The Royal Cancun
Travel Blogs from Cancun
... in who turned out to be on my tour and we decided to go to the beach together. After taking a short journey to the hotel zone you can see why Cancun is so popular- the sand is bright white but not too hot and the sea a beautiful turquoise and crystal clear. The sort of thing you only see on postcards or TV, it was absolutely stunning. So after getting a sun tan/burn we got some traditional Mexican food at a local restaurant. I had a margherita pizza. It was just after Mexico ...
... surf is still small but the winds are picking up the surf and making it appear rough. I walk up and explore the rock wall. I was planning to sit on the beach and read, but the wind was harassing. So I made my way back to the beach entrance. The wind was so bad that I feared my thongs would blow away if I threw them down to put them on. I walked up past the markets, not really going that close to them but ...
... blue and the water very warm! There wasn't much else to see or do but marvel at the behemoth hotels so we went back through another hotels, made more difficult by the fact that the main entrance was closed off for renovations but we found our way out before being sussed out and caught the bus back to downtown for a nachos dinner for me and burger for Llew before returning to our ...
... Josh took a few dodgy pictures (pic 1) and on we went to the hotel. Our room is great, we had 2 massive beds, a balcony with an impressive sea view and a drinks dispenser and fridge that's refilled every 2 days. This is how I found my love for rum! As all we've wanted to do for since we booked it was get on the beach so we ventured down and went straight into the sea. Heaven ...
... given that we’d kind of paid for it.
Out on the street it’s a different story. The ‘closed-for-summer’ look takes on a ‘cyclone-devastated’ appearance. There’s some institutions here. A Hard Rock, a Hooters and a bunch of other shops tucked into various malls. But there’s plenty of stuff under construction, litter and other **** blows through the pedestrianized areas, and the touts are horribly aggressive.
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Royal Cancun
Well, we just got back from a week at the Club Internacional (also known as VCI). We were there from 5-12 June 2004. The resort is beautiful, has a fair-sized swimming pool with an in-pool bar, very nice units, and a courteous and helpful staff. We enjoyed the parasailing, the jet skis, the snorkelling, the swim with the dolphins, and the shows (most of these can be reserved through the resort). I suggest you exchange your home currency for Mexican pesos. While were were there the rate of excahnge was 11.20 pesos to one American dollar, however merchants sell at 10 pesos to the dollar, so you are better off paying in pesos. The front desk or any bank will exchange your money for you at the best rates. I have only one criticism of Cancun, and it has nothing to do with Club Internacional. When you first arrive at the airport, you will go through immigration. As soon as you clear immigration, you will be approached by people wearing uniforms which read "Tourism Service", giving you the false impression they are Mexican officials. They are not. They are there to offer you some of the excursions at half-price, if you will agree to listen to what they say is an hour and a half presentation for vacation timeshares and deposit the $50 half-price with them as a good faith deposit that you will attend the presentation. The half-price off on an excursion is a "hook" to get you to attend a high-pressure sales pitch for one of these timeshares, and although they promise it will be only an hour and a half, more often then not, it's four hours of your vacation time. (The same holds true for Orlando). Now, you've just arrived there and gotten off the plane, you're tired, and if you're like me, you already own a timeshare or aren't interested in any timeshare, so just tell him or her you aren't interested and keep walking to the taxis. For those people who get "hooked" this way, Club Internacional reimburses you back the $50 off your resort bill. But forewarned is forearmed. Otherwise, the whole place is beautiful, and we enjoyed fantastic weather. I recommend the Dolphin swim, where you actually get to swim with the dolphins. Also, the Mexican dinner show at the Bandstand, and the Jungle Tour. All of these can be booked through the resorts. You can rent/negotiate a jetski on the beach at about $45 for a half-hour, and parasailing at the same rate for 15 minutes (15 minutes doesn't sound like much, but it's plenty). The beach could use some work, rocky edges, stones and pebbles need to be cleared, but the beach belongs to the Mexican federal government, not the hotels. Otherwise, the water is clear and not deep at all. Lots of restaurants (Mexican, Italian, Argentine, Chinese, also Subway, McDonald's, Burger King, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, Domino's Pizza, etc.). Food for just about every taste. Fun in the sun by day, and wining and dining at night. We will be back!
This was a family time share that we inheirited upon my grandfather's passing. We stayed here last in May of 2002. Although this is an older resort in Cancun (one of the very first built) it has been well maintained and managed through the years. The staff is excellent and the grounds are immaculate. Room cleaning is second to none. The on site resturaunt is good and convieniant however, it cannot compare to the many resturaunts that Cancun has to offer. The pool has a swim up bar which is cool. This resort is really better suited for families with children and older folks 55+. We are in our mid 30's and did not really fit in with the majority of people there. However, it really did not detract from our vacation at all. Honestly, if you end up staying here you will be quite pleased with Club International.
We stayed at the Club International for 2 weeks in September 2003 and would recomend it to anyone. We were unfortunate in that the 'Second' pool was shut for refurbishment during our stay but the main pool was more than adequate. The choice and standard of food was excellent throughout our stay and prices were as good if not better than local restruants and bars. Happy hour made prices better still. One word of warning is that you have to sign for everything (No cash changes hand) that you want and can tend to loose track of what you've spent. The location is excellent in that it is near enough to the madcap centre of the hotel zone if you wish to sample it but far enough away for it not to bother you. Looked at the other 'Royal Resorts' but these seemed too big and impersonal. Staff were absolutely fantastic throughout. If you have a choice go there.
