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Catalonia Riviera Maya

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"I love this Hotel, the services is amazing, Love it, Love it. I am coming back." – Lissette
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View of the hotel from the ocean. What you see while sitting on Privledhed beach Beautiful view from our balcony. Front view of Resort the view doesn't get much better than this! Hotel Catalonia Riviera Maya Beautiful Pool! Wonderful snorkeling area! A great view! Catolonia Riviera Maya beach View while rooftop dining! Plenty of chairs One of the Pools Hotel Grouds Privledged Beach view from room daily entertainment Open air buffet From the pool facing the hotels entrance Dolphin Discovery amazing white sandy beaches Good Food Beach View Pool view view from 7033 Pool at night time At the Sports Bar And A Little Music
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July 20, 2012
Great Value & Lots of Fun

This was my first stay at Hotel Catalonia and in Puerto Aventuras altogether. It was a girls' trip and we wanted a good beach, good snorkeling from the hotel, and decent food. This resort turned out to be a GREAT choice for us! The beach options here are terrific. One section has chairs down on the sand that goes right into the ocean. Another section has chairs along a boardwalk that is above the ocean, and another section has chairs along a lagoon just off the ocean, where it's extremely safe and easy to swim, snorkel, and feed the fish that are numerous there. One area is all 'ocean noise' and another is closer to the pool where you can hear the music and the staff offering activities. The pools are very nice and have safe, shallow areas where children can swim and adults can lie in the shallow water. The activities staff do a fabulous job of providing plenty of optional games and entertainment, and they stick to the activities schedule, do everything on time as planned, and have a great variety of options. We took archery lessons one day, did water aerobics, salsa and merengue lessons, and played in a ping pong tournament. They also have free water activities such as kayaks you can take out for an hour at a time in the lagoon (which is a much cooler water tour than it would appear from standing on shore at the hotel - I highly recommend it), a captain-led catamaran ride for up to 2 or 3 people at a time, which is 20 minutes out into the ocean, and the only cost is an optional tip to the captain. This was REALLY fun and a great way to see how gorgeous the Caribbean is up close. You just have to get on that day's schedule first thing in the morning. The lifeguards are friendly and helpful if you are nice to them, and one of them took me out snorkeling three different times. This was a highlight for me, and I definitely would not have gone out as far or as long as we did by myself, but felt very comfortable doing so with a lifeguard by my side. The current was strong and the waves were a little challenging, but even with my mediocre swimming skills and no life jacket, I managed to have three wonderful snorkeling excursions right from the hotel beach. You can also take out bikes from the hotel and ride around the gated community of Puerto Aventuras. There's a marina there, and they do 'Dolphin Adventures' that you can watch from right in the middle of town. It's extremely safe to walk, run, or ride a bike around Puerto Aventuras. I felt safer there than I do in my own neighborhood in smalltown Kentucky. The nightly shows range from decent to terrific, but it's always impressive to see the activities staff giving it their all on stage at night after working out in the sun entertaining guests at the pool all day long. They are truly amazing. The International Show, Mexican Show, and the Lion King show are all definitely worth seeing! The disco on the property is open every night at 11pm, and if you just want to dance and have a drink, it's fine. If you want a big-time club scene, you can cab it to Playa del Carmen ($22 USD each way). The food at the hotel was better than expected, based on our stays at other All-inclusives in Mexico. The buffet was extremely varied, offering Mexican food, sandwiches, seafood, chicken, and pizza everyday, among other special dishes. The fresh fruit was delicious - some of the best cantaloupe and watermelon I've ever had. Everything I tried was very good - even the pizza! They have fresh guacamole and homemade tortilla chips at all meals and in the 'snack bar' near the pool at all times. I'm not a big drinker, but the few drinks I had tasted just fine to me. I didn't hear anyone complaining about the bar or the drinks. The sit-down restaurants were a nice change of atmosphere from the buffet, but I honestly don't believe the food was of any higher quality or better prepared in the sit-downs than it was at the buffet. If you eat at a sit-down, be prepared to wait for a table and for the service to take a long time. It's not the thing to do for dinner if you are in a rush for any reason.The Creperie (an ice cream/crepe outdoor table-service restaurant upstairs near the sit-down restaurants) is a must-visit for dinner and dessert - it's wonderful and rooftop dining over the ocean is just really cool. There are two Catalonia resorts here technically (Riviera Maya and Yucatan), but they are on the same property, and we checked into one and were given a room in the other. It seems like RM is the nicer one nad Yucatan is the more low-end one, from what we could tell. They definitely operate as one single property. We booked the least expensive room available on CheapCaribbean and they put us in what had to be the lowest-end room they had. We walked past all these nice rooms and suites in the 'upgrade section' and then got to our room, which was in the hotel section with the broken elevator, so we had to walk one flight of stairs to get to our room. The room itself was just okay - not new or fancy AT ALL. The bathroom fixtures and walls were old and worn out, and the room was very basic. But it was clean and everything was functional, so we were fine with it. If we had paid any more or had I needed to spend more time in the room, I would have been dissatisfied with the room. The cleaning service was terrific (as it always is in Mexico - they are so much cleaner there than we are in the U.S.!) and our housekeeper left us an animal made out of towels everyday, even in the 'low-rent' section of the hotel. :-) Two recommendations: 1) Don't buy excursions AT the hotel - buy them in Playa del Carmen or online before you go if you want to get a decent price. All the bus excursions are on the same busses - they are just sold by different tour salespeople who mark them up at their own discretion. We paid $60 for an all-day bus trip to Chichen Itza, and if we had bought the exact same tour from the guy in the hotel lobby, it would have been $109. 2) Buy your airport shuttle service online before you go. Cancun Shuttle is the airport's official service and I strongly recommend it. Buying it online BEFORE you go on your trip will ensure that you get a much better price and that you aren't forced into some crazy high-priced shared transportation once you land and get into the chaos of the ground transportation area at the Cancun Airport. Our experience proved them to be very professional, they provided detailed documentation and instructions, the vehicles were very nice, it was private (not shared), and they were right on time. It was WAY better than any taxi service I've ever had in the U.S.

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From: Lexington, Kentucky
Age: 35-44
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

November 8, 2011
We didn't want to leave!

My wife and I stayed here for our honeymoon 10/25-10/31/2011. This was our first time staying in an 'all inclusive' resort. We didnt know what to expect after only having seen pictures and reading reviews. We chose this resort because of the reviews truthfully. We were blown away by the kindness that we met in the olympus tours representatives that shuttled us from the airport to the resort. They were so kind and helpful. We were comforted by them as we were in a strange place. At the resort, ALL of the staff were so nice. We were not hounded or pressured to leave tips, it was even discouraged. The food was good. There was plenty variety to choose from. However, even with being very careful, we both still had bouts of diarrhea throughout the week. However, it was never bad enough that some anti-diarrhea meds couldnt handle. It also never kept us from leaving th room and enjoyinh ourselves. The water served in the restaraunts is bottled water so dont be scared to drink it. Just keep in mind that they cook with different spices, foods, etc than most americans are used to so expect your tummy to disagree a bit. The other vacationers there were couples and families, not very many young college partiers as we expected. The atmosphere was very laid back and calm. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves the entire week. Hurricane Rina stopped in for a visit during our stay and we were astonished at the level of planning and professionalism the staff had during the preparation before her arrival. You could tell that they have been through these several times and are pros at handling it with all th guests. We felt very safe and cared for. DO ABSOLUTELY stay in the priveliged rooms! I promise you that if you really do the math, you will see that it doesnt cost much more to upgrade. It is absolutely worth every penny. We stayed in the suite and 'wow' was all we could say on our arrival. We heard from other guests that the standard rooms are very subpar. The resort is about 20-25 minutes from Playa Del Carmen, the closest large city. They tell us its only 15 buts its not. Theres a very popular place in the city that they call 5th Avenue. Its their version of New York City. A truley must-see. Its a great place for souveneir shopping. But keep in mind, its all very over-priced and there is hasseling. The resort is located inside Puerta Aventuras which is a gated community and very safe. You can feel at ease going anywhere inside the community. DO eat at the Japanese restaraunt in the resort. DONT eat their dessert though. DO eat at the Italian restaraunt. DO snorkel and kayak at the resort. If you get the priveliged rooms, you get to do these for free everyday. DO bring some water shoes with you if you plan to swim in the ocean. It is very rocky once you leave the sand and begin entering the water and more than likely your feet will get cut without them. I highly recommend this resort. We had a wonderful time and are already planning our next visit and bringing family with us. You wont want to leave!

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From: Cary, NC
Age: 25-34
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

July 29, 2012
We would go back in a minute

This resort is excellent for the money !! Upon arrival in Cancun the transfer company was easy to find after the long walk from the gate.(Olympus)Check in was very easy and we got the room we desired.(Two Queen Beds) Our room had a balcony overlooking the pool and a little far away the sea. NO refrigerator with the standard room.!!! Ask for hangers as soon as you arrive if more are needed. The buffet food was delicious and the bar service was great. Try the steakhouse, we went two times. The beach does have many rocks so PLEASE take shoes to walk on the beach and in the water. The pools were clean and the staff always cleaning the pool area. A lot of walking as any big resort. The staff was friendly and always willing to please their guests. This hotel is located with in walking distance to the Dolphin Discovery (swim with the dolphins) shopping, (drug store, gifts etc) restaurants and day fishing cruises. If any items needed you can save money by taking the 15 minute walk instead of paying the high prices in the hotel shops. The hotel offers NO transportation to Playa but the cab is only $20.00 each way or take the local bus for a few dollars which you can catch outside the compound. Very good security getting inside the compound area, all cars are checked upon arriving.( A little walk to the compound entrance so we took a cab and then got the public van/bus to Playa) The grounds are beautiful, the room was clean and the food as mentioned very good. The shows in the theatre were very good, try at least one.

