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Important news about Phase II at Grand Residences

We would like to share some information with you on the progress of development at Grand Residences.

We continue to see rising occupancy levels along with tremendous recognition for outstanding service achievements and awards including, but not limited to,

  • #1 Resort in the Yucatan Peninsula on TripAdvisor
  • #7 in the Traveler’s Choice Top Hotels in Mexico on TripAdvisor
  • # 8 in the Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Top Luxury Hotels in Mexico
  • Your Chef, Yann Cozic, voted Caribbean Journal’s 2014 “Caribbean Hotel Chef of the Year”
  • El Faro Grill recognized as one of the “Best Restaurants of the Year” 2014 by Caribbean Journal
  • Grand Residences Pool voted one of the “Caribbean’s Best Pools” by Caribbean Journal
  • 2014 Travel Weekly Silver Magellan Award recognizing the highest standards of excellence

Sales velocities of our Residences have dictated that Phase 2 buildings will unfortunately not be completed by December 15, 2015, for 2016 occupancy.

However, we are far along with a proposed plan that would have the entire resort completed by December 2017. This will include the Flor de Canela restaurant, the remaining accommodations and the expansion of existing facilities and services. We will keep you informed as to the progress of this plan.

Naturally, Grand Residences owners who purchased their unit in Phase 2 will be offered occupancy adjustments into Phase 1 and we will be contacting you to make the arrangements so that you may enjoy your vacation as planned.

We are more excited than ever about the future of Grand Residences and look forward to welcoming you home.

If you have further questions or would like assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Improving your Rental Program

If you are not planning to travel to your home away from home this year and are thinking about renting some of your Grand Residences weeks or perhaps even the Jr. Suite portion of your unit, we hope that you will consider enrolling in the new and improved Grand Residences Elite Rentals program. We have taken the valuable feedback we have received from owners into account and streamlined the rental procedure, simplifying it to make it more user friendly.

The changes include:

  • Shorter and simpler rental forms
  • All the information you need to complete is now on one page
  • No restrictions as to the number of nights that may be enrolled
  • Same distribution percentage (60%) regardless of the enrollment date
  • Owners of 51 weeks who wish to enroll all their intervals in the rental program may now do so using a single form
  • For enrollments of a full fraction or a full interval, owners now have the option to deposit them for one year, multiple years, or in perpetuity.
  • New payment methods for rental proceeds are now available: Bank transfers in US Dollars and Mexican Pesos.

Grand Residences Elite Rentals

USA & Canada 1-888-813-4910 • From Mexico 001-855-211-4057 • Rest of the World 1-954-485-4780 • Fax 1-954-736-5520

Email: info@grandresidenceseliterentals.com 

Website: www.GrandResidencesEliteRentals.com

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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, we will apply 2% of the net purchase price of their Fraction towards your annual Club Service fees.

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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Grand Residences in the News

 

Your Grand Residences home away from home has made the international headlines again with coverage in the New York Times, the Macaroni Kid Family Travel blog and Buen Viaje, a Mexican travel magazine.

The focus of the New York Times story was the green program at the resort, the gardens and the mangrove reforestation project. The Macaroni Kid showcased the resort as a family-friendly vacation spot, describing children’s activities, the kids club and tours suitable for all ages. The Buen Viaje article outlines the luxury vacation experience at Grand Residences, its affiliation with The Leading Hotels of the World and its Trip Advisor accolades: No. 1 Resort in the Riviera Maya and one of the Traveler’s Choice Top Luxury Hotels in Mexico 2014 (No. 7). Finally, the Grand Residences Spa is featured in the USA Today 10Best story on Maya-Centric Spa Treatments in Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

Click on the links to read the stories.

New York Times

Macaroni Kid

Buen Viaje
(print magazine in PDF format, in Spanish)

USA Today

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Turtle Season Begins

Security guards at your Grand Residences home are preparing for a summer of sleepless nights and unending vigil as they watch over the sea turtles that come ashore to nest.

