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Barcelo Maya Grand Resort: The Biggest All-Inclusive Resort in the Cancun Area


Bebé and I recently spend a wonderful weekend at Barcelo Maya Grand Resort. Barcelo Maya is located in the Riviera Maya, south of Playa del Carmen, and is the largest resort in the Cancun area. There are five resorts on the property; Barcelo Maya PalaceBarcelo Maya TropicalBarcelo Maya ColonialBarcelo Maya Beach and Barcelo Maya Caribe, and they are building another one! We stayed at the Caribe, which is really the place to be. Everything is close.

Guests can dine and participate in activities at all resorts accept for the Palace, unless of course they are staying there.

The Room

Our room was awesome. We stayed in a Premium Level room with a sitting area and a balcony with a jacuzzi that overlooked the swim-up suites and the Caribe pool.

Barcelo Maya Caribe Premium Level

Barcelo Maya Caribe swim-up suites

The room included a television with satellite programming, air-conditioning, WiFi, a safe, a mini bar with drinks and snacks, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, bathrobes and slippers, toiletries and 24 hour room service.

The coffeemaker didn’t work, but hotel room coffee is always pretty terrible anyway, so every morning I ordered coffee and pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread) as soon as I woke up. I think this is what I miss the most!

Barcelo Maya Caribe room service

It is important to note that superior rooms do not include WiFi, toiletries, or 24 hour room service.

The Pool and Beach

Barcelo Maya Grand is located on over a mile of beach. Some areas are quite rocky, but the beach at the Caribe was good for swimming. It was also wide and there were plenty of chairs available.

Barcelo Maya Grand new resort

Barcelo Maya Caribe beach

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The pools were great! There are quiet pools, pools with music and activities, pools where you can practice laps, and pools with water parks for kids. So many pools!

Barcelo Maya Caribe pool

Barcelo Maya Beach pool

They have also solved the umbrella problem. We loved these shades and the many hammocks under them!

Barcelo Maya Caribe pool area

The Activities

We weren’t bored, that’s for sure! There were plenty of activities available, but Bebé’s favorite was the basketball court by the pool. We must have signed that basketball out at least 8 times in 2 days!


Basketball and the other activities by the pool were part of the all-inclusive plan, as was the mini golf course during the day, but there were other activities that were not, including, bowling, video games, Pirates Island Water Park and the FlowRider, among others, so it’s important to plan for that.

Flowrider Barcelo Maya

Pirate Water Park Barcelo Maya

water park Barcelo Maya

Strikers Sports Bar & Bowling Alley is located in Maya Mall in the Caribe, a super cool area with shopping, restaurants and activities.

Maya Mall Barcelo Maya

Strikers Barcelo Maya

Strikers has snacks available 24 hours a day (I loved the jalepeño poppers while Bebé was partial to the soft serve ice cream) and plenty of TV screens where you can watch the big game.

There is also Barcy Kids Club which offers activities all day, but Bebé has never liked being dropped off at the kids club unless he can play video games, but there are designated times for those.

The Shows

We ended up heading to the Colonial every night to see the shows they offered. We really enjoyed all three of them. The first night we saw the Circus Show, which is always a favorite.

Barcelo Maya circus show

The second night we saw the Michael Jackson Show, AGAIN.

Never. Gets. Old.


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The third night we saw the Variety Show, which was performed by the Barcelo singers, dancers and musicians, and it was excellent!

The Restaurants

We were able to enjoy a lot of different restaurants at Barcelo Maya. We ate breakfast at Caribbean Buffet in the Caribe every morning. I loved their Mexican offerings!

Barcelo Maya restaurants

We had lunch every afternoon at Captain Morgan grill and pool bar. It was very convenient because it was right next to the pool and was a buffet.

We had dinner at Trattoria (Italian), Tokyo (Japanese) and Mexico Lindo (Mexican). I would say Mexico Lindo was my favorite. Most of the restaurants had a kids menu (so important), and the one that didn’t (Tokyo) was happy to serve Bebé a hamburger and fries.

Since guests can dine in any of the resorts (except for the Palace) there are many additional restaurants to choose from, including a steakhouse, seafood, Spanish and other Japanese and Italian restaurants.

Bonus: The Decoration

Barcelo Maya Grand is a beautiful place. The decoration and landscaping is really impressive.

Barcelo Maya mall

Barcelo Maya weddings

Riviera Maya resortsMexico Lindo Barcelo Maya

In addition, since we visited shortly before Christmas, we had the pleasure of seeing their breathtaking holiday decorations!

Barcelo Maya Christmas

Riviera Maya Christmas vacation

The decorations in Plaza Mexicana, which is a shopping area that sells Mexican handcrafts (in other words, no need to leave the resort) was my absolute favorite…

Barcelo Maya Riviera Maya Mexico

Barcelo Maya Grand Resort also offers U Spa & Fitness Center, a sports facility that has been used by various professional teams, convention facilities, a Dolphinaris, a small hospital, a church, a dive center, a casino, an adult nightclub and a teen nightclub.

Barcelo Maya Grand Resort has everything a family needs for an awesome all-inclusive vacation, including hands down the very best spot to take a vacation photo…

Riviera Maya sign letters


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