When I woke up one Friday morning and the temperature was -20º in Minneapolis, I set a goal for myself – be on the beach by noon. After a quick flight, my friend and I arrived at Cancun International Airport. We caught our transfer south to the Riviera Maya, and arrived at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya around 11:00am. By 11:15, I was in my huge room and changing out of my sweater and jeans into beach attire, and applying lots of sunscreen. On our way to the beach, we grabbed a quick lunch at the beach bar then headed to our spot for the next 4 days – beach chairs on a huge white sand beach with beautiful blue waters. As I sat down for the first time, I looked at my watch and realized I had made it. It was just before noon and I was on the beach soaking up the sun.
As I lay on the beach and watched the people around me, I realized that it wasn’t as busy as it normally is this time of year. I thought it was such a shame as the Riviera Maya is such a great destination. The destination offers such a great value, the service is top notch, the beaches are big and beautiful, there is so much to do, and most of all it’s safe.
After I took my first of many naps, we decided to explore the resort. The Iberostar Paraiso Maya is actually one of several resorts located within one complex. It really is a great idea. Each hotel is separate and a little bit different. For example, the Iberostar Paraiso Maya is a family friendly resort, but the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso is an adults-only resort. (picture below) They have different hotels in all price ranges. This is great because each hotel has its own restaurants, lounges, theaters, and pools, but has shared facilities such as a shopping mall, a conference center, golf course, and a Star Wars themed disco. If you are looking for a great all-inclusive Mexico resort, I highly recommend the Iberostar.
My favorite thing about the Iberostar Paraiso Maya is that there was so much to do. There were dancing lessons around the pool, morning water aerobics, afternoon games of beach soccer and volleyball, areas where you could get out of the sun and do crafts or get a massage, and my favorite thing, take a dip in the amazing pools. The hotel has 5 pools, including a lazy river and the only wave pool in the Riviera Maya.
The food at the hotel was really good. My favorite restaurant was the Japanese restaurant. It had 3 teppanyaki grills that each sat about 20 people. At each grill, the chef would put on a show demonstrating his skills and some fun tricks. The food was fantastic, and most of it cooked right in front of you. At our table we had fried rice, vegetables, steak, chicken, shrimp, lobster, and scallops. We also enjoyed sushi, soup, and tempura bananas and ice cream for dessert. It was a fun dinner where we were able to meet a lot of fun people too.
Overall I thought the resort was wonderful. I do want to caution those that do not like a lot of walking that this place is huge. But from my perspective, the extra walking is worth it as there is so much to see and explore at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya.
I am now back to reality and sitting at my desk here at Delta Vacations. I look out the window and it is snowing again. I wish I were back on the beach soaking in the sun and listening to the waves crash on the beach. I guess I will just have to go again!
- Missy from Delta Vacations