11 Jul Royal Hideaway -A Different Kind of Resort
My next adventure was the Royal Hideaway. Arriving to Royal Hideaway in Riviera Maya, Mexico was a different experience. You arrive through a very nice residential neighborhood that leads to the property. (Imagine living there!) The hotel is located by Playa del Carmen, in Playacar, known for its resorts, beaches, and night life. A cool towel was offered upon our arrival, which felt great in the hot weather! Check-in was smooth and our escort to our room gave us a great overview of the property. This property is spread out, unlike most hotels, which makes escorts like these a necessity. Rooms are spacious, but the TVs seemed a bit outdated compared to comparable hotels. Linens too need upgraded. Each building has its own concierge. They are used by guest for any and all reservations or optional activities.
Optional activities at the resort are scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, and jet skiing. Included in the price are palates classes, a small gym, and water aerobics many optional non-motorized sports.
The pool area at this resort has great view and plenty of lounge chairs. Crowd is a nice mix of younger and older people, which allows you to meet all different types of people, and allows for a welcoming atmosphere. Beach outside is restored. It is wide, with clusters of palm trees, for shade, a rare find in this area.
Jacuzzis are throughout the resort.
And if you get bored with all of this, there is the Playa del Carmen, which I found was only a twenty minute walk away. (Or a $5 cab ride.) Here there is great shopping and lively nightlife.
And more great news! Congo bongo is now in Playa del Carmen. It was a pretty wild experience, with many impersonators, dancers, and LOUD music!
On a side note, Hertz taxi offers a great private transfer at the hotel for $35 each way
There are also some wonderful options of restaurants. Las Ventanas is my favorite. You can have both breakfast and dinner there. Spices was my favorite for lunch, offering authentic Mexican cuisine, something I always enjoy when traveling to Mexico!Least favorite was the Grill outside. View is amazing but food is at best mediocre.
You do need reservations, and the options change daily as some of the restaurants are closed.
My advice is to book your reservations when you arrive to make sure you get to enjoy all of the different choices. There are no crowded buffet lines, but there are a la carte meals offered throughout the day.
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