From May to September, one of nature’s greatest wonders takes place in the Mexican Caribbean. Female sea turtles emerge from the waves in the midnight hour to lay their eggs in the sand on the same beaches where they were born many years earlier. Forty-five to 60 days later the eggs hatch and the baby turtles race across the sand towards the waves.

Our guards patrol the beach in search of nesting turtles. When they find one, they watch over her as she digs her nest and deposits her eggs. They then transfer the eggs to a corral where they must dig another nest that is identical to the original. The species, date and time of nesting and number of eggs are duly recorded and another long wait begins until they hatch. Finally, owners and guests help guards release the hatchlings to start life at sea.

If you are due to visit Grand Residences this summer, join us in protecting these beautiful creatures.

 

Royal Turtles

Royal Resorts has been participating in the annual campaign to protect the endangered sea turtle since 1985. Record keeping began in 1998 and in 17 years the resorts, including Grand Residences, have protected 6,524 nests and released 548,756 baby turtles!

 

Do you know the Turtle Rules?

Follow the Turtle Rules when you see a nesting turtle on the beach or participate in the turtle releases later in the season:

* Alert the security staff

* Be very quiet and keep still

* Watch from a distance (five meters) and do not attempt to touch the turtle or crowd her

* Do not shine a torch in her direction or use your flash when taking pictures

* If you bring your children to help release the hatchlings, make sure that they follow instructions

  • Baby turtles are not playthings; they are fragile and must be handled with great care
  • No flash photography
  • No smoking
  • Keep our beaches and sea clean. Discarded plastic bags, beer packaging, fishing lines and other garbage floating in the water are lethal to turtles and other marine life.

Turtles are protected by Mexican law and it is illegal to persecute and hunt them and consume their meat or eggs.

 

 

 

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Set Sail at Sunset

If you love the nautical life and your idea of relaxation is an afternoon out on the waves, join us during the week for an unforgettable boat trip along the Puerto Morelos coast.

Sip champagne and enjoy the gentle breeze, the scenery and the wonder of a Mexican Caribbean sunset. Ask the Concierge for details and the departure time (weather permitting).

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Swim with the Whale Sharks

If you are traveling to Grand Residences this summer and are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, how about swimming with the whale sharks, the gentle giants that are the world’s largest living fish? Get ready for a magical wildlife encounter that’s straight out of National Geographic.

From mid-May to mid-September, hundreds of whale sharks migrate to the northern waters of the Mexican Caribbean near the islands of Holbox, Contoy and Isla Mujeres to feed on plankton and fish roe, in what biologists say is the largest whale shark gathering in the world.

Whale sharks are great ocean wanderers, migrating thousands of miles through the tropics in search of the plankton and fish eggs that are their staple diet. They are also known as domino fish or pez domino due to their distinctive stripes and dappled markings. Each fish has its own unique pattern and taking photos of them is helping whale shark experts around the world to compile a catalog. Through the use of this international database for identification purposes and by tagging sharks they can now begin to map the movements of these enigmatic creatures during the year.

Imagine snorkeling alongside a whale shark and watching as a creature the size of a bus approaches you and then swims placidly by, its gaping jaws open to scoop up the plankton. It is an awe-inspiring sight and one that wildlife watchers shouldn’t miss.

Guided small group eco trips to see the whale sharks are available and often include sightings of wild dolphins, sea turtles and the graceful manta rays that also gather in the whale shark feeding grounds. Ask your Concierge to help arrange a trip for you.

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Island Hopping: Holbox

A hidden treasure lies just off the north coast of the Yucatán in the Gulf of Mexico, the island of Holbox. This is a magical spot; a haven for whale shark watchers, birders, fishermen and visitors who simply want to discover a different side of Mexico.

The adventure starts in the Gulf coast port of Chiquila where you board a boat to cross the Yalahau Lagoon separating Holbox from the mainland. During the 30-minute ride, look out for the dolphins that sometimes swim alongside the boat, cormorants, pelicans and lone osprey diving for fish.

