The Barceló Maya Beach is part of a mega-resort complex in the Riviera Maya (called the Barceló Maya Beach 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 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).
The Maya Beach resort reopened its doors in December 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
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 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.
The 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 powdery white sand beach without worrying about having to wear 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.
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 does allow partial ocean views, however. While Standard rooms have had a deep cleaning and change of mattress, Club Premium rooms have been fully renovated with the addition of a Jacuzzi on large balconies/terraces.
In addition to the renovations done at the Maya Beach, the Maya Caribe has finished working on extensive renovations. At the end of December 2014, the Caribe has the following new amenities for Maya Beach guests to enjoy:
- kid’s water park
- wave pool
- bowling alley
- teen disco
- large HD screen
- shopping plaza
- 24-hr. sports bar
- two new a la cartes (Italian and Japanese)
Maya Beach guests can also enjoy the new dolphinarium over by the pier bordering the Caribe and the Colonial. Guests are free to watch the dolphins, but there is a fee to interact with them.
There is a very good web site which offers all kinds of helpful information concerning this resort complex as a whole, including a map of the resort which lists amenities and their schedules. Check out the following: http://www.unofficial-barcelo-maya.com/site/
Type of Resort: Family-friendly
Pro: Enjoy some of the 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 in beachfront. Most guests book this 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. Club Premium rooms have balcony Jacuzzis.
Club Premium Room Amenities: Club Premium is an upgrade and includes the following amenities:
- private check-in/out
- private concierge
- use of Club Premium Lounge with top-shelf liquors, snacks, continental breakfast, board games, books, newspapers, flat screen TV, and computer/printer use
- complimentary WiFi, room service, and local calls
- priority a la carte reservations
- VIP mini-bar
- access to top-shelf liquors in all accessible bars (upon request)
- in-room pool towels
- superior toiletry items
- turndown service
- welcome gift for stays of four nights or longer
- spa/hotel shop discounts
- express laundry service at the normal rate
Here is a brief rundown of guest room categories:
(Non-Club Premium guest rooms)
- Superior: King or two dbl beds with garden view.
- Family: King bed in separate bedroom, two sofas, separate dining room, two flat screen TV’s, garden view. Family rooms can be connected with Superior rooms for a maximum capacity of nine individuals for groups or large families.
(Club Premium guest rooms)
- Jr. Suite Oceanfront Club Premium: King or two dbl beds, balcony/terrace Jacuzzi, two sofas, two flat screen TV’s, radio alarm clock with iPod dock, and rainforest showerhead. Partial ocean view.
- Suite Oceanfront Club Premium: King bed in separate bedroom, balcony/terrace Jacuzzi, living room area with a large “L” shaped sofa, dining room table and chairs, two flat screen TV’s, two bathrooms, radio alarm clock with iPod dock, rainforest showerhead, bathroom Jacuzzi 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 built-in Jacuzzi and swim-up bar, poolside hammock section, Kukulcan theater, gift shop, 24-hr. lobby bar, concierge, tour desk, car rental, and limited resort shuttle until 2 a.m. Guests may enjoy unrestricted use of the amenities next door at the Maya Caribe including the pool, spa, beauty salon, fitness center, Kid’s Club (ages 4-12), dive and water sports center, mini-golf, tennis courts, the new “entertainment center’ and its amenities, and the brand new dolphinarium on the other side of the Caribe. Guests may also enjoy the amenities at the Maya Colonial and the Maya Tropical.
Restaurants/Bars: Fully renovated and enclosed buffet with A/C and a new brick oven, new Mexican a la carte (Mexico Lindo) which requires reservations, and the poolside grill (Rancho Grande). A la carte reservations should be made shortly after check-in, if possible. Guests may also dine at the Maya Caribe, Maya Colonial, and Maya Tropical. 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). Those who wish to dine at the Palace Resort will incur an additional charge of USD $25 p/p. Bars include the 24-hr. lobby bar, theater bar, swim-up bar, and poolside bar; bars at the Caribe include their lobby bar, pool bar, swim-up bar, and new bar by the shopping center. Bars at the Maya Colonial and the Maya Tropical are also available to Maya Beach guests. 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 shows, while the Jaguar disco over at the Colonial is open from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.