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Old 01-16-2015   #16 (permalink)
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THanks!

Love your tirp report but the wait each day is killing me!! lol..
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Day III

Our third day was lazy. It was a day by the pool, margaritas and mojitos flowing, (non-alcoholic versions for the girls), enjoying the heat and general languour of a suntanning day. We were always able to find empty loungers by the pool around 9:00 or 10:00 am, in spite of the continuing towel game issues.

The day's towel art:


As parents-on-duty, we generally kept the girls close by, although we did allow them to walk freely around the resort as long as they checked in with us regularly. They spent much of their time suntanning or taking part in the pool activities, and got to know the activities crew quite well. This, of course, meant that whenever they were near the pool, they tended to get conscripted into whatever activity was underway. It wasn't hard to keep tabs on them. Otherwise, they spent a lot of time at the Coffee House doing their assigned homework, or playing pool & ping pong in the 24 Hour lounge.

"Check-in time:"


Later that evening, we crossed the street to the Gran Porto Real and had dinner at Il Pescatore. Note: reservations are "suggested" for Maria Marie's, El Mediterraneo and Il Pescatore, and required at Chef's Plate. We had to make our reservations for Il Pescatore the day prior.

In any event, I indulged in lasagne Bolognese in a cream sauce, and my wife and I decided to conclude our day with a nice bottle of Malbec. Of course, we had to treat our young ladies to the Mexican coffee show:






That about does it for Day III. Coming up: Day IV.
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Old 01-19-2015   #18 (permalink)
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Day IV

November 13 was probably the least eventful day of our trip, which explains how few photos I have from that day. It was the hottest day of our week and we spent most of the day lounging by, or in, the pool.

My wife decided to sleep in that morning, so I accompanied the girls to breakfast at Spice, where the tables had some extra decorating this morning:




We had a late lunch at Pelicano's before returning to our rooms. The girls spent the later afternoon catching up on homework at the Coffee House, which gave us some welcome time to ourselves.

Later that evening, we enjoyed a late dinner at El Mediterraneo, still the quietest restaurant at the Royal. Service by Ivan was excellent and I enjoyed a very tasty Chicken Provenšal, washed down with a somewhat understated Pinot Grigio.

It was fairly late when we finished dinner, and we spent some time having a couple of drinks with a group of Nebraskans at the resort for a wedding. That about describes our very-uneventful Day IV. The only other item of note was the increasingly-sophisticated towel art that we received that day:


Coming up (with many more photos): Day V
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Day V, Part 1

November 14 was another hot, lazy pool day which started out with breakfast at Spice. The girls once again got involved in the pool activities:


At one point, the kitchen staff processed out to the pool area and gathered around to watch a rendition of the Mexican wedding dance:










Later that morning, I decided to wander around with my camera for a bit and get some new perspective shots of the resort:












Lunch was late, this time at Tapas & Pintxos. It's always been one of our favourite eateries at the Royal and, since it's very underrated, there are usually tables available. A couple of very tasty light plates each and we were at just the right spot for a full, rich dinner later on.

The rest of Day V to follow.....
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We've officially decided to spend more time at the main pool this year. We were there for a week in 2013 and only went to the main pool once since our room was right by the quiet pool, but that was before the new Hyatt completely boxed in the quiet pool.

I've seen a few reviews (and now your pics) that show live music, performances or snacks delivered around the main pool.

Can you recommend anything at the Tapas place? We've never tried it even though we've been there a total of 16 nights.
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This TR has just made my gloomy Tuesday so much better! The RPDC is still beautiful as ever and that water Can't wait for more!
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We've officially decided to spend more time at the main pool this year. We were there for a week in 2013 and only went to the main pool once since our room was right by the quiet pool, but that was before the new Hyatt completely boxed in the quiet pool.

I've seen a few reviews (and now your pics) that show live music, performances or snacks delivered around the main pool.

Can you recommend anything at the Tapas place? We've never tried it even though we've been there a total of 16 nights.
The live music and snacks only seemed to be present on two or three days during our week.

As for Tapas, the Spanish tortilla was quite good. There was also a dish with roasted garlic and a type of sausage (not chorizo) which was very tasty. They also had a build-your-own-taco station with premium ingredients which we went back to a couple of times.

