We traveled May 2-7th to the Catalonia and had an amazing time! With that, we got a privledged room in the 4000 building. The room was very clean, king size poster bed, very comfortable, complete with a "pillow menu" to customize your sleep! The mini bar had water, and aside from the restaurants that was the only place to get bottles of water. We had a balcony with a view of a very authentic looking Mexican courtyard. All of the landscaping was very beautifully done, there were always people working on one thing or another. The hotel is located very far back from the main road, and you feel like you're going into the middle of nowhere, but then you see a spacious, gorgeous lobby that takes you to the main walkway, where you are flanked on either side by natural greenery and it is very beautiful. Pictures can't come close to capturing this, especially when you hear the delicate music that they have piped in! The food is amazing, buffets plentiful, great variety, very tasty (and we are very picky about food), much better then expected. Only downfall of the main buffet is that it is not air conditioned, and that could be very uncomfortable. The indoor restaurants are air conditioned. Italian restaurant is not to be missed, (ate there 2x...BEST Carrapicio) free house wine that was excellent, and a decent wine menu (extra $), and a Mexican restaurant that was also very good, Wonderful Tapas restaurant that was also included in the priveleged reservation, super romantic atmosphere, and just excellent service in all places.
The beach is just absolutely beautiful. Words cannot say enough. We walked very far both ways, and Catalonia has the best by far. There are waitstaff that come around for drinks, but not all that often. Not a big deal. Pool is great, we did go to the spa and had a nice time, too. You could choose to have your services in the secluded "garden" setting, (we did-great), or there is a spot on the beach. One of our favorite parts would have to be the hammocks, swinging in the sand looking at the beautiful water, was paradise!
One word of caution, at the Cancun airport there are "travel agents" who are very nice and try to learn about you and your vacatuion desires, and lure you into very lengthly "vacation club" or timeshare proposals. I guess if you don't value your time while on an amazing beach in a beautiful resort, you can score, say zip line tickets or something, but it really is a HUGE waste of time.
Other wise, my husband and I would go back in an instant and are already planning to next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Catalonia Playa Maroma is situated in the Mayan Riviera, at only 35 kilometers south of Cancun and 20 kilometers north of Playa del Carmen. Regarding to the Travel Channel, Playa Maroma is one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. The typical Mexican decoration with its vibrant colors and palapa roofs surrounded by the native jungle make this resort the perfect place to spend a wonderful vacation. The Mayan World has to offer a lot to its visitors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Catalonia Playa Maroma Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Catalonia Playa Maroma Del Carmen
- Playa Maroma