Royal Hideaway Trip Report

Aug 13th, 2003, 07:09 AM
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Can anyone respond to previous reply with regard to the public beach and potential issues.
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Aug 13th, 2003, 08:44 AM
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All the beaches here are public. This resort, as do the others, has several yards of beach between the hotel grounds and the water with chairs set up. You can sit and watch the parade of people go by without feeling threatened. There are security guards and you will not have a problem.
As for the drive to Playa, I'm not sure which drive you are talking about. From the airport to the hotel or from the hotel into town? The drive from the airport takes about 40-45 min, depending on traffic. I arranged for a transfer before I left from home. You will be bombarded at the airport by people who want to drive you to your destination. If this is ok with you, then it's no problem. As for the drive into the town, it's a 5 min cab ride. I took a cab into town 1 day and then leisurely walked back. As for the beer, I'm not sure about any American brands. My husband liked to drink the local brands wherever possible. Hope this helps you.
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Aug 13th, 2003, 01:34 PM
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Book your transfers with your trip. There's no need to rent a car if you're just going to the resort. The highway from the Cancun airport to PDC resort area is very nice and there's nothing to feel unsafe about it at all.

Tell your husband to try a Corona, Sol, or a Dos Equis beer. They're just as good as the American brands!
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Aug 13th, 2003, 02:17 PM
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The only thing I ever saw on the beach that might be annoying are the occasional people peddling stuff...but they don't push it, the worst thing that happened on the beach in front of the Royal Hideaway was the hairy pale guy who passed by wearing the thong. I will let you know that when we took a trip into Playa del Carmen, we were walking on the beach at sunset, and a VERY drunk guy came up and got in our face, got really aggressive...we don't speak Spanish, and stupid us were too alarmed to remember the word you see on all the stop signs "ALTO!" (drrrrr)... husband had the video camera in one hand and was really worried he was going to end up having to smack the guy with it if he grabbed us. I have to tell you though, there were some very big local guys on the same beach with their families, and I noticed they were keeping an eye on us. The drunk guy wandered off and when he got close to the locals and their families, the dad just nonchalantly grabbed the guys arms, spun him in a circle until he fell, and shoved his face in the sand...while he's holding the guys face down, he jovially waved at us and said "Is ok, is ok!" Not exactly a memory I WANT to have, but on the other hand it makes me laugh when I think about that big sweet guy.

So..y'know, just be aware of your surroundings..just like you should anywhere you travel, and remember taht "Alto" means stop

P.S. we used the shuttle we arranged with our package. Just be aware that even then they're pretty pushy with tipping and crowding as many people in the van as possible.
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Aug 19th, 2003, 02:18 PM
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Sorry for the delay in my reply. We also had a transfer from airport to hotel included in our package. The ride was fine. As was the ride into Playa del Carmen via taxi. I'm unsure as to which drive you were talking about. If you meant into Playa del Carmen from the hotel, it is not necessary to drive your own car. You can walk and a taxi is cheap. I don't know what the parking situation would be like either if you did decide to drive yourself. As for the beer, all I saw was Corona. I don't know if they have any American beers. Sorry! Finally, the beach was public, but the only people I saw on our stretch of beach were those staying at our hotel and the occasional person strolling down the beach from other hotels. I felt perfectly safe.
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Sep 30th, 2003, 04:33 PM
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I just wanted to write and thank you for all the detailed info. on Royal Hideaway. I am getting married in April and have been sitting in front of my computer for almost three hours reading posts from Fodors forums and looking on websites for places to Honeymoon. My travel agent raved about Royal Hideaway, but I felt pressure from my friends and colleagues to avoid an "all inclusive." They pushed Anguilla, St. Martin, and Aruba. After reading your post as well as the other reviews on these forums I am pretty sure I'm going to go with Royal Hideaway (I have to run it by my fiance of course!) If you don't mind me asking, about how much did your trip cost you? How many days did you go for? This question goes to anyone who has visited RH. Thanks so much.
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Sep 30th, 2003, 10:56 PM
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Our trip to Royal Hideaway (earlier this month)cost $4000 CDN for 1 week including airfare for both of us. (that's about $2900 US) We met people that paid $4000 US for 1 week, which is quite a bit more (exchange is about 1.4) I think we got a great deal, booking trough sunwing vacations in toronto. Royal Hideaway is simply perfect. You will love it no matter what!
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Oct 1st, 2003, 07:25 AM
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I have been to quite a few nice resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico and RH still gets my award for "best value." The food and drinks alone have got to be worth $200+ a day for two people. Last year we paid $400 a night in high season and this was incredible for what you get there. Do a search for my few minor negative comments but overall a wonderful choice.
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