After reading a ton of reviews about this place after we booked it and before we went, I was very concerned. Long story short, I shouldn't have been. My youngest sister had decided about six months ago that she wanted to turn 30 on a tropical beach. Originally the trip was supposed to be a big group of us, but wound up being just us 3 siblings.
We arrived at the Cancun airport and were immediately directed to our Lomas shuttle service. Avoid those folks at the airport that are trying to sell you something. Our shuttle trip lasted over an hour and it was still pouring rain at the tail end of tropical storm Alex. When we got to the hotel our check in was smooth. With the 3 of us we had requested a room with 2 queen beds and a rollaway. We got to the room and it was well aircondtioned, clean, minifridge stocked with modelo, water, soda. There was a couch that basically turned into a single bed when you removed the back cushions in addition to the 2 queen beds. Our bellman showed up shortly with our bags. We quickly went through the beer in the fridge, but called the front desk and more arrived in just a short time. After a full day of travel we were ready to get our vaction started! Unfortunately it was still pouring rain =( We headed down to the Maya beach buffet. I'm not sure if it's a tuesday thing or what, but the buffet was our first dissapointment. I have sampled many buffet's and this one was NOT GOOD. That being said, for whatever reason, the buffet seemed to get better after that first night. Sometimes even downright good!... But I'm getting ahead of myself. After dinner we wandered to the closest bar wich happened to be the theater bar. The Michael Jackson show was just kicking off. If you are going to see one show while you are there, I would recommend this one. Tons of fun! So, we were cooped up inside our first night but it wasn't all bad. The show, combined with the friendly (if slightly overworked) bartenders made for a fair first impression of the resort.
I'll stop here for a second and give a little TIP. TIP!!! I know that gratuities are included in the price when you book an all inclusive, but these bartenders work really hard... it's also an investment. When a bartender knows your first name, your favorite drink, your favorite brand... lets just say top shelf upgrades may be a little easier to come by ;)
For those of you that are Tequila fans, they actually have self serve tequila buffet bars set up in various locations around the resort! That margarita not quite strong enough?? Go add some more at the tequila bar!
The next day and most of the rest of the trip was beautiful weather! The beach is gorgeous, the sand is soft. The pier is a great place to snorkel, but we saw fish and stingrays in the open water as well. The swim up bars are fun, the pools are well maintained. The facilities are well kept. Employees almost always greet you with a cheerful "Ola" even just passing you to and fro.
We forgot to book our A La Carte reservations the first night. We got them booked the second day but nothing was open till the end of our trip and at slightly inconvenient times. I would advise getting that done ASAP. We ate at the mexican and spanish restaurants. Both served good food. Have them make you a mexican coffee if you eat at the mexican place.. you will be treated to a fun little fire show.. but beware, the coffee is very spiked at the end!
The walkways do get slick! Bring shoes with some good traction. My pool flip flops or my sandals were way better than my tennis shoes.
Day trips. We took the trip to a sinkhole/chitzenitza. Be ready for a drive, and almost no time at the sinkhole for swimming. The ruins were awesome, but you spend half the day on the bus. Isle Mujares Catamaran with lobster lunch. I missed out on this but my sisters said it was awesome. The reason I missed out was because I injured myself the night before (cracked ribs) and didn't feel up to it.
I lost my all inclusive bracelet at one point. We were warned when we checked in that if we lost them it would be over 300$ to replace. I went to the front desk and explained how I had just woke up without it. They weren't real thrilled but gave me a replacement at no charge =)
All in all we were quite pleased. If you are looking for a good value at a great location, consider this resort.
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Maya Caribe Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Maya Caribe Beach
- Barcelo Maya Caribe Riviera Maya, Mexico - Puerto Aventuras