The resort is massive and is made up of 4 Iberostars all next to each other. It is kind of confusing looking at the pictures b/c sometimes you might be looking at another Iberostar where you do not have access. It was very family friendly, the food was okay but kind of what you expect at a giant resort. The Mediterranean restaurant was good and had an amazing seafood bar. The Brazilian Restaurant was just another buffet and they hung up a Brazilian flag, I would skip it. We were with our two toddlers (2 and 3) and here are a few tips for others with small kids: we used our stroller b/c the place was so big. They have golf carts, but you have to wait for them. There are even handicap places on the beach so you can wheel your stroller all the way down to the water. We took cereal boxes at breakfast for the kids to snack on b/c there are always weird between meal times when it is hard to get kid food, but your kids are starving. There is a free merry-go-round every other night by the shops at the front of all the Iberostar. In our resort there was a kid area called Lucy's that was a fenced in baby pool and sand area. It was a nice spot for parents to take a break b/c kids were so safe. Kids can stay there if they are a certain age (maybe 3 and up), but we never did that. Lucy's area also had an inside area with crafts if your kids need a break from the sun. I would also suggest a room on the first floor. All the buildings are I think three stories and I didn't see any elevators. If possible I would pack sand toys. We had to buy them at the resort and were charged way too much. The beach is a bit rough so you might want to bring life jackets if your kids are as little as mine. After dinner waiters will give you a bottle of wine if you tip them so you can bring it back to your room. My husband and I would put the kids to bed and sit outside on the patio with our wine. Great kid shows at 8:00 each night.
Staff was excellent. Lots of activities everywhere by the pool, beach, clowns walking around the pool, you name it. The beach is amazing! There is no reef or lagoon. It is a REAL beach. Playa Del Carmen is the perfect tiny Mexican city with great restaurants, shops, and people watching. It is also right on the ocean and I always feel safe there, even with my kids.
Rooms are just okay, but clean. You only get two dinner reservations per 4 day stay and as with most all-inclusives, you must make the reservations asap. We thought we had a splash pad for our kids and it was at the Maya Iberostar and we did not have access.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on the beautiful beach of "Playa Paraiso" (Mexico). With the only wave pool on the Riviera Maya. 16 restaurants, 11 of them a-la-carte. 18-hole golf course and convention center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Paraiso Lindo Hotel Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Hotel Paraiso Lindo
- Iberostar Paraiso Lindo Playa Paraiso, Riviera Maya