Contrary to what some may think, living a nomadic life of travel does not mean that we are on a constant vacation. In fact as I’ve mentioned in past posts we often work more than 40 hours per week in order to build and grow our online businesses. You can read ‘How We Plan To Fund Our Travel Life’ here. We’re not complaining and we really love our travel life but as with any way of life it’s always good to balance the work with some play and occasionally take some down time.
Our time in Playa Del Carmen was coming to an end as we had a house sit in Lake Chapala starting April 29th, but we had to vacate our apartment by the 28th. We had already decided to fly since a bus from Cancun to Guadalajara would take about 35 hours and was not much cheaper than a flight. However due to Easter break in Mexico flights before the 29th were at a premium so we were forced to find alternative accommodations for at least a night. We hadn’t been to Cancun yet and since we were flying out of there anyway we decided to look into a mini two night vacation.
Thanks to Nathan’s skills at searching for deals plus the fact that most of the holidayers were leaving Cancun on the 26th we managed to find a steal of a deal. We ended up booking Grand Park Royal Cancun Caribe All Inclusive Resort at a 65% discount plus an additional 15% discount coupon code through Cheap Tickets. Tripadvisor showed rave reviews and it was in a great location on the beach in the hotel zone. How could we say no?
The rooms were bright and spacious with very comfortable King beds.
The bathrooms were also spacious and well equipped.
One of the best features of the Grand Park Royal is that every room has an ocean view!
There were two pools, one was a bit louder with music and activities including volleyball, dance lessons and ping pong tournaments. The other pool was quieter with an infinity pool, swim up bar and poolside beds.
The rooms, pools and beach are great but it’s really the restaurants the set the Grand Park Royal apart from many other all inclusives. There is of course the usual buffet restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but the food is anything but standard. The selection and quality for all meal times is exceptional and there is a different theme for dinner every night. There are also three ala carte restaurants open for dinner by reservation, each with it’s own unique style and each lives up to a 5 star rating. In case you don’t get your fill with these four restaurants there are also a number of snack bars including a great coffee and ice cream bar.
The Oriental is Asian in theme and boasts an exotic and romantic ambiance complete with candlelight, bamboo and a Koi pond. The menu offers dishes from all over Asia including Japan, Thailand, China and India. Our selections included sushi, duck and green curry pork all of which were delicious and the desert of fried banana was so good we ordered two.
El Mirador is an Italian restaurant with an elegant, contemporary décor’ views of the lagoon and live music.
El Mirador has a wonderful antipasti buffet to start off your meal followed by a delectable selection of entrees including a variety of fresh pasta, meat and seafood.
And then there’s the desert bar!
If you’re in the mood for an after dinner cocktail there are three bars to choose from but the most unique is the Ekinox Lounge.
The Ekinox Lounge sits above El Mirador where you can relax or socialize in comfortable, contemporary couches with views of the lagoon.
Even though we only had 48 hours at Grand Park Royal we managed to sample every restaurant and bar, partake in almost every activity and of course enjoy the pools and beach and we would highly recommend every bit of it. It’s hard to say anything negative about this resort but if we were forced to we would suggest that pool and beachside drink service would be nice as would free wifi. Other than that though we have absolutely no complaints!
Born in England, Sarah developed her wanderlust at a young age as she traveled around Europe with her parents. As a young adult she spent every penny she could on experiences as opposed to possessions. Eventually she found a way to earn a living doing what she loved: traveling, writing and capturing images of the wondrous world we live in. When not on the go Sarah enjoys time in her “sometimes home” of Vancouver.