My family recently visited the Iberostar Paraiso Beach from February 25 - March 12th 2011. Our group of 13 people included myself, my husband and our 3 children, my sister, her husband and their 2 children, my parent and my great aunt and uncle, and the ages of our group ranged from 5 - 80. Our family had a fantastic time at this resort and we would definitely recommend it to others. I have highlighted my favorite things about this resort below.
Kids Club - Our kids loved the Kids Club. Lily and Vivian were fantastic ad they do the most amazing face painting! Kids are still talking about the sand castle competition!
Dive Centre - My husband is an experienced diver and was impressed with the Dressel Divers Centre that ran out of the resort. When we got their we realized that our 10-year-old son could do his Open Waters Certification while we were there so both he and his 12-year-old cousin did it together. It was a fantastic experience for both of them and Marco and Alex were great instructors!
Beach - We actually picked this resort for the beach and we were not dissapointed. It was fantastic and we spent many hours with the kids playing in the waves and the sand. I really really loved the beach!
Staff - The staff was fantastic......really fantastic. They were always pleasant, always eager to help, and they really went above and beyond to make our vacation fantastic. I can't say enough about the staff!
Rooms - The rooms were very clean and there was an actual bathtub in the bathroom. We loved the towel animals that the cleaner made each morning! The little bar fridge in the room was also handy to have and restocked everyday. We fit the 5 of us in the room no problem. We also found the beds very comfortable.
Pool Area - The huge pool was so fantastic and the kids really loved swimming in it. The temperature was really nice and not too cold! The pools bars were great and the ice cream bar was also great - try the coconut ice cream-it's amazing! We did have get out there pretty early to get good spots by the pool, but the staff was really good about bringing chairs for people when they all seemed to be taken.
Food - We thought the food was really good and there was a great range from simple selections for the picky eater to ethnic selections for the more adventurous in our group. The food was not out of this world, but it was really really good for the price of the resort and we did not tire of it in our two weeks there. We also went to the Gourmet, Mexican, Italian and Mediterranian Restaurants. I think I liked the Mexican best, but the others were all very good as well. The mediterranian is definitely for seafood lovers!
Gym - The gym was well-equipped and very clean and the staff were very friendly.
Shows - We watched several shows in the evening and we really enjoyed all of them.
Grounds - The ground were really beautiful and amazingly well kept! I have never seen people washing the sidewalk before! If there is anything negative to be said it would be that the resort if really really big and there is a lot of walking to be done...we didn't mind because of all the eating we were doing though. I thought that my 5-year-old might complain about all of th walking, but he never did once and I think that had to do with all of the wildlife and beautifl plants to look at.
Overall - This really was a fantastic family resort and a great value! we have been to this part of Mexico before and stayed at a different resort. The Iberostar Paraiso Beach was definitely a much better resort than the one we stayed at last time and I would definitely recommend it. I also hope that we are lucky enough to be able to back there again someday to make more family memories in paradise!
Tips- There is a $100 charge if you lose your hotel bracelet, but if it starts to get warn you can just go to the front desk and get a new one at no charge.