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2019 Advisory Council Meeting Report

The 2019 Advisory Council meeting report and financial statement  has been published in the Owners Area of grandresidencesbyroyalresorts.com (owner log in required) this month and printed copies will be available on request from the Manager’s office at the resort.
The meeting report includes information on operations projects completed in 2019 and those planned for 2020, the resort’s 2019 financial performance, and the resort budget and Club Service Fees for 2020 that were approved by the Advisory Council.

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Grand dine around: try something different every night

One of the things that many owners tell us they look forward to the most at Grand Residences is the gourmet cuisine they enjoy during their stay. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at El Faro are always delicious and Chef Rafael Borbolla has lined up new dishes for you to try this year. Heaven Beach Bar also has a new menu and Flor de Canela is the place to dine on Mexican cuisine, including the Dish of the Month showcasing traditional recipes from all over the country.
For more tempting dining, don’t miss the theme nights during the week. Try a different one every night and choose your favorite dishes and desserts from the buffet. They are a chance to sample some of the world’s most popular cuisines or satisfy a craving for steak or fresh seafood. Here is the current theme night line up to whet your appetite:

Monday
Italian Night
El Faro Grill

Tuesday
Taco Tuesday
Flor de Canela

Wednesday
Argentinian Grill
Heaven Beach Bar

 

Thursday
Seafood Night
El Faro Grill

Friday
French Night
El Faro Grill

Caribbean Night
Flor de Canela

Sunday
BBQ
Heaven Beach Bar

Also during the week

Jazz Night
Tuesday & Friday night
Cocktails and live music
Lobby Bar Terrace

Salsa Night
Live music for dancing
Thursday
Pool deck

International Night
Saturday, staged when there is high occupancy
El Faro Grill

Information may change during the year so please ask your Concierge for the schedule upon arrival at the resort.

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Dining News

Chef Borbolla has tempting treats in store for the youngest members of the family with a new Children’s Menu and a Dessert Menu especially for them.
In other dining news, the Room Service menu is also new. You’ll still find some of your all-time favorites, including the gourmet pizza selection, and many new dishes to order for a casual meal in your residence.

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Romantic Riviera dining

Celebrate your love this month or any time during the year  with a gourmet meal in El Faro Grill and ordering a bottle of champagne or a fine wine recommended by our Sommelier. Or you can go one step further and arrange a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach. Dining under the stars with the soft breeze and the sound of the waves is a magical experience.
As an alternative, you can also arrange for the chef to cook dinner for you in your suite. Dine on the open-air terrace or in your elegant dining room.
Ask your Concierge for details, reservations are required in advance for romantic beach dinners and the chef’s dinner and other catering options.

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A Grand wedding

Is someone in your family thinking about a destination wedding? Perfectly romantic, Grand Residences is the spot for a dream wedding in paradise. Timeless luxury in an intimate setting, fine cuisine and impeccable service await the happy couple and their guests.
Grand Residences only hosts one wedding at a time and our dedicated Wedding Planners give the bride and groom their undivided attention, taking care of every little detail to make their day unforgettable.
With names like Embrace, Everlasting Love and Cherish, the Grand Residences Wedding Collection of packages include a symbolic ceremony performed by a non-denominational minister, flowers and location set up, a cocktail with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, the wedding cake, and many more luxury refinements and perks.

The Wedding Planners will help the bride and groom choose a wedding package that suits their needs and handle every step for them. No stress, no worries; all they have to do is relax and enjoy the occasion with family and friends.
Alternatively, if the bride to be already has ideas for her fairytale wedding, the Wedding Planners will work with her to create a tailored a la carte celebration to make her dreams a reality. This can include everything from choosing fragrant flowers for the bouquets, boutonnieres and table centerpieces to taking care of the décor, a bespoke menu for the dinner and a DJ and live music for the party (all items priced separately). They can even arrange soothing spa time for the couple and beauty salon treatments for the big day, honeymoon dinners and more.

