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Introducing the new, adults-only, Barceló Maya Riviera

Now your clients can stay at one, play at six at the Barceló Maya Grand complex

With five hotels, a long list of specialty restaurants, buffets and bars, multiple pools, a glorious beach, fun-packed watersports and an on-site adrenaline-rush adventure park, the Barceló Maya Grand complex on Mexico’s Riviera Maya appears to have it all. It’s no wonder the property is a Canadian favourite, with many guests returning each year.

But there has been one thing missing from the massive resort complex, and it’s something travel advisors say they are being asked for more and more: an adults-only space for those seeking a vacation filled with romance and tranquillity.

The missing piece is about to be revealed. 15DEC will mark the opening of the sixth hotel on the sprawling beachfront property, the 850-room, adults-only Barceló Maya Riviera. As well as couples, events and conventions will be an important target for the new property. Described as a “jewel” of the property, the Barceló Maya Arena Convention Centre will be the biggest anywhere in the Riviera Maya with capacity for up to 7,000 people. 

Rick McCauley, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing and M.I.C.E – Canada, just returned from a visit to the complex, and he says construction work is ahead of schedule, and the place is looking great.

“There’s no doubt this is the luxury, adults-only addition that guests and travel agents have been asking for.” 

“It could open even earlier than 15DEC, but it will definitely be ready for 23DEC, when Transat will send down its first guests. The rooms are all done, it’s mostly cosmetic and landscaping work now. It looks amazing. There’s no doubt this is the luxury, adults-only addition that guests and travel agents have been asking for,” McCauley says.

Of the 850 Junior Suites and Suites at Barceló Maya Riviera, more than 500 of them face the Caribbean Sea. There are also 110 swim-up suites for those who can’t get enough of the wet stuff. All suites come with a hydro massage tub and comfortable double beds or “Super King” options, exclusively designed for the property.

“The beds are a great innovation,” says McCauley. “They can be separated or put together to create a very large, very comfortable bed. It simplifies things so there doesn’t have to be specific allotments of two-double or one-king accommodations.”

There are four pools in the new resort, wrapping around the inside of the property as it curves down toward the ocean. “When guests arrive all they’re going to see is water,” says McCauley. “It’s a wonderful welcome as they begin their vacation.

Once checked-in, guests will find spacious accommodations with modern, uncluttered design and a light colour palette of greys and beiges that amplifies the bright sunlight and crystal blue waters that are the view from most accommodations. 

For those who truly want an adults-only experience, there will be little need to leave the Barceló Maya Riviera property. It will feature five different restaurants including Mexican (with a Taco bar station), French fine dining, Italian, and Japanese (including 10 Teppanyaki tables and one Robatayaki table for fireside cooking) -- as well as a buffet catering to a wide variety of tastes. There’s also a pampering U-Spa with 26 treatment rooms, and what McCauley says is the best gym he’s seen anywhere.

For those who truly want an adults-only experience, there will be little need to leave the Barceló Maya Riviera property. 

Adding to the array of choice, guests of Barceló Maya Riviera will have access to all communal areas throughout the other properties: Barceló Maya PalaceBarceló Maya BeachBarceló Maya CaribeBarceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya Tropical.   That means a dizzying choice of sixteen different restaurants and many other amenities.

McCauley has been making the rounds of product launches this fall, and he says travel advisors and travellers alike are excited about the new adults-only option coming to a trusted resort complex.

“We’re getting the word out, and lots of those we meet – both consumer and trade – are aware of the new resort that’s coming for this winter. Transat consumer advertising has helped. There is so much choice in the marketplace – I’m really pleased that our reputation for delivering a wonderful holiday is allowing us to stand out from the crowd,” McCauley says.


Laura Kay
November 27, 2019 at 14:32

Sounds fabulous!

Laurielee Rosser
November 14, 2019 at 13:05

Looking forward to this new beauty so many amenities


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