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Barcelo Maya

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#1 MelissaH

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    Posted 13 February 2007 - 02:02 AM

    The Barcel³ Maya Beach & Barcelo Maya Caribe Beach is located right on the best beach in the Mayan Riviera, on the Mexican Caribbean coast. Its magnificent facilities are surrounded by a lush 500,000 square-meter natural park.

    Together with the Barcel³ Maya Caribe, it forms part of the Barcel³ Maya Beach Resort. Through the "Barcel³ All Inclusive" package, one of the most comprehensive in the Caribbean, it offers an excellent variety of facilities and services that will make your stay an unforgettable one. An ideal vacation spot for families, couples, or groups of friends.

    The complex is situated in the Mayan Riviera,
    25 km from Carmen beach
    35 km from the city of Tulum
    75 km south of Cancun International Airport
    and 85 km from the city of Cancun.

    Rooms (Beach)
    612 Rooms (288 Double, 303 Standard King, 18 Junior Suite (9 Junior Suites with two beds, 9 Junior Suites King) and 3 Master Suite). Each one provides:
    Air Conditioning Terrace or Balcony Room Service
    Telephone TV-SAT Hairdryer
    Minibar Shower Safe no charge
    Coffee maker Ironing Board
    In the Standard King, Junior Suite and Master Suite Extra it is suitable to add and extra bed.
    Every Room, with the exception of the Standad King, features Queen-size bed.
    Junior Suite and Master Suite provide Safe extra charge
    Besides, the 3 Master Suite have a wonderful Sea View
    Connecting Rooms On Request

    Rooms (Caribe Beach)

    408 Rooms (192 Double, 202 Standard King, 12 Junior Suite (6 Junior Suites with 2 beds and 6 Junior Suites King) and 2 Master Suites King). Each of them provides:
    Sea View
    Terrace or Balcony
    Air Conditioning
    Room Service
    Extra Bed possible
    Connecting Rooms On Request

    Food (Beach)
    2 Buffet Restaurants
    2 a la Carte Restaurants
    6 Bars
    2 Snack Bars

    Food (Caribe)
    2 Grill Restaurants
    2 a la Carte Restaurants (formal dress code required)
    2 Buffet Restaurantst
    2 Lobby Bars, 2 Bars in the Theater, 2 Poolside Bars and 1 Bar in the discotheque

    Facilities & Additional Services
    Discotheque featuring international music
    2 Swimming pools with Jacuzzi
    Stores where you can buy gifts, liquor and tobacco
    Playground and Kids club
    Beauty salon
    Turkish Bath, Sauna & Jacuzzi
    Medical Centre
    3 Tennis Courts & 1 Sports Track
    2 convention halls which can be converted to six meeting rooms with capacities ranging from 45 to 350 people
    Currency Exchange
    Miniclub and Playground
    Entertainment Program
    Babysitter (on request)
    Souvenirs Shop
    Nightlife in the area
    Theme parks in the area
    Internet access
    Accessible to the physically handicapped
    Commercial Centre in the area

    Services included in the Barcel³ All-Inclusive Plan:
    Welcome drink upon arrival.
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Beach & Caribe Buffet Restaurants.
    A la Carte dinner at the specialty restaurants “El Agave” (Mexican Cuisine) and “Don Quijote” (Spanish Cuisine).*
    Lunch, snacks (Pizza, Hamburgers, Hot dogs, etc.) and beverages available at “Rancho Grande”, “Capitan Morgan”, “Mariachi” and “Palmeras” beach restaurants.
    Domestic beverages (soft drinks, beer, house wine, liquors, cocktails and coffee)
    Coffee-maker in room including water, coffee, tea, sugar and cream.
    Minibar stocked daily with water, sodas, soft drinks and beer.
    In-room safe, alarm clock, bathrobes, iron & ironing board and hairdryer.
    Use of sun-beds, beach towels and hammocks.
    Daily and nightly entertainment activities.
    Free entrance to discotheque including domestic beverages.
    Kids Club (kids between 4 and 12 years old)
    Mini golf & Pitch and Put (equipment included)
    Gym, Jacuzzi, Steam bath and Sauna.