From the beach at sunset to the poolside terrace or a private room filled with flowers and candlelight, Grand Residences offers a variety of enchanting settings for wedding ceremonies and receptions. And from sublime cocktails and canapés to a formal sit-down dinner or a sumptuous buffet and an amazing cake, a gourmet dining experience is in store for guests.
Naturally, the bride and groom will want to catch up with family and friends before the big day and welcome cocktails, rehearsal dinners and wedding breakfasts can be arranged on demand. And if they would like a day out, the Wedding Planner and the Grand Residences Concierges can help put together incredible excursions in the Riviera Maya and Yucatan, including tours, cruises, snorkeling, fishing and even a fun day of zip-lining and jungle adventures.
The moment they are greeted in the airport by the chauffeur, wedding guests will experience Grand Residences hospitality. Blissful relaxation in a spacious suite, pool time and resort amenities to enjoy together make this exclusive family gathering one to treasure

Contact the Wedding Planner
For more information about Grand Residences wedding packages, anniversary packages, vow renewals or to tell them about dream wedding ideas, contact the Wedding Planners at weddings@grandresidencesrivieracancun.com or call Tel.: + 52 (998) 872-8147

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Spa relaxation

If you are staying at Grand Residences this February why not check in to the Spa for a massage, facial or body wrap? Or for the ultimate in relaxation and luxury, choose a Spa in your Villa Experience.
The Romance Ritual is 220 minutes of pure pampering for you and your partner. It begins with an aromatic foot soak ritual and a full body exfoliation. A signature couple’s massage follows and a 60-minute moisturizing facial. The final touch is a bath in your own spa bathroom with your choice of fragrant bath salts, a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
For Spa reservations and information call ext. 179 or ask your Concierge.

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Every Picture Tells a Story

This month we have included some of our favorite pictures of Puerto Morelos, and the Riviera Maya to banish the winter blues that you may be feeling.
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.

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Beach reads

Have you already run out of books for the beach? If you are an avid reader and don’t want to carry your Kindle or tablet everywhere, visit Alma Libre Bookstore right here in Puerto Morelos to stock up on paperbacks.
Located on the main square, Alma Libre stocks an extensive selection of second-hand and new books ranging from thrillers and sci-fi to historical romance and the classics. You’ll also find travel guides and books on Mexican art, history, nature and traditions, maps, crafts and more. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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A romantic day out in the Riviera Maya

On your next trip to Grand Residences spend the day together exploring the area. How about some beach time, island hopping or a sunset cruise? Here are some ideas.

A new day in paradise
Start the day with a stroll along the beach at dawn. See the glory of a Caribbean sunrise, listen to the waves and watch the pelicans on their morning fly past. It’s a beautiful beginning to a new day in paradise.
Pack a bottle of bubbly and a picnic basket of freshly baked bread, cheese, prosciutto and other goodies from the Gourmet Market and head off for a day of Riviera Maya beach hopping. There are so many lovely beaches to choose from along this stretch of shoreline, with idyllic spots to be found in Puerto Morelos, Maroma, Xpu-Ha, Akumal, Xcacel, Bahias de Punta Soliman and Tulum, among others. Choose your favorite or visit several during the day.
On your way back, why not stop off in Playa del Carmen for a spot of shopping, a cocktail and a candlelit dinner on Quinta Avenida.

Island Sunsets
Make your way to Puerto Juarez and board the ferry across the bay to Isla Mujeres. Spend the morning on Playa Norte. Picture-perfect for its turquoise waters and palm groves, Playa Norte often finds its way into the world’s best beaches in online travel magazines.
After a lunch of fresh seafood, it’s time to explore the island. Hire a golf cart and drive to Punta Sur for incredible views of the Caribbean with Cancun Hotel Zone in the distance.
As an alternative, board a yacht for a cruise around the island and a spot of snorkeling along coral reefs in the bay. Keep a look out for sea turtles and even dolphins.
Back on the waterfront, make your way to one of Isla’s tropical palapa beach bars to order a drink, watch local fishermen unloading their catch and wait for the sunset. Playa Norte is one of the best places in the area to watch the sun go down.
If you prefer Cozumel, drive to Playa del Carmen and hop on the ferry to Mexico’s largest inhabited island. After a day of snorkeling, diving or exploring, make your way to one of the palm-lined beaches along the leeward coast for views of the sun setting over the mainland.
Go further afield to the island of Holbox just off the Gulf coast in northern Quintana Roo, another romantic spot with truly spectacular sunsets, long beaches and tropical ambiance.

