Dec-28 to Jan-4
Barcelo Maya Beach Resort was truly a reflection of the good and the not so good detailed in the reviews. From the reasonable perspective of a family of 3 including a teenage girl, the good is all what you read about so let’s look at the darker side. We stayed at the Caribe Hote, one of the five hotels on the Barcelo site. Starting from what I think is the lower end, Maya Beach, Maya Caribe, Maya Colonial, Maya Tropical and the Palace. Upon arrival at the hotel, we diligently booked our restaurants for our evening meals. Full bookings meant we could only eat out 3 nights out with limited time options. One of the meals was an upgrade, the Japanese Restaurant, well worth it! We found that the ping pong tables and volleyball court were too limited in numbers. The excursions are expensive; we only did 2 local Cenotes on our own: Eden Gardens and the Kantunchi Eco Park (www.kantunchi.com). There are actually 3 Cenotes across the street, the Kantun Chi, Crystalline and Eden Gardens. Kantun Chi overcharged us 20$ US each. But do not miss out on the Eden Gardens, it is a beautiful site. Someone recommended the visit of another Cenotes between the Barcelo Hotel and Tulum, called Dos Ojos. Back at the Hotel, we also found the waiting time at the bars too long. In our seven-day stay, 4 days were yellow flags and 3 red flags. So be warned that the sea is rarely flat. The access to Internet... remember 56 kb?..
If you can appreciate Mexico for its beauty but also for its differences, you will likely not have more complaints then we did. Remember the do’s: book your restaurants with your hotel concierge upon arrival, return daily to him to book empty nights, drop by at the restaurants without reservation and hope for no-shows. Use a private transportation service, as we did – www.cancuntransportationfamar.com, you will be pleasantly surprised from the right beginning. At $130 US for a total of 2.5 hour drive, it is good piece of mind – it is well worth it. Arrange to pay every purchase in Mexican pesos, not in US $, you will end up saving bundles. Windy days are good for excursions and you can walk the beaches the next day and collect sea shells. Make every effort to speak Spanish; Mexican will not let you down. An 8-hour work shift provides a lucky Mexican $20 US, so tip a 1$ or 2$ or more as often as you can.
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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