March 29 to April 5, 2013.
This was our 4th "all-inclusive" resort. We've been to Breezes in Negril and Ocho Rios, Jamaica as well as to Catalonia Royal in Punta Cana. I liked them all, but this one was the favorite. Would love to go back.
Now, for full disclosure: we were looking for pure relaxation, not adventure or entertainment. If you need fun and excitement, then this is not for you. I also liked the smallish size of the property; easy to get oriented, everything near bye. Even in this small resort (one pool, 6 3-story buildings) whey have 6 specialty restaurants and a full theater.
Accommodations were very pleasant. We had a regular non-smoking room with a king size bed on ground level in bldg 4 (Luna). We did not ask for anything special, but next time I would like to have the same or same in bldg 3. Loved ground floor, no climbing stairs. View of jungle made room dark and peaceful, but who spends time in the room? A/C, water, TV all worked. Housekeeping was great, very helpful, even when I forgot my key! (I entered the room, opened the safe and showed my ID to the housekeeper to prove that I was there legally, even though she did not ask.).
We really lucked out with perfect weather. Sun and temperature in the 80s all week. Some drizzle the last morning - made it a bit easier to leave :( On the beach it was very windy, but then we had no trouble finding chairs, well, we are early risers. Eventually I decided that my favorite spot was the "chill out spot' with soft couches, near the pool, very comfortable, cleaned each day. soft pillows, privacy curtains, near the open air lunch restaurant (See px). Those couches were popular and needed to be reserved early, but by afternoon many were available again.
I was also impressed with many types of soft furniture on the beach and by the pool: bean bag type chairs and even a couch, soft backed lounge chairs, couches with soft mattresses and lots of pillows in the "chill out spot".
Food was always plentiful and varied. I loved all the fresh fruit and vegetables at breakfast and lunch (pancakes etc were mediocre, but who needs them when you get all melons, apples, bananas, mango, exotic local fruits etc.). Not being a fan of Mexican food, I actually liked guacamole and chips at this resort (mild flavored). Also - gazpacho. Tons of seafood and fish. Hubby poured Tabasco on everything!
We also sampled each of the specialty restaurants. My favorite was Tapas. Husband liked the Grille (Steakhouse). Asian (Thai) was so so. Italian was plain boring.
Service and drinks were terrific everywhere.
We did not see much entertainment, since by 9:30 (11:30 p,m. EST) I was almost always asleep. But I really enjoyed the dancers' giving a preview of the coming show at the pool at noon every day. I enjoyed the Dark Light show - fun, inventive, not my favorite music (techno, punk, some classic rock).
As I said, it is a smallish, quieter resort, so they did not have cruise class entertainment, but each to his taste ("chacun a son gout"). We had plenty to read or listen to (audiobooks, e-books, paper books) with us and lacked for nothing.
A great bonus: free reliable Wi-Fi everywhere, even on the beach!
Beach was very pleasant, lots of shady trees and umbrellas, as well as a sunny strip up front. Water sports were available but I can not comment, we did not use them this time, it was very windy.
Went to Xcaret on a day trip one day - great fun, but that is another story....
Staff was invariably helpful, friendly, many multilingual, and very patient with my basic Spanish. Many spoke some English, French, Italian and even Russian, since resort caters to tourists from many countries.
I also really enjoyed the walk through the selva (rain forest) - the path to/from beach and main lobby. It was always shaded, with lots to see, places to sit and rest if desired. And the "cuties" ("Coaties") little racoon-like native animals, as well as birds, fish etc. I suspect the selva (jungle) was cultivated and irrigated, but the illusion of walking through a very safe and comfortable "jungle" every day was very enjoyable!
Having raised 5 children between the two of us (and working with young children for over 30 yrs), I love the adults only settings. One week a year away from toddlers gives me such a sense of peace and quiet. But, as I said, if you want excitement and entertainment or adventure, look somewhere else.
- 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 - Xpu-Ha