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Unforgettable summer holidays

summer holidaysIn Acapulco and Cancun, we’ve built special pools for children and created the Members Center concept, an entertainment center for the whole family. You can also enjoy Members Centers  in Park Royal in Ixtapa, Huatulco and Grand category hotels in Cancun and Cozumel.

And because a careful traveler enjoys their holidays even more, we’re reminding you of  April benefits. More than insurance, it’s daily support during your trip.

No summer plans yet? Check out our video of the month for an exciting destination.

As always, remember to visit our website for attractive last minute deals.

Happy journey!

Punta Cana: A Magical Destination In The Heart Of The Caribbean

Image courtesy of Joe deSousa at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Joe deSousa at Flickr.com

Punta Cana is located on the eastern shore of the Dominican Republic. The territory starts at the north with a beach called Arena Gorda and follows south Bávaro Beach, Uvero Alto Beach, Macao Beach and El Cortecito Beach. Further down you will find white sands and blue waters present in Cabeza de Toro, Cabo Engaño, Punta Cana and Juanillo.

The weather in Punta Cana is ideal for vacationing and enjoying all the beaches without any excessive heat, due to the lowest average temperature staying around the 68 degrees and a maximum of 89 Fahrenheit.

Punta Cana is considered one of the main places to visit in the Dominican Republic, providing travelers with around 50 kilometers of beautiful pristine beaches, some of the best hotels and the opportunity to take up some of the most exciting aquatic sports, excursions and leisure activities; all of it, very near to the Punta Cana International Airport.

Bávaro Beach

Famous for its crystal clear turquoise waters and fine white sand. Visitors opt to stay at Bávaro Beach partly due to the beautiful hotels that offer a wide array of culinary options and traditional cocktails. Aquatic sports like sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and more, are some of the main attractions on this beach.

The UNESCo declared this beach as one of the best in the world due to its particular beauty. A beautiful place to see while in Bávaro, is the Bávaro Manatee Park and check out the many shows that display beautiful fish and dolphins people can interact with. During the nighttime, they hold exhibitions with horses as well.

Image courtesy of Derek Hatfield at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Derek Hatfield at Flickr.com

Playa Rincón.

Located in Las Galeras, this beautiful natural beach is considered to be in the top ten destinations to see in Punta Cana. The beach is quiet and peaceful with welcoming waters to swimmers. The coast is broad and large so people usually play sports like volleyball and soccer. Aquatic sports are also common with windsurfing and kitesurfing being favorites. Restaurants in the area specialize mostly in seafood and have some of the best culinary offers available to visitors. For those interested in learning about the history of the beach and about the Spanish conquistadors and their travels, they may find tour guides specialized in talking about all the historic significance of the area. There are a few areas in Playa Rincon that are off limits to people and protected.

Las Terrenas Beach

Located 225 kilometers from Santo Domingo and 48 kms from Samaná. This is one of the most popular and most visited beaches in the area due to the low footprint it has and for being one of the most protected by its high vegetation. The fine sand and clear waters are perfect for those looking to rest in a quiet place.
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Boca Chica Beach

This is the closest beach to Santo Domingo. As you walk through Boca Chica Beach, you can find food stalls, restaurants, markets, fruit vendors and other type of specialty shops that make this area very charming. The beach offers the opportunity to experience a true Caribbean atmosphere and a livelier environment than other beaches. The water is about 4 feet deep and there is a coral reef formation nearby that makes it so a natural pool is formed. Boca Chica is welcoming and the people there truly make you feel glad you chose to stop by. Try the local dishes at small stalls and the local drinks as well that are usually sold by small vendors.

Bávaro Manatee Park

This is a natural theme park located right at Bávaro Beach. Visiting is highly recommended for families traveling together specially, but they have things for everybody. The tropical flowers and orchid gardens are truly breathtaking. During your stay at the park, you may enjoy different types of activities like dining at the different restaurants, shopping for traditional artisan-made souvenirs and the main attraction, swimming with dolphins. The park has shows with exotic parrots, horses, sea lions and dolphins as well as local dancers and other artists. There is also a small zoo where you can see up close iguanas, snakes, crabs, flamencos and other animals indigenous to the region.

