We just came back from visiting the Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort (Jan. 16-23, 2009). We had a direct flight with Skyservice and all was well. Huatulco is very warm and we found it to be very clean. The highway from the airport to the hotel was lovely with grassed and treed center meridians that were well maintained, it only took about 20 minutes to get to our hotel. The wait to check in was a little long but the plane was full and most of the people came to our hotel. We did not get a room higher up and did not get a king size bed but we did get a nice room with a small view of the ocean and only a few steps way from the beach.
The food, the whole time, was great. I do not understand how anyone could complain about it. There was always something good to eat - omelets, waffles, etc. for breakfast, fish, chicken or beef grilled fresh for lunch, burgers, fries, enchiladas, the list could go on and on. Fresh fruit, desserts, breads. My husband and I have been to many resorts including 5 star places and we found the food here to be good. We never went hungry.
The rooms were clean, comfortable, nice warm showers, big soft towels and the firm beds even had a bit of padding on them. We had nothing to complain about the rooms.
The pools were fine - we did not spend a lot of time in them because we spent more time in the ocean snorkeling. As for the snorkeling it was great. You simply walked into the water, put on your snorkel gear and away you went. There were three places right off the beach, the big island, the small rock - barely visible sometimes, and over by the Dreams Hotel- a very short walk. We saw many different kinds of fish and some coral as well. One day we took a short taxi ride to La Entengra beach and had a nice young man - George (in english) be our guide for only $10 US. He took us out for an hour and showed us all kinds of things that we would have never seen if we had only gone out on our own. We got to hold a blow fish, star fish, and other things that I do not know what they are called. It was well worth the money and since we had our own underwater camera he happily took pictures of us as well.
Yes the beach has a slope to it, so what, it is a beach after all and coming from a freezing cold Manitoba, sand is sand and water is water. Yes the sand was a bit corse but it did not stop me from enjoying walks on the beach, in fact it made me appreciate all the different kinds of beaches there are and we have been to a few. The water and the pull from the current was nothing for adults, I would not let a small child go in on their own.
We also took out the sail boats a couple of times. I would have liked to do this more but the winds did not always cooperate.
One day we rented a moped and took a ride to see the surfing beach. Again here only a few miles away was yet different sand yet it was still great to walk in it and enjoy the view. There is a lot of construction going on around Huatulco, many condos as well as a few new hotels. We find the shopping to be the same everywhere we go, it is hard to find something that is unique and made by a local which is what I like to do.
The nightly entertainment would be OK if you only went one or two nights because even though it was good I found it hard to watch the same dancers doing very similar dances night after night. Sometimes they would do a dance that was very good but it would have been nice to have some other entertainment as well. The singer and guitar player in the lobby bar were nice to listen to, the guitar player was amazing.
Two nights were special as far as the food, one night was a mexican fiesta and one night was for the signature guests - which was most of the hotel. We were allowed two nights for the non-buffet restaurants, we chose the mexican - very good, and the spanish - good.
The weather was perfect - hot and sunny every day.
We went with friends and had a great time. This is a nice quiet hotel, mostly middle aged couples and some families. The higher up staff know some english so we did not find it difficult to communicate. People have to realize that the maids, since they are lower on the pay scale, will most likely not understand english and we should not expect them to. We should really try to learn Spanish if we want to go to a spanish speaking country.
The peddlers on the beach were not a problem if you said "no thank you" or "no gracious" .
We would definitely recommend this to couples and families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barcelo Huatulco invites you to experience the hottest new resort location in Mexico without the hustle and bustle of a big city. Huatulco Bays is quickly becoming a key tourist Mexico beach attraction, offering well-preserved natural landscapes combined with luxury accommodations. This resort is well-positioned in the center of a cove, overlooking dazzling golden beaches and the sapphire blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Live your dream vacation as you bury your feet in the sand, sip a cool drink and watch the waves roll onto shore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Huatulco Beach Hotel Huatulco
- Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort
- Barcelo Resort