We were booked for the Yucatan in a privilege room but this is really on the Mayan side of the resort - not a big deal, and the nicer side in my opinion. Travelled with our 2 children ages 3 and 5 from Jan 19 to 26.
Lagoon - great for young kids
Snorkelling - super easy snorkelling in lagoon and along stone walkway between lagoon and ocean + heard great snorkelling off main beach
Kids pools - really impressed that we found 3 kiddie pool areas - 1 quite large, others small but nice they were there + most pools had wide shallow ledges that are handy with kids
Pools - in general not a lot of seating
Bathrooms - sufficient supply of these and kept clean (for those frequent trips with the kids :) )
Entertainment staff - there were a couple of girls from England on staff - which I loved for aerobics, general communication, the Mexican staff were great too, but if I do an activity I like to be able to follow the instructions easily
Food - we thought it was great - a huge selection at the buffets (standard stuff but lots of options), a la carte food isn't amazing, but acceptable and we enjoyed having them as an option, and they offered a childrens menu + we took small white boards, stickers to keep our kids busy. We only experienced a line up at the Japanese restaurant - my husband stood in line at 5, we joined him at 6 and got in right away, saw others go stand in line in their beach gear and make reservations for later, creperie often had line ups
Dolphins - worthwhile to make the walk
Kids club - we didn't take part in the programs but visited the playground a few times - it was small and not always that clean - often broken balloons scattered in the sand - kids looked like they were having fun in the club and they did a have a unique calendar of activities for each day
TV - there was a kids channel with cartoons
Resort Size - to me the resort seemed claustrophobic at times - lots of people and everything jammed together - on the positive it was super easy to drop by the room to change or drop stuff off, on the negative you don't get that spacious feeling. Grounds are very nicely kept and we didn't have any problems with late night noise.
The definite negatives...
Overbooking & crowding - it seemed very busy by the end of the stay and it seems they purposely overbook this resort and then offer guests the opportunity to move to a sister resort such as Playa Maroma - this was announced as an option one day by the entertainment staff + we heard this from another guest at the resort. When the resort is smaller, when things get busy it is much more noticeable.
King Beds - As a family of four one king bed doesn't cut it and apparently most of the privilege rooms and all of the suites offer this. We stayed privilege and got a cot which worked ok but not great. In the suites they have a pull out couch. Seems strange that their pricing encourages family with children but yet they don't have more double options - perhaps just an issue for privilege and suites though.
Cancun Airport - holy stressful - it's under construction, the shopping areas are right beside the waiting areas, on arrival you walk through the shopping to get to customs, with 2 young children we survived but missed the small airport atmosphere we had on our trip last year - and we flew Wed to Wed! We didn't use them but it looked like there were bathrooms out by the bus area and both ways our bus had a bathroom. Also the resort was about 1 hr 20 minutes from the airport.
We would go to this resort again if we got a deal, but with 2 AI trips under our belt with our children we will look more closely at flying to a smaller airport, with a short distance to the resort, and a nice kids club where we can feel really comfortable leaving our children for at least a couple of hours each day. (After a few days of escorting little ones to the bathroom on a regular basis, back and forth to the buffet etc we will look to get some adult time next year for sure - especially as they grow older and are more independent.)
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions - especially regarding travelling with children.
- 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
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