Set sail on a sunset cruise
Enjoy a romantic Caribbean cruise under a star-filled sky and celebrate your love this February. Options include catamaran trips departing from Puerto Morelos, Cancun, Puerto Aventuras and Akumal in the Riviera Maya.
In Cancun, you can set sail on a yacht for a champagne dinner cruise across the bay to Isla Mujeres.
Board the famous Spanish galleon Columbus for a voyage across the Nichupte Lagoon in Cancun. Dine on charcoal-grilled lobster and sip a Caribbean cocktail as you listen to the soft melodies of a saxophone performer.

Book your trip today
Your Concierge can help you arrange unforgettable day trips, sunset cruises and yacht trips and longer excursions in the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan.

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Cancun celebrates its 50th birthday in 2020

Cancun celebrates its 50th birthday on April 20 with cultural, gastronomic and sporting events, concerts and more planned throughout the year. The program has yet to be unveiled by the Cancun City Government but the first news is that there will be 200 different activities.
Several commemorative Cancun50 souvenirs will be available during the year. They include a Cancun50 coin, a limited edition wine from the El Cielo vineyard in Baja California and a bottle of mezcal.

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Cancun Airport news

The expansion of Cancun International Airport continues with the construction of a new taxiway for planes landing on runway 2 and the second phase of Terminal 4. When work on Terminal 4 is completed, its handling capacity will increase from 10 million to 14 million passengers. Terminal 2 and 3 will also be renovated this year.
In 2019, Cancun Airport welcomed 25,481,989 travelers, a 1.1 percent increase from 2018.
Cancun International is consolidating its position as an important regional hub with new flights already announced for this year. Starting February 16, Vacation Express will be offering a new Sunday flight from Kansas City to Cancun. The flight will operate until April 5 and will then move to Saturday on May 23 until August 1, 2020.
For Canadian travelers to Cancun, Sunwing is offering a new weekly flight from Hamilton and Air Canada has increased its Vancouver service from four to seven flights a week and has a weekly flight from Quebec City.
Starting March 10, Frontier Airlines will offer a new daily flight from Newark. Spirit Airlines will also start flying from Austin, Cleveland, Nashville, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in February and March.
In April, Mexican airline Interjet will begin offering a daily Cancun-Miami flight.
For European travelers, Spanish carrier Evelop Airlines is expanding its summer flights on the Madrid-Cancun route with 10,000 additional seats on Airbus 350 planes. It is also adding a flight from Madrid to Cozumel, available from July to September.
Mexican tourism authorities also reported that Tui is set to expand the number of flights it offers to Cancun from the United Kingdom and Germany to cover demand in the wake of the closure of Thomas Cook Airlines. To satisfy demand in the British market, British Airways may also offer an additional flight and Virgin Atlantic may return to Cancun.

[Source: Sipse, Riviera Maya News, Caribbean Journal, CPQT]

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Running for a cause, 2020 Royal Resorts Foundation Race, April 25

Ready to run for a good cause, on your marks, get set, go! The 2020 Royal Resorts Foundation Race will take place on Saturday, April 25. Forming part of the Cancun 50 Year birthday celebrations, the race also has a different venue, the brand new Parque Cancun, located behind the schools and colleges on Bonampak Avenue, Downtown.

The 2020 Royal Resorts Foundation Race cause, a children’s playground in Parque Cancun
Parque Cancun is a new green space for local residents and visitors to enjoy and it will be inaugurated on April 20 as part of Cancun’s birthday celebrations. From the outset, Royal Resorts has been involved in the development of the park, sending gardeners to help in the landscaping. The Royal Resorts Foundation has decided to give more support to this community cause in 2020 and proceeds from the race will be donated to the park to fund a children’s playground.

