Stayed here for the first time in October 2012 - we only paid CAN $1050 each for a week here, which seemed like a lot at the time, but I now see was a fantastic deal! :)
We rented a car at the airport using Aeroplan points as we calculated it would be cheaper than getting the shuttle bus both ways for a couple. I think we ended up breaking even after buying gas and paying the airport taxes. The beauty, thoug,h was the opportunity to drive out to Playa del Carmen with a couple of new friends one night!
Our room was basic but clean, not lacking escept for a fridge which we didn't need anyway (if we got thirsty there was a bar right below our balcony!). The air conditioning worked well, the balcony was large and had two chairs and a small table. The TV channels were mostly in Spanish, but we weren't there to watch TV.
The real highlight of our stay was the day-after day of hot, sunny, splish-splash in the small bar pool near the buffet restaurant. We were here everyday at 10:00 to wait for the bar to open, then dive into the clean water, sip beers and cocktails all day, served by three bartenders that we got to know. A bit of coveted shade around the bar, loungers around the pool, a hot tub next door, and when we got hungry, a short walk (25 metres) to either the large buffet restaurant (which had a different theme everyday) or the smaller buffet that only opened for lunch and supper. Typically, we would grab a plate of tortilla chips, and some bowls of salsa and guacamole and taken them back to the pool with us.
Only one domestic beer available but it tasted good and lots of inventive cocktails to amuse you.
Dining was good - we most often went to the large buffet but did try the Japanese a la carte which is not really a la carte, and that was good, but less relaxing - book a reservation, line up, seated in groups, stuffier room, set order to the meal, etc. Worth doing, but we were grateful for the buffet.
In the evenings we would head to the other pool bar which stayed open later and had nice terrace seating. We also enjoyed the beach bar and watched some volleyball from there.
There were daily activities in the pool areas, including athletic contests, dance competitions, and cooking classes. There was a small market set up outside the large buffet each night which souvenirs to be bought.
The only disappointment was that the pools are closed at night (after 8:00pm) for cleaning and you cannot use them between 8:00pm and early morning.
I use this resort as the benchmark that I measure others to, as I felt the combination of pools, bars, restaurants, layout was perfect!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caribbean Sea's turquoise waters can be seen from this hotel-paradise. Come and get ready to spend some unforgettable days in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, surrounded by marvelous landscapes and seductive, white sand beaches. The hotel is located in the wonderful Puerto Aventuras development. This is a tourist development which boasts a marina for yachts, a golf course, restaurants and dolphin tanks, all within easy reach of the main Mayan Riviera attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Riviera Maya Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
- Catalonia Hotel Mexico
- Catalonia Rivera Maya
- Riviera Maya Catalonia
- Hotel Catalonia Riviera Maya
- Catalonia Riveria Maya
- Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort
- Catalonia Riviera Maya All Inclusive
- Catalonia Mexico