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Riviera Maya, Mexico
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� Barcelo Maya Beach/Caribe
� Barcelo Maya Colonial/Tropical
� Barcelo Maya Palace (1 of 2)
� Barcelo Maya Palace (2 of 2)
� El Dorado Maroma
� El Dorado Royale Casita
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� El Dorado Seaside Suites
� Excellence Riviera Cancun
� Gran Puerto Real
� Iberostar Grand Paraiso
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� Iberostar Paraiso Lindo
� Iberostar Paraiso Maya
� Iberostar Tucan/Quetzal
� Paradisus Rivera Cancun
� Riu Palace Mexico
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� Riu Yucatan
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Barcelo Maya Colonial/Tropical
(Riviera Maya, Mexico)
20 Minutes North of Tulum, Tulum, Mexico
Web Site:
Rooms: 952 Year Built: 2005
Floors: 3 Last Renovated:
Pools: 4 Restaurants: 8
Room Service: Yes    
Kids Club: yes
Included: All meals, snaks, drinks (including select international brands), 24 hour room service (per plate charge), daily activities, nightly entertinament, gym, steam room, and sauna, entrance to disco, and tips.

When it comes to resorts deep into the Rivera Maya I become very critical about the resorts. Many of them are so huge that in order to get from your room to the beach you have to walk a half a mile. Those same ones have so many rooms and so few restaurants and half of them being buffets their buffets are going to be bland because they are serving over 700 people a night. Barcelo Resorts are not like this and that is why they are on my website.

Like the Riu Resorts and the Iberostar Resorts, Barcelo Resorts has built a complex. They have the Barcelo Maya Beach and the Barcelo Maya Caribe. They are pretty much the same resort with separate lobbies. They are on another page with the same write up but different photos. Then moving north on the beach you have the Barcelo Maya Tropical and the Barcelo Maya Caribe. These resorts are pretty much the same as well.

The differences between each of these four resorts are statues in the middle of each room block. One has angels; another has Mayan Gods and the others I cannot remember. Each resort has one buffet restaurant and one a la carte restaurant. When you stay at the Beach or the Caribe you have use of the other resorts restaurants. When you stay at the Tropical or the Colonial you have use of all four resorts restaurants. The Tropical/Colonial is a little bit higher priced because its restaurants are a little bit better, their rooms are a little bit better, and they have a water park feature for the kids in one of their pools. I believe the price to upgrade from the Beach/Caribe to the Tropical/Colonial is $15 per person more per night. Which when you think about it is not a bad price to pay to get that kind of upgrade. I think it is worth it. If you are looking for another upgrade to your vacation consider the newly opened Barcelo Maya Palace or upgrading your room to a suite.

These resorts are a great alternative to Iberostar Resorts. I often times suggest them to people that want to go to an Iberostar because Iberostar is sold out or due to Iberostars strict spring break policy. This complex is located near Tulum. If you are looking for night life and shopping this is not the resort for you. If you are looking for beach, pools, great entertainment staff and a lot of fun this is the right place. Due to its location, day trips to Xel-Ha and the ruins of Tulum are extremely close. Also near by are a lot of cenotes (openings to under ground rivers) where you can snorkel, swim, or scuba dive. So just because you are far away from Playa del Carmen or Cancun does not mean that there is nothing to do outside of your resort.

Reasons why you would book this resort: You are looking for an affordable fun resort for the whole family. You are looking for a resort that has one of the best beaches in the Riviera Maya with lots of palm trees to sit under.

Reasons why you would not book this resort: You are looking for an adults only resort. You are looking for a resort closer to shopping and nightlife. You are going to book one of the other Barcelo Resorts.


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