Find family-friendly fun at Barcelo Maya Grand Resort

Sheryl Nance-Nash | 4/18/2019, 12:20 p.m.
Riviera Maya is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches and jungles.
Barcelo Maya Grand Resort Photos Courtesy of Barcelo Maya Grand Resort

Riviera Maya is known for its turquoise waters, white-sand beaches and jungles. If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation spot, put Barceló Maya Grand Resort at the top of your list. It just opened Ventura Fly & Ride Park, the first and only Riviera Maya resort with its own adventure park.

Expect thrills. The Plane Coaster is a gravity driven roller coaster that begins with an altitude of almost 100 feet. It zooms around the circuit, offering awesome views of the Caribbean Sea and the Mayan Jungle. The Parachute Landing is a free-fall experience from 35 feet above the ground. There’s a Bungee Swing, where you step off an airplane wing from an altitude of almost 35 feet. With AquaZip, you zipline and end with a “splash” landing. That’s just the beginning of the fun on the Venture Fly side of the park.

If your adrenaline is still pumping hard, keep the momentum going on the Ride side of the park. Off-Road Polaris tests kids and adults driving skills. Show off your move in Polaris Ace Vehicles on a closed-off-road circuit. Drive alone or with someone in the Go Karts Drift that features more than 1,200 feet of bends and curves. Lastly, let loose on the Quad Cycle. Hop in a 4-wheel vehicle and take on the curvy close-circuit track.

No doubt, the adventure park is generating buzz. But, there’s plenty more at Barceló Maya Grand Resort. For one thing it’s all-inclusive. Better still, it’s comprised of Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, Barceló Maya Tropical, and the all-suite, AAA Four-Diamond Barceló Maya Palace. You stay at one and get to play at all the others. This means you have access to 22 restaurants, 10 pools, three theatres, three water parks, a bowling alley and much more.

You and your family will have plenty to occupy yourselves. For kids there’s Barcy Kids Club for those 4-12. Teens have the One Disco Club. They’ll both enjoy the arcade, Haunted House Dark World, water parks, cinema and miniature golf. There’s even a separate spa for kids that little girls will love. There’s every water sport imaginable for the entire family to enjoy. Think kayaking, sailing, kite surfing, even water bikes, as well as swimming, snorkeling and diving. Parents can get their couple time dancing the night away at Jaguar’s disco, chilling with a Havana at La Cantina Cigar Lounge, or going solo, at the 33,000 square-foot spa, (with a hydrotherapy circuit that is to die for with its hot and cold plunge pools, aromatherapy showers and more), fitness center, tennis, paddle tennis or basketball courts.

With so much action, you’re bound to work up an appetite. While all-inclusive resorts can sometimes be disappointing when it comes to cuisine, that’s not the case here. Whether you’re eating at one of the buffet-style, grill restaurants facing the beach, or one of the à-la-carte restaurants, there’s likely to be a smile on your face and your belly contently full. You want to be sure to hit Mexico Lindo, Mare Nostrum for seafood, Tokyo and La Trattoria Ristorante Italiano. You’ll never go hungry with Strikers, a 24-hour sports bar that is also home to a man-cave with mega-size screen and stadium-style seats for watching the game in comfort and style.

Much as you may be tempted to never leave the resort until it’s time to jet home, don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of all Riviera Maya has to offer like the ruins, Mayan villages, caves, the cenotes—there’s nothing quite like swimming or better yet, ziplining into a cenote.