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Beach lovers, you and the fam will love this escape haven - it's nestled in a jungle oasis along the luxurious Riviera M
Beach lovers, you and the fam will love this escape haven - it's nestled in a jungle oasis along the luxurious Riviera Maya. The white sand and clear, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea will keep you hypnotized. But so will the overarching concept - stay at one, play at four - along with all the 24-hour all-inclusive goodness: food, drinks, entertainment, and activities - in the water and out of it. Speaking of, there are 8 pools and three water parks in the complex, where you can splish splash the day away. But make sure you hit the 33,000-square-foot U-Spa for a stress-smashing treatment. Grab an umbrella drink, kick back and let the awesome wash over you.
"It was a nice resort. Kids friendly and good food. The only thing was the dark oaths to rooms, I would of liked more light, other than that it was very good!" – Jolin
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February 1, 2013
Overall . this resort is a great value. A family vacation with my adult children in their mid to late 20's and a girlfriend of my son. They thought there was plenty to do. Mini golf was a big hit!!!!.
I made reservations for 2 rooms with King beds and 1 room with doubles. When we checked in, they had no king rooms available and we didn't find out until we got to our rooms. The check in process was pretty bad. Giving us wrong room numbers, sending us to the wrong building and then having the wrong beds. They couldn't get us king beds. But you aren't in your room that much so we just lived with it. After that ordeal, everything was great. The beach is the nicest beach in all of the Riviera Maya. We have been to a few other resorts and this is by far the most beautiful beach, and perfect white sand. The pool was very nice too. Plenty of chairs everywhere, and activities always going on. The bartenders made good drinks and few dollars always helped. The people in the buffet were extremely nice and always offering to get you drinks and prompt with clearing your plates. The buffet had a good assortment of entrees. If you stay 5 nights you get 2 tickets for the restaurants that require reservations. This is the first time I have stayed at a resort that you get tickets. The reservations were easy to make, (do it when you check in) and the food was very good. I wish there were more selections instead of just Spanish and Mexican, or maybe one more night for a fancy dinner at the steak house. But there were different themes in the buffet every night. So no shortage of food. It is an easy place to get around. Very well mapped with directions all over. There is a great shopping area right in the resort, with all kinds of vendors. The shows at the theater were very good also. We also did an excursion to Tulum which was great, and a snorkeling trip. You can bring your own snorkeling gear and see plenty of fish by the rope area of the beach. Overall a super nice place and we would definitely go again.
flowermom Top 500 Contributor From:Grayslake, Illinois Age:55-64 Travel:1-2 trips/year
October 30, 2012
Just got back from the Barcelo Colonial in Riveria Maya, Mexico. Here's my analysis:
1.) Flew through Mexico City (on Delta then Aero Mexico). Avoid this connection if you can. Once you arrive you go downstairs and go to immigration. Then you find your bag and put it on a conveyor belt. Next you go upstairs to the domestic terminal and catch your flight. Kind of a pain.
2.) When you walk through the airport in Cancun you will see 2 groups of people with ID's around their neck all dressed alike. KEEP WALKING. They will ask you which shuttle service you are looking for, forget them. They want to pitch you timeshare. Go outside and you will have someone holding up a sign with either your name or the transportation service. Ours was Olympus. They were very professional and courteous.
3.) It's a long ride to the resort. Try to relax. Took us about 1.45 hours. You will go through 2 police checkpoints but because you are in a tourist vehicle they wave you right through.
4.) I was second guessing my decision on selecting this resort. The drive seemed to take forever. Once we pulled into the property, WOW! A bright, beautiful, open air lobby. A beautiful huge carving was behind the reception desk. Check-in was effortless and they gave us a drink while they explained the paperwork. We were upgraded to the Colonial because the Caribe was being renovated. It was late and we were hungry, no problem Senor, leave your bags here and go to the buffet. Once they put the bracelet on our wrist we went to the buffet. Dinner was great. Lots to choose from and I, being a health nut found plenty. Off-season equals less people on the property. After dinner we went to our room. Warning: depending on where you room is located, your walk could be significant but understand this resort has 2,600 rooms. Our room was right in front of the pool which was a long walk away (Jalesco bldg). No worries, I'm in shape and my wife loves to walk. I needed the exercise because I tried to eat my body weight in protein and drink my body weight in liquor! My wife and I both paused at the front door. Again, WOW! Great room, it was big, had a tub with a shower, a separate shower and a glass sliding door which is where the toilet was located. Small complaint: analog television with very few English channels. Our room looked out to the adult pool and to my surprise, it was very quiet.
5.) Two 24 hour bars? How perfect is that!
6.) Beautiful beach. The property is actually 5 in 1. Caribe has the best beach, long, wide and flat. Getting into the water on the Colonial side is tricky (lots of rocks) and there is a steep drop off 6-8 feet from the waterline, be careful. The Tropical side, forget it, walk to either the Colonial or Caribe side. By the way, the beach is groomed every morning so there was a minimum amount of seaweed on the beach each morning for our morning walk along the shore.
7.) The buffet is excellent. Your on vacation, have a mimosa or three. Want an egg white omelet? No problem. Want smoked salmon in it? No problem, you will find it on the middle island (where you get your plates) and the cook will add it to your veggies. Lunch and dinner were good with a nice rotation of fish and meat.
8.) Ready for some sun? Plenty of chairs available at both the beach and pool.
9.) Need a drink? Go to the swim-up bar for a few cocktails. Oh, there are two swim-up bars.
10.) The restaurants require reservations and slacks are mandatory for the gentlemen. I overslept and missed the seafood restaurant reservation (too many mosquito coasts!) but did go to the Japanese steakhouse. My wife and I were the only ones at the table and that made the show even more special. Food was pretty good.
11.) I workout 5 days/week and believe it or not, I wanted to workout while on vacation. The resort gym was beyond my expectation. Open air and well equipped. Dumbbells only go up to 50, no Olympic bar but they have a Smith machine and other basic pieces. With some modifications I could do my regular workout. Cardio equipment is good but did not use. They have a cooler full of bottled water and towels are within reach. After working out I went to the steam room. Couldn't ask for more.
12.) Housekeeping/Security. They do a great job cleaning and replenishing your mini-frig. The people that provide the turndown service are very conscious about your valuables. My wife and I were out of the room late in the afternoon and when she returned there was a maid and a security officer in our room. Apparently the maid went to turndown our bed and saw our electronics out in the open (not sure why they weren't in the safe) and she called security to make sure our electronics were not touched. I have read where other guests at other properties lost their stuff. Kudos to their staff.
Now my complaints: 1.) the bartenders will not pour you a strong drink. I asked, found the word for strong in Spanish, to no avail. You really need to stay on them if you want it strong. 2.) There is no consistency between bartenders. You could be at the same bar and have a different bartender make you the same drink and its not the same. 3.) No poolside or beachside service. I wasn't happy about that. 4.) I wish the reservation agent told me about the black bracelet before our last day at the resort. The black bracelet gets you access to as many passes to the restaurants to match the nights you are on the property. It also gets you free room service, free wifi and the top shelf alcohol. The cost is $40/day but you may be able to negotiate it down to $30.
The Barcelo properties generally cater to a Spanish clientele, but you will be treated like gold. Most of the staff speaks English and those that can't access those that can. Be friendly, give a dollar or two tip to those that you interact with and you will have a great time. I met people that have been to this property 3 and 4 times. They just love it and I understand why. If you have a question or a problem, find a manager. They will be more than happy to take care to address your needs.
TIPS: Bring your own thermal drinking container. The bartenders will gladly fill it up for you thereby eliminating multiple trips to the bar.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Bacelo Maya Caribe for 7 days 6 nights. It was worth every dollar! We really didnt' get to experience the whole resort just because we were off doing excursions which were amazing and you should take full advantage of them. The part of the resort that we did get to experience was really relaxing and well worth it. The staff was always there to assist you with making your stay amazing and exciting! The Spanish restaurant was great and so was the service!! The buffets they had were ok. There was always something different but it was always good. A buffet is a buffet. :) The rooms were really relaxing especially with the garden view. We always saw wild life and it was allllllways so peaceful and quite. The beach was amazing and the water was soooo gorgeous!!! We saw alot of sea turtles and color fish! It was pretty awesome snorkling off the dock with all the beautiful fish and coral. We would recommend this is anyone that is headed that way and we will be traveling there again with friends!! :)
Miller83 Top 1000 Contributor From:Kansas Age:25-34 Travel:1-2 trips/year
May 30, 2012
Where do I start......really from the moment we walked up to the front desk to check in, to the last time we walked up to the front desk to check out we were very impressed! We were given all three rooms on the ground floor, my sons were okay with that but we wanted a little more privacy so they changed us to the third floor right on the spot.
My husband and I took out 3 adult sons for a 4 day trip to Barcelo Maya Caribe. We are always concerned about there being enough activity for our very active sons and there was! A good crowd of young, old, older,single, and couples. There was plenty to do seeing how you can use the facilities in all the resorts except for the Palace. We were very happy with all the amenities and rarely left our own resort area..