Fishing boats rocking gently at their moorings along the wooden dock, sandy streets, wooden houses, thatched beachfront cabañas and hand-painted whale shark signs wherever you look, the rustic fishing village on Holbox has its own brand of Caribbean charm. Life has a slower pace here and a stroll along the shell-strewn white beach to watch the fishermen unloading their catch, with a trail of pelicans and gulls in hot pursuit is not to be missed.

Holbox is part of the Yum Balam Biosphere Reserve, an area of mangroves, marshes and tropical forest rich in wildlife. Flamingos, herons and egrets feed in the lagoon, manatees have been sighted and jaguars still roam the jungles further inland.

Fishermen from Holbox and Chiquila offer bird watching trips in the area, crocodile spotting, fishing, excursions to Boca Iglesia, the ruins of a Spanish settlement from the early days of the Conquest, and the highlight for summer visitors, whale shark watching.

First stop for many boat trips is the Yalahau Cenote, an open cenote or pool in the mangroves that has an ojo de agua, a natural spring with fresh water bubbling up from an underground river. Then it’s on to Isla Pasión, a feeding ground for flamingos, herons, white and brown pelicans and cormorants.

You can spend hours relaxing on the beach or walking along the shoreline or you may decide to board a golf cart to explore the island. Start in the fishing village itself then head east for breathtaking views of white-sand beaches, the Gulf of Mexico and the wetlands in the distance.

In late afternoon, the mangroves come alive with the sound of birds gathering to roost – a raucous chorus of squawks, honks, grunts and hisses. You’ll spot a variety of species including reddish and white egrets, blue and green heron, roseate spoonbills, ibis and pelicans.

Make sure you are back in the village in time for sunset on the beach, cocktails or an ice-cold beer in one of the palapa bars and fresh seafood for dinner. Occupying pride of place on local menus, your seafood choices range from lobster pizza or octopus carpaccio to ceviche and a feast of grilled fish and shrimp.

If you decide to rent a car and explore at your own pace or arrange a private tour, Holbox is a three-hour drive from Cancún (via Kantunilkin) and a 30-minute ferry ride from Chiquila on the Gulf coast. You may want to take time to call in at the villages en route: San Angel and Solferino, both members of the Puerta Verde community ecotourism network.

In San Angel you can visit traditional medicine and embroidery workshops, go mountain biking in the jungle, kayaking and bird watching in a nearby lagoon.

Solferino has a butterfly pavilion run by a group of local women and an orchid nursery in the shade of a towering ceiba tree that is reputed to be over 700 years old. A local legend tells that the immense tree is the home of the feared Xtabay, the beautiful serpent woman that appears to men in the jungle and bewitches them so that they lose their way and their minds.

A group of villagers also offer eco tours to a jungle camp where you can go zip lining and enjoy the view of the forest from a watchtower and a kayaking trip to El Corchal, a mysterious flooded forest in the middle of a lagoon in the savanna.

For information about trips to Holbox ask your Concierge; Puerta Verde community tour operators must be contacted in advance to book tours.

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Puerto Morelos Hosts Two Fishing Tournaments in May

Fishermen from Cancun, Cozumel, the Riviera Maya and other parts of the Caribbean gather in Puerto Morelos this month to take part in two annual tournaments.

The fleet of boats heads out to the fishing grounds and each crew shares a common goal of landing the largest white and blue marlin, sailfish, swordfish and dorado.

The Cesar Martin Rosado Tournament was held the weekend of May 1-3 and was followed by the Don Andrés García Lavin Tournament, May 8-10. In both tournaments fishermen were asked to respect the catch and release policy to conserve fish stocks.

The Don Andrés García Lavin Tournament is one of four fishing events in Quintana Roo to be endorsed by the National Sport Fishing Federation; the others are in Cancun, Cozumel and Chetumal. The tournament winners will have the chance to represent Mexico in the 2016 World Championship.

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Puerto Morelos to be a Film Set

Puerto Morelos has been chosen as one of the locations for a movie called “Tipo de Cambio.” Filming will take place along the beach and around Marina El Cid to the north of Grand Residences. Shooting began in mid April and will conclude in May.

