. They also have a big stage with live performances. We saw the Mexican show the final night we were there, and wow, they really put on a show and spread. (and ps, open bar too).
The Captain's Cove: I'm thinking this is not owned by the Royals, but they do take your room card for payment there, and it's just down the road. It sits on the bay side and is just breathtaking at sunset. A must for a wonderful evening out. Staff was great, food was great, and the ambiance can't be beat. It's a little pricey, but for that special evening out, it's just perfect.
The great thing about the Royal Resorts is that they have 5 resorts in Cancun ( and one in Playa) and you can use their air-conditioned, comfortable buses free to go to their other resort pools and restaurants too. It's like you have 5 resorts in one vacation, thumbs way up for that! They also have an in-house travel agency (Thomas More) that can help you schedule your transportation to/from the airport and to the many sight-seeing adventure tours.
Oh... my gosh.. just beautiful and loaded with amenities and services galore. I didn't get a chance to use it, sniff, but I did take the tour and I promise, I will the next time around.
We traded through Interval and had no problems whatsoever. If you're trying to decide which Royal resort to stay at, I would recommend the Sands, it's private, bigger pool/beach area and easier than the others to get to town.
All in all an "A" for the Royal Sands!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Sands Resort & Spa 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