Me and my new wife were in the Maya Beach hotel in the Barcelo resort (total of 5 hotels). We loved this hotel and this resort. We could go everywhere in the resort (Maya Beach, Caribe, Tropical and Colonial), except in the Palace hotel and some other buffets. We were a group of 16 people for our wedding and we all loved this place.
Wow, wow, perfect! Our guests were all impressed! I had emails communication with my wedding planner Jacqueline before coming and when I came to the resort, we had a 2-3 hours briefing with her 2 days before the wedding and everything was clear, no other briefing, so perfect!! All was well organised, that was stressless!! To press the wedding dress, that was just 150 pesos (around 13$US). So we took the "Mint Breeze" package (with saxophone) and the ceremony was done on the beach. That was done in paradise!! The reception was done in the Banquet room, it's a big room. We choosed one table for all of us (16 people) and there were an open bar, great! For the music, there were a speaker and a commercial system with a 3.5mm plug, so you can use an mp3 player, whatever you want who has a 3.5mm input.
*The only negative thing is "the prices for the photographer are expensive" (for all of us, we found that expensive). Because it's a wedding photographer. The photographer was amazing, professionnal and the pictures are amazing, really amazing!!! I placed some pictures. But the minimum price is 700$ US. We took the package for 1250$ US, with 3 hours, that comes with a beautiful big book with 31 pictures, 60 big prints and 2 enlargements. That comes with a CD with up to 100 pictures (pictures you choosed for the prints, book and enlargements). The CD cost 200$, but if you want all pictures, it's 400$!?!?! So we took the CD with max 100 pictures, but it's okay, a lot of pictures were similar.
We loved our buffets, because it's in a open area and there is a lot of wind in Mexico, so it's great. There is 2 buffets in the lobby and 1 buffet (Snack bar) in front of the beach, beautiful! The food was really good, a lot of choice. If you want to go in the Restaurant à la carte in the Tropical and Colonial hotel when you are at the Maya Beach or Caribe hotel, you need to pay 15$ or it's free with unlimited reservations if you take Club Premium like us (that come with the Oceanview front room). We went sometimes to the Premium Club Lounge, there were a lot of alcoholic beverages that you can mix yourself, food, internet, etc. That was great. We loved the Japanese restaurant, were the twice (in front of the cooker who did a show, not just in a table) and the Steak house (both Steak houses are great, same steaks), but more service at the Tropical Steak house. We took Rib-Eye, New York and tenderloin steaks, the best was the Rib-Eye, for us. So we ate 3 days Rib-Eye, miam miam (including in the Japanese). We enjoyed the Italian restaurant, the beef was so great, but the pizza was the same like in the buffets, not so great for us, depending of your tastes.
The gardens are just amazing, that was the best gardens we saw in 4 resorts in total, another guy told me the same, he went 5 times in Mexico!! There is a lot of birds, iguanas, etc. That takes about 4-5 minutes from the Beach to the Lobby (it's great). And about 15 minutes to go from Maya Beach to Palace beach (where you can go, but the best beaches are in Maya Beach and Caribe). There is a lot of activities : tennis, volley-ball in the water, basketball, mini-pot, golf, etc. The animation staff was great, a lot of energy and nice people. The Discotheque was big, good music, wow, that was great!! The gym was so beautiful, there is the musculation stuff in a open area and exercice stuff in a closed area, beautiful place. The is sauna, jaccuzi just beside, great too.
What we liked in this place, the resort was full (8000 clients with 3000 employees), but that was not crowded!! We could find chairs on the beach even in the afternoon and we had place to walk, to swim (there is a lot of pools). Imagine, you can go in all 4 hotels' pools, beached, etc. The place was clean, you see staff everyday working on gardens, some picking up the garbages and glasses. We appreciate that they are using normal plastic glasses, so there is no disposable glasses as some other resorts.
The staff was friendly and nice, we all had good experience with the staff. If there is something wrong, they fix it right away. We felt to be like VIP. A lot of them say you hello when walking.
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