We couldn't resist returning to the Barcelo Palace after an incredible trip there last summer. This time, we noticed a few things that were even better! There were additional selections at the buffet, the pool/beach bar was open much later at night, and we were given a welcome bottle of tequila in our room upon arrival!
Amazing! Both my husband and I have different food restrictions, and we have no problem finding tasty variety at every meal. We booked a la carte dinners at the Italian, Mexican, and Spanish restaurants. My favorite was the Spanish. In the buffets, you can get so many things prepared fresh if you prefer. They have stations for fajitas, pasta, hamburger, steaks, omelettes, and many more. One of my favorite things were the desserts at the kids station. I know it sounds funny, but they had tarts, cream puffs, and chocolate covered strawberries that were so good! If you like fruity drinks, their "Caribbean Dream" was amazing! If it's in between meal times, you can stop in at the Coral Grill for snacks or even a whole meal.
Well, we were hardly ever in it, but it was very nice. It was very clean, spacious, and comfortable. We always had plenty of hot water, and I love the shower head.
This is my favorite part! We are big snorkelers. On the calmest days, we spent a lot of time exploring to see the fish, coral, turtles, and sting rays. The snorkeling here is outstanding! Make sure to bring biodegradable sunscreen if you're going in the ocean. Regular sunscreens destroy coral reefs. The one thing I wish this hotel did differently was to make a bigger effort to protect their most important natural resource. They have signs on the beach about not touching coral and wildlife, but that's it. I wish they would do more to keep people from standing up on coral (yes, standing on it!) and promote the biodegradable sunscreen. I fear we won't even want to come here in a few years when the beautiful reef has been destroyed.
On days when the waves were a little bigger, we loved taking a blow up mattress out to float on the gentle waves. On the beach, it was always easy to find chairs in sun or shade. It was great to come out of the water, grab a drink from the coco bar, and relax on the beach.
We are more beach people, but the pools offer great space and variety. I love all the hammocks spread out around the pool area. There's a great swim up bar, and huge pool area to roam. The adult only pool is very quiet. When we went there in the evening, we had it all to ourselves.
I can't believe how meticulous they keep everything. If you go, you'll see the constant attention to detail on both the structures and landscaping. You may have read that this place is very big. That's true! We enjoy the extra walking because we are eating and drinking so much! If you want a room closer to the lobby, request to be in the Michoacan building.
THE OTHER HOTELS
We took time to explore the other hotels (to see if we would want to possibly stay at one of the cheaper ones). We went into the buffet areas at the others to see if the food compared. Unfortunately, the variety of food was MUCH smaller than at the Palace. So, if we go back, it will be at the Palace.
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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