Barcelo Maya Tropical & Colonial Beach

All Inclusive    

Exceptional Values!
Extra Value: Receive up to $1000 in Resort Discounts (booking dates, travel dates, duration, and usage restrictions may apply).
Honeymoon: Room upgrade to Oceanfront (based on availability), fruit basket, bottle of sparkling wine and Continental breakfast in bed the morning after arrival (reservations required).

Spread over acres of lush tropical gardens, the upgraded, all-inclusive Barcelo Maya Colonial & Tropical Beach is bound to impress. With 960 rooms situated on over a mile of dazzling private beach and spectacular protected coral reef, this resort is an unparalleled exhibition of Caribbean paradise in coveted Riviera Maya.

Enjoy access to sixteen international restaurants, featuring Seafood, Asian, Mediterranean, and Italian cuisine, plus four buffets and four beach restaurants with local and specialty dishes to suit any palate. Fourteen bars throughout the complex ensure a delicious cocktail awaits you at every turn. Lounge by one of four expansive main swimming pools, or join in the daily activities and watersports.

One of the largest theaters in the Riviera Maya will present nightly live shows complete with an accompanying orchestra. The U-Spa awaits your pleasure, boasting the latest equipment and luxury treatments, with whirlpool, two saunas, and two Turkish baths to relax away your stress and rejuvenate your senses.

Families can enjoy maximum freedom, choosing from among a wide range of activities for the whole tribe, including a gym, shopping, and non-motorized watersports. Qualified staff members organize entertaining activities for the smallest members of the family in the mini-club. Children are guided through games, competitions, drawing, handicrafts, movies, a mini-disco, mini-aerobics, and the brand-new U-Kids Spa.

By day, adults can join in a variety of sports, including tennis (day or night on floodlit courts), basketball, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, and miniature golf. At night, enjoy the vibrant entertainment at the unique live shows and then dance the night away at Jaguar's Nightclub. In addition, you are free to access facilities in the pool and beach area of the Barcelo Maya Beach & Caribe immediately adjoining your hotel.

Greening Your Life: Part of the Apple Vacations Greening Your Life initiative, this property holds Gold Certifications from EarthCheck and Green Globe.

Guests have the option to reuse towels and sheets in order to conserve water and energy, and there is automatic, eco-friendly light control in public areas. Clean drinking water is enjoyed thanks to a reverse osmosis plant. Education stations are also available for guests to learn about the care of local ecosystems and wildlife.

The on-site nursery produces 90% of the plants used in local reforestation, while the 3,200 sq. ft. garden, "La Huerta del Chef", contains vegetables, herbs, corn, fruits and different types of chili peppers.

The resort incorporates fencing around nesting areas on the beach in order to protect baby sea turtles.

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Local Phone: 011-52-984-87...
Barber / Beauty Salon
Boutique Shops
Business Services
Car Rental
Laundry / Dry Cleaning Service
Meeting Rooms
Physician on Call
Number of Pools: 4

