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Hotel category
5 Star
Rooms
650
Wellness/Spa
YES
Internet
YES ($)
5 star dive center
Onsite
House reef
NO

Resort Highlights

  • World's second largest barrier reef and ancient cenotes
  • Turtles, sharks, rays, star fish and more
  • Warm and calm seas with ~35m visibility 
  • Private white sand bay and 2 large pools
  • Refurbished rooms with private balconies and hot tubs
  • 18 hole mini golf course 
  • Onsite nightclub and theatre with regular shows
  • Close proximity to The Maya Mall
  • Stay at one and enjoy all 4 hotels within the Barceló Maya Grand Resort

Resort Description

The Barceló Maya Beach Hotel sits on a 2km white sand bay in the Mexican Riviera.

The world’s second largest barrier reef is home to hundreds of coral and fish species, including dolphins, moray eels, star fish, endemic toad fish, barracuda and yellow goatfish. Divers often see turtles, rays, nurse sharks and dolphins. Whale sharks arrive for their annual migration every May. Jungle cenotes are a short drive away.

The resort grounds are large and leafy, with palm trees and two pools; one for adults and one for the kids. Each air-conditioned room is furnished with neutral tones, contrasted with colourful details. Balconies or terraces with private Jacuzzis are available. 

The hotel features a 24 hour sports bar, beach bar with terrace and multiple restaurants providing air conditioned and al-fresco dining. International and local delicacies can be enjoyed individually or as part of an all-inclusive package.

Visit the U-Spa or enjoy the land and water sports facilities including a new 18 hole mini golf course. The on-site nightclub and theatre host regular live shows and parties.  
 

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Explore diving around the Barcelo Maya Beach

Best dive sites in Yucatán Peninsula

Punta Cancun – This is a popular spot with divers and provides access to several dive sites and some healthy coral reefs. Located at the eastern end of Cancun's hotel zone, the reefs contain colorful coral formations and you can hang out with a diverse array of marine life, including barracuda, rays and sharks. Punta Nizuc – This site is famous for its snorkeling and diving thanks to an offshore reef rife with abundant marine life. Depths average 10 metres/30 feet and great visibility make this a spectacular spot where divers meet lobster, groupers, rays, sergeant majors and a host of other marine life. At Punta Nizuc art meets coral reef conservation and divers can visit a statue of a young girl lying in a coral garden. She’s part of an underwater museum, Museo Subacuático de Arte, that’s well worth exploring. Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Tulum – South of Cancun, Playa del Carmen is a bustling town with a European vibe. Akumal and Tulum, both south of Playa, are seaside villages that offer a glimpse into the Yucatan of yesterday. Generally, the dive sites here are shallow with excellent visibility and boat rides are as short as five minutes. You’re likely to see turtles, barracuda, stingrays, lobsters and nurse sharks. Pared Verde – Sloping rivers of sand divide sections of the wall which is well populated with coral, sponges and myriad macro invertebrates. Depths to 40 metres/130 feet are possible and the current can be a consideration. Larger pelagic species are frequently seen here, given the reef’s location in the middle of a sandy plain. Cenotes – If you want to try something truly special, dive a cenote. These deep, freshwater-filled sinkholes formed when the roofs of limestone caverns collapsed and filled with water. The Yucatan’s elaborate cenotes have intricate cave systems and underground tunnels that draw divers from around the globe. Many cenotes boast pristine turquoise waters and a beautiful array of stalagmites and stalactites formed over millions of years.

Snorkeling in Yucatán Peninsula

Non-divers will find plenty of reasons to enter the water in the Yucatan Peninsula. From shore, you’ll be able to access the region’s best reefs and even dip your head in a cenote. If you happen to be in the area from June to September, make sure to take a day trip to Isla Mujeres in order to snorkel with whale sharks. There are also trips to the deep sea for snorkeling with sailfish that may interest some.

What to see

Dolphins and sharks patrol deeper waters, while stunning colorful fish hang out by the reefs. You will see eels and lobsters near overhangs, as well as plenty of eagle rays gliding through the shallows. If you dive in the mangroves you may even run across a manatee!

One of the major attractions to the underwater world of the Riviera Maya are the Bull Sharks that are attracted to the area’s crystalline waters between November and March. There’s also a chance of spotting Green Turtles, Loggerhead Turtles, whale sharks and sailfish during their respective migrations.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Beachfront location
  • Convenient cenote and reef diving 
  • Spacious boats with safety equipment 
  • Experienced instructors and boat captains
  • Open 365 days a year
  • Full range of PADI courses
  • Free Nitrox
  • Cenote diving with no special certifications 

Description

Dressel Divers Maya Beach is located on a private bay overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 

The dive center is open 365 days a year and houses a large selection of rental gear. The shop offers WiFi, air conditioning, a filling station, fish ID library and a training pool. 

Dive boats are fast and spacious with shaded areas, knowledgeable guides, captains and boat crew. All have emergency oxygen, first aid kits, AEDs and VHF radios. 

Dressel Divers Maya Beach run regular trips to the Yucatan jungle, to explore ancient cenotes. Many cenote dives do not require any special training. Daily open water trips visit dive sites around the second largest barrier reef and divers often see hundreds of marine creatures in a week’s worth of diving. 

Beginner to pro-level courses are offered alongside specialities like photography, nitrox, cavern and deep diver. Instructors are fully qualified and have considerable previous experience training new and qualified divers at the local dive sites. 

Opt for Nitrox at no additional cost. 
 

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Scuba Refresher
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Divemaster Internship
  • Instructor/Idc Course
  • Free-Diving Course
  • Kids Courses
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Cavern Diving
  • Drift Diving
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Sidemount Diver
  • Other Specialties
  • Technical Diving Courses

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks
  • Nitrox (Free)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Thick (5-7Mm) Wetsuits ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Equipment Service & Repairs
  • Filling Station
  • Rebreather Friendly

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Training Pool
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Beach Front
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Russian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Jet Skiing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Fishing
  • Tennis
  • Pool / Snooker
  • Ping Pong
  • Darts
  • Golf (Close By)
  • Cycling
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Yoga

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Buffet
  • A La Carte Menu
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Snacks All Day
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness

  • Fitness Center
  • Spa Facility
  • Hot Tub / Whirlpool
  • Massage Services
  • Beauty Treatments

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Wi-Fi ($)
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Games Room
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • External Guests Allowed
  • Us Power Sockets
  • Power Socket Adapters

Entertainment and family

  • Games
  • Karaoke
  • Nightclub
  • Kids Club
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Usd)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

How to get there

Arrival

  • The resort is roughly 1 hours' drive from Cancun International Airport. 
  • Taxis are available at the airport or a transfer may be arranged in advance via the resort.

Departure

  • Return to the airport can be organised via the resort or you may make your own way. 

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