The beach was to die for awesome and there were plenty of loungers every single day. Along the Barcelo resorts the beach changes from soft sand entries in the water to rocky areas. You never get bored with the scenery. It's definitely the nicest along the Caribe. And the clear water is so many shades of blues and greens! AMAZING!!!! Also, the resort is kinda in a cove type area so the waves are very small. If you are looking to ride waves, this isn't the beach for you. If you enjoy walking out in calm waters and floating and relaxing.....this is for you!!!!
There were so many things to do! We kayaked right off the beach in the crystal clear Caribbean waters, snorkeled with schools of beautiful fish right off the pier, walked on the lovely powder white beach up the the Barcelo Palace and looked for washed up coral. Not to mention my sons played basketball, life size chess, ping pong, frizbee and much more. We all got massages and they weren't the best so not sure if you want to spend the resort price on it!
The pools were great, with swin up bars and lots of places to lounge and relax. There is an activities pool and there is a quieter pool. We enjoyed hanging at the quiet one!
The restaurants are nice but not amazing. Don't let that scare you off though. We have done many all inclusives and this was by far one of the best. It's an all inclusive so don't expect 5 star dining!!! And the only thing about all the restaurants is that they are all open air and it tended to get a little warm and muggy at times, but what the heck, we were headed for the pool or beach right after anyway!!!! The food was good and we all always found yummy things to munch on. The lunch was probably the most disappointing and seemed to be the same at every restaurant. The selection was nice and if your didn't put everything on your plate the first day to try like me, LOL, there were lots of different meals each day. The steak house was the best and I would just use all my reservations tickets for there. Make your reservations immediately after you check in so you get the time you want. I recommend 8, we went at 7 and it was a little early. We felt a little rushed because we really weren't ready to leave the beach yet!!!
Tipping is not required but it is very appreciated. They work hard whether or not they get them but why not. I look at it as a few dollars sure makes a difference in their world more than mine! And I can spare them!!!!!
The rooms were nice, and the views of the gardens which they keep immaculate are so nice! Use one of your keycards to turn on your A?C and leave it in there all the time so your room is nice and cool when you walk in! You will be happy you did it!
Everywhere you look there are flowers and tropical plants and even nice touches with different types and colors of rocks. And the palm trees are sooooo huge and beautiful! There is one walkway that's lined with palm trees and lit at night! A must to walk through!!!!!
The theater seemed to be enjoyed by many every night, we would walk in and sit for a few and the go to our room.....we were so wiped out by the end of the night all we wanted to do was be in our room.
Last thing, if you are a little worried about the safety of Mexico right now...don't worry here! We never felt unsure or unsafe at all! There are police checkpoints as you go down the road but it's only for precaution. Take the private transportation so you don't have to stop at all the resorts along the way. It's an hour ride in the private van so I can't imagine stopping along the way to let others off first. We even had our driver stop at the nearest ice house so we could get a couple 6 packs for the ride! NICE!
I hope this review was helpful and if you decide to go, ENJOY!!!!!
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Is this a good hotel for a wedding?8 answers
Also, what kind of services do they offer for weddings?
4 years, 50 months ago
Excellent! In fact, they have wedding planners for every wedding party. Please call the resort directly for details.
not that it applies to me, but they have 2-4 weddings a week!!
they have a special desk for such planning
If you are looking for a beautiful place to get married that overlooks the ocean then this is your place. I do not know details of the wedding costs, but I imagine they are reasonable since everything else was. There were two weddings going on while I was there, and they had car service, beautiful grounds, the staff seemed to be very accomodating. There are excursions for the bachelor/bachelortte parties which we also encountered on a snorkeling trip and plenty of nightlife at the Jaguar disco that is a state-of-the art disco complete with go-go girls. So fun I would think!
Funny you ask- absolutely! I forgot to mention in my review...I'm a wedding photography and happened to find out a wedding was taking place while I was there, so I met the photographers and ended up photographing a wedding while there.
They have their own "hut" for wedding coordination, a cute little chapel on the beach, and a larger chapel in the new section of the resort. But this wedding was held right on the beach, next to a club house/covered section that can be used for receptions. It is far enough north on the beach that it's very private- no other guests really venture up that far...
white sand, turquoise water, and palm trees dotting the beach- couldn't get much more picturesque!
They have a weddings office and can coordinate everything start to finish. It's a great setting, good food and I'm certain you'd be well-taken care of; my only concern would be time of year. We were there at the end of May and it was HOT and HUMID. Even on our off-season weekend, we saw 5-6 people get married, so it's obviously popular. They have a full service spa, etc., so I think anything you'd want to have happen during your wedding would be possible.
Yes. We saw several weddings there. I would recommend to use the end of the beach on the South because less people can be involved that you don't want at your wedding. The one I saw there had a white see through tent set up. I have been there twice and saw several weddings and I think that is the best spot personally. It used to have the cataramarans there but now has a perfect scenery because they were moved. Good luck!
Yes!! There are Wedding's there ever day!! My Huisband and I were planning to Marry there but chose it to be our Honeymoon instead!! Less hasstle I guess!!
As far as services, I don't know but there were at least 2-3 weddings a day between all 5 resorts on the property. They did go out of their way to make things beautiful!!
Barcelo Maya Caribe and Beach11 answers
We are thinking about booking reservations to this location, but had a couple of questions beforehand. In the details on the information it listed some activities including but not limited to kayaking, snorkling, windsurfing, fishing and scuba lessons. They all sound like a lot of fun, however, how do we find out if there is a fee for certain activities? We are on a budget and don't want to be disappointed if everything is going to cost us here and there.
Thank you in advance for your speedy response.
4 years, 49 months ago
Specifically in reference to this information as it appears on the website, under the "Amenities" section of the resort page, anything that's listed with dollar signs next to them ($) will have an additional charge. If it does not have dollar signs, then it will be included as part of the all inclusive package.
kayaking, sailing, free, rent snorkeling or bring your own, fishing?, they have a dock, but feed the fish, perhaps surf fishing when the beach is empty, they can arrange off grouds fishing trips, windsurfing too is free.
scuba is a fee, train in a pool, then go out. They also have,for a fee, those lift u up over the water, and fly thingies
You can do this after your arrival, my husband went fishing and it was a lot of fun. They are very organized there, they have a station across each lobby and you can book your activities just day before.
Snorking was free but you had to leave $50 (refundable)-it is probably the same for the others.
You can snorkel free for 1 hour a day.
You get a free scuba lesson in the pool.
Beyond this there is a fee.
I did not do kayaking, fishing or windsurfing but these had prices on the board. Not sure of the details.
All non-motorized activities are free. However, there are some activities that are free for a limited time. For example, if you snorkle you can only check out the equipment for a hour for free. If you keep it longer, there is a fee. Not sure what the fee is...we brought our own equipment.
The only thing you have to pay extra for is the scuba lessons and fishing. One hour of snorkeling included everyday with your credit card to hold the gear but no charge. There is a charge for waverunners. Many things to do without a charge. We went and did not spend more than $200 on silly things like hair braids and pottery for kids and souvenoirs. It really is all inclusive. Alcohol and all. They have a lot to do and really is included except the stuff I told you. The website is accurate.
All those activities were free when we went less than a month ago, but you do have to have a credit card to put a deposit down, in case you don't bring the items back.
All of the "Non-Motorized" watersports are included free of charge....this would be like Kayaks, canoes, 3 wheel water trikes, wind surfing. Jet-Skis, Para-sailing and things like that are fee for service. Jet-skis were $65/30 minutes USD, $110/hour USD. Don't know about the Para-Sailing or scuba. Bring your own snorkel gear if you can....it's easier.....snorkel equipment gear is free to use at the resort, but you do have to leave a deposit and it's for a period of time, not all day.
All the activities that you mentioned come with your package. they are free. Now if you want to go snorkeling elsewhere than that will cost you because it will take place elsewhere but if you are on a budget just stay at the hotel. The activities mentioned are just as fun
All non-motorized sports are included. So you can kayak, snorkle with their equipment, and windsurf free of charge. They do require you to use a life vest, also included. They offer one free scuba lesson, you would have to pay to go out on a boat. With the wharf in an area with lots of coral, you will get to see a lot of fish if you decide to go snorkling.
Good for mid-20-something couple?11 answers
My boyfriend and I are looking to take a 4-7 night vacation to somewhere warm and sunny (especially after this awful winter!) and neither of us have been to Mexico or the Caribbean. I am more of a sunbathing and snorkeling kind of girl, whereas he has to stay busy with a lot of activities or gets easily bored. If Marcelo Maya a good resort for our first Mexican vacation? Is April/May a good time to go, and will the water be warm enough? We are 26 and enjoy nightlife and shows, but are past the Spring Break point in our lives--is the demographic there too old or too young for us? Is it quiet, romantic, private? Is it easy to access activities in the area, and what is the cost of excursions from the property? Any other recommendations for a super-thrifty tropical trip?
4 years, 49 months ago
Some friends of mine went to the Barcelo for their honeymoon and really enjoyed themselves (we're in our late 20s). They stayed for a week and thought the resort and beach were great. They were able to go on a few excursions (a swim with the dolphins and a party hopper tour), which can cost $100 and up depending on what you want to do, but didn't get bored staying at the resort either. If you're looking for some other good resorts, you might want to look at the Riu resorts or the Dreams resorts in Mexico too!