The natural beauty of the Puerto Morelos area will also be showcased in another film in June, this time filming will take place along the Ruta de los Cenotes.

(Source: Novedades)

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Setting Sail for the Sacred Mayan Journey, May 21-23

After six months of arduous dawn training sessions, 350 oarsmen from Cancun, Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Cozumel are ready to embark on the 2015 Sacred Mayan Journey, May 21-23. They will be following the perilous sea route taken by ancient Mayan pilgrims who traveled to the sacred island of Cozumel (Kuzamil) to worship at the shrine of Ixchel, the goddess of fertility, childbirth and the moon and tides. Depicted as an old woman or a beautiful young maiden, Ixchel was also the patron of fishing, painting and weaving.

This is the ninth year of the Sacred Mayan Journey, which is the representation of a pre-Hispanic pilgrimage and rituals from the Late Post-Classic period of Mayan history (A.D. 1250-1519). From the canoes made from hollowed out logs to the clothing, headdresses and face paint worn by the priests, everything has been carefully researched to make it as authentic as possible. The event originated as an initiative from the Experiencias Xcaret group to restore an ancient tradition and has been enthusiastically embraced by the people of the Mexican Caribbean.

Xcaret is the location of the ancient port of Polé, once a trade center and the departure point for pilgrimages to Cozumel.

The Sacred Mayan Journey begins the night of May 21 in Xcaret Park with the representation of the Kii’wik or Mayan Market and rituals in honor of Ixchel. Visitors can use cacao beans to barter for Mayan food, honey, copal, wood and stone carvings and see some of the other goods that would have been traded in ancient times.

At dawn on May 22, after a blessing from the priests, the 35 canoes depart for Cozumel. As the pilgrims’ families bid farewell a flock of scarlet macaws flies overhead in a salute to the rising sun. A fitting tribute as macaws and parrots were sacred birds in the Maya and other Mesoamerican cultures and were associated with the sun god.

The pilgrims make landfall on Cozumel at Chankanaab Park at around 1 p.m. and make their way to the shrine of Ixchel. They return to the mainland the following day and are greeted in Polé with great jubilation.

If you would like to witness the Sacred Mayan Journey ask your Concierge for assistance.

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Admission fees for Mexico’s major archaeological sites can now be paid with credit or debit cards

The next time you visit the Cancun Maya Museum or 30 major archaeological sites throughout Mexico, including Chichen Itza, Tulum and Uxmal you’ll be able to pay the admission fee using a debit or credit card instead of by cash.

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Visitor numbers on the rise in the Mexican Caribbean

In the first three months of the year, 3,992,000 tourists visited the Mexican Caribbean, 1.6 percent up on the same period in 2014.

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Cancun Hosts Festival of Mexican Artisanal Distilled Spirits

Tequila, the world-famous spirit distilled from the blue agave may be Mexico’s liquor of preference, but there are many more traditional spirits from different parts of the country that you might want to sample during your time here.

On May 9, Cancun Center hosted the Festival de Destilados Artesanales de Origen, an event showcasing distilled spirits from 19 different Mexican states.

Fifty different artisanal distilleries exhibited their wares during the Festival. Mezcal, the fiery liquor from Oaxaca, headed the list and others included sotol, raicilla, bacanora, posh, rum, charanga and spirits distilled from the sap of the agave that do not have the official denomination as tequila.

 

 

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Flight News

Several European airlines recently announced new routes or additional flights planned for the summer to cater to growing demand. They include Thompson Holidays, Vueling, which has boosted its services from London, and Blue Panorama, an Italian charter airline flying from Milan to Cancun and Merida.

Stateside, Southwest Airlines is now flying the San Antonio-Cancun route and Mexican airline Volaris has inaugurated a flight from Newark to Cancun.

Connectivity in Mexico and the Maya World also received a boost with the announcement that Volaris is adding a Cancun-Guadalajara service and will begin flying from Cancun to Guatemala City. Grupo Viva (Viva Aerobus), another Mexican carrier is also set to expand over several years, offering new flights linking cities in Mexico and Latin America.

