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 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.

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.

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Almost perfect

Our overall impression it was an almost perfect resort. We had a fantastic break and really enjoyed our stay. The room we had was very comfortable with an excellent air conditioning unit. The restaurants offered excellent food quality though selection could be classed by some as a little limited. The drinks service from the beach bar could not be faulted with staff regularly coming round taking orders and delivering drinks. Our only reservation was our experience of the pizza bar. We never felt welcomed and were kept waiting a long time for service during our two visits. On one occasion I asked if we could order food while seated at some small tables at the side and was told no, we had to wait for a table. While waiting we witnessed food being taken through to the bar area. Why someone could not have explained we could order food from the bar I have no idea. During our stay we befriended an American couple who quite regularly went to the pizza bar and ordered club sandwiches and burgers to take to the beach. When I requested the same, I was told only the self service pizza could be taken away. I don't mind these rules if they are adhered to for all visitors. From then on we avoided that area and used the other lunch time eateries. The local craft stalls that seems to be on site every other night can also become tiresome. You get hassled every time you walk past one even if you don't show any interest they are not dissuaded. We did buy a couple of souvenirs but we had to do a lot of haggling to bet the price for two items down from an extortionate initial price of $1450 Pesos to a more reasonable $400 Pesos !!! If you enjoy a good haggle then you will do well here :-) We only witnessed one time share salesperson who was running through his sales patter to an American couple though we were never approached. This may be because we made it clear from the beginning at the reception we were not interested or possibly because we were British as the American's seem to visit this area quite frequently being only a relatively short flight compared to the distance from the UK so possibly this would be of more interest to them. The only other point to note is the dive centre is not on site, there is only a small dive shop who can sign you up for dives, training etc but the main dive centre is a 15 minute drive in a taxi or bus ride to another resort. Not necessarily a problem but something I think others should be aware of. Overall we would recommend this resort to others.More

Stevie1963, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

we love it

There's something special about the Catalonia Riviera Maya having been there 7 times readers will probably think that my wife and I are bias and we probably are but this hotel aspires to everything and more we need and require from a relaxing holiday. Having stayed in in different standards of rooms we prefer the Privileged suits" now that we are a bit older but this is only our choice "speaking to many hotel guests over the years they say that the rooms they have stayed in were more than adequate but some are a little basic but very comfortable there again it depends on what the individual wants.Fantastic service ,excellent food something for all pallets ,and the people that work there: The beach attendants- the maids-the bar staff-and service in all the restaurants. we have found they all give that little extra to accommodate when ever possible to satisfy your needs and the gardeners that keep the fauna in pristine condition{ not enough praise are given to these guys} and finally the management in the past if we had an issue with something it would have been dealt with as soon as possible ...This is my always my wife's first choice every year so thanks to all at the Catalonia see you all soon in 2015More

Kay H, clacton on sea essex

Had a great time. A couple of small kinks though.

Just got back last night from a week at the Cat. We decided to book with the privileged upgrade. The room was a bit on the small side but was certainly big enough for the two of us. It was clean and the bed was very comfortable. Loved the extra soft pillows on the pillow menu. We ate at all of the restaurants except the Mexican. They were all quite good. My favorite was the steak house. Get the flank steak, it was yummy! I also liked the Italian, the Craperie, and the Japanese. Really enjoyed having breakfast at the ala carte as well. Lucas took great care of us there. Didn't do any tours this time but we walked to the marina twice and to the little town across the highway once. We saw a huge sting ray in the marina waters, a barracuda as well. It was pretty cool. Overall, I really liked this resort. The staff was great, the food was good and I liked not having to walk so far back to the room in case you forget something. I would certainly return. We had an issue with our safe twice. The first time we couldn't close the door. Someone came over very promptly and told us that a part was needed and he couldn't get it until the morning. So were kind of stuck in the room for the night as we didn't want to leave the door open and didn't want to carry around our paperwork, money, laptop. Apparently, it just needed a battery. Not quite sure why we had to wait until the next day for a battery. On the day we were leaving, we couldn't open the safe. This time they weren't so prompt to come to our room. It took three phone calls and literally begging them to hurry so we wouldn't miss our transfer before they sent someone. Instead of enjoying the resort for the last half a day before leaving, we spent it stuck in our room as they kept telling us that someone was on the way. A couple of things that I would recommend. I would really appreciate it if the staff asked the guests not to step on the coral. Maybe just a sentence or two at check in might make a huge difference. We saw people stepping all over it. I saw one guy using his fin to try to get a shell loose from the coral. I saw another guy literally laying on it with his whole body and both fins. I mentioned something to them, (cuz that's just the kind of girl I am). They didn't respond, not sure if they spoke English or not. Another recommendation would be to housekeeping. Before you throw something away, please make sure that it is meant to be thrown away. I bought a couple of little stone turtles from one of the vendors that set up in the courtyard. They were in my room on the table wrapped in newspaper. A couple of days later, they were gone. I am not accusing anyone of taking them. I have a feeling that housekeeping just thought it was garbage and disposed of them. I guess I shouldn't have left them on the table. I was bummed, I really liked those turtles. So a couple of setbacks but overall a great relaxing week. I do think the upgrade was worth it.More

mykidsmama, colorado

Very Satisfied

This was my 4th time at Catalonia Riviera Maya and again, I was extremely impressed. There were a good number of activities from the time we awoke until we went to bed. The activities went into the night which wasn't bad as they were usually near the beach as to not disturb those sleeping. The ENTERTAINMENT staff - I can't say enough about them. If you have the opportunity to meet Geovani Arminio, Paul Xavez or Javii CuCurachi please do. These gentleman put 100% into their entertainment career and do everything possible to make sure that your having a great time and experience. I will be back!!! Jason C.More

Jason C, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Great for the $

Nice AI for the price. Nice lagoon to swim in. Booked a great snorkel tour at hotel. Food was basic but not offensive. Not great but options were good. I would go back, just because it was such a great price.More

mjsalem, Salem, Oregon

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