My wife and I (age 31 and 32) stayed here for our Honey Moon. This wasn't my first choice but it was a gift from her uncle's time share and after spending all that $$$ on our wedding, it was a deal. This was our first experience with time shares. We have stayed in hotels/resorts such as Sheraton Hacienda del Mar (Cabo), Brisas Las Hadas Golf Resort and Marina (Manzanillo), El cid (Mazatlan) Hilton Waikoloa Village (Hawaii), The Ritz Carlton (Rancho Mirage), Casa Cody B&B (Palm Springs). I'd recommend the Sheraton (try the Mango Maragaritas at the resort restaurant located at the point and the only sushi house in downtown, yum) and Las Hadas. Listen all, this place is not for the young who want to party, party, party and dance the night away; it's not even for those people who party, party or even party! It goes dead before 9:00 pm. It's a family type setting with sleeping arrangements.
This was our first timeshare exchange. (I wonder what our own place looks like?) Anyway, Interval International directed my family of five to this one of five Royal Resorts. We had a wonderful time. My ten year old son especially wants to go back there. The surf is very calm, maybe too calm and the snorkling is bland. The northern bar/pool is great for the kids and the adult only south bar/pool is nice for adults. At forty-something, we were youngsters. Most other kids were there with grandparents. It is safe and quite and the timeshare owners on the week we went were all characters from a novel. Our two floor two bedroom unit was massively spacious and the entire place was in perfect condition for being nearly 30 years old. There is virtually no nightlife on site, which doesn't matter because everything hot is only a $7 cab ride away. We did the tourist thing and took a bus to Sam's Club to stock up the full kitchen. The staff was very attentive and tolerates US attitudes (better than I do). The entire region is geared towards the US traveller at any age. The crowd is very diverse. The college kids at places like Carlos & Charlies were wild as expected and may kids saw nothing that is not already on prime time TV (or just another Saturday nite at my house). Many of the senior citizens reminded me of the Judge Smales character Ted Knight played in Caddy Shack. There are kids activities that my three (14, 10, 7) actually enjoyed doing. The resort cedes back to the Mexican government in about five years, so it may get leveled. Go now because soon, it literally may be gone. The other Royal Resorts are also nice, the newest being the best.
OLA - Club International of Cancun - OLA
My family of five visited Cancun in May, 2003. We had a beautiful time. We stayed at the Club International of Cancun (where we had two levels which included two bedrooms with balconies, two baths, living room (with balcony), kitchen, etc. surrounded by water - and all I can say is it was magnificent. Cancun's beaches are beautiful and the water is so clean and clear. The nightlife is fun and there is plenty of shopping. We did the tour to Isla Mujures (Isle of Ladies), it was very interesting. Of course, I enjoyed the shopping. We had no complaints regarding Cancun. I have travelled to many places and Cancun turned out to be my favorite. I cannot wait to get back. Again, OLA! I LOVE CANCUN
The BEST, The BEST, The BEST. Sort of like location, location, location. Many of the staff have been with VCI for a long time and I think that is the reasons it is the BEST place to stay. No matter what area you thing of from the good to having some trouble with whatever the staff is the BEST. Clean, beautiful, quite, and I could go on and on. I just think it is the BEST.
In the past eight years I have been to Club International many times. I now own one of the B units that accomodate four or five very nicely. I do not care for the high rise hotels that remind me of being in New York. My condo is an end unit on the 2nd of three floors facing the ocean. I love the serenity and quietness of all the accommodations.
The accommodations and staff were FABULOUS! The other guests were also wonderful. They are very particular about their clientelle, so that was refreshing as we were visiting at the same time as many high-school senior trips (they called it the Invasion). We had the 2 bedroom 1 bath (Unit B), which accommodates 4 rather nicely. The bar and restaurant were okay with decent pricing. The grocery store was reasonably priced and carried a wide selection of food and personal items. The beach was my only disappointment. You are confined to a certain area due to the embarcadero nearby and the ocean floor is covered with seaweed only 25-50 feet out and small rocks near the shore. The two pools, however, were very inviting. I would highly recommend it.
We have been to Club International in Cancun three times during the last 7 years or so. We had no idea what we were getting the first time we went because the place we thought we were staying canceled on us at the last minute. We drove up the drive at Club International and all breathed a collective sigh of relief. Then amazement at the beauty of these accomodations. It is not located in the "Hotel Zone," which was great for us since we prefer the "village" surroundings to the high rises. There are only 3 floors in these condominium units so you feel at home. The people are absolutely fantastic. Eveyone is there to make sure you have what you want. The pools and swim-up bar were great. The bar is adjacent to the outdoor restaurant which sits right on the beach overlooking the Caribbean. What could be better? Food was great also. They have several themed nights during the week. We stayed in the two bedroom condo. One bedroom is upstairs and one down. They both have a full bathroom. Kitchen is well equipped with full refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, dishwasher. There is an ample table and chairs for eating. Each room has a balcony. All I can say is: GO!