Barceló Hotel Pool  Maya Caribe

Barceló Maya Caribe

Texto: 35190 This 5-star, All Inclusive beachfront resort features beautiful architecture inspired by Mayan culture. Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km. 266,3 XPUHA Q | 77750 Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo
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Barceló Maya Caribe Texto: 35190 4.5 out of 5 based on 2979 ratings. 2979 user reviews.
Barceló Maya Caribe reviewed by James G on . Had a great family vacation We've been to the area around Playa del Carman many times, and have stayed at some different resorts while there, and this is a great resort. The grounds are beautiful and well kept, the pools are... Rating: 4
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Barceló Maya Caribe

Carretera Chetumal Puerto Juárez Km. 266,3 XPUHA Q   77750 Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo  


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49 mi  Cancun International Airport 

55 yards Chac Halal Beach

22 mi Tulum archeological site

18.5 mi Xel-Ha

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    CD_Boston_Traveler Boston. 04/20/2017 Family

    “Nice resort, would be great for families with young kids”

    My family (my wife and I and our 15 and 17 year old sons) stayed at the Barcelo Maya Caribe resort for 5 nights starting March 16. It was our first experience with an all-inclusive resort, and a first family trip to Mexico. In summary, the resort is very clean and well maintained, with friendly and helpful staff everywhere. The gym is excellent - the best of any resort we have ever visited. The beach is large and clean with plenty of seating. The very large swimmable area has a very mild slope and gentle surf (at least while we were there) - you have to get pretty far out before it gets deep. I'm 6'4" and could nearly stand at the swim boundary - perfect for small to tween-age children, but a little too tame for teenagers looking to body surf. The food ranges from not so great to very good - more later. We reserved a premium suite on the ground floor, and it was quite large; a large master bedroom, huge bathroom and large living/dining area. Unfortunately, the couches were not sleeper couches as we expected so we had two roll-aways brought in, They fit in the room without too much of a problem so that worked out fine. The room had a patio that was quite large, with an outdoor jacuzzi, a large shaded area and a semi-private pool (connected to other neighboring suites with privacy dividers). It was great to have a shaded outdoor space to retreat to after spending the morning and afternoon in the sun. Our room was at the end of the building so we only had neighbors on one side. We had a door separating us from the suite next door, it did mean that we could hear the people in the next room if their voices were raised, but normal conversations were inaudible. The staff were, without exception, friendly, courteous and helpful, although things like check-ins and making reservations for dinner take much more time than you might expect. There seems to be a lot of manual labor involved with these kinds of processes at the Barcelo, so you just need to be prepared for that and go with it - it all gets done eventually! The Caribe is only one of five Barcelo resorts all located in next to one another along the beach. With few exceptions, every resort restaurant and common area is available to anyone staying at any of the five resorts. There is a shuttle available that can bring you from one resort to another which comes in handy in the evening when you want to have dinner at a different resort. The Caribe itself had several cafeterias available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus several restaurants. Depending on the level of room (premium or regular) and length of stay, you are given a certain number of restaurant reservations that you can use instead of gong to the buffets or going off campus. TIP - if you want to make full use of those restaurant reservations, make the reservations prior to your trip. If you wait until you get there, there is a high likelihood that you either may not get a reservation at a restaurant, or you will have to go very late in the evening for dinner. Note that restaurants do sometimes take walk-ins, but we were there during spring break, so that option (on the night that we tried it) did not work for us. The buffet food ranges from pretty good to not-so-great. A lot depends on when you go - if you go to breakfast early (before the rush), everything is nice and fresh; wait until just before it closes, or after a large crowd goes through and you get what you get. There are exceptions - there are omelette stations for example so you can get fresh eggs cooked any time during breakfast. But there is a wide variety of offerings at each meal, even people under dietary restrictions can find things to eat. We tried the Mexican and French restaurants, and the food ranged from not bad to really good. A step up from the buffets, but still a little institutional in places. If you really want to get some great food, go off campus to Playa del Carmen (20 minute cab ride) - there are some great places there to try, plus its fun to walk around and people watch. As I said the gym is excellent. Very large, and very well equipped. Free weights, squat racks, strength machines, cable crossover, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, two yoga/fitness class areas... No excuses to miss a workout. Just remember the weights are in Kgs! There are multiple pools, two with swim-up bars. We opted for the ocean, but the pool areas were nice, with bar service and plenty of chairs. Our kids both loved the wave rider (additional charges applied) - and the staff who ran that attraction were all terrific! In closing, the only real problems that we had during the stay came from our fellow guests. We saw other guests berating or otherwise treating the staff unkindly, carelessly leaving their trash just laying around on the beach and other public areas and of course a few cases of alcohol-fueled bad behavior from people who should know better. One couple checking out of the resort treated the woman behind the counter so badly that after they left, she dropped her head into her hands and actually cried! Given some of the inexcusable behavior we saw, my admiration for the good-natured and professional Caribe staff is that much greater. Overall, we all enjoyed our stay and especially recommend this resort for families with younger kids who are looking for an all-inclusive resort.
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    Evelyn G 04/19/2017 Family

