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“Nice family resort! No miles of sandy beaches though” 4 of 5 stars
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Catalonia Yucatan Beach
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Av. Xcacel Lote 1 Plano 2 MZ, Puerto Aventuras 77783, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #14 of 15 Hotels in Puerto Aventuras
Calgary, Alberta
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“Nice family resort! No miles of sandy beaches though”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

This was our 6th all inclusive vacation & 3rd time to Mayan Riviera. We booked 9 days before departure for family of 4 (children ages 3 & 5) based on the last-minute deal & positive reviews on Tripadvisor. Had great experience with Air Transat, kids enjoyed their little gifts. Biggest complaint of the day was the 3 hours it took from the time our plane landed to when we arrived at the hotel. Lots of waiting. Also - at the Cancun airport when you arrive, just by pass all the people trying to talk to you. Your rep (for us, Nolitours) is actually just outside the building to tell you which bus to get on.

Once at the hotel & waiting to check in, they served flutes of orange juice for us in line, very nice touch. We didn't wait for a porter so found our own room; be aware the building #'s do not correspond to room #'s. Room 1xxx means first floor, not building one. At check in, you'll want to ask for this golf-tee looking thingy in order to use the safe (cost $3USD/day).

Overall, hotel, grounds and beach are SUPER clean and VERY well maintained. Lots of beach chairs & shade (yes, you have to wake early to put a towel on the lounge chair of your choice). Staff are all friendly & hardworking. Lots of: "Hola!"

Grounds were not too big; room to beach to buffet, etc are just minutes walk away. Our kids hung out at Mini-club off and on during the week and really enjoyed their activities. We never left them unattended for > 30min but lots of other parents did and their kids were fine. Plus you can borrow toys from them (ie. pool noodle) just be sure to return when you're done. And as a parent, just know that for "snack" time, your kids are given orange pop, hot dog and fries to eat.

The walk to Dolphin Discovery was 5-10min; my personal opinion is that this was a rather depressing place for dolpins to live as there are just tanks full of dolphins surrounded by a market full of shops and restaurants. I think Delphinus would be a lovlier place for dolphins to live & for a swim-with-the-dolphin experience.

Re: A-la-carte restaurants - first come first serve; at Mikado, lines start at ~5pm for booking a seating that evening (for either 6pm; 7:30pm or 9pm). Great show by the chef, kept the kids entertained. Tapas (which you DON'T need a voucher for is located up a few stairs from La Creperie) is this odd little place, all their dishes are bite size / sample size servings, so great place to stop for appetizer before heading to another restaurant or the buffet as you will NOT get full here :)

Beach was lovely but can be non-existent during high tide. The lagoon side is GREAT for kids, shallow & calm. For catamaran rides, you need to line up at 8am to sign up for a spot that day and they won't sail if its too windy. We brought our own life jackets for the kids and they enjoyed the ride (2 people/catamaran).

Main LOWLIGHTS of our trip:
(1) Daughter got 2 of these crazy bug bites that formed a dozen or so blisters which swelled then eventually popped, these caused her much agony & discomfort as made her shoulder/calf swollen & hard. So please bring bug spray & some kind of afterbite cream.
(2) Both son & myself got stomach bug (on different days). We never ate anything questionable and not sure how we got it, but please bring immodium for yourself and pedialyte or something for your child. This was the first time I have EVER gotten sick on vacation.
As an aside - found out a visit to their onsite Dr for "medical consultation" is $105 USD. By the time we got back after going to our room to get credit card, he had left for the afternoon so didn't end up seeing him.

IN SUMMARY - this is a SOLID 4 star resort. Their evening shows are great, pool games are hilarious, buffets had good selection, staff were all commendable. Rooms are basic but adequate. Enjoyed ourselves & would recommend to others.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

