We own at the Royal Islander, but since the Royal Haciendas opened, it is our choice via II swapping, 2 weeks per year. This year was 4/27 to 5/11. I was concerned with the recent management change and the institution of the new outsider's All-Inclusive requirement. But, my fears are gone and seeing a higher occupancy rate and improvements in the food and mixed drinks make me think it was good and necessary move. Having more guests can only help the amount each owner must contribute to operations. Also, the high speed internet let me enjoy the smart phone features I count on to stay in touch and research the restaurants in Playa.
Now, there is always room for improvement, and I have these suggestions:
1) Institute a laundry service. There is a laundry there where guests can wash their clothes, but based on a 2 week stay, I calculate a load costs me more than $30 plus the actual cost (about $3?). All considered, it costs me about $6,300.00 in total to stay 2 weeks and after ignoring sleep, it costs me about $30 per waking hour to enjoy the luxury of the Haciendas. Combine the laundry service with the daily maid service and charge anything you want. I would be on the beach reinvesting my savings by ordering another margarita.
2) There was a second thing, but I just can't remember it now. Guess it wasn't that important.
I guess asking for a clothes-optional beach is asking for too much. Maybe in 10 year, or so.
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- The Royal Haciendas(R) Just 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen, this enchanting beachfront resort has architecture and gardens inspired by the grand old haciendas of the Yucatan. Enjoy fine dining, activities and many other amenities with the REFINE All-Inclusive package. The Royal Haciendas(R) is proof that dreams come true. Imagine, the best in beachfront living quietly nestled within Riviera Maya's most prestigious oceanfront golf community. ... more less
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