Take part in the 5 or 10-kilometer race or the three-kilometer walk and there’s a Fun Run for the kids too.

Race details
• The race takes place on Saturday, April 25 2020 at 7 a.m in Parque Cancun.
• 3, 5 or 10 kilometers
•Age categories for men and women
Free (15-39 years) Master (40-49 years) Veteran (50 and over)
• Race Fee is $300 pesos per adult and $250 pesos per child and includes a souvenir t-shirt and finalist’s medal, race number, chip, water and an isotonic drink at the finish line
Prizes will be given to the first three places in each category in the 5 and 10 km races for men and women. The first three Royal Resorts employees to cross the finish in the 5 and 10 km races for men and women will also receive prizes.

Children’s Fun Run
Bring the kids! There is a race for them too!
• Children aged 4 to 7 years
500 meters
• Children aged 8 to 12 years
1 kilometer

Register for the 2020 Royal Resorts Foundation Race today
Email: contact@royalresortsfoundation.org
Invite your friends and family to take part!

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UPCOMING EVENTS IN CANCUN, RIVIERA MAYA & YUCATAN

Island Time Music Fest 2020, February 5 -8
It is the eleventh anniversary of this Isla Mujeres music festival featuring Nashville country, rock and R&B performers all in a good cause, raising money to help an island school The Little Yellow Schoolhouse and local special needs children.

Cozumel Carnival, February 19 – 26
More than 146 years of tradition come to the fore in February as islanders celebrate the Cozumel Carnival.
It is also Carnival time in Cancun, Merida, Isla Mujeres and Campeche. Dates may vary slightly.

Equinox, Chichen Itza & Dzibilchaltun, March 19-21
The famous light and shadow serpent of Kukulcan appears on El Castillo Pyramid at Chichen Itza and descends from the heavens at sunset on the day of the Spring Equinox (March 19-21). It is also visible the day before and after, cloud cover permitting.
Elsewhere in the Yucatan, at dawn on the day of the Equinox the rising sun appears through the doorway of the Temple of the Dolls in the ancient city of Dzibilchaltun to the north of Merida.
The spring equinox officially falls on March 19 in 2020 but the largest gathering at Chichen Itza takes place on March 21, a national holiday in Mexico.

50th anniversary of Cancun, April 20
Cancun is gearing up to celebrate its 50th birthday on April 20 and City Hall is planning a series of events – including sporting events and music festivals – over the next few months. More details coming soon.

Puerto Morelos Fishing Tournaments
Cesar Martin Rosado Tournament, late April-early May
Don Andres Garcia Lavin Tournament, May

Travesía Sagrada Maya, Xcaret and Cozumel, May
The Sacred Mayan Crossing is the reenactment of an ancient pilgrimage. Oarsmen set sail from the port of Pole (now Xcaret) in wooden canoes bound for the island of Cozumel where they will worship at the shrine of Ixchel, the Maya goddess of the moon and fertility.

Visit the Royal Resorts blog at www.royalresorts.com for listings of more events during the year.

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Grand Residences six years old in December

Your home away from home celebrated its sixth birthday in December and your Grand Residences hosts wish you all the best for 2020. They are looking forward to seeing you this year and creating more unforgettable luxury vacation experiences for you, your family and friends.

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2019 Advisory Council Meeting Report

The 2019 Advisory Council meeting report and financial statement will be published in the Owners Area of grandresidencesbyroyalresorts.com (member log in required) this month and printed copies will be available on request from the Manager’s office at the resort.
The meeting report includes information on operations projects completed in 2019 and those planned for 2020, the resort’s 2019 financial performance, and the resort budget and Club Service Fees for 2020 that were approved by the Advisory Council.

