The Catalonia Playa Maroma counts a beachfront setting and a fantastic dining scene as selling points.
This hotel is on a white-sand beach that the Travel Channel calls one of the best in the world. Its prime setting is backed up by a huge pool and a choice of à la carte restaurants.
Live music is held at the theatre and 24-hour lounge bar. And during the day, there are watersports down on the beach. Getting out and about is easy, too – Playa del Carmen is 20 minutes’ drive away.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. 3 visits per week to an à la carte restaurant. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
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This curvy number comes with a huge sun terrace dotted with sunbeds and parasols. There are shallow sections for little ones, too.
Evening entertainment programme
With live performances in the theatre such as shows, music and folklore.
For a bit of time out there's a sauna, whirlpool bath and massages on offer.
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" the beach"
My family and I visited this resort for the first time. And I have visited many resorts before my favorite part of this resort was the beach it was amazing white sand Clearwater and you could walk into the beach barefooted all you touch was sand no rocks I would give this resort a five star but I'm going to give it a 4 star if it wasn't for the beach I would give this resort 2 star if it wasn't for the activities and the theater what I was disappointed of this resort was some of the staff although the entertainers were great! some of the food especially the food and drinks were not that great the drinks were so deluted but if you would like to enjoy the beach and the theater and activities I recommend it.More
Great Service Fantastic Beach
This Hotel Get an A+ grade for service , cleanliness, beauty and the best beach we had ever visited and we are well travelled. However the food especially at the ala - cart restaurants is a big disappointment. If you want great food then either pick a different place or better yet go to your mom's house. But if you want a hotel with clean facilities, very helpful and responsive staff, and a fantastic beach at a reasonable price then you wont go wrong with this place. You will never feel crowded at the beach, pool, bars or the restaurants. Food aside we thoroughly enjoyed our 6 day stay.More
78Tucker, Braselton, Georgia
Perfect location with perfect price
We absolutely loved Catalonia Maroma - we were on our honeymoon and upon arrival we got upgraded to the honeymoon suite. It had its own private pool and was right on the beach! The service was amazing, we could order room service 24hrs a day! The room also had an outdoor double sun bed on the verandah and then we also had another double sun bed on the beach right in front of us. The hotel is located on Playa Maroma which is one of the best beaches in the world. The water is incredible, picture perfect! The hotel also had 4 restaurants which were all different cuisines and they had a crepe bar (yummy), fresh juice bar and 2-3 other drink bars - all of which were included as it's an all inclusive resort! You can't beat the location, service or price, we were stoked! More
Very pleased, beautiful beach
Our family of three really enjoyed this resort! Catalonia Playa Maroma is a small, extremely walkable all-inclusive resort with some of the most beautiful hotel grounds we have seen. Surrounding wildlife on the grounds was quite neat and it was great to see monkeys and Coatis running around. Here are the three things that we really enjoyed most about the resort: 1)The beach! wow! Powder white sand and turquoise waters really impressed us. No water shoes needed here, just sand straight out. Waiters on the beach gave great service and ensured you could relax under your palapa with a nice book. 2) The rooms (stayed in privileged) were extremely comfortable and clean. Excellent air conditioner and fully stocked mini fridge. Good shower and water pressure were also a plus. 3) Food and staff. The food at the main buffet, 'restaurant pajarito', was above average for an all-inclusive buffet and had excellent breakfast. The staff was always very friendly and attentive. Our favorite was the bar staff in the lobby, Jessica & Balthazar, and Roberto in the mornings at the buffet. Now for the things we didn't like so much: 1) The alcoholic drinks all come from some sort of mix, not fresh juice or fruit. Margaritas were made with some sort of sunny-d mix.. you are better off just ordering straight liquor if that is your goal. However, the lobby bar had a specialized drink menu and seemed to be a little better at making drinks. They have all of the premium liquors at the lobby bar as well. 2) There is only one pool for the entire resort. The pool is medium sized, but we would suggest that they make another pool, perhaps adults only. Also, the pool is like a hot tub! Not refreshing when it is almost as hot as the temperature outside.. Luckily the beach was awesome at this resort. Overall our family would recommend this resort compared to the many others we have stayed at.More
WorldSpinTraveler, Dallas, Texas
