were all under 25 and let me tell you...this trip was more than we could have asked for!!!
firstly, we arrived at barcelo beach (the lowest end of the barcelo chain, the palace is highest i believe...) and they said they were fully booked so we got an automatic upgrade to the caribe. we got to eat at caribe and beach and enjoy both areas pools (the higher in the chain you go, the more you get to enjoy in terms of going to the other resorts pools and food places!). We loved the food, it was almost identical every day for the buffet though, so use your a la cartes for dinner!!!
CAPTAIN MORGAN BAR was amazing...we loved the service there and the boat was cool
we met hector "the protector" who basically just helped pump up the extra curricular activities and he took us to coco bongo, which was a riot, I have been there twice and he made it lots of fun (although we were left by ourselves at the end of the night to find our ride home).
beach and water is unbeatable. i have been to viva wyndham maya, dreams puero adventuras and grand princess...this beach was my favorite by FAR!
no issues with rooms, except we were on ground floor near bushes in the first building and there was a lot of spiders and a turantula paid us a visit which scared the hell out of us, and the mayan religious belief is that they dont kill what doesnt harm them, so they didnt want to move it. just fyi it might be better to stay from ground floor for that reason.
drinks - prime.
staff - amazing
pools - mehhh kinda dirty
beach - amazing
the theatre and performances were great (again this was my 4th all inclusive to mayan riviera and this was my fav resort! I STAYED AT A 5 STAR , 4 STAR AND A 3 STAR but this resort rocked them all)
tip. you will have friends if you tip haha, our maids organized our bathroom stuff without touching any valuables, we used our safe for money and such tho. the bar tenders favor you if you tip extra well your frist night. we met tons of friends there, and still keep in touch.
....can be really busy and fun, or dead and very awkward haha by awkward i mean a few people sit, and there is noone dancing. but mostly a good busy bar, theres exotic dancers (the staff are tight on wristbands and checking ages, a group of highschool kids stole wristbands and were kicked out of the resort when they got ID`d!) so dont pull any funny stuff. the busy nights are like a rave almost, its super high energy, awesome music (make sure you request songs from the DJ upstairs!!!) and everyone comes to party there. we went almost every single night of our ten night stay.
we loved our room, didnt watch too much tv but they had a good variety of english chanels.
room service was good but we were close to concierge.
book a la cartes your first day if you can! BUSYYYYY (we went end of april last year)
balcony is nice. fridges stocked ..leave a note if you prefer one thing, i asked for extra diet coke.
there seems to be a younger crowd and more couples in comparison to families...probably not the best for young kids
there is great stores. a doctor and pharmacy. 24 hr bar is fun when the drunks get playing the piano haha there is hot snacks in the 24 hr bar also!
we loved our trip and i will be returning for sure...i have virtually nothing negative to say at all!!
DEFINITELY A 4 STAR!!!! minimum!