    “Amazing water sports on property, boundless beautiful beaches and mediocre food .”

    We stayed at the sister property next door, but is shares all of the same theatres, buffets, snack bars, pool bars, lounges, water park, beach and activities... our room was in Barcelo Maya Beach but we used all accommodations at Caribe since the buildings are next to each other. It's an amazing place. The staff bends over to accommodate the guests and are so friendly. The rooms are neat as a pin. Housekeeping is outstanding and the mini bar always was stocked. The only downside, which was huge for me was the ground meat products. The hamburgers both beef and chicken were horrible and not fit to eat. The hot dogs, sausages and chorizo were horrible too. My Kids love these foods and they couldn't eat them, hence eating chicken nuggets (amazing nuggets) and mediocre pizza for 12 days. The buffets were outstanding. The a la carte restaurants were not as good as I had hoped. They are like a scaled down version of a buffet... same food served in the a la carte as the buffet but we were served vs serving ourselves... and a few times I actually did go and hunt down my waiter.. They are sticklers w dinner reservations so if you are more than 15 min late, your turned away and also sticklers with dress code! I watched them turn away many people who violated dress code which pleased me. No place is perfect but this was close to it. Just a little improvement on the ground meat dishes, and some up kick at the a la carte Restaurants and this is a bomb place! We will be returning next year and staying at the Caribe. It was my favorite of the 4 of 5 mega resort options we utilized... THANKS BARCELO FOR AN AMAZING TRIP! Send me a discount coupon so I can book my next family spring vacation! Oh and the Dolphin area... what n added bonus. Other hotels don't have them on property.. this was a highlight!
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    doug3esq Mechanicsburg, PA. 04/19/2017

    “Loved the expansive beach front!”

    This was our first time to the Mexican coast, and we were not disappointed! This resort has a lot of beach frontage and it never felt crowded. You can swim out anywhere in front of the resort and snorkel. We saw large tropical fish and sea turtles! So beautiful. My husband and I enjoyed the evening shows, tons of talent! We were there in late July and it was soooo hot, the water in the pools was also warm, but the ocean water was clear and more refreshing. I would recommend going no later than June in the summer. Our rooms were clean and staff was very friendly. They helped us acquire a cab to take us to Playa Del Carmen for dinner one evening, we were tired of buffet food. If you want to relax under palm trees and swim in crytal clear waters, this is the place for you!
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    James G Fredericton. 04/18/2017

    “Had a great family vacation”

    We've been to the area around Playa del Carman many times, and have stayed at some different resorts while there, and this is a great resort. The grounds are beautiful and well kept, the pools are awesome as well. What I loved most about the pools is they have lots of lounge chairs and we never once had a problem find empty ones. We were an extended family group of 10, and were all able to sit together in the shade, so that goes to show you how much space there is. The food at the buffet is good, absolutely nothing to complain about, and the service there, is better than the a-la-carte restaurants. The food at the a-la-carte restaurants was good as well, again nothing to complain about. I've had better food at some other resorts, and I've had MUCH worse food at other resorts, you certainly won't be disappointed by the food they offer. The room was amazing, everything in working order, clean and up to date. Actually, the entire resort was VERY clean, that is something that stood out to me. Overall, I think anyone would love this place, it's huge, has lots to do, and is very well maintained. We had booked this resort so the kids in the group could do the water park, but we never got around to using it. Everyone was happy with the pool or the ocean, so there was no need to spend the $20/person to use the park. The beach is very nice, some places are rocky to enter, but just walk a few more feet and you'll find a better entrance. Swimming up by The Palace, we were able to see some turtles and a sting ray. Complaints and they are not big ones, more like suggestions for improvements to make the place even better. The bartenders at the pool swim up bars never asked people if they wanted a drink, you just kind of have to pipe up and say what you want. You'll get the drink no problem, I'm just used to swim up bars where the bartenders point or make eye contact with people to see what they want. But not here. It's not a big issue, just takes some time to get used to. Wifi... Really who in this day and age doesn't have free wifi. (though it was different to spend an entire vacation disconnected from the outside world) All in all, we had a fantastic trip and really enjoyed the resort, and the two issues I listed are just simple ways the could make it even better.
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    Renee S Deep River, Canada. 04/18/2017 Family

