Without any hesitation I would highly recommend this resort. I must admit that I did a fair amount of research before booking this resort, which also included visiting local forums and asking lots of questions. With absolute honesty, I can say this property far exceeded my/our expectations.
We stayed at the resort from Mach 16th until the 23rd. We had an early morning flight and decided to take a private transfer from the airport (USA Transfers). Upon arrival at the resort we were given the option to upgrade to a suite for a minimal charge, and as a bonus the room was ready immediately. The check-in process was smooth and proficient.
We were in room #8113 (Riviera Maya side) which had a lovely view of the grounds/gardens, and to the far left a small sliver of an ocean view. The room was spotless and tasteful in tropical decor and colour. If you can afford to splurge, do the upgrade! My only comment would be the pull-out couch. The mattress wasn’t actually a mattress but instead two foam mattress toppers place together to form a mattress of sorts. By the third day we noticed how thin the foam was and requested the staff to see if they had any additional foam toppers. Within a half hour they were able to double the mattress thickness, providing much more comfort to our two children who shared the sofa bed. The bathroom was lovely, hot water was never an issue and the rainfall showerhead was heavenly. Housekeeping always left plenty of towels, supplies and replenishment of the minibar. The towel art was great too, always something different and creative.
I will be brief on the restaurants as we felt they were all excellent, including the buffets. There was always a large variety of dishes, most of them very tasty. The only thing we found a little bland was the pasta. The buffet also offers a grill which you can personally select your own offerings – i.e. chicken, beef, pork, fish, etc. In the morning, the breakfast buffet included a crepe station as well, which was very yummy. For the bacon lovers out there, they had plenty during our stay. We never had an issue making reservations for the a la carte restaurants and at most had to wait 10 minutes early one morning (mornings seem to be the busiest for booking reservations). We thoroughly enjoyed Tapas and Mikado (those being our favorites). Bella Vista (Italian) and Bamboleo (Steakhouse) were also quite good. Le Creperie was amazing, but bring a jacket or sweater for the evenings as it can get a bit cooler. We went 3 or 4 times and could have easily just eaten here and been happy the whole week!
Although small and compact, the beach is clean, very little seaweed, fairly calm surf, good snorkeling for beginners and children and plenty of beach chairs. There is a small lagoon which is great for young children or those with limited mobility. There are some rocks along the shore, but with enough entry points this shouldn’t be a concern. I purchased water shoes, which for me added a level of comfort. You can also feed the fish on the lagoon side, which is really fun. There were many different species of fish, and we lucked out on our first day there and saw a small octopus! We thoroughly enjoyed the beach, although I do feel bad that the reef is fairly destroyed.
The grounds of the resort are immaculate. Lush, green, tropical and very well kept. We saw staff on a daily basis attending to the upkeep. Even at night the resort is stunning. On certain days you will also find local vendors on the Riviera Maya side, with your typical assortment of souvenirs. There are also three small gift shops on site, along with a more upper-class boutique.
The Kids Club is superb, with an assortment of daily activities such as face painting, snorkeling, swimming, treasure hunts, sandcastle competitions, movies, crafts, painting, making cookies, etc. The Kids Club is open from 10AM to 5PM every day. Half way through our vacation, our children didn’t want to spend any time with us during the day (LOL). They only wanted to go to the Kids Club. My daughter even started crying on the day she had to leave early to swim with the dolphins – she actually wanted to stay at the Kids Club instead! In the evening at 8PM there is a Kids Disco. This entails one “crazy game” which the kids all participate in (i.e. donut eating contest, musical chairs, etc.) and the winner is given a prize (usually a t-shirt). After that the kids dance to two songs along with the staff. It’s really well done and the kids have a blast. The parents also enjoy it as it’s quite humorous to watch the little ones partake in the activities. Once a week they also host a piñata night.
On a side note, a fellow guest staying in our building slipped a note under our door one evening. Basically it was a “gentle” complaint about the noise of our children. It’s important to note, this is a family friendly resort. Plus we went/stayed during spring break, so if you’re seeking absolute quiet then I suggest going during a different time of the year or staying at an adults only resort (but we found the resort to be very quiet). Plus as with other resorts, you are always going to be able to hear certain things – the hallways in the suites are fairly open and many things can echo/carry.
The staff at the resort are amazing, everyone from housekeeping, to front desk, to wait staff, to bartenders, to chefs, etc. They almost always have a smile on their face and you are frequently welcomed with a “hola” whenever passing by. They are like “busy bees” that never seem to stop and are always willing and eager to assist. We had many pleasant conversations with them along with a few good laughs. I must also personally thank the on-site doctor (Dr. Real), lifeguard, front desk staff etc. that all assisted when I suffered from a case of heat exhaustion/dehydration. They were all very kind and attentive and I can’t thank them enough.
My one and only real complaint... Wi-Fi was very unreliable, sketchy at best. That being said though, we were on vacation so it wasn't a big deal.
We honestly can’t wait until our next stay, and we’re already talking about re-booking for this fall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star Catalonia Yucatan Beach Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, on the private estate of Puerto Aventuras. Located on the beautiful Mexican Caribbean coast, this resort is directly on the beach and offers a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing break. This mystical area boasts many Mayan archaeological ruins that include Chichen Itza, Tulum and Tikal as well as the natural attractions of Xel-Ha, Cozumel and Xcaret. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Puerto Aventuras
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Riviera Maya/Puerto Aventuras, Mexico