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Barcelo Maya Caribe
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

We stayed here for third time we liked it because it was not springbreack friendly. I guess that changed beach and caribe were loaded with collage kids obnoxious is only way to explain it. If yoj dont mind that bsach is best around dive center on site staff friendly and helpful resort is overLl very nice we will go back but stay in another part.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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3  Thank dakotanate
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DirectorBeachCaribe, Gerente at Barcelo Maya Caribe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

Dear dakonate,

Many thanks for your full review and your comments which are very important for us. We invite you to visit our website to know the new Barceló Maya Caribe

Regards,

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Reviewed 26 April 2012

So to start...DIS-CONNECT FROM THE WORLD AND RE-CONNECT W/ EACH OTHER!!!

1. ) Check-in: Painless! Got there at 2:45 pm no crazy lines. Took all of 15 mins. (only beCause I considered changing rooms for a "bigger family suite" I never actually saw one, but I suspect they are NO different for an add'l. $50 + a night!)

2.) Book your restaurants right away 3 for a 7 night stay. Hold some cash ($5) in your hand while you do this and you will get a perfectly timed reservation opposed to the 9:30 slots or later. There are menus all over the desk to choose from- TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK AT THEM!!! If you are picky eaters you'll need to look! Skip the Mexican- not horrible but not great either! Also make a few separate reservations for the Capt Morgan Grill which doubles as a seafood restaurant at night - no limit there.

3.) Use the shuttle to go to the other resorts if you don't want to walk- its free- and runs frequently, but catch it in the lobby not the off beat paths- sometimes they skip pick ups there.

4.) Food: the closer you get to the Palace the better the beach buffets get. You cannot get booze, at or past, the CoCo bar if you aren't deluxe. You don't need it. Just go to the one before it! However, tour the Palace as it is a sight of it's own.

5.) Beach: the beach is BEST in front of the Caribe hands down! There will be topless-ness no matter where you sit. never a shortage of chairs- EVER! We were there when the hotel was at 90% capacity and it never felt crowded! Bring your own goggles/ snorkels, because its a $50 deposit for one hour of use of theirs on the beach. Don't pay for snorkeling as we saw and touched sea turtles, tons of curious angelfish, stingrays, bone-fish etc. all right in front of the Caribe for FREE! The dock has tons of stuff to see too!

6.) Pools: Awesome!!! cleanliness was average! Party pools have loud music, dancing, games, and drinkers, but it is sooo fun with older kids! Water aerobics is great! Do all the fun stuff- even if you are shy- you will have fun! staff is so much fun!!

7.) Drinks: Mosquito coast= YUM! Drinks don't taste like they do at home, but order one of everything til you find the "one"! FYI: They will serve minors if they look old enough so keep that in mind. If you want better drinks and attention: TIP! Even a dollar every fourth or sixth drink goes a long way and is appreciated this goes for eating as well- If you tip well the first day they remember you!!
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8.) Maids: I tipped $2. a day for her and $1 or $2 in the fridge for that person who stocks it daily and left a note saying what I wanted in as few words as possible or in Spanish. Rooms are NOT cleaned great, but what can you do? tip and hope for the best! Facecloths must be requested. Get extra sheets for the futon to sleep on and they will make it up as a bed too!

9.) Skip shopping in Playa if you don't want high pressure sales for junk (or drugs- as experienced by my 17 yr. old)! BUT, if you go take the bus on the main road!!! IT"S $2. a person! A cabi will rip you off!!! Last bus back to the hotel is like 10:30 pm to be safe. SHOP AT THE TROPICAL CONVENTION CENTER-PRICES ARE JUST AS BAD THERE!

10.) SAFETY: SEEMS GOOD! BUT CAUTION/COMMON SENSE NEVER HURTS!!!

11.) Shows: For the most part they are really good! Each night 9:30 for an hour!

12.)MONEY: YES, EXCHANGE MONEY! $1 = $12.50 PESOS tip w/ American money but shop with pesos or CC as it get the pesos price!! If you want to change money in Playa - YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PASSPORT!!! Hotel will change money for you but the price moves daily and you may only get 12.20 for a $1. there!

13.) Bugs= yes, use bug spray!

Overall, we will return!!! It spacious, beautiful, relaxing and fun! if you need to escape for real-
SHUT OFF THE TECHNOLOGY!!! IT IS SO NICE W/OUT IT! I ALLOWED IPODS ONLY- NO TXT AND THEY NOT ONLY SURVIVED, BUT ALSO ENJOYED THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER!