We just returned from a seven day stay at the Catalonia Yucatan, and can only say...we can't wait to return. This is our fourth trip to the Mayan Riviera, and this resort is truly a hidden gem. We arrived from Winnipeg on March 23rd, around 1:30 in the afternoon. Being experienced travellers, we had packed swimsuits, water shoes, hats and sunscreen in our carry-on luggage, and were already in shorts and t-shirts and sandals before we even landed in Cancun. We knew that the hotel room wouldn't be ready until 3 p.m., so we were dressed comfortably for the heat, and headed straight to one of the buffets for a light meal and a cocktail. Check-in was very quick, and as soon as our room was ready we were taken there as quickly as possible. Our room was on the second floor of the hotel, and the door backed onto the hotel parking lot and work area. We asked right at that moment if we could have another room. The concierge arranged the change immediately. We were given a very quiet room on the fourth floor of the hotel, and it was just lovely. The rooms aren't fancy, but they are quite large. The a.c. was wonderful, lots of hot water and great water pressure in the shower, the balcony overlooked the pool, and the beds were firm but comfortable. Pillows were quite soft and comfortable, and there were extra blankets if you needed them. Each day the room was cleaned and left spotless...fresh towels, soap, toiletries, and wonderful towel art. There are 2 buffets, and the larger of the two has the best selection of food and pastries, although the food at both is very good. We ate at three of the a la carte restaurants; steakhouse, japanese and mexican. All were very good, but my personal favorite was the japanese. The cooking show is lots of fun, there is more than enough food for everyone, the sake is hot, and the desserts are scrumptious. Make sure you grab a coffee and crepe as well at the Creperie. Crepes and banana splits are yummy. We organized a day trip for snorkelling off Cozumel. Arranged it at the dive shop. Cost was quite reasonable in comparison to other excursions we have taken through other resorts. Most of the people on the trip were scuba divers (8) but my husband and I elected to snorkel instead. We had our own guide and undivided attention for about 90 minutes of snorkelling. Great day. We spent most of our time relaxing either by the pool or by the oceanside; lots of lounge chairs in both places while we were there. Cannot say enough about this resort. It was a delightful suprise, and it truly is a four-plus star property. Staff throughout the resort, from housekeeping to animation to restaurant and bar servers are pleasant and helpful. Service is as quick as it can be with so many tourists asking for things at the same time. If you are a polite and courteous guest, you will be treated with the same behaviour. Shouting and cursing at people gets you absolutely nowhere, and you can guarantee people around you are watching, and not getting a great impression of you. All in all, we had a wonderful and relaxing vacation, and enjoyed the company of people of all ages (from those in their late 70's and 80's to young people on spring break). We are already planning our next trip to the Cat, for next. year.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cochrane
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2010

The hotel has been well described in the past and after reading the reviews and then returning from the resort, you should not be disappointed. Definitely we would head back to this resort with our kids, other family members, and friends. So I will try to highlight a few things that aren't mentioned as well. I am a fairly well travelled person who has spent time in other AI's in Puerto Vallarta (Royale Decameron) and Jamaica (Jamaica Grande). Although both of those resorts were also quite nice, I would definitely rate our stay at the Catalonia Yucatun (March 17th-24th) as much nicer and overall higher rating.

Reminder: When you land in Cancun and go through the airport customs/immigration, you will leave with your bags and immediately be met by a bunch of timeshare people all in light brown uniforms. They will be calling you and have pretty girls trying to get you to go over to the counter in an attempt to tell you they are with your tour group, however they are just trying to sell you tours. Keep walking, all the way out to the outside of the airport where your tour representative will be waiting with the official logo of your tour group.

Kids club was great and our 4 year old and 6 year old loved the kids club (spent 6-7 hours a day with the caring staff and had different activities every 1/2 hour to keep them always interested. At times there could be 10-12 kids there, but often-times there would only be 3-4 kids. They have a great airconditioned inside room in case it gets too hot, or the weather turns bad. A nice little play structure with sand that is fenced off and keeps kids safe. Although the kids club states that kids 4-12 can go there, I would say that your upper age limit might be geared to a maximum of 8-9 years old. They take them swimming in the pool, snorkeling in the laggoon, tour the hotel, face-paint, arts and craft, play in the sand and so much more. Kids were tired at the end of the day and always running and happy to go back. Note: They will take the kids for lunch as well from 1:00-2:00pm, however there are no snacks that they offer in the morning or the afternoon if you leave them there the entire day, so you might want to pack some granola bars and sippie cups to leave there.....they can eat them, but just won't supply them. Snack time is advertised in the afternoon between 4:00-5:00pm, but rarely did they go to the snack bar as parents were typically picking kids up around that time.