FOOD FOOD FOOD
This hotel is located in one of the top 5 most beautiful beaches on planet earth, pool area is very nice, service is great, entertainment crew does their best to keep you entertained in and out of water. BUT, if you are planning to enjoy tasty and delicious local food from the Riviera Maya (like we did), please DO NOT GO TO THIS HOTEL. I would prefer to eat from MCDONALDS than give my 2 yo baby girl their buffet food. They have 4 small restaurants and one big buffet area described below: BUFFET EL PAJARITO: Breakfast was ok, lots of fruit, yogurt, cereal, bread, ham, eggs, omelets, good coffee, etc. DO NOT EAT their white cheese, that Mexican cheese has been in the fridge for months, the weenies are a joke, orange juice? is not real, it tastes like TANG from walmart, go to the water melon juice or banana juice, those are natural. LUNCH: I really advice to get room service instead of eating buffet food for lunch, specially if you have small children. DINNER: I got food poisoning from eating their fried fish, again, they only offer orange or pineapple juice, which ARE NOT REAL FRUIT, go to the pizza guy and ask for a costume made pizza or just make yourself a sandwich instead of eating what they cook inside. TERRACE SPANISH TAPAS: They are open for BREAKFAST, lunch and dinner (if you're lucky and they give you a one dinner pass), this is the only restaurant where the Chef knows what he's doing, there are not many options for breakfast but the food is tasty, ask for cappuccino instead of artificial orange juice. Again LUNCH menu is limited, not many options, the entire hotel prepare the hamburgers from what I think is not real meat, a big mac would taste like 5 STAR ANGUS BEEF compared to what they put between two buns. DINNER: this is your only chance to taste good food in this hotel, enjoy it while it lasts, you won't be there tomorrow because they only give you one ticket for this restaurant, as it is TAPAS style, if you prefer to eat more than small bites you are free to order three or four different plates from the menu, all of them are really good Mexican versions of Spanish food including octopus and empanada gallega which is really good. TORTUGA SNACK AND GRILL: Only open for dinner, you will see a long line of people waiting outside, don't fool yourself, the food is not good, the long line is because they are not good accommodating people inside, once you're in you will see half of the tables not occupied. They offer beef cuts, the portion is ok but the food doesn't taste good, you can tell the chef has no clue how to grill a steak, the soup is Maggi or maybe Knorr but is not real crab what you see in your bisque. We order a sea food brochette and the calamari was uncooked and the fake crab meat was breaking apart, you don't want to eat that. RESTAURANT TIO PEDRO: They offer Mexican food for DINNER, you would think if you are in Mexico, what could go wrong? ARTIFICIAL GUACAMOLE??? REALLY??? Again the same fake orange juice, the arrachera cut was ok but small portion, beef quesadilla was ok, queso fundido NOT OK, they used the wrong cheese to do that, I know because we live in Houston. They are open for LUNCH as well, but, the same weenies which are hard to eat unless you are drunk and returning from a 2-week shipwreck, burgers? not real meat, that's it, go back to the beach still hungry. RESTAURANTE TOSCANA: Italian DINNER, you will enjoy a red wine while you wait for bread, the bread is their top quality food, pasta? forget it, if they can't handle real guacamole next door please don't expect to eat a decent pasta in that hotel. THE BEACH is beautiful, they remove the seaweed from the shore every morning, maybe they should do the same with the 3 thousand cigarette butts per square foot you will find on the ground, if you take your children be aware of what they can find digging in the sand, the water is clear and clean, perfect for families with small children, no rough waves, you can choose the hotel next door for your next trip. One last thing I recommend, upgrade your room to what they call COMFORT, you'll have free beer and sodas in your private fridge every day, and you will get the tickets for the dinner restaurants, otherwise you will be condemned to eat at the PAJARITO all your meals. After you upgrade to COMFORT, they send you to do your check-in in a different office, not their main front desk as expected, so please be ready to accept the fact that there are 6 or 7 more families before yours and their rooms are not ready yet (neither your room is ready), it takes about 20-30 minutes per family group to receive their dinner tickets, to sign the papers, to get everybody's passport scanned, and to get your wrist bands, once they do that, they tell you that you can leave your luggage outside and you can start enjoying the amenities, but your room IS NOT READY YET. If you have already booked your trip, try to cancel it and get a different hotel, or, if you are already checked-in and this is your first night, just relax, enjoy the view and think that WHEN THINGS GO WRONG, ENJOY IT, IT COULD BE WORSE. Good luck everybody.More
Golden_Mustang, Houston, Texas
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