Barcelo Maya Beach Resort in Riviera Maya

The stunning Riviera Maya blows it out of the water! Once a land of quaint fishing villages, the Riviera Maya is now one of the hottest destinations on the planet.

With its coastline dotted with high-end resorts, fine dining, luxury spas, and endless shopping, the Riviera Maya is the ultimate luxe getaway. As soon as you set foot on the powdery white sand and dip into the crystal clear turquoise water, you will never want to leave.

I spent some time at Barceló Maya Beach earlier this year as a part of their Barcelo Stories campaign– it was a blast!

Check out all the fun in the sun at Barceló in Riviera Maya!

Barceló Resort Riviera Maya

– The Resort –

The Barceló Resort allows guests to enjoy more than one hotel’s services thanks to their vast property that includes five different hotels: Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Tropical, Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya Palace– all of which I would recommend.

This incredible beachside resort spans 1.2 miles and has 14 different bars for enjoying the best Caribbean cocktails, including a 24-hour bar with buffet service and bowling alley.

Barceló Palace

In addition, it features the Jaguar nightclub for teenagers, as well as an incredible shopping center where visitors can purchase designer clothes. The resort is inspired by Mayan architecture and is located on an impressive white sand beach surrounded by spectacular gardens and pools.

With more than 2,700 stunning rooms, three chic restaurants, and three modern bars, the resort has it all. In fact, you could have an amazing vacation without ever setting foot outside the hotel, especially with the All-Inclusive or Premium packages.


Lounge beachside with a cocktail. Work up a sweat at its top-of-the-line gym, sports courts, and water sports facilities. Hit the dance floor at its swank nightclub. When you are ready to relax, go unwind poolside.

Barceló Resort Rooms

– The Rooms –

I stayed at the Barceló Maya Beach hotel, and it was flawless. The elegant, modern rooms feature minibars, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, hot tubs, and sitting rooms. And, of course, you can get dinner at three in the morning thanks to its 24/7 room service.

I stayed in a Oceanfront Junior Suite, on the ground floor, so it had an awesome swim-up pool area, a patio, and was close to the beach!

Barceló Resort Spa

– The Spa –

The U-Spa Wellness and Fitness Center sits in the middle of the property, and is inspired by the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. The saunas, steam showers, tropical and bithermal showers, dynamic pool, and immersion pools will transport you to another world.

Get a massage, body wrap, and a facial. Lounge in one of the U-Spa Wellness and Fitness Center’s twenty-six treatment rooms, the float room, the hydrotherapy room, one of the three Vichy showers, or the Swiss room.

Massage on the Beach

Ready to get gorgeous? Go in for a waxing, manicure, and pedicure, and maybe even splurge on a hair and makeup session.

I requested a massage on the beach, and it was the dreamiest.

Barceló Resort Buffet

– Food & Drink –

The best thing about the Barceló Resort is the FOOD! Its all-inclusive package gives you a totally stress-free vacay. With three meals a day, taxes, tips, snacks, and drinks included, you will never have to worry about searching for restaurants or overpaying for so-so food.

The food was fresh and diverse, and so you are able to try something new for every meal at one of its sixteen restaurants, which includes four buffet-style restaurants, four grill restaurants facing the beach, and eight à-la-carte restaurants.

Barceló Resort Restaurants

Sample authentic Mexican cuisine at México Lindo, Spanish food at La Fuente, fresh seafood at Mare Nostrum, Japanese food at Kyoto or Tokyo, Italian food at Capri or La Trattoria Ristorante Italiano, and fresh meats at Santa Fe.

My favorite dinner was at the Caribe restaurant– fresh seafood and delicious wine!

The fourteen different bars at the resort are open twenty-four hours and have everything you could ever ask for! You’ll be impressed at every turn.

Barceló Resort Activities

– Activities –

I could stay at the resort and in the surrounding area, that you will never get bored.  In addition to the pools, bar and beautiful beach, there are many activities on the resort’s property for adventure seekers.

Go snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, or parasailing, or even hop on a hobie cat.

Jet Skiing in Riviera Maya

There is no better place on the planet to go diving than the beautiful seas of the Caribbean, so take advantage of this stunning location.

You can also easily visit Akumal to swim with turtles, Tulum to explore ancient Mayan ruins, or swim in beautiful cenotes that are just a short drive from the resort.

The option are endless!


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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.