Just back after a 2 week stay with a family group ending the tenth of May. We stayed in a standard room with a lovely view overlooking the pool which had two double beds for myself and my wife. The room was large clean with big flat screen TV, good air conditioning and had all we wanted. The grounds and the pools are immaculate there is the odd Iguana, Agouti and I saw a Spider monkey in the trees at the back of the archery range. The restaurants are all well presented most with white tablecloths and napkins and have plenty of choice of menu. The a la carte favourite was the Japanese where the chef puts on a great show and the Steak house a close runner up. We had no problems with getting a table we would arrive in the evening about seven and usually be told a table would be ready for us in forty five minutes so we would go and have a couple of enjoyable drinks and return. It was so pleasant to sit in the warm open air in one of the bars enjoying a cocktail. The lobby bar next to the theatre often had a singer or musician entertaining. The theatre hosted the main show by the animation team or visiting act and was quite spectacular. The beach as has been said many times is stony to get into the water and there was a constant onshore wind which made the sea quite rough nearly all the time we were there but the lagoon is sheltered and had plenty of fish which people feed with bread. The catamarans have to be captained by one of the staff as they say it is too dangerous to take one out by yourself because of the rocky reefs and swimmers. I am a qualified scuba diver and went with the hotel company pro divers on the local dives the visibility was not as good as I expected about 15 metres and the sea a bit choppy saw nothing exceptional but did a trip to Cozumel with them where the sea is sheltered and was getting 30 metres visibility and seeing lots of lobsters big green moray eels and a nurse shark. The trip cost an extra 109 US dollars but you get a meal and soft drinks at the hotel Allegro they use on the island. A trip to Alkumal is a must to snorkel with the turtles in the beautiful bay we got a taxi from the hotel which cost 230 pesos each way best to go early as it gets quite busy with tourists. There are several cenotes just off the main road a couple of miles south which took a 15 minute taxi drive, cost 200 pesos and 100 pesos each to go in Christelino. We took our own mask and snorkel but you can rent them there. All in all a great holiday weather good 33 centigrade mostly sunny an odd shower a few afternoons but quite breezy with an on shore south east wind.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star Catalonia Yucatan Beach Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, on the private estate of Puerto Aventuras. Located on the beautiful Mexican Caribbean coast, this resort is directly on the beach and offers a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere, perfect for a relaxing break. This mystical area boasts many Mayan archaeological ruins that include Chichen Itza, Tulum and Tikal as well as the natural attractions of Xel-Ha, Cozumel and Xcaret. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Hotel Puerto Aventuras
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Puerto Aventuras
- Catalonia Yucatan Beach Riviera Maya, Mexico - Puerto Aventuras