After several years of traveling to the Cancun/Riviera Maya are the majority of my stays, while in Cancun, have been at the Royal Resorts. I've stayed at the Royal Islander, the Royal Caribbean, the Royal Mayan, the Royal Sands, and, on a few occasions when I loved being close to downtown and also the Puerto Juarez ferry to go to Isla, the Royal Cancun, formerly Club Internacional.
My last stay in July 2013 was at the Royal Islander. I was accompanied by my daughter and her friend. We had been to Playa del Carmen for a few nights as I was determined to snorkel and see sea turtles in Akumal bay (had once visited Yal-ku, but no turtles) but then we headed up to Cancun for a week at the Royal Islander. I had stayed there with my sister and another friend the year before and rented privately through a timeshare owner and got a great price both times.
These resorts are incredible. I have been coming down here since the late 90s and have never been disappointed. The two-bedroom villa we rented had a large living room, dining area, kitchen, and large balcony with very comfortable furniture that stretched from the living room to master bedroom. The master bedroom had a walk-in closet, private bath, and a safe. On the other side of the living room was another bedroom with two double or queen beds, walk-in closet and safe, bathroom and also a mini fridge, microwave and coffee pot, as these "lock offs" are sometimes rented out separately by the owners. Each bedroom and living room had a large flat screen TV with cable, and there were telephones in the kitchen, living room, and both bedrooms. There were also two murphy beds in the living room--much more comfortable than pull-out sofas for those of you with large families.
The pool areas are gorgeous, and all of the resorts have swim-up bars and several restaurants. They have laundry on site, great grocery stores with everything from fresh meats, vegetables, pastries, snacks, beer, wine, liquor--and their prices are very reasonable. They also have a doctor at the Royal Caribbean in case of emergency, which, in my opinion, is fantastic! The beach areas by the Islander, Caribbean, Mayan and Sands have heavy waves, but if you want a change of pace, take a shuttle to the Royal Cancun and you will be on the calm waters of the bay. There is an Ado car rental agency right on the premises, boutiques, and also a tour office where you can book any kind of tour imaginable and put it on your card. Extremely convenient!
The staff at all of these resorts is highly professional and they will do their best to ensure excellent customer satisfaction. It was a pleasure to wake up early in the morning and see the people raking the beach or cleaning the pool and giving everyone a huge smile and an "Hola." The properties are immaculately clean, the food at all of the restaurants is delicious--you would have no problem never leaving the resort at all if you did not want to. Personally, as I enjoy the old downtown part of Cancun very much and also Isla, I did leave frequently but since the busses stop at the end of the driveway, getting around was cheap and easy. However, it was always nice to come back home in the evening!
Since I spent most of my 17 or 18 visits at the Royals at least part of the time (other times I was in PDC or Isla), I must have taken some of their amenities for granted because recently a rented a private condo (could not find anything at the Royals within my budget) for a short week-long stay in July. Bottom line was I paid twice as much and the place was pretty much a disaster when we compare it to our July 2013 and July 2012 at the Royal Islander. Ugh... My college-age daughter was very uncomfortable at the other place and did not feel safe like we always do at the Royals. So, now while I make my plans for this summer, I don't have to worry about checking out other places. The Royals can't be beaten. So, if anyone knows of any owner who wants to rent out toward the end of July/early August, contact me as I am unable to reach the owner I've rented through the past couple of years. This was a great 'lesson learned.' If you don't appreciate the Royals, you haven't stayed anywhere else!
Thank you all for a wonderful stay and cannot wait to see you again this summer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Islander(R)is nestled on the beach and offers enchanting views of the Caribbean and the Nichupte Lagoon. Seek a moment of solitude at sunrise and enjoy blissful hours in the warm sun. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Islander Hotel Cancun
- Royal Islander Hotel Cancun