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Catalonia Riviera Maya / Yucatan - A to Z Inspection

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The following is David's professional opinion from a recent hotel inspection.

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Ambiance - I was pleasantly surprised when I visited this resort. The grounds are beautiful and it has a nice friendly feel to it. I guess since it always prices so competitively I was not expecting as much.

Beach -The beach is smaller compared to other resorts and somewhat protected by a cove.

Charges (extra) - Spa treatments, business services and internet would be extra.

Distances- In Puerto Aventuras about 20 minutes south of Playa del Carmen. Puerto Aventuras is a nice little self contained resort area and marina.

Entertainment on Property -Varied entertainment and activities during the day and evening.

Fitness Area - Brand new fitness area so all of the equipment is new. Nothing better than torturing yourself on new equipment.

Food- They have 7 restaurants which 4 are specialty restaurants, featuring a Grill, Japanese, Italian and Mexican cuisine. There are some restrictions at the number of times you can eat at a specialty restaurant. For example for a 7 night stay, you may have dinner at all 4 but only once at each per stay. They will make exceptions especially during low season. Make your reservations as soon as you arrive at the resort.

Getting Around- Taxi is the best way to get around. I would not suggest renting a car unless you really know what you are doing. I have rented a few times and still get white knuckled.

Internet Access -They are putting wi-fi access in the suites and lobby.

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

Kids - They have a nice kids club for children ages 4 to 12 with age appropriate activities like arts and crafts, games, outdoor activities and even a mini disco.

Little Known Fact - They are one of the few all inclusive resorts that will allow a family of 6 in one room which is very very unusual.

Medical Services-On call medical services.

Negatives- The beach not being a long stretch of beach might turn some people off but for those pool people like me, this is not that big a deal.

Nightlife- They have their own theatre for shows and plenty of nightlife in Playa del Carmen.

Opportunities-This is one of the better priced all-inclusive's so if you can take advantage of it.

Pool- They have 5 pools of which 3 overlook the ocean. There is one pool that they hold all the daily poolside activities.

Protection- In room safe.

Recreation- Because the beach is protected you have more opportunities to use the non motorized water sports like hobie cats, snorkeling, paddle boats and windsurfing. They also have two tennis courts, basketball, volleyball and free bicycles for guest to use.

Rooms - The Riviera side has Standard, Deluxe and Suites where the Yucatan side only has Standard Rooms. The Deluxe rooms have a bit more amenities in the room. They also are one of the few all-inclusive resorts that will guarantee connecting rooms in what they call their Family Room category. The first room will have a king bed and the 2nd room will have two dbl beds.

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

Spa - Along with the fitness center, the spa is brand new too. They have all your normal treatments.

Terrain- Not an overly large resort to easy to get around and not feel you are walking forever to get from A to B.

Updates-Fitness center and Spa are brand new.

View-Right on the ocean but due to the way the resort is designed most of the rooms would be pool and garden views. They have a few superior ocean front rooms.

Weather-December through May are the best months for weather. The wettest months are late September through early November

WOW Factor-Allowing a family of 6 in their family room category.

X-Y-Z-I liked this resort and think you get good value for the dollar. Not fancy but very comfortable. As I mentioned before it actually exceeded my expectations.

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"Just the Facts"

Hotel Location

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The Catalonia is only a few minutes driving time from Tulum, Xel-Ha, and Xcaret. It is located beachfront in the middle of the touristy corridor, within walking distance of the restaurants and shops at Puerto Aventuras, 17 km from Playa del Carmen

Address: LOTE 1, MANZANA 18/PLANO 2 XCACEL A
PUERTO AVENTURAS
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Local Phone: 984-875-1020
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-759-5109
Fax: 011-52-984-875-1037

Hotel Facilities


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Boutique Shops
Car Rental
Concierge
Currency Exchange
Disco / Nightclub
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Shopping Mall Nearby (15 minutes)
Pools
Number of Pools: 5
Outdoor Pools: 5     
Swim-up Bar
The hotel offers five outdoor swimming pools, three of which overlook the adjoining beachfront. Pool features include a swim-up bar, scuba lessons, and pool volleyball.
Golf: NEARBY
Puerto Aventuras Golf Club - Just 5 minutes walking from the hotel. Golf course in not part of the hotel.
The Puerto Aventuras Golf Club features a 3,255 yard course designed by Tomas Dehmann.
Holes: 9
Green Fees: $Fee
Cart Fee: $Fee
Club Rental Fees: $FEE
Caddy: No
Tennis
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Lighted Courts: 2
Court Fee: Free during day
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Scuba: Additional Charge
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Other Sports Available
Bicycles: Complimentary
Other Sports: Volleyball, Basketball.
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Massage: Additional Charge
Nautilus Equipment: Additional Charge

Hotel Details


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ROOM TYPES
STANDARD ROOM
Standard room w/1 king size bed or 2 dbls, Terrace or balcony, Spread along the property in 3 and 4 story buildings and villas, A/C, cable TV, direct access phone, safety deposit box (fee), full bathroom with hair dryer,

Rollaways Available, Rollaway Charge:
Crib Available, Crib Charge:

Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Available
Balcony or Terrace
Hair Dryer
Telephone
Television
Room Safe

SUITE
One bedroom with king bed, 2 plasma TVs, terrace with mini-pool, separate living room with pull-out sofa, ceiling fan, mini-bar, special amenities, room safe, full bathroom with hair dryer and direct phone access

Rollaways Available, Rollaway Charge:
Crib Available, Crib Charge:

Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Available

 

Dining
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Catalonia Riviera Maya features 1 meal plan options:

All Meals, Drinks & Tips-FULL-La Brisa, Bellavista, Los Alebrijes, Bamboleo

There are 7 Restaurants at Catalonia Riviera Maya:

Bamboleo Grill - Grill-a la carte restaurant. Reservations required.
La Brisa - A buffet bar and coffee shop offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with buffet service.
Bamboleo - A snack grill, steak house and beach-disco bar, open for lunch and dinner. The beach disco bar features a great ambiance with music late into the night.
Mirado - A la carte Japanese specialty restaurant. Open for dinner.
Bellavista - An a la carte Italian specialty restaurant open for dinner (reservations required).
El Mercado - A buffet bar and coffee shop offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with buffet service. A/C restaurant.
Los Alebrijes - An a la carte Mexican specialty restaurant open for dinner, featuring the most exquisite Mexican cuisine (reservations required).

Activities & Entertainment

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Daily Activities & Entertainment:

Daily Activities for both adults and children, including: Horseshoe Throwing, Dart Throwing, Beach and Pool Volleyball, Water polo.

Nightly Activities & Entertainment:

Nightly Entertainment, disco, karaoke, live music, dancing and shows

 
Children's Programs
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The Charme Kids Club offers a variety of activities under the supervision of qualified personnel, including: Tours around the Facilities, Outdoor Games, Painting and Arts & Crafts, Video Club with Movies, Contests, Piñatas, and a Mini Disco.
Applicable Ages: 4-12 years old.
Program Fees: Complimentary

Children's Facilities
PlayGround
Game Room
Children's Pool

Babysitting Fee: $Fee
Advance Notice for Babysitting: Yes

Rollaway's and Cribs are available on request at no extra charge

 

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