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Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 for Grand Residences and Royal Resorts

Grand Residences and Royal Resorts® have received Tripadvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice awards in three different categories.

Travelers’ Choice – Best of the Best 2020
This award is Tripadvisor’s highest recognition and is presented annually to those businesses that are the Best of the Best on Tripadvisor, those that earn excellent reviews from travelers and are ranked in the top 1% of properties worldwide.

• Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
• The Royal Cancun® All Suites Resorts
• The Royal Haciendas® All Suites Resort & Spa

Travelers’ Choice 2020
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

• The Royal Islander® All Suites Resort
• The Royal Sands® Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Popular Cancun restaurants Captain’s Cove and Hacienda Sisal have also received the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice 2020 awards.

Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Hotels in Mexico for Families 2020
In the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice lists honoring the top hotels in Mexico, Royal Resorts and Grand Residences are among the top 25 hotels category for family vacations.

• The Royal Haciendas No. 6
• The Royal Cancun No. 16
• Grand Residences Riviera Cancun No. 19

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Let’s Protect Each Other: Wear a Face Mask

We are in this together and we can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 by following hygiene recommendations such as frequent hand washing and social distancing and by using face masks. Masks reduce the dispersion of droplets when you sneeze or cough and if we all wear one we can protect each other. We ask all our owners, members and guests to wear a face mask indoors and in busy public areas of the resort.
The use of face masks is compulsory in the Kids Club, the Spa, Gourmet Food Market, in elevators and on board our vans. You should also wear one when entering our restaurants up until the moment that you are seated.

Use of masks is now mandatory in public in Cancun with fines for non-compliance
In Cancun, the use of face masks is now mandatory in public for residents and for visitors. The police are enforcing the new law and there are penalties for non-compliance. Fines may be given for not wearing a mask and if the fine is not paid the offender could face detention for 36 hours.
In Tulum, the authorities are also enforcing this new law and police have detained several people for not wearing a face mask.
Whenever you venture off property, please use a mask.

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Sporting life

A stroll along the beach at sunrise is the start of another perfect day in Grand Residences. What do you have planned? Are you going to spend it on the beach or by the pool or have an activity-packed day to stay in shape?
Keep up with your daily workout at the gym or use the lap pool. Join a yoga, zumba, pilates or stretching class. Whatever your choice, cool off afterwards with water, juice, fruit and granola cookies from the recovery station on the pool deck.
Anyone for tennis? Book a court and sign out rackets and balls at the Sports Desk. Clinics and private classes are available with the Pro if you want to improve your game.
If your passion is golf book your tee times for a round at the El Camaleón Mayakoba, Gran Coyote (formerly Grand Coral), Puerto Cancun or Playa Mujeres courses. Designed by champions, all are eminently playable with challenging holes to test your skills and they offer discounted green fees for Grand Residences and Royal Resorts golfers.
Remember that at 3 p.m. you are invited to join the Activity team on the beach for a fun game of volleyball.
And after a day of activity you’ll be ready for a relaxing Spa massage to ease those aching muscles.

Your Concierge can help you with golf and spa reservations.

 

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Mexican Mariscos, an Evening of Seafood at Flor de Canela

Plan an evening at Flor de Canela on your next visit for some of Chef Rafael Borbolla’s seafood dishes. Fish, shrimp and lobster are cooked to perfection in recipes inspired by the traditions of fishing communities along Mexico’s Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
Start your meal with a plate of ceviche, aguachile or tuna tostadas with avocado and lime cream and a hint of habanero chili.
For classic Mexican Caribbean dining order fresh lobster grilled al mojo de ajo in garlic butter or Maya-style tikinxic, fish that is marinated in achiote (annatto) and Seville orange juice, then charcoal-grilled with bell peppers, onion and tomato and served with tortillas and fried plantains.
From the Pacific coast, the hearty Governor’s burrito is a flour tortilla packed with shrimp flambéed in tequila with garlic and guajillo chili, rice and grilled sweet corn. Tequila shrimp is another favorite and the seafood pozole is Mexico’s take on the Provençal bouillabaisse but even tastier. Grouper, shrimp, mussels, octopus and lobster chunks are cooked in a spicy seafood broth with cacahuacintle corn kernels and the traditional garnishes.
Of course, if you would like the catch of the day, it is sourced locally and superbly flavored and you can order it grilled, sautéed in garlic butter or with your favorite sauce.

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Dish of the Month: Grand Residences Green Salad

Here’s a refreshing new salad from Chef Borbolla’s repertoire, a perfect lunch recipe for the summer. Crisp garden vegetables and the nutty flavor of pumpkin seeds and pine nuts, delicious and very nutritious.

Grand Residences Green Salad with Pumpkin Seed Pesto
30g baby spinach
60g local squash
40g peas
60g green beans
50g asparagus
40g chayote

For the pumpkin seed pesto
30g pumpkin seeds
20g pine nuts
10g Parmesan cheese
15ml olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Method
Bring water and salt to the boil and cook the squash, green beans, asparagus and chayote; cool them in a bowl of ice. Cook the peas until they are soft and then puree them in a blender.
To make the pesto toast the seeds in a frying pan and blend with the Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the pea puree on the plate and top with the remaining ingredients. Add pesto to taste.