    Non-motorized Sports:
    Tennis (7 lit courts)(equipment included)
    Basketball and multi-sports court
    Snorkelling (1 hour free equipment use per day)
    Windsurfing (standard boards only)**
    Sailing (standard boats only)**
    Diving (1 lesson free per week in swimming pool)
    Aquatic bikes
    Aqua-aerobics in pool
    Water polo
    Darts & Archery
    Big-piece Chess
    Billiards table
    Taxes and tips includes

    *Reservation required –subject to availability. Restrictions apply: 4-6 night stay one ticket given for either restaurant, 7-night stay one ticket is given for each restaurant. Dress code: semi-formal (No short, No T-shirt, No sandals)
    ** Reservations may apply, minimum skills required.

    #2 MelissaH

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      Posted 13 February 2007 - 02:17 AM

      For Wedding Packages & Info see;

      Weddings, Renewing your vows

      #3 MagsieMexico

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        Posted 13 February 2007 - 01:07 PM

        This is great, I haven't heard much about this hotel yet... Great, another one to investigate in my list, my FI will kill me!

        Thanks for the info though!

        Does it allow children?
        Margaret & Eric

        #4 MelissaH

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          Posted 13 February 2007 - 05:51 PM

          It does - but there aren't a ton of kids around usually.
          They have a great kids club to keep them busy all day and into the evening and an awesome kids waterpark.

          #5 MagsieMexico

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            Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:31 PM

            Very interesting. SO have you been here? Have you booked your wedding here?
            DO you know much about the options for the receptions and such? My dream is to have a beach wedding with an arch or chuppah, then an outdoor cocktail hour/private reception on a terrace or garden overlooking the beach.

            Do you know how receptive the coordinator is? Are they okay with moving the parts of the packages around?

            Margaret & Eric

            #6 MelissaH

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              Posted 13 February 2007 - 11:00 PM

              I was there last year and fell in love with it, it's a beautiful resort!
              I have booked my wedding there - the WC has been so great - they're totally swamped with weddings and take a little while to get back to you but they're very very helpful and accomodating.

              Here is the link to all of their wedding info;
              Weddings, Renewing your vows

              I think the only package that offers dinner outside of one of their a la cartes or banquet halls is the under the stars package - you get married close to sunset and then have a private dinner and dancing on the beach - from the pictures I've seen it looks amazing!!

              #7 MagsieMexico

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                Posted 16 February 2007 - 05:41 PM

                That sounds gorgeous.
                can you post some of the pics you've seen of the weddings?
                Margaret & Eric

                #8 MelissaH

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                  Posted 16 February 2007 - 06:12 PM

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                  #9 MelissaH

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                    Posted 16 February 2007 - 06:14 PM

                    Here is a "Wedding Report" from one of the girls who's pictures I posted;

                    Wedding Report - January 10, 2007
                    « on: January 28, 2007, 05:59:51 PM » Quote

                    I posted my trip report in the “Trip Reports” section of the site, but I saved the wedding stuff for this section!

                    We got married on January 10, 2007 at Barcelo and it was absolutely PERFECT! It could not have been better.

                    We arrived at the resort on the 5th and met with Ana the morning of the 6th to go over the last-minute details. I had done a lot of preparation in advance so the meeting went pretty smoothly. It was difficult to pick out flowers – she showed us a huge book with tons of choose from. We finally chose white lilies with purple iris and they were beautiful. We also finalized the food, music, etc. I had told her over email that we wanted the mariachi’s to play and she acted like she didn’t remember that. She made a quick call and they were reserved. The only surprise that came up at the meeting was Ana said we had to pay $300 of the fee in cash because we had chosen a non-legal ceremony and they needed that to pay the judge directly. I told her over email that we chose the non-legal ceremony and she never mentioned this. Luckily we brought some travelers checks for emergencies that we were able to exchange into pesos at the front desk to pay the $300. However, had we not brought additional cash this would have been a problem because we had planned to pay for the entire wedding by credit card. Other than that, the meeting went well.

                    My fianc© and I decided not to see each other on the day of the wedding. I spent the night before with my sister and future sisters-in-law. The morning of the wedding, I had breakfast with some family members and spent a couple hours on the beach. I took my wedding shoes to the wedding site and practiced walking down the aisle, which I’m sure looked pretty funny since I was wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and a baseball hat! Ana delivered the flowers to my room around 12:00. I got ready in my room with my mom and sister. I decided not to get my hair professionally done because I have naturally curly hair and felt I was the only person who was familiar enough with my hair to do it right for the humidity and wind. My sister and mom helped secure my veil and it looked great. My hair and veil barely moved the whole day, even in the wind. I did my own nails, too, and was glad I saved the money.

