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Old 01-25-2015   #31 (permalink)
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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!
I'll try and find some earlier photos of that area for comparison. It definitely cuts down on the amount of sunshine that reaches the quiet pool in the morning.
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I'll try and find some earlier photos of that area for comparison. It definitely cuts down on the amount of sunshine that reaches the quiet pool in the morning.
I think I have some. I just meant that it is sad/depressing to think about.
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Nice TR thanks. It's hard to believe they were able to build such a monster resort that close to the property line with the Royal
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Day VII, Part 2

When I got back to the room, I found that Patricia had outdone herself in the towel art department:




The ladies returned from their shopping trip laden with all sorts of purchases, which reminded me that I had yet to buy any tequila to my extensive collection of aņejo. As with previous trips, we headed across the street to Tequila Town on Constituyentes and spent a very enjoyable half-hour or so sampling various fine tequilas.

We have always found the staff at Tequila Town very knowledgeable and happy to discuss the subject of tequila at length. We talked about growing regions, maturation methods, limited-edition bottlings and other esoterica until my wife was probably bored to death.

Nonetheless, after some very informative conversation, he decided that we were worthy of a sample of the very best extra aņejo in the shop. He brought out a small stepladder and climbed up to the top shelf, from where he brought down a bottle which looked like it was made of alabaster. He poured us a tiny sample and we both tasted.

Wow!

I have tasted many high-end tequilas over the past few years; some have been merely good, some have been great, some have been outstanding. This one was unbelievably smooth and complex, with hints of vanilla, oak, black cherry and a number of other nuances. We were told how it had been matured for 7 years in three different woods, thus giving it the complexity that I had never before encountered in a tequila.

All that for only US$550.00!

Unfortunately, I had to lower my sights a couple of shelves down in order to bring the viewscape back to my budget level. After a couple more samples, we settled on a very nice, highly-drinkable artisan aņejo called Don Cheyo, which has now happily taken its place in my collection:


With our tequila-acquisition mission successfully completed, we returned to the Royal and grabbed a couple of drinks. I once again grabbed the camera as the sun began to set:








Dinner tonight was at El Mediterraneo once again. This place is never crowded and dining parties are always well spaced at dinner. This was the only meal where I actually took a decent food shot:


The prawn coquettes (sp?) were at least as delicious as they look.

When we returned to our room after dinner, it seemed that our turn-down maid, Gisela, was doing her best to out-do Patricia:




My wife put aside each of the towel creations (or at least most of them), so by the end of the week, we had our own towel zoo:


That about sums up Day VII. Coming up: Caribbean sunrise and our last day in Playa.
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Those shrimp look amazing!

I'm already getting anxious about fitting in all of the food I want to try while there. We only went to El Med for a quick lunch one day but I think I'm going to have to try it for dinner now. At least Asiana's has the same menu all day so I can get my spring roll fix well before dinner
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Those shrimp look amazing!

I'm already getting anxious about fitting in all of the food I want to try while there. We only went to El Med for a quick lunch one day but I think I'm going to have to try it for dinner now. At least Asiana's has the same menu all day so I can get my spring roll fix well before dinner
I know what you mean!! On top of wanting to eat at ALL of the restaurants on the resort, I have a long list of restaurants off-resort that I want to try, too!
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I know what you mean!! On top of wanting to eat at ALL of the restaurants on the resort, I have a long list of restaurants off-resort that I want to try, too!
Yeah, it's a constant battle for me. If my brother makes the trip this April I'm fairly certain we are going to try to go to the Sunday pig roast @ Wah Wah so that only leaves us with 4 more dinners, 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts. I feel pathetic for thinking that way lol.
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Yeah, it's a constant battle for me. If my brother makes the trip this April I'm fairly certain we are going to try to go to the Sunday pig roast @ Wah Wah so that only leaves us with 4 more dinners, 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts. I feel pathetic for thinking that way lol.
It's actually the #1 reason we are staying off-resort for two days. I'm starting to wonder if it would be worth it to change our flight (thank you Southwest!!) and add two more nights at Club Yebo before checking into the Royal. Our tax appointment is Saturday, so if we get enough refund, we might be able to do it.
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It's actually the #1 reason we are staying off-resort for two days. I'm starting to wonder if it would be worth it to change our flight (thank you Southwest!!) and add two more nights at Club Yebo before checking into the Royal. Our tax appointment is Saturday, so if we get enough refund, we might be able to do it.
On most of our trips to the RPDC, we've usually eaten at least two meals off the resort, often while watching a hockey game at PG's or EZ. On this trip, however, we stayed on the resort for all of our meals. As we were getting ready to leave, we both agreed that we need to make a point of getting off the resort for a meal or two on our next visit. It helps to round out the whole experience.
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It's actually the #1 reason we are staying off-resort for two days. I'm starting to wonder if it would be worth it to change our flight (thank you Southwest!!) and add two more nights at Club Yebo before checking into the Royal. Our tax appointment is Saturday, so if we get enough refund, we might be able to do it.
I would give anything if my husband was as adventerous and loved food as much as I do. When I met him he would eat an apple for breakfast and Wendy's for lunch, and not much else. When we went to Isla Mujeres last year I took plenty of spending money because i knew the resort food wouldn't be at the level we've experienced in the past. I had so much fun exploring and eating off of the resort but DH didn't like it. He'd be ok ordering room service for all 3 meals a day at RPDC so I'm excited to have my brother and sister coming on this trip. They love food as much as I do so I won't be alone when I'm eating off of the resort

I just wish we could go longer than 5 nights. We weren't planning on going in April at all but my sister was ready to book so we booked. I was only supposed to book 4 nights but I "accidentally" booked 5 nights. I agreed to a shorter trip on the caveat that we can go back in the spring for 7 nights so we shall see!
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Day VIII

Our final day at the RPDC for 2014 was mostly spent packing, with a little bit of last-minute souvenir shopping thrown in. Our shuttle back to Cancun airport left in early afternoon, so time was somewhat at a premium.

