Set between the lush jungle and the stunning Caribbean Sea, Catalonia Royal Tulum is an elegant all-inclusive resort with lots of luxurious amenities and exciting things to do. Located in Xpu-Ha, halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, it’s surrounded by incredible nature that include mangroves, cenotes, and a spectacular white sand beach.
Accommodations at Catalonia Royal Tulum are well-appointed if unimpressive. Décor is elegant, with marble floors and dark wood furniture. All rooms feature a private terrace or balcony, pillow menu, Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and ceiling fans. Some suites feature classy four-poster beds.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The rooms’ buildings are deep into the jungle, so no room enjoy ocean views and to get to the beach guests have some walk to do.
The bathrooms are all-marble with rainfall showers and VIP make-up mirror with integrated light. All bathrooms include hairdryer, bathrobes and deluxe toiletries.
A tall and wide round palapa hosts Catalonia Royal’s lobby. The area features marble floors, a series of shops and boutiques, several rattan-styled sofas and an overall impersonal atmosphere.
A large beachfront pool with a Jacuzzi in its center and a series of lounge chairs and palapas surrounding it, is the most popular area in the resort during the daytime. There is also the ‘Pure’ section with a more peaceful pool and Balinese beds. Finally, an ocean view outdoor Jacuzzi is a relaxing spot perfect to unwind at sunset.
Alegria Spa offers a wide array of treatments, therapies, massages and beauty services in an intimate setting. The two wet areas include sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and showers, while there is also a master suite designated exclusively for hydrotherapy treatments.
The fitness center offers ample space, with separated cardio and strength sections. All cardio machines enjoy nice views of the pool area. There are also free weights, yoga mats and Pilates balls available for guests.
With 2 buffet restaurants and 7 a la carte, Catalonia Royal Tulum guarantees the quantity, but sacrifices some quality. There are Mexican, Italian and Asian cuisines represented, but they don’t feel authentic.
A tequila bar located by the pool? That might not be the best of ideas. But the Cats’ Disco set in the lobby is a good choice to close out the night. There is a total of 5 bars, plus each restaurant has its own wine list.
This hotel has different levels of all-inclusive, make sure to ask if what you order is included in your program.
Get a taxi from Cancun International Airport or book in advance a private transfer service for a 1-hour drive to Catalonia Royal. There is not much in the nearby area of the resort, so if you plan to go on day trips, you’ll need either to call taxis which could be really expensive depending on where you go, or rent a car.
For traditional French cuisine you should visit Le Bistrot chez dédé & lalo (10-minute drive). The best crepes in the area. Ristorante Massimo (10-minute drive) is also located in Puerto Aventuras and serves delicious pasta under a gorgeous pergola.
Hippo Marina Lounge (10-minute drive) is cozy restaurant bar in Puerto Aventuras, with an excellent collection of fine tequilas. The Beached Bikini Bar and Grill (15-minute drive) is a swing bar by the beach with a cool vibe and great mojitos.