Snorkeling - Awesome and I spent many hours each day in the water. Fish can be seen from shore. The "rocks" that people mention in the reviews are the reef. There are sea urchins in the nooks and cranny of some rocks, so common sense should prevail. I always went barefoot, but was always aware of where I was walking and always swam over the reef. Amazing variety of 20-30 types of fish including scuttle fish and star fish. Beach is great for shells. As far as we were concerned, no issue. Wife would have liked the boogie boards for riding the waves, but they don't supply them due to the reef being so close to the surface and want to help protect both the reef and the people around there.

Tipping: I feel this is often left out and not understood by many people so I thought I would write a few personal thoughts and info on that topic. All inclusive and the employees do get some tips as part of your package price....however that depends on how full the resort actually is. They get paid on a 2 week schedule, so if the resort is full, the most the people get on the paycheque would be $30US every 2 weeks for working their butts off. We always tipped everyone and felt great about it. Think about it people, they need it way more than we do, and your $1-2 can make a huge difference in their qaulity of life. Typically left money each day for cleaning staff and they made amazing towel art that the kids loved. Note: The guy or girl that cleans your room has to clean 12 rooms in a day....so no siesta for those guys....6 days a week, 10-12 hours a day like the rest of the workforce in Mexico. Waiters at the buffet we tipped the same. Note: The waiter, drink person, and busboy/busgirl in the section of the buffet restaurant you are sitting all share their tips. HOWEVER, if you have great food, none of the cooks under the hot-grill stations (morning omelettes/egss, lunch steaks/fish/chicken) get any of that money. We would tip those guys once or twice during our week with a $5 US bill and the rest of the day they had a great smile on their face. We did not see many people do that, but the food was of such excellent quality and cooked so well each time that it was a pleasure to give them a few bucks for their effort. Again, that small amount doesn't put a dent in our North American pockets while on vacation, but sure makes a huge difference in their lives. Lastly, many others are likely also left out of the tipping including the kids club girls, hostesses who sit you down when going for a meal, etc. I would say we gladly spent $100 during our trip on tips and made lots of people happy. Bring your own small bills with you....exchange at the hotel not great. I often could change a $10 or $20 bill with the bellboys or bartenders and was prepared to give them a few bucks for their efforts.

Food note: As mentioned, some of the best buffet food that we have ever tasted. Well defined tastes, and the freshly cooked food from the grill is awesome and worth the 2-3 minute wait in line. We only went to 1 A La Carte, but found the buffet fully fulfilled all our needs.

My wife has Celiac's disease, so food was always a concern when looking for a resort. I can happily report that there was plenty of food for her to consume that was not cooked in wheat filled sauces or with breading, so she was really happy after our week at the resort. She was worried about losing weight, but there was enough variety for her to eat, even at the snack bars.

Pricing/Booking: We went direct through Nolitours. I would say if you could get a price for under $1500 per person for 7 days, then you are likely going to feel like you got good value. Our particular price was just over $1000 per person taxes all in. Although both the hotel and Nolitours advertises kids 7 and under stay/eat for free while staying with adults, in reality, the airline charges you for a full airfare for the kids. So, even though kids don't drink alcohol, eat as much food, and would have been staying in the same room for us, the price would have been the same as if 4 adults went on the trip with 2 separate rooms. A little discriminatory policy against kids in my mind by Nolitours, but this is what I did and it worked. I booked 1 adult and 1 kid per room and asked for adjoining rooms. The thought was if we got our wish, then we would have basically a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite with separate doors. If the hotel booked us in different parts of the hotel, then we would stick to the one room and let the other room just go empty. You still get the 3 A la Carte tickets for restaurants for each room! And waters in each room, and extra beach towels! We were accomodated by the hotel and had 2 rooms next to each other in Villa 1 on the ground floor (1013/1014). We brought our baby monitor and were less than 1 foot or 2 seconds from each other's door. The kids were excited about having their own room with TV, and the parents were excited about having the extra space and privacy. I'm not sure we would have enjoyed the resort as much if we were all crammed in the same room. Highly suggest this idea, but call Nolitours for booking to ensure they have 4 seats available on the plane/2 rooms available so that you don't book 2 seats/1 room and then find out that no other rooms/seats on plane are available.

