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Fourth of July reopening at Grand Residences

We are thrilled to be having a Fourth of July reopening at Grand Residences. We can’t wait to welcome all our returning owners and members to their home away from home.
What are you dreaming about the most? Is it the moment you open the door to your residence, kick off your shoes and gaze at sparkling turquoise waters thinking: “I’m back? Is it a dawn stroll along the Puerto Morelos shoreline, greeting your favorite Grand Residences employees or exploring the area, a new place on each vacation? Perhaps it’s a bit of everything, mixed with leisurely pool days on the pool deck, star gazing on your terrace or munching shrimp tacos at Heaven Beach Bar. Whatever your favorites are, we look forward to seeing you again and helping you create even more magical vacation moments.
We have lined up new dining experiences and activities for you and your family to enjoy during your stay, many of them outdoors so that you can enjoy our spectacular views, the sound of the waves and the soft breeze.
Your residence gives you plenty of space to unwind and move about without feeling confined as you would in a hotel room. You can order in from our Room Service menu, or from the Protein Menu if you want to cook in your gourmet kitchen, and sit down for a family meal in your dining room followed by a movie. And whether it’s morning coffee, lunch or afternoon cocktails, your private terrace is always perfect for alfresco living.
We have been working to prepare for your return with a new level of hygiene and care called the Royal Care Standard that goes hand in hand with the rigorous Leading Hotels of the World® and Distintivo H standards we already comply with.
The Royal Care Standard encompasses additional health and safety protocols throughout the resort, in your residence, guest areas, our restaurants and bars, and the gourmet food market; in the kids club, the gym and spa; on the pool deck and beach and back of the house in offices and employee areas.
Measures include social distancing, cleaning busy areas and frequently touched surfaces repeatedly during the day, the use of EPA-approved sanitation products and electrostatic sprays and additional hygiene steps in the room cleaning regime. Visit royalcarestandard.com for more information.
If you are unable to travel at this time, check the COVID-19 update for your options.

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Open-air dining

Enjoying outdoor life at Grand Residences naturally includes dining and your options include Heaven Beach Bar & Grill, a BBQ, a jazz and bossa nova evening on the pool deck and meals on the open-air terraces at El Faro, Flor de Canela and at the lobby bar café.
At Heaven Beach Bar you really do have your own front row seat in paradise. Slip into Mexican Caribbean vacation mode with fresh seafood, your favorite ice-cold beer or tequila cocktail and just relax. From the catch of the day to shrimp tacos or even grilled lobster, everything is delicious and worth lingering over.
The Sunday night BBQ is another Grand Residences favorite and meat lovers won’t want to miss Argentinean night either for more prime steaks and lashings of chimichurri.
For additional dining ideas, ask your Concierge upon arrival at the resort.

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Recipe from the Grand Residences kitchen

Chef Rafael Borbolla is busy preparing for your return and cooking up show-stopping new dishes for your dining pleasure. He has a Salmon Tataki Duo recipe to share with you this month.

Salmon Tataki Duo
Serves 1

Ingredients
100g salmon fillet
8g Ikura salmon roe
14g sangria lettuce
20g crab surimi
34g seaweed salad
34ml of sesame oil
4g of spring onion
10ml rice vinegar for sushi
1 avocado
10g Serrano chili
1 clove of garlic
50g mayonnaise
5g turmeric powder
2g fresh ginger
Salt and white pepper to taste

For the ponzu sauce
30ml soy sauce
2 lime wedges
3 orange wedges

Method
Slice the salmon and reserve
Finely slice the lettuce and fresh ginger, add the seaweed, surimi, vinegar, sesame oil and season with salt and white pepper
For the ponzu sauce, mix the soy sauce with the orange and lime juice
For the aioli, mix the mayonnaise, garlic and turmeric
Arrange the seaweed salad, salmon, avocado and spring onion on a plate. Serve with ponzu and aioli sauce.

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Great news for golfers

Great news for our Grand Residences golfers, El Camaleon Mayakoba is the latest course to join the Royal Golf program and offer you special green fees.

El Camaleon Mayakoba
Designed by Greg Norman, this 7,024-yard par 72 Riviera Maya course has a beautiful jungle and mangrove setting dotted with cenotes, canals and rock outcrops. The beach views are incredible and sightings of deer, coatimundis and spider monkeys during a round are frequent.
El Camaleon hosts the OHL Classic PGA Tournament in November.

Playa Mujeres
Greg Norman also designed the par-72, 7,218-yard Playa Mujeres course, 20 minutes to the north of Cancún. Four holes overlook the Caribbean and others have views of Chacmochchuc Lagoon.

Puerto Cancun
Designed by Tom Weiskopf, Cancún’s newest course stretches for 7,241 yards between the bay and Puerto Cancun marina. Holes 15 and 16 overlook the beach and Hole 18 is the most challenging. Marina Town Center mall is nearby.

Gran Coyote
Designed by Nick Price, Gran Coyote (formerly Grand Coral) is located behind The Royal Haciendas in CoraSol, Riviera Maya. This 7,050-yard course has challenging bunkers and water features. Hole 7 is the most difficult one to play.

