Good snorkeling right off the beach-we saw lots of fish and a spotted eagle ray! Life guards will bring you a bandaid by the pool if needed (part of the caring staff). Lots of activities, after dinner shows are thoroughly entertaining. We thought the food was great, especially Cafe del Mar's dinner. You are given a schedule of live music during dinner-we didn't notice it until the last day but still had dinner music every night-even in the buffet. Kids club staff is wonderful, and the buffet crew will let you practice your Spanish on them (como se dice waffles?). Short drive or taxi ride to Tulum ruins and Akumal beach (where the sea grass bed is located- we saw 10 turtles in an hour). Oasis has a guided boat tour to Akumal that looked nice (and avoids the beach crowd), though we ended up driving. Last note is about bottled water: you get 4 sodas and 2 bottles of water daily in the minibar, but if that doesn't seem like enough water, you can exchange your canned drinks for more water. Especially nice if you leave campus on a hot day!
I would like to give thanks and dues to Mexican hard working people in resort who work hard to make us comfortable. Yes, I'm paying them but not everything has to be about money. Rooms are clean, services are acceptable and food is good. No opinion about alcohol since I don't care about. Resort is large and it's a good place to go for a long walk. Now about "Luxury" what makes this resort "Luxury" is proximity to the ocean and beach. There are same units in the resort but they are no different then the "Luxury" units the only difference is distance to the God made luxury ocean an beach. Would I go again? Yes, only if the smoking situation is improved. The biggest issue I have with resort is the smoking policies and lack of enforcement. There should be segregation between two groups. I'm not going to lecture here anyone about harmfulness of 2nd hand smoke. I came to enjoy fresh air and not the smell of tobacco. Another place is where smoke is an issue is transportation cars where people just sit and puff smoke in your face. In my opinion lack of rules and enforcement on smokers tells me that the only thing that resort cares is money. This is my biggest turn off with the resort and if I had to book again I would look to resorts that have enforcement non smoking rules.
Being all inclusive and having water park for the kids and various activities for adults. With my reservation there was a confusion with total number of guests. We were total 3 rooms and on one kids were missing on the reservation on hotel's system and I had to be on the phone with my travel agent (getaroom) but I ended up paying $55 extra for my kids. I was going to loose my flight so I didn't have orher choice that paying and getting out from there. Hotel should have handled it better....
We met Jose at the Iguana bar. He manages his bar amazingly. He made certain that everyone enjoyed their visit. A professional bartender that excels at what he does. We hope to find Jose again during our next visit.
We have stayed at Bahia(Coba) twice before. This is the first time at Sian Ka'an. Great time. Adults only at the hotel and beach area are the only way to go. The buffet at Sian Ka’an is the best of all the buffets. The service is top notch. We are planning our next trip. We will go back. Yoga for my wife at the Wellness Center and golf for me at the Riviera Maya Golf Club. Sitting by the waters. What else can I say. Love it.
Visited GBP Sian Ka`an from 17-24 Jul. As advertised hotel is great from the check in to the check out. Rooms are comfortable, grounds are very clean. Very quiet but if you want a day of more activities you can share with the other GBP(Akumal,Coba,Tulum) just 5 min trolley. Private beach for Sian Ka`an guest. More than 10 a la carte restaurant to choose from and 4 great buffet restaurants. 24 hours snack bar. Close to Tulum Ruins, Xel-ha, Explorer parks.Premium drinks. Reverse Osmosis water thru hotel for that reason you dont have to be sacered of getting sickj. Overall great vacation at GBP Sian Ka`an 5 star/gold crown hotel.
Service staff was kind and polite Food was poor quality, cold and restricted
Stayed here for 8 days recently. First, the staff is friendly and the service good. The rooms are good, not the best I've ever had but definitely acceptable and the amenities plenty. Sian Ka'an has the best buffet of the 4 hotels on the property. As a guest of the Sian Ka'an or as a Privelege Club member you get access to all the other properties amenities as well but vice versa. This property is not on the beach but only about a 10 minute tram ride away and is adults only, kids would get bored at this property. However their Akumal, Tulum, and Coba properties are great for families and kids. We got the Jr. Suite Supreme on the ground floor with a hot tub we never used but the room is larger than the regular. The rooms are good, not the best I've ever had but more than sufficient. They keep the fridge refilled every day with 2 beers, 3 small liquors, 2 cokes, 1 sprite, 1 fanta, 2 large bottles of water. They also include complimentary tea and coffee in the room, Twinings and local coffee + decaf. The grounds are very nice with two pools and two restaurants, and a 24 hours snack bar that serves a small menu of hot food all day and night. The beach is just 10 minutes by tram, they have many that stop in front of the hotel lobby going to the beach or other hotels all day and night. From 6AM until 2AM each day. They have shows at the other hotels every night so one won't get bored, there's kiddie pools, slides, and large pools at Tulum and Akumal, and of course the beach. There's also a Scuba shop at the beach which is great to book snorkeling and diving tours. We highly recommend trying the Cenote Dos Ojos trip if you can, it is beautiful. All the tour buses also stop at the hotel lobbies so they are easy to book and use. We recommend using Xichen Tours for Chichen Itza and Coba, we took the deluxe tour and all the food, drinks, beer, etc was included. We tried the buffet at Coba and it doesn't compare to Sian Ka'an. We ate at the Maiko, Alux (both on Sian Ka'an) ...