Hope this helped and don't regret going, the Catalonia Yucatun is a great place for a holiday.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

My 3rd stay at the Catalonia Yucatan was wonderful. I had not been in 3 yrs so I was not sure what to expect. I stayed in a standard room and it was just fine. If you really want more to your room then upgrade to the superior rooms. The rooms were clean and, yes, you could see that a little paint may have been needed here and there but certainly did not affect our stay. The views on the Yucatan side are wonderful and I don't know that I would want to give that up for a renovated room on the Riviera Maya side.

There are 2 sides to the resort but as the resort is so compact you don't even notice this. It is a great hotel for groups as it is easy to meet and find people...not like the "mega" resorts out there. The grounds are beautifully kept and there are lots of pools to choose from. Finding a lounger on the beach was never difficult.

The staff was absolutely wonderful. Pilar in guest services was fantastic and Myriam you are the best. The service in the restaurants was fantastic. I've stayed at 5*'s that didn't have that level of service. Everyone seemed so happy to be working there.

I tried the Japanese, Mexican, Steakhouse, and Tapas restaurants which were all great. The Japanese was new to me as it was not there my last visit. Very nice. Another wonderful addition is their spectacular Spa. 5* Spa for sure.

The beach is always a hot topic here. It is a gorgeous beach. There are areas that you can enter without watershoes but they are still a good idea. It is not a long waking beach but really lovely and the snorkelling is quite good as well.

All in all I would not hesitate to return. This is a solid 4* resort that comes in at a reasonable price and it is worth trying!!

  • Stayed January 2010
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

Booked last minute with our two girsl 15 and 12 and was not really expecting much although the reviews looked good. We really just wanted a warm break. Also was expecting huge crowds - line ups etc given it was March Break for Ontario students.
Despite these concerns we had a great time, resort is very well run, older but well maintained, very clean. Food was much better than expected - better than our stays at the Melia. Al carte resturants were very good, some waiting but did not mind waiting on the second floor deck overlooking the sea with a couple drinks. Buffets changed enough each day to keep it interesting. Every morning my wife and I would do spinning classes from 8-9 then breakfast and pool side. Snorkelling right of the beach was fantastic.
We could have upgraded our room but the basic room was fine, nothing special but we spent very little time there.
Only draw back was the bus ride which was just under two hours with two other hotel stops but this was in part due to road construction. But beer was available and bus comfortable so not a huge issue.

This is not a five star hotel for sure - but it is extremely good value for money

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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toronto
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2010

Great time at the Cat. Staff was excellent, food was good, room was fine. We didn't upgrade as we spend little time in our room - room 1144 was in a great location. This will be our return destination for a while as it was EXCELLENT for kids. Solid 4*
Any questions, just send me an e-mail.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Langley, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

We had a fantastic week. Great food and exceptional staff. All the reviews that are positive are pretty accurate. The Tapas bar was fabulous and the buffets were always good. We had a fantastic view (not the norm tho). Moca milkshakes at the creperie *****
We rented a van and saw most of the sites for a fraction of the price the tour companies offered. Coba, Tulum, Mayan Village and a Cenote > $180 US If you talk to the guys at the front who get you taxis etc. (concierge) they can hook you up. The tour companies don't like this because it takes away from their business of controlling your money. We had a guy named Henry Briceno [--]. Went on two trips with him and he arranged a guide (Luis) in Chichen Itza that was flippen out of this world good! ($220 trip and $50 guide < well worth it). Took us to a jewelery store in a small town where we bought the EXACT same necklace we previously bought at Lapis (the jewelery store the tour suggests $22 for $4.00.). We bought a hammock for $35 and the blankets that you see everywhere (colourful ones) for $10 in another small village as well. Lunches were awesome on the trips as well because he took us to good clean local spots.
Henry used to work as a manager at one of the Hotels and is now on his own business. All of the concierges know him. And we had a great time. Pay at the end for your own piece of mind and you will be tipping this guy GUARANTEED! Van sat 9 but we only had five. Same price 1 or 9 not like a tour > you have complete control and he brings a cooler to boot! Tell him 'Grant' told you about him. If your uncomfortable about booking outside an organized (expensive $100 min/ person tour) the ask the concierge and give them your room. This way someone knows where you are.
Guide: Luis Diaz [--] [--]

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Av. Xcacel Lote 1 Plano 2 MZ, Puerto Aventuras 77783, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Aventuras
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#12 Family Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#13 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Aventuras
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Hotel Class:4 star — Catalonia Yucatan Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 200
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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