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Playa del Carmen looks for Artists to participate in the Playa del Carmen se Pinta de Colores Festival of Street Art

A group of Playa del Carmen artists are transforming the walls and fences in different parts of town with colorful murals. In the last year they have painted over 40 with scenes depicting Mexican traditions or nature and they are going for more.

They are looking for muralists from other parts of Mexico and abroad to join them for the Second Playa del Carmen Se Pinta de Colors Festival scheduled to take place at the end of July.

In 2014, artists from Argentina, Canada, Germany and the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca, Morelos, Queretaro, Yucatan, in addition to muralists from different parts of the Mexican Caribbean, took part in the festival and the goal this year is to double the number of walls transformed into art.

Artists who are interested in participating can contact the organizers via the Playa del Carmen and Playa del Carmen Se Pinta de Colores Facebook pages.

Source: Novedades

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Seaweed on Puerto Morelos Beaches

In April, the Puerto Morelos authorities stepped in to clear mounds of seaweed that has been washing ashore in recent weeks. A mechanical digger and the operators are on loan from Cancun to remove it from the beaches.

Some of the seaweed is buried in the sand and in the long term helps form dunes and protect the coast from erosion. The Blue Green nursery in Puerto Morelos is also receiving sacks of it to be turned into compost and used in eco projects in the community.

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New Scientific Study of the Ancient Chicxulub Meteor Crater

A team of 100 scientists from Mexico, the United States, Canada and Europe will soon be starting a new study of the famous Chicxulub Crater in the Yucatan. This geological feature is the point of impact of the huge asteroid that is believed to have wiped out 75 percent of all life on Earth 65 million years ago. Many scientists believe that consequences of this cataclysm contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

In March-April 2016, the scientists will start drilling in the rim of the crater, perforating the rock to a depth of 1,500 meters. This will take place at sea on a platform 40 kilometers off the Yucatan coast.

By analyzing the sediments collected from the drill site, scientists will be able to study the rocks in the crater rim – similar to those found in craters on the Moon –, trace what happened after the explosion and how long it took life to recover, identify when mammals made their appearance in the area.

The sediments will also yield evidence of climate change, variations in the earth’s magnetic field, vegetation and life forms associated with periods of glaciation and warming and more.

The impact of the asteroid caused marine rocks to fracture and as sea levels fell, the limestone shelf became the flat landscape of the northern Yucatan. The zone of rocks surrounding the crater rim is known as the fragmentation belt and is dotted with cenotes that formed over time as fissures and faults in the rock were eroded and enlarged. There are so many of them that it is known as the Ring of Cenotes and the new study of the Chicxulub Crater will help geologists understand more about their formation.

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Meet The Neighbors

Meet one Canadian family from Ontario that has spent many a magical vacation at Royal Resorts and most recently at Grand Residences where three generations now enjoy the Mexican Caribbean sun.
Kim Campbell begins the story, “My Royal Resorts experience began 22 years ago when my family first stayed at The Royal Mayan, she explains. “I was in my late teens when my parents purchased at The Royal Caribbean. They went on to own weeks at The Royal Islander, The Royal Sands and The Royal Haciendas. We bought our Grand Residences unit jointly as a Mexican home that we can enjoy together, spending time with my daughter Isobel (see photo) and our new baby.
“We love Mexico and its people, and the quality of the new resort. Our residence is gorgeous and so spacious,” she adds. “My daughter is only three so we go to the beach and the pool a lot as you can imagine and she loves the girls in the Kids Club. The atmosphere at the resort is very welcoming and the staff are so friendly, you really feel like you are at home. We love it here.”
Her father David Worobec continues the family’s story, “My wife and I saw the plans for Grand Residences and the model villa at The Royal Sands and we felt that it was a great fit for us at our time of life and for our family.” As we prefer smaller resorts with low-rise buildings rather than larger, busier high-rise towers, we liked the Grand Residences concept. It has a package of great features: the design, location and the fact that it is run by Royal Resorts. We know from experience that the company has an excellent track record.
“The hospitality is outstanding here, truly five-star and the ambiance is quieter than in Cancun. David adds, “At first I had the impression that there were going to be more people coming down to enjoy their retirement but that is not the case, in fact, it is a multigenerational resort with a great atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly here, from the gardeners to the concierges, the resort has a fabulous team to look after us.
“I have had visitors stop me on the beach and ask me what the resort is like and if it is kid-friendly. David says, “I always say yes and that tell them that they should take a look at the Grand Residences project and ask for a tour. It really is in a class of its own.”
“To my fellow Grand Residences owners I would say that it is well worth coming down if you haven’t already stayed here. Everything that is open so far is fantastic and your resort home will only get even better. Plan a visit, you will love it.”

