We stayed at Memories Paraiso from April 13-20.
The resort itself was huge, being able to use amenaties on both the Paraiso and Azul sides with one main buffet and one main theater. There ae three pools (Paraiso, middle kiddie pool, and Azul).
ROOM-Stayed in building 37-close to the pool. Room was nice, clean, no issues. Water was hot with good shower pressure. Saw no bugs.
FOOD- A la cartes were good. We tried Steakhouse (the braised beef was amazing)(Diamond Club only), Italian, Caribbean, Mexican, and Mediterranean. All were really good.
Buffet was very repetative, best to go to the fresh stations. The lines were not that long and moved fast. Lots of fresh bread.
There is a main buffet which is very large for both the Paraiso and Azul sides in the middle of the resort.
There is also a grill for lunch that serves buffet with fresh fish and chicken/beef stations. In the evening these turn into a la carte restaurants and then after the a la cartes are done they serve 24 hour burgers and fries. There is one on the Azul side as well which serves the same food. Lots of flies in these grills as they are open air.
There is also a sports bar on the Azul side for Diamond Club members which serves hamburgers, fries and sandwiches from 11-12:30 and then from 4-all evening. We had a burger there once and it was really bad we went to the buffet after.
The 24 hour burgers on the Paraiso side grill are much better.
There is a beach grill near the Paraiso side of the beach which was serving chicken on a bun and hotdogs. Line was often long with only one cook. But very good.
BEACH-Amazing. Get up early for chairs with shade. By 7 a.m. seats are extreamly limited. Otherwise, there are lots of chairs.
We thought we would put our towels on some chairs in the evening...bad idea...they were not there when we went in the morning. We asked around but no one saw them. They were not the resort towels so they would have stood out. I think it was the guys working on the beach in the morning moving chairs who took them.
There was a section of the beach reserved for diamond club which has better chairs and "buttler service" though not every day. But it was close to the bar so not a big deal.
They have music on the beach, and they play games, teach dancing in the water, etc.
POOLS-We spent one day at the pool on the Paraiso side which had lots of entertainment/music. One day we went to the kiddie pool for the day which was more quiet.
DIAMOND CLUB- the only things good about paying the extra was the extra a la carte (steakhouse) and the good beach chairs, although it was all the way on the Azul side of the resort. There were robes in the room but we did not wear them, every guest got a bottle of rum, sports bar was not worth it.
ENTERTAINMENT- there was a show every night in the theater. We saw the Michael Jackson twice though. Some shows were better than others.
There is a disco in the town beside the resort which opens at 11 p.m. closes at 2 a.m. You could walk there from our building in 5 minutes. 2 pasos to get in, 2 paso beers, 3 paso mixed drinks. They don't serve wine. There is also a bowling alley 3.30 pasos per person per game. Shopping there during the day, etc.
Overall, nice trip, a couple windy days which made big waves in the ocean (fun though). Lots of walking.
TIP- don't change your money in the lobby. Much better rate at the bank.
I emailed the hotel before my arrival to book my a la cartes as we were celebrating a birthday and anniversary and I wanted to make sure I got a restaurant on thoes days. When we checked in they gave us a piece of paper with the restaurants booked. I had to change something though and the lines to book the a la cartes are very long. There was a guy in the theatre sitting at a computer by himself and I just walk right up and had him change it. So before you line up see if he is there.
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