My husband and I went with two other couples for as a sort of anniversary vacation, since all three couples had honeymooned in Cancun. I have probably read every review that trip advisor has on the Catalonia Riviera Maya and was very confident that we were going to have a great time. We were definitely not disappointed in the CAT--we had a blast!
Rooms--We booked a deluxe room through Orbitz and got a good price. The deluxe rooms were fantastic. We were originally given a room with a pool in the 8000 building, but we opted to move because we didn't like the location. The Privileged front desk staff was able to move all three rooms to another building while keeping us close together. I think we were downgraded since we didn't have a mini-pool in the new rooms but we liked the new rooms MUCH better! We stayed in Room 6023, which is located in one of the closest buildings to the beach and we had a great view of the lagoon. The room was kept very clean and the minibar was kept well stocked during our entire stay. Thanks to trip advisor, I knew to email the hotel directly beforehand to let them know that we were celebrating our anniversary. This was great! We were greeted at our room with a banner on the door and a towel art with rose petals on the bed. The next night we received chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. The following night we received cute t-shirts that said "hoteles catalonia honeymooners". So special! :)
Food-- We generally ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch. There was always fresh fruit and plenty of options for meals. We tried the Tapas restaurant, which was a lot of fun. They serve many, many dishes with small portions. Very cute, especially when you have a slight buzz ;) We also tried the Mexican restaurant, which was just okay. Our favorite restaurant by far was the Japanese hibachi grill restaurant, Mikado. Excellent food, excellent show. We ate there twice and I recommend it to everyone--make sure you go there during your stay! We also loved the Creperie--we went there every night it was open, even when we were too full to eat. You will find room for these yummy crepes!
Staff-- The trip advisor reviews that rave about the staff are 100% correct! From the bellhop, to the front desk, to the spa, to the pool bar attendants, to housekeeping, everyone we encountered at the CAT was truly great. I believe their philosophy must be "The answer is YES." I felt like this was a true all-inclusive resort, where you can enjoy yourself and fully enjoy the experience.
Spa--If you reserve an upgraded room, which is any room but a standard room, you are considered a "Privileged" guest and you receive a free "day pass" to the Alegria spa. You also receive 15% off single-person massages. After enjoying the free day pass, my husband and I treated ourselves to a couples massage. 80 minute massage + 25 minute aqua bath was such a great idea! I'd never had a professional massage to compare it to, but one of my girlfriends had the sweedish massage and she said that the prices were better, the time was longer, and the treatment was just as good as the ones that she's had in California. My husband and I definitely enjoyed them!
Beaches--My husband is a fish; he loves to snorkel and will stay in the water all day. He really enjoyed the lagoon area as well as the coral areas off of the beach. Even though there aren't miles of sand at the CAT, the beach area is very unique in that is has a lagoon with TONS of eager fish to see. It is a bit rocky but I never needed water shoes.
Pools--There are plenty of pools to go around. The first night we were there, we had the smaller sports-pool pretty much to ourselves. I'd say the hardest part about both the beaches and the pool areas was finding a beach chair that was in the shade. There were plenty to go around, but finding a couple in the shade was a challenge.
Alcohol--There is a limited variety of beer, but if you like Sol and Dos Equis then you'll be fine. The mixed drinks are good, but they are very sweet. The house wine is not so good. Despite all of that, we were never disappointed--it is, after all, an unlimited supply of alcohol and tequila does the trick every time ;)
We had originally planned to go on an excursion outside of the resort, but once we got there we didn't feel the need to leave, and we never once got bored. We spent the money at the spa instead! :) Overall, we had an excellent vacation and would recommend the CAT to anyone!
- 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