Yes what a rotten winter! Lots of activities here as it is part of a large 3 resort complex. April/May is great time to go as Jan-Mar can many times be more expensive. Water is very warm year round. As for demographic, I suggest this resort along with any in the Playa del Carmen area (The Royal, Gran Porto, Playacar Palace, etc) as 5th ave playa is lots of fun! For quiet, do Secrets Capri. For romantic, do Valentin. Thanks!
This is a great place to stay, they have five different hotels together, each one is different, for family we choose colonial, but tropical or palace had a lot of young people, there is a night club that you can go, we were there in April, we stayed 7 days, weather was great, 96' everyday, water warm all day in the pool or the ocean. In the ocean was too salty for us. They offer different shows each day, so many things to do there. They have golf course, tennis, gym, shopping centers, a lot more. If you want to go outside the resort they are very organized, you make reservation and you go. There are restaurants in the resort, but you have to make reservation, I did after our arrival, great food. Italian, japanese, Mexican, steakhouse, etc.
HI! I really think you would enjoy Barcelo then. This was our first Mexico trip too. We traveled April 12-17 and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. The water was very warm! There is a nice mix, lots of couples but also some families. The resort is quiet at night which sets up a nice romantic evening. The room/balcony was private for us. We took a snorkling excursion that cost us $80 each but included gear, food, and open bar-it was an awesome experience. We also were apart of entertainment one night 'Battle of the Sexes'-super funny!! The other shows were great too. I def. recommend!
We just went there and the water was great and the resort is awesome. Great value! The Jaguars night club is like a Las Vegas club. Pay the extra for the VIP area. The turtle snorkeling tour is great ($80 per person) and that whole area is safer than the city.
Barcel is jusr what you are looking for I am positive. I just returned last week from there and I loved it!! It has things just for your age..Jaguars is a nighclub that is so much frin. My daughter is 29 and she had the tme of her life. There is also romantic and private places. It was a grat experiance. There are also extra trips such as Tumul, the Mayan ruins and Excel Ha is a river from te ocean and has great snorkling, you can also swim with the dolphins, if thats your thing. TYou will fall in love with the aqua ocean that is like bath water... Just an awesome resort! Have fun!
this would be a great place for you- mid-aged (not young party-ers). Lots of Europeans and Canadians, so a fun mix. Good shows at night. A new dance/nightclub (need an upgrade for that). The snorkeling off the beach is some of the best around...and you must try the cenote (underwater cave) across the street- see my other "turtleboy" review. There's plenty of options for add-on excursions...
and the price was great when we booked it...
Hi Lindsey, We just did five nights at Barcelo and I think it would fit all your needs. I would say that during the low season there aren't LOTS of activities, but there's a fun, busy pool at Barcelo that does things like water aerobics, trivia, volleyball and water polo that would be enjoyable for your boyfriend that isn't far from the place where you'd do your snorkeling and sunbathing. April/May is a great time to go - it's hot! - and the water in the ocean was very warm. Barcelo has great nighttime entertainment - two nightly shows plus the disco - and the shows are different every night, so you always have two choices. We only did one excursion to go dancing in Playa del Carmen - I think excursions are always kind of expensive. I don't think you'd feel out of place being 26. You're able to find the atmosphere you want. It's not super romantic because it's a family resort, but my husband and I weren't overwhelmed by the number of kids, either. It was quiet enough for us, especially in the off season.
This would be a great place for you. I am the relaxing one and my husband likes to have things to do. You get one hour of snorkeling a day, cataramarans, kayaks, nightly shows, tennis, putt-putt, etc. Or just hang at the many pool bars. Beach is wonderful. It is quite large and has lots of romantic spots. It would be perfect for you. We went on our ten year anniverserary and then returned with kids.
Decent place for a young couple. Lots of young people and young families. huge club and nightly shows. We took an excusion that included ziplining/repelling/cave snorkeling, lunch then a trip to Tulum ruins for $100. Lots of snorkeling at resort. $50 deposit on equip. Lots of people had their own. Lots of activites to keep you busy. Jet ski rental is about $60 half hr. Kayak, water bikes, wind surfing all free. Take a taxi into playa del carmen for good food/shopping. Don't take their shuttle, you will only get a short time in the town and there is a lot to do.
Yes!! All ages!!!
looking for a relaxing vacation11 answers
looking for a get away location that is not crazy busy......just want a nice beach good food and drinks we dont need activities just want to lay around and totally relax any ideas we are 45 years old and married and are just looking to go and do nothing but relax we have traveled before with you and enjoyed every trip any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
4 years, 49 months ago
The Barcelo properties in the Riviera Maya are a great value and the beach is beautiful. If you're looking for something adults only, you could also consider looking at the Palace Resorts and the Secrets resorts.
you found it, although a trip from the airport, it's worth it. no high-rises, VERY private and long beaches, mucho pools plenty of lounges and plenty of sun!!
Maroma Beach is a great place to relax
This is great place for it
I would definitely recommend Barcelo. Laying by the ocean was amazing-very quiet, just listening to the waves and the birds. The pool was a bit loud when the entertainment staff was out. My boyfriend and I were very lazy and loved doing just that at this beautful resort! : )
NEVER been to a nicer place than this...see my review and GO there.!!!
Our 2nd time here, and loved it- here's what to do...bring along an inflatable pool/air mattress. Push each other around the pool in the morning, massage each other's feet and scalp while your doing it, push her up to the swim-up bar, get a couple free drinks (pina coladas and mud slides worked for me...) and you win major points! They've got several massive pools- try each out- some are very quiet, some are busier with more kids and activities...the most relaxing vacation for us- we went for our 20th anniversary and LOVED it. Take a nap in the afternoon or snorkel right off the beach (free with a deposit, some of the best shore snorkeling around)- the beach is beautiful and large, with palm trees for shade and plenty of lounge chairs. Catch the shows at night, or take a trip into Playa del Carmen for great shopping (in the evening- not as hot...)
-you'll love it!
That is exactly the experience we had at Barcelo, Bonnie. If you are considering this resort for that type of vacation, I think you'd be very pleased.
Love the Riu on Paradise Island. Economical, and low key. We don't go on any excursions at all. All inclusive, food is wonderful, service is excellent and price can't be beat. There are very few children there also. At our age, who wants to deal with other people's children? LOL
we were in the same position as you describe...just wanted to relax..This was the place to be. We did not take any excursions or even leave the property. We spend time on the beach and in the pools, took siestas each day and ate at the buffets. We really got to relax.
This facility has many things to do but you don't have to. It has beautiful grounds and lots of places to relax. The beach is large so you can get away from everyone if you like. We have been with kids and without and both different vacations but same spot.
june weather11 answers
Looking to visit early June and wondering if anyone has any first hand experience with the rainy season at this time of the year. thanks!!!
4 years, 49 months ago
Mexico's rainy season runs from May through November with August and September being the wettest months. Weather is very unpredictable - Mexico was very lucky this past hurricane season. Because of the tropical climate it will most likely rain every day you are there regardless of the season.
June is getting into the hottest time of the year. It will be very humid and very hot. I would suggest if possible to avoid June, July and August.
I have been to every island in the Carribean and just got back from Cancun. Rainy season in June? Never heard of that. It's really really hot and humid in June. Also, it depends on where you are going. Closer to the equator, Bonnaire, Curacao, Aruba... you are not going to get any rain since it stays pretty much the same temperature year round. Hot. However, rainy season starts normally at the end of summer (which is the same summer that we have). Remember, high season is from December - May normally because the whether is not as hot and humid as it will be in June, July, August, and into September. Hope that helps.
This is their RAINIEST month
No rain in June. It is very Hot and Humid. Just came back from there last week. It might rain for 3 minutes a day, but besides that you'll have great weather.
We were just there from mid to late May and it only rained on us twice each day for about a half hour from about 5:30 - 6 then stopped. It wasn't even enough to be truly annoying. Can't speak directly to June, except to say that the temperatures are warmer then, so there's likely to be the greater possibility of thunderstorm activity in the afternoons.
We were there end of May, and it only rained one day. It was still warm and beautiful even with the rain. We sat in the pool much of the afternoon! It was a nice break from the hot and made us not feel guilty about taking a nap.
Just spent a week at the Riu on Paradise Island. Never saw a drop of rain. It was a bit windy, but with the sun being so hot, it was a welcome relief. Let me add, it did NOT prevent us from sitting by the pool or going to the beach. When we went in October, it rained a bit, but was gorgeous right after.
We've been to the area 6 times now and always in late May or early June. Never had any real problems with rain.
It rained a little the first day and that was it for the rest of the week (June 5-10, 2011)
just returend June 8...it does rain each day -long showers--but in our five days, we only had one half day of warm rain. We still were out early each day and got to the beach from 8-10 before the rain cam
How are the dining options at Barcelo?12 answers
I am reading a lot of information that the only dining options in this all inclusive package are the buffets. Is this true? How much extra do they charge for the a la carte restaurants? Is the extra money worth it?
