Just returned (May5-12th) from another escape for fun~sun and relaxation and the Grand was everything is has been plus more !
Our trip began with a smooth non stop trip from Pittsburgh. Arrival into Cancun at 10 am. We passed through customs....green light...through "The Gaunlet" outside and there was our Private Transfer (CancunValet) waiting for us, We were immediately ushered to our awaiting van and wisked away to the Grand. Upon arrival we were greeted with huge smile and cool clothes by Ricardo. And then a refreshing drink. Since it was only 11:15 our room was not ready so we headed to the LaBrisa for lunch and a drink (or two) At this point we were very excited because we brought our friends that have never been to the Grand and in general do not care for all inclusives. After a two hour lunch with breathtaking views of the gorgeous blue water we headed back to see if our rooms were ready.
YES they were. We were guided to our rooms Building 70 Oceanfront (7047 and 7053 third floor) placed our "order: for all our favorites. (We were a bit disappointed thant Victor was not our Butler this year but Luis and all the others went above and beyond to insure all our needs were met all week long).Also we were very pleased that building 70 was not yet glassed in as building 71 is. However, Luis did inform us it would be done very soon. Nothing can beat that incredible view and the refreshing breeze that greets you. We then changed and headed for the pool. Ahhh vacation begins (it is now 2:00)
Every member of the staff was terrific and always greeted us with warmth. The grounds were impeccable. The workers were constantly trimming, grooming and cleaning. They replaced some grass around the pool area one day as we lounged around. These people are very hard workers.
We were very fortunate to run into many TA "friends" and share stories.
We ate at the at all four of the restaurants (L'Atelier and Toni's twice) and the Mexican Buffet. Everything was wonderful. If it is not on the menu do not be afraid to ask. The only place we were a tad disappointed in was the Japanese (good food but the wait staff seemed to be confused and very unorganized) But HEY we are on vacation and no where to go. So all is good.
Something new since our last visit...Bella Vista Buffet for lunch grilled outside. Some delicious dishes done outside lobster medallions, large shrimp each day was something different along with many other choices. We chose to have lunch more often at LaBrisa because view and more selections. Also one night they had a party with band and dancing around the pool.
We again (sorry to say) did not make it to any shows. We ate at 8:30 and by the time we finsihed with dinner...it was on the late side. So decided to have a night cap in the Lobby Bar. Great place to meet up with all the friendly people we would meet during the day at the pool and beach.
The only thing I noticed different with this visit (we have been in October 3 times and August twice) is that the "Towel Game" was huge. However, not enough to ruin a wonderful vacation. I am an early riser and did not mind heading down early to get "our perfect spot" for the day and enjoy some quiet time to read as I awaited for the others to join.
If you are considering a vacation at the Grand ~ PLEASE do not hesitate. You will not be disappointed. People often ask us why do you keep coming back? Our response is simple ~ why settle for anything less than what we believe to be perfection.
Happy to say we will be back and our friends have a whole new view of all inclusives.
Thank you to each and every staff member for making us feel extra special and making sure we enjoyed each and every moment of our perfect vacation in your beautiful and welcoming corner of the world.
- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Playa Paraiso
- Playa Paraiso Iberostar
- Iberostar Grand
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the long, fine, sandy beach of Playa Paraiso in Mexico's Riviera Maya. Top 5-star luxury. Quiet and relaxing. Personal butler and concierge service. 24 hours all inclusive service. 4 a la carte restaurants. ... more less
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