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Clare, Philadelphia, PA

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Workation to Royalton Riviera Cancun- July 2016

Posted: July 19 2016
Related Categories: Destinations Mexico Cancun Riviera Maya Resorts


We just returned from a vacation to Mexico. We arrived in Mexico on a Thursday morning and quickly got through immigration & customs to get outside to our private transfers provided by Amstar. Thanks to Leo for being an awesome driver and getting us to the resort quickly & safely.

We stayed at Royalton Riviera Cancun. It is an all-inclusive resort that is in the Cancun area of Mexico. The resort is only 15 minutes away from the airport, which was nice for a short getaway like we had. The resort sits way back off the main highway and has greenery all around it. Upon pulling up to the door, we were greeted with cool towels and a welcome drink. This resort is very open and you can feel the breeze from the ocean pretty much anywhere you go. The lobby has plenty of sitting areas, a bar, and an overlook that you can sit and take in the awesome view. We were escorted to the Diamond Club lounge in the Hideaway section of the resort for check in. Hideaway is the adults-only section of the resort and the Diamond Club rooms come with concierge service. We were provided bracelets for access to the Diamond Club amenities and which also acted as our room key. We were also given wristbands showing that we were staying in the "Adults Only" section of the resort. The staff who checked us in to the resort were very friendly and hospitable, however, could have been a little more informative. We were not given much information on our room or details about where to find certain things (i.e. Pool towels). Check in is at 3:00 pm but our room was not ready until after 3:30 pm.

While we were waiting for our room, we walked around the resort and grabbed some lunch at the Tex-Mex restaurant, Armadillos. Our server Regallio was awesome and provided quick and efficient service. We then looked for a place to lounge by the adults only pool, which proved to be difficult. Unfortunately, not one lounge chair was vacant. We ended up taking refuge by the swim up pool bar, Pisces. Our bartender, Mario, was friendly and provided us cold beverages and good service. At the Royalton, it is never difficult to find something to drink, whether you are on the beach or in the pool. We checked out our room once it was ready. We received an upgrade, which was great! The room was very spacious and had two Queen beds, a mini fridge, a Jacuzzi tub/separate shower, and large vanity area. There was also a tub out on the balcony, which overlooked the adults-only pool.

After getting settled in our room, we headed to the beach. There were plenty of chairs and beach beds available. The beach was nice and the sand was soft, but we noticed a few ants crawling around. After spending some time on the beach, we headed back to our room to get ready for dinner. On our way, we stopped in at the Diamond Club lounge to grab a snack. There we also met our floor concierge, Alvaro. He was really nice and asked us if we needed anything. He also made our dinner reservations for our entire stay, which was really helpful.

We ate dinner at Grazie (Italian), Hunter (steakhouse), and Zen (Japanese/teppanyaki), during our stay. We also tried out the buffet and the café for breakfast. The buffet has so many food options to choose from and the café made specialty coffees and pastries. The food was very good everywhere we ate and all served by the friendliest staff.

We spent most of our time on the resort hanging out at the adults-only pool. I did wake up around 7am to go out and save seats which isn't fun if you had a late night or wanted to sleep in. But the resort was at almost full capacity so it makes sense. The resort also offers good nightly entertainment. We saw a Michael Jackson impersonator and a fire dancing show. Both were really good and fun to watch. We also visited the SCORE, the sports bar and went next door to the Disco, which had music and dancing.

This resort seemed great for families traveling with smaller children. There was always something for the kids to do. Royalton Riviera Cancun was a great resort and we had a great time while staying there. Everyone was so accommodating and friendly, which made our stay even better.