For a very long time, my mom kept track of this hotel because she wanted to go there for her birthday but it was quite expensive at that time, but we finally went on December 5 and stayed there till December 12! The main purpose for this vacation was the fact that my brother was getting married!! It was the most memorable and best week EVER! We travelled in a big group since it was for the wedding, we had around 30 people varying from different ages; some travelled with little babies, little kids, teens and adults. Not only did we celebrate a wedding, but 2 birthdays as well !
CHECK IN: Upon arrival, we were greeted with welcome cocktails which warmed our hearts right away! The front desk worked very well, so we got our key, our bracelets and everything very quickly. We even got our luggage’s distributed to our rooms very quickly, which was very pleasant.
ROOM: We stayed in the Yucatan building in room 7252 on the second floor! The room was just SPECTACULAR! We had two queen sized beds with a bunch of pillows and blankets! I’ve read some reviews that said that the beds were uncomfy but I found it otherwise, they were soo comfortable that it was hard to get up in the morning!! Upon arrival, our little mini fridge was FILLED with drinks and snacks that I absolutely adore!! We had a nice little TV with a lot of channels to choose from even though most of them were in Spanish, but who cares, we didn’t come to Mexico to watch TV!! Our balcony looked upon the palm trees and we got a GREAT view of the lizards! NOTE: If you’re a smoker, they do not leave an ash tray, so either bring your own or don’t smoke! The bathroom was SUPER awesome!! It was not small nor to big, the shower was great and the toilet worked perfectly! The mirror was very big and they even left shampoo, conditioner, body wash (so don’t bring your own), little comb, shoe shiner, sewing kit!! The safe worked amazingly, it was big and it did its job correctly!! We loved our room and the maid always cleaned it perfectly and we were left happy!!! Our room was also near all our family and friends which was great! The room numbering is kind of confusing, so on one side it could be pair numbers and then it changes, so just be careful with that!!
FOOD: The food was PERFECTO!! I love to eat and I was not left hungry or disappointed once! The perk of this resort is that you could eat at any buffet or in any restaurant except in the 5 star hotel, which was great! At first we usually ate breakfast in our buffet and the food was amaazzing! They had a huge variety of juices to choose from, omelettes, bacon, donuts, fruits, vegies and soo much more! They even had a diet corner which is great for dieters! We ate their a couple of times and then we just decided to eat at the snack bar near the beach because we were left so full after diner that we needed some time to get hungry!! The snack bar was soo convenient because it was situated right by the beach and the food there was amazing as well!! They had more variety of sea food then in the buffet which I liked and all the food was muy bueno!! The servers were always there and ready to serve, they never left you waiting and they were just so great and smiling and nice to talk to!! We always left tips because it was hard not too! For dinner, we usually went to the a la carte dinner, so the first night we went to Don Kijote, a Spanish restaurant for my dad’s birthday and the service was exceptional, the food was amazing and they even made us a little ceremony when bringing my dad’s birthday cake like they dimmed the lights and started hitting plates together, it was great!! Then we went to a seafood restaurant, I recommend the lobster, sooooo good Once again great service! We went to a Mexican restaurant and the food was very good as well! If choosing a soup, be careful with the tomato soup because it’s very spicy!! In the end, I recommend you to ask for MEXICAN COFFEE because they give you this very entertaining performance with fire while they make it and it tasted delicious!! For my sister in law’s birthday, we went to the 5 star hotel (15$ per person) to the Brazilian restaurant and the steak was mhm mhm good!! They also gave her a nice birthday cake with a great performance!! Overall spectacular food, do not even worry!!!