Wonderful staff, very good food, nice and beautiful beach, clean rooms, beautiful facilities.
I stayed at the GBP Sian Kaan in November of 2012 for 8 days. It's a good ~1hr drive from Cancun International Airport. The resort grounds were beautiful, and check-in went very smoothly, even though we arrived a little before their standard check-in time. Our bags were delivered to our rooms quickly and without incident. The rooms are more like suites, compared to many of the places I've been. The pictures of the resort show them with a room divider to make a separate living room/bedroom, but the divider in our room was disabled (nailed). I stayed in a garden-view room, and the terrace was nice, as was the jacuzzi. The room was large, clean, with a comfortable bed, well laid out bathroom (no tub), nice sitting area and decent mini bar. It was cleaned regularly, and a closet safe was supplied for valuable. The resort grounds were well maintained and the pools were easy to access and very clean. Sian Kaan is not on the beach, but more about that later. Two pools had a pool bar located near them, with a nice selection of drinks. The main buffet was a very short walk from our rooms (and wouldn't have been very much for the farthest rooms either). The food was very good, and I wouldn't have minded having all of my meals there. There is also a lounge, with wifi and a bar near the shuttle area. ALL the service staff were very nice, and everything was well attended to. No one asked for, or expected tips, but they were very appreciative of when they got them and I would recommend being generous. Food was excellent. As I mentioned, the main buffet was delicious. There are also two a la carte restuarants on site, as well as several a la cartes available at the sister resorts. We tried 7 a la cartes, so I won't get into specifics, but for the most part they were very good. My personal preferences had me like some more than others, but food was served in a timely manner, was all well cooked and of good quality. I should mention two special things about Sian Kaan. First, unl...
Landscaping and service. Staff all worked hard to make it a nice place and a nice stay. Too busy, guests and staff. Trolleys were very noisy and had too much exhaust. Highway noise. Loud service carts on paths by rooms, walkie talkie noise, too many trucks and carts on walkways.
Food was very good and the service. Adults only No beach had to take shuttle service to the beach.
Cleanliness, staff. Mosquitos.
The white sand beach was lovely, the hotel was striking in it's design. (The Tulum coast is gorgeous). The resort had all the items a person could ask for in an all-inclusive setting. The food in the buffet restaurant was mostly well done, you could always find something good in spite of a few "misses" that could hardly be avoided in such a large scale operation. The beach side snack restaurant was an amazing buffet for those who didn't wish to get out of their bathing suits. The grounds of the hotel were beautiful and well kept. The staff were fine and tried to make your trip comfortable. It was our first time in a large all-inclusive and I didn't like the idea that there wasn't a personality to the place. It seemed rather institutional. Also the day we arrived we were told that we couldn't eat in any of the speciality restaurants for our entire stay. We had paid for at least getting into some different dining locations and we had to eat in the buffet every dinner. We did go back to the dinner scheduler to look for cancelations but to no avail. It seemed like there were many "rules" to keep the guests in line. There had been a seaweed die-off and the beach was covered undried seaweed and debris in front of the resort. You had to walk over plastic cups, plastic bags, etc to get into the ocean. Yikes.
Walk up to any bar and get a drink (well of course, top shelf extra) FOR FREE! Well, it's included. Needed more dedicated adults only sections/pools.
You can't possibly find nicer people. The staff is extremely friendly and as accommodating as possible. Great atmosphere for families, or with a significant other -definitely not for you if you are single. Beautiful location and maintained pretty well. Great poolside bartenders! Resort almost completely shuts down by 10pm no matter what night of the week. Found ourselves bored which is unfortunate considering we chose this place due to the amount of activities and what we thought would be nightlife. The food was horrible. At every restaurant....even with the privilege option. Good value, great location and people but wouldn't return due to the food.
