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Pampered in Playa del Carmen
Thomas R. & Deborah A. Fletcher
Muffled giggles drift across the water--giggles arising from lovers' shared
secrets. Plying the turquoise
It is doubtful they are cognizant of the dancing island--Cozumel--dancing on the edge of the horizon like a desert mirage in the earth's ascending heat vapors. They surely don't hear the joyous laughter of the children playing a game in the pool directly behind us. Toes in the sand, sun caressing our skin; the waitress just handed us another icy drink, such is the scene on the Yucatan Peninsula at Royal Hideaway Playacar in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Cancun, a favorite destination of the jet-set, on the
The hallmark of Royal Hideaway is the service. Staff members tend to guests' needs before the guests realize they have needs. Staff servers make their rounds by the pools and beach to ensure that guests do not have to move to get another drink or snack. Each villa complex has a concierge who handles dinner reservations, books off-site excursions, and, in general sees that guests are pampered. There are enough activities to keep even the most active person busy: a well-equipped fitness center, bicycling, volleyball, basketball, tennis, kayaking, swimming, windsurfing, and snorkeling just begin the list. The property has two swimming pools and three "relaxing" pools, several restaurants and the Beach Club, which offers a variety of sandwiches and snacks all day long. The all-inclusive price includes pick-up and drop-off at the airport, food, drink, accommodations, and activities. The price depends upon several factors such as the city one flies from and the type of accommodation chosen (one and two bedroom suites are available, as are two "Presidential Suites"). The advantage to choosing an all-inclusive vacation is knowing the exact cost of the entire vacation up front.
The theme is relaxation and the toughest decision guests may face is choosing
the restaurant for dinner--and one does not find buffet lines here. Ventanas
features Continental cuisine and was our choice for breakfast each morning.
Palazzo is the resort's Italian restaurant. Azia is the place to check
out Thai and Oriental cuisine, and not to be missed is Spices,
featuring Mexican and
Security on the property is excellent. Ladies sunbathe alone. People leave expensive cameras on their lounge chairs while going for a dip in the ocean. Royal Hideaway invites guests to leave their hectic world behind, to be immersed in a world of relaxation and pampering.
IF YOU GO:
Occidental Hotels & Resorts
Phone: 1-800-999-9182 for pricing information.
Web Site: http://www.royalhideaway.com/
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