BEACH: The beach is BEAUTIFUL!! The sand is very soft and you do not sink through when you walk!! The ocean was such a beautiful color and soo warm!! A lot people complain that there are rocks when you enter the beach and that is true, but only in the entrance, this beach has a lot of coral reefs so that’s why it’s a bit rocky and it was not even a problem for us! Just find a nice spot to enter from and you’ll be satisfied! This resort had an INCREDIBLE place to snorkel, like the best one we have probably seen!! When you walk into the water, there is already fish right underneath you and you could even see people feeding them! I suggest you bring your own snorkel equipment that way bright and early in the morning you could go snorkeling right away!! You should swim out a little, so near the buoys the snorkeling is exceptional! We have seen so much different corral and fish that we never saw! If you swim towards the 5 star hotel, be careful because there are some coral reefs that are very shallow and you could get stuck in them! Near the 5 star hotel, we saw A BUNCH of turtles, I’ve never seen so much, a BUNCH of stingrays, huge white ones, scary looking :P, a lot of different fish, big and small, we saw a manta-ray once, my brother and his friend saw a baby shark, don’t worry it’s a nurse shark so they’re harmless! We saw some eels, a HUGE barracuda and a million different fish!! We swam past the buoys but if the life guards are on duty and they see you, they will whistle and call you back because there is ongoing traffic from the boats! You could also rent water bikes (coolest thing I have ever seen), sea-do’s, you could go parasailing, kayaking!! So much fun stuff to do!!
ENTERTAINMENT: We are HUGE fans on entertainment, we always go to the shows and we have never ever missed one! The shows here were FANTASTIC, some of which I have never seen before!! The first night they had the nutcracker ballet, it was great!! They had a karaoke night and I really suggest you do it because you don’t have to be a great singer to sing the songs! I went up with a friend and everyone before us sang amazing and we were like oh no, we’re not that good but everyone was clapping, we had a blast doing it!!! They had THE COOLEST circus show that I have seen!! They had a great band with singers that performed before the shows and even after!! They had many other shows but I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you!! After the shows, the bar usually closed 30 mins later and if you’re a party person, then head to Jaguar the club, the music is live, they have dancers and it goes all night! The day entertainment was great as well! They had beach volleyball at 11 for an hour and it was soo much fun!!! Sometimes they had water aerobics in the ocean and most of the time in the pool! They taught you how to speak Spanish, they had bingo and soo many other things!! The entertainment team was amazing, they would play sports with you, they were just awesome!! They EVEN had a huge tennis court, mini golf, basketball area; amazing!
WEDDING: If you are planning your wedding, you MUST do it in this resort!! Our wedding ceremony was held at the 5 star resort, followed by a cocktail party, dinner and dance in our resort by the pool! Xhail, my brother’s wedding coordinator did a fantastic job, the wedding was soo romantic, facing the beach, it was just perfect! My sister in law got this AMAZING photographer, originally from Germany but he lives in Cancun, his name is Sascha Gluck and he took amazing photos, we didn’t get them yet but we got a preview, AMAZING!!! Recommend him! We even had a camera man filming our wedding which was great for memory!! The waiters at the cocktail party and diner were AMAZING, they did an amazing job!! Always offered drinks and food and we even caught them dancing to some of our songs!!! The music was soo loud from our wedding that it could be heard from far away and we had a lot of people come by wishing the married couple happiness!! There was even another wedding that day!!! It was my first wedding and it exceeded all my expectations!!! :D
STORES: There was a Plaza Mexicana in the middle of the resort and it had SOOO many stores and soo much to choose from which was great! Sometimes the prices they offer are a bit high but if you bargain with them, you could get the item for much less!!
OVERALL: This week was a week that I will remember forever!! Not only was it a vacation but my brother got married, and I couldn’t imagine a much better wedding in any other resort! The staff was soo welcoming, always smiling, eager to talk, they just did an amazing job, so please leave them tips, they really deserve it!!!! I had such a great experience, I would RECOMMEND this resort to anyone, it was just amazing!!!! No words to describe what I’m feeling, just amazing!!! We will definitely return to this resort because we had such a fantastic time!!! Despite the fact that in our group of friends, we had a stomach flu going around, we had AN AMAZING TIME!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH AND WE LOVE BARCELO MAYA <3
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