Our family just returned from a 10 day holiday at the Barcelo Maya Beach. This was our second time at an all inclusive hotel in the Maya Riveria. We chose this complex becuase we were traveling with another family and we thought there would be lots of activites for our teenaged girls. Usually we like to travel and stay at small hotels and do our meals at local restaurants, however this was an easy trip for 2 families. I believe that we must have arrived during part of spring break, as the first bit our our holiday was spent with lots of young adults (teenagers) whopping it up. Actually we found them quite rude, yelling at the bar tenders for more drinks when others were waiting etc. My husband also noticed at the buffets, people were quite pushy selecting their food. (Not too sure but i thought there was enough fries to go around for everone, they could have waited their turn).
We stayed in the Uxmal building which was great for location. Close to pretty much everything. We had a ground level room which i usually do not like but this was okay.
Patio, with table & 2 chairs, and a drying rack. I think we lucked out as we got afternoon sun and our suits always dried. Patio door had a secure bolt. The room was average size, and house keeping always did a good job cleaning and re stocking the mini frig. No Complaints. Safe in room. Bathroom had a hair dryer, and was supplied with soaps & shampoo. Iron & board were also provided.
Buffets were a bit repetitive for breakfast and lunch, every night there was a different theme for dinners and i'm glad that we used all of our passes for the a la carte restaurants. We were given 4 with our resevation, another 1 with our travel company and another 1 from a guest who was leaving and didn't use theirs. I would suggest that you book your dinner resevations as soon as you get there as they do fill up quickly. Both the Spanish & Mexican restaurants were good. Long pants a must for men!!! The steak restaurant i could pass on, poor service and pretty basic food. (mine was cold) Another option is to book a reseveration at one of the other hotels in the complex. A $15 to $20 fee per person to use these restaurants. We never got around to it and by the time we decided we couldn't get a reservation.
Pool and beaches were good, lots of chairs in the sun and shade. We went out around 8 AM and picked a spot for our group of 7 everyday and had no problem. The beach at the Maya end was the best of all the complex. Actually the other guests had to come down to this end to rent/ sign out non motorized equipment. Sign up started at 9AM. The hobby cats and water tricycles were the first to be booked. Kayaks, windsurfers, beach volley balls were plentyful. Tricycles only went out if it was calm on the water and some days the hobbycats couldn't go out if it was too windy. Snorkling was GREAT right by the pier between the Caribe and Colonial. Thousands of fish, especially under the pier.
Drinks were okay, I kind of got tired of the tropical ones and ended up drinking the white
house wine, which was pretty good for a house wine. (i'm really picky). As for the others that i was traveling with, they said no 2 drinks were the same as the bartenders do not measured anything. Sometimes they were good and other times they needed to be fixed up. Oh well you can have as much or as litlle as you want. Extra Tequila & rum bottles were located next to the bars so you could add if you wanted to.
The staff was great, had no problems with anything, (other than the agressive teenagers)
I think the bartenders could have made them wait their turns. Remember to tip the hotel staff as they make $15 per 9 hour day. A dollar or 2 goes a long way for these workers.
All in all if your looking for a good holiday in the sun and you are not too picky you will have a great time.
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