Sign up for the weekly tournament
Sign up for the Royal tournament during your stay and meet fellow Grand Residences and Royal Resorts golfers. Days and times are as follows: Sunday after 12 p.m. at El Camaleon; Tuesday and Wednesday at Playa Mujeres (at least 10 players required) and Thursday and Friday at Puerto Cancun (at least 12 players).

Contact the Concierge for more information about these courses and to book tee times.

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Thank you for supporting the Royal Resorts Foundation COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund

A heartfelt thank you to our owners and members for your love and support during this difficult time for us all. Through the Royal Resorts Foundation COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund you have helped 1,222 employees, including the housekeepers, waiters, bartenders, kitchen staff and bellboys at Grand Residences and Royal Resorts who have been hardest hit by the economic crisis.
Two targets have been matched and over US$100,000 raised to help these 1,222 employees from April to June and the Royal Resorts Foundation is well on the way to reaching its third target of US$32,000 to support them through July with food cards that they can use in local supermarkets.
The generosity of owners, members, and of many staff who also donated to help affected workmates, has been incredible.
To see photos of some of your favorite employees at Grand Residences and Royal Resorts log in to the Members Area on the Royal Resorts website.

If you would like to make a donation visit the COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund

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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?

 

Contoy
A true Caribbean desert island of palms, mangroves and white beaches, Contoy is also an important nature reserve. Known as the island of birds, it is home to over 150 species, including pelicans, frigate birds, herons, ibis and roseate spoonbills. Eco trips are available.

Akumal
Picture-perfect and family friendly, Akumal Bay is one of the most beautiful spots in the Riviera Maya. Palm-lined and sheltered by offshore reefs, it is a favorite spot for the sea turtles that graze on sea grass beds in the shallow waters. The name Akumal actually means “place of the turtle” in Maya.

Mesoamerican Reef
The world’s second longest coral reef system runs offshore from the Mexican Caribbean coast. Take the plunge to discover a strange kingdom of coral buttresses and colorful marine life. Start your journey right here in Puerto Morelos National Park.

Playa del Carmen
An evening stroll along Playa del Carmen’s “la Quinta” for open-air dining and drinks under trees glittering with lights is always a popular vacation option. Lined with cafes and bars, craft shops and boutiques and alive with the sound of music, Fifth Avenue will undergo a facelift this summer, focusing on the area around Parque Fundadores.

Sian Ka’an
“Where the sky begins” in Maya, Sian Ka’an is a vast swathe of tropical forest and wetlands stretching to the sea. A landscape with biosphere reserve and World Heritage status, its ecosystems are a refuge for a wealth of bird species and rare wildlife such as the jaguar, tapir, manatee, howler monkey and the jabiru stork.

Chichen Itza
The Yucatan’s most famous archaeological site is huge and archaeologists are still at work unearthing and restoring ancient treasures, meaning that there is always something different to see whenever you visit. Chichen Itza’s majestic pyramids, temples and palaces have UNESCO World Heritage status.

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Beach books

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

Brooklyn
Colm Tóibín
Opportunities were so scarce in 1950s Ireland that many young men and women chose to emigrate. This was the case for Eilis Lacey who, with the help of her elder sister Rose and a priest called Father Flood, left her home and family for a new life in New York and a job in a department store. Painfully shy and homesick, she gradually makes friends in the busy boarding house presided over by Mrs. Kehoe and begins to take evening classes in bookkeeping.
Eilis meets Tony at a parish dance and as they see more of each other, they fall in love. She meets his large Italian family and they are busy making plans for their future together when she receives devastating news from home.
Her family needs her so she returns to Ireland. Torn between the land of her youth and an old friend and her new life in America with Tony, Eilis must choose.
A moving story of love, friendship and family ties, set against two very different landscapes: rural Ireland and the bustle and optimism of Brooklyn.

A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway
We have been rereading some old favorites this month, including Ernest Hemingway’s memoir of Paris in the 1920s. As an impoverished writer eking a living from short stories he wrote in the city’s bars and cafes, he met F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ford Madox Ford, Ezra Pound and James Joyce, among others.
His evocative account of Parisian life and people and his travels through France make one want to return to the city of light.

A Long Petal of the Sea
Isabel Allende
This is another compelling work of historical fiction by master storyteller Isabel Allende.
Victor Dalmau, is a young doctor caught up in the Spanish Civil War who is forced to flee Barcelona and go into exile in 1939. Vowing to protect his recently widowed sister-in-law Roser he crosses the Pyrenees into France, where he is reunited with her in a refugee camp. The suffering of the Spaniards prompted poet Pablo Neruda to charter a boat to bring 2,000 refugees to Chile, the “long petal of the sea and wine and snow.” Victor and Roser make the voyage to a new life in South America.
Their story spans decades and continents and four generations of their family in Chile. Uprooted by conflict in their homeland, they also witness the rise and fall of Pinochet.
Isabel Allende’s grandfather was one of the Chileans who welcomed the Spanish immigrants and she heard their stories in her childhood. She actually met one of them, Victor, when they were both exiled in Venezuela during Pinochet’s rule of terror. He told her about his 34 years in Chile and his relationship with Neruda and President Salvador Allende.

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Stay connected

You can stay connected with Grand Residences on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You’ll find updates, photos of your home away from home and Puerto Morelos, cocktails, recipes, activity ideas, the Lotería game and much more. There are even some great Grand Residences images for you to download and use as your Zoom background.