Iberostar Paraiso Maya was perfect for our family! It is only about 30 minutes from the airport.
Check in: As soon as we arrived at the Iberostar Paraiso Lindo (our originally booked hotel), we were greeted immediately and escorted to the lobby. The receptionist gave our family this wonderful welcome drink and that's when the fun began. She was so kind and offered us an upgrade to stay at the Maya. I asked her, free? She said, free! I said, free! She said, yes, free! Holy smokes, we've hit the jackpot because this never happens to us. At this time, our room wasn't completely ready (she did give us the key, but said our room wouldn't be ready for another hour), but that was ok with us because we were starving. The buffet was already closing to get ready for dinner so we went to the shops across from the Lindo and ate at the yummy taco place. It was delicious! My kids love the nachos! After we ate, we went to the Lindo lobby and they escorted us and our luggage to the Maya. Our room was a junior suite. It was just beautiful. The only thing we had to do was ask for 2 roll-a-way beds. The couch bed was not sufficient for our 6 and 12 year old. We were pleased with the roll-a-ways and so were they. We just loved how big this room was. We immediately unpacked, put on our suits and headed down to the concierge to book all of the restaurants for the week! I highly reccommend doing this!!! The restaurants book fairly quickly. I only knew this from reading other reviews.
Beach: We went to the beach and it was just breathtaking! Very clean, even late afternoon. They work very hard to keep the beach clean daily. My 12 year old and husband enjoyed kayaking. The only advice I have is we stayed August 2-10 and it was hurricane season. We did end up having a tropical storm that ruined our beach days for the last 3 days. The staff works very hard to try and clean even after a storm, but it was even too much for them.
Italian: We liked it, but we ate steak. Our steaks were delicious!
Hibachi: We ate here twice because it was so good. Great entertainment for the entire family!
Mexican: We loved it! The appetizers on the buffet were almost better than the meal. It was fantastic!
Cajun: We didn't eat here because the only great place you can get great cajun food is in Louisiana. We also did see a younger girl who did eat there said her chicken was raw and she was sick for 4 days of her 2 week trip. We didn't chance it. I lived in Louisiana for 5 years, I'll stick to real cajun.
Steak: Was good, but the steak was actually better at the Italian restaurant.
Buffets: All of them in the morning are great! The evening buffet at the lindo was delicious especially when it was sushi night!
On the beach: Civiche at lunch is AMAZING! I actually ventured over to the beach many days to see what they were serving. The food was always delicious!
Kids Club: My 6 year old loved it! He preferred to be there than with us. They had games, crafts, spanish lessons, took them to the beach, lunch, pools, etc. They also perfomed a show one night and our son loved it. Thank you kids club staff for making us feel safe and for showing our 6 year old a great time!
Star Friends: These people work their tails off! They are at the pools early in the morning to greet you and to make sure you are having a good time and are the last faces you see after the awesome shows at night. We are a family who loves games, shows, and fun! Thank you star friends for making our trip so much fun. We had fun playing volleyball on the beach, pool volleyball, darts, archery, ping pong, dance lessons, and the other pool games in the main pool. You guys made our trip so much fun! Thank you, thank you!
Shows at night: They were awesome! We loved the nightly shows. They were great for the family!
Housekeeping: They did a great job, but we never had wash cloths. We don't really have any complaints, but our housekeeper could have kept us stocked on more coffee and cream. Our room was always clean and the towel art was cute.
The bars: AWESOME!!! Our drinks were always loaded with alcohol and were awesome!
The shops: Very convenient and reasonably priced!
The pools: Very clean and fun for all ages!
Overall, what can I say? Our trip was amazing! We can't wait to return! Our entire family is still talking about Iberostar Rivera Maya! Thanks for the memories!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on the beautiful beach of Playa Paraiso (Mexico). All junior suites with Jacuzzi, DVD player, upgraded amenities. Exclusive dining plus dine around privileges at over 16 restaurants, 17 full service bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Paraiso Maya Hotel Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Riviera Maya
- Iberostar Hotel Paraiso Maya
- Iberostar Maya
- Iberostar Grand Paraiso