Room Tip: The last two digits of the room number tell you if you are near the beach or near the lobby. Either way you'll need to go both ways everyday so pick a room number in the middle of the building. We had room 5359 and it was a pretty equal distance to wherever we needed to go. Also, for a family of four- even those with older teens- DON'T bother paying more to upgrade to a family suite, the rooms are plenty big if you don't care about some stuff staying in the suitcase. My 17 yr. old slept on the futon in our superior room and he was perfectly happy, while his 15 yr. sister hogged the bed all week. Beds are firm but fairly comfortable with lots of pillows and warm enough blankets for a cold A/C room. I would also say the third floor is the way to go for bugs and noise, but it won't protect you from all noise and we had not one creepy crawler all week!
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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24  Thank AGIO9890
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DirectorBeachCaribe, Gerente at Barcelo Maya Caribe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

Dear AGIO9890,

Many thanks for your full review and your comments which are very important for us. We invite you to visit our website to know the new Barceló Maya Caribe

Regards,

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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Just returned from our vacation to the Barcelo Maya Caribe and all i can say is that this resort exceeded our expectations. My wife and I took our 2 adult kids and their spouses for a adult family vacation. From the time we arrived and were greeted by the hotel staff we knew we made the right choice. I would reccomend to take the Club Premium Package. The additional perks are worth the money.
Rooms were very clean and looked very nice. The view was spectacular.
Food was as good as any buffet restaurant that you can go to and they had a huge variety to choose from. The a la cart restaurants are worth the effort to get into. I would suggest that you book your reservations for the a la cart as soon as you get there.
The Barcelo resorts were all accessable and were very well kept up. We felt safe all the time we were there.
There are quiet pool areas and party areas which is nice to have the choice. The beach is spectacular and the beach area at the Caribe is the best of all the other Barcelo resorts " less rocky and more sand".
Nightly shows were very good.
My wife and daughter in law and my daughter used the spa and got a message on the beach and they loved it.
Only disapointing thing i can say is that the non motorized activities were not available often. We tried to go on the big tricicles but were always told it was too windy to use.
Overall this was well worth the money and i think my wife and i will be coming back some time soon.

Room Tip: Spend the extra and get club premium rooms. We were in the Labna building.
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank Denis D
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DirectorBeachCaribe, Gerente at Barcelo Maya Caribe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

Dear Denis D,

Many thanks for your full review and your comments which are very important for us. We invite you to visit our website to know the new Barceló Maya Caribe

Regards,

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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Second trip to the Mayan Riviera. First time at the Barcelo. Great place! Beautiful beach, yes there are some rocky sections but that only adds tidal pools and interest. You don't even need to snorkel. The water is crystal clear and you can probably walk out at least a hundred feet and still only be up to your waist.

Never had a problem getting chairs. either on the beach or around the pool. Beach bar and lunch buffet close to both. Your choice of active or quiet pools.

Food was good. Not amazing but good.

Rooms were very comfortable. The beds were among the best I've had at a hotel! Pillows were awesome!

Grounds are beautiful, There is a shopping area right in the complex if you need to shop.
Staff was great, very helpful and friendly. Flor in the lobby bar was our favorite.

The shows that they have every night in the theatre are exceptional. Very professional, The singers and dancers are very talented. Nice change from a lot of hotels, where the shows look like amatuer night.

Yes it is a long drive from the airport, but it is well worth it!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank seeyaAlberta
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DirectorBeachCaribe, Gerente at Barcelo Maya Caribe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

Dear seeyaAlberta,

Many thanks for your full review and your comments which are very important for us. We invite you to visit our website to know the new Barceló Maya Caribe

Regards,

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Second visit to this resort. Value for the money is 3 star. Long drive from airport, you lose almost 2 hours by the time they drop off other vacationners to other resorts.
Food, rooms and service is average. Property is absolutely gorgeous. Beach is nice but very rocky. Pool is nice. Lots of palm trees for those that seek shade.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Verna P
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DirectorBeachCaribe, Gerente at Barcelo Maya Caribe, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

Dear Verna P,

Many thanks for your full review and your comments which are very important for us. We invite you to visit our website to know the new Barceló Maya Caribe

Regards,

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