My husband and I stayed at the Barcelo Maya Caribe for 2 weeks. May 1-14, 2012. It is about an hour and 20 mins ( depending on how many people you have to drop off on your way), from the airport, but don't let that detract you from going. It is well worth the trip. The hotel is part of a MASSIVE Barcelo complex, and The Caribe is one of those hotels involved. The front desk staff were welcoming, and kind. Since the complex is so huge, a map is given to you at check in, and very quickly reviewed. I'm sure the people working there have to go over those things 100's of times a day. Even with the map, we got lost the first day. But after that, we found our way around pretty good.
It was HOT, HOT, HOT when we went, and the humidity was very high. Sounds miserable doesn't it... ? Well, the first few days, I have to say, it WAS!! And even the rooms aren't as cool as I had thought they might be. BIG TIP..... To keep the air conditioning on all the time, you have to put a key card in a slot behind the door... any kind of card. even a library card. We used our Kroger Plus card. It keeps the air on. Other wise, it cuts off. It also cuts off, if you open the balcony door... I do understand that concept of not wasting cool air to the outside, but that, I have to say was a pain..
The room is nice, with big comfy beds, and soft pillows.. It has a fridge stocked daily with sodas, beer, water, and a few snacks. My husband liked the Orange Fanta. We left a note for the person stocking it every day, that we would like to have only Diet Coke ( Coke Lite in Mexico), and Fanta, and water... we left a small tip, and he did what we wanted him to, every day but one... That was pretty good.
The pool is large with a nice swim up bar. Drinks are pretty good. A little extra tip goes a long way too :) The self serve beer taps, I thought, was brilliant.. And very helpful. We took our own big cups. There are plenty of places to sit, and even covered places with hammocks and chairs to get you out of the sun. I LOVE the sun, and even I had to spend a few days in the shade.
The beach is absolutely huge. We never had a problem finding a place to sit, although, we did have some fave places and sometimes we got to them a little late... There is a life guard on duty for most of the day. Palm trees help for shade for the hot hot parts of the day. Take plenty of HIGH SPF sunscreen. I had a really nice base tan before I went, and I still got burned badly. The water?.... Nothing less than stunning. Crystal clear, with so many colors of blue, it seems unreal. Warm... and filled with beautiful fish who love to come swimming next to you. Mainly because people feed these fish, which I COMPLETELY disagree with, but it happen all the time. My husband and I love to snorkel, and the water does not disappoint. Beautiful, just a wonderful experience.
The food.... This is always a very controversial part of all inclusive traveling. I often wonder, what in the world are people expecting when they have really bad reviews of buffet dining. Good grief!! We thought the main buffet was just wonderful. There is a different theme every night for dinner. And many, many choices no matter what meal you are eating. Yes, breakfast had a lot of the same things every day. But my gosh people... What do you want them to fix? And it is now that I have to give props to my all time fave people at the buffet. HASSIM!!! and Roberto!!!. Oh my gosh, these 2 guys are THE BEST!!! Hassim will meet you with a huge smile, and a warm hello ( no matter what language you speak either), and within a day, he will know exactly what you like and will bring it, without you even having to ask. Hassim is wonderful. And he loves his job... Roberto, is one of the managers there and keeps the place running like a well oiled machine. And always sought us out to say hello and shake our hands. LOVE those guys!!!
We never ate lunch at the main buffet... we always ate at Captain Morgans grill every day. And it was delicious.. Lots of fresh sea food, fruit, veggies... and hamburgers, hotdogs, nachos.... deserts... Just a lot of really good food.
They have specialty restaurants... but honestly, we just ate at the buffet every night. For our 2 week stay, we could have used the specialty places, 6 times, I think.
So that's the basics of it all. Like most big all inclusives, they have gift shops, high end shopping... several other bars.... It was a really nice trip... We can't wait to go back...
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- Barcelo Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Maya Caribe Beach
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