The food offer and shops are varied and very inclusive. You can find anything from pizzas, fast food and small snacks to a full restaurant with gourmet dishes of the most extravagant sea fare.

The park works as a place of conservation and care for the environment and the land so it will be available to the many generations to come.

For more information on deals, hotels, cruises and more, check out our page and our blog at Royal Holiday Destinations. Also, make sure you check out our articles about other Caribbean beaches you must visit!

MSC Cruises for members: so exciting!

You’re invited to come on board and experience the Italian cruiseline, MSC with great discounts for Royal Holiday members.

If the idea of a cruise vacation sounds alluring, we recommend trying MSC, famous around the globe for the elegance and modern features of their ships. MSC’s ships sail on exciting routes worldwide and have 24 hour entertainment and leisure options: from Broadway style shows, spa services to pamper yourself, swimming pools, jogging track, mini golf, bowling, basketball courts and tennis courts, solarium, gym, authentic Italian cafes, duty free shops, specialty restaurants with delicious food from around the world to bars, nightclubs and much, much more.

In addition, the service on board is impeccable. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are dedicated to granting all passengers’ wishes.

Whether the trip is romantic, a family vacation or one with friends, MSC has the route and cruise of your dreams. Some itineraries that you can book with your membership are: Caribbean, Cuba, Mediterranean, northern Europe and the Arab Emirates.
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Enjoy attractive discounts exclusive for Royal Holiday members

Get 5% to 20% off on added services to your cruise, purchased when making your reservation:

1. Tours (Explorer Package)

Includes a selection of three of the best excursions available on each cruise at a very attractive price. Remember that the offers have limited availability and are valid only in certain ports. Ask your Royal Holiday advisor for more information.

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2. All inclusive unlimited drinks package

Choose from a wide range of drinks, from soft drinks and fine wines to beer from top brands. Enjoy them unlimitedly, anytime, anywhere.

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3. Spa package

Available in the MSC Aurea SPA, with sumptuous beauty salon facilities, a gym with the latest technology and a team of experts: from massage therapists, pedicurists, to stylists, personal trainers and yoga instructors, all ready to help you feel pampered.

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Some services:

Wellness selection:
Balinese massage, solarium, welcome cocktail, access to the thermal area during the cruise

Wellness product kit in your cabin (for face, hair and body)

Relaxation amenities in your cabin (bathrobe and slippers included)

Access to an exclusive sun deck to enjoy the sun peacefully (available only for adults)

Free thermal suite and access to private elevator to MSC Aurea Spa

20 types of massages, 19 body treatments and facials

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You can also take advantage of discounts at restaurants, internet packages and transportation packages. Find out how from your Royal Holiday advisor.

Use your Royal Holiday membership to take the journey of your dreams on board of an MSC cruise. It will be an unforgettable experience!

The amazing Park Royal Mazatlán

Mazatlán’s Crowne Plaza Hotel has become Park Royal Mazatlán. We welcome you to visit it and enjoy its comfortable accommodations.

Because Mazatlán is an amazing destination, you can now use your Royal Holiday membership to book your next vacation at Park Royal Mazatlán.

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Discover all the hotel amenities:

  • The best location in Mazatlán’s Marina, one of the most exclusive areas in the city, full of bars and restaurants, with a beautiful golf course and Plaza Galerias shopping center and near the International Convention Center.
  • Large, comfortable rooms and oceanfront suites
  • Private beach with white sand
  • Heated infinity Pool
  • 24-hour room service
  • Spa and gym
  • Restaurants specializing in sushi and mouthwatering snacks

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We also encourage you to discover the 8 following “musts” while in Mazatlán.

  1. Strolling through the Historic Center or Old Mazatlan
  2. Walking the boardwalk, the second longest in the world
  3. Visiting the Aquarium
  4. The Carnival in February
  5. Playing golf in one of its 4 golf courses.
  6. Sport fishing
  7. Enjoying its 15 mile long of beach
  8. Buying crafts at the Central Market

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Take advantage of your Royal Holiday membership and experience this charming destination in the Mexican Pacific.

See you there!

royal-holiday.com is now easier to navigate

We are continually striving to fulfill our commitment to continuous improvement. Now you can enjoy the new navigation functionality of our website, designed to make it easier to search for availability.

