by Whitney Rife
This all-inclusive resort lies on a wide, white sandy beach in Playa Linda. Barcelo rooms feature a Mediterranean decor with varying amenities, including terraces and living areas. Four restaurants serving Mexican, Spanish and International cuisine are sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Kids will love the oversized swimming pool, as well as the planned daily children’s activities. Barcelo also offers babysitting should parents need some alone time. The resort features a cycling club, diving lessons and a number of activities in its all-inclusive price. The area also offers many activities and attractions. Venture out to see the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, or simply browse the local markets and malls. Adventurous families may want to explore the jungle wildlife.
Our Editor Loves
- Huge pool
- Fun activities
- Area attractions
This was my husband and I's second trip to the Cancun side of Mexico, 10th or so trip to Mexico. We were there from February 1-8, 2019. It was just beautiful. The resort was the right size for us (about 350 rooms) so not too crowded. All ages, young and old. The beach was so pretty with it's white powdery sand and the warm blue water...so nice!
As you read this review please remember that it is our experience, with our weather, our taste buds and our room placement (room 232)...given a different room with terrible weather in the same resort we would no doubt have a different experience. We really did enjoy our stay and we would consider holidaying here again for sure.
Entire resort is very clean and well maintained, filled with hard working staff from front to back. Great job to the staff here!
ROOMS: #232 - had a great bathroom shower, spacious and very clean with a king sized bed with a big balcony that had a hammock & 2 chairs and table. Overlooked the gardens where there was a huge bird 'cage' that had beautiful singing birds...so beautiful to wake up to! There are a couple of rooms that overlook ocean but not many. It's either the gardens or the pool area.
RESTAURANTS/EATING OPTIONS: 1 buffet, 3 a la carte, 1 snack bar
We really enjoyed the a la carte restaurants (Italian, Seafood, Mexican); the food was delicious and beautifully plated; the decor was really nice and the atmosphere and air temp was very comfortable. You need reservations...do it when you get up at 7 for your cup of coffee from the 2nd floor snack bar - you walk right by the desk. We found the buffet area a little chilly and busy at times so we often chose not not to eat there. The snack bar, located on the 2nd floor in the lobby, was quite yummy, open 24 hours a day, and had coffee at all hours if you like. It has a small variety of choices from burgers & fries, sandwiches, pastries, fresh fruit, breakfast options, etc. We ate breakfast here most mornings. Just have to say that the young man working the restaurant areas, named Luis Nieto, was an absolute breath of fresh air! So positive, such grace and poise! He worked the restaurant areas tirelessly like a pro, so efficient and on point. We loved him! Willem was our server the mornings that we did eat in the buffet and we want to thank him...he did a fabulous job! He is very efficient and attentive.
ENTERTAINMENT: Brandon and his crew do a great job of putting out there a variety of fun pool area games and antics! As always, it is as fun as you,the traveler, make it...either by participating or by watching. It was always good for a laugh!
There is no pool/swim up bar but the wait staff around the pool are awesome! So efficient! We want a special thanks sent out to Sandra and Carmen for their great service and beautiful, friendly smiles...thanks for the tequila shots and beer chasers!
BEACH: It was beautiful! Soft, white sand; water was shallow and without all the waves, which we enjoyed. Can walk or jog down the beach for at least a good 1/2 hour. Not sure why some people have complained about there not being enough beach. There are lots of beach loungers to choose from as well as a bar to get your drinks at. No beach volleyball (but lots of pool volleyball). Very few, very respectful beach vendors.
Just a few pointers you may find useful:
-bring a small, collapsible cooler...there is a mini bar in the room with soft drinks and Coronas....there are ice dispensers on each floor...put your drinks in cooler covered in ice to take around pool area. Ice cold Coronas/pepsi in a can was a nice change from the drinks served from the bar...the mini bar is restocked once per day.
-beach massage is about a 15-20 minute walk down to the left...$40 USD; the resort has a nice spa with an amazing massage - we had a couples massage special for $110 USD...2 for 1 special...no sweaty walk down the beach!
-took the local bus to the Market (Mercado 28). Out the resort to the main road to the right, catch the R2 for 12 pesos each ($1.20 each) - about a 10 min. ride. Just know that the bus drops you off about 2 blocks before the real Mercado 28....you will be encouraged to enter a market right at the bus stop but that is NOT the big, outdoor market you will want to go to. There is also a Mercado 23 that has better prices apparently but we didn't go to that one...next trip!
-there are lifeguards, both at the pool area as well as the beach
-appears to be wheelchair friendly in almost every area; witnessed staff assisting guests down the beach and into the water
Would recommend to others. Very friendly staff and great service. Very clean and well kept property. Staff goes above and beyond to make your experience very enjoyable. Clean rooms and came to clean each day and restocked fridge daily.