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Royal Hideaway Playacar - A to Z Inspection

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The following is David's professional opinion from a recent hotel inspection.

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Ambiance - Eloquent, Opulent and Classy are three words that come to mind about this Adults Only resort. The resort has been the creme de la creme of the Riviera Maya for years. There is a running stream going through the resort making is very quite and serene. Though other resorts are catching up there is not another with the sophistication of the Royal Hideaway.

Beach - I have to be honest, this is the only black mark I can give this resort and it is not their fault. Hurricane Wilma in 2007 took her toll on the beach and then erosion set in on certain sections of Playacar Beach. The beach is coming back and eventually the man made mini reefs, referred to as whales will all be out of site and under water.

Charges (extra) - Spa treatments, Motorized water sports and long distance calling would be extra.

Distances- In Playacar which is the golf and beach community next to Playa del Carmen. It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk into town or a short $5.00 taxi ride. Great location making it convenient for those who want a luxury resort, yet the convenience of town.

Entertainment on Property -They have the only dinner theatre of any all-inclusive that I know about. Things will be more subdued here as far as activities during the day.

Fitness Area - A nice fitness area, top notch equipment.

Food- Wow, I have not seen an all-inclusive before with these very opulent restaurants. The Las Ventanas reminds me of some of the classy restaurants you would see at some of the best dining and golf clubs. They also have a restaurants serving Asian, Italian, Mexican and Caribbean cuisine. Reservations are accepted 24 hours in advance and there is no restrictions to the number of times you may dine at any of them. They have a great selection of wines and you can schedule your own private wine tasting with their own sommelier. They also do tequila tastings.

Getting Around- Taxi is the best bet for I do not suggest you renting a car unless you really know what you are doing driving in Mexico. You really do not need a car here since you are right next to Playa del Carmen.

Internet Access -I love the fact you have free wi-fi internet access from your rooms. The bad news is if you are bringing your laptop with you, chances are you are working while there. I say leave the laptop at home and enjoy the resort.

Jackets and Ties- Keep them at home, but bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner in the specialty restaurants.

Kids-Ok, this is where there is a bit of confusion for they are Adults Only but they consider an adult 13 years or older. People need to know this so if you see teens at the resort you are not wondering what is up. I would say since this is such a upscale resort and very quiet, I am not sure teens would enjoy it as much but you know your kids better than I.

Little Known Fact- This was the first resort in the Riviera Maya to receive AAA's Five Diamond Award. It also is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World which is a prestigious organization representing some of the finest hotels in the world.

Medical Services-On call medical services.

Negatives-As mentioned before, the beach is recovering and I hope shortly, I can change this section and next to the word Negative, I can put the word None!

Nightlife- The dinner theatre would be the main evening entertainment along with a piano player. If you want more nightlife, there is plenty in Playa del Carmen.

Opportunities- just staying here is an opportunity!

Pool - The 6 smaller more quaint pools are wonderful. They are also one of the few resorts that have a heated jacuzzi in each of the pool areas. Not many resorts in the Riviera Maya have that.

Protection-In room safe at no extra charge.

Recreation- They have two tennis courts, Hobie Cats, wind surfers, water skiing, among other things. You are also across the street from the Playacar Golf Club.

Rooms- Another wow. Each room is decorated in a very eloquent style with beautiful furniture and decor. You almost feel like you are staying in a hotel in Europe. There are more descriptions below in the "Just the Facts" section.

Shopping-They have a small shop at the resort for incidentals and small gifts plus you have plenty of shopping in Playa del Carmen.

Spa- Very class spa and those that are big into spa treatments, I think you will be happy campers.

Terrain -This is small resort with only 200 rooms so very easy to get around.

Updates -The beach is recovering and looking much better now.

View - Most of the rooms have views of the beautiful grounds yet the Hideaway Suite will have ocean views.

Weather-Mid December through May has the best weather. September and October gets more rain.

WOW Factor- To me, one of the biggest wow factors is the restaurants and the dinner theater. The dining experience here will be like no other all-inclusive. But let's not forget the level of service too. They did not get the AAA Five Diamond Award on looks alone.

X-Y-Z- You have seen me use these words repeatedly throughout the review, Eloquent, Opulent and Classy. You cannot sum it up any better.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location


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Royal Hideaway Playacar is located 45 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and just five minutes from the charming town of Playa del Carmen.

Address: LOTE HOTELERO NO. 6
PLAYA DEL CARMEN CANCUN
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Local Phone: 011-52-984-87-34
Toll Free Phone: 800-999-9182
Fax: 011-52-984-873-4506

Hotel Facilities


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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Concierge
Currency Exchange
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Parking(Complimentary.)
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (.)
Shopping Mall Nearby (5 minutes by taxi.)
Pools
Number of Pools: 6
Outdoor Pools: 6     
There are three swimming pools and three relaxation pools. Brand new cascading infinity edge pool that offers a stunning view of the Caribbean Ocean also 3 new jacuzzi at the infinity pool's edge.
Golf: NEARBY
Playacar Golf Club
Playacar`s championship-level golf course was carved right out of the jungle by the Robert Von Hagge Associates. This 7,202 yard course is rated 73.1 and has plenty of tee boxes for every level of play. It is situated next to Playa del Carmen.
Holes: 18
Green Fees: $200. (approx.)
Cart Fee: $Fee
Club Rental Fees: $FEE
Caddy: Mandatory
Lessons Available
Tennis
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Court Fee: Complimentary
Pro Onsite
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Motorboats: Additional Charge
Water skiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Other Sports: Beach football, ping-pong, darts,
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Complimentary
Sauna: Complimentary
Spa: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge

HOTEL DETAILS
Royal Hideaway Playacar offers the highest degree of resort luxury, with exceptional amenities an superior service. The two and three story villas depict a fusion of Spanish and Mexican colonial architecture with rivers, waterfalls and fountains.