    “Great resort, but could use a few tweaks”

    We stayed at Barcelo Maya Caribe during the last week of March with our two small children (5 mths and 2 years). We took a private transfer from the airport and it took about 1 hr, 15 min. We payed extra in advance to upgrade to Premium level and although we did not take advantage of all the perks, the renovated room, size and location were quite good. Check-in/out were fast, friendly and seamless. I did make one special request (to get a lounge chair on our balcony) - but it was not accommodated. If you stay on the first floor you get a table/chair set AND 2 lounge chairs, but on the upper floors, only a table/chair set). We stayed on the third floor of Lahuna (? - can't find the map right now for the correct name - it's the shorter of the two buildings at Caribe) - the view was good (barcy club, pools and beach in the distance) however some of the convenience of being close to the water was lost as we had to trek through the building in the opposite direction every time we wanted to bring our stroller up/down. We were also kept awake by the shows at the theatre most nights from 9:30 - 11 pm (yes we are lame and had to go to bed at 9 with our kids!) - the patio doors were quite sound proof, but the door to the hallway was not. Be wary of staying/having a door towards the garden/theatre if you like to go to bed early. We had requested a crib (smaller hotel style, wooden rails, proper mattress but bring you own sheet if you want a proper fit) and it was in the room and made up when we arrived. Housekeeping/beverage service was good (but no towel animals - a bit disappointing - I guess they were too busy). We found that the food was quite good, decent variety, but not exceptional - we tried several of the buffets but did not pay the extra (I think it was $5 US each to eat at the Palace buffet) - we also tried the Japanese - very entertaining! and the steakhouse - which was ok. The kids buffet was cute and it was nice that they could reach to help themselves although one morning I saw and 8ish year old licking a spoon to figure out if a bowl contained honey or syrup... perhaps they should use squeeze bottles...? On a side note; resorts that claim to cater to kids, such as this one, would do well to have step stools in the washrooms so younger kids can reach to wash their hands. We also found it often took a very long time to get a highchair - the buffets are huge and instead of keeping them at the busing stations they seemed to have to send someone off into the back behind the kitchens to find them. Most of the waitstaff were quite helpful and friendly. We never did take advantage of the room service included with Premium level - the menu was pretty limited. There are many, many huge pools and amazing water park areas for the kids - we tried them ALL and the larger ones (by Tropical/Colonial and at Palace) are zero entry all the way around (great for sitting with babies) and have slides for all ages - See photos. The life guards (only saw them at the bigger two parks) - did not want parents sliding with the kids, however they could help them climb up (I get it... they don't want a bunch of drunken yahoos running around the kids areas), however it feels like when you are paying this kind of $$$ if you want to help your not so brave kid, they should allow it. The beach was very nice, gradual entry, soft sand many palms for partial shade, but we couldn't enjoy it much as we had red flags every day but one. I was looking forward to getting some snorkelling in, but it wasn't in the cards. Many people were saving chairs at the pools while we were there despite the signs stating not to - this wasn't typically an issue unless you wanted shade near mid-day. There also seemed to be a TON of college kids that arrived for the end of the week, they would be 20 deep around the pool bar by noon...(more what I would expect to see in Cancun), but it was easy to avoid them by just picking a different pool though and they caused no real issues that I saw (except making it very hard to get a drink). We brought our daughter to the barcy club at Caribe a couple of time to play inside as well as outside in the park area (very large, nice) - the staff were friendly and the facility was very clean. I also make it to the spa one day for an hour on the hydro-therapy circuit - it was beautiful and relaxing. Also spotless and fruit and specialty waters/teas were available too. Grounds are beautiful and well cared for. Water features are fun. Open-top bus between hotel lobbies is a fun way to kill some time with a 2 year old! We also tried the mini-putt, only got about 2 holes in though, 2 year old strikes again, ha! It is a bit hard to find, you enter and get your clubs and balls at the Maya Mall sports bar/bowling alley "Strikers". We did not go to the Dolphinarium - the fact that they have one almost made me pass on this resort. So overall this is an excellent place to travel to with small kids (it's hard to beat the water parks!), although it is very large, busy and sometimes loud. Happy to answer questions from parents - I know I had a lot before we went! We would go again.

