The Royal Cancun and The Royal Playa del Carmen

Although the Gulf Coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is dotted with row after row of resort hotels, The Royal Cancun and The Royal Playa del Carmen stand out for their unique beauty, friendly service and respectful nod to the Maya. The all-adult, all-inclusive resorts have each earned the Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences as well as The Cristal Plaque, the highest international certification awarded for quality.

The Royal Cancun is the flagship hotel for Real Resorts. All of the 288 guest suites have large balconies with hammocks overlooking the Caribbean, while the beachfront swim-up master suites have private swimming pools and private balconies. The Royal Playa del Carmen’s 508 guest suites are mostly oceanfront and the new, super-luxury Presidential Suites wing has a gorgeous private pool, surrounded by cabana lounge beds for reading or relaxing with 360-degree views of the beach. Both resorts’ palatial exteriors set the tone for a truly luxurious experience. Once inside, expansive open-air lobbies and bars welcome guests the moment they arrive, setting the tone for good times to come.

Mayan culture influences the warm, welcoming attitude of the staff; guests can feel transported back into mystical and ancient times. The luxurious spa at both resorts, SPAzul, is no exception. Offering a multitude of signature therapies based on the natural changes of the Mayan seasons—in which wind, water, fire and earth are in balance—the essence of Mayan beliefs and traditions serve as the foundation for healing and well-being.

Each property has no fewer than 12 restaurants, featuring everything from casual beach fare to the ultra-posh Chef’s Plate. Cooking classes are a popular activity at The Royal Playa del Carmen, where expert preparation techniques and regional recipes are shared.