Hi all! So if you are reading this page than you are considering booking at Catalonia Yucatan resort. I have been travelling thru out Mexico now for the last 15 years and have stayed at many, many all-inclusive resorts. I do usually book last minute as I find you can get some awesome deals that way. My spouse and I booked via air transit this resort from April 9th –April 16th. For the price I paid for two 1738.00 Canadian, again last minute, booked April 1st, I believe this was a pretty good deal.
What you should know about this hotel-You must, must, and again must upgrade to a privileged room! Basic rooms have no mini fridge and have terrible locations and feel very close to each other. This is what happened to us, upon arrival, thank goodness we were the first in line as booking in is very , very slow, I asked for a room with a mini fridge, they said there is no fridge , I would have to upgrade to a privileged room. Normally this would cost an extra 350.00 but at a special price of only 150.00 they would do this for me, this seems to be their catch line, since we were under budget we decided to upgrade, here is the snag,- I wanted to pay cash for the upgrade as I do not like to use my credit card in different countries, no could not pay cash must use credit card, so I did but because I was using Amex they had to charge a convince fee came to 170.00 with the exchange. If you book privileged you also get access to separate bar, beach chairs, beach service, restaurants and way better room location..So let’s talk about room location after being assigned to our room staff assisted us with our luggage he put the room key in and the next thing we know a lady comes to the door asking what we were doing, seems our key fit in the room but the room was already assigned to someone else. When we went back to the counter advised showing concern that we could have walked into an already occupied room, the desk manager immediately apologized and said ok here is a better room, which location wise it really was (building 7 room 7013) I would recommend building 6, 7 or 8 perfect location. The rooms are really basic, tiny , great shower pressure at all times, who needs an elaborate room only in it to sleep, but all 4 star resorts should include a mini fridge , this is the only one we had to upgrade to get the fridge.
The beach, well as you have read, rocky and more rocky, something took a bite of my spouse’s foot, I scraped my ankle and bottom of foot on rocks.. if you have every swam in lake Erie (many years ago) Long beach it is about as rocky as that, you really do need water shoes, kids cannot play in it at all. You can go to the Dreams resort area, which is about a 3 minute walk to the right, sandy and you can walk into but shallow and small area. Snorkeling off to the left of the resort-average.
We found the buffet food average as in all resorts, you should really try the al carte`s the steak house was our favorite. No reservation, you should go at 6 pm to get in, if already booked they will take your ticket and tell you when to come back. This was not a problem for us as we would just have a couple of drinks while waiting. I found the food in the al cartes to be really good.
We took bicycles(which are supplied free, should tip) by the resort, rode into the marina area, had a fabulous lunch , ordered a seafood plate was so fresh, awesome…had 3 coronas and 3 glass of really good white wine bill was 75.00 a bit pricey but super good and lots of food La Chaya Puerto Aventuras chef Ricardo Garrido-server/ host Hector Tririno, I highly recommend this as an out of resort lunch/supper.
The one thing I would complain about is how they divide their clientele, while I was at the Chill out bar( used for preferred members only, special colour wrist band) a woman approached the bar and ask for a water refill, the bartender was not rude, however he apologized and told her he could not server her was for a preferred member. How terrible this was…. I really did not like how the resort clearly treated the different room types, for that reason and bad beach I would not go back to this resort. There are many more resorts with beautiful long beaches that don’t make you feel like a second class person that I would and will chose in the future. All in all, good food, sun was shining ocean was warm and we were out of the snow and cold…….happy travels
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star Catalonia Yucatan Beach Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, on the private estate of Puerto Aventuras. Located on the beautiful Mexican Caribbean coast, this resort is directly on the beach and offers a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing break. This mystical area boasts many Mayan archaeological ruins that include Chichen Itza, Tulum and Tikal as well as the natural attractions of Xel-Ha, Cozumel and Xcaret. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Puerto Aventuras
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Riviera Maya/Puerto Aventuras, Mexico