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    • april 20 2017
    • Boston
    • Family

    CD_Boston_Traveler

    “Nice resort, would be great for families with young kids”


    My family (my wife and I and our 15 and 17 year old sons) stayed at the Barcelo Maya Caribe resort for 5 nights starting March 16. It was our first experience with an all-inclusive resort, and a first family trip to Mexico. In summary, the resort is very clean and well maintained, with friendly and helpful staff everywhere. The gym is excellent - the best of any resort we have ever visited. The beach is large and clean with plenty of seating. The very large swimmable area has a very mild slope and gentle surf (at least while we were there) - you have to get pretty far out before it gets deep. I'm 6'4" and could nearly stand at the swim boundary - perfect for small to tween-age children, but a little too tame for teenagers looking to body surf. The food ranges from not so great to very good - more later. We reserved a premium suite on the ground floor, and it was quite large; a large master bedroom, huge bathroom and large living/dining area. Unfortunately, the couches were not sleeper couches as we expected so we had two roll-aways brought in, They fit in the room without too much of a problem so that worked out fine. The room had a patio that was quite large, with an outdoor jacuzzi, a large shaded area and a semi-private pool (connected to other neighboring suites with privacy dividers). It was great to have a shaded outdoor space to retreat to after spending the morning and afternoon in the sun. Our room was at the end of the building so we only had neighbors on one side. We had a door separating us from the suite next door, it did mean that we could hear the people in the next room if their voices were raised, but normal conversations were inaudible. The staff were, without exception, friendly, courteous and helpful, although things like check-ins and making reservations for dinner take much more time than you might expect. There seems to be a lot of manual labor involved with these kinds of processes at the Barcelo, so you just need to be prepared for that and go with it - it all gets done eventually! The Caribe is only one of five Barcelo resorts all located in next to one another along the beach. With few exceptions, every resort restaurant and common area is available to anyone staying at any of the five resorts. There is a shuttle available that can bring you from one resort to another which comes in handy in the evening when you want to have dinner at a different resort. The Caribe itself had several cafeterias available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus several restaurants. Depending on the level of room (premium or regular) and length of stay, you are given a certain number of restaurant reservations that you can use instead of gong to the buffets or going off campus. TIP - if you want to make full use of those restaurant reservations, make the reservations prior to your trip. If you wait until you get there, there is a high likelihood that you either may not get a reservation at a restaurant, or you will have to go very late in the evening for dinner. Note that restaurants do sometimes take walk-ins, but we were there during spring break, so that option (on the night that we tried it) did not work for us. The buffet food ranges from pretty good to not-so-great. A lot depends on when you go - if you go to breakfast early (before the rush), everything is nice and fresh; wait until just before it closes, or after a large crowd goes through and you get what you get. There are exceptions - there are omelette stations for example so you can get fresh eggs cooked any time during breakfast. But there is a wide variety of offerings at each meal, even people under dietary restrictions can find things to eat. We tried the Mexican and French restaurants, and the food ranged from not bad to really good. A step up from the buffets, but still a little institutional in places. If you really want to get some great food, go off campus to Playa del Carmen (20 minute cab ride) - there are some great places there to try, plus its fun to walk around and people watch. As I said the gym is excellent. Very large, and very well equipped. Free weights, squat racks, strength machines, cable crossover, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, two yoga/fitness class areas... No excuses to miss a workout. Just remember the weights are in Kgs! There are multiple pools, two with swim-up bars. We opted for the ocean, but the pool areas were nice, with bar service and plenty of chairs. Our kids both loved the wave rider (additional charges applied) - and the staff who ran that attraction were all terrific! In closing, the only real problems that we had during the stay came from our fellow guests. We saw other guests berating or otherwise treating the staff unkindly, carelessly leaving their trash just laying around on the beach and other public areas and of course a few cases of alcohol-fueled bad behavior from people who should know better. One couple checking out of the resort treated the woman behind the counter so badly that after they left, she dropped her head into her hands and actually cried! Given some of the inexcusable behavior we saw, my admiration for the good-natured and professional Caribe staff is that much greater. Overall, we all enjoyed our stay and especially recommend this resort for families with younger kids who are looking for an all-inclusive resort.


