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Barcelo Maya Beach Resort GroundsAmbiance - This property is one of my favorites both for couples and families. When I stayed here I felt this was one of the better resorts in The Riviera Maya. After just recently returning and visiting the property again it is even better with the two new sections that have opened up.

Beach-By far the largest and best beach in all of the Riviera Maya. Even if all four sections were at 100% occupancy, you still would not have a problem finding a beach or pool chair.

Charges (extra) - Golf, hairdresser, horseback riding and motorized water sports would be extra.

Distances- In the Riviera Maya south of Cancun. Not too far from Playa del Carmen.

Entertainment on Property -Varied entertainment and activities during the day and evening. I thought the entertainment was better than I expected in the evenings.

Fitness Area - They do have a very nice fitness area and sauna.

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort LobbyFood-The are 6 restaurants, 3 are ala-carte of which include Mexican and Spanish cuisine plus a Steakhouse. If you stay in the new Colonial or Tropical beach section, you have access to 4 more restaurants, a steakhouse, Seafood, Mediterranean and Oriental cuisines. A word of warning for the guys. Bring at least one pair of long trousers to wear at dinner if you want to get into the ala-carte restaurants. I guess the women can wear whatever they want. To make it fair for everyone to get a chance to eat in the specialty restaurants they limit the amount of times you may dine at them to four times for a 7 night stay.

Getting Around- Taxi, renting a car and you can book day tours from the resort.

Internet Access -There is an hourly charge for internet access.

Jackets and Ties- Keep them at home, but bring slacks and polo shirt for dinner in the A la Carte restaurants.

Kids- Kids Club Miki Maya with games, books, movies, a kitchen and video games. A Game Room, Teen Disco and Children's Pool. The PlayGround is perfect for after dinner before the evening entertainment begins.

Lighting-The resort is well laid out and well lit at night.

Medical Services-On call medical services.

Negatives- No infinity pool! This is a personal preference of mine but I got over it real quick with their fantastic pool.

Nightlife- They have nightly entertainment in their open air theatre and for those who love to dance at night they have their own Discotheque. Well, actually they convert the Steakhouse into the Disco.

Opportunities-They have two convention halls and six meeting rooms so bring all your co-workers. Make them work while you hang out by the pool!

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort Pool Pool-I love the pool here and it seemed like there were more than two since it was so spread out. I like fru fru pools and this qualifies! Even better with the new sections opening up.

Protection-In room safe.

Recreation-There is plenty for adults and kids with tennis courts, mini golf, kayaks, paddle boats plus lots of daytime activities for all.

Rooms-I felt the standard rooms were very spacious and feel most everyone would enjoy the accommodations.

Shopping-Small gift shop on property. Plenty of shopping in Playa del Carmen.

Terrain-Very flat and easy to get around. This property is not as large as some of the others so you can be on the beach with very little walking.

Tipping-Not required but as with any service industry, if your bartender, room maid or bartender really shines, they will appreciate the small gratuity since most people will not be tipping anyway. Just a hint.

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort BeachUpdates-Honeymooners get a bottle of champagne, tropical fruits, breakfast room service their first morning plus upgrade possibilities.

View-Ok, with the way the property is situated an Ocean View is stretching it. You can see the ocean through the trees that borders the beach. The trees make some nice shade while gazing out at the ocean.

Weather-December through May are the driest months. September through November are the wettest months

WOW Factor-I have to say this ranks as one of the best all around properties that is as good for families as it is for couples.

X-Y-Z-Would I go back? You betcha!

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort Fountain
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The resort is 40 miles south of Cancun Airport, 15 miles south of Playa del Carmen, and 20 miles north of the Tulum Ruins, near Xcaret and Xel-Ha.

Address: KM266.3

Local Phone: 011-52-984-87-51500
Fax: 011-52-984-875-1507

Hotel Facilities

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Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Casino Nearby (Not available.)
Number of Pools: 2
Outdoor Pools: 2     
The free form pool is like a lagoon without borders, buried in a thick oasis of palm trees with a footbridge leading to a huge Jacuzzi. For kids, there is a separate children`s area.
Puerto Aventuras Golf Club - 2 km
The Puerto Aventuras Golf Club features a 3,255 yard course designed by Tomas Dehmann.
Holes: 9
Green Fees: Varies
Cart Fee: Varies
Number of Courts: 5
Outdoor Courts: 5
Lighted Courts: 5
Court Fee: Free until 10 pm
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
Motorboats: Additional Charge
Water skiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Additional Charge
Other Sports Available
Horseback Riding: Additional Charge
Jogging Trail: Complimentary
Other Sports: Mini golf (complimentary)
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Complimentary
Sauna: Complimentary
Steam Room: Complimentary
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge

Hotel Details

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort grounds
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The Barcelo Maya features five buildings of Mayan-inspired architecture overlooking 2 km of white sand beach with clear blue waters and a natural coal reef. Surrounded by miles of virgin grounds, each air-conditioned room has its own terrace.

Located on a long stretch of virgin beach, the property features a full spa with Turkish bath, a mini-golf course surrounding a natural cenote, PADI dive center with an array of non-motorized water sports, pay-per-view and video games in rooms (fee).

Beach: The resort borders 2 km of white sand beach lined with swaying palm trees. Enclosed by a coral reef,the beach features a small dock where you can step onto natural coral ledges and find yourself immersed in the amazing undersea life of the Caribbean.

Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 noon
Total Rooms: 1020
Year Opened: 1999

Credit Cards: Visa, Master Card, Diners Club, American Express

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort Dining
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Barcelo Maya Beach Resort features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips-All

There are 6 Restaurants at Barcelo Maya Beach Resort:

Rancho Grande (Snack Bar) - A beach restaurant under a gigantic palapa with pizza and buffet service.
Captain Morgan Steakhouse - Located to the north of the property, Captain Morgan`s is a palapa restaurant with a big galleon ship and masts reaching to the center of a thatched dome. Casual restaurant by day and steak house by night, later a lively disco.
Buffet Restaurant - A casual buffet restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner(1 in each hotel).
Agave - Mexican cuisine served with a Mexican ambiance, open for dinner only, reservations are required (gentlemen must wear long trousers, ladies casual elegant).
Grill Restaurant - Grill restaurant serving snacks and casual cuisine, open from 10:30 am until 6:30 pm.
Don Quijote - Spanish cuisine served with a Spanish ambiance, open for dinner only, reservations are required (gentlemen must wear long trousers, ladies casual elegant).

Activities & Entertainment

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort Entertainment
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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Pitch & Putt Mini-Golf, Aquaerobics, Volleyball, Basketball, Water polo, Games, Dancing Courses, Scuba and Water Sports Center.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Disco, karaoke, and different shows every night in an impressive split level Mayan- style amphitheater.

Children's Programs
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Kids Club Miki Maya - Free of charge, with games, books, movies, a kitchen and video games.
Applicable Ages: 4 to 12 years old.
Program Fees: Complimentary.

Children's Facilities
Game Room
Teen Disco
Children's Pool

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