4 years, 48 months ago
The all-inclusive plan at the Barcelo includes just the buffet restaurants. Reservations for the ala carte restaurants are based on the length of your stay - 1 reservation per 4 night stay and 2 per 7 night stay. Additional costs in these restaurants are typically for prime cuts of beef, lobster, and shrimp. The prices will vary according to availability.
no not all buffets. depending on your length of stay, and the class/quality you spend- there are 3 or 4 levels, and the lenght of stay determins how many sit downs you receive with the inclusive- they are very nice, and any extra visits you pay for. $15.00- 25 and very much worth it. it's a international family place, and although drinks are included, it is a calm, serene setting, quiet at night too.
you can only eat at 2 restaurants that are included in the all inclusive, then you have the buffets. cost you $15 a person to eat at the other ones but well worth it!
A la cartes are not extra, but you need to make your reservations as far in advance as possible (I would say at least 3 days). The buffet is so massive and awesome that you will seriously not be missing out if you didn't do the reserved restaurants. The fine dining restaurant is the best, the Asian second, and in my opinion, the steakhouse was ok. I'm not kidding, just wait...you'll see what I mean about the buffet.
i wasnt aware of any othe dining options. We had the all-inclusive and it includes several nights in which you can eat at a restaurant, you just have to make a reservation. food was very good at this resort. Dont know why you would pay for anything extra. If you dont want to eat at resort for all meals, go to Playa Del Carmen, about 15 minutes north- the whole town is shopping and food!!
There are restaurants that you can choose, but you have to make reservation, no charge. Is worth it. You choose from Italian, steakhouse, Mexican, Japanese, seafood, etc. I went there and food was great. Dish is not as big as in USA, but great. Man has to wear long pants, otherwise you can't go. Restaurants are included in all inclusive, also you can have snack (lunch) all day long. Unlimited drinks. No extra charge only tips.
We got 2 free tickets to the a la cart restaurants, which were Mexican and Spanish themed. I think you can upgrade for $15/person. I don't think it is worth it if you get 2 tickets like we did.
We stayed for 7 nights and we where allowed 3 nights of a la carte resturants for no additional fee. It was fine with us.
Not true!! You have the one main dining buffet hall that has a different theme every night for dinner. You have two medium sized buffets for lunch that are located at the pools - one at each pool. The dining hall also has the breakfast buffet which is large as well. As part of your all-inclusive package you have the option of the Mexican and Spanish restaurants that are located at the Caribe and also either the steakhouse or italian restaurant located next door. They mislead you a little with the steakhouse and italian as they fail to tell you upon checkin, but they ARE included. You can eat at a sit down restaurant 3 times - once in each of the 3 restaurants - or 2 times in one restaurant and once in the other. There are definitely sit down restaurant options though.
Not all true...stay up to 4 nights and I think you get 1 non-buffet night at a restaurant. We stayed 5, and got two choices- We did steakhouse (by the beach) and Mexican, and both were very good. The other nights at the buffet were very good- often a theme night (one night Mexican, one Italian for us), and lots of food variety that is very good.
Depending on how long you are there, you would get either 2 or 3 sit-down meals. If you are at the Caribe or Tropical (my guess, since we also booked through CheapCaribbean) the restaurant options would be Mexican or Spanish. I highly recommend the upgrade option if you drink anything other than beer. It allows you to drink premium liquor, free drinks at the Disco, access to four sit-down restaurant options (we ate at the steak house, Japanese twice, and Italian, and would recommend doing the steak house and Japanese the whole time you're there, though we've also heard good things about the Seafood restaurant). There's a lounge with 24 hour hot snacks and a serve-yourself bar. You also have access to buffets that are air conditioned. It made our five day stay a lot more interesting. I would've been bored with the food had we not done the upgrade. I believe the current cost for the a la carte restaurants is $30 per person, and I would pay that for the Japanese restaurant only.
Is it worth paying for the privilege upgrade? We are staying at the caribe for our honeymoon. Do we tell them ahead it is our honeymoon?11 answers
3 years, 48 months ago
Club Premium rooms may be available at the time of check in for an additional charge. If you haven't mentioned your Honeymoon in your room requests please email us at email@example.com and we can let them know! Congrats!
No the regular room was great
I'm not sure what you are considering a privilege upgrade, however, I don't think spending extra money at that is necessary. Without that privilege of going to 1 of the 5 hotels, you are only missing out on 1 of the hotels. I did not go over there, however, can't imagine what it had that the other 4 didn't. Just my thoughts.
Yes, is worth and tell them about your honeymoon
Unless you are going to be spending more time in your room than outside. I am not sure if they do anything 'special' for honeymooners, but it wouldn't hurt to tell them. Maybe you get a bottle of champagne : )
No. The rooms are exactly the same and the buffets are SUPERB, I am an amateur chef and know good food...
Not sure if you stayed there yet, but I would highly recommend this for a honeymoon. I would tell them as you never know what special service you might get. Personally, I would not spend the extra money upgrading. We did fine with the regular room and it was beautiful. Depends on what your expectations are though.
No, the $300 upgrade is not worth the money. The food at the buffet is outstanding and there is more than enough variety to satisfy everybody. The Corona is cold and the house liquor is ok. You can utilize any of the pools or beach areas without paying the extra dollars.
yes- tell them it's your honeymoon- it was our 20th anniversary, and they congratulated us when we arrived, and we found a cake and champaign (all free) waiting for us the first night.
-we didn't get the upgrade, and didn't miss it one bit. We stayed 5 nights and got 2 reserved restaurants- plenty for us- and we were very happy with them. Sure, the upgrade will get you a few perks, but don't feel it's needed for a good trip- the service and food are great to start with...
We stayed at the Caribe in May 2011, and I recommend paying for the upgrade if you drink anything other than beer or want to enjoy sit-down dinners or air conditioning while you eat. We were there five days and I would've been very bored with the food options had we not upgraded. With the Caribe, you'd have access to two very similar buffets, two poolside buffet restaurants, and either Mexican or Spanish sit-down dinners (which I didn't hear great things about). With the upgrade, you can eat at the steak house (we loved it), Japanese restaurant (also loved it), Italian (didn't love it at all) or Seafood (didn't try it). You can eat at any of those restaurants every night, as long as you get a reservation in advance (we didn't have any difficulty). You also have access to premium liquor at a couple air-conditioned bars (no air conditioning at the stuff you have standard access to), a couple other buffets with air conditioning, a private internet cafe and a lounge with 24 hour hot snacks and a serve-yourself premium bar. You also get free drinks at the Disco, which you don't get if you don't upgrade. We were really glad we did it.
you might enjoy the upgrade as a treat for your honeymoon. The other resorts seem really nice and would be fun to eat there for a change of pace
can you get internet service in the room?12 answers
3 years, 47 months ago
No, not in the room, I learned that quickly. It is only available in the lobby. But the lobby is so big you won't have a problem at any time of day finding a nice place to sit and surf.
No, only in lobby area
You can get internet in your room but it costs more. You can pay when you get there. In there business center each room can get 15 minutes of internet each day for free. Plus your on vacation so let go of internet and enjoy the time with friends and family!
yes, I believe you paid about $12 per 24 hours of use which my husband loved. He just needs to check emails several times a day and not having to pay "per day" saved us money. I dont think we even used it more than 24 hours total- you just have to remember to log off!!
no, but the lobby worked fine
No. You have to pay for it in the business center. $3.00 per 15 minutes of use.
yes, but there is a fee. Not quite sure how much the fee is but it is alot.
Yes, 12 dollars for 24 hours a day if you book your room at Beach or Caribe, for others I don't know.
Not to my knowledge, but I was on vacation and refused to bring my laptop or work with me, so I never inquired.
Yes, you can. If you don't upgrade to the premium option (which I recommend and think is a great value if you drink anything other than beer), you'd need to pay for wireless. They do, however, have a lot of free internet cafes on the property that are easy and convenient to use.
No, there is no internet service in the rooms. The Riu does have free internet available in the lobby. There is lots of seating at tables, the bar and just outside the dining area on couches and easy chairs. There are also table in the pool area that you can get it.
Wifi was spotty in my room. There was a day when wifi was down too. Overall it was usable, but don't expect blazing fast speeds.
how do you call a cab from the resort?12 answers
3 years, 46 months ago
Just go to the front door. There are always taxi's there waiting. If there aren't, just ask the bell hop. They are always there available to help in anything you need.
The conceirge can assist you in calling a cab from the resort.
Just ask the bell hop or door man, but seriously consider renting a car because the cab fare will put a dent in your budget.
There are always cabs waiting in the front of the hotel. I never had to wait for one.
There is a taxi stand out front. You just tell them you need a taxi and they call one for you. It's about a 5-10 min wait.
Just see the bellman in the front of the hotel lobby. Cabs are $23 USD to Playa but someone told me they got a bus for $5 USD from the hotel.
front desk..concierge is very accomodating
You can ask them to at the resort or you pay less if you walk to the entrance and hail a cab. It is still expensive. There is great shopping in the resort with great prices though. I have done both at different trips.