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It allows you to find the destination of your next vacation more easily. Just log in to royal-holiday.com and choose your search immediately by date or destination. This new system will offer you more options so you can pick the one you like the most.

Try our new functionality here.

Summer is here at last!

To enjoy this great time of year, we recommend traveling to our newest destination, Park Royal Mazatlán.

We’ve added it to our list of destinations in Mexican beaches and we welcome you to visit this hotel that has it all: unrivaled ocean views, spacious rooms with full amenities, heated infinity pool, gym, spa and the best location. In addition, the city of Mazatlán has a very unique flavor. Get to know it!

We also prepared an article that tells you all about the new search functionality to find date or destination availability on our website, designed to make your online reservations even easier.

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We chose share [GrandPark RoyalCozumel] as the video of the month.

As always, we suggest you visit royal-holiday.com where you’ll find attractive last minute deals in domestic and international destinations. Booking online has its perks!

Happy Summer

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New hotels for you

We invite you to learn more about this hotels Park Royal Puerto Vallarta and the Crowne Plaza Mazatlán, as well as other points of interest in this new exciting destination.

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Located south of Banderas Bay is this spacious hotel with white walls, surrounded by gardens, cascades and private golden sandy beaches. One of its key attractions is the private beach. Amenities include a swimming pool with bar, gym, tennis courts, two restaurants and a lobby lounge bar. The 120 air-conditioned suites have terraces with ocean views, TV screen with cable, Wi-Fi, and many other details to insure a comfortable stay. Indulge in a new sense of wellbeing at the world-class Spa. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage.
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BulletSquare-RoyalHoliday Crowne Plaza Mazatlán

Located in the Mazatlán marina, close to the International Convention Centre, this welcoming, intimate and serene hotel boasts beautiful rooms overlooking the ocean, a heated Infinity pool, 24-hour room service, spa, gym, specialty restaurants, sushi and snack bars. Thanks to its vast white sandy beaches Mazatlán is one of Mexico’s most alluring seaside destinations. Head straight for the city’s old town and its glorious boardwalk, where you can view magic sunsets from bars and restaurants that still evoke the 1950’s.
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BulletSquare-RoyalHoliday Mazatlán, “The Pearl of the Pacific”

One of the most charming destinations in Mexico for its climate, seventeen miles of Golden beaches, lagoons and the longest boardwalk of Latin America.

Mazatlán is a multifaceted city, which attracts artists, surfers, culture lovers, sun worshippers and those in search luxury and the best gastronomy.

Top 4 sites:

1. Old Mazatlán or Historic Centre
Strolling its quaint cobbled streets full of markets, outdoor cafés, churches and squares is a wonderful experience. Essential visits where to take a selfie are the Ángela Peralta Theater and the Basilic Cathedral.

2. The Golden Zone
Here you will find exclusive hotels, golf courses, spas, nightclubs, shops, bars and restaurants serving exquisite signature cuisine.

3. Mazatlán gastronomy
The specialty is seafood and fish. Regional dishes include ceviches, seafood cocktails, pescado zarandeado (the fish is typically split in half from head to tail, each side perfectly marinated) and aguachile (thin sliced fish, scallops or shrimp, drowned in lime or other citric juice mixed with red or green pepper, and heavily garnished with sliced cucumbers, red onions, and avocado).

4. Mazatlán Carnival
Mazatlan’s Mardi Gras is one of the national biggest and best bashes in Mexico. This seven-day, multi-event affair, which starts 5 days before Lent (in a time of meditation and religious ceremonies when the pleasures of the flesh are put on hold), features parades, decorated floats, fancy dress balls, and music. Each evening Olas Altas is the perfect scenario for this all-singing, all-dancing “bacchanalia”. The partying usually goes non-stop until 4 am, so make time for a siesta.

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Take advantage of your Royal Holiday membership and plan a trip to this amazing coastal destination or head to Vallarta and stay at Park Royal Puerto Vallarta. Either one will dazzle you!

Bon voyage!

Taking the kids on vacation

Taking your kids on vacation can be a lot of fun, especially if you are in the perfect destination. The Mexican Caribbean is full of fun adventures and recreational activities for you and your little ones.

