by Courtney Elko
This beachfront, all-inclusive resort is large enough to never fill crowded, but small enough that everything is only a short walk from your guestroom.
Most of the guestrooms overlook the large pool area, where kids will find waterslides and splash areas and adults will find lounge chairs in the shade. Just steps away from the pool is the sandy beach and calm sea waters. The resort is situated on Tangolunda Bay, just inside the Pacific Ocean, so the waters are often calm — making it a great place for families to swim. Plus, lifeguards are always on duty at both the pools and the beach.
After a day spent at the beach and pools, families will surely enjoy meals at the wide variety of restaurants, all included in nightly rates. The game room, kids’ club and onsite theater with nightly entertainment are all excellent additions to a family stay at Barcelo Huatulco.
Our Editor Loves
- Kids' pool with waterslide
- Beachfront location
- All-inclusive rates
- All Inclusive Rates
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
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This large hotel features 351 guestrooms with a variety of categories from which to choose. All of the guestrooms feature a mini-bar, which is stocked daily with beer, soda, juice and water. All of the guestrooms can accommodate up to four people, but connecting rooms are available. Cribs are available upon request.
The standard guestrooms feature one king or two queen beds, a flat-screen television, air conditioning, coffeemaker and standup shower in the bathroom. There is a small table for two and the balcony overlooks the garden or the pool and ocean, depending which room level you request.
The Premium Level guestrooms feature one king or two queen beds, a flat-screen television, air conditioning, coffeemaker and standup shower in the bathroom. There is a small table for two and the large balcony overlooks the pool and ocean. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel in the Premium Level rooms, and pool towels are waiting in your room. The mini-bar at this level has premium brands and room service is available 24/7 at no additional charge.
Master Suite Premium Level
The Master Suite features a king bed and a living room area with a sofa, flat-screen television, small table for two and a coffeemaker. Families can connect a room with two queen beds to the Master Suite, as well. There is a standup shower and a Jacuzzi tub in the Master Suite bathroom. The Premium Level guests also receive all of the additional amenities of free Wi-Fi, 24/7 room service, pool towels in the room and an upgraded mini-bar.
To start, the hotel isn't in terrible shape, but is definitely in need of a face-lift. I saw an electric cord roughly 3 foot from a pool of water which was concerning. However, there was also construction directly above a open pool (one of only two at the resort) and I witnessed sawdust falling into the pool with people swimming maybe 10 feet away (photo attached below) and workers walking along the roof without harnesses and sometimes without hardhats. Not the mention the sound of heavy machinery, clanking, and banging right next to the pool. Shortly after, i witnessed someone welding maybe 5 feet away from a sidewalk.
Health risks aside, the only other major issue I had with with the hotel was the food. Long story short, i'd recommend bringing a bottle of Pepto-Bismol to be safe.
Other than that there was no real problems with the rooms and there was fresh towels every night. The staff and waiters were also always very kind and helpful. In particular, Miguel from PR was very helpful during our stay The beds were comfy and the balcony was nice. Its definitely not the worst resort for families with younger children, but there's not many activities for older kids, and we heard from people at different resorts they had a much better experience overall. We tried to transfer hotels during our stay, but unfortunately they were fully booked. I was definitely disappointed with the experience though (even after hearing good things about the Barcelo chain in general)and will not be returning to this one.
The hotel staff were courteous and professional. The noise of the construction was annoying. the kids pool was dirty, I barely used it. the waitresses and waiters were awesome. if someone would notify me about the construction and the lack of the pool restaurant and Bar I could cancel my reservation which I paid several months in advance . We did not have a snack area (anywhere) and we had to work around the restaurants schedule.
There are three large pool areas at Barcelo Huatulco. The kiddie pool features a slide and large fountain and lots of space to splash. The activity pool features music and daily games and activities and the adult-only pool is more for relaxation and quiet time; there is also a swim up bar at the adult-only pool.
Plenty of lounge chairs surround all of the pool areas and there are numerous places to find shade as well. Complimentary pool towels are provided at the pool desk and no towel card is needed. A lifeguard can also be found at the pool. The pools are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Just steps away from the pools, families can find the sand and the sea. A long and wide stretch of sand runs along the Barcelo. There are several lounge chairs and palapas for shade on the beach, and a lifeguard is on duty as well. The Tangolunda Bay waters are calm, so children will enjoy swimming in the sea. All non-motorized water sports, such as kayaking and snorkeling, are included in your stay. The water sports are available from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The supervised kids' club is open during high season from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for kids age 5 to 12. Kids will enjoy daily activities including arts and crafts, cooking classes and games with the staff. Kids will also find a playground with swings and a slide at the kids' club, located near the beach.
Teens will love the game room with foosball, Ping-Pong, multiple TVs, video games, board games and more. Snacks like popcorn, soda and self-serve ice cream can also be found here. The game room is open from noon to midnight and is suited for children ages 12 and up.
The onsite, indoor air-conditioned theater features wonderful nightly entertainment. Every night there is a different show at 9:30 p.m., with live music, singing, dancing and more. Once a week there is a children's Disney show at 9 p.m., too.
There are several restaurants to choose from at this all-inclusive resort. Two buffets and a variety of specialty restaurants (open on select days) are all covered in the all-inclusive rate. Highchairs are always available.
This buffet restaurant, which rotates with La Tortuga, is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. No reservations are required.
This buffet restaurant, which rotates with Dona Rosa, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The large, open-air lobby bar serves a variety of cocktails and guests can enjoy the sea breeze in many of the relaxing chairs. Snacks like popcorn and cookies can be found here throughout the day, as well.
This Spanish restaurant is open for dinner only, and a dress code of pants for men and closed-toe shoes are required.
This Mexican restaurant is open on select nights for dinner only and requires a reservation and dress code.
This Italian restaurant, located within the La Tortuga restaurant, is open for dinner only from 7 to 10 p.m. on select nights.
This sushi restaurant is small, but delicious. There is a dress code, but it is not formal.
Premium Level Lounge
Premium Level guests get to enjoy a few more amenities during their stay, which include premium level alcohol brands, room service 24/7 and access to the Premium Lounge. Located off the lobby, the Premium Lounge features food and snacks all day long, a premium level bar, and specialty dinner service upon request. The lounge is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel is only available to Premium Level guests.
Babysitting is available upon request for an additional cost.
The concierge is happy to arrange any excursions offsite if your family would like to explore Huatulco.
There are a few boutique shops located off the lobby. Guests can find clothing, jewelry, souvenirs and other sundries in the shops.
The Art of Smart Timing
This hotel is busy most of the year, with November through to Easter being the busiest season. May and June and September and October can sometimes see less people.
The Huatulco International Airport is about 20 minutes away.
The pool, beach and restaurants are all easily accessible at this all-inclusive resort. Everything is only a short walk from your room. Taxis are easily accessible to explore more of Huatulco.
For Mom and Dad
This lounge/bar is open daily from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. and features live music and a DJ or karaoke during high season.
The adults can also enjoy spa treatments like massages and facials at the spa.