The Barceló Maya Beach is part of a mega-resort complex in the Riviera Maya (called the Barceló Maya Grand Resort complex) which consists of the following resorts on over a mile-long stretch of beach: the Maya Beach, Maya Caribe, Maya Colonial, Maya Tropical, and the Maya Palace Deluxe. The Maya Beach resort reopened its doors in Dec. 2013 following a multi-million dollar renovation to many areas of the resort. The following amenities were completely re-done or upgraded:
- lobby/lobby bar with outdoor seating
- gift shop
- hospitality lounge
- Club Premium Lounge
- enclosed buffet with A/C and new brick oven
- new Mexican a la carte restaurant (Mexico Lindo)
- additional roofed areas to access all buildings during inclement weather
- better outdoor lighting
- Club Premium Jr. Suites/Suites with the addition of balcony Jacuzzis
The Maya Beach resort is often associated with its immediate neighbor and sister resort, the Maya Caribe, and previously had use of just this additional resort’s amenities. As of January 1, 2015, Barceló is changing its resort accessibility policy with the adage “Stay at one, play at four”, meaning guests staying at the Maya Beach, Maya Caribe, Maya Colonial, and the Maya Tropical now have unrestricted access to each others’ amenities. Guests of the Maya Beach can therefore eat, drink, use the pools and otherwise cavort at the Maya Caribe, Maya Colonial, and the Maya Tropical. (The Maya Palace Deluxe has typically been off-limits to guests staying at the other resorts).
One of the Maya Beach resort’s stellar amenities is its spectacular freeform pool with its built-in Jacuzzi and bridges. The pool is immense and bordered in part by a palapa-roofed swim-up bar at one end and a fountain at the other. The pool deck has an extensive shaded overhang area with hammocks and loungers for those guests who want to spend lazy hours poolside; tall palms surrounding the pool provide minimal shade. This is a busy pool and swim-up bar with loud music and daytime games and activities–be prepared for some fun and wait times at the bars.
This resort’s beach offers the best ocean entry of the entire complex. Guests may wade and swim in the turquoise water, or walk along the white sand beach without worrying about wearing water shoes. Snorkeling can be done right off the beach, but more undersea life can be experienced over by the pier bordering the Caribe and the Colonial or in the waters by the Maya Palace Deluxe resort. (Mexican beaches are public, so other resort guests may walk on the Palace’s beach or swim in the water by the resort, as long as beach amenities aren’t being used). Snorkeling equipment can be checked-out at the resort, but there is a time limit (one hr.) and a deposit required to do so (USD $50). Best to bring your own gear.
Guests looking to enjoy ocean views from their room may be somewhat disappointed since even oceanfront guest rooms don’t actually have unobstructed ocean views–buildings are set back from the beach which may allow for partial ocean views from upper floors if you are lucky. While Standard rooms have only added new linens and a flat screen TV, Club Premium rooms have been fully renovated with the addition of a Jacuzzi on large balconies/terraces.
Although advertised as being family-friendly, children may have some difficulty in keeping busy if they remain on-site at the Maya Beach. Younger guests staying more than a few days may be better able to amuse themselves if they take advantage of the amenities at the adjacent sister resort, Maya Caribe. The Maya Caribe has also completed an extensive renovation of its own and has added a Dolphinarium, a water park complete with splash zone for kids and a FlowRider, a bowling alley, teen lounge and disco, and redesigned its miniature golf course. Older guests will enjoy the Maya Caribe’s new shops, the 24-hr. sports bar, and the newly completed casino.
There is a very good web site which offers all kinds of helpful information concerning this resort complex as a whole. Check out the following: http://www.unofficial-barcelo-maya.com/site/. For an updated map of the resort, check out this link and click on “Our Resort”.
Type of Resort: Family-friendly
Pro: Enjoy other mega-resort’s amenities, new renovations, very good beach for swimming
Con: No true oceanfront rooms, WiFi and room service are an extra charge for non-Club Premium guests
Best Suited For: Families, vacationers who don’t mind seeing dolphins in captivity, those who enjoy mega-resorts since this one has well over a mile of beachfront. Most guests book this particular resort for its great beach with swimming opportunities and recent renovations.
No. of Rooms: 627
Room Amenities: King or two dbl beds, balcony/terrace with clothes drying rack, A/C, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, telephone, coffee maker, ceiling fan, armchairs, desk, iron/ironing board (upon request in Superior Rooms), robe and slippers, alarm clock, hair dryer, shower, and toiletries. Room service and WiFi are an additional charge for non-Club Premium guests. Here is a brief rundown of non-Club Premium rooms:
- Superior: King or two dbl beds. Garden view.
- Family Room: King bed, two sofas/daybeds, separate dining room, two flat screen TV’s. Family rooms can be connected to Superior rooms for a maximum capacity of nine individuals for both rooms. Garden view.
Club Premium Room Amenities: Club Premium is an upgrade and includes the following amenities:
- private check-in/out
- exclusive concierge
- rooms are closer to the pool and beach–less walking and usually better views
- use of Club Premium Lounge with top-shelf liquors, continental breakfast, snacks, desserts, board games, books, newspapers, flat screen TV, and computer/printer use
- complimentary WiFi, room service, and local calls
- priority a la carte reservations
- upgraded mini-bar
- upgraded toiletries
- access to top-shelf liquors in all accessible bars upon request
- in-room pool towels
- turndown service
- pillow menu
- in-room welcome gift
- spa, beauty salon, and hotel shop discounts
- express laundry service at the normal rate
(Club Premium Guest Rooms)
- Jr. Suite Oceanfront Club Premium: King or two dbl beds, balcony/terrace Jacuzzi, two sofas/daybeds, radio alarm clock with iPod dock, rainforest showerhead. Partial ocean view.
- Suite Oceanfront Club Premium: King bed in separate bedroom, balcony/terrace Jacuzzi, living room area with two sofas/daybeds, dining room table and four chairs, two bathrooms, two flat screen TV’s, radio alarm clock with iPod dock, rainforest showerhead, bathroom soaker tub, balcony privacy screen. Partial ocean view.
- NOTE: Corner suites have dbl the balcony/terrace space
Physically Challenged Rooms: Available
Resort Amenities: Large freeform pool with integrated Jacuzzi and swim-up bar, poolside hammock section, Kukulcan theater, gift shop, 24-hr. lobby bar, concierge, tour desk, car rental, ATM, and resort shuttle service until 2:30 a.m. See reviews for the Maya Caribe, Maya Colonial, and Maya Tropical for a listing of shared amenities.
Restaurants/Bars: Fully renovated and enclosed buffet with A/C and a new brick pizza oven, new Mexican a la carte (Mexico Lindo) which requires reservations, and the poolside grill (Rancho Grande). Snacks and fruit are also served at the lobby bar. Guests may also dine at the Maya Caribe, Maya Colonial, and Maya Tropical. Reservations are required for a la carte dining. Upon check-in, guests are given dining vouchers for a la carte dining (typically four for a week’s stay, while Club Premium guests have an additional three). A la carte reservations should be made shortly after check-in, if possible. Those who wish to dine at the Palace resort will incur a USD $25 p/p charge to do so. Bars include the 24-hr. lobby bar, theater bar, swim-up bar, and pool bar. Self-serve bar options have been added (taps face outward at some drink stations) including soda, beer, margaritas, and daiquiris. Bring your own beverage container or buy it in the gift shop since serving cups are small.
Entertainment: On-site theater hosting nightly, family-oriented theme shows, while the Jaguar disco over at the Colonial is open from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. The teen disco over at the Maya Caribe is open until midnight.