                    We only had 8 guests at our wedding (our parents and siblings). Ana picked up everyone in the golf cart except me, my dad, and my sister at 2:40. She drove them to the wedding site and then came back for the three of us. The golf cart looked beautiful – it was decorated with flowers. It was an absolutely beautiful day – probably the best of the ten days we were there because the temperature was in the low 80’s rather than the upper 80’s. There were puffy white clouds in the sky and a slight breeze.

                    We arrived at the wedding site at 3:00, which was near Captain Morgan’s. My sister went to the front to stand up for me; my fiance’s dad was his best man and already up there. The mariachi’s started playing the wedding march and my dad & I walked through the gazebo and down the aisle. Everything was so beautiful! I wasn’t nervous at all – everything just felt so perfect.

                    The judge asked if we wanted the ceremony to be in English or Spanish and we chose English. The vows were beautiful and the judge was great. I hadn’t met him before the ceremony but I felt like I knew him. He had a very warm demeanor that put me at ease. His English was good so we didn’t have to worry about trying to understand. I was a little worried that the ceremony would be somewhat generic and impersonal, but it was the complete opposite! Everyone said it was the most beautiful ceremony they’ve ever been to.

                    After the ceremony, we walked down the aisle and there was a waiter who served us champagne. We had requested to eat our cake on the beach so we took some cake pictures first and then they cut it. We chose the pineapple cake and it was the best cake I had ever had! The mariachi’s left shortly after the ceremony but I didn’t mind because they had speakers and were playing beautiful music. We took some group/family pictures on the beach and then my husband and I left with the photographer for about an hour to take more pictures around the resort. Our family members just hung out at Captain Morgan’s until we got there. The photographer did a wonderful job – we were very happy with our pictures (I’ll post some soon).

                    Shortly before 6:00, we walked over to the reception which was in a banquet room near the Colonial lobby. I wasn’t sure what to expect because we had such a small group and were not having a DJ, dance, etc…We were pleasantly surprised by the way the room was decorated. It was very cozy – a U-shaped table that fit the 10 of us perfectly. There were candles on the table and on the floor, and beautiful music was playing. Each space at the table had a menu showing the courses with our names on it. There was a main waitress and two others that helped her throughout the night. The food was WONDERFUL! We ordered from the Santa Fe menu and had a green salad, the Mexican appetizer, beef tenderloin, and brownies & ice cream. There was also a bite-sized sherbet dish served between two of the courses and little chocolates after the desert. There was way too much food – I could feel my dress getting tighter! It was definitely the best food we had during our trip; everyone is still raving about the tenderloin saying it was the best piece of meat they’ve ever had. The waitstaff did a great job filling our wine and getting us anything we needed. We stayed in the room until about 8:30 (we had it until 9:00). It was such a cozy, intimate setting – they did a great job!

                    After dinner, we went back to our rooms to change clothes and found our sisters had snuck into our room while we were off with the photographer and decorated with streamers and “just married” signs! It was so sweet! The hotel had also put rose petals on the bed and brought another bottle of champage and basket of fruit. We received a phone call saying that there was a package for us, so a bellboy brought it up. I won’t ruin the surprise, but it was a nice gift from Ana. We changed into comfy clothes and met everyone at the 9:00 show and just relaxed. After the show, we went back to our room and couldn’t believe how perfect the entire day had been.

                    The next morning, we were expecting our breakfast-in-bed at 8:00 and it did not arrive. I called room service and they said they thought it was supposed to be delivered at 9:00. They brought it up around 8:45 – it consisted of fruit, toast, rolls, coffee, OJ, and champagne. Our “free” massage appointments were at 10:30 and they were great! It was a perfect way to end our wedding festivities.

                    Ana and the Barcelo did a great job with our wedding. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a beautiful ceremony in a beautiful setting. There were a few times before the trip that I had my doubts, but everything far exceeded my expectations. I cannot think of one thing that could have been better with the wedding or the trip as a whole.

                    THANK YOU to all of the brides out there that answered my questions and helped me prepare for my wedding day! I know it would not have been as successful as it was if I didn’t have your help!

                    #10 MagsieMexico

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                      Posted 17 February 2007 - 02:41 PM

                      Wow, she does make it sound brilliant! I think I have narrowed it down to this one and the Grand Palladium. :)
                      Margaret & Eric

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