The Resort was GREAT! Plenty of food and drink. There are many restaurants to choose from and wide variety of foods. The buffets were good, plenty of selections. The five specialty restaurants were very good with the Tapas at the top of the list for us. The staff... WOW!! they were GREAT. Very friendly and helpful. The And there were bars everywhere to satisfy your thirst. The wifi was spotty. And the beach was very rocky. You needed water shoes to get in without hurting your feet. There are only a few spots without the rocks.
staff was very courteous and service was good and speedy. i thought the recreation was poor. i thought the it was a beach front hotel and the little beach was tiny and water sports were only allowed in a boring little lagoon. so i did get a little bored. also, breakfast was a very poor selection and the receptionist booking ala cart restaurants was very rude.
Snorkeling. Staff. Activities. Restaurants. Penthouse suite! Overall, it was a good stay for the price but we probably won't return in the near future. Seaweed was definitely an issue for about 4 of our 8 days. Staff work all day to clean but it's still bad from morning to 1ish. Hotel is a little older but well maintained.
Half way thru our stay we had already decided that we wanted to come back. The grounds are beautiful and the staff are the most friendly I've ever experienced. You could easily spend a week or more there and never get off the grounds. There's plenty to do. But if you do want to venture out, there are many things to do within just minutes of the resort. The rooms were huge and we'll kept. We just loved it. The are some tiles missing in the pool and I happened to cut my foot on one. Nothing too bad but it did hinder which shoes I was able to wear. Also we had an issue with our private shuttle to the resort that we booked via the link on the resorts Web site. There was no one waiting for us when we arrived and our paper work didn't have the shuttle services name on it so we didn't know what to look for. Fortunately someone finally was able to point us to the correct shuttle stand after us trying to make our way through all the other people who approached us.
This hotel is on the most beautiful beach/bay with killer coral reefs. We saw turtles, mantas, barracudas and every fish imaginable! The food was good and the fish tacos were great. Not being an all inclusive was ok since we had a kitchen. I awoke each morning to the sight and sound of the surf. It is not a five star, fancy granite counter place, but clean with friendly staff. It is a simple place with the calm atmosphere that those who want to avoid the "party" will love the Bikini Beach bar next door on beach a plus. We will most definitely return. Bathroom upgrade, more kayaks, in room phone to order from kitchen, and use a different cleaning agent that doesn't have such an lingering overpowering scent in the rooms.
On the beach No hot water and there was a constant smell of sewage. Ants all over the place.
Maybe not the lap of luxury, but clean, friendly, amazing beach, great snorkling right off the beach, variety in meal choice, and the kids loved it. Super waterpark for kids and good kids-club. Good price and no long line-ups for meals or at bars. Would stay again.
The trip started with the rude front desk staff. no service. no follow through. The floors in the rooms were filthy, the linens stunk the pillows and beds were as hard as rocks. The tv controllers in both of our rooms did not work. The air conditioning in one of our rooms was broken. The safe was broken. Several of the lights did not work. We reported these to the front desk several times to no avail. The bellman up front was supposed to have a van waiting for us one day alas, they did not schedule as planned either. bar service is very slow. on several occasions we had to serve ourselves. Some wait times 20-25 minutes. This is not a four star hotel. Neither is it cheap. On a 1-10 scale I would give it a 3.
This was our second trip to Barcelo Maya Beach Resort and this time we went with another family. The beach was beautiful and had soft white sand. Food was always available and there was lots of variety that the whole family could find something to eat. Loved not cooking the whole vacation. The grounds are beautiful and tropical and we loved walking around the place after dinner at night. Rooms were big enough for all 4 of us to stay in one room and they were very clean. Loved all the non motorized sports being included in the price. Wish the motorized ones could be included also. Felt very safe at the resort and did not mind the teens walking around without us. There was enough to do at the resort that we did not need to leave the resort to go anywhere else. Just loved relaxing on the beach. It is such a good value for your money. We would love to go back again.
I have gone to Barcelo Maya Beach & Caribe and will continue to go back. Really good value for the money and one of the most beautiful beaches around. One year we were upgraded to the Barcelo Colonial & Tropical which is a little more updated and has indoor/air conditioned buffets but I pay for the beach, not the room and the Beach & Caribe is so much better. The other side is more rocky and less shade is provided my the immature palms. The rooms are basic but meet all of your needs and they recently upgraded the bedding/mattresses which makes a huge difference. I don't hesitate in the least to recommend this hotel to all. A good time will be had!