The First All-Inclusive Resort to belong to The Leading Hotels of the World, As well as the first to receive the coveted AAA 5 Diamond. Resort is completely wireless. Dive shop on site ($), DVD rentals available.

Beach: The property is situated on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 200
Year Opened: 1998

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express

HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
A casually elegant dress code is required. Royal Hideaway Playacar is an Adults-only resort for children 13 and older. No Spring Breakers. The resort will only take a PRE arrival dinner reservation for the 1st night of the guests stay.

Hotel Room Details


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ROOM TYPES
HIDEAWAY SUITE
1120 sq. ft. Royal Hideway Suite includes large Master bedroom with one king or two queen beds, Dining area, Living area with wet & dry bar, Two full bathrooms, one with 2 person Jacuzzi, Ocean view with terrace jacuzzi, hammock & sun beds

Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
CD Player
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
TV Movies
Room Safe
Satellite

ROYAL ROMANCE LUXURY ROOM
Chocolate Strawberry Tuxedos, a Special Romantic dinner on the beach, Bottle of Moet Champagne, bathrobes & Bulgari amenities, fruit basket upon arrival, A/C, selection of deluxe personal toiletries.389 sq ft. king or 2 queen bed,gdn view,
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds

Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Refrigerator
CD Player
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
TV Movies
Room Safe
Satellite

ROYAL RELAXATION LUXURY ROOM
389 sq ft Luxury room has one King or two queen beds, Garden view, Satellite TV with DVD/CD, Safe, Wireless Internet, Bathroom with hydro massage tub, Royal Relax inc Spa Gift, Royal Spa Experience-Massage, Facial, Pedicure & Manicure & Royal turn down
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds

Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Refrigerator
CD Player
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
TV Movies
Room Safe
Satellite

ROYAL MEMORIES LUXURY ROOM
389 sq. ft. luxury room with king or two queen beds. Garden View, Satellite TV, Safe, Wireless Internet, Bathroom with hydro massage tub, Royal Memories package includes Royal Hideaway Book Bulgari Amenities, Royal Dinner, Cultural Tour & more!!
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds

Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Refrigerator
CD Player
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
TV Movies
Room Safe
Satellite

LUXURY OCEAN VIEW ROOM
389 sq ft Royal View room has one King or two queen beds, Oceanview, Satellite TV with DVD/CD, Safe, Wireless Internet, Bathroom with hydro massage tub
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds

Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
CD Player
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Telephone
Television
TV Movies
Room Safe
Satellite

LUXURY GARDEN VIEW ROOM
389 sq ft Luxury room has one King or two queen beds, Garden view, Satellite TV with DVD/CD, Safe, Wireless Internet, Bathroom with hydro massage tub.
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds

Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
CD Player
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
TV Movies
Room Safe
Satellite

ROYAL LUXURIOUS DUPLEX SUITE
400 sq ft Hideaway Suite features Living Room with Wet Bar, Full bathroom,Kitchenette on 1st flr along with a large hammock terrace, The 2nd flr inc King or 2 queen beds, Partial ocean view from the terrace.
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds

Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
Refrigerator
CD Player
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
TV Movies
Room Safe
Satellite

ROYAL LUXURIOUS LUXURY ROOM
389 sq ft,King or two queen beds, Garden view,Satellite TV with DVD/CD, Safe Wireless Internet,hydro massage tub, Royal Luxurious inc-Bottle Of Moet Champagne, Specially Prepared Lobster Dinner, Bulgari Amenities,Terry Towel Bathrobe
1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds

Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Bathtub
Shower
Balcony or Terrace
Minibar
CD Player
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Iron
Radio Alarm Clock
Telephone
Television
TV Movies
Room Safe
Satellite

 
Dining


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Royal Hideaway Playacar features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips-FULL

There are 7 Restaurants at Royal Hideaway Playacar:

Palazzo Italian Specialty - Enjoy fine a la carte Italian dishes and tempting regional delicacies at this specialty restaurant. It boasts an elegant and charming atmosphere. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 10:30 pm (closed Tuesdays).
Club Royal - Custom four course dinners accompany live dazzling entertainment in this state-of-the-art dinner theater.
Las Ventanas - Signature restaurant. New look and exquisite menu are sure to exceed the finest of culinary expectations. Featuring a new extensive wine cellar.
Azia Oriental Specialty - Gourmet specialties from the Far East with an emphasis on Japanese cuisine.The menu, designed and prepared by a team of culinary masters, will amaze you with it's authentic Oriental favorites.
The Deck - Snack bar.
Spices Caribbean & Mexican - Majestically overlooking the Caribbean, this restaurant combines your favorite island dishes and authentic Mexican cuisine. Fresh fish, seafood and local fare are the specialties from the a la carte menu.
The Grill - A romantic al fresco setting compliments a chefs selection of grilled fare. A la carte dinner 7pm-9pm (reservations required).

Activities & Entertainment


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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Shuffleboard, Basketball, Sand and Hard-Court Volleyball, Bocce Ball, Beach Soccer, Cooking Lessons, Mini-Soccer, Horseshoes

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Casino Night, Live Music (twice a week), Karaoke Night.

 
 

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