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Cocktail Time

Fix a cocktail for a summer evening on the terrace and memories of your Mexican Caribbean home away from home will come flooding back. We hope that you will soon be here, in the meantime, here’s a taste of the tropics for you.

Beachcomber
3/4oz vodka
3/4oz white rum
2oz orange juice
2oz strawberries
¼ banana
1oz Kahlua
1/4oz grenadine
Blend and serve with an orange and melon garnish.

Caribbean Nizuc
3/4oz brandy
3/4oz melon liqueur
2oz pineapple juice
2oz orange juice
1/4oz coconut cream
1/4oz grenadine
Blend and serve with an orange and melon garnish.

Beso Maya
1oz almond tequila
1/2oz Xtabentun liqueur
1/4oz coffee liqueur
2oz Carnation milk
11/4oz coconut cream
Blend and serve with a pineapple garnish

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Stay Connected

Watch your friends from the Activities team and Kids Club give their classes via Facebook Live on the Royal Resorts and Grand Residences Facebook pages. If you miss them don’t worry, you can watch the videos later.
Check the Grand Residences Facebook page for pictures from paradise, resort updates, cocktails, recipes, activity ideas and much more
You can also stay connected with Grand Residences on Instagram and Twitter.

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Beach Reads

Here are some of the books we are reading right now if you are looking for something for the beach. Why not write to us and let us know what’s on your bookshelf or Kindle right now?

The Colour
Rose Tremain
Gold casts its spell in this tale of 19th-century New Zealand. Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate in search of a new life. When Joseph finds “the colour,” gold dust in the creek on their homestead he becomes obsessed and abandons everything in pursuit of his fortune. He travels to the Southern Alps to seek his fortune in the gold rush, leaving Harriet to run the farm. Separated and beset by misfortune, they make their own way in the beautiful but harsh landscape.
Set against the grandeur of the mountains of South Island, this is a compelling story of pioneers.

Sea of Poppies
Amitav Ghosh
A rich saga of 19th-century India at the time of the Opium Wars. A ship sets sail for Mauritius with a motley crew of sailors, indentured laborers  and convicts, including a bankrupt Raja, a widowed farmer and a French runaway.

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Virtual Traveler

Some of you still cannot be with us right now but we can bring the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean and the Yucatan to you. Here’s our monthly gallery showcasing some of the region’s many natural and historical attractions. How many have you visited? Which ones would you like to explore on future visits to Grand Residences?

Rio Secreto
Exploring this chain of caves in the jungle just to the south of Playa del Carmen is an incredible experience. Your guide will show you hidden chambers deep in the limestone rock filled with crystal-clear water and impressive stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years.

Ik-kil
Located near Chichen Itza, this is one of the Yucatan’s most popular cenotes, a huge sinkhole with towering limestone walls festooned with jungle creepers and aerial tree roots.

Holbox
Wide beaches and the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen unloading their catch and flocks of gulls and pelicans waiting expectantly for scraps, this is life on Holbox, the northernmost island of the Mexican Caribbean. A slower pace, the chance to see wildlife and incredible sunsets are some of its rustic charms.

Ek Balam
Located 20 minutes to the north of Valladolid, the ancient city of Ek Balam is best known for the Acropolis, the tiered pyramid crowned by a temple with a carved stucco façade depicting ancient lords, gods, sacred animals and earth monsters.

Tankah
Between Xel-Ha and Tulum, Tankah is a lovely palm-lined bay with cenotes in the mangroves and tiny Maya temples in jungle clearings.

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Swimming with the Whale Sharks

If you are staying at Grand Residences this month and are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, how about swimming with the whale sharks, the gentle giants that are the world’s largest living fish? Get ready for a magical wildlife encounter that’s straight out of National Geographic.

Ocean wanderers in search of food during the year
Whale sharks are great ocean wanderers, migrating thousands of miles through the tropics in search of the plankton and fish eggs that are their staple diet. From mid-May to mid-September, hundreds of them gather in the northern waters of the Mexican Caribbean near the islands of Holbox, Contoy and Isla Mujeres to feed. Biologists say it is the largest whale shark gathering in the world.

Domino fish
Also known as domino fish due to the distinctive stripes and dappled markings on their blue-grey skins, each whale shark has its own unique pattern and taking photos of them is helping experts around the world to compile a catalog. Through the use of this international database for identification purposes and by tagging sharks they have been able to map the movements of some of these enigmatic and endangered creatures during the year.

Whale shark tours
Imagine snorkeling alongside a whale shark and watching as a creature the size of a bus approaches you and then swims placidly by, its gaping jaws open to scoop up the plankton. It is an awe-inspiring sight and one that wildlife watchers won’t want to miss. Guided small group eco trips to see the whale sharks are available and during the day you may be lucky enough to see wild dolphins, sea turtles and the graceful manta rays that also gather in the whale shark feeding grounds.

Ask your Concierge to help arrange a whale shark watching trip for you. You have two options: taking an eco trip from Cancun or Isla Mujeres or traveling to the island of Holbox. Just off the north coast of Quintana Roo, even the wooden signs and colorful murals lining the sandy streets of Holbox show the famous pez domino, as the whale shark is affectionately called by local fishermen.

Staying on Holbox will let you discover the rustic laidback ambiance of the island, spend time on the beach, set sail in search of whale sharks and explore the Yalahau Lagoon, a prime spot for bird watching.

Ask your Concierge about whale shark trips