If there is anything negative I can say about this hotel/resort, it would only be one thing.. and there is not anything anyone can do to correct it or make it better, unless the whole resort moved... IT'S THE BEACH. If you're looking for long walks and nice swims on/in the beach, this resort is not for you.. unless you drive away from this hotel's beach to a better beach. Only a few steps into the sea from the sand, you will encounter reef/rocks. Unless you're wearing water sandals/shoes, you risk hurting your feet. Most the beachfront is laced with these rocks.
As far as the rest of the resort... MUY EXCELENTE! From the moment our bellboys greeted us when we arrived, to when we checked out and the bellboys put our luggage in our departing taxis's trunk, our stay at Catalonia Riviera Maya Spa and Resort was FANTASTIC. In the 6 days/5 nights we were there, I don't recall seeing any staff member that didn't have a smile on or didn't greet us in passing. They were all so pleasant, friendly, and eager to please. We didn't have difficulties at all communicating with any of the staff members because most of them understood and spoke enough English.
Two bartenders really stood out because of their awesome attitude and personalities.. Valerio and Armando(both at Margarita Bar), as well as a waiter in Las Brisas and Bamboleo Snack and Grill by the name of Tomas.
The entertainment staff, particularly during the day, by the pool were amazing. They really know how to make people laugh and show people a good time by conducting games and contests, as well as give dance lessons by the pool. My wife and I took our very first couple's dance lesson by the pool area. I wish I recall our dance teacher's name but I don't... he taught us and everyone else participating how to dance Bachata! Before the dance lesson, we were all in the pool with Mauricio.. he conducted the Watergym class, a not-to-miss event. Mauricio was hilarious, quick-witted, and just cool.
The BEST PART... FOOD! Guys, the food was divine. There are over five (4-5star)restaurants.. two all-you-can-eat joints for breakfast and lunch(Las Brisas and Bamboleo). My favorite? I think I'm gonna have to say Las Brisas for both breakfast and dinner, both buffet style. But, if I had to pick from the fancy restaurants.. I'd choose Mikado(Japanese cuisine). The food is great and it's prepared and cooked for you Tepanyaki style by their "martial artist", Jackie Chan(super funny and super skilled).
I almost forgot.. La Creperie for desserts! If you go to La Creperie, seat yourselves as soon as you see an empty table! :)
Every night, there is a show in their theater, "Teatro Catalonia".. make sure to not miss any!
Thank you Hotel Catalonia, for a very memorable vacation.
MD267 from Portland, OR, United States