As a result, we decided to get up early and watch the sunrise over the Caribbean. We even managed to drag our late-rising teenaged charges out of bed early enough for them to join us:
















It was time to say goodbye to the Royal for another year. The end of a great vacation is always a bittersweet moment.

Inevitably, we discussed plans for next year's trip. The wife & I will be travelling to the RPDC on our own this time, and if everything works out for us, we may be able to manage 10 days next time (yippee!)

This trip was a lot more sedate than our usual visits to the Royal. No excursions this time, no celebrated overindulgence. On the whole, we didn't mind being parents-on-duty and enjoyed our time with the girls. For their part, the girls had a wonderful week of pampering and fine dining which they still talk about more than two months later. We will be taking each of our kids plus a friend as they reach 16: 1 down and 5 to go

There is a definite sense of transition at the RPDC. As many know, there has been a recent change in ownership following the untimely passing of Real Resorts' founder in 2013. The former Real Resorts properties are now owned and operated by new company called Playa Hotels & Resorts, which plans to switch them over to the new Hyatt Zilara and Ziva brands at some point in the near future. The Royal Cancun was re-branded the Hyatt Zilara in 2013, and the RPDC is apparently next.

One positive aspect of this change for Real Club members is that the Hyatt Zilara and Ziva hotels are now included in the Real Club membership, including brand new properties in Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Jamaica and Costa Rica. We're looking forward to branching out to some of those newer resorts in the not-too-distant future. Hopefully, Huatulco will be added to the inventory before too long....

In the meantime, with 10 months to go before our next visit to Playa, I'm beginning to plan my next northern roadtrip. This year's plan is to visit Denali National Park and hopefully get a few great shots of North America's tallest peak.

Hasta pronto Mexico!
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I would give anything if my husband was as adventerous and loved food as much as I do. When I met him he would eat an apple for breakfast and Wendy's for lunch, and not much else. When we went to Isla Mujeres last year I took plenty of spending money because i knew the resort food wouldn't be at the level we've experienced in the past. I had so much fun exploring and eating off of the resort but DH didn't like it. He'd be ok ordering room service for all 3 meals a day at RPDC so I'm excited to have my brother and sister coming on this trip. They love food as much as I do so I won't be alone when I'm eating off of the resort

I just wish we could go longer than 5 nights. We weren't planning on going in April at all but my sister was ready to book so we booked. I was only supposed to book 4 nights but I "accidentally" booked 5 nights. I agreed to a shorter trip on the caveat that we can go back in the spring for 7 nights so we shall see!
I am lucky that my husband is pretty adventurous, food-wise. Actually, I am the one who can be a bit picky: I don't like seafood of any kind, and organ meats are a migraine trigger, but I still get by pretty well.These two things don't usually stop me from finding something good to eat. Problem is, my hubby loves Joe's Crab Shack. It doesn't bother me because they have steak and chicken, but he often feels that he is doing me a disservice by wanting to go.

I'm a bit jealous that you'll get to go twice this year, plus your trip to Isla last year!! You'll have fun with your sister. I would love to travel with another couple, but most of our friends always find an excuse. My cousin would be a blast to go with, but her hubby doesn't fly well.
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Our final day at the RPDC for 2014 was mostly spent packing, with a little bit of last-minute souvenir shopping thrown in. Our shuttle back to Cancun airport left in early afternoon, so time was somewhat at a premium.
Thank you for this trip report (and thank you for scoping out the availability of straws!). The last day of vacation one is always hard for me too, and I usually end up crying a little bit.

As a result of your report, I think my daughter and her friend will do fine, and so will we, as parents on duty.
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Thank you for this trip report (and thank you for scoping out the availability of straws!). The last day of vacation one is always hard for me too, and I usually end up crying a little bit.

As a result of your report, I think my daughter and her friend will do fine, and so will we, as parents on duty.
You're welcome!
We'll be taking our oldest son and our younger daughter to the RPDC in 2017, along with a friend each. Depending on how finances are at the time, we may look into getting one of the Master Suites in the Chichen wing. There are 3 master suites in the centre of that wing which have an adjoining standard room on either side, so that would work out well.

Being parents-on-duty was an adjustment, in that we couldn't get falling-down drunk, but otherwise was not really an imposition.
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I'll try and find some earlier photos of that area for comparison. It definitely cuts down on the amount of sunshine that reaches the quiet pool in the morning.
I couldn't find any pre-construction shots along the side of the Uxmal wing, but I did find this 2012 shot, taken from the Uxmal wing. The vacant ground behind the cinder block wall is the site of the new Hyatt:


Here's what the beachfront side of the Uxmal wing looked like in 2011:


Definitely not a welcome change.
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