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Barcelo Maya Riviera and Arena Now Open



WHY IT RATES: When visiting Riviera Maya and looking for a dream vacation, the new Barcelo adults-only resort is a dream come true.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.

Barceló Maya Riviera welcomed its first guests on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, to a new world of all-inclusive adults-only luxury and excitement. The all-suite resort in Mexico’s spectacular Riviera Maya is the latest addition to the renowned Barceló Maya Grand Resort complex, joining Barceló Maya Palace, Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial and Barceló Maya Tropical.

The resort complex also unveiled the new Barceló Maya Arena, which is poised to become Riviera Maya’s best meetings and events venue. With a capacity to host up to 8,000 attendees, it offers more than 190,000 square feet of customizable multi-purpose space for expos, conventions and events.

“We’re closing the year with multiple recognitions for the hard work and efforts by our Barceló Maya Grand Resort property team” said Stefania Ballotta, Director of Sales & Marketing at Barceló Maya Grand Resort. “We are confident this new all-inclusive, adults-only offering will elevate our property to new levels of service and offer an unmatched vacation experience for our guests.”

With the opening of Barceló Maya Riviera, Barceló Hotel Group ratifies its commitment to Mexico, boosting the development of the market and the promotion of sustainable tourism. The Spanish hotel chain has established itself in Mexico as the third largest foreign hotel company in the country, with a total of 22 hotels and 8,901 rooms.

Barceló Maya Riviera Quick Facts

—Barceló Maya Riviera boasts 850 exclusive and sophisticated rooms, and more than half of them offer spectacular ocean panoramas.

—With 110 swim-up suites, the new property features hot tubs in all guestroom balconies, minibars with free daily refills of snacks and drinks, “L’Occitane en Provence” amenities, and double or super king-sized beds.

—The resort’s pool complex includes four sprawling pools, including a swim-up pool bar and the largest infinity pool in the area.

—The four specialty restaurants available on property offer a diverse array of cuisine, including authentic Mexican cuisine, French fine dining, and classic Italian dishes. The property also features a Japanese/Nikkei restaurant with 10 Teppanyaki tables and one Robatayaki table for fireside cooking.

—Guests can enjoy cocktails, wine, beer and appetizers at one of five bars, including a refreshing poolside bar and an exceptional lobby bar.

—During their stay, guests will be surrounded by beautiful artwork by Mexican artist Julie Sassón, which will be on display throughout some of the resort’s main public spaces.

—Guests who stay at the Barceló Maya Riviera will have easy access to everything on offer at the other five resorts within Barceló Maya Grand Resort. The overall experience includes 22 restaurants, 10 pools, three theatres, three water parks, a bowling alley – and the new Ventura Fly & Ride Park, featuring thrilling rides and experiences.

Authorities of the naval sector of Cozumel, as well as government representatives of the State of Quintana Roo and the Municipality of Solidaridad were witnesses in a symbolic inaugural act that took place at Barceló Maya Riviera on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

SOURCE: Barcelo Hotel Group press release.

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Family Fun Abounds in Ocho Rios at Moon Palace Jamaica



All-inclusive resorts are an amazing option for families in search of the perfect shared getaway.

Parents looking for relaxation and a reprieve from daily pressures can certainly appreciate not having to sweat every individual expenditure while on vacation and instead settling on an up-front cost that allows adults and kids alike to go hog wild when they reach their destination.

At Moon Palace Jamaica, a Palace Resorts property situated near the celebrated seaside town of Ocho Rios, all-inclusive really means that it’s all covered, from luxurious accommodations and upscale amenities to world-class dining, 24-hour room service, minibar, premium satellite TV channels, wireless internet access, free calls within North America and a whole host of on-site activities designed to appeal to every age group.

The 700-room resort is located directly on Jamaica’s north coastal beach, where the sparkling Caribbean Sea virtually calls out to guests to come splash in its dazzling waters and warm themselves on the tropical sands.

With use of non-motorized watersports equipment included in their stay, kids and grown-ups might want to try boogie-boarding, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking or sailing a Hobie cat as a family. Once the tribe has had their sand and saltwater for one day, there’s always more aquatic fun to be had at any of four family-friendly outdoor swimming pools.

PHOTO: A family enjoying time on the water at Moon Palace Jamaica. (photo via Palace Resorts)

The resort’s kids’ club, called the ‘Playroom,’ houses state-of-the-art activity spaces that cater to kids whose ages are four and up. They’ll stay entertained for hours in areas filled with building blocks, creativity areas, kitchen play area, ball pit, indoor playground, movies, video games and even a mini-stage to host kids’ karaoke.

Outdoors, there’s a dedicated kiddie pool and children’s water park, plus areas for taking out bikes and rideable cars.

The trendy ‘Wired’ teen lounge is designed especially for kids twelve and over, featuring flat-screen TVs, video games, arcade games, billiards, air hockey and foosball tables, and serving up slushies and frozen virgin cocktails.

Moon Palace Jamaica
PHOTO: An outdoor restaurant at Moon Palace Jamaica. (photo via Palace Resorts)

With all this on offer, it’s possible that parents will find their teenagers spending more time on their own, with their peers, than they’d have guessed.

Parents who prefer to enjoy a little adults-only downtime who have children under four are also able to arrange for babysitting services through the resort for an additional fee.

Where kids are concerned, what’s on the menu at their next meal can also be a pressing question. Guests of Moon Palace Jamaica will find abundant options available to keep youngsters satisfied, with everything from poolside pizza and snacks to gourmet dining included in their stay.

Boulangerie, Moon Palace Jamaica
PHOTO: Boulangerie, Moon Palace Jamaica (photo via Palace Resorts)

The Boulangerie, reminiscent of a Parisian café, is particularly convenient, serving up fresh pastries, crepes, sweet treats, ice cream, flavored coffees and more, 24 hours a day. Gourmet Corner also dishes out a variety of quick-serve favorites, like pizza, paninis and even sushi, for casual dining or to take on-the-go.

Five other sumptuous, dine-in restaurants on the property offer a mouth-watering variety of cuisines with options to please the palates of adults and minors alike.

Right now, Moon Palace Jamaica is offering a special deal that provides free airport transfers, up to $1,500 in resort credit, and free stays for kids and teens.

For more information, contact a travel professional or visit

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