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Upcoming Events

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May is a busy month in the Mexican Caribbean sport-fishing calendar with tournaments in Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Majahual.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Puerto Morelos May 1-3
    Cesar Martin Rosado Tournament
  • Majahual May 1-3
    Copa del Gobernador
  • Puerto Morelos May 8-10
    Don Andrés García Lavin Fishing Tournament
  • Cozumel May 15-17
    International Fishing Tournament & Mexican Boat Rodeo
  • Isla Mujeres May 22-24
    Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña International Fishing Tournament
  • Playa del Carmen May 30-31
    Professor Augusto R. Sosa Centeno Fishing Tournament

Schedule is subject to change.

 

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May 20 -24

The colonial town of Valladolid celebrates the anniversary of its founding in 1543 with masses, serenades, traditional dances and a candlelit procession to the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena.

 

 

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The population of Valladolid turns out on the night of June 3 to witness the representation of a rebellion against injustice in 1910 that was the first spark or chispa of the Mexican Revolution.

More than 800 actors take part in La Chispa. Dressed in authentic turn-of-the-century garb, they play the parts of the rebels, the police and soldiers sent to arrest them and the local aristocrats who condemned them to death by firing squad.

 

 

 

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Isla Mujeres honors the gentle whale shark with art, dance, music and a program of seminars. Visitors can also plan a boat trip out to the whale shark feeding grounds during their stay on the island.

 

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Conferences and workshops, wine tastings, art, music, wine dinners and the vendimia or wine harvest evening.

 

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Call your Concierge

You can count on your Personal Concierge to help you with everything you need during your stay at Grand Residences. Do you want to explore the area? Your Concierge has plenty of great tour and activity ideas to get you started and will help you with all your reservations. Call for assistance with restaurant bookings, arranging spa sessions, golf tee times and much more.

 

We also invite you to download the brand new Electronic Concierge App available for Apple and Android devices. Get it today and start planning your vacation. Read about sightseeing and dining recommendations, area highlights and archaeological sites and nature parks you won’t want to miss. Choose the golf courses you want to play this time, and of course, read all about the services and activities available to you at Grand Residences.

 

Download the Grand Residences Electronic Concierge App now

 

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Eastern Promise, Discover Karma Exchange

 

 

Have you ever felt the call of the exotic lands of the East? As a President’s Circle member you can take advantage of the new Karma Exchange program to visit the island of Bali, Thailand and India.

The Karma Exchange program is the product of an alliance between Royal Resorts and Karma Royal, a leading hospitality company with a portfolio of luxury resorts in Southeast Asia. This new partnership gives President’s Circle members the opportunity to use their reciprocal use privileges to stay at world-class properties in Bali, India (Goa, Jaipur and Shimla), Thailand (Phuket and Chiang Mai) and Germany, all in spectacular settings famous for their natural beauty, history and traditions.

 

Bali, Indonesia

Discover the “Land of the Gods.” The island of Bali is famous for its idyllic palm-lined beaches, coral reefs teeming with life and dramatic mountain landscapes. Steeped in tradition, it offers visitors the chance to visit ancient temples and witness colorful festivals.

