When you step out of your taxi and enter Catalonia Riviera Maya, you immediately get that “on vacation” feeling.
The hotel – located just over an hour south of Cancun in the gated community of Puerto Aventuras – is not a new, flashy resort, but that’s part of its charm. The lush green grounds and rustic architecture are part of what gives this hotel its character.
Maybe it’s the majestic palapa-roofed lobby, or the fruity concoction they hand you upon arrival. But suddenly, real life melts away, and all that you have to worry about is where you're going to eat dinner this evening and which bathing suit you're going to wear tomorrow.
The resort has two different pool areas, both with swim-up bars — Photo courtesy of Catalonia Riviera Maya
At some point, the resort must have been two resorts, because there are two separate lobbies and swimming pool areas. Both swimming pools feature swim-up bars and have different areas and levels. Each has a kids’ pool as well.
The beach always has plenty of palapas and lounge chairs available, and the lagoon is definitely worth a visit. Catalonia Riviera Maya also offers a full-service spa and salon.
Use the free WiFi that is available throughout the resort to share vacation pictures with your friends and family back home.
Catalonia Riviera Maya is located in the gated community of Puerto Aventuras — Photo courtesy of Catalonia Riviera Maya
From early morning until late into the night, the international activities team is working their butts off (and having fun doing it) to make sure guests have an unforgettable vacation.
Each night, there's a thoroughly entertaining show in the theater and afterwards La Piñata Disco is open until 2 a.m.
Children ages two to 12 will love the kids club, which offers organized activities daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There's also a weekly “white party" on the beach, so pack a white outfit.
There are two main buffet restaurants in the resort: La Brisa and El Mercado. Snack bar Bamboleo is in the pool area, and it's convenient during the day since guests may wear bathing suits.
Bellavista (Italian); Mikado (Japanese/Teppanyaki); and Los Alebrijes (Mexican) are the à la carte choices for dinner. There's also a creperie, a juice bar, a sports bar, a lobby bar that offers entertainment some evenings and a rooftop tapas bar.
Two large buffet restaurants offer breakfast, lunch and dinner — Photo courtesy of Catalonia Riviera Maya
There's no room service available at Catalonia Riviera Maya, so if you like beer and soft drinks available in the room, go for a “Privileged” room and you’ll get a mini bar that's restocked daily.
You’ll also get robes and slippers, an iron and ironing board and beach towels in the room.
The basic all-inclusive program includes breakfasts and lunches in the main buffet restaurant; three à la carte dinners (per person for a one-week stay); activities and entertainment; beach towels and swimming pool access; deck chairs and sun umbrellas; the kids club; and the on-site gym.
The “Privileged” all-inclusive program includes access to more areas in the resort, like the Pure Chill Out Bar beach club, special sections on the beach and in restaurants and additional à la carte dinners.
Grab a cool drink, a book and relax in a hammock — Photo courtesy of Catalonia Riviera Maya