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Grand dining in 2020

This year, treat yourself to some tempting dining moments at Grand Residences. El Faro, Flor de Canela and Heaven Bar all have delicious new dishes on the menu for you to try. They include Chef Rafael Borbolla’s seafood dishes inspired by the bounty of the Pacific and paired with Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asian produce, herbs and spices.
Don’t miss the theme night buffets as a mouthwatering alternative to the a la carte menus. They are a celebration of the world’s most popular cuisines. From Taco Tuesday in Flor de Canela to Italian, Caribbean and International Night to the traditional Sunday evening BBQ, there is something for everyone. Ask your Concierge for the current schedule.
Enjoy dinner in Flor de Canela and discover vibrant flavors from all over Mexico. Ask your waiter about the Dish of the Month showcasing traditional recipes from different states.
There are vegetarian and vegan dishes and gluten-free pasta and the chef will prepare something different for guests with food allergies or special dietary needs.
Choose a new wine from the award-winning El Faro wine list to go with your meal. The Sommelier will recommend pairings for the dishes you have ordered and ask him about the selection of Mexican wines.
The Room Service menu is the perfect option for a relaxing movie night. And remember that if you like cooking you can prepare steaks and fresh seafood in your gourmet kitchen by ordering from the exclusive Protein Menu for Owners available through Room Service.
For fantastic tips and cooking secrets, sign up for a cooking class with Chef Borbolla during your stay. Learn how to prepare traditional Mexican recipes, classic guacamole, the perfect pasta and other dishes.
If you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary during your stay arrange a something special: a romantic candlelit Chef’s dinner on your terrace or the beach.
From fresh lobster and prime steaks to pastas and heavenly desserts, we hope that we have tempted your taste buds for a year of Grand dining.

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Meet your Kids Club friends

Meet Teresa, one of your Kids Club friends. Originally from the state of San Luis Potosi, she studied childcare and a course in gym instruction before moving to the Mexican Caribbean to learn English and find work.
Her first job was in the Activity team at Royal Sunset but she soon transferred to the Kids Club. She worked in the Mayan Palace Kids Club for five years before starting a family. She opened her own gym but a health problem five years later led to her selling the business and returning to the hotel industry.
After a short spell at Vidanta, she joined Grand Residences and has been here for a year and a half.
She explains that the most popular Kids Club activities are face painting and the spa day, the water balloon battle, treasure hunt, pirate’s day, feeding the iguanas and t-shirt painting. “This summer we started to do theme days, for example a day with the chef making and decorating cookies and having a picnic,” adding. “Then there’s environment day with activities like recycling art, plants and a nature walk. Children have sporting fun with the mini Olympics, or dress up like buccaneers on Pirate’s day, Fiesta day is the piñata party and on Mexican day we do the girls’ hair in plaits with flowers, make bracelets and teach the children Mexican folk dances.
“Many of our art sessions involve recycled materials,” Teresa says, “for example, newspaper for papier mâché, plastics and aluminum foil and we are always looking for activities in which we can spread the environmental message. Friday is Fiesta Day and we have a party for the children who had birthdays during the week. There’s a cake, special decoration, piñata, candies, popcorn and a gift and we all sing Las Mañanitas and Happy birthday. We also have a weekly movie and pizza night and themed activities during the year, for example for Easter, Children’s Day, 4th of July, Mexican Independence, Halloween and Dia de Muertos and Christmas of course.
“I would like our owners and guests to know that we give a big welcome to their children and grandchildren. They are really going to enjoy themselves. They can relax in the knowledge that the little ones are having just as much fun as they are. In fact, they don’t want to leave the Kids Club at the end of their stay.
“We want the children to feel at home and it’s our job to create exceptional vacation moments for them. They start to tell us about themselves and their lives, making friends. Some children visit us two or three times during the year and they run in and give us a big hug and send us letters and drawings when they leave. It is immensely satisfying to know that we make them happy.
“Our goals are to keep innovating, adding new activities and games. We are also looking for a course to design activities for children with autism.
Teresa loves working at Grand Residences and enjoys the friendly work environment and the team spirit. She says, “It’s a great responsibility looking after children, I enjoy working with them, talking to them. You enter their world, their imagination, creativity and way of looking at things. I love it.”
She adds: “Here in the Kids Club we try and give the children a taste of Mexico, a look at our traditions. We play lottery with them and they learn Spanish words. We make dream catchers, piñatas and paper flowers and then we do the girls’ hair in traditional plaits and braids. We want them to take home a piece of Mexico and learn about a different culture too.”