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    • april 19 2017
    • Family

    Evelyn G

    “Amazing water sports on property, boundless beautiful beaches and mediocre food .”


    We stayed at the sister property next door, but is shares all of the same theatres, buffets, snack bars, pool bars, lounges, water park, beach and activities... our room was in Barcelo Maya Beach but we used all accommodations at Caribe since the buildings are next to each other. It's an amazing place. The staff bends over to accommodate the guests and are so friendly. The rooms are neat as a pin. Housekeeping is outstanding and the mini bar always was stocked. The only downside, which was huge for me was the ground meat products. The hamburgers both beef and chicken were horrible and not fit to eat. The hot dogs, sausages and chorizo were horrible too. My Kids love these foods and they couldn't eat them, hence eating chicken nuggets (amazing nuggets) and mediocre pizza for 12 days. The buffets were outstanding. The a la carte restaurants were not as good as I had hoped. They are like a scaled down version of a buffet... same food served in the a la carte as the buffet but we were served vs serving ourselves... and a few times I actually did go and hunt down my waiter.. They are sticklers w dinner reservations so if you are more than 15 min late, your turned away and also sticklers with dress code! I watched them turn away many people who violated dress code which pleased me. No place is perfect but this was close to it. Just a little improvement on the ground meat dishes, and some up kick at the a la carte Restaurants and this is a bomb place! We will be returning next year and staying at the Caribe. It was my favorite of the 4 of 5 mega resort options we utilized... THANKS BARCELO FOR AN AMAZING TRIP! Send me a discount coupon so I can book my next family spring vacation! Oh and the Dolphin area... what n added bonus. Other hotels don't have them on property.. this was a highlight!


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    • april 19 2017
    • Mechanicsburg, PA

    doug3esq

    “Loved the expansive beach front!”


    This was our first time to the Mexican coast, and we were not disappointed! This resort has a lot of beach frontage and it never felt crowded. You can swim out anywhere in front of the resort and snorkel. We saw large tropical fish and sea turtles! So beautiful. My husband and I enjoyed the evening shows, tons of talent! We were there in late July and it was soooo hot, the water in the pools was also warm, but the ocean water was clear and more refreshing. I would recommend going no later than June in the summer. Our rooms were clean and staff was very friendly. They helped us acquire a cab to take us to Playa Del Carmen for dinner one evening, we were tired of buffet food. If you want to relax under palm trees and swim in crytal clear waters, this is the place for you!


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    • april 18 2017
    • Fredericton

    James G

    “Had a great family vacation”


    We've been to the area around Playa del Carman many times, and have stayed at some different resorts while there, and this is a great resort. The grounds are beautiful and well kept, the pools are awesome as well. What I loved most about the pools is they have lots of lounge chairs and we never once had a problem find empty ones. We were an extended family group of 10, and were all able to sit together in the shade, so that goes to show you how much space there is. The food at the buffet is good, absolutely nothing to complain about, and the service there, is better than the a-la-carte restaurants. The food at the a-la-carte restaurants was good as well, again nothing to complain about. I've had better food at some other resorts, and I've had MUCH worse food at other resorts, you certainly won't be disappointed by the food they offer. The room was amazing, everything in working order, clean and up to date. Actually, the entire resort was VERY clean, that is something that stood out to me. Overall, I think anyone would love this place, it's huge, has lots to do, and is very well maintained. We had booked this resort so the kids in the group could do the water park, but we never got around to using it. Everyone was happy with the pool or the ocean, so there was no need to spend the $20/person to use the park. The beach is very nice, some places are rocky to enter, but just walk a few more feet and you'll find a better entrance. Swimming up by The Palace, we were able to see some turtles and a sting ray. Complaints and they are not big ones, more like suggestions for improvements to make the place even better. The bartenders at the pool swim up bars never asked people if they wanted a drink, you just kind of have to pipe up and say what you want. You'll get the drink no problem, I'm just used to swim up bars where the bartenders point or make eye contact with people to see what they want. But not here. It's not a big issue, just takes some time to get used to. Wifi... Really who in this day and age doesn't have free wifi. (though it was different to spend an entire vacation disconnected from the outside world) All in all, we had a fantastic trip and really enjoyed the resort, and the two issues I listed are just simple ways the could make it even better.


