My family of 5 just returned from 6 nights at the Paraiso del Mar. We have two teenage boys (15 & 17) and a 10 yo daughter. We had adjoining rooms. I thought an all-inclusive would give everyone something to do, and the boys some freedom with the security of a resort. It turned out to be everything we all expected. The pool is gorgeous, the Star Friends entertainment staff is so fun and has to be the hardest working team in resort entertainment. They keep everything lively and fun. The food was good. We had reservations at the Brazilian restaurant (lots of meat!), the Mexican restaurant (pretty good), and the Japanese restaurant (the highlight of our dining!). The buffets had something for everyone and it was convenient to be able to eat when you wanted on the nights when we didn't have reservations. The kids played beach soccer and the silly pool games. I did water aerobics, and pool-side ceramics painting with two of my kids. It was cool to make your own souvenirs, and the artisans go back over the lines so that the pieces look professional. My boys met kids from France, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Spain, etc. They hung out at the teen disco at night and converged on the beach with other teenagers. We stayed on property the whole time this trip and never felt bored. There was lots going on on the beach -- games, lots of chairs, snack bar, etc. The water was clear and swimmable -- the only thing I wasn't crazy about was all the seaweed on the beach but it is a natural occurrence. It didn't phase my husband. When we go back, we'll go down to Playa del Carmen and maybe Tulum to break it up a little.
A couple things to keep in mind... as many have said, there is a lot of walking. We were in building 12 which was steps to the pool and close to the snack bar and beach, but further from the lobby where the better restaurants are. I didn't mind the walk because after all the food, I was happy for the exercise. They do run golf cart shuttles between the beach and lobby and they'll stop for you if you're walking, but they don't run every 5 minutes so you might be waiting. We were able to walk through the other higher resorts -- the Lindo & Mayan, and the Grand. The pool at the Lindo/Mayan has a lazy river and a wave pool, but honestly, I thought our pool seemed funner. The Grand is subdued to the point of seeming boring to me, but if you didn't have kids with you, it might be preferable. You can't dine at the other resorts if you are at the lowest level Playa/del Mar resorts, but I thought it was absolutely fine. The room had everything we needed -- beautifully decorated, comfortable bed (but really hard pillows -- bring your own!), nice bath, stocked mini-bar, nice balcony. Also, the shopping center is a fun place to check out -- they have a coffee shop, taco place, burger place, and ice cream/crepes place that's all included with your dining plan. They have nice souvenir shops and a spa there also. I had a pool-side massage and was able to use the water areas of the spa for free and it was really beautiful and relaxing!
Shouts out to David and Ricky on the Star Friends team, and Marco on the bell staff. The staff is excellente and make the resort what it is!! Overall, we LOVED it and will go back. It really is the perfect family vacation.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar Hotel Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Hotel Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Paraiso Del Mar Mexico