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Grand Residences receives award at Mexico’s Tianguis Travel Show

Grand Residences by Royal Resorts® received the Diversification of Mexican Tourist Products award for excellence in the Premium or Luxury category at the famous Mexican travel show, the Tianguis Turístico held in Mazatlan, Sinaloa in April.

Now in its forty-third year, the Tianguis showcases Mexico’s many destinations and the variety of adventures that await visitors and attracts tour operators and travel agents from all over the world. For decades it was held in Acapulco but it is now hosted by a different city or destination each year. Famous for its beaches and fishing, the 2018 host Mazatlan is known as the “Pearl of the Pacific.”

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Fun in Grand style

Take your children to the Kids Club; they will never want to leave! There’s non-stop fun in store for them this summer with a packed program of activities including pool and beach fun, sports, games, movies and crafts.

From face painting, pirate masks and piñatas to a treasure hunt, nature walks and even iguana watching, there’s never a dull moment. Your children will also enjoy the creative sessions; they can try their hand at water coloring, papier mâché, pencil case making and sand art for starters.

The Kids Club is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for children aged between four and 12 years.

Be sure to check the daily activity program for teens and adults too. The day starts with tennis, yoga or pilates at 8 a.m. Later in the day there are dance lessons, a bike tour (reservations required), zumba and aqua fitness classes. Beach volleyball, soccer, karaoke, bingo and a music quiz are some of the afternoon activities available and you can also ask your Concierge to book your seat for a cooking class with Chef Yann Cozic or a cocktail class with the Heaven Grill bar staff during the week.

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Something special for Mom

Treat Mom to some pampering fit for a queen at Grand Residences. Why not start the day with a leisurely breakfast and mimosas on the terrace from the room service menu? There are flowers in your residence but you can order her bouquets and floral arrangements from the resort store.

After breakfast, it’s time for some Spa relaxation with Mom’s favorite massage, facial or body wrap.

Enjoy lunch poolside at Heaven Grill and later invite her for afternoon coffee or cocktails on the lobby bar terrace.

Board the catamaran for a sunset cruise. Sip champagne on the deck and watch the shoreline slip by as the sun goes down.

As the breeze picks up and the violet clouds scudding across the darkening sky give way to the first stars, it’s time for a cocktail on the terrace before dinner.

There’s plenty on the menu at El Faro Grill and Flor de Canela to tempt the palate and the desserts are heavenly. For something really special, plan a surprise dinner on the beach. Enjoy a superb menu and watch the moon rise over the Caribbean. Ask your Concierge for reservations.

 

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Coming soon, new family multiuse room

The room where the morning yoga class takes place is being transformed into a multiuse room that will soon be available on request for owners to use for family reunions and special events.

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Turtle season begins in May

The beaches of the Mexican Caribbean are the stage for one of nature’s most incredible wonders, sea turtles coming ashore to nest on the same beaches that they were born on. All through the summer, huge female turtles will struggle ashore at the dead of night to dig their nests in the sand and lay their eggs. Forty-five to 60 days later, the eggs hatch and the baby turtles will scuttle towards the waves and a new life at sea.

The Mexican Caribbean is one of the world’s most important sea turtle nesting areas and the season begins in May. Turtles emerge from the waves at night to lay their eggs on the Cancun shoreline, the beaches of Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Isla Mujeres, Contoy, Holbox, Cozumel, Sian Ka’an and southern Quintana Roo.

The first turtle nests of the year have already been reported in Puerto Morelos, Akumal and Xcacel and many more will follow them in the months to come.

The Grand Residences security staff are our dedicated turtle guardians and they are getting ready for their busy summer mission. All through the season, they will patrol the beach in front of the resort on the look out for our visitors from the sea. They watch over turtles as they lay their eggs and then carefully move the eggs to a nest in a protected turtle nursery where they monitor them until they hatch.

The guards will release the hatchlings when night has fallen and the seagulls and frigate birds that would prey on these tiny defenseless creatures have gone to roost.

Hopefully in 12 to 15 years time some of this season’s hatchlings will emerge from the waves and begin the long struggle up the beach to nest.

In 2017, the season tally at Grand Residences was 228 nests protected and 20,000 hatchlings released. We hope that our turtle guardians will be even busier this year.

Royal Resorts is a turtle conservation pioneer in Cancun and has been participating in the annual campaign to protect the species since 1985. Official record keeping began at 1998 and since then it has protected 7,995 turtle nests and released 741,042 baby turtles! In 2017, a record-breaking 1,063 nests were protected at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander in Cancun and 111,226 baby turtles were set free.

 

Follow the Turtle Season Rules

If you are due to visit Grand Residences or Royal Resorts during the summer, join us in protecting these beautiful creatures.

 

  • Alert the security staff
  • Be very quiet and keep still
  • Watch from a distance of ten meters
  • Do not attempt to touch the turtle or crowd her
  • Do not shine a torch or use the light on your mobile phone
  • Please, no flash photography
  • No smoking
  • Follow the instructions given by security staff at all times
  • Help us to keep our beaches and sea clean. Discarded straws, plastic bags, beer packaging, fishing lines and other garbage floating in the water are lethal to turtles and other marine life
  • When snorkeling or diving watch turtles from a distance, do not swim towards them and do not attempt to touch them
  • Wear a t-shirt when snorkeling as protection from the sun instead of applying sun block. Sun products pollute the water and are harmful to marine life
  • Turtles are protected by Mexican law and it is illegal to disturb, persecute and hunt them and consume their meat or eggs.

 

Mexican environmental agency regulations keep human contact with the turtle hatchlings to a minimum and the participation of hotel guests in turtle releases is no longer permitted.

 

Puerto Morelos turtle protection campaign

Turtles nest along three stretches of the Puerto Morelos shoreline, Punta Brava, Punta Caracol and Petempich. Located in the south, Punta Brava is the most important nesting area in Puerto Morelos. Loggerhead, green, hawksbill turtles and the occasional leatherback, the world’s largest sea turtle, come ashore

In 2017, 2,356 turtle nests were protected and more than 223,000 baby turtles released in the Puerto Morelos area. Employees from nine hotels, including Grand Residences, support government biologists, marines, students and conservation volunteers in this vital work.

The annual journey of the sea turtle is one of nature’s greatest wonders and Grand Residences and Royal Resorts are proud to do their part to protect this ancient, and sadly, endangered species.

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Every picture tells a story

This month we are celebrating the beauty of the Mesoamerican Reef, the second longest barrier reef system in the world. Its spectacular coral castles and columns are teeming communities, home to an endless variety of colorful marine life, including 400 species of reef fish. We hope that our photo gallery gets you in the mood to book your next snorkeling trip in Puerto Morelos National Marine Park or to explore other reefs in the Riviera Maya.

If you have a picture of Grand Residences, Puerto Morelos or a special place in the Yucatan or a vacation story that you would like to share with us, we would love to hear from you. Send your pictures to memories@royalresorts.com . A selection of the photos we receive will be published in this newsletter.