This was my fourth trip to this wonderful complex, over the last 2 years. The first three visits were to the sister resort of Iberostar Paraiso Lindo. These two resorts are 90% similar. As a result, the Maya is worth upgrading only for a small amount.
When writing a review it’s always important to know a person’s experience and background. Personally, I travel 5-7 times a year to the Caribbean and Mexico (both coasts) usually to 4.5 and 5 star resorts. Higher end chains like Iberostar, RIU, Barceló, Gran Bahia, and Sandals to name a few.
Below are a few comments on all areas of the resort.
Since it was off-season we asked and received an upgrade to the Superior room. Compared to the standard room, it contained a few extra feet in the sitting area.
Even though we spent little time in the room itself, it was wonderful. Rooms are very large with all the comforts of home. Not only was the room and the sitting areas large but they were very well decorated and maintained. In addition the bar fridge was full upon arrival and refilled with beverages on a daily basis. It contained a wide selection of beverages.
The room also had a decent size tv (dvd player attached) with a decent selection of channels. In addition, we also had a clock radio with a built in cd player.
The room had very large closets, with plenty of hangers and a nice size safe. Closet also contained an umbrella and a iron.
The bathroom was very large with a nice size walk-in shower and a very large tub with a built-in whirlpool.
Towels were plentiful and replaced daily.
Each building has its own concierge desk which is mainly used for booking dinners but they can and will assist you with any questions and concerns.
In addition each building has a unique outdoor lobby that you simply can`t walk through without staring in amazement.
Unlike the Lindo, the Maya has elevators in each building.
Perhaps the most famous bar in the Mayan Riviera, the famous snake bar.
This famous bar is inside a replica of the Mayan Pyramid of Kukulkan, the pyramid that`s found at Chichen Itza.
The entire lobