Resort: Catalonia Riviera Maya
Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico – About an hour south of Cancun
* All inclusive resort for singles, couples & families
* 423 rooms located in 3 story buildings
* 328 double rooms, 16 deluxe & 26 superior rooms, 52 spacious suites
* Beautiful white sand beach with good snorkeling
* Numerous pools with swim up bar
* Fitness center, tennis court, volleyball
* Children’s club, pool & playground
* Live music in lobby & entertaining shows in the theater most nights
* Free wifi internet access
* Alegria Spa (extra charges)
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Food & Drink:
* All inclusive meals and premium alcoholic beverages
* Eight bars including a sports bar, dance club, juice bar & pool bar.
* Seven restaurants including:
La Brisa – International buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner located on a terrace facing the pools and beach. Open from 7 am to 10:30 am for breakfast. 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm for lunch and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner.
El Mercado – Air conditioned buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open from 7 am to 10:30 am for breakfast. 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm for lunch and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner.
Alebrijes – Mexican a la carte restaurant. Open from 6:30 pm to 11 pm.
Bellavista – Italian a la carte restaurant. Open from 6:30 pm to 11 pm.
Mikado – Asian a la carte restaurant with four entertaining Japanese Tepanyaki tables. Open from 6:30 pm to 10 pm.
Bamboleo – Steakhouse and grill
La Creperie – Afternoon and dinner service with crepes and ice cream.
Catalonia Riviera Maya Review:
All inclusive resort for singles, couples, and families. Overall, this resort delivers good overall value. The service, food, rooms, etc… are a step above the price you pay. The resort is located in a gated community which means it is very safe with no pushy sales people on the beach. The resort is located next door to the Catalonia Yucatan Beach resort which is known as the less active resort for older couples and families.
The beach is a nice white sand with plenty of chairs and shade. The water is great for snorkeling with lots of coral and fish, but this means the swimming area is a little rocky. It is recommended to bring some water shoes since the ones for sale at the resort are expensive. Also, some of the rocks are slippery when wet so take extra caution when entering the water to avoid injuries.
One thing to be aware of is extra charges at this resort. Some guests have reported that the beach view room they reserved was not available to them unless they paid an extra fee. There were also reports of extra charges for mini-fridge items. The best strategy is to send an email to the resort to confirm your room location and ask any questions you have.
The food is above average with numerous options available. There is a limit for how many times you can eat at the a la carte dinner restaurants. You will get a certain amount of vouchers depending on the length of your stay.
The Catalonia Riviera Maya is fairly close to Playa del Carmen. There is a free shuttle that runs twice a day from the resort. There is a pedestrian mall (5th Avenue) with shopping, restaurants, and bars.
Take some tip money along as the staff works very hard and offers great service. You don’t have to tip, but it is appreciated by the staff.