Had a grat time, the beach and the whole resort was beautiful. Very friendly staff who would go above and beyond for you. A few areas which could be improved, the bed was hard as a rock, but then again i didnt sleep much anyway ;) The food at the buffet was pretty bland but they had quite an assortment of food to choose. The best place to eat was Captain Morgans Grill. Room service was good too and pretty cheap. The bars inside was nice and well stocked, however poolside bars werent stocked well. The A/C worked fine, the trick is to keep your key card inside the slot while you are in your room or sleeping or else it will go off after a certain time. Rooms were very clean and kept up on a daily basis. Overall, i give it an 8 out of 10.
Barcelo was AWESOME!!!! The staff was very helpful the resort was beautiful.
This is a beautiful property, but that is really where the good stops. It is a long ways, approximately 50 miles south of the cancun airport, has very few english speaking employees, the grounds are huge and requires a lot of walking to go anywhere including to eat or get a drink. The buffet is just ok, but caters to the south american clients which means you have to look hard for something you can eat. Breakfast is good. The beach is beautiful, but there is no drink service on the beach and there is no drink service at the pool other than gpoing to the bar. Don't tip anyone. Your service is no different. I saw no one else tipping, so I stopped after the third day.
My wife and I stayed at the Barcelo Maya 2/17/09 to 2/23/09 and thoroughly enjoyed it. We have stayed at many all-inclusives in Mexico and this was the best. It is a huge complex that is interwoven with lovely walkways through meticulously groomed grounds. Although they have removed a huge chunk of the original jungle (developments do that) they have left much of the jungle intact with iguanas and birds wandering through and with signs telling about the critters. They also encourage recycling and seem to have a foward thinking environtmental look. It was fun seeing and interacting so many European folks and there influence (not just the men are topless). Though they may smoke more, we were in an entirely smoke free building, and the restaurants have smoke free areas so that was not a problem. The food was fine and abundant, service was impeccable, cleanliness was great. Wonderful beach...probably about 1-1.5 miles long, great for running and walking. Great gym, great snack bars, great pools. Even saw a sea turtle while kayaking!!
We just loved the area. The beach was clean, staff was friendly, BUT the food was horrible. Breakfast good, lunch and dinner we did not care to much for. If I did have the chance to go again we probably would. A good vacation and you don't put on much weight>>>
We were actually upgraded when we arrived to the Tropicale, but I have to presume that the hotels in this complex are generally similar. Buffet food was reasonably good - not amazing, not terrible, and the steakhouse we ate in one night was pretty good. The grounds were pristine and gorgeous, and service was attentive although not always prompt. I can't imagine having a bad time here, and I'll definitely be back!
This place has it all. The beaches were absolutely fantastic. So beautiful. The pools were absolutely fantastic. The grounds were so beautiful and manicured. The rooms were incredible - large, VERY clean, beautiful. Plenty of activities for folks of all ages. I went with my sister in law who loved lounging in a chaise on the beach and going to the spa, my adult sons (it was their birthdays) and 2 of their friends who loved the nightlife, the water sports and the girl watching, but I also saw plenty of others older and younger with children who ALL seemed to be having a great time. Although there were many people the complex is SO big you never feel crowded or cramped. The food was good. Be for real - when you are serving so many all thru out the day you have to expect mass production. I thought they did a great job. Easy access to many of the sights. All in all - WE WISH WE WERE THERE NOW!!!
Got off to a bad start in Cancun had 3 planes land at once and only one girl to get everyone thru customs. Resort was too far away from airport. Would never use Olympus Tours again (stay way from them) the cab fare would have been 1/2 of the amount that the two of us were charged. After dropping off one group our van broke down we were stuck on the side of the road while the driver was flagging down any bus that came along after 20 minutes in the heat we finally flagged down a taxi and paid to get to our hotel. We landed at 3:00 pm and finally got to our resort at 7:30 pm. The staff did not have a record of our payment I booked thru travel website and had a copy of my payment email with me thank god. Room was nice grounds were beatiful. Our safe was broken, we called the maintenance department and they came right away and fixed it. Quite a few of the staff did not speak English at all. Front desk does not make change in US dollars you can only get pesos. The food was terrible same food everyday and the buffet areas were outside and extremely hot. Best place was Captain Morgan's. If going to any of the other restaurants guys have to wear long pants. They tell you you need to wear pants to Captain Morgan's but you don't.
It's a really nice hotel, good food & great selection of branded alcohol! Would reccomend it if you would like to relax and get good value for money. But do book on internet, dont try to go to the hotel with no reservation as they have much higher prices No complaints really, all good! But coctails are far too sweet so you need to explain to barmans exactly what you want!
