Don't let the bumpy gravel road leading up to this resort let you think it's anything but an immaculate, quiet resort nestled in the Riviera jungle. My husband and I spent 2 glorious weeks at Catalonia Playa Maroma and we could have spent another 2. If you want a place where you can completely relax this is where you need to be.
We were among a handful of english speaking Canadians but that didn't keep us from getting to know the amazing staff and other Canadians visiting the resort. In fact it brought us Canadians closer together! Unfortunately the language barrier did keep us from really getting to know some of the other guests but they were mostly friendly regardless. Our room was in the privalleged section and though we didn't get the king sized bed we were hoping for we were happy with the room over all and didn't bother trying to change. The room was amazingly clean however the air conditioning didn't work overly well (room 4106 incase the management wants to know) Luckily my husband and I are used to not having a/c so the fan along with the a/c was good enough. :)
The resort itself has an extremely relaxed atmosphere. The clientele seems a little more "high class" for lack of a better word and eventhough there were people having a good time it never got out of control. Most of the time people were sitting at a table or one of the great couches in the lobby playing cards and having a cappuccino. (which is AMAZING by the way) The animation team is unbelievable, speaking all 4 common languages of the resort; italian, spanish, french, and english. A special thank you to Jhonny for making our stay extra fabulous!
My husband and I are fitness competitors so the gym facilities were a concern at first. We couldn't find a picture at the time of booking but we were surprised to find it had everything we needed! Oh except for a matching 5lb and 10lb dumbell for the ones that are there. I had to use 5lb plates most of the time. The air conditioning isn't on most of the time but I think that's because the room isn't air tight. We made the best of it and embraced the extra hard workouts. The shops on site are amazing and not too badly priced though most of the stuff you can find in Playa Del Carmen should you be there. Unfortunately I didn't get around to using the spa so I can't tell you how it is. The food was always amazing. In the buffett & the 3 al la cartes. You MUST go to Tortuga and have the Portobello Maroma and french onion soup. Being in the fitness industry eating somewhere other then home can be hard but I had no problems at all.
The long walkway from the main lobby to the rooms/gym/beach was never a problem except for when it rained of course. In fact we liked being farther away from the lobby since that's where the disco and entertainment stage is so should we turn in early we couldn't hear anything from the room. Speaking of the disco and entertainment stage, the disco was so much fun! Most of the staff stick around and dance the night away with you. The dj plays newer music which is great and liked by everyone. We saw the majority of the entertainment on stage through our trip and all of the shows were fantastic. I would like to see some more singers however. :)
The beach is of course amazing. Beautifully white and soft. If you can't find a chair, walk over to the far right and there is staff washing some off. They'll grab a chair and bring it out for you. As for topless tanning I can say I was one of a handful of people doing it as I had to avoid the tan lines. Besides it was something to check off the ol' "bucket list' ;). The water is amazing though always moving. The wind blows all the time so it kicks up the water a little but not too bad at all. The angel fish that hang out in the area are completely harmless but quite curious. Bring a banana and they'll be your best friend all day!
I'm not sure what else I can say besides this was the best vacation I've ever had. I was worried about staying in one place for so long but it was amazing. Again the atmosphere is very relaxed so if you're looking to party this resort is not for you. Also there is no free shuttle as mentioned in a previous review by the management but it's $20 each way to get to Playa Del Carmen. I also recommend going to Coco Bongo while you're there. I feel completely relaxed and refreshed after staying at Catalonia Playa Maroma and I will definitely be back again!
- 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