I just returned from a 6 night stay at the Barcelo Maya Beach resort. We arrived on Monday, April 20 and left Sunday, April 26.
When we checked in it was slightly annoying because they gave us the wrong room. We paid for a jr. suite and instead we were given a regular room. It was decorated very nicely, however, with beach towels, towel decorations on the bed and champagne and fruit. We were planning on getting married on the 24th. The bellboy came back as soon it was figured out, moved all our luggage and moved all our decorations to the correct room.
The beach is fantastic. It goes on forever and is very sandy in front of the Beach resort. I think the beach in front of the Beach resort is the best of the 5 Barcelo resorts. When we were there, the Caribe was closed so there was even more beach to spread out on. There was always a chair somewhere to be found and really no one puts their towels out early in the AM to get a chair.
The pool is very nice and is where our group of friends hung out most of the time. Again, there are always chairs to be found.
The bars are great and they'll make anything for you. The amount of alcohol really varied from bartender to bartender, but either way, the drinks were good.
The food is OK. We didn't end up eating in any of the restaurants because we had such a large group of people with us (38 guests for our wedding) that we didn't want to seclude ourselves. Our friends who did eat at the restaurants said they were good. Not outstanding, but better than the buffet and HUGE portions--a very nice break from the buffet. I'm not a picky eater and really didn't mind the buffet, but it did get a little old after a while. Breakfast was my favorite meal, omlettes, fruit, hot chocolate (probably too hot to drink it in Mexico, but good nonetheless)...it's just good!
The service is very good. I do have outstanding service to compare it to (El Dorado Seaside Suites where we spent our honeymoon) so I can say that they really do their very best. Somethings get overlooked, but as soon as you ask for something, they are happy to oblige and quickly.
Our wedding coordinator was Claudia--she was GREAT. I was nervous b/c of some lack of communication prior to the wedding, but once we got down there, we met, went over all the plans, had our blood test (no bruises, best draw I've ever had, in fact) and it was all handled perfectly. She and her co-workers really did an outstanding job.
I brought down all my decorations and she and her co-workers put them all up for the wedding and then the reception. Our wedding was at 3p and our reception started at 5p. They were timely and exceeded all our expectations.
The food at the wedding was GREAT and the cake (pineapple) was OUT OF THIS WORLD good! :-) We had 8 waitstaff (including 1 bartender) at our reception and the service was terrific!!! They really did a GREAT job, I can't say it enough.
We chose to have our reception inside and I'm glad we did. It was very hot and windy and everyone was pretty happy to get inside in the A/C. We did our own playlist on our iPOD and hooked it up to their speaker system and it worked beautifully. Now, I know there was a reception outside the day before my wedding and they sounded like they were having an awesome time, so no matter where your reception is, it's gonna be fun!
I would definitely go back to Barcelo and I would probably chose to stay at the Beach again. Even though it is the oldest of the buildings, I couldn't really tell and no matter what the pool and beach rocks and that's where I always spend most of my time!
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- Barcelo Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Hotel Maya Beach
- Barcelo Maya Palace
- Barcelo Maya Mexico
- Barcelo Maya Resort
- Catalonia Rivera Maya
- Maya Beach Resort
- Barcelo Beach Maya Mayan Resort Riviera
- Barcelo Maya Beach Resort Cancun
- Barcelo Maya Beach Riviera Maya, Mexico - Puerto Aventuras