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From: Florida
Age: 55-64
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

April 6, 2012
Ultra-relaxing experience!

-very attentive staff -detail-oriented housekeeping -well-kept grounds and amenities -amazing food options: japanese, ilatian, multiple buffets, dessert-only buffet, and so on... -very close to: dolphin encounters, parasailing ventures, jet-ski rental, etc. well worth the price, amazing experience overall.

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Room Information

The Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort & Spa features 423 rooms spread horizontally along the property on 3 and 4 story buildings feature balconies or terraces with garden or ocean views. The rooms come equipped with tile floors, wood and iron furniture and modern decorations.

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Garden View Room
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Privileged Superior Room
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Privileged Suite
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Privileged Romance Room
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Privileged Superior Ocean View
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Privileged Family Suite
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What's to Love

It's an all-inclusive, family-friendly bundle of beachy greatness.

Throwing back a welcome cocktail after finally arriving in paradise.

The much-needed, all-soothing hydrotherapy treatment at Spa Alegria.

Movin' & groovin' at the weekly beach party (with a savory drink in hand, of course).


What We'd Change

Catalonia Resort Riviera Maya has expansive grounds but doesn't feel like a mega-resort. Its rooms are housed in smaller buildings and villas and the natural setting keeps it feeling intimate.

Only guests staying in Privileged rooms get access to all seven a la carte restaurants while guests in other rooms have access to three--good thing they are delicious either way!


Why You Should Go

It's an hour from the airport - patience is a virtue. You'll be on the sand soon.

Between the gym, land sports and water sports, the vacay weight will be easy to keep off.

The nightly shows at the theater will keep you nice and entertained every evening.

Upgrade to Privileged and fancy a private lounge, spa benefits and the Pure bar on the beach.

Available Amenities

  • Tour Assistance
  • Car Rental Available
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Beach
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Children's Activities
  • Children's Pool
  • Concierge Services
  • Conference Facilities ($)
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kayaks
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Room Service ($)
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Sailing
  • Aerobics
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Archery
  • Dance Classes
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Ping Pong
  • Nightclub/Disco
  • Game Room
  • 7 Restaurants
  • 7 Bars/Lounges
  • Shopping
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Theater
  • Elevators
  • Spa Services ($)
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Parking
  • Introductory Scuba Lesson
  • Freshwater Swimming Pool(s)
  • Dive Shop ($)
  • Gift Shop ($)
  • ATM/Banking ($)
  • Non-Smoking

Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Chichen Itza and Coba Ruins
  • Dining
  • Fishing
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Horseback Riding
  • Marina
  • Mayan Ruins
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Nature Park(s)
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa(s)/ Wellness Center(s)
  • Water-Skiing
  • Windsurfing

Map of Local Area

Here you will find an abundance of possibilities, something for every person of any age, for every type of vacation, for every budget and every activity.

Catalonia Riviera Maya

Avenida Xcacel Lote 1 Plano 2 Mz. 18

+52 98 48 75 1020

Hotel Description

Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort & Spa: All-Inclusive & All-Beachtastic

Do you find pleasure in a knock-your-flip-flops-off cocktail as you gaze out at hypnotizing hues of blue waters? What about nodding off in a comfy hammock while you sway to the serene sea breeze? Or how about getting stationed on a lounger at a sparkling pool to work on your gorgeous tan? Whatever your vacay needs are, they can all be appeased at Catalonia Riviera Maya. Anything you want, you got it. Unlimited tasty food and drinks? You've got it. Daily land and beach activities? You've got that too. Beach and pool access? You've definitely got that. Welcome to your beachy bliss.


As if the all these yummy nosh spots isn't enough to satisfy your taste buds, surely the delish creperie will do the trick. Beach appetit.

La Brisa
Type: International
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-3:30pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Description: Terraced restaurant facing the ocean and next to the pool. The Main Buffet restaurant features International and Mexican cuisine with theme dinners.