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Cancún, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya have many family-friendly activities to keep your kids occupied throughout your vacation. First and foremost, kids love water. If you keep them where they can swim and snorkel they’ll be happy. Here’s a list of attractions and activities for your children:

Your kids will remember forever The Swim With Dolphins program, set up just for young children, and older kids can do the regular program too.

A popular outing with families of all ages is the Hummer Jungle Tour with activities like the petting zoo, ruins, a zip line, swimming in Cenotes, and the beach.

Selvatica Canopy Tour is an exciting family adventure with zip lines through the jungle. Family fun for ages 3 and up!

A trip to Xel Ha or Xcaret will keep the kids entertained all day long, and they’ll always love a day at Wet N Wild or Garrafon Park.

New to Cancun are Xplor Adventure Park, featuring zip lines, water landings, subterranean rivers, cenotes, and self-drive amphibious vehicles. It is taking Cancun by storm!

The Cancun Interactive Aquarium is a family-friendly activity that is popular.

The Jungle Tour is popular with kids, as are the ATV tours (at least for older kids).

The Subsea Explorer and Atlantis Submarine are unique ways to see the underwater world of Cancun without ever getting wet. Perfect for families with kids of all ages – they will be excited.

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Campamentos All-Inclusive marvels

It may sound obvious to mention, but the last thing you probably want to do when you are on vacation is to shop for groceries, cook and do the dishes. Your best bet when you travel with kids is to get the All Inclusive plan. This means that meals, drinks and recreational activities are included. Whereas choosing the European plan allow you to eat in the hotel’s restaurants but you’ll spend more money.

Park Royal Cancún, Grand Park Royal Cancún Caribe, Grand Park Royal Cozumel or the Grand Riviera Princess offers the All Inclusive plan as well as a world of amenities and recreational activities. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is to enjoy.
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Campamentos Beach means happy times

The beach is the ideal place to let your child dump, scoop, and pour sand and water to their heart’s content. They can use buckets and shovels, cups and spoons, or your hands; go on a scavenger hunt and collect rocks and shells. They can also build sand castles while you read a book sipping on a Margarita. Freshening up in the hotel swimming pool after a sand sculpture class will feel good.
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Take advantage of your Royal Holiday membership and plan a vacation in the Mexican Caribbean. For example, Quintana Roo is one of the most complete beach destinations in the world boasting pristine beaches, archaeological ruins, theme parks and an array of water sports.

It’s one happy island, it’s Aruba!

1. Paradisiacal beaches

The beaches of Aruba are widely considered to be among the cleanest, widest, and most spectacular in the Caribbean region. Beachgoers relax on their comfortable lounges while swimming, snorkeling, kite surfing, waterskiing, tubing, parasailing, kayaking and other water sports. Eagle Beach is considered one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The white sand here seems to stretch on forever. The water is great for swimming, and there are numerous refreshment spots.
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2. Arikok National Park

It’s Aruba’s national treasure and home to a long list of animal species and plant life. The Visitors’ Center houses an exhibit of endemic animals such as the Aruban whiptail lizard (cododo), Aruban cat eye snake (santanero) and endangered rattle snake (cascabel). Park rangers offer individualized tours that showcase fascinating flora and fauna and interesting historical sites. The park has great beaches; ocean waters can be rough and currents strong. For cooling off the National Pool is perfect for taking a dip.
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3. Aruba wreck dive sites

Aruba is known as one of the world’s greatest scuba locations in the world. It’s famous for having the best wrecks to dive in the entire Caribbean. Quite a few interesting wrecks rest on the sea floor off the shores of Aruba, including airplanes, huge tankers, barges and tugs, and a four hundred foot German freighter that was scuttled during World War II.
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4. Delicious dishings

Aruba’s dining scene is exceptional, and pleasing to a variety of palates. There are more than 200 beach-y bistros, romantic restaurants, and classic cunucus serving superb food. We recommend the Sopi di Pampuna (Pumpkin Soup), Keshi Yena (a filled cheese shell with spiced meat), and the Signature Papaya Fish (red snapper filet, confetti polenta and The Old Man & the Sea’s famous signature papaya sauce), among many other culinary dishes. Aruban cuisine: a delightful adventure for your taste buds you can’t miss!
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5. Nightlife

