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Keeping your Resort home in tiptop order

As part of our resort-wide cleaning and maintenance projects carried out during Maintenance Week in September, for the safety of owners and guests, an anti-slip product was applied on the pool decks and around the private rooftop terrace pools.
As an additional safety measure, an anti-slip material was also applied in a one-meter perimeter around the lap, family and adult pools.

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Mouthwatering menus: new lunch dishes to try at El Faro

Chef Rafael Borbolla is cooking up some delicious new dishes for the lunch menu at El Faro so be sure to call in on your next visit.
Starters range from baked zucchini carpaccio and bruschetta topped with burrata cheese and drizzled with balsamic vinegar to Costa Alegre-style tuna tostada, Nayarit-style mixed ceviche, tiradito and salmon tataki. As an alternative, order a freshly made salad with a hint of Mexico, the Mediterranean or the Far East or a traditional Mexican soup.
You’ll find your favorite Angus beef burger on the menu, a tasty chicken focaccia or a seaman’s baguette for the hearty appetite. Of course, when in Mexico, a plate of shrimp, beef or pastor-style salmon tacos for lunch is always a good choice and a vegetarian filling of spinach, porcini mushroom and poblano chili is also available.
Are you in the mood for pasta? The menu selection includes linguine tutto mare with shrimp, octopus and scallops in white wine sauce or Ligurian-style spaghetti with zucchini, tomatoes, pine nuts, rocket, asparagus, white wine and a sprinkling of Emilgrana padano cheese.
New tasty main course dishes range from chicken parmesan and grilled Rib-eye steak with sliced potatoes with a hint of truffle oil to arrachera molcajete, a mortar filled with grilled skirt steak, chorizo and panela cheese, nopales and spring onions, served with salsa borracha chili sauce and guacamole so that you can make your own tacos. Stuffed Portobello mushroom and Teppanyaki vegetable stir fry with yellow curry sauce and coconut milk are delicious options for a vegetarian lunch. Or you can order the catch of the day, fresh local grilled fish marinated in achiote and served with mashed plantain, black bean sauce, fried tortilla and avocado. Chef Rafael’s grilled shrimp and octopus is seasoned with Cajun spices and paprika, sweet potato chips and sweet corn. And be sure to try the Ensenada mussels cooked with chili, onion, garlic, white wine and a dash of cream and served with rustic bread.
Buen provecho!

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Soothing, mind, body and soul, meet Arelli, our Spa Manager

Meet Arelli S.,our Spa Manager. Originally from Mexico City, Arelli studied English Language and Literature at the National University of Mexico. As a student she became interested in Spa therapies and holistic healing and took massage technique classes.

Her move to the Mexican Caribbean came 11 years ago and quite by accident. A strike at the university disrupted her study plans and she decided to visit relatives in Merida, Yucatan. During her trip she traveled to Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen and fell in love with the Mexican Caribbean. She reminisces, “I liked Playa del Carmen and decided that one day I would like to live there. After I graduated, destiny brought me back to the Riviera Maya and a career in Spa Management.”

“I started as a Spa therapist in Riu Resorts before moving to Aventura Palace and then Secrets Maroma.” Arelli adds, “I then took time out to look after my baby girl. When she was old enough for me to go back to work, I started at Viceroy, Banyan Tree and then Fairmont as a Spa Supervisor; at Fairmont I also worked in Groups. After nine years working in the Spa world, I was more and more involved in administration and management and in September 2018, I joined Grand Residences.

“I have a team of five therapists to offer massages, facials, body wraps, manicures, make up and hair and I can also help out if needed. The fitness center attendant also reports to me,” Arelli explains.

Arelli’s recommendation for a morning at the Spa is to start with a 60 or 90-minute Hot Stone Massage for its therapeutic benefits. The heat emanating from the stones boosts circulation, calms, decongests and cleanses the body, giving you a profound feeling of wellbeing.

Follow it with the Timexpert Rights Facial from Germaine de Cappuccini, a product that will nourish and repair your skin, restoring vitality with visible results. The Vitamin C Body Wrap cleanses, revitalizes and relaxes your body, rolling back the signs of aging. She adds, “We use luxury spa products developed by two Spanish companies: Germaine de Cappuccini and Natura Bissé and Primavera oils and essences from Germany for our aromatherapy massage. They are the finest quality, certified as organic products and are made from pure plant ingredients, flowers, fruit and seeds from all over the world.”

“On your next visit to Grand Residences, you’ll find that we have added more therapies to the Spa collection,” says Arelli “These include a Milk and Melipona honey luxury bath experience. The Melipona is a tiny stingless bee that is native to the Yucatan and the Maya have been collecting its honey since ancient times for its therapeutic properties.”

Melipona honey moisturizes the skin, is a powerful antioxidant and is something of a super food, said to be more nutritious than the honey produced by European bees. The Maya use it to soothe scarred skin and in remedies to alleviate cataracts, colds and other ailments. To this day, beekeepers make offerings to Ah Mucen Caab, the ancient bee god, to ask for a good honey harvest.

Arelli continues, “We have more Villa Spa experiences and rituals for you to enjoy in the comfort of your residence. They include spa baths, a facial, body wrap and manicure and pedicure.”

The Spa is doing its bit to protect the environment by recycling and eliminating plastic. Arelli also explained that she always looks for natural products when choosing treatments to add to the Spa collection.

She says, “The size of the resort means that we can offer a more personalized Spa service attuned to the needs of each guest. We know that our repeat customers have favorite treatments and which massage, facial or body wrap they always ask for. We also look for ways of adding the wow factor to exceed their expectations.”

We asked Arelli why she thinks penciling in some vacation time for the Spa is so important and she had this to say: ”A visit to the Spa is all about setting aside some time for yourself for the pampering that you need and deserve to soothe your body, mind and soul. It is an intimate experience; you owe it to your body to say good-bye to stress, nourish your skin and restore your inner balance.”

Arelli Soriano

Arelli S. – Spa Manager

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Every picture tells a story

Mexican ceramics

This month we celebrate the color and creativity of Mexico expressed in folk art. Ceramics, wood carvings of animals, angels and creatures of fantasy, embroidered or hand-woven textiles, glass, metal, leather, bead work, palm and even bark paper, the list is endless. Here’s our gallery of artesanía for October.
Be sure to follow Grand Residences on Instagram @grandresidences to see more pictures from your home in paradise.
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.

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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 3 night/4 day 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.