With all the bad press about Mexican travel these days, it was wonderful to discover that Playa del Carmen and Cancun on the east coast of the country are still beautiful and quite safe for travelers. I wandered the area without fear and saw nothing that worried me except for a few over 10 foot crocodiles in the lagoon at Cancun.
The Real Royal Playa del Carmen is a gorgeous, modern structure that is built perpendicular to the ocean beach with beautiful gardens, swimming pools, and play areas between the two massive wings. Though the 507 luxury suites don’t all have a direct ocean view, one can be on the beach via the scenic walkways in minutes and always hear and smell the sea from each terrace or balcony.
This hotel is all inclusive and is reserved for adults only with a minimum age of 16 years, which has made it the ideal place for weddings, honeymoons, or romantic getaways. Each suite has a double spa tub and features 24 hour complimentary room service.
Gourmet dining in a number of diverse restaurants is the best I have experienced in any all-inclusive hotel throughout the world. The chefs are excellent, the wine, beer, and liquors are top-notch, and the service throughout the property is fantastic!
Beyond the confines of the hotel, the shopping and entertainment in the local village of Playa del Carmen is both safe and quite multifarious. One nearby attraction that you surely don’t want to miss is the Mayan ruins at Tulum, (which means fence or wall in the old language). These ruins sit on a high cliff overlooking the sea and were first written about by the Spanish explorers in 1518. The entire complex is one of the most photographed historic places in all of Mexico.
The Real Royal Cancun offers the same high-caliber service as the Real Royal Playa del Carmen with a completely different view in a more urban surrounding. Though it only has 288 suites, each one has an unobstructed vista of the Caribbean Ocean with wide terraces and mahogany furniture. This luxurious hotel also boasts of the only seaside spa in Cancun and has “His and Hers” sinks. This is also an “Adults Only” property that has become famous for elegant beach and Mayan-style weddings.
The Restaurants at the Real Royal Cancun are also excellent and varied, but nearby are many other eateries and night spots as well. Ladies find shopping in the hotel or around Cancun to be fulfilling, and the area offers great golfing, watersports, and fishing. For more information, check their web site at: www.RealResorts.com
Having visited many dangerous places in the world, I have a keen eye for anything suspicious. I roamed the areas around all of these hotels while shopping, touring, and fishing on my own, but found nothing menacing except for the aforementioned crocodiles that I saw from a distance in the Cancun lagoon. Therefore, I feel that this part of the Mexican Rivera is breathtakingly beautiful, quite affordable, probably safer than South Beach in Miami, and a place I would love to revisit with my kids and my grandkids!