The Barceló Maya Tropical 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 Barceló Maya Tropical is often associated with its immediate “neighbor” and sister resort, the Maya Colonial. 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 Tropical can therefore eat, drink, use the pools and otherwise cavort at the Maya Beach, Maya Caribe, and the Maya Colonial. (The Maya Palace Deluxe has typically been off-limits to guests staying at the other resorts).
The Maya Tropical’s pool is one of its best onsite amenities–it is enormous, spanning across both the Tropical and the Colonial resorts with a walkway technically separating the two properties. A lap pool is located close by, while on the Colonial side there is a children’s water park which adjoins the Kid’s Club. There are two built-in Jacuzzis and swim-up bars, one on each end of the pool, with small arching fountains intermittently placed along the sides of the pool. Loungers, shaded structures, a minimal amount of natural shade, and hammocks are available poolside; there are no shade umbrellas, however.
Many vacationers book the Tropical for its livelier pool action and off-shore snorkeling. There are great opportunities to see many varieties of fish, turtles, rays, and the occasional barracuda here–check out the waters off the Palace Deluxe and the pier between the Caribe and the Colonial for more great snorkeling. Since there are more rocky areas the more north one goes at this resort, it’s probably a good idea to bring water shoes in case you need them. Snorkel equipment can be checked-out, but there is a time limit of one hr. and a deposit of USD $50 to do so. Best to bring your own gear as well.
Additional onsite amenities include a small sports court, soccer field, and lobby bar which has a great outdoor terrace overlooking a water feature. The Tropical’s sister resort, the Colonial, also offers a shopping center and adult disco for guests’ enjoyment, while the theater (no A/C) lies between the two resorts. Guests looking for additional fun should check out the newly renovated Maya Caribe which recently added a bowling alley, 24-hr. sports bar, Pirate’s Island Water Park including a FlowRider, renovated miniature golf course, teen lounge and teen disco, and new Maya Mall shopping center with two new a la carte restaurants and a disco. There is also a relatively new dolphinarium which is located between the Maya Caribe and Maya Colonial.
Guests looking to enjoy ocean views from their room may be disappointed since even oceanfront 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 all rooms have had a change of linens and added a flat screen TV, overall room renovations won’t be happening here for a while.
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-barcel-maya.com/site/. For an updated map of the resort, check out this link and click “Our Resort”.
Type of Resort: Family-friendly
Pro: Guests of the Maya Tropical may enjoy other resort’s amenities (with the exception of the Maya Palace and some restaurants–check the Restaurants/Bars section below). Stay at one, play at four.
Con: Rocky beach and ocean entry, room service and WiFi for non-Club Premium guests is an extra charge, no true oceanfront guest rooms. Also, food can only be eaten at the grills and restaurants, not poolside nor at the beach.
Best Suited For: Families, those who don’t mind dolphin captivity, vacationers who enjoy large mega-resorts.
No. of Rooms: 478
Room Amenities: King or two dbl beds, balcony/terrace (with the exception of Family Rooms which have large picture windows), A/C, in-room safe, mini-bar, flat screen TV, coffee maker, sofa/daybed, ceiling fan, alarm clock, iron/ironing board, robe and slippers, hair dryer, tub/shower combo, and toiletries. WiFi and room service are an extra charge for non-Club Premium guests. Here is a brief rundown of Non-Club Premium guest rooms:
- Superior: King or two dbl beds, desk and chair. Garden view.
- Family Room: King bed in separate bedroom, living room with three sofas/daybeds, coffee table, desk and chair, large picture window (no balcony), two flat screen TV’s, small dining table and four chairs, refrigerator, sink, microwave, guest bathroom. 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 beach–less walking and usually better views
- use of the 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 welcome gift
- spa/beauty salon/hotel shop discounts
- turndown service
- pillow menu
- in-room pool towels
- express laundry service at the normal rate
(Club Premium Guest Rooms)
- Jr. Suite Oceanfront Club Premium: King or two dbl beds, adjacent sitting area with with sofa/daybed, coffee table, desk and chair, rainforest showerhead. These suites often have garden or pool/water park views.
- Suite Oceanfront Club Premium: King bed in separate bedroom, living room with sofa/daybed, two armchairs, coffee table, desk, small dining room table and four chairs, rainforest showerhead, guest bathroom. These suites often have garden or pool/water park views.
- Master Suite Oceanfront Club Premium: King bed in separate bedroom, living room with sofa/daybed, armchair, coffee table, dining room table and four chairs, two flat screen TV’s, two bathrooms, Jacuzzi tub, rainforest showerhead, large balcony with full loungers, chairs, and hammock. These suites are on the top floor.
Physically Challenged Rooms: Available
Resort Amenities: Large pool with a swim-up bar at each end, built-in Jacuzzis, lap pool, poolside hammocks, theater, multi-sports court, soccer field, resort shuttle service until 2:30 a.m., concierge, tour desk, car rental, 24-hr. lobby bar. See reviews for the Maya Beach, Maya Caribe, and Maya Colonial for a listing of shared amenities.
Restaurants/Bars: One buffet restaurant, a beach grill (Palmeras), and two a la cartes including a steakhouse (Santa Fe) and Italian (Capri). A la cartes require advance reservatins. Evening snacks are also served at the lobby bar. Guests may also dine at the Maya Beach, Maya Caribe, and the Maya Colonial. 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)–it’s best to make reservations immediately upon check-in. Those who wish to dine at the Palace resort will incur an additional USD $25 p/p charge. Bars at the Maya Tropical include the lobby bar with adjoining cigar lounge, swim-up bar, theater bar, and pool bar. Bring your own beverage container or buy one at the gift shop since serving containers are small.
Entertainment: The on-sight theater hosts nightly, family-oriented theme shows, while the adults-only Jaguar disco next door at the Maya Colonial is open from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. Teens now have their own lounge and disco over at the Maya Caribe. Live music plays at the Maya Colonial lobby bar.