I expected a beautiful resort when we visited the week of June 9, but was a bit concerned with reading all of the varying comments about the food. With a group of 15 including young teens to college age kids, the 6 parents were hoping the food was going to appeal to all. It did!
First off, the check in was smooth and quick and they treated us to Mimosas upon arrival. We requested our 5 rooms be in the same building and close to the beach. They placed all of us in Building 12 which was a short walk to the beach and pool.
The rooms had alot of space, were clean, cool, and the refrigerators well stocked. Each day the maids had a towel animal made up on the beds. The buildings hallways and stairways were all kept clean.
What can one say about the grounds except they were beautiful. The pathways from the lobby pass the pool down to the beach were lovely. I have been to many resorts and this surpasses any that we have stayed in its beauty.
The pools are huge! The quiet pool was just that, quiet and relaxing. The lower pool had areas for pool volleyball and basketball and that is where the Star Friends had all of their activities. Our group had no problem getting chairs at either the quiet pool or the activity pool.
The beach was great. Some expected placid waters that we have seen at other resorts and were surprised that we had actual waves. There is an area that has coral in abundance and if you swim in this area expect stubbing your toes. But there is a large roped off area to the right that is coral free and is large enough to accommodate the swimmers from all of the resorts. At no time did we feel crowded at the beach or the water. They had enough chairs down at the beach too.
The food ended up being great. There was not one complaint about meals. Is it Le Bernadin? Trotter's? French Laundry? No it isnt and no one should expect food like that at any resort like this. But it was very good quality food and what a selection! Breakfast has all the usuals that we would expect plus mexican staples and a nice selection of fruits, veggies and salads. Same goes with dinners at the buffet. There was alot of slections for everyone and if someone tried something not to there liking, they at least tried something new.
The beach buffet was very good. Hamburgers and hotdogs, chicken, salads, french fries, ice cream and the paella cookout on the beach was fantastic! I loved the chicken. It looked like a thigh cut in half, which made it much easier to handle. It either had a light red bbq sauce on it or was plain. The bbq chicken was sooo good, i couldnt stop eating it through out the day. To my disappointment, one day they had plain chicken. I tried that and it tasted as if I had bitten into the richest tasting chicken soup I ever had!
We had our gourmet restaurants too. We were able to get all of us seated at a table in the Japanese, Steakhouse and the Brazillian restaurants. The steakhouse was good. Good meat all cooked to the way it was ordered. The Japanese and the Brazillian were different than what we have gone too here at home, but different doesnt mean bad. Their miso soup had seaweed in it, the veggies cooked on the hibachi were different, but to all of us, we commented on the differences and proceeded to enjoy the meals! The salad bars at the Steakhouse and Brazillian were were fantastic. Carpaccio and caviar one night! Great selections and all were presented well and fresh.
We were able to get another night at the gourmet restaurant but had to split up. 6 went to the Mediterranean where they all had steak and lobster and loved it. 9 of us went to the Mexican restaurant. As with the Japanese and Brazillian, the Mexican restaurant is not what we are used to at home. It's different. We all embraced it and enjoyed the meals! Try the salsa....its a habanero salsa that isnt too hot. Just enough kick and is excellent!
So as far as our concern about the food from some of the reviews, we had zero problems. I could see that people would complain because things are different than they might be used to back home. My advice is to expect the differences, embrace them and enjoy!
Can't say enough about the Star Friends. What a group of hard working, upbeat, friendly,energetic, talented group of people. They have as much energy at 9:00 am trying to organize aerobics, or beach bocce as they do at 10:00 pm when they are performing on stage for the nightly shows.
Some tips: try a massage on the beach and see if you can get Lucia....wonderful!
I may get this wrong, but try an Ocho Roho...or just ask for a bloody mary with beer instead of vodka. I saw it poured and asked what it was and then tried it. Not too bad! ...The bahama mama, or whatever other fruity drink you might like, you can walk over to the beach buffet and add some strawberry ice cream to it....superb! .....The resort is as large as everyone said. We had no trouble walking but if a big tram was riding by we hopped on. We did find out that if you needed a ride and knew you missed the tram, you can call the front desk and they will send a golf cart to pick you up. ......in the evening after dinner, take a walk to the shopping center on the grounds. Stores, more restaurants and a lovely setting......make sure you take mosquito repellent.
So the final question always must be, Would we go back again? Absolutley!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the beach of "Playa Paraíso" (Mexico). High standard of comfort. Wide gastronomic variety. 18-hole golf course. PAD/SSI – diving school, massage at the beach and the pool. Spa. ... more less
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