Type: Asian
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Air-conditioned restaurant offering sushi and four teppanyaki tables, each one seating 12 people.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

El Mercado
Type: Buffet
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-10:30am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-3:30pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-10:30pm
Description: Air-conditioned restaurant located along the beach. This Main buffet restaurant offers international and Mexican cuisine and themed dinners.

Type: Italian
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Air-conditioned trattoria-style, a la carte restaurant serving Italian specialties amongst beautiful ocean views. Reservations are required.
Dress code:
Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

Type: Mexican
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Air-conditioned, a la carte restaurant featuring local Mexican specialties. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

Le Creperie
Type: French
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Air-conditioned restaurant with terrace and views of the beach. A la carte crepes and ice cream. Child friendly.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

Type: Steakhouse
Hours: Daily, 6pm-10:30pm
Description: Air-conditioned restaurant serving steaks and a grill menu. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

Beloved Lounge & Restaurant
Type: Gourmet
Hours: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Description:Exclusive for Privileged guests, this ocean side restaurant offers a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Terrace Tapas Bar & Lounge
Type: Tapas & Lobster
Hours: Breakfast & dinner
Description: With gorgeous beach views, you'll dine on a variety of small plate dishes and lobster specialties.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

All hours are subject to change.


With seven snazzy bars (one being a disco) to choose from, getting your drink on is easy. Oh, and the sports bar has a golf simulator, which is pretty cool. Cheers, Beach Citizens.

La Pinata
Disco bar. Daily, 11pm-2am.

EL Abuelo
Lobby bar. Daily, 7pm-midnight.

Swim up bar. Daily, 9am-6pm.

Sports Bar
Golf simulator and the best sports programming on a large screen TV. Daily, 6pm-midnight.

Beach Bar
Located on the Yucatan Beach side. Open daily.

Pure Bar
Located on the Riviera Maya side. Exclusive for Privileged guests. Open daily.

Tequila Bar
Located next to the pool. Daily, 9am-6pm.

La Terraza
Offering cocktails and incredible views of the Caribbean. Daily, 6pm-10:30pm.

Snack Bar
Serves snacks, juices, cocktails and drinks. Daily, 10am-midnight.


With a designated reading area out at the pool, this place is perfect for chillaxing and lounging. It has five glistening pools and two extra for the kiddos to splash away. As for beach-goers, stretch out on sugary sands and watch the azure waves crash the shore all day long. *Starting January 2018, one of the pools will be exclusive for Privileged guests. This pool will be next to the Privileged beach area and Pure Bar.



  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Catamaran
  • Water polo
  • Beach volleyball
  • Pool volleyball
  • Introduction to diving in the pool for individuals 14 years and older


  • Aerobics
  • Cycling
  • Ping pong
  • Archery
  • Tennis
  • Fitness center


Guests may access a number of courses in close proximity to the resort:

  • Puerto Aventuras Golf Club: A five-minute walk from the hotel
    Number of holes: nine.
  • Playacar Spa & Golf Club: Located approximately 20 km/12 mi from the hotel
    Number of holes: 18. Par: 72.
  • Golf el Camaleon Mayacaba: Located approximately 30 km/18 mi from the hotel
    Number of holes: 18. Par: 72.
  • Playa Paraiso Golf Club: Located approximately 40 km/25 mi from the hotel
    Number of holes: 18. Par: 72.


Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort & Spa offers complimentary Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the resort.


Spa Alegra features a host of relaxing treatments that are sure to leave your body and mind grateful. Daily, 9am-7pm.
  • Complex hydrotherapy circuit
  • Hydro-massage shower
  • Private and couple's treatment booths
  • Tea and juice bar
  • Boutique spa and salon


Say "I do" to the beautiful backdrop of the Mayan Riviera. For an extraordinary experience, let the wedding specialists at the Catalonia Riviera Maya make your special day one to remember. Please contact the resort directly for more information.


Kid's Club offering supervised activities for children ages 4-12. Daily, 9am-5pm.


Catalonia Riviera Maya is located 12 miles south of Playa del Carmen and 50 mi from the Cancun International Airport (CUN).

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3pm. Check-out: noon.
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation.

Holy Week Policy
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 music.

Environmental Levy Fee
The Municipalidad of Solidaridad in the Rivera Maya is one of the most beautiful places in the Mexican Caribbean. Tourism has been instrumental in driving the economic and social development of the region. In an effort to continue to preserve, conserve and beautify the destination, the Municipality of Solidaridad has implemented a small environmental levy on visitors effective September 1, 2017. Hotels will collect 20 Mexican pesos per room per day at check in; the proceeds will be deposited in an environmental trust to fund local projects. The Municipalidad of Solidaridad thanks you for your understanding and support of this worthwhile endeavor. Thank you and enjoy your visit.

This hotel does not accept American dollars.

All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.

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