Published on August 16th, 2010 | by Mark Chesnut


HOTEL REVIEW: Real Resorts, The Royal Cancun


Arrival Experience: The Royal Cancun’s porte cochere welcomes guests, along with a host of staff members holding their hands over their hearts in a traditional welcome to this adults-only, all-inclusive enclave. Guests are immediately offered refreshing cold towels, a chilled drink, and a hand with their luggage. Tropical rattan seating and checkerboard floors with trendy lighting fixtures and handmade wrought-iron chandeliers make a fine first impression.

Dining: The engaging Spice buffet restaurant features various show-kitchen stations allowing guests to watch the cooking process in action. A Spanish tapas outlet, French-Mexican fusion dining room, and poolside café add to the options for hungry guests. Those who book the premium rooms or suites have the option to dine with the chef in a private dining room, where food and wine are paired with the chef’s expert opinions and explanations.

Accommodations: Enormous guest rooms with colonial-style hard wood furnishings, swiveling flat-screen TVs, deep soaking tubs en suite, duvet-topped king beds, complimentary minibars, Bose stereo CD players, whirling ceiling fans, and expansive balconies with hand-crafted hammocks from which to take in the turquoise waters below. Bathrooms feature humongous shower stalls with glass windows overlooking the sea, plus plentiful toiletries, robes, and slippers. Swim-up pool suites are extremely popular with those who like to wade from room to bar to lounge chair with ease. The most expensive rooms get Bvlgari toiletries and a one-hour spin in the hotel’s BMW Mini Cooper.

Conclusion: For those looking to skip the U.S.- and family-oriented brands along this famous strip of sand, Real Resorts Cancun is the real deal when it comes to hospitality with a hint of Mayan flair. An expansive spa, infinity pool, and private beach with linen-draped day beds where fresh fruit and cocktails are served make this the perfect place to relax.

Best for: Vacationing couples who want peace and quiet without forgoing the amenities of a large-scale, all-inclusive resort. Come here for the coral blue seas, but stay because of the delicious food and friendly service.

$379 and up per room, double occupancy.

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The founder and editor of LatinFlyer.com, Mark has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and manager. He’s worked with some of the biggest consumer, in-flight and travel trade publishers that cover Latin America.

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