A lot of the menu items there are finger-type foods in small portions, so you can mix and match items for a light meal. Worth checking out.
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We've officially decided to spend more time at the main pool this year. We were there for a week in 2013 and only went to the main pool once since our room was right by the quiet pool, but that was before the new Hyatt completely boxed in the quiet pool.
Forgot to mention: I'll be putting up a few shots of the portion of the new Hyatt adjacent to the Chichen wing. I imagine it looked much the same on your visit.
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This TR has just made my gloomy Tuesday so much better! The RPDC is still beautiful as ever and that water Can't wait for more!
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed them! More on the way....
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Day V, Part 2

A few more shots around the resort:


One notable change: hammock chairs have now been installed on those balconies which did not have hammocks:


For today's towel art, our maid Patricia went beyond the boundaries of the towel world for this little bit of creativity:


After yet another pool day, we got ready for a dinner at Pelicano's:










Dinner by the waves is always enjoyable.

When we returned to our room, we found that the evening maid, Gisela, had left us some towel art of her own:




We then headed over to the Lobby Bar for a nightcap:






And that brings Nov 14 to a close. Coming up: Day VI.
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Day VI

November 15 was the only foul-weather day of this trip. When we awoke, the skies were mostly cloudy with the odd break of sun. We ate a room service breakfast (huevos rancheros...yum) and then headed down to the pool to see if a few mojitos would drive the cloud away.

Didn't work. By mid-day, it was raining, and not the quick tropical downpour that we're used to seeing in Playa. This was socked-in, continuous, Vancouver-style rain, until late afternoon. The girls retreated to the Coffee House with their phones and their homework, while we headed over to El Mediterraneo for a late lunch with a bowl of hot soup for each of us.

We headed over to the Lobby Bar and watched some college football for an hour or two, all the while staring wistfully out the window hoping for a sign of blue sky. That, unfortunately, didn't appear again until shortly before sunrise.

Once again, the day's towel art:


Later on in the evening, it had cleared up and we made arrangements to have dinner at Maria Marie's along with the rowdy Nebraskans we met earlier in the week.

Ready for dinner:




Walking by the pool on a very windy evening:




We then met up at the Tequileria bar and had a couple of shots with the rowdy Nebraskans:


Dinner at Maria Marie's was fantastic and we were very well looked after by Carlos and his crew. Most of us at the table ordered a porterhouse steak with a foie gras dressing. We washed it down with a superb bottle of Tempranillo, another excellent recommendation from Carlos.

After dessert, we were all feeling happy with the idea of good living, and decided to cap the night off at the Lobby Bar:










That does it for Day VI. Day VII coming up....
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Day VII, Part 1

The sunny weather returned on November 16 and we began our day once again at Spice, followed by a bit of tanning time around the main pool. Our main focus for the afternoon was to watch the Seahawks - Chiefs game, which was scheduled to be on TV in the Lobby Bar.

After leaving the pool, we spoke to the bartenders and confirmed that the game would definitely be on. We then headed back to the room for a bit, after checking in on the girls as they continued sunning. First, our previous night's towel art from Gisela, the evening turndown maid:


We headed over to the Lobby Bar about an hour before game time, and noticed that the Seahawks fans had already begun to gather:



We were happy to join the party.....



We started on the same mini-beer shooters which got is in so much trouble last trip:


A couple rounds of those helped to take some of the edge off the Seahawks' loss, but only a little.

The girls joined us for the 4th quarter, and once the game ended, they and my wife headed up to 5th Avenue for some shopping, while I wandered around the resort with my camera.

I took a number of shots of the exterior of the new Hyatt being completed next door. These give a fairly good idea of how the new construction affects the viewscapes from that part of the Royal. These first two shots are taken from the quiet pool at the Chichen wing:








Looking along the corridor of the Uxmal wing:




From the beach in front of the Uxmal wing:


And from the beach, directly in front of the new Hyatt:




Coming up: the rest of Day VII.
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dam i cant believe they built that close to the royal, and it was permitted . looks way to crowded
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dam i cant believe they built that close to the royal, and it was permitted . looks way to crowded
I agree! It's hard to think about what that stretch looked like before.

Thanks for taking the time to take and post the pictures!

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Ugh, that sure closes in the quiet pool area. I guess I would have to be there to see how it looks but from the pics, it looks terrible. What a shame.
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