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    • april 18 2017
    • Deep River, Canada
    • Family

    Renee S

    “Great resort, but could use a few tweaks”


    We stayed at Barcelo Maya Caribe during the last week of March with our two small children (5 mths and 2 years). We took a private transfer from the airport and it took about 1 hr, 15 min. We payed extra in advance to upgrade to Premium level and although we did not take advantage of all the perks, the renovated room, size and location were quite good. Check-in/out were fast, friendly and seamless. I did make one special request (to get a lounge chair on our balcony) - but it was not accommodated. If you stay on the first floor you get a table/chair set AND 2 lounge chairs, but on the upper floors, only a table/chair set). We stayed on the third floor of Lahuna (? - can't find the map right now for the correct name - it's the shorter of the two buildings at Caribe) - the view was good (barcy club, pools and beach in the distance) however some of the convenience of being close to the water was lost as we had to trek through the building in the opposite direction every time we wanted to bring our stroller up/down. We were also kept awake by the shows at the theatre most nights from 9:30 - 11 pm (yes we are lame and had to go to bed at 9 with our kids!) - the patio doors were quite sound proof, but the door to the hallway was not. Be wary of staying/having a door towards the garden/theatre if you like to go to bed early. We had requested a crib (smaller hotel style, wooden rails, proper mattress but bring you own sheet if you want a proper fit) and it was in the room and made up when we arrived. Housekeeping/beverage service was good (but no towel animals - a bit disappointing - I guess they were too busy). We found that the food was quite good, decent variety, but not exceptional - we tried several of the buffets but did not pay the extra (I think it was $5 US each to eat at the Palace buffet) - we also tried the Japanese - very entertaining! and the steakhouse - which was ok. The kids buffet was cute and it was nice that they could reach to help themselves although one morning I saw and 8ish year old licking a spoon to figure out if a bowl contained honey or syrup... perhaps they should use squeeze bottles...? On a side note; resorts that claim to cater to kids, such as this one, would do well to have step stools in the washrooms so younger kids can reach to wash their hands. We also found it often took a very long time to get a highchair - the buffets are huge and instead of keeping them at the busing stations they seemed to have to send someone off into the back behind the kitchens to find them. Most of the waitstaff were quite helpful and friendly. We never did take advantage of the room service included with Premium level - the menu was pretty limited. There are many, many huge pools and amazing water park areas for the kids - we tried them ALL and the larger ones (by Tropical/Colonial and at Palace) are zero entry all the way around (great for sitting with babies) and have slides for all ages - See photos. The life guards (only saw them at the bigger two parks) - did not want parents sliding with the kids, however they could help them climb up (I get it... they don't want a bunch of drunken yahoos running around the kids areas), however it feels like when you are paying this kind of $$$ if you want to help your not so brave kid, they should allow it. The beach was very nice, gradual entry, soft sand many palms for partial shade, but we couldn't enjoy it much as we had red flags every day but one. I was looking forward to getting some snorkelling in, but it wasn't in the cards. Many people were saving chairs at the pools while we were there despite the signs stating not to - this wasn't typically an issue unless you wanted shade near mid-day. There also seemed to be a TON of college kids that arrived for the end of the week, they would be 20 deep around the pool bar by noon...(more what I would expect to see in Cancun), but it was easy to avoid them by just picking a different pool though and they caused no real issues that I saw (except making it very hard to get a drink). We brought our daughter to the barcy club at Caribe a couple of time to play inside as well as outside in the park area (very large, nice) - the staff were friendly and the facility was very clean. I also make it to the spa one day for an hour on the hydro-therapy circuit - it was beautiful and relaxing. Also spotless and fruit and specialty waters/teas were available too. Grounds are beautiful and well cared for. Water features are fun. Open-top bus between hotel lobbies is a fun way to kill some time with a 2 year old! We also tried the mini-putt, only got about 2 holes in though, 2 year old strikes again, ha! It is a bit hard to find, you enter and get your clubs and balls at the Maya Mall sports bar/bowling alley "Strikers". We did not go to the Dolphinarium - the fact that they have one almost made me pass on this resort. So overall this is an excellent place to travel to with small kids (it's hard to beat the water parks!), although it is very large, busy and sometimes loud. Happy to answer questions from parents - I know I had a lot before we went! We would go again.


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