My friend and I stayed at this resort the week of June 6-13 of this year. I had previously been to Mexico once before. The resort was nice, we were not overwhelmed by the staff trying to convince us to upgrade. We had already decided prior to arriving that the benefits of the upgrade were not important to us during our vacation. The basic room was more than sufficient for our needs. We were also surprised to see a bottle of tequila, magnet, bag of chips, bottle of pop on the dresser when we entered the room. These were free of charge. There was a bottle of water in the bathroom with a note attached mentioning that only the first was free but we received a new bottle almost daily when ours was empty at no additional cost.
The resort had vendors in the evening more often than not. The grounds were nice and well maintained. We spent majority of the day in the pool with the Tequila swim up bar. The staff at the swim up were amazing! You could paint ceramics beside the pool for a cost. I would recommend bringing your own bubba cup for drinks as the cups you are served your drinks in a reusable and poorly washed (rinsed only). A couple of times I was served a drink in a glass with a bit of lipstick on the rim. I know people joked about the alcohol in the drinks killing off any bacteria but the thought sharing an oral transmitted disease with a complete stranger was less than appealing.
There were two buffets, one was air conditioned and the other was closed in by netting but allowed for the ocean breeze to keep you cool. If you look forward to a cappuccino in the evenings like I do, the second buffet mentioned is the only place where you could be served one. You may try each of the a la cartes once. We tried them all with the exception of the Italian. The Japanese was entertaining as they interact with the group as they cook. The Mexican and Steak house were fine but nothing to rave about.
The main beach was not great as it was rocky but I enjoyed the lagoon area which connects to the main beach. I would visit the lagoon each day after lunch, bringing some bread with me to feed the fish, this was one of the highlights of my vacation.
We did the free shuttle to Playa Del Carmen, the one where you have to stop at the jewelry factory. Ladies got a free imitation Pandora bracelet. The stop is about 30 minutes and you are on your way to Playa Carmen. I did not feel pressure to purchase anything at the factory and you could wait outside after a quick look at the jewelry. We had approximately 2 hours in Playa Del Carmen which was definitely not enough time. If I were to do it again I would take the free shuttle there and take a taxi back to the resort when I was ready to.
My biggest complaint about this resort was the accepted currency and the stores only accepting room charges for purchases. On my previous trip to Mexico USD and Mexican Pesos was the most accepted forms of currency. As I am Canadian I had converted my money over to USD prior to leaving for Mexico and did not bring much CAD as I was expecting that it would not be useful to me on my vacation. I was annoyed to discover while checking in that the front desk would only accept CAD as payment for purchases made on the resort, unless you were billing it to your credit card, then it would be charged in USD. Thankfully the resort did have a currency exchange booth that was open during the day time but I was still frustrated by the fact that I was paying the exchange rate a second time while changing my money back to CAD. So just a tip for Canadian's traveling to this resort, do not convert your money. CAD was accepted in Playa Del Carmen and even had a better rate than the other accepted currencies.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Puerto Aventuras
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Riviera Maya/Puerto Aventuras, Mexico