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Protecting the planet

At Grand Residences, we are doing what we can to reduce our environmental footprint and working towards a plastic-free planet. For example, we use biodegradable food containers instead of polystyrene and straws made from avocado seeds and bamboo. We only bring straws with drinks if guests expressly ask for one. And we are now serving reusable jugs of purified water on the pool deck, the lobby and in other areas around the resort to reduce our consumption of single use plastic bottles of water.
Our latest eco project is a guest towel campaign. We have placed signs in the bathrooms asking owners and guests to leave the towels hanging up if they would like to use them again and to put them on the floor if they would like new ones. We invite you to join us in protecting the planet. By not changing the towels on a daily basis we save water, electricity and reduce our use of laundry products and the chemicals they contain.
When you go on a beach walk why not help us by taking a biodegradable bag with you to pick up trash? It’s a start for making our world a cleaner place. If you return your bag with trash, we’ll give you a coupon for a free drink.
Another way you can help us protect the environment is not to apply sun cream or oil if you are going to swim or snorkel in the sea or in the cenotes. Wear a t-shirt instead. Sun products contain chemicals that are harmful to corals and marine life.

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Caring for the community

In 2019, Grand Residences joined seven other hotels in giving a Puerto Morelos school a much-needed facelift. Staff painted buildings, classrooms, desks and chairs and made other improvements so that pupils and teachers can have a cleaner, brighter study environment.
The school they visited is the Primaria General Adolfo López Mateos on Rafael E. Melgar, opposite El Merkadito.
Grand Residences volunteers also join local beach and street cleaning campaigns. One week they clean the beach, the following week they take to the streets to pick up trash and trim grass and shrubs.

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Get your daily views of paradise, check the webcam

Our webcam is now live for daily views of paradise and of your home away from home. Go to the Grand Residences by Royal Resorts website and click the webcam image to see our beautiful beach and pools and check the weather in Puerto Morelos.
We hope that a daily webcam visit will bring back happy memories and put you in the Mexican Caribbean vacation vibe as the countdown begins to your next Grand Residences trip!
You can also check the Grand Residences webcam on the Royal Resorts website http://services.royalresorts.com/webcam/Camaragr.jpg

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Every picture tells a story

Start the year with a look at some of the places you love so much in the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan. From beaches, coral reefs and cenotes to nature reserves, Mayan temples and the smiling faces of the Mexican people, here’s our January gallery.
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.

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A family day out

Enjoy an unforgettable family day out on your 2020 vacation. Here is a look at some of the options that await you in the Riviera Maya, the Cancun area and beyond.

 

Swim time
After days on the beach and in the Grand Residences pools it’s time to do some exploring and there’s one thing in the Mexican Caribbean that is popular with the whole family, snorkeling. If your children can swim they’ll soon be ready to put on a mask and flippers and go exploring. Shallow water reefs in the Cancun-Isla Mujeres area, Puerto Morelos and Akumal are great snorkeling spots offering sightings of angel fish, trunk fish, pork fish, sergeant majors and sea turtles.
Or take them to Xel-Ha Park for the day. This chain of turquoise inlets, lagoons and cenotes is a snorkeling paradise offering face to face encounters with a variety of colorful reef fish. And there are plenty of other fun activities on offer like zip lining, giant inner tubes for floating across the lagoon, leaping off a cliff into a cenote, nature walks and more. Families can also swim with dolphins, manatees and stingrays for an additional fee.
For a panoramic view of the park’s inlets and cenotes and the Riviera Maya coast, climb Xel-Ha’s latest attraction, a lookout tower that is also a huge water slide that your children will love.
On the outskirts of Cancun Hotel Zone, Ventura Park has also fun pools, water slides and rides that will keep your children happy all day.