Ask the conceirge at your hotel, or the receptionist. Also, if you aren't traveling far, you can walk out to the highway, stand on the side of the road and Vans with a color strip down the side (usually orange or yellow) will pull over and take you anywhere for $3 a person!
The bellboy at the front entrance was always happy to call a cab, which arrives within 5mins
The gentleman that works out front, not sure if he is considered a bell boy or not, but he calls them for you and they are already waiting on the resort so it only takes a couple of minutes.
The front desk wll take care of all that for you. There is actually people at tables day and night by the check in counter. They do everything for you.
We're scheduled to arrive in Cancun at 9pm. Is it safe to rent a car from the airport and drive to Barcelo at night?11 answers
3 years, 45 months ago
I'd HIGHLY recommend NOT! Do not rent a car at all in my opinion, and definitely not at night! We rented a car, drove down to Playa del Carmen and then back to Cancun. Upon leaving Cancun, we were extorted by police to pay $100. You do not want to be involved in that type of situation. On that night as we were leaving Cancun (on the strip with all the hotels and malls) we saw about four other cars pulled over. I can only imagine the same 'game' was being played on them as well. Travel by taxi or hire an airport transfer. It's worth your peace of mind! Other than that, it was easy to drive and navigate, but you never know if you'll get involved in a situation such as described above, which happened in early May 2011.
I would not. Schedule transportation through the hotel via Olympus Tours...well worth it.
Ive not rented in Cancun but I heard the whole time we were there to NEVER drive @ night. To many potholes and WAY to many drunk drivers!!! I would totally suggest NO, grab a cheap hotel then leave early.
While I dont think safety is compromised, I would prefer not to make a long drive at night...and it gets remote after about 25 minutes, so if you have vehicle problems it could get dicey
We opted to have a van take us direct to the resort. I don't know if you would have issues or not, but there are at least 3 armed police checkpoints on the way to the resort. We did not get in until 9:00pm either and I am sure glad we had a private van take us from the airport to the resort and then back again when we left. Barcelo is all inclusive with so much to do that renting a car would have not been worth it for us. We spent $100 for this service and I am sure renting a car for 7 days would have been much more than this and we didn't have to worry about getting stopped, pulled over etc. Have fun!!
I would NOT recommend this as the law enforcement is extremely different down there. Rental cars are targeted for pullovers and the officers ask for cash right then and there. Everything in your wallet is usually the only thing suitable. This happened to three of my friends who each traveled there on separate occasions. My father-in-law just had a similar experience two weeks ago while there on business.
You are safer booking a late night transfer through your hotel or travel agency.
Yes, but I would be aware that it is a long drive. Do not stop off in Playa Del Carmen if you are a girl. Once you get out of the airport it is a straight shot. It does take an hour though with a crazy Mexican driving. They drive crazy so be aware of your surroundings. Also, be aware of the Mexican's crossing the street etc. The signage is great but you go just a little past to a turn around to enter so if you are tired and don't know you might go to Tulum. Have a great trip!
I would not drive in Mexico.
If you are goin to rent a car, just make sure you watch out for the speed bumps!!! On our trip to Barcelo, there were little steel speed bumps in the road that you had to come to a complete stop to not hit. And at every 5th speed bump there were polica, some pulled people over to check their belongings, others didn't.
better to get a cab - you won't need a car for the resort. Or arrange shuttle through cheap carribean.
I wouldn't choose to rent a car just because they drive really crazy over there...plus there are random speed bumps on the highways and roads so you might get a few surprises as you're driving. It would be safer and easier to schedule a transfer with your hotel.
Sure, it is a long stretch of road but mostly straight and well guarded.
I dont think that it is not safe but why not set up taxi service before you leave. There is no need to do it when you get there. They will meet you right outside the airport door and drive you to the resort. I would recommend that.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE BARCELO MAYAN CARIBE BEACH? WHAT IS MOST COST EFFECTIVE.11 answers
3 years, 45 months ago
We offer roundtrip airport transfers that can be added on with your package. Prices do vary depending on the type of transfer service you choose.
cheapcarribean book our trip with Olympus tours it was not expensive.
the transfers arranged from CC were well priced. It seems most people take one from the airport..didnt see many cabs lined up
We opted for the personal transfer from Olympus Tours and it worked great. They were very personable and it was nice having our own van to take us direct to the resort and not share a ride. Very safe and never felt threatened at all . Our flight came in 3 hours late so we did not leave the airport until 9:30 pm. I had my wife and 2 teenage daughters with me and everything went well. I am sure you could save a few dollars with a cab, but going to and from the airport safely is something I would not try to go cheap on.
We were very happy with Olympus Tours. They kept us safe at the Cancun airport which is full of hecklers, crooked taxi drivers, and locals looking to make a buck. They all wear orange shirts that say Olympus. The transfer cost was included in our booking via cheapcaribbean.com so I cannot speak to the overall cost, but we tipped them well for their service.
We did private travel with Olympus through Cheap Carribean for $100 round trip which was great! The trip to our hotel from the airport was an hour total so I thought for four people that was really reasonable. It was nice not to have to stop at twenty different hotels to drop off people. So it took a little less time than normal. My husband and I spent $75 for two of us the last time and had to stop so I would recommend the private.
We took the private transport from the airport to barcelo mayan for $200.00 roundtrip for 4 of us. I think it is a little more expensive (about $20 more for 4 people) to get the private bus, but then you don't have to travel with other people for over an hour and stop at various resorts on your way to your own.
We were told that busses travel from the airport to the resort. You just have to walk out the front doors and ignore everyone that talks to you. Unfortunately we didn't hear that till we were leaving the airport from another couple. We ended up going through one of the yellow travel companies in the airport for $85, one way, and $20 back. Buy both ways.
Get a private cab, book through Cheapcaribbean for a set price. Its much better and cheaper to do it this way since the driver can charge whatever they want.
Use Olympus agents. They are in bright orange shirts. We had the same driver to and from the airport. He was very good. It is always best to have your airport transfers ready before you go.
They offer shuttle bundle packages for a reasonable rate. Only down fall is you will be making some stops at other resorts on the way to offload other tourists.
The trip was longer than expected (Olympus) since we had to make 3 other hotel stops before we reached ours.
We activites are outside of the resort, especially at the Mayan Riveria?9 answers
We would like to visit Mayan Ruins and a nature perserve while we are in Mexico. we are looking at the Barcelo Maya Caribe and the Iberostar Paraso Beach/Del Mar Resorts. Are they close enough for these activities?
3 years, 43 months ago
The tour company we use in Mexico is called Olympus Tours. Their direct website is www.olympus-tours.com/ and allows you to chat live with a representative. The tour company would have the most accurate information to answer your questions.
Hi, we stayed at the Barcelo Maya Caribe hotel and I must say that the ruins are pretty far out but that's true of any of the hotels along the Riviera Maya. We visited Chechen-Itza and we also went to something called the Mayan explorer. If I had to do it over I would only do the Mayan explorer but I know Chenchen-Itza is one of the wonders of the world so I can see the attraction there so go to both if you have the money but if you don't just go to the Mayan explorer. It's worth the money (119) you won't regret it. Also all excursion come with a tour guide and transportation so don't fret about how long between your hotel and your destination. The time will go by fast.
I can only speak for the Barcelo, and yes, it is central to the ruins.
Alot closer than most resorts. Most are 30 minutes to an hour away. The Caribe is right in the middle of the area.
Yes very safe!! Us girls also go to Playa Del Carmen for a shopping day!!!
My boyfriend and I just got back at the end of febuary beginning of march from Barcelo Maya Caribe. We went on two excursions. Tulum and Coba. They both were amazing... Tulum is was amazing because you got to learn what each individual building was used for. During the Coba excursion it was AMAZING! We actually got to learn about the mayan tribes and their culture and food making. This one I would not miss. Also on this one you get to visit an actual tribe, repel into a cenote where they tribe gets their spring water for their families, and zip line across a lake. The overrall experience was amazing and well worth the time. They both were a full day excursions :) Best of luck deciding!
Chichen Itza is about 3 hours, Coba 75 minutes, Tulum 30 minutes
hello tulum is close to both resorts 20-30 mins coba is 2hrs and chitchen itza 3 hrs. they are far but worth visiting. take good walking shoes. a lot of walking.
We visited Coba when we were there 2 years ago. This area cannot be reached by taxi. Only a "tour" or by rental car. It is the shadiest of the two Mayan ruins down in the Riviera area. At your resort you have a number of tours you can choose from to see nature preserves. Xcaret is supposed to be really cool but we have'nt made it there yet.
is the beach rocky?10 answers
3 years, 40 months ago
According to Trip Advisor, there are no recent negative reviews regarding the beach at Barcelo Maya Caribe and Beach.
The majority of the beaches at this resort and nice sandy beaches. Some areas do have more coral in the area. The water is crystal blue as well.
The Beach is sugar sand. Pure white and soft. There are some small rocks in the water however.
NO!! 2 miles of white sandy beach. You can see you feet in the water as far as you can go!
