I have travelled extensively in the Caribbean, this was my first trip to Mexico, and I had reservations, but it really surpassed my expectations.
The resort at Barcelo Maya Colonial was CLEAN and very well maintained. I judge everywhere, by the condition and cleanliness of the common areas and I was very surprised to find the resort so well kept!
Food: excellent variety, I only went to the buffet and was very happy with the food. There were carving stations, quesadilla chefs, and pasta chefs at every dinner. There was an amazing selection of fresh fruit salads and vegetables and pasta dishes. You could have chosen meat like beef, chicken, or pork or fish like Mahi Mahi, tilapia, sea bass, or flounder each night. Everything was at the correct temperature, either hot or cold, and fresh. The servers were friendly and seating was easy, views of the gardens and fountains are everywhere. My only complaint was that lunch and dinner were very much the same.
The Bar: drinks were part of the deal, and I sampled almost every kind. The bartenders worked very hard at the swim up bar to get everyone served quickly. There were two or three guys serving at peak hours, and I never had to wait long. The liquor is not too shelf, but they have too shelf if you ask and tip them. I don't mind tipping, I appreciate service and understand that. I would leave $5 every couple hours I was at the pool, and considering I may have had 10 drinks (Welcome to Mexico) I was fine with it. I drank Bahama Mamas mostly and margaritas, occasionally I had a cervesa.
The Beach: amazing beach! The sand was soft and white, with pink streaks...the water was fabulous! Turquoise and warm, calm and relaxing. There is a bit of coral underfoot in some areas that you need to be aware of, it's not sharp but can surprise you. Also if waves do occur, you would not want to body surf head first into the coral! I snorkeled with my own equipment and there was a nice assortment of colorful marine life. Go to the far right off the dock for the best snorkel experience and bring a bag of Doritos for the fish. The beach was peaceful and relaxing, no one hounding you to buy stuff, and there were copious lounge chairs and plenty of palms for shade.
The Room: I had a garden room, by choice and it was ok, not great. It was clean but smelled of mildew. I complained and they responded with housekeeping immediately cleaning the room again, which helped, and was advised to run the AC all the time which helped too. There is a fully stocked fridge with drinks like soda, juice, water, and beer. It's free too. The beds were ok. No real complaints. I wasn't in the room much anyways, so it didn't matter too much.
The Front Desk: Nice but sometimes slow and understaffed. The manager, Jessica, was very helpful. I had complained nicely about the mildew, and also that the phone in the room did not work. She responded promptly, and for my inconvenience provided me with a complimentary week of WiFi, and I found a bottle of sparkling wine in my room with fresh fruit the next day. Very nice!
The Entertainment: the poolside stuff was excellent from the dancing, water aerobics, and water polo to the fashion shows...all fun!! At night the Palladium is where everyone goes, otherwise it's quiet around the resort. This is most definitely a family resort! ;)
Overall: a really great value! I spent $2,048 for two adults for five days and I had six days on the beach and at the resort with the way the flights worked, got in early to Mexico...I will go back!
**** of 5
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Good luck, thanks for reading and Happy Safe Travels!!
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Maya Colonial Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Colonial
- Barcelo Maya Colonial Beach Resort
- Barcelo Maya Caribe & Beach Resort
- Barcelo Maya Tropical & Colonial Beach
- Barcelo Maya Colonial Riviera Maya/Puerto Aventuras, Mexico