Dining under the stars

Have you ever looked up at the Mayan heavens? Gazing up at the deep blue sky ablaze with myriad stars and listening to the waves break on the shoreline makes for a magical evening, the setting for an unforgettable meal, a bottle of fine wine or champagne. On your next trip, how about organizing a special dinner on the beach or in your residence, on your spacious open-air terrace?

Enjoy a tempting set menu or if you have something else in mind that you would like to dine on, the chef and his team will be happy to cook your favourite dish for you.

Beach dinners and catering can be arranged on request (additional charges) with prior reservations. Contact the Concierge for more information.


Turtle News

Here is the latest news from our Grand Residences turtle guardians. Of the 37 nests registered to date for the season there are 21 nests in the corral with eggs still to hatch. Security staff have released 1,282 baby turtles so far, 511 loggerheads and 711 green turtles, and the eggs in three more nests are set to hatch in the next few days.
In Cancun, the tally of turtle nests to date in the corrals at The Royal Sands, The Royal Caribbean and The Royal Islander stands at 204 with 24,607 eggs. The number of hatchlings set free so far is 7,238.


Grand golf

The Riviera Maya is gearing up for the its sporting event of the year, the OHL Mayakoba Classic PGA tournament at the El Camaleon course from November 5 to 11. However avid golfers know that great golf is to be enjoyed year-round in the Mexican Caribbean on a collection of superb courses designed by golf legends the likes of Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Nick Price. We caught up with William Scott, one of our fulltime and founding owners at Grand Residences, who is a longtime Royal Resorts member and a regular golfer. He has this to say about our growing golf destination.

Mr. Scott has been playing golf two to three times a week for the last 30 years. He says, “I started playing golf through friendship and was looking for a sport that I could continue as I grew older. Golf fit the bill and I play two to three times a week at home and when I am on vacation at Grand Residences. He reminisces, “The first course I played was Pok Ta Pok in Cancun in 1992-93 and then the Iberostar Cancun, both easy to get to from The Royal Caribbean where I was a member at the time. I later purchased weeks at The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas before buying preconstruction at Grand Residences and over the years I have played all the courses in the Cancun-Riviera Maya area and intend to play the newest, Puerto Cancun.

“Iberostar Cancun is a nice resort course,” he says, “and the undulating terrain at the Iberostar Playa Paraiso makes it challenging to play. You have to be patient at this Riviera Maya course and be careful not to outplay your game. The staff are second to none and really welcome you. They take great care of the fairways.

“For a long time the Iberostar Playa Paraiso course was the qualifier for the Mayakoba PGA tournament, “ he adds. “I have brought down a couple of PGA players to play several of the courses. To watch them play Hole 1 at Mayakoba, which has a cenote in the middle of the fairway, is amazing. And one of my PGA pros shot a 66 in the tournament at Iberostar Playa Paraiso.

“I love Playa Mujeres but it is a bit too far from the resort to play regularly. I occasionally play Grand Coral too.”

Players have many a story to share about their experiences and wildlife sightings at courses in the Mexican Caribbean and Mr. Scott is no exception. “ Back in 1993-94, I was playing a round at the Iberostar Cancun course where there are a lot of crocodiles on the shores of the lagoon. I was watching a 12-footer when my youngest boy grabbed me by the back of my leg and scared the dickens out of me! Incidentally, it was my son who introduced us to The Royal Caribbean,” he reminisces. “He was staying there and proposed to his girlfriend during the vacation. We ended up purchasing a week and then a second one a little later.

“I have played courses in Hawaii, Florida and all over the United States and I think that the Mexican Caribbean is now one of the top international golf destinations in terms of course quality, economics and cost, design and landscaping,” he says. “Take Iberostar Playa Paraiso and El Camaleon at Mayakoba, it’s hard to find better courses anywhere. The prices are good, the play experience excellent and the maintenance impeccable. I’ve been to the Mayakoba tournament too and it’s one of the best I have attended.

Mr. Scott explains: “When I’m at Grand Residences I play golf at least twice a week with friends I’ve made at the resort or friends that are staying with us. I also sign up for the Royal Golf tournaments.”

When asked if he has any golf tips to share, he adds, “I’ve noticed that playing at sea level means that I have to hit a club and a half longer than I do back home. Over the years I have only been rained out once, it usually rains for around 15 minutes and then you can resume play.” On the sea breeze as a factor, he says, “A couple of holes in Mayakoba nearer the water, there is always a breeze and you need to hit a hole and a half but usually the mangroves protect you. The best time to play is earlier in the morning, around 8 to 9 a.m.; the Royal Tournament is at 10 a.m., which is fine too.

“One thing I have noticed over the years is how expensive golf gear and golf balls are here though. Royal Resorts stands out by offering golf clubs that you can sign out at the Sports Desk at no charge [complete golf bags are also available for rent from the resort stores]. I don’t know of any other resorts that do that. And of course the golf program it offers with the discounted green fees and the tournaments. Some participating courses offer transportation and an all-inclusive green fee covering food and drinks.

“Why do I love golf so much? Mr. Scott explains, “I enjoy the exercise and being outside for three and half to four hours a day. It helps you keep flexible as you grow older. I’m going to be 69 this year and there aren’t a lot of sports you can keep up to the same degree at my age. I can’t carry on running but I can continue golfing.”

We would like to thank Mr. Scott for speaking to us and wish him many more happy golf-filled days in the Mexican Caribbean.


Plan a golf day

Would you like to play golf on your next visit? Ask your Concierge for assistance booking tee times and take advantage of special discounted green fees for Royal Resorts members at these courses in the Cancun area and the Riviera Maya: Iberostar Cancun and Iberostar Playa Paraíso, Playa Mujeres, Puerto Cancun and Grand Coral.


Start your vacation planning with the Grand Residences App

Are you looking forward to your next visit? You can start your vacation planning now by downloading the Grand Residences App. It has some great tools that you can use to make the most of your vacation time:

    • Preregister guests staying with you
    • Review orders and vacation purchases
    • Look at resort activity schedules
    • Check restaurant menus and make reservations
    • Check past and future reservations
    • Make special requests prior to your arrival
    • Share trip reports and feedback with Resort Management
    • Pay your resort bill using your credit card



Every picture tells a story

This month we take you on a photo tour of Yucatan’s twin pueblos magicos or magical towns, Valladolid and Izamal. Both rich in history and traditions, these colonial treasures are great day trip options from the Riviera Maya.

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


Spread the Word about Grand Residences

If you enjoy telling your friends, relatives and associates about Grand Residences and showing them photos of your home in paradise, why not help spread the word by participating in the Grand Residences Referral Program?
We want your referrals to discover the Grand Residences luxury vacation experience for themselves and we are willing to offer them, on your behalf, a special stay in a luxurious Junior Suite at Grand Residences at a greatly discounted rate, so that they can do just that.
To take advantage of this special offer the only requirement is that during their stay, your referred guests must attend a personalized resort preview of our Private Residence Club. We will show them our new vision of luxury living and what it would be like to have a beautiful home in paradise. If your referrals choose to become owners, you will receive 2% of the net purchase price of their Fraction in Royal Resorts Rewards that you can apply towards your annual Club Service fees, use to pay your club bill on your next vacation or make a donation to Royal Resorts Foundation charitable causes.
Start thinking about the people you know and that you think would be interested in the Grand Residences lifestyle. We would love to hear from you and look forward to showing your friends your beautiful resort home.

If you would like to make a referral, click here or call +52 (998) 881-0100 ext. 65846.