Catalonia Riviera Maya Resort & Spa  

This place has five pools and seven restaurants, plus it’s right next to a great stretch of sand.

There’s a real castaway vibe here – thatch-roofed buildings peek out from in between palm trees. Plus, the complex opens out onto a white, sandy beach.

But what really sets this place apart is the pool scene – there are five in total. They’re all flanked by bars and spacious sun terraces, and some lead down to the sand.

Inside, meanwhile, bedrooms have a classic flavour. They pair oak and wrought-iron furniture with simple whitewashed walls and tiled floors. Each one comes with a furnished balcony, too. And in-room extras take the shape of cable TVs and air-conditioning.

On the dining front you’ve got the option of five à la carte restaurants, with menus from Mexico, Italy, Spain and Japan. The latter comes complete with teppanyaki tables. The buffet restaurant does a good range of international favourites. There’s also a creperie that does a great range of pancakes and milkshakes.

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Honeymoon Offer

Honeymoons get a bottle of sparkling wine, a decorated room, chocolates and a surprise gift from the hotel - please request at time of booking. Please note: Marriage date should be no more than 6 months prior to honeymoon booking - certificate to be shown on arrival. This offer does not apply to those booking a honeymoon room.

Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee until 02.00.  Snacks until 02.00.

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5 outdoor pools

In the hotel and neighbouring Catalonia Yucatan Beach Hotel. Surrounded by sunbeds, parasols and deckchairs, there's plenty of space to lounge by the pool.

Alebrijes Mexican à la carte restaurant

Serving authentic Mexican food.

Spa Alegria

Offering massages and beauty treatments.

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superior double room

Superior double room sleeps up to 3 with alarm clock, bathrobes, slippers, ceiling fan, coffee-maker, iron and board, and a plasma TV. You'll also gain privilege benefits which include access to a private lounge, concierge service, private check-in, welcome cocktail, beach towels, pillow menu and selected discounted facilities.

superior double room with sea view

Superior double room with sea view sleeps up to 3 with an alarm clock, bathrobes, slippers, ceiling fan, iron and board, coffee-maker and a plasma TV. You'll also gain privilege benefits which include access to a private lounge, concierge service, private check-in welcome cocktail, beach towels, pillow menu and selected discounted facilities.

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They charged me 30 USD for losing a towel card that shouldn't exist in the first place. They ask for ridiculous cards when you want a towel for the beach or the pool. They probably make a fortune with those lost cards. Cocktails are mediocre, rooms show wear, TVs are too small, beach is not swimming friendly (it has too many rocks) and they close the pool too early (around 6:30 pm) Definitely not the ambience for someone planning to have fun. Theme restaurants are not open everyday, which saves the hotel money but causes a long wait for you to get a table (30-45 minutes). Waiters are not as polite as they should be. Will never go there again.More

Juan Carlos C,

Another Great Trip

We had another great vacation at The Cat. This was a last minute vacation as we normally visit The Cat in April and December. We arrived at noon on Sept. 2nd for a 9 day stay and knew our room wouldn't be ready yet but it was fine with us, as we needed to go say Hola to all our amigo's. We made our way around the resort with the last stop at Pure Chill Out bar. Love sitting there having a cervaza looking at the water. The room was ready at 2:30 (Privileged Suite) so we went and unpacked a little, changed clothes and went back to the beach. We ate all the restaurants except Tapas. I happened to love Tapas but it's not hubby's kind of eats. We loved each one but hubby LOVE'S the Mexican and their Sopa de Tortilla. The first night was had a hick-up with our room and we went to the Privileged Concierge and met Eva. She is the best. It was only 9 a.m. and knew we'd have to wait for another room to be ready. Eva did a great job and we had another room within an hour. She even came and looked for us to tell us the room was ready. She also walked with us to the new room. Thank you again Eva. We would like to thank everyone from the room attendants, busboys, waiters, and waitress's, bartenders to the grounds keepers (sorry no names, as there are too many to list and I would hate to miss someone). The resort is as nice as it was on our previous 9 trips. Thank you Julieta, Fabio and Gonzalo. It was nice to see you all. We are in the process of booking our normal Christmas/Anniversary trip. I highly recommend The Catalonia. Do not pay attention to any bad reviews. Some people just like to complain. See you soon Amigos. Joanna WallaceMore

joken07, Las Vegas

So much fun

I was based out of here for a 2 week diving adventure in Mexico. I loved the place, the rooms were great, upgrades cheap, environment was fantastic. I met so many new people and had a blast. I had a go at the different restaurants and used the amazing day spa numerous times for a therapeutic massage. More

Chch_kraig, Christchurch, New Zealand

"Americans point "

The hotel is true to the reviews that your read. It takes about 1 hour to get there and is in a gated community. There are a few shops at the marina but if you want to shop go to playa del carmen. Very easy to check in and if you won't to up grade your room do at check in. The upgrade rooms looked like regular rooms. The hotel has a hard lay out and everything is out of site. It will take a day of walking around to find everything. The pools are not connected to each other, but you can use the yucatan pools too. The pool and bar is small but good. You have to ask for the good booze. The do serve corona and modelo beer. The buffets are ok. The al carte are very good. I would suggest eating their and to get there before 6:30. If you get there any later, you will wait. The beach is rocky but good to sit and watch. There is a area that has sand and you can snorkel. The age group seemed to be older, not many children at all. The night shows that we got to watch were bad. They have a lot of sitting areas. There is a crepes place above the buffet that is great for a sweet snack. Not a lot a lot of Americans, mostly Europeans. This hotel is good for the couple or family that is looking for something of the beaten path. Stayed 9/18/2014 thru 9/21/014. I think there are a lot better hotels in playa del carmen.More

CASEY S, Mount Juliet, Tennessee


Wonderful holiday been before last June but went in sept and it was a bit rainy but very hot when the sun came out lovely people can't do enough for you shame it's over will be going back next year but having a change and a different hotelMore

Deejojo, Leeds

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