We'd like to know: My family (2 adults and 2 kids) looking for an all inclusive resort. We are considering Barcelo Colonial or Barcelo Palace (in Riviera Maya). Can you please explain the main difference between these two hotels? We might also consider other options if the resorts are of the same quality.
Answer: Thank you for reaching out to me. I will be happy to explain the difference.
They all share the same Barcelo Maya property. If you stay at any resort in Barcelo Maya (Beach, Caribe, Colonial, Tropical, Palace) you can go pretty much anywhere.
There are certain things that are only for Barcelo Maya Palace guests. For example, adults only pool or Barcelo Maya Palace water park or Barcelo Maya Palace kids club. Having said this, Barcelo Maya Colonial has its own kids club and water park that can be shared across other Barcelo Maya resorts listed above. Kids club in Barcelo Maya Palace is open 9 am to 9 pm. In other Barcelo Maya resorts it is open 9 am to 5 pm. Generally rooms in the Palace are larger and they look better. There are some other small amenities and perks if you stay at the Palace compared with others. Usually Barcelo Maya Palace is more expensive than other resorts in Barcelo Maya. I can go through the differences in greater detail with you if you would like. In terms of other resorts that are of the same category you can consider Iberostar Paraiso Lindo/Maya or Iberostar Tucan or Paradisus La Esmeralda or Azul Beach (especially if your kids are little) or Dreams Riviera Cancun.