Just got back from CRT. Stayed March 31 - April 7. What a fantastic trip. Travelled with my wife and another couple. If you are looking for the party scene and great night life, this is NOT the spot for you. I read the reviews extensively and some are spot on while others are just ridiculously wrong and written by someone just looking for something to complain about. This one will be objective and hopefully helpful for those looking for some advice.
Check-in: This was a breeze. We arrived, had cool drink handed to us, got our rooms, and had our bags delivered to our room, all inside of 15 minutes. Can't be any better.
Rooms: We had a standard room, king-size bed (as requested) in building 5 (as requested) on the ground floor.(not as requested) The room was spacious, bright and clean. I think those that complained about a dark room never opened their curtains or something. We were on the ground floor and never had a issue. The reason I had asked to not be on the ground floor is because at other resorts there is usually people walking right past your room making noise ( I am a very light sleeper) and simply compromising your privacy. Not so here! I never heard a single person going by due to the space between the building and the pathway with lush jungle vegetation in between. The bathroom was great with a HUGE shower. Lots of towels, fridge stocked daily, and maid service impeccable. I hate hard beds and mine was fine. Pillows were great.
Food: The fact that you didn't have to line up in the morning to reserve a specific restaurant, like many other places, was brilliant. We just met with the other couple we were travelling with at the lobby bar and decided from there were to go. We tried all the restaurants and they were fantastic. I don't know if they got new chefs or other people writing the reveiws were just off their rocker but the food, presentation, portions and service were 5 star, hands down. The only thing that got me was the seats at Tapas. Those big chairs look so comfy but they were awkward. Food and outdoor setting was great though. The buffet food, was, buffet food. Breakfast was good and I love the omlette station. Very good lunch selection and they did have a dinner buffet which is apparently fairly new because earlier reviews complained about no dinner buffet. Problem solved. The only buffet food I found better from our other 3 resorts we've been to was at the Riu Tequila but at the Tequila they know they need to make up for not being right on the beach somehow and the food was how they did it.
Pool and Beach: This beach is by far the best beach I've ever seen. The sand is powder soft and in the water it is hard packed with no rocks until out further than you would normally go. Lots of palm trees to provide shade, along with the palapas, but still plenty of area for catching some sun. The pool is beautiful. Overly big with plenty of room. Be prepared to get up early and save a chair with your towel. You absolutely must do this BEFORE you go breakfast if you want a spot of choice. Our first two days were no problem and then the resort got busy. They really need to have more loungers available. We relaxed in the chill zone most every day in the late afternoon and it was fantastic. Totally relaxing. What a great amenity!!
Overall: A great resort. Not huge but certainly big enough. More personal. The do have a large number of Europeans and especially travellers from Italy as it seems like CRT has partnered up with a travel rep (Veraclub?) from there. I'm a totally advid non-smoker and the smoling was never an issue. Catch a wiff every now and again but no different than any other resort. No smoking at the restaurants which was nice too. The staff is excellent and friendly. Many of the servers and staff speak 3 and 4 languages so communication is not an issue. The best drinks are made at the lobby bar.
If you like to snorkel there is some, but not much, in front of the resort and mainly over by the fishing boats (Tachos boat) If you snorkel then you must go to Akumal for a day. Just down the road. Take a cab ($16), your towel, grab a few beer and water from the room and go. The snorkelling is fantastic with lots of seaturtles, coral, smaller fish and rays. Just go out from the dive shop on the beach.
This resort is not quite a 5 star in my opinion from just a few little things, but it is definately 4+. We will be back!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adults only all-inclusive resort, located in Xpu-Ha, Riviera Maya, on the Caribbean coastline. It is surrounded by native jungle trees, local plants, mangroves and cenotes - water springs where a diverse variety of flora and fauna can be found in an unspoiled habitat. It is just 25km from Playa del Carmen and Tulum's archaeological site, and 85 km south of Cancun International airport, in Quintana Roo State, Mexico. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Royal Tulum Xpuha
- Riviera Maya Copacabana
- Copacabana Riviera Maya
- Catalonia Royal Tulum Riviera Maya, Mexico - Xpuha