My wife and I just recently returned from the Mayan Riviera, this being our second trip since our honeymoon. We booked the Catalonia Yucatan Beach because it offered good amenities, a variety of a la carte dining, fair size beach, and it was close to many major attractions.
If there is one major complaint it would have to be the airline. We flew with air transat who is the only air carrier that deals with this particular hotel. Our flight was delayed for more than two hours, service on board was poor, and the food was terrible (I wouldn't go as far as to say that president's choice microwave meals are my first choice).
The hotel is a fair size. Our room was pretty basic, but acceptable. Room service was fantastic. Our room was cleaned thoroughly and all the amenities were replenished (soap, shampoo, etc.). We made sure to leave a tip everyday (a tip goes a long way, these people work very hard and I'm sure their pay is not all that great).
The dining experience was good, but nothing spectacular though. The buffet was average, with a lot of the same foods appearing over and over. The a la carte dining was better, however, I would suggest staying away from the steakhouse. Even with our reservation it took a while to get a table, service was very slow, and the food wasn't that great. I definiately recommend the mexican restaurant despite what some of the reviews have said. The crepery was the highlight of the dining experience. The desert crepes were excellent, the service was impecible as well.
The beach was very nice. We never had problems getting beach chairs, even in the afternoon. The water was a little cooler than usual due to the colder temperatures. There is a lot of coral that surrounds the bay, which helps to divert big waves. However, if you want to snorkel, or swim out far you have to climb over it, so bring water shoes.
We did several exursions. Our first was to Tulum. We had been there previously on our honeymoon but never got a chance to go swimming. This time we did and it was incredible. I highly recommend it. You can take a collectivo (taxi) for 20 pesos, and the entry fee is only $5 US. Much cheaper than going witha tour. Our next trip was to Playa Del Carmen. Great place to go shopping and get deals. Be careful buying silver. Many vendors claim they offer quality silver, in reality its fake (plated steel).
Our final exursion was to see some cenotes. There was a spot only a few kilometres from our hotel. For $40 US you got a guided tour of the underground caves and rivers, after the tour you were able to go on your own to explore and swim the 7 cenotes in the park. Its an amazing experience, definiately recommended.
All in all, it was a good trip for the money. We got to go back to Mexico and relive some of our memories from our honeymoon, and at the same time, make new ones.
- 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