Aruba’s nightlife caters for a variety of tastes. There are several charming and exciting nightspots with dancing and entertainment as well as lively action-filled casinos. Hotels and nightclubs feature water ballet, international entertainers, fashion shows, local dance groups, limbo and fire dances, steel bands, discos and the pulsating beat of local bands. For casinos be it in blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, baccarat, Aruba’s casinos offer it all.
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6. Shopping

Aruba shopping offers fashionable international brands at duty free prices. Shoppers often visit this happy island looking to buy jewelry, table linens, perfumes, leather goods, designer fashions, electronics, locally made handicrafts, Cuban cigars, Dutch Delft, Dutch Cheeses, and many more superior and favorably priced goods.
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If you arrive by cruise ship, you will have no problem finding the shopping district as L.G. Smith Boulevard runs right through it. The shopping area is also only a few minutes walk from the seaport. Many stores are located on Caya G.F. (Betico) Croes.

Aruba traveling tip: Some stores close between noon and 2pm, and many shops and malls close by 6pm. If you plan to make a special trip, call ahead to be sure the stores you want to visit are open.

The Paradise Beach Villas in Oranjested are tastefully equipped with all the modern comforts and luxuries complemented by warm and friendly service. Take advantage of your Royal Holiday membership by staying here.

Cape Cod, a first class destination in New England

capecodeDiscovering everything the East Coast has to offer can be a challenging task. Cape Code is a great starting point for exploring so much natural beauty. Here are 6 musts when you are in this amazingly beautiful cape.

1. The National Seashore
40 miles of the best beaches in the US, where besides basking in the sun, you can enjoy a Broadway play in the summer; do some mountain biking and savor seafood dishes New England style.

2. Pristine beaches. Find the ideal one for you.
The vast white sand beaches of Cape Cod offer a diversity of choices, including, salt water and fresh water beaches, calm water and big waves, and a range of sizes from small secluded to huge beaches with plenty of room to play volleyball. Our recommendations:
Race Point Beach, Provincetown
Coast Guard Beach, Eastham
Hardings Beach, Chatham
Nauset Beach, Orleans
Old Silver Beach, Falmouth

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3. Glorious gastronomy!
Cape Cod is a peninsula divided into 15 towns, each with its own unique gastronomy history. Fried clams, fresh broiled or grilled fish, lobster rolls and fish and chips are still favorites. We recommend that you check out the Chatham Pier Fish Market in Chatham.  and Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar in Eastham. You can also find great pizza and meet sandwiches like roast beef, very popular in the East Coast. Homemade ice cream is the way to go for desert. Suggestions: The Ice Cream Smuggler, in Dennis and the Cape Cod Creamery, with two locations: one in Hyannis and South Yarmouth.

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4. Nauset Light Beach en Eastham
Built in 1877, it was one of Chatham’s lighthouses and was reinstalled in Eastham in1923. The lighthouses were originally manufactures in wood and used to warn ships about the dangers on the coasts. Since 1987 this lighthouse has been part of the National Registry of historic monuments.

5. Provincetown
Provincetown Harbor was the initial anchoring place of the Pilgrims traveling on the Mayflower in 1620, before they proceeded to Plymouth. MacMillan pier is a great port from which fleets of ships offer white and humpback whale watching adventures. If after this unforgettable experience you have worked up an appetite, the easiest way to decide where to eat it so stroll up and down Commercial Street. Expect to find taste temptations along this street like fish and chips, pizza, burgers, crepes, clam chowder and all sorts of seafood appetizers.

6. Cape Cod Rail Trail
This 25-mile paved path is a safe and enjoyable way to spend a Cape Cod summer day. Traveling through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham and Wellfleet, the smoothly paved surface (akin to gravel asphalt) makes the CCRT ideal for cyclists, walkers, inline skaters and runners. Bicycle and rollerblade rentals are also available at various bike shops conveniently located right along the trail in Dennis, Brewster, Orleans and Wellfleet.
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Enjoy Cape Cod with your Royal Holiday membership. You can stay either at Cape Cod Holiday Estates at the Cape Winds Resort, hotels with all the comforts for an unforgettable vacation.