Access to four main pools with swim-up bars around the complex
Number of Courts: 2
Outdoor Courts: 2
Water Sports on Site
Fishing: Additional Charge
Sunfish Sailing: Complimentary
Snorkeling: Complimentary
Hobie Cats: Complimentary
Paddle Boats: Complimentary
Motorboats: Additional Charge
JetSki / Waverunner: Additional Charge
Waterskiing: Additional Charge
Wind Surf: Complimentary
Health Club / Spa
Aerobics: Complimentary
Jacuzzi: Complimentary
Nautilus Equipment: Additional Charge
Sauna: Additional Charge
Steam Room: Additional Charge
Manicure / Pedicure: Additional Charge
Facials: Additional Charge
Magnificent all-inclusive beach-front resort in two adjacent hotels spread over acres of lush tropical gardens. This resort features access to 16 restaurants, fourteen bars, disco, four main pools, and guests can use the facilities and a la carte restaurants at the Barcelo Maya Beach & Caribe (there is no access to Barcelo Maya Palace). Beach: Private beach for 1.12 miles crystalline turquoise waters and spectacular protected coral reef, an unparalleled exhibition of the Caribbean paradise.
Total Rooms: 960
Year Opened: 2005 Credit Cards:
No Spring Breakers. A la carte dining: 3 nights: 1 dinner, 4-5 nts: 2, 6 nts: 3, 7 nts: 4, 8 nts: 5, 9-10 nts: 7, 11-12 nts: 8, 13 nts: 9, 14 nts: 10. Poolside waiter service is not part of the all-inclusive plan. Charged as room service fee.
Intimate suites offer beautiful views of the ocean and tropical gardens. Scented candles and relaxing bath salts add to the elegance of this room. Also access the exclusive Premium Level benefits.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
comfortable 570 ft2 junior suites have a terrace or balcony with beautiful ocean views. You will also have access to the exclusive Premium Level benefits.
1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Room Service
Balcony or Terrace
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Family room includes one bedroom with a king bed and a full bathroom, a separate living and dining room with three day beds, and a balcony or terrace with tropical garden views.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Guestroom includes one king bed or two double beds, a day bed, and a private balcony or terrace with garden views. Max. Occupancy: 4 guests.
Other Amenities -
Air Conditioning
Coffee Maker
Hair Dryer
Radio Alarm Clock
Room Safe
Barcelo Maya Tropical & Colonial Beach features 1 meal plan options:
All Meals, Drinks & Tips
There are 16 Restaurants at Barcelo Maya Tropical & Colonial Beach:
Caribe Buffet - International buffet at Barcelo Maya Caribe. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Santa Fe - Steak house a la carte restaurant. Open for dinner from 6:30 - 10:30 pm.
Capri - Italian a la carte restaurant. Open for dinner from 6:30 - 10:30 pm.
Kyoto - Japanese a la carte restaurant. Open for dinner from 6:30-10:30 pm.
Mare Nostrum - Seafood restaurant served Mediterranean style. Open for dinner from 6:30 - 10:30 pm.
Rancho Grande - Snack bar and grill serving lunch and snacks from 10:30 am - 6:30 pm.
Capitan Morgan - Snack bar and grill serving lunch and snacks from 10:30 am - 6:30 pm.
Beach Buffet - International buffet restaurant at Barcelo Maya Beach. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Trattoria Pizza e Pasta - New Italian specialty restaurant. Open for dinner from 6:30-10:30 pm.
Tropical Buffet - International buffet restaurant at Barcelo Maya Tropical. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Tokio - Japanese specialty restaurant. Open for dinner from 6:30-10:30 pm.
Colonial Buffet - International buffet restaurant at Barcelo Maya Colonial. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
La Fuente - Spanish specialty restaurant. Open for dinner from 6:30-10:30 pm.
Mariachi - Snack bar and grill serving lunch and snacks from 10:30 am - 6:30 pm.
Mexico Lindo - Mexican specialty restaurant. Open for dinner from 6:30-10:30 pm.
Palmeras - Snack bar and grill serving lunch and snacks from 10:30 am - 6:30 pm.
Daily Activities & Entertainment:
Basket Ball, 18-hole Mini-Golf, Darts, Bocce Ball
Nightly Activities & Entertainment:
One of the largest theaters in the Riviera Maya. Nightly shows accompanied by a live orchestra.
Barcy's Kids Club
Applicable Ages: 4-12

Teen club

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over all stay at tropical
celomas1578, Amarillo, Texas
Wed Sep 20 05:44:41 EDT 2017
my first time in cancun so I was really not sure what all to expect. over all it was good. I was not to impressed with the buffet, but I understand its in quantity so no much quality. every one was nice and professional I felt very safe and taken care of. thank you

The perfect get away
441bradleyb, Kansas City, Kansas
Tue Sep 19 16:39:52 EDT 2017
My husband and I stayed at Barcelo Maya Tropical for 9 days and 8 nights --- we were very pleased with our stay! We enjoyed all the on-site activities there were to enjoy, the food/drinks, and the incredible pools and ocean (the beach was filled with beautiful palm trees and the water was so clear!). The coffee was amazing --- we just wished there was a better variety of desserts. We hope to come back again, though --- very romantic get away. :)

Love it
Jefferson L, Canada
Tue Sep 19 14:16:49 EDT 2017
It's really fun to stay at this big resort everything is here . Good food , good service ,activities, and I really love the shuttle inside the resort. The people who work there's so much friendly. I really recommend this resort . Barcelo mays grand resort. 😍😍😘😘

