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My son and I just returned from a pre Christmas week in Mexico where we stayed at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya Resort. The Maya is one of 4 all inclusive Iberostar resorts that share a lovely long stretch of beach about ½ hour south of the Cancun airport and ½ hour north of Playa del Carmen.
Having stayed at Iberostar Tucan on a previous vacation, we expected nice accommodations, good food, friendly service, big pools and a wide variety of activities and entertainment. We were not disappointed!
During our stay we dined at 6 different themed restaurants (all good), sampled a variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, took a hobbie cat out for a sail, did one scuba dive on the reef and two in a cenote (an awesome experience but physically demanding), floated the very-lazy-lazy river, jumped waves in the wave pool and ocean, walked the beach, played pingpong, took in a show and read some great books under the shade of a palapa.
All rooms at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya are junior suites with one king bed or two doubles, a furnished balcony/patio with hammock chair, generously sized bathroom with jetted soaking tub and separate walk in shower, plus a step down living room with couch, table and writing desk. Iberostar Paraiso Lindo, Paraiso del Mar and Paraiso Beach have standard rooms with a small sitting area and combination tub/shower.
Guests at the Maya and Lindo have full use of the pools, restaurants and bars at all four hotels. Reservations may be made in advance for unlimited dining at nine specialty restaurants including French, Italian, seafood, Japanese, Mexican, Cajun, gourmet, steakhouse and Chinese in addition to an extravagant main buffet, poolside café, beach bar and grill, and 24 hour room service. An upgraded liquor selection is offered in the Maya bars.
Iberostar Paraiso del Mar and Paraiso Beach have fewer specialty restaurants and are guaranteed 3 reservations during a one week stay. The lazy river and wave pool are reserved for Maya and Lindo guests and only Maya guests have complimentary use of the beautiful and spacious spa facility with sauna, steam, heated lounge chairs, heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi. Other guests may pay $35 per person per day to use the spa facilities and spa treatments (wraps, massages, pedicures, facials, etc.) are available to all at extra cost.
There is a teen club and an adult only nightclub open until the wee hours and I was told that the golf course was well maintained and challenging. There is even a shopping center on property with complimentary food and beverage service!
Overall the 4 Iberostar Paraiso hotels make an outstanding resort complex for active families and fun loving adults and the new Iberostar Paraiso Grand offers an even more upscale option for honeymoon couples and discerning adults. More on the adults only Grand later!