We stayed for 2 weeks at this resort from March 12 to 26. Having been at several all inclusives in the past we were very impressed with this resort. Good value for the money. Service was very good. Hotel was at 45 to 60% occupancy when we were there. We stayed in the rooms at the south side of the resort-. it was quieter there and the empty lot next door allowed for a nice cross breeze into our room. The room was comfortable. We did have noisy neighbours but the staff dealt with them in a timely manner. There was a $3US charge per night for the in room safe-I think that should be included in the price of the hotel room. There was no fridge in the room but didn't need one as drinks are available and water could be filled up at the bars and restaurants for the few hours during the night when the bar closes.Some people upgraded their rooms but we felt the basic room was just fine.
The beach is rocky in spots-water shoes are a good idea. You can snorkel there and there were lots of fish you could seen in the lagoon area at the north end of the resort.My family enjoyed the sail boat rides-they saw turtles and flying fish on these short trips. The pools were lovely. As usual people try to hog the lounge chairs-even when they aren't around-reserving chairs is not allowed by the resort and I felt perfectly justified in moving belongings off chairs if I needed one and would encourage others to do the same.
Service at the bar was great and there was table and beach service by staff at quieter times which I found quite surprising. Brand name liquor and Corona beer was on tap I believe.
There was a good variety of Mexican and international cuisine at the buffet. The a la carte restaurants were very good as well. Gisela, one of the hostessess at the buffet was very helpful and pleasant throughout our stay. Staff were all pleasant and helpful even when dealing with demanding, difficult people at times.
We rented a car and took excursions in the area. Since my last trip there the gas stations have signs up advising people to call police if they are ripped off while buying gasoline. I think this has greatly helped to alleviate this problem from just 1 year ago. There are several beautiful cenotes just south of the hotel that are worth going to.Evening entertainment was enjoyable. The bikes need some maintenance and the seats were very uncomfortable.
As far as safety goes we felt very safe in this gated community and were able to sit on the beach without being pestered by merchants. We also felt safe on our trips into nearby Playa del Carmen.In summary I would highly recommend this resort and the Mayan Riviera.
- 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