We just returned from our vacation at Barcelo Maya Palace. It is our second visit to Barcelo, and last time we stayed at Colonial. We loved it the first time and that is why we returned the second time to Palace. Ironically, first time we stayed during H1N1 (Bird flu) and this time it was tropical storm Rina, which we missed by a few hours. We arrived on Friday, October 28th and left on November 6th. The first and second time the resorts were empty, and to be honest, we loved it because it was no lines, and we did not have to compete for good place under the sun (LOL). We were able to make reservations for every day to all restaurants we wanted, it was no problem.
Our check in was fast and we had no problems. We got building that is close to the pools and restaurants. We stayed in Miochan... (sorry, don't remember the exact name) in room 8150, and it was perfect location for us. Room was very spacious, in contemporary style, with a lot of closet space. The room has two day beds, which can be used as a bed for a child. I slept one night there and it was OK. A lot of people were writing that beds and pillows are too hard. I have to agree with that, but it was not a big problem for us. Bathroom has 2 sinks, shower and tub with shower, which is very convenient. Toilet has the privacy door. Our balcony had a beautiful view of the garden. The buildings have 3 floors and you can take the elevator or you can take the steps, we preferred the steps, it was a good exercise. But it is a nice option for elderly or someone with disabilities. A lot of people were mentioning that resort is so big; you have to walk a lot. Well, this resort is a part of 4 other resorts, and if you want to visit other resorts, you will have to walk a lot. They also have the charter bus that takes you from one lobby to the other. But if you stay in Palace, you can walk from your room to the pool and the beach in 5-10 min maximum. All restaurants are waterfront and from pool/beach it would take no more than 5 minutes of walking. Another good option, if you are walking to restaurants or lobby from your room, they have a covered walkway, which is very nice in case of bad weather, or even if it is just too hot. And it is no more that 5-10 min of walking as well. I believe the hotel does offer wheel chairs as well. I'm mentioning all these because I think it would be helpful for someone with disabilities or elderly people. This resort is handicap friendly. As a matter of fact, I think it is even the best place to choose for elderly and people with disabilities.
The pools and beach are just gorgeous, there are no words to describe it, you have to see it and experience it.
The food is above average. If someone expects Ritz Carlton quality, you’ll be disappointed. But if you have reasonable expectations you won’t be disappointed. For breakfast I had omelet and coffee. But there are other many choices. For lunch I had cooked to order Groupier fish, shrimp, scallops, T-bone, rib eye steak, burger or hot dogs, chicken. So, if you will not eat all that selection in one lunch, you will have nice selection of food for every day. For diner we were going to restaurants. We went to Caribbean, French, Brazilian, Sea food, Spanish, it was OK. Two times we went to Japanese and it was my favorite. For someone who expects high class dining you will be disappointed, but if you don't have highest expectations you will be impressed with the food. Over all, we had very good vacations for the money we spent. I think this resort is well worth it. My only disappointment was the lack of entertainment from entertaining team. Every morning at 10 am there was a Spanish lesson, than they offered stretching class on the beach, aqua aerobic at 12 pm, and samba/meringue lesson at 4 pm. I was expecting more fun and crazy games. It would be nice if there was more fun and interacting activities. So, if you are looking for the party time, it is not the resort for you. But I think that could be fixed
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