We travelled with a few other families, all with teenagers, and stayed at the Barcelo Beach. I think the teenagers all had a good time hanging out on the beach sizing up each other, going on excursions, playing soccer, basketball, golf, tennis, and archery. We adults had fun too but it seemed like the place was just swarming with teenagers. However, it was spring break.
buffet food was very good and plentiful
gorgeous white sand beach
beautiful clean resort grounds and gardens, well laid out
efficient and friendly bar staff
spotty maid service. They either come really early morning or late in the afternoon and usually didn't replenish supplies. We had to hunt around for TP, tissues, hand and face towels (never did get any).
bathrooms: No fans, and the little shower door did nothing to keep the water in the tub so the floor was soaked after showering. The bathroom doors don't lock and are just thin doors with slats so you can hear and almost see everything going on in there. Not a big hit with the teenagers
Our AC wasn't adjustable so it was either 100 degrees or -40. Solved this by keeping the patio door open to get the breeze.
The food at the a la carte restaurants was hit and miss. We had delicious meals and some that were too salty or overcooked to eat. The servers at the Mexican place were exceptional and went out of the way to look after our kids.
Entertainment: very limited in the evenings. The shows at the theatre were mediocre but different every night. The disco (oddly located next to the Catholic Church!) was a bunch of very young people humping each other to a bass beat that was so loud you could feel your heart rhythm flutter. The lobby bar or beach were where we went in the evenings and both were nice but it would have been better if there was a bit of live music like a mariachi band now and then.
Recommendations: All in all, a very nice place at a good price. I would suggest using the public mini-bus service to go into Playa or anywhere along the route rather than a taxi (bus was only $3 to Playa each way). Take a Lonely Planet guide and try some of the less touristy attractions to get a real taste of the Mayan. Do your shopping in Playa del Carmen and skip the high prices at the hotel gift shops and the airport. Oh, and buy some duty free alcohol at the airport. Great deal!
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Hotel Maya Beach
- Barcelo Maya Palace
- Barcelo Maya Mexico
- Barcelo Maya Resort
- Catalonia Rivera Maya
- Maya Beach Resort
- Barcelo Beach Maya Mayan Resort Riviera
- Barcelo Maya Beach Resort Cancun
- Barcelo Maya Beach Riviera Maya/Puerto Aventuras, Mexico