When first walking into the water it can be rocky just depends on the the tide. But, not that bad at all. :)
not at all when you first enter the water is like an inch of little rocks but go further in soft sand . go to the playa azul area in the resort. nice and quiet less people.
The beach in front of all 5 resorts is beautiful, clean and well kept. There are some rocky areas but overall NO!! You can wade out far into the ocean and still see your feet with no rocks!! Great snorkeling there too.
absolutely not in the swimming area- the kayaking area and snorkeling area have reefs
The beach and swimming area is smooth sand with a few rock outcrops. The swimming area goes out for hundreds of yards with a very gentle slope. I could go out for 200 yards and still stand up in the water.
The beach was beautiful. Not rocky.
What is the weather like in March3 answers
3 years, 40 months ago
The average weather in Riviera Maya for March is about 78 degrees. The average numbers of days it rains is about 3.
the weather in March must be awesome because it was hot and sunny there in January!
Ususally no Rain!! In november when we went it rained 4 days out of 7!!!
is smoking allowed at this resort?9 answers
3 years, 40 months ago
Yes, but not in any of the dining areas.
Yes, Outside and at the Bars
Yes, everywhere except the restaurants. There is a great 24 hour lobby bar in the Colonial that is non-smoking also. The buffets by the pools you can sit outside the general dining are and eat and smoke.
Yes!! But not in the Restaurant's!! Which is nice!!
Yes, we always saw people smoking.
Yes quite a lot of it and it was hard as I have asthma. If you are a smoker, you will be in good company.
yes - most rooms have balconies - not sure if there are smoking rooms or not. We used the balconies. There was smoking allowed at the bars -not in the buffets. EVERYTHING is open air and theres always a breeze so even if you are allergic to smoke you will be fine - there are always areas you can get away from it. Even though I am a smoker I cant stand to be around it - i really never noticed any heavy clouds or anything - The resort is HUGE and there are always open areas around -
Are there independent dive shops nearby?2 answers
My husband and I are experienced certified divers and would like to explore the cenotes and reefs with a quality dive shop focused on small groups. We plan to do at least 10 dives, so daily variety and/or dive site customization would be great. Any recommendations?
3 years, 37 months ago
There are dive shops near the Barcelo Maya Caribe and Beach Resort. Cheap Caribbean also offers a few diving excursions available on our website for the Riviera Maya.
Right on the beach they have a snorkel and dive company. They have dives out in the ocean but I didn't notice any to cenotes. They have tons of trip agents there they might have a cenote dive excursion.
What is the weather like at end of April?4 answers
2 years, 36 months ago
April is a great time to travel to the Riviera Maya. It is the end of the dry season and temperatures run in the low to mid eighties.
Mix of clouds and sun. It rained most days for a little while. The sun is very hot and difficult to stay in.
we just came back was there from the 22nd to 27th of april excellent weather 85 degrees not one drop of rain.
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! But humid as usual!!
What type of nightlife clubs are there? Is there variety?3 answers
We are in our Mid 20s and are looking for some fun while we are there. We are both Spanish speaking and live in the northeast area.
2 years, 35 months ago
The resort provides a variety of activities and entertainment for the clients to enjoy. At various times there may be multiple musical options to choose from, however the entertainment schedule is subject to change and often dependent upon occupancy levels and times of year.
in the resort barcelo maya you can go to jaguars outside of the resorts there is many others you will find in playa del carmen. most famous cocobongo
There is a disco on the property at the Tropical Resort. Its great b/c the drinks are free if you've done the AI package. Other than that you might want to go to Playa Del Carmen where there is TONS of nightlife!! I reccomend the Fusion Lounge on the beach. Easy to find Just tell the taxi driver to take you to Fifth Ave in PDC. That's where all the action is!! No worries about assaults or crime in PDC!!
Family Oriented?5 answers
I have two young childre, 4 and 1. How is the resort for them?
2 years, 34 months ago
This resort is very family oriented, offering lots of activities to keep the children engaged and occupied. It also has a Kids Club available for the young children which gives them an opportunity to play and be cared for in a safe environment with other children.
At all 5 of the resorts on the property there were children but I will say that the best for you and the kids is the Colonial...by far more kid friendly with a fantastic kiddie park at the pool!!!
This hotel is better suited to 16 to 25 year olds.
They have a children's club called Barcy. They have a pool section with a bunch of water slides. And a hut with crafts and other activities. I think your 4 year old would have fun and there would be activities for them, but I don't think there would be much for a 1 year old. Families I saw with kids that young were the ones doing stuff with them.
We saw several families the children of all ages. They have some planned activities. Great outdoor play areas. And the offer babysitting for all ages at a pretty reasonable price. All the meals have a few items aimed at children I think you will find it pretty easy to take them.
Is metal detecting allowed on a beach?2 answers
Is metal detecting allowed on a beach?
2 years, 34 months ago
The beaches in Mexico are government owned so we are unable to confirm if metal detecting allowed on a beach.
We were on the beach most of every day and walked to adjoining resort beaches. Never saw anyone detecting, not even staff after hours. Beaches are owned by Mexican government so they make the rules not the resorts. Maybe a call directly to resort could give you answer. Everyone on the phones speaks pretty good English
Are there any hip hop clubs nearby?3 answers
We are african americans in our mid 20' s and we want to kick it for my best friend birthday.
2 years, 34 months ago
The resort does have a disco, however, the Riviera Maya is approximately 53 miles from the nightlife of Cancun.
They had a disco that opened at 11 pm to 2 am. You had to make reservations to go. You are 40 mins from the nearest town.
Don't know about hip hop but there is a disco at the Barcelo Tropical next door that is pretty nice. You can walk over in 5 minutes.
is there a shuttle from the airport6 answers
Do we fly into cancun? is there a shuttle and how much per person?
2 years, 34 months ago
When booking the Barcelo Maya Caribe and Beach your flights would fly into Cancun Airport. We offer our customers the option to purchase roundtrip airport transfers for $40.00 per person.
The shuttle was included in the package price!! We just tipped well.
fly into Cancun - call these people and see what rate they can get you- they were cheaper than using the one on cheap carribean and we got private transportation https://www.graylinecancun.com/
yes....it is about 1 hr from the airport in Cancun.
Yes, you fly to Cancun. We selected the 'private' shuttle service to and from the airport. It worked great since the resort is about an hour from the hotel. The "private' means you don't have to share ride with others from other hotels, and make several stops.
The resort itself does not provide transportation. You have to arrange your own. We used Olympus Tours (they were great, it was shuttle van, so it wasn't private, but they were great). It was $40 per person round trip to and from the resort and airport. Yes, you would fly into Cancun.
There is a shuttle, but it costs extra. We were able to book it as part of our package. It cost us $80 for two people both ways, but I'm not sure if that is consistent.
How far is the Airport from the resort?7 answers
2 years, 33 months ago
Barcelo Maya and Caribe Beach is located right on one of the best beaches in the Mayan Riviera, on the Mexican Caribbean coast. Cancun International Airport (CUN) is 45 miles away which is approximate driving time is one hour.
about an hour
Cancun airport is about 50 miles and it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes depending on traffic.
Roughly an hour and a half depending on how many other people have to be dropped off at other resorts.
The resort was about an hour and 15 min south of the airport via a van shuttle.
The airport is about an hour away from the hotel.
between 50 and 60 minutes away, depending on your driver and traffic.
What If It rains?3 answers
Is there any Indoor activities If It rains?
2 years, 33 months ago
Yes, they do have some indoor activities if it rains. The resort also offers 7 bars and lounges and there is also shopping nearby.
There were covered ping pong tables, pool tables, and such. There were several bars and lounges inside. Each room has a TV, some with private balconies. I didn't notice any organized indoor games or activities (there was a kid activity "hut" that was covered, don't know if it still ran activities during the rain). It did rain while we were there but we just went out on our balcony and read a book while it rained.
To be honest, we loved to be in the water when it rained. People would head for cover and we would head for the water. But yes, they do have things to do inside. And there are covered areas pretty much all over the resort. And the showers don't last very long.
is there pool volley ball?5 answers
2 years, 32 months ago
Yes, there is water polo at this resort, which is more or less the same thing.
no pool volleyball
Yes. They have a pool that has pool volleyball set up. They have times set up for it.
Yes. There was always a net up while we were there, but there was also an activity for it on the activities calendar.
Yes. They have a game pretty much every day. They also have beach volley ball.
What is the phone number for the resort?1 answer
2 years, 31 months ago
You may contact the resort directly at 011 52 984 875 1500. The 011 is to dial outside the country and the 52 is the country code. Then you will proceed to dial the number as normal.
The phone number for the Barcelo Maya Caribe and Beach is 011-52- 984-875-1500. You can also send an email from the resort website at www.barcelo.com under the 'contact us' link.
is it safe to drink a drink with ice in it? or will you get sick3 answers
2 years, 31 months ago
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The resorts in Mexico use a water filtration system for all food service items. This includes ice for all of the beverages and mixed drinks as well as the water that is used in food preparation.
We all did, no problems. As long as you are reasonably healthy this should not be an issue.
Drank water with ice in it the whole time and didn't get sick at all. They also only used bottled water for drinking. Don't know about the ice, but it wasn't a problem for me.