Karma Royal has four properties on Bali:

 

Karma Kandara Resort

Exclusively available to President’s Circle members. The jewel in the Karma Royal crown, Karma Kandara is an award winning resort in a tropical paradise. The Balinese-style residences have every luxury and private plunge pools.

 

The Royal Bali Beach Club at Candidasa

The Royal Bali Beach Club at Jimbaran

The Royal Bali Beach Club at Sanur

 

Thailand

Karma Resorts has two properties in the kingdom of Thailand, in the island paradise of Phuket and the historic mountain city of Chiang Mai in the north of the country.

 

Phuket

Palm-lined beaches, forest-covered hills, cosmopolitan culture and coral reefs teeming with life, the exotic island of Phuket awaits discovery.

 

The Royal Lighthouse Villas Boat Lagoon

 

Chiang Mai

Known as the “Rose of the North,” Chiang Mai is an historic capital full of glittering temples and palaces and rich in traditions. Gateway to the mountains of northern Thailand, it is the perfect base for exploring national parks, river rafting and visits to hill tribe villages.

 

The Royal Bella Vista Country Club, Chiang Mai

 

India

Embark on an unforgettable journey through India taking in three of its most captivating areas: exotic Goa, the fortress city of Jaipur and Shimla, capital of the Himalayan region.

 

Goa

Soft white sands, sparkling azure waters, the fragrance of spices and the rustle of the soft breeze in the palms, Goa is renowned for its beaches and rich heritage. The gateway to southern India, it is a cultural melting pot, a blend of Hindu customs and Portuguese traditions.

 

The Royal Goan Beach Club at Royal Palms, Goa

The Royal Goan Beach Club at Benaulim, Goa

The Royal Goan Beach Club at Monterio, Goa

The Royal Goan Beach Club at Haathi Mahal, Goa

 

Jaipur, Rajasthan

A desert land once ruled by Maharajas, Rajasthan is famous for its opulent Mughal and Rajput architecture, rich customs and religious festivals. Explore the historic Pink City of Jaipur, its magnificent forts, palaces, the Royal Observatory (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and bargain for colorful textiles, jewelry and carvings in its bustling bazaars.

 

Karma Haveli, Jaipur, Rajasthan

 

Shimla

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and home to ancient cultures, Shimla was once the summer capital of the British in India and still charms visitors with its blend of picturesque architecture, timeless customs and spectacular mountain landscapes.

 

Royal Himalayan Club, Shimla

 

Germany

Jagged peaks, pine forests, fairytale castles and mountain villages, the Bavarian Alps captivate visitors year-round. Lake Schliersee is perfectly located for skiing, skating and other winter sports, summer hiking adventures and exploring the historic cities of Munich and Salzburg.

 

The Alpine Club, Schliersee, Bavarian Alps

 

Reserving your Karma Exchange

Planning your Karma Exchange is simple, decide where and when you would like to travel and email karma@signatureclub.com Exchanges are subject to availability and black out dates may apply. An exchange fee is payable once the reservation is confirmed.

 

 

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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, we will apply 2% of the net purchase price of their Fraction towards your annual Club Service fees.

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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Tempting Seasonal Delights for Kids

The Grand Residences restaurant team will be preparing some tasty treats for children this April starting with Easter and then for Children’s Day on April 30.

In May, it is Mom’s turn, with special pampering at El Faro Grill, afternoon tea and the Grand Residences Spa.

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Cooking Classes with Chef Yann

Watch a master chef at work and fine-tune your own culinary skills with Chef Yann Cozic’s cooking classes. Learn how to prepare shrimp and scallop ceviche, classic lime soup from the Yucatán and a variety of other tempting dishes. Discover the secrets of perfect Parisian patisserie and pick up useful tips that will help you when cooking for family and friends. Reservations required, call the Concierge.

If you would like to learn more about Mexican cuisine, why not sign up for cooking classes at one of the cooking schools in the area. The best-known school in the Mexican Caribbean is The Little Mexican Cooking School in Puerto Morelos and a new one has also opened along the Ruta de los Cenotes. Your Concierge will be able to assist you with reservations.