A day at the park
Spending the day at the Riviera Maya’s parks is a top family vacation activity and one that everyone will enjoy.
Heading the list is world-famous Xcaret Park just south of Playa del Carmen.
Spending the day here is as much about fun in the water as it is about you and your children discovering the country’s rich traditions and wildlife.
Relax on the beach, take the children for a swim in one of the park’s underground rivers (life jackets mandatory) and go snorkeling. You can see more marine life on a visit to the aquarium or the turtle nursery. Manatees swim in the lagoons and there are dolphins too (additional fees for dolphin swims and encounters).
The huge walk-through jungle aviary is home to 90 species of birds from southeast Mexico, from hummingbirds to parrots, macaws and toucans. The park also has a butterfly pavilion and regional wildlife enclosures where you can watch spider monkeys, coatimundis, deer and jaguars.
The Children’s World area of Xcaret offers pools, water slides and cenotes for children under the age of 12 to swim in. As the little ones have fun in the water, their parents can relax in a shaded rest area.
Be sure to pace your children with an afternoon nap and treats like gelato so that they are ready to stay on for the unforgettable evening gala performance that showcases Mexican history, music, dance and song. It takes you from the days of ancient Mayan rulers and the ancient ball game, the coming of the Spaniards to the sights and sounds of a Mexican fiesta, complete with a mariachi band. Your children will soon be shouting “Viva Mexico” with the rest.
Younger children will enjoy Crococun, a small park located just to the north of Puerto Morelos. They’ll see crocodiles, spider monkeys, parrots and toucans and can stroke white-tailed deer and other tame creatures.
For a fun morning out, Xenses Park might appeal to older children. It is a world full of illusions and what you see is what you don’t. There are two circuits with 17 different attractions that take park goers into a fantastic realm where nothing is what it seems.
After a visit to Xenses, head to Playa del Carmen for lunch and more optical illusions at the 3D Museum of Wonders where you can literally walk into 3D drawings on the walls, floors and ceiling. Not tired yet? Take the children to L’Aquarium, Playa del Carmen’s huge new aquarium.

Jungle thrills
How about a day of jungle adventures? This is a fun choice for older children who will soon find their adventurous Indiana Jones spirit. They can fly through the jungle canopy on thrilling zip line circuits at Xplor Park, Selvatica or Aktun Chen, all in the Riviera Maya. South of Cancun, the new Xavage Park has an adventure playground for children with rope bridges, tunnels and zip lines. Other tours are a whole day of adventures: zip lining, abseiling down a cliff, kayaking, snorkeling in a cenote or sinkhole, biking and nature walks and ATV drives.
Taking the family to Xenotes Oasis Maya gives you the chance to explore the jungle and spend the day at four different cenotes on the Ruta de los Cenotes inland from Puerto Morelos.
If all the members of the family like horseback riding, there are several ranches offering rides through the jungle to a cenote where you can cool off with a swim.
If you want your children to learn about nature, how about a trip to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve? A trip from Muyil to the south of Tulum combines a visit to the archaeological site of Muyil with a fun boat ride across the lagoon into the mangroves where you’ll float-swim through a canal. There’s even time for the beach and of course you’ll see plenty of wildlife along the way. Other Sian Ka’an options include visits to Mayan communities where you’ll have the chance to meet local people and learn about their lives and traditions.

Discovering the world of the Maya
A day trip to the Yucatan’s famous archaeological sites is always an option if you have older children, and can combine it with time on the beach, cenote visits and promises of gelato. Tulum and Coba in the Riviera Maya are good sites to start with before heading to Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Always plan early trips to the archaeological sites so that you can beat the midday heat. If you do decide to go to Chichen Itza, the colonial town of Valladolid is a good stopping off point for a break and lunch and there are cenotes en route to Chichen where you can cool off.

Plan your family adventure
Your Concierge can help you plan a family adventure and book snorkeling trips and tickets to area parks.

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Puerto Morelos municipal district celebrates its 4th anniversary

On January 6, the municipal district of Puerto Morelos celebrated its fourth anniversary. Although the story of this fishing town actually began 105 years ago when it exported chicle and tropical hardwoods, it only became an independent community in 2016. Home to 30,000 people, it welcomed one million visitors in 2019.