Barcelo Maya Playa del Carmen

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Barcelo Maya Playa del Carmen - An Honest Review

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Barcelo Maya Palace All Inclusive Resort

The Barceló Maya Palace is a luxurious 5-star hotel situated on a stunning Caribbean beach and amidst the breathtaking beauty of Playa del Carmen. It offers exclusive services that will make your stay unforgettable. 

Barcelo Playa del Carmen
Barcelo Playa del Carmen

Barceló Maya Palace is a hotel with 6 restaurants that offer views of the Caribbean Sea. The restaurants feature buffet and à la carte dining options specializing in Brazilian, French, and Caribbean (seafood) cuisine, as well as other global cuisines. All dining options are included in the Barceló All Inclusive program and are exclusive to hotel guests.


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Barceló Maya Palace offers fantastic amenities, such as three stunning pools, including a pool exclusively for adults and a water park designed for kids. The resort also features a gym, shopping center, U-Spa, miniclub, and U-Kids Spa. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy various activities in the ocean or at the sports-enabled areas. In the evening, guests can indulge in a wide range of leisure and entertainment choices.

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Stay in one hotel and enjoy five!

The Barceló All Inclusive program allows you to enjoy the restaurants, bars, swimming pool and beach facilities at several hotels including Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, and Barceló Maya Tropical.

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The Barceló Maya Palace hotel is situated on the top beach in Riviera Maya. It offers roomy suites designed to combine Caribbean elegance with modern comfort. You can enjoy stunning turquoise waters, ancient culture, vibrant nightlife, and incredible natural beauty during your stay.

Pools and Other Ourdoor Areas

The Barceló Maya Palace has 3 different swimming pools: one for children that is designed to be shallow, another that is semi-Olympic in size, and a third for adults. Additionally, there is a water park within one of the swimming pools, called the Barcy Water Park, which has water structures such as castles, slides, and waterfalls that kids can enjoy.

The pool area has a sun area, hammock area, and a fully equipped game zone. Additionally, there is the Pirates Island Water Park (extra fees required) with slides and attractions suitable for all ages.

The Surf Rider wave pool (extra fees required) is also available for the more adventurous family members who enjoy surfing.

  • To use the services, you must be at least 13 years old. The opening hours are from 9 am to 5 pm.

The sports facilities include:

  • a fitness center
  • a spinning area,
  • a professional soccer field with locker rooms,
  • a basketball court and/or multi-sports court,
  • 2 tennis courts (with free equipment), 2 paddle tennis courts (with free equipment),
  • a new 18 hole miniature golf course (which is open from 9 am to noon and includes material and equipment),
  • volleyball,
  • table tennis,
  • darts,
  • giant chess, and
  • pool tables.

Please note that there will be an additional charge for using the courts with night lighting.


Here are the water sports activities available to you:

  • Non-motorized activities: kayaks, water tricycles, snorkeling equipment (1 hour per day at no cost), basic windsurfing and catamarans (Hobie Wave).
  • Pool activities: pool aerobics and water polo.
  • Scuba diving: one weekly lesson in the pool (8 minutes at set times) is included. Please note that scuba activities are subject to availability, require reservations, and may require a minimum skill level.
  • Additional activities at an extra cost: professional scuba diving classes (PADI), professional scuba diving, fishing tours, and jet skis.

Some activities may not be available due to weather conditions.

Children and family entertainment

The Barceló Maya Grand Resort offers an enjoyable vacation experience for children and teens. The Barcy Kids Club provides supervised activities for kids between the ages of 4 and 12 in an exciting atmosphere. There are also family-friendly activities available, such as an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 4-lane bowling alley, and various video games at the Sports Bar Strikers which is open 24/7. However, please keep in mind that some activities come with an extra fee.

Night clubs

The hotel offers exciting nightclubs as part of its entertainment options. Guests can enjoy international music and drinks while having fun. One of the nightclubs is called Jaguar’s Nightclub, and guests can enter for free and receive complimentary house drinks until 2:00 am. The nightclub also has a VIP Lounge that can be reserved for an additional cost and offers imported drinks. Please note that only guests over 18 years old are allowed in the nightclub, and smoking is not permitted.

Opening hours: from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am (10 pm – 2 am)

One Disco Club: Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 can enjoy themselves with popular music and drinks that do not contain alcohol in a safe and age-appropriate environment. To enter, a teen wristband is necessary.

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Hours: 9:30 pm to 1.30 am (9:30 pm–1:30 am)


Every evening, you can watch a different show with professional dancers and live music at each theater. Bring your family along and enjoy the entertainment starting at 9:30 pm.

Snorkeling and Diving

Water sports for the whole family

At Barceló, they have the Dressel Driver’s Club within the hotel’s facilities to ensure exceptional experiences for the guests. They offer scuba diving lessons, tours, snorkeling, and water sports like jet skiing and deep-sea fishing at an extra charge. The hotel’s private dock serves as the departure point for the boats.

Operating hours:

Monday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (9 am – 5 pm)

Dolphinaris experience at Barceló

At the new Dolphinarium at Barceló, you can safely interact with dolphins while enjoying the beautiful tropical landscapes and beachfront location. The enclosure has been certified by the European Association for Aquatic Mammals and is exclusively for hotel guests. With an innovative shallow platform concept, you can safely experience interacting with the dolphins.

Spa, Health and Well-being

The new U-Spa Wellness & Fitness Center at Barceló Maya Grand Resort covers over 32,000 sq. ft. and is designed based on the four elements. The spa provides several amenities including saunas, steam baths, tropical and bi-thermal showers, a dynamic pool, immersion pools, and a relaxation area ideal for taking a break from your daily life.

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U-Kids Spa

The U-Kids Spa is a new addition to the wellness center and is designed specifically for children. It offers a variety of treatments with appealing scents to make the experience enjoyable for kids.

Fitness Center

The fitness center is equipped with state-of-the-art machines and equipment for warm-ups, cardiovascular exercises, cooling down, stretching and strength training. A variety of equipment available, including treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, spinning, and yoga rooms. The fitness center is located within the U-Spa, and scheduled classes are offered (depending on U-Spa availability).

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