An American perspective
gsto2010, Rogers, Arkansas
Tue Sep 19 12:29:00 EDT 2017
Stayed in the Tropical section for 7 nights with my boyfriend. Had a great time & would definitely visit this report again. It's beautiful, clean & the staff bends over backward to please you. THE LAYOUT: The resort is pretty big, with all 4 sections flowing into each other. There's lots of walking, so bring comfy shoes & band-aids for blisters. A resort double-decker bus takes you from the lobbies to the shopping mall within the resort, but that's the only form of resort transportation (you walk everywhere else; there's no golf cart type trolleys that travel around every few minutes like there is at other resorts; not a big deal...just helpful to know). The sections are covered by a walkway, which is nice in case it rains. By the way, take some strong bug spray! The mosquitos & gnats get rough in the late afternoon & really bad after dark! THE BEACH: Most areas are rocky, so take water shoes. Believe me, if you happen to step on a sea urchin, you'll be glad you did! Stay away from the large grouping of rocks as the undertow can draw you in quickly & put you on top of the coral on those rocks, cutting your skin. There's beautiful fish & a small reef, but just be careful & wear water shoes and/or fins when you snorkel. ROOMS: They're clean, but expect a little mildew in some corners/crevices if you look hard enough. After all, it's a VERY humid climate & this is to be expected. The floors are tile & kept clean, as is the bedding (although I always take a can of Lysol to spray down everything initially, including the tv remote). The beds are very hard in my opinion, but I'm use to a softer mattress at home. I've heard that you can ask for a mattress topper, but we didn't bother as I don't think it would've made much of a difference. There's also a stocked fridge in the room, but it doesn't get very's cool, but not COLD. It has soft drinks, beer, peanuts, OJ & bottled water. (There's also bottled water at the bars if you ask for it). The A/C was ok, but we prefer it to be much cooler. It was very, very humid, making it feel much warmer than 89 degrees. There's a ceiling fan in the room as well. You aren't able to adjust the thermostat on the A/C though. I just don't think the locals realize how hot it feels to those of us who don't live in that climate. After all, many of them wear long sleeves & don't turn up the A/C in the vehicles that carry us (unless you ask them to) because they're use to the humidity. FOOD & DRINKS: Let me start by saying that I'm a bit picky when it comes to food, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. The food is ok. It all obviously depends on personal taste, but they try to have something to appeal to everyone. I managed to find plenty to eat. Don't expect 5 star gourmet food in a buffet because it isn't going to happen. Can you imagine trying to please thousands of people from many different countries? That's a lot of taste buds to accommodate! My advice is to open your mind & try new things. You won't like absolutely everything, but you don't like all food at home either. Keep in mind that you're in another country & they're trying their best to appease you & make you come back. It ain't gonna taste like Mama made it! Some of the food in the ala cartes was better & it gave you a break from the buffet food which tends to be a bit repetitive. Make those ala carte reservations as soon as you check in because peak times fill up fast. SHOPPING: The shopping mall area has the usual tourist souvenirs & vendors, although you'll find better prices in town (like Playa del Carmen). You don't have to pay in pesos, but should at least know the exchange rate so you don't pay too much...because if you ask...well, you just showed that you don't know & the price might go up (there are simple to use exchange rate apps for your phone where you type in the peso amount & it converts to dollars). The actual "stores" along the interior of the mall are very expensive & we didn't see anyone making purchases there (for example, an Izod polo-type shirt was $108 American dollars! WOW!) TRAVELING TO "TOWN" (Playa del Carmen): There's a bit of a walk to the front of the resort where you can find either a regular taxi or a "collectivo". A collectivo is $2.40 per person each way & it's a type of public transportation (no one there takes American coins, so take plenty of $1 bills). It looks like a regular van, but stops often to let locals & tourists off/on. It is much cheaper than a taxi & therefore better in my opinion, if you don't mind all the stops. They'll drop you off in a certain area of PDC & you walk toward the beach/shopping area. When you want to leave, just go back to the same area where they let you out & you'll find many more Collectivos. Before you sit down, always tell the driver where you're going to make sure he's headed in that direction. OVERALL: Decide before you go, to not be overly critical & just enjoy yourself. You won't have every comfort of home, but if your home is that great, then why leave it in the 1st place? You can still be aware of your surroundings, yet have an open mind & embrace new things, meet people from other cultures & have experiences that you wouldn't normally have at home. Mexicans & others there who work in the tourist industry are just trying to earn a living. Granted, you can be taken advantage of if you aren't careful, but knowing what to expect & how to react goes a long way towards making great vacation memories. Isn't that what you're after anyway? Catering to tourists is their life & they try very hard, so please be courteous & understanding of that. There's nothing wrong with offering suggestions for improvement, but don't be rude about it. Hope you have a great time like we did!

Mon Sep 18 17:52:15 EDT 2017
We absolutely loved everything about this resort!! It's a beautiful place! The people are great and you get to meet people from alot of different places! We cannot wait to return. We have already started planning our trip back! This is a resort but it like it's own little world! It's truly amazing! There is so much to do you'll never be bored. There's so much to do. It has alot to offer to everyone!!!

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