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A Word Or Two On Catalonia Resorts: Idyllic & Affordable

It doesn’t get much better than that

If you’re not familiar with Catalonia Resorts, it’s time to sit up and take notice! 

Because when it comes to having a winning relationship between price and quality, Catalonia’s idyllic and affordable properties in Mexico and the Dominican Republic hit the mark every single time.

The brand’s exquisite selection of stylish properties—the Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort, the Catalonia Royal Bavaro and the Catalonia Gran Dominicus in the Dominican Republic; and the Catalonia Yucatan Beach Resort & Spa, the Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach & Spa Resort and the Catalonia Playa Maroma in Mexico—are quickly garnering recognition across the industry.

The brand is the only hotel chain with more than 500 employees to rank in the prestigious ‘Best Workplaces in Latin America List.’ Its Riviera Maya properties have achieved Travelife GOLD certification for management of their socio-economic and environmental impact, along with Expedia +VIP Access recognition based on the opinions expressed by the site’s Gold and Silver members. And the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Quintana Roo recently awarded the brand an impressive Distintivo S certification for its sustainable practices. 

Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort

Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort

But what does all of this mean for today’s savvy Canadian travel agent? 

It means that when it comes to booking a Dominican Republic or Mexico vacation for your client, there’s another major player on the block to consider.

Transat knows that, which is why the operator has negotiated the exclusive rights to sell to Canadians – and preferred rates too -- at three of Catalonia’s properties: The Catalonia Playa Maroma, the Catalonia Riviera Maya & Yucatan Beach Resort & Spa and the Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort.

So why is this Spanish brand basking in the Canadian spotlight right now? It has to be down to its extraordinary beach locations, the beautiful layout of its properties, the impressive selection of gastronomic experiences on offer, its excellent entertainment and recreation programs — and the perfect balance of quality and price that the brand never fails to deliver.

That balance is all-important to Catalonia’s success in Canada, if you ask Greta Hidalgo, the brand’s sales manager for North America, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

“Canadians love us because we have a very good relationship between price and quality,” she told Open Jaw. “We have the best prices in some of the most incredible locations. Right now travellers are very sensitive about price and what they’re getting when it comes to the quality of the resort they’ll be staying in. We offer the best rates and we have the best quality and service for our clients.”

Catalonia Playa Maroma

Catalonia Playa Maroma

We all know that price and quality are issues that are close to our clients’ hearts, but Catalonia has upped-the-ante even further by placing its properties in some of the world’s most mind-blowing beach locations.

“The Catalonia Playa Maroma is located in a very exclusive area,” added Hidalgo. “Maroma Bay has been named one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. It has gorgeous white sand and turquoise water and right in front of the property you’ll find the second-largest coral reef in the world.”

The resorts also feature exquisite landscaping and open green spaces that add to their idyllic ambience: “All of our properties in the Riviera Maya and are in contact with the Mayan jungle,” explained Hidalgo. “For example, at the Catalonia Playa Maroma the rooms are set around beautiful green gardens and the Mayan jungle is right there. You can see monkeys when you’re walking to your room!”

And, of course, the laid-back ambience is set-off beautifully by the high levels of service on offer at Catalonia’s resorts.

“We are always focused on service. We are the number two company for great places to work in Mexico and in the Dominican Republic we are number 16 — so our employees definitely know how to give good service to our guests!” 


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