One of the things I look forward to the most while traveling is food, we eat out regularly at home, and I work in a restaurant… we don’t just eat to survive, seeking out new culinary experiences is a part of our lifestyle and my biggest hobby. Above all, for the first time in 2 years I wasn’t going to be a walking snack dispenser and I wanted to take full advantage of not fleeing from a nice restaurant with a screaming baby.
I oscillate between deep-fried everything and vegan cleanses, I was hopeful Catalonia could satisfy my erratic palate and that they did.
In addition to the buffet, they have 4 a la carte restaurants. You can enjoy authentic Mexican, Italian, a steak house and tapas (available to Privileged guests).
I enjoyed having breakfast and lunch so much at the buffet, it was hard to set it aside for dinner. Which is kind of unheard of in the all-inclusive realm – generally buffets garner a very “meh” reaction. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised and consider Catalonia’s buffet to be one of the best I’ve experienced at a resort.
The buffet offers a variety of prepared dishes and they have made to order stations for both breakfast and lunch. There’s an entire table of fresh squeezed juices in the morning; enough juice to make you think you’re cancelling out your tequila and desert consumption. Gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options are all available. Not that I partook, but nice to see none the less. The choices were endless and the only reason you’d want to leave this buffet is to digest on the beach.
We enjoyed the steakhouse so much we dined there twice. The cuts of meat were excellent quality; I’m still dreaming of the T-bone. The Italian restaurant has a great atmosphere, I had a delicious red wine with my meal and their fresh tomato, basil, and mozzarella salad was one of the best I’ve tasted. Unfortunately, the Mexican restaurant was a casualty of our steak preference. We filled up on plenty of delicious Mexican food at the buffet, so I can only assume that it’s pretty wonderful.
The tapas restaurant offers open-air seating with an incredible view; dinner service is available to Privileged guests, one of the many perks of upgrading. I love sampling a bunch of different dishes when I eat out, so tapas style really appeals to me. We ordered 8 small dishes to share between us. The seafood risotto and crab wonton were standouts.
This resort has FOOD TRUCKS on site. You can literally roll off your lounge chair by the pool and walk 30 feet to a snack. There was a healthy option that served seasoned fruits and vegetables and a Catalonia style hot dog truck – meat served with fresh tomatoes, olive oil, on crusty bread. Not your average Ball Park frank.
They have a Creperie by the pool that serves sweet and savory options, milkshakes, and ice cream deserts. The banana caramel and Mexican crepes were our go-to’s, it was a perfect snack between meals. I had a fresh juice from the juice bar daily, and I loved the fact that I had vegetable options.
I was so impressed with Catalonia’s beverage program. In addition to offering your standard beer, mixed beverages, and blended sugar bombs they have stepped it up with a craft cocktail offering. Their take on the classics and more inventive drinks of their own are executed well.
The staff is efficient, friendly, and competent; they were able to answer my questions about ingredients, preparation, and make helpful recommendations. It was nice seeing people enjoy what they do and it inspired me to return to work with a better attitude.
Crepes, fresh squeezed juice, tapas, and espresso – they’re taking this paradise thing very seriously. Eat Catalonia, it’ll be the best 5 pounds you ever gain.
Scarlett is a stay at home-ish mom, bartender, and wife. You can follow her on Instagram.
Catalonia Resorts sponsored my stay, opinions are my own.