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Old 01-13-2015   #1 (permalink)
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Return to the Royal: November 10-17, 2014

It's been a couple of months since our most recent trip to the RPDC and I must admit I had intended to get a trip report started much sooner.
Life, especially work, has kept me on a shorter leash than usual in the past couple of months, but after some prompting, I've finally rounded up enough motivation to get this project started.

It was well over a year and a half since our last visit to the Royal. In fact, we hadn't had a tropical sun vacation since that time; in the meantime, I had made epic roadtrips to the Arctic in the summers of 2013 and 2014, my wife had made a girls' trip to NYC, and we had taken the family on numerous camping trips to destinations ranging from northern BC to Crater Lake, OR.

We were, therefore, long overdue for some sunshine and tequila. We made our plans and booked our flights last August, looking forward to escaping the dreary grey skies and endless drizzle that characterise Vancouver in November. We thus set our sights on a mid-November getaway trip that would be a bit different than most of our visits to the Royal. We took along our 16-year old daughter and her friend as a gift for her 16th birthday. For the first time in our eight visits to the RPDC, we would have to be parents-on-duty for the week.

We were lucky enough to nail down direct flights on WestJet, our preferred carrier. When mid-November came around, we were all set to escape:


Coming up: arrival.
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Great!! A new TR!!
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been looking forward to this TR from you, since out daughter is also 16. I'm excited to hear how it goes, being "parents on duty."
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Can't wait for more !
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been waiting for this
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Our flight left YVR at 9:40 and we enjoyed an uneventful 5½ hours in the air, arriving in Cancun at around sunset.

Direct ground transportation took us straight to the RPDC, and within 45 minutes, we were pulling up to the Royal's entrance.

On our last visit, we were joined by our good friends S & C. S earned herself the nickname "Señorita Mojito". Since they couldn't join us this time around, my wife promised to drink several mojitos on her behalf, beginning with the "welcome drink" at arrival. I'm sure she appreciated it when we sent her this photo:


Having successfully checked into our rooms online, we found our wristbands waiting for us at arrival. The entire process was quick and seamless, and soon we were on our way to our rooms - 250 & 251, side-by-side in the Coba wing overlooking the main pool.

Our daughter (blue hair) and her friend (red hair) had been looking forward to this trip for a while, so I made a point of capturing their first reactions as they first entered their room:






We all got ourselves settled in and then headed down to Spice for a late dinner. Coming back to the RPDC after so many visits is a welcome return to familiar sights, sounds, smells and flavours and the first dinner of each trip is always a great opportunity to get reacquainted with the sensory delights of Mexico. An uncomplicated buffet dinner was the perfect fit for four tired travellers and we were all ready to call it a night before 10pm.

Coming up: Day II
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WOOHOO I'm glad my post was motivating enough for you to start this

And the look on your daughters face is priceless!

I may have mentioned this but my sisters only Mexico experience was at the Grand Oasis Cancun which just happened to be mine and my husbands first experience. It was great because we didn't know any better but she didn't go to the beach or pool once. They never ordered room service, they couldn't stand most of the food, etc. I hope to get a similiar reaction picture from my sister...I sent her a picture of the room and she said "yeah but what will OUR room look like?". They booked the lowest room and when I told her that all rooms are the same, they just won't have as good of an oceanview, she didn't believe me. She asked me how much the drinks in the mini bar were and how much it cost to use the in room liquor dispenser....again she didn't believe me when I told her it was all lincluded.

I can't wait for the rest of the TR!!!
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just what the freezing weather here in md needed...

another great trip report
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Day II, Part 1

To wake up on your own time, unrestrained by alarm clocks or noisy kids, is one of the joys of a getaway like this. We both enjoyed a long and restful sleep on the extremely comfortable bed, waking both late and contented.

A couple of shots from our balconies - first from Room 250:




And later from Room 251 (the girls' room):




It turns out that the girls had stayed up late and ordered room service just so they could try out the "magic box" delivery system. Despite their meagre appetites, we headed out to Spice to begin our day with a buffet breakfast. Our young charges loved the crepe station and spent some time building the perfect crepes, and apparently got the attention of a young crepe chef, who personally decorated and hand delivered my daughter's crepe to her table.

On several mornings afterwards, the girls were back at the crepe station, and each time, the crepes came exquisitely decorated and hand delivered by Chef Gustavo. A few days later, I brought the camera to breakfast and "captured the moment":


Later on, it was time to take the girls for a stroll along 5th:



Of course, our daughter had to have her hair braided before we returned to the resort:


The ladies then went off to participate in some of the pool activities, while Mom & Dad enjoyed some well earned R&R at the Trade Winds bar:




That more or less sums up the daylight hours of Day II. Coming up: Dinner.
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You know, all of the TR's on here make me feel like I need to give Spice more of a try. We didn't go there but once or twice on our 9 night honeymoon in 2008 and we went there twice in 2013 (once for breakfast and once for dinner) and they were easily our worst meals of the trip. The dinner one was probably our fault since we went in at the last minute but I went there early one morning for breakast and the service was awful. The selection wansn't great either. I didn't see a crepe station and have always wanted to try one so that just made it to my April "must do" list for this trip. RPDC crepes or bust!
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Thanks! I love it so far!

Did you have adjoining rooms with the girls? This is something I am contemplating for our 2016 trip with our daughter, but I haven't decided. If you did, what were the pros and cons?
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this report mat be solely responsible for us to get back to the royal in feb
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Thanks! I love it so far!

Did you have adjoining rooms with the girls? This is something I am contemplating for our 2016 trip with our daughter, but I haven't decided. If you did, what were the pros and cons?
Unfortunately, the rooms were not adjoining. With one exception, all of the adjoining rooms at the RPDC are in the Chichen wing and consist of either a master or presidential suite, with one (or in some cases, two) adjoining junior suites. The only exception is a pair of adjoining rooms in the rear portion of the main lobby building, on the ground floor near the back entrance to Maria Marie's.
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this report mat be solely responsible for us to get back to the royal in feb
Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying it.
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Day II, Part 2

The girls spent the afternoon taking part in the pool activities while the wife & I sat on a swing at Trade Winds while Luis served us an endless array of mojitos and margaritas, usually without being asked.

Unfortunately for us, we had to finally say bastante to Luis in order to retain some capacity for responsible supervision. Our teenaged guests got to know all of the RPDC's activities staff and had a great time all afternoon, plus they were never more than 150' away from us, so keeping an eye out was fairly straightforward that afternoon.

We soon headed back to our rooms for an afternoon nap before getting ready for dinner. First, the interior of Room 250:


And our first towel art of the week:


This was to be a semi-formal dinner at Maria Marie's (which I have long raved about, and with good reason). Time for our young ladies to shine:




Dinner was superb. I had a stuffed poblano chilli which was very rich and delicious. We adults started with a bottle of Prosecco before tying into dinner, which we lingered over for a while. We were delighted to see Carlos, the head sommelier once again and brought him a bottle of BC icewine for his collection. Carlos has a wealth of knowledge and gives excellent pairing recommendations. His wine cellar is extensive and varied (although the premium wines do come with a surcharge). His weekly tequila tasting classes are also not to be missed.

After drifting back to our rooms, we soon found ourselves drained of all energy. We enjoyed our chocolates from the evening turn-down service and called it a night.

Coming up: Day III
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