Aug. 3 2017
My Top 5 Romantic Reasons to Visit the Royal Palms
Recently I had the chance to stay at the lavishly romantic Royal Palms Resort and Spa. After holding many weddings here for my amazing clients, I finally had the opportunity to enjoy the resort myself, and let me tell you~ it was truly heavenly. I was treated to a "Wedding Planner Fam" (meaning a "Familiarization Stay") at the property. From the moment I stepped foot on property I was wined, dined, and oh so spoiled. The first night included a "Royal Luau" complete with an over the top canopy of greenery, lanterns, and white floral. The evening was paired with an amazing four course dinner and a live fire dancing island performance.
The next morning we were treated to breakfast in the Alegria Garden, a spot where I've walked a good handful of my clients down the aisle. There was a beautiful low table, stunning flowers, live musicians & even more delicious cuisine and flowing cocktails. After brunch I was treated to a massage at the beautiful Alvadora Spa, and afterwards I finally felt 100% relaxed. Then it was time for the pool party complete with yummy food and endless antioxidant mojitos and the chance to relax and chat with many of my fellow Wedding Planner friends.
The evening ended with a cocktail reception out on the Palmera Patio with again...plentiful food & drinks. By that time my husband had joined me on property and we stayed an additional two nights and soaked up all that the incredible Royal Palms Resort offered.
This experience inspired me to share some of my top reasons why you need to visit the Royal Palms~ especially if you're looking for a unique experience for your upcoming wedding reception, anniversary dinner, or next staycation.
Let me share with you some of my romantic discoveries~
1.) The Entrance~ The moment you pull into the Royal Palms Resort, you feel the magic. The resort sits at the base of the majestic Camelback Mountain and when you first pull in you are greeted by the original "Royal Palms Mansion" that was built in 1929. You feel as if you're driving into someone's Spanish Colonial private estate rather than a resort.
You are instantly greeted by the most friendly valet attendants and bellmen. The resort's front desk feels nothing like your traditional corporate hotel...it's nestled in a small cozy room with beautiful furniture, a fireplace, and a display of signature beverages and cookies~ you instantly feel at home.
2.) The Love Story~ Oh the Royal Palms Love Story, I may be a sucker for romance but the tale of this beautiful place is really quite special. Did you know that it was built out of an act of love by a husband whose wife was ill and her health required warmer climates? This couple (Delos & Florence Cooke) were garden lovers and used the majority of their household budget to include rare plants and over 900 palms trees from Egypt, many of which are still standing there today.
3.) The Hidden Twists & Turns~ Of the many times I've worked at the Royal Palms and even after my recent visit, I've noticed a common feeling ~privacy. The unique layout of the resort has so many different twists, turns, pathways, patios...that you never really see many people at the resort. You almost feel as if you have the entire place to yourself.
4.) The Service~ Many of the staff members have worked at the Royal Palms for years and they always remember me. Talk about making you feel special and welcome! This is especially important on Wedding days. It's very apparent that the teams realize how incredibly special these days are for couples and treat them with top notch service!
5.) The Overall Experience ~From the cuisine, the spa, the pool, the rooms.....the entire experience is so romantic and refreshing. It was honestly hard for me to leave, but thankfully I'll be back soon for some upcoming fall weddings.
A special thank you goes out to Emily Anzalone & Nora Narkevic (Event Sales Managers of the Royal Palms Resort) for treating me and my husband to this extraordinary extended weekend. Thank you for making me fall in love with the Royal Palms Resort even more.