The Catalonia Playa Maroma boasts a prime setting on a world-class beach, along with eight restaurants, three bars and an impressive pool scene.
This place gets its name from the long stretch of dove-white sand on its doorstep. Punta Maroma beach carpets the coast for five miles. It’s also a 25-minute taxi ride in the other direction to Playa del Carmen.
The property is cocooned by acres of mangrove forests. And it’s been designed to blend in with its tropical setting. Hacienda-style villas with thatched-roof terraces look out over the hammock-dotted grounds.
We are newly retired, fairly independent and adventurous travelers. We've never stayed at a beach resort, let alone one in Mexico. Catalonia Playa Maroma provided us with a wonderful introduction to both. The beach is like something out of a magazine travel ad. Gorgeous. Warm, clear, blue water. Clean, smooth, white sand.
The resort is among the smaller ones (400+ rooms vs 1,000+ rooms). All modern amenities (with some WiFi challenges). The buildings and grounds are an appealing blend of Mayan, Mexican and Spanish architecture. It embraces the jungle but makes it habitable.
Wide range of food options. The buffet was our favorite, offering traditional Mexican cuisine alongside many selections that Americans would recognize and enjoy at home. Healthy options also, plus plenty of guilty pleasures!
Staff were attentive, well-informed, friendly but not intrusive. All in all, a very well-run organization.
Sight-seeing excursions were available on-site thru independent companies. We took two and did one on our own. Great way to learn about the local history and culture.
We would highly recommend this to the budget-conscious travel who wants to splurge a little. It was a wonderful experience. More
Anniversary get away
This was our 3rd visit to Cancun & based upon previous resorts our expectations were the same, BUT, this resort exceeded all of our expectations on every level! Food was excellent at the buffets & the restaurants. Staff very friendly, room was clean, newly redone & decorated. Walk in showered was an added bonus. Beach was beautiful & bar included premium liquor. I highly recommended.More
Very friendly staff, great beach
Overall this is a very nice resort. There were quite a few things that we really liked and a few that we were not impressed with. Let me start with the great things. The resort facilities are very nice. The lounge chairs at the pool and beach are as comfortable as they are plentiful. The activities staff is very friendly and energetic. The drinks are good and the wait is short. The jungle atmosphere is unique and there were a lot of Coati (a small friendly mammal that resembles a raccoon). There was always some where to eat and often a few places to choose from.
Now the not so great things. Our room was desperately in need of an update. It was clean, but it would take some work to make it nice. The food was just Ok. Although there were a lot of choices, most of it was either too bland or too spicy. The crepes were our favorites and conveniently located by the pool, but the hours were limited. There was a feeling of caste system because they had regular, privileged and exclusive rooms/amenities. You were identified by an arm band and different color towels. They had areas that we were not supposed to use because we did not upgrade. I don't think it was worth the extra cost to upgrade, but I did feel like a lower class citizen in the common areas.
Overall, I would recommend this resort. As I said, that staff was excellent and the room was clean. The pool and beach area are really nice. The price was also quite reasonable.More
My husband and I stayed here from May 14th- 21st. We had a wonderful time! The staff here is absolutely amazing! We had great service at every restaurant and the food was great for all inclusive. Every single staff member was friendly and went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful!! The grounds and beach are very well kept and beautiful. They have alot of activities going on throughout the day into the evening. Definitely recommend this resort to everyone!!More
I went with a group of friends for a wedding and we had a great time! Beautiful resort and easy access to the beach! Would definitely recommend, especially for all inclusive! Worth the money for sure!More