Recently, myself and a group of forty close friends and family gathered at the Barcelo Maya Palace for my sister’s wedding. All together we were a group of forty and on behalf all of us, I feel compelled to start this review by saying – we loved this hotel.
We had a basic room which was very nice – it could easily sleep four to six people as the room includes a separate twin bed and couch in addition to the other bed(s). The bathroom was large, with a double shower, two modern sinks, and a separate toilet area. Overall, we were very impressed by the room which was clean, spacious, and tastefully decorated.
Food & Drink-
There are two main buffets at the Palace, both of which are air conditioned with the option to be seated on an outside terrace. Overall, the buffet food is good – there are a lot of options and a good variety – there are also many stations where food can be prepared right in front of you to your own specifications. I have to admit, I wasn’t overly impressed by the al la carte restaurants, they require a lot of time (there is large gaps between courses) for a small portion of average cuisine.
As a non-drinker, I can’t comment much on the quality of the alcoholic drinks at the Palace. However, my companions seemed genuinely pleased by the mixed drinks and were very pleased by the Palace’s draft beer (Modelo).
I had no problems with the service at the Palace. You can tell the employees work their hardest to keep everyone happy and our group never had any problems with the staff.
My sister’s wedding was beautiful, she got married in the gazebo which is right in front of the ocean. The ceremony went flawlessly, the food at the reception was the best we had eaten all week, and everybody left happy.
The grounds are beautiful and very clean with lots of unique statues and artwork spread all around the hotel. The staff works hard to keep the grounds spotless and you continuously see employees sweeping, removing trash, and maintaining the buildings, pathways, etc..
There is a massive pool at the Palace, which is full of all kinds of fountains, water spouts, and a type of water rock wall that you can climb. The pool is very clean, the water is the perfect temperature, and there is plenty of seating in the pool area.
The beach at the Palace is a sight to behold. The water is beautiful and warm, there is plenty of shade under the numerous palm trees on the beach, and the views are spectacular. There is lots of sea life in the ocean which offers good snorkeling and on numerous occasions sea turtles would pop their head out of the water, a mere five feet away from Palace guests.
If you are looking for a relaxing, beautiful, five-start resort in Mexico then the Barcelo Maya Palace is an excellent choice. My group and I fell in love with this resort, head over heels in love, with the excellent food and drink, beach, sun, and service that the Barcelo offers. We are already looking into booking another group stay at this resort next year. I am the first to admit that I have high expectations, I am a critic first and a fan second; I don’t say things like “this is the best hotel I have ever stayed at”, and I certainly am honest and critical in my reviews.
However, the Palace has compelled me to say the thing that I never say, the superlative that is normally used by happy-go-lucky vacationers - this is the best hotel I have ever stayed at.
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Barcelo Maya Palace Riviera Maya, Mexico - Puerto Aventuras