We travelled to Catalonia Yucatan with 8 friends in May 2014. We have never been to Mexico before and really enjoyed it. The room we got was great but 2 beds a bit bigger than singles but it was too hot to sleep together anyways. The bel boy could not do enough for us. Our room also had an ironing board, an iron and flat screen TV. Some good channels that were english not all spanish. Our room also overlooked the pool near to the exclusive part of the beach. Although we could not use the exclusive part of the beach because we did not upgrade.
The Yucatan is sister to the Catlonia -facilites of both you can use. There are 2 buffet restaurants one is air-con and 1 is open air. There is loads of choice and you wont go hungry. Every night there is a chef cooking fresh food on a gridle from fish to chicken to steak, there is also a pasta station and then the foods in the warmers, you will not go hungry. Fresh fruit too and an omlete/egg station in the mornings.
There are four speciality restaurants which you can use, you can go to each restaurant once in each week so potentially you only need to use the buffet restaurant 3 times in evenings per week. The best restaurant of the specialities is the Japanese they have show cooking and is brilliant food. We went twice in our stay I had prawns the first time and chicken the second and my husband had beef first time and prawns the second, fabulous!! The other restaurants are equally as nice - Itailian, Mexican and grill house, but the grill house was my least favorite. The only problem with the speciality restaurants is that it is first come first served on the night and it does get busy, so if you really want to eat a particular one, you do need to go there as soon as they open. I suggested to the Hotel that they should put in place some kind of booking system so you can choose what day and time you would like to go to each.
The Hotel is like in a secured village (Port Aventuras) for those of you that have not been before. The village also has other hotels and private residences and apartments. In the village centre there are shops bars and restaurants incase you fancy a night away from hotel and is perfectly safe to walk around there. It also has a Dolphinarium! You can sit at the bar and watch Dolphins. The staff are all very attentive. The hotel is a good 15mins+ walk to the main gate, but outside the main gate you can get a collectivo bus (mini-bus) this has locals travelling too, for a small charge to Playa Del Carmen which is heading back towards Cancun or to Tulum in the other direction. The collectivo option is cheaper than using the Tour operator to Tulum or Playa del Carmen. I think the trip to Tulum was $50 each but me and my husband got there, got in and got back for about £20 total!!! Tulum is a must the beach is just lush, soft white sand and the blue-ist sea you have ever seen!
We got to Playa del Carmen for about £3 total. A had a lovely day shopping on 5th Avenue and taking in the sights and beach. Also a 10min walk from the main gate is a supermarket and I do mean a supermarket, it sells anything from biscuits to suncream to fridge freezers to motorbikes! And cheaper than in Port Aventuras, if you don't mind the walk.
Catalonia Yucatan is right on the beach but it is rocky until you get to about waist deep so take your beach shoes!. There are allsorts of fish in the water too so take snorkle if you like that and bread to feed them with. In your stay you get a go out on the catamerang (mini one ) from the boardwalk thats an experiance but good fun, you can also hire the snorkle set from there and the canoes for 1 hr.
They have markets in the hotel grounds near the main buffet restaurant about once every couple of nights. But be prepared to barter. Or go to Playa del Carmen. There is entertainment in the Catalonia part of the hotel but the room is in desperate need of Air-con, but the entertainment team work hard and is worth a visit.
Be prepared to tip the bar staff, if you do you'll be remembered, less tips = less service! More tip = better quicker service!! Watch out for the alcohol measures, sometimes a bit strong in those small plastic cups but the cocktails are a must try, I think I went down the whole list! But as a rule of thumb tip bel boys and room maids they too work hard. The quieter pool is just down from theh main entrance to Yucatan while the louder one is near the main buffet restaurant.
There is a fruit smoothie bar(near to beach), lovely in a morning and a crepe and ice cream bar (above main buffet restaurant) in the afternoons!! The spa is love and relaxing unless you want a work out in the gym which is in the spa but go when it is coolest, again no air con!!
Overall absolutely fabulous relaxing holiday, but if you want more life go to Playa del Carmen. The bel boys can arrange taxis for you if you dont want to use the collectivo, but this will cost more.
What more can you ask for??
- 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