The resort is on the small compared to others but I like it better because you can walk anywhere in just a few minutes and the staff gave us excellent service! The grounds are very well maintained and there is wildlife everywhere, also the beach is beautiful!!!! We got the privileged package which gave us access to a wonderful beach front restaurant called bloved which had excellent food and drinks! Will def visit again! they train the staff to push their time share pretty hard and they will try to set an appointment for you to attend a one and half hour sales presentation, we had just arrived to the hotel and wanted to go to our room after a long trip so it was a little annoying to sit in the lobby for 20 min with the person trying to set the appointment.
Wonderful hotel all inclusive. Fantastic beach, good staff, nice bars This hotel is not in Tulum or close to it. It's in the middle between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. They've not windsurf available as they tell.
The food at the grill was excellent. Awesome pool area and good drinks. Great value for the money. Beds could be a bit better. The mattresses were not very supportive
Beautiful location, lots of trees and wildlife :) you feel like you are away from the world and on vacation. Rooms are clean, beds are comfortable. Not too crowded. Adults only. Very good entertainment staff from Vera Club offering nice activities (yoga in the morning, dance lessons, water polo etc). Juice bar on the beach was great. And the waitresses serving the beach and pool area are fast and polite, asking you if you want more drinks all the time - which is great when you are in vacation. Food was average. Nothing super exciting. The Asian restaurant and tapas bar was probably the best. The waiters and service are not as great as in other 5 star hotels - slow and unresponsive, not always with a smile ( most didn't look motivated, perhaps it's the tip situation since most of the Europeans in the hotel don't tip). The beach is very nice, although the sea had a lot of seaweed when we were there in August. And the little cherry on the top - Catalonia has this new concept of premium service so some of the areas, restaurants, best seats with best view and quality liquor were not available to "regular guests of a 5 star hotel" and only available to "privilleged ones" -seriously I would change the choice of words - you don't want to hear "sorry these seats are only for privileged guests".
Excellent location. A relief to be at a resort for adults only. Excellent staff, surprisingly excellent food and services. Highly recommend as a place to decompress in a few days-we were there for 5 nights and enjoyed everything except gaining a few pounds in weight!
Pool bar service was great
Supurb beach, great facilities, quiet and relaxing, adults only, lots of variety in the food, which, for the most part, was well prepared. tv reception was poor to non-existent but free wifi was great
The entire experience was mind-blowing. The food and drinks were ever-flowing, and unbelievable, the activities were fantastic, and the resort itself was one of the most beautiful I've ever stayed at. The language barrier with some of the staff was a bit of a drag, but once you found the right people it was smooth as could be.
Resonable price for good service.Good location. Only one of 3 restaurants has a realy good food.This is close to the sea-side restaurant. Two others is suitable for breakfast only. Fresh water is very poor quality.It's realy salt.. And for drinks also.
BEACH! Absolutely fantastic beach. White sand as far as the eye could see, as well as in the water. You stand in white sand in the ocean which is great and also its very clear. I was standing in chest high water and I could see my toes. Plenty of chairs for everyone and plenty of room to spread out and relax. Room and bed were very comfortable and shower/bathroom were good as well. If your trip is for great relaxing beach this is the place. The food was pretty sub par and the wait staff was very slow and often forgot to bring your drink. They were all very nice just inattentive. They served the same quality of food and the buffet that they did in the restaurants so there really isn't a point to them. If your trip is to be wined and dined, this isn't the place.
This has been our favourite beach for the last 13 years. We have been to the hotel for 9 years, the hotel has improved , we still enjoy the beach and sea most of all.
There was a lot of seaweed in the water in the area when we went, and the resort did a great job of cleaning it up. The pool and beach were great. Front desk was terrible. We waited 2 hrs at check-in to get a room with 2 beds as per our reservation. Upon leaving, our safe stopped working and it took them over an hour to send someone who did not fix it and then another hour for 2 men to show up and fix it. The water in the mini fridge tasted like tap water and gave us stomachaches. And the restaurants were all terrible.
Once you got to the room it was nice and beds were comfortable. Spa and gym very good Towel cards used and so people who lost their towels would steal yours, stressful to worry about stolen towels, sprawling, long walk to beach and pool from just about every room so I wouldn't consider it beachfront, every room is a garden view room, no elevators, restaurant reservation systems hard to figure out and again stressful. They don't realize that stress free is what vacations are all about. Food very average. I would expect these problems at a 3 or 4 star hotel but they claim to be 5 out of 6