Guest post and photos by: Andrea Fellman Wanderlust Living
The Royal Cancun, Mexico
There are plenty of reasons to take your family on a vacation to Cancun, besides the gorgeous white sand beaches and electric blue waters, the all-inclusive resorts that line the beaches are a great place for endless hours of family fun. I recently stayed at the The Royal Cancun, which sits on the north shore, known for its calm waters. One of the key reasons this makes it a great Cancun resort for families with small children.
The Royal Cancun is included in the Royal Resorts family. The Royal Resorts has five other hotels throughout Cancun and Playa Del Carmen and they are celebrating 40 years as one of the top resorts for families along the Riviera Maya. The Royal Cancun was their very first property, built in 1978. Since then they have built five more all-inclusive resorts, including the most recent, the Royal Haciendas in Playa Del Carmen. All of the resorts may differ in style, size and amenities but what is prevalent is the focus on creating the perfect family vacation Cancun has to offer. The easiest way to check the different resorts and to make a booking is through their central website Royal Reservations.
Authentic Style at The Royal Cancun
When I first arrived to the Royal Cancun I noticed that it was a bit more true to the Mexican hacienda style of architecture and I liked that the buildings were not the enormous towers that are are scattered up and down the Cancun coastline. Since this was company’s first property it has an authentic atmosphere. The property itself is extremely clean and very well kept. I enjoyed the green plants, ponds and lush gardens that were sprinkled throughout the property. There are two pool areas, both pools are a nice size and one has a swim up bar and sits next to La Palapa restaurant, while the other has a designated shallow pool for small children.
What I liked most about this resort was the size, it was very manageable to walk around and the beach area was not crammed with a million chairs and people. It was very relaxed and quiet, which makes this property perfect for families looking to keep away from the more crowded resorts.
The Rooms at The Royal Cancun
The rooms at the Royal Cancun are large suites with a living room and all of them have kitchens. I didn’t love all the brown decor, but it was all in very good condition. My room was a beautiful ocean view suite with a balcony and I had a fantastic view of the ocean looking directly out to the Royal Cancun’s iconic dock that sits in front of the resort.
There is 24-hour room service, which is a big perk for traveling families because sometimes eating and sleeping schedules can get a bit tricky when traveling with younger kids. The kitchens also provide opportunities to make snacks and smaller meals for any picky eaters. There is a convenience store on the property that sells a small selection of food and groceries as well as pharmacy items, sunscreen and other essentials.
Dining at The Royal Cancun
I happened to be there on a Thursday night for dinner so I was able to enjoy live music at their beachside restaurant La palapa. It was so nice to be sitting literally on the beach enjoying a classic margarita, with my feet in the sand and listening to the small ocean waves clapping onto the shore. Out in the distance I saw a few of the large party boats lit up with colorful lights. The vibe on the beach that night felt very true to Mexico and I quickly fell into vacation mode.
La Palapa is the resort’s main restaurant that is open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. They serve a variety of food options and most nights there is a theme, I happened to be there for Caribbean night. I ordered the Caribbean shrimp skewers and they were delicious! I also enjoyed the fresh ceviche for lunch, which was excellent – and that’s coming from someone who lived in Costa Rica and who can be a bit of a ceviche snob! Other dining options include the Italian restaurant La Trattoria and the Lobby Bar Trattoria, as well as the pool bars that serve light snacks and drinks.
The Beach & Activities
The highlight of this property is the tranquil beach that the resort sits on, it feels a bit more rustic and private than other all-inclusive family resorts in Cancun. The shore is very shallow which makes it ideal for families with little swimmers. I walked out quite a distance and it only went up to my waist. They offer only non-motorized sports, which also keep this beach quiet and safe. The Royal Cancun also offers families sailing lessons. I was also asked on several occasions if I needed anything or if there was something someone could do for me. The staff throughout the property was very friendly and attentive.
The resort also has a small kids club where they can take a break from the sun for a few hours, while parents can then have some time for themselves too. The kids’ club is not large, but they have plenty to keep the little ones busy, including some fun art projects. Next to the kids club is an activities desk where you can check out snorkel equipment,tennis rackets and golf equipment and sign up for sailing. There is also a small gym on the property and a spa for body massages and facials.
If you are looking for a laid back family vacation in Cancun or are traveling with younger children, the Royal Cancun just might be the resort for you! Bigger doesn’t always mean better, and sometimes less is truly more. It all depends on what you’re looking for, but I truly enjoyed the low-key beach vibe at the Royal Cancun; it felt very casual and true to the natural character of Mexico. I personally get overwhelmed by the huge towering resorts, sometimes those can have just too much going on. The Royal Cancun was a manageable size that made it easy to soak up the sun and enjoy the care-free beach environment.
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Disclosure: I was comped a media stay for the purpose of a true onsite hotel review. All my opinions are my own and I share this with you to help you choose the best Cancun resort option for your family.