We do not know where to begin. Hotel Catalonia was the most beautiful, romantic place we have ever been. To start our visit there we were welcomed by the front desk staff with hot towels and glass of fruity wine, which was really good. They were very quick with the check-in process and the bell boy brought our luggage right up to our rooms even before we got there. The room was big. Nice comfortable king size bed, with refrigerator, TV, and safe box. Everything was marble including the whole bathroom with a big walk-in shower which the water pressure was great. They had chocolate covered strawberries with champagne waiting for us knowing that we were on our honeymoon. Every night we would come back to our room with the bed turned down with chocolate pieces on our bed. We thought that was a great touch. The refrigerator was stocked everyday with water, soda, beer, and snacks.
Now to start with the beach. It was fantastic. We were down there every morning around 8AM due to we are early risers. Had no problems getting chairs or towels. Even later in the day there were plenty of chairs left for everyone. We would have breakfast and lunch everyday at La Palapa in which the breakfast portion was actually at the Tequila bar. Pedro, the best waiter ever, always had the best table waiting for us and he knew exactly what we wanted every day. He was awesome! The lunch was a buffet style with different variety everyday which was always hot and good. Again Pedro was always right there for us. There were daily activities at the pool. Martin, Jose, and Sylvia were the activity directors and they were great. Always trying to get people involved in the fun. They were very outgoing and fun to be with. The pool was huge. If you get the chance sit in the middle were the fountain is you will get a wonderful massage on your back! Talking about massages. If you get the chance get one from Algeria Spa by Oscar. He gives fantastic massages. He does a wonderful job.
Our first night there we went to Tapas Restaurant which was fantastic. That is were we met Raul the bartender of the Martini Bar and Las Margarita Bar. He was wonderful. Always smiling and very friendly. Him and Victor were awesome. We tried every restaurant there and Tapas was the best. You get very small portions so make sure you order alot. Try the scallop and grouper skewers. They are great!! Don't be afraid to order as much as you want because they are happy to provide it to you. But don't get us wrong. Every restaurant there was great but Tapas was our favorite. La Selva, Toscana, Centenario, and Royal Grill all served 4 course meals in which you were lucky to even make it to dessert. We made it once! The food was fantastic no matter what time of day you ate and we never had to make reservations. Only once we had to wait 20 minutes but we sat at the bar being serenade by a trio of musicians (sorry can't remember the group name) and had a few cocktails.
All of the staff were very friendly. Just remember to tip them. They live for the tips you give them. They deserve it too. Also the only two bad things I can say about it is if you are on the beach or by the pool and you want a drink right away it does take the them a little while for them to come by and take your order and return with it. So if you are in a hurry we recommend that you get it yourself. Also, bring bug spray with you for in the evenings the mosquitos do come out. The items in the gift shop are a little bit more pricey then if you purchase it at home.
Again we would recommend Hotel Catalonia to everyone. We intend to go back many more times.
- 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