Peanut Allergy1 answer
I am planning a trip to Barcelo Maya in Riviera Maya with my husband and three children. One of my children has a severe peanut allergy and has to stay away from anything containing peanuts, food cooked with peanut oils or food that might have even come in contact with any peanuts or peanut product. I have traveled to this resort many times before having a child with peanut allergy and we have had a great experience. I was wondering how common peanut or cooking with peanut oils is in this resort? Would this travel be safe for a child with peanut allergy? Thanks!
2 years, 30 months ago
Whenever there is any question regarding specific dietary needs, especially something as severe as a peanut allergy, we always reccommend contacting the resort directly. They may be able to put you in contact with the chef directly to inquire about a specialized menu.
What can resort credits be used for?2 answers
2 years, 27 months ago
Resorts credits are not applicable for all bookings as there are booking stipulations which would need to be met. However, the resort credits can be used towards various services at the Spa, room upgrades, room service, dining & beverages, additional resort activities and excursions, Barcelo Club and various shopping boutiques on the resort. --- Please Note: Reservations for tours, services and amenities must be requested at the resort upon arrival and are subject to availability. Restrictions apply. Inclusions and restrictions vary by hotel.
The resort credits are only for 50% off on useless items like bad wine or champagne, 50% off on the business center (which didn't work), 50% off on laundry service. The resort credit requires that you still spend money to get the credit.
The resort credits are worthless. $200 for room upgrade, $10 off vodka. Really stupid things. But I'm pretty sure you can look on the website for the coupon specifics.
After reading reviews and Q&A I am seeing a lot of people talking about "Upgrading" but I don't see any option for it while booking on CC and there is only 1 room option. How do you upgrade and how much does it cost? Thanks!
2 years, 27 months ago
You upgrade when you get to the resort. It is 20USD per person per person. The upgrade gives you access to extra restaurants and areas of the resort (another beach and pool as well as some more activities). If you are considering it I would strongly suggest you spend the first day or two in the area you have already paid for and if it isn't enough, then upgrade.
CheapCaribbean.com has a contract for the Superior room category, however, you are able to upgrade your room directly with the resort upon arrival. Rates would be at the resort's discretion and based on their current availability at check in.
We didn't upgrade. Really didn't spend much time in the room. And the standard "superior" room is pretty nice. I think you could call CheapCaribbean to find out. And you can upgrade at check-in for sure. If you are getting a resort credit, you can use part of that for the upgrade if you do it at check-in. They are really good about explaining all your options and they don't try to sell you an upgrade.
what are some good choices for excursions?2 answers
we want to visit the ruins and so some snorkeling. what excursion is a good one..
2 years, 27 months ago
They are excursions which can be added during the booking process. You are also able to add excursions directly with an Olympus Tours representative at the resort.
We bought an excursion at the airport for snorkeling at Isla Mujeres. DO NOT BUY IT! Its an all day affair with only 30 min of snorkeling. They take you to shop on the island, swim with a nurse shark, lunch. We were so disappointed in only 30 min for snorkeling. We were gone from 730am to 7pm. Exhausting!
We have the upgrade to Superior Oceanfront Club Prem. Do men have to wear pants to all restaurants. Can they wear jeans? My women wear sundress?4 answers
2 years, 26 months ago
Men are required to wear long pants and closed toe shoes at the Specialty Restaurants. You may wear sundress, beach wear (bathing suits, flip flops, swim cover ups) are not allowed in the specialty restaurants.
men must wear long pants and sundresses are fine
Yes, men have to wear pants. No tshirts or sandals for men. We didn't see anyone in jeans. Women can wear sundresses or capris.
No. Long pants, and that includes jeans, are only required in the reservation only restaurants. No dress code for women in any restaurants. No wet swim suits in restaurants or buffet though.
what kind of beer do you serve?3 answers
Our friends, that we would be travelling with, is allergic to most beers. In the States he can ony drink Coors Light. What are the chances that he could find Coors Light Beer either there or near there? Do you serve any American beer?
2 years, 25 months ago
Majority of resorts offer local brand beers. For more information on the exact brands please contact the resort directly.
The only beer they have is corona. In cans or on draft. That's it for the resort. Their main drinks are mixed/frozen.
I think I saw Coors Light but not positive. We drink Corona. They have American brands as well as Mexican beers. They have Miller Lite for sure.
Do you offer ping pong?4 answers
2 years, 24 months ago
This resort offers a wide variety of entertainment and activates. For more information please contact the resort directly.
Yes. There were ping pong tables at the resort.
Yes. They have tables near the beach. And lots of other games as well.
We just returned from our trip to Barcelona Maya Beach and we saw 2 or 3 ping pong tables, a basketball court, a giant chess board, beach volleyball, and also basketball hoops in the pool.
Does this resort have a private beach?3 answers
Is the beach roped off for this resort to make it private or are there a lot of vendors and people walking on the beach from other resorts? I can't stand crowded beaches with tons of vendors selling stuff...
1 year, 19 months ago
Please be advised that all beaches in Mexico are public beaches.
We were on the beach everyday for a week and never saw 1 vendor...
No private beach. The beaches are owned by the Mexican government so I don't think any resorts own their beaches although they do maintain them. And the do it very well. There are only vendors from the Resort. And not many of them. We were there 6 days and maybe saw 8 vendors total. They are not going to get in your space without you inviting them. You have to show interest and ask for information. Mostly selling spa services, tours, something like that. Beaches are not crowded at all. Never had a problem finding lounge chairs. Never crowded in the water. You are really going to like this place.
How do I book a room facing the ocean and or pool? When is Hhly Week? Are ther usually lots of children at the resort?3 answers
1 year, 17 months ago
At this time, Cheap Caribbean only offers the garden view room category. Holy week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. This is a family-friendly resort and there will be children at the resort
Rooms on the ocean or by the pools are "club" level rooms --- you have to pay more. When we were there, there were a lot of children, but it was a week when school was out.
CheapCaribbean should be able to get you a ocean view/pool view. The pool is between the building and the ocean so if you see one you probably see the other. You could also upgrade at check-in. There were some children when we were there but they really never disturbed anyone. Never heard them while in our room.
What can the $1200 resort credit be used for?3 answers
1 year, 16 months ago
Various services at the Spa, room upgrades, room service, dining & beverages, additional resort activities and
excursions, Barcelo Club and various shopping boutiques on the resort. Note: Reservations for tours, services and
amenities must be requested at the resort upon arrival and are subject to availability. Restrictions apply, this is a credit provided by the resort and is subject to change.
Credits are used for services at the resort. They are basically coupons for different things. For example, my girlfriend and I went to the spa to get a couples massage. Included in the credits worth $1200 was $100 off spa treatments. It includes other items like $30 off a $80 bottle of wine, $200 for a room upgrade, $10 off to VIP at the dance club, etc.
You get small (percentage-wise) discounts on things like massages at the spa or wine that you have to buy at dinner (the house wine is lousy). But it's a very small discount. Even with our credit, the cheapest bottle of wine we could find cost us $55.
I am coming with my husband to Barcelo Mayo Caribe and Beach next month. We would like to bring gifts for the staffs children, can you give me some2 answers
hints on what may be nice to bring? Also, would it be possible to get a pool side room or ocean side? We are coming Feb 17th thru the 22nd of Feb. and cannot wait~!!!
1 year, 14 months ago
Please contact the beach experts at 800-915-2322 for information on the room categories available and any recommendations for the staff's children.
Rooms that face pool and ocean directly are junior suites. You can upgrade but don't know the cost. Almost all rooms have some limited view of ocean from balcony. All have balcony or patio.
Which resorts have reliable shuttles to take you around the resort?1 answer
Barcelo resorts in cancan area
1 year, 13 months ago
For specific information, please contact our Beach Experts @800-915-2322.
What is the distance from this resort to 5th ave. Playa del carmen ?3 answers
1 year, 13 months ago
The dis between this resort and 5th Ave. is about 12 miles.
Not sure about the specific street you are looking for, but I recall seeing a road sign that said Playa del Carmen was 25 km north of the resort.
About 15 minutes by private car or taxi.
room upgrades with credits3 answers
If I have $2000 in resort credits and want. Toupgrade to a better roomhow much will it after I use the credits?
1 year, 13 months ago
All resort offers concerning credits are subject to change. Please call the resort directly at 52 984 875 1500 for the most up to date information on credits being offered.
They are not 100% credits, rather it's $2000 worth of coupons you can use toward a multitude of services. Discounts instead of actual credit.
We had the credits too. It is really a package of coupons for different services. The room upgrade is $ 400 usd if you are staying 7 days. If less, they pro-rate the amount and apply it to what ever upgrade you are wanting. The staff at check in is very helpful with this. And they do not pressure you at all to spent any more money. Some pretty good discounts, especially the spa. Really not much to spend money on. Pretty much everything is included. You are going to love this place.
Is it complicating traveling from the resort to the Mayan Ruins?3 answers
1 year, 12 months ago
Excursions to the Mayan Ruins can be added at the time of booking or while in destination.
Very Simple: You can book through Cheap Caribbean either on line, or once you get to the resort. DO NOT book at the airport. There are a lot of swindlers there. We met people who got burned. It is very simple once you get to the resort or on line and cost $109 per person. They pick you up on a bus at the resort, and drop you off about 10 hours later.
There are plenty of people available to set up excursions...we did one and it was a painless process
how is the water to drink there, should I be worried?4 answers
1 year, 12 months ago
They will provide you with bottled water so that you don't have to worry.
As long as you drink the water in the dining halls or the bottle water provided all over the grounds you will be fine. We were advised (as a precaution) to not drink the water out of the faucets in the rooms but they provided ample bottled water.
We used the bottled water supplied by the resort but had plenty of mixed drinks with no problems!
Not at all. The resort has their own system. All the water they serve is filtered. Taste as good or better than bottled. And they have bottled in every room. We had no problem at all.
renovation starting may 6, 20145 answers
On the very bottom of hotel info, the hotel update says: 'Barcelo Maya Caribe and Beach will begin renovations to the Caribe section on May 6, 2014. During this time, guests can enjoy full amenities in the Maya Beach section of the resort. ' Does it mean that there will be noise? dust? Are we still able to use the restaurants? What other things will be affected? Thank you for your answer in advance.
11 months ago
During the construction you will have the full amenities in the Maya Beach section of the resort, for more information please contact our Beach Experts at 1-800-915-2322 between 5am and 3am EST 7 days a week. Thank you!
Yes they are remodeling a section of the resort. I do not think they are housing anyone in that section during the renovations. Call the hotel to confirm.
Just got back and construction started while we were there. The Caribe is under renovation. The Beach has already been renovated. Yes, you will have everything, even the pool area from the Caribe is open. If you didn't see the colorful fences hiding the construction, you would not even know the difference. Nothing to worry about.
When I was there the renovation was ongoing, but the caribe area is somewhat is on the far south side of the resort, and did not interfere with any thing I did. I was also in the closest building to the construction zone, and I did not hear anything.
Hi there! We just left the resort and experienced the construction. It didn't appear to affect anything in my opinion as the resort is big! I only noticed it when walking by to go to the gym. They have a barrier surrounding the part that is being rennovated. Nothing is closed. I wouldn't let the construction impact weather or not you go to this resort.
Rain first week of June?1 answer
We were looking to book the first week of June this year instead of the second week. I was just wondering if it's more rainy during this time than mid June?
4 months ago
There is always a 10-20 percent chance of rain everyday in the Caribbean. We unable to advise on the average rain amount as this changes on a daily basis.
does the luggage fees depend on what airline we pick?1 answer
does cheap carribbean offer free luggage if booked through them
3 months ago
No, CheapCaribbean.com does not include baggage fees. These are to paid directly to the airline, and vary based on the airline you travel on.
Can you go topless on the beach1 answer
4 days ago
Barcelo resorts are a family friendly resort, and topless sunbathing is not allowed in the pool area or on the beach.
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Barcelo Maya Beach & Caribe - All-Inclusive features 1044 guestrooms in five three-story buildings with elevators. Rooms are decorated in rich colors and include gardenview balconies or ground-floor patios furnished with cocktail tables and Mexican-style leather and wood chairs.
Beach lovers, you and the fam will love this escape haven - it's nestled in a jungle oasis along the luxurious Riviera Maya. The white sand and clear, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea will keep you hypnotized. But so will the overarching concept - stay at one, play at five - along with all the 24-hour all-inclusive goodness: food, drinks, entertainment, and activities - in the water and out of it. Speaking of, there are 10 pools and three water parks in the complex, where you can splish splash the day away. But make sure you hit the 33,000-square-foot U-Spa for a stress-smashing treatment. Grab an umbrella drink, kick back and let the awesome wash over you.
Guests may enjoy dinner at the specialty restaurants using tickets, based on
the length of their stay:
3 nights, 1 tickets
4-5 nights, 2 tickets
7 nights, 4 tickets
8 nights, 5 tickets
9-10 nights, 7 tickets
11-12 nights, 8 tickets
13 nights, 9 tickets
14 nights, 10 tickets
The menu is epicurean and the choices are epic. Sink your chops into everything from Mexican to Italian. Spanish to Japanese (two). A sizzling steakhouse and fresh seafood. Hit the buffets and snack spots for all your classic favs. Hungry, yet?
Type: Buffet Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-3pm;
Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10pm Description: Open-air restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and themed
dinners. Barcelo Maya Caribe and Beach Resort offers 4 International Buffets: Beach, Caribe, Colonial & Tropical.
Snack Bar & Grill
Type: Grill Hours: Snacks and lunch, daily - 10:30am-6:30pm.
Type: Grill Hours: Snacks and lunch, daily - 10:30am-6:30pm.
Type: Grill Hours: Snacks and lunch, daily - 10:30am-6:30pm.
Type: Grill Hours: Snacks and lunch, daily - 10:30am-6:30pm.
Type: Mexican Hours: Dinner - daily, 6pm-10pm. Description: Mexican cuisines. Dress code: Semi-formal dress code. Men should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Beach attire is not permitted.
Type: Spanish Hours: Dinner - daily, 6pm-10pm. Description: Spanish cuisines. Dress code: Semi-formal dress code. Men should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Beach attire is not permitted.
Type: Seafood Hours: Dinner - daily, 6pm-10pm. Description: Seafood cuisines. Dress code: Semi-formal dress code. Men should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Beach attire is not permitted.
Type: Japanese Hours: Dinner - daily, 6pm-10pm. Description: Japanese cuisines. Dress code: Semi-formal dress code. Men should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Beach attire is not permitted.
Type: Italian Hours: Dinner - daily, 6pm-10pm. Description: Italian cuisines. Dress code: Semi-formal dress code. Men should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Beach attire is not permitted.
Type: Steak House Hours: Dinner - daily, 6pm-10pm. Description: Grilled steak and meats. Dress code: Semi-formal dress code. Men should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Beach attire is not permitted.
Type: New Japanese Hours: Dinner - daily, 6pm-10pm. Description: Modern Japanese cuisines. Dress code: Semi-formal dress code. Men should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Beach attire is not permitted.
La Trattoria Ristorante Italiano
Type: Italian Hours: Dinner - daily, 6pm-10pm. Description: Modern Italian cuisines. Dress code: Semi-formal dress code. Men should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Beach attire is not permitted.
All hours are subject to change.
This beachtastic fun spot boasts a vortex of drinkeries - there are four alone in the lobby. But don't stop there. Float on over to the swim-up bars, then hit the theater and sports bars. If you feel moved to move your feet, there are two discos - one for you and one for your teens. Bring your party flip flops.
Beach Bar at Barcelo Maya Beach
Caribe Lobby Bar at Barcelo Maya Caribe
Puebla Lobby Bar at Barcelo Maya Colonial
Tequila Lobby Bar at Barcelo Maya Tropical
La Cantina Cigar Lounge at Barcelo Maya Tropical
Two bars in Kukulcan Theatre
Two bars in Palenque Theatre
Four Swim-Up Bars at Main Pools
Beach, Caribe, Colonial & Tropical. Daily, 9am-7pm.
El Cielito Pool Bar
Quiet pool. Daily, 9am-7pm.
24-hour Sports Bar
Buffet service - daily, 6am-11am (light breakfast) & 11am-6am (buffet and snacks.)
BEACHES AND POOLS
The resort sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mayan Riviera - it's 2 km long and private. Two shimmering pools with Jacuzzis, swim-up bars and poolside wait service await your presence. Don't miss the hammocks. Come on down and hang.
Kids water park
Water aerobics in the pool
Advance Booking and Minimum Experience Required:
Windsurfing (standard equipment)
Available for an additional charge:
Surf Rider & Pirate Ship
Surf Lesson at Surf Rider
Internet access is available in public areas for an additional charge.
Luxury spa offering massages, hydrotherapy, facials, manicures and pedicures.
Destination weddings are available. Contact hotel directly for details.
Barcy Kids Club features supervised activities for kids 4-12. Daily,
Walks on the beach
Arts and crafts
Barcelo Maya Beach & Caribe - All-Inclusive is located right on one of the best beaches in the Mayan
Riviera, on the Mexican Caribbean coast. Cancun International Airport (CUN) is
45 miles away. Approximate driving time is one hour.
Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon. Minimum age for check-in is 18. All guests are
required to leave a credit card voucher or cash deposit of $200 for each guest
13 years of age or older.
The government has approved a new tax for visitors visiting Cancun. The resort reserves the right to collect this new tax to all visitors. This tax will be a flat fee of $20.00 pesos (1.00 usd approx.) per night per room.
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and
Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports and loud
SPRING BREAK POLICY EACH & EVERY GUEST 16-23 YEARS OF AGE (student/youth) will be required to sign a responsibility letter agreeing to leave the hotel if any disruption occurs (regardless of parent/chaperone). Chaperone is required to sign responsibility letter. EVERY guest between 16-23 years must leave a credit card voucher or cash deposit of $500 per person to be returned at check-out, if applicable. All guests are required to wear wristbands, if lost the cost is $500. There is a zero tolerance Policy.
All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change