Monday, April 5, 2010

Mayan Riviera - Royal Hideaway


One week on the Mayan Riviera ....

Our first stay was at the wonderful, all inclusive resort of Royal Hideaway - a member of Occidental Hotel Group.

Typically, I am not one for "all-inclusive" hotels since I like to explore the region where I am, and sample the local cuisines.  Royal Hideaway changed my mind greatly, but first let me start with the ambiance and accommodations at Royal Hideaway.

Hurricanes can bestow blessings, as well as devastation, and Wilma bestowed a spectacular beach on the Mexican Rivera, particularly in front of Royal Hideaway.

One of the places to dine is out on the deck overlooking this magnificent beach.  In the evenings they also set up a bar on the beach and lovely wicker furniture  with linens flowing in the breeze for sunset cocktails.

The accommodations are spacious.  We were fortunate to get one of the duplex suites, which has a lovely sitting area, with a terrace and a hammock, overlooking the beach.  Upstairs, a large bedroom with a very comfy bed, and a lovely bath with luxurious bath products.  The piece de resistance was the large rooftop sundeck overlooking the ocean off  the bedroom.  The bedroom also boasted another terrace facing into the courtyard gardens.  

Royal Hideaway is an adult only resort ,and the activities offered are refined and in keeping with the luxury the resort offers.  One night they offer dancing to the Bossa Nova under the palms, another night martini tasting on the beach with a good combo.

The resort is especially good value offering free wi-fi along with all the dining and drinking experiences,  hobie cats, sea kayaks and lots of other toys.

Low season rates until Dec. 17 are as low as $2,850 for two persons, seven night stay - all inclusive!  This is a spectacular deal.  As your Virtuoso agency we can offer a room upgrade subject to availability, a $100 spa credit, complimentary parking and priority dining reservations.

The charming town of Playa del Carmen is just there, where one can stroll the colorful pedestrian Fifth Avenue with its trattorias and shopping for Mexican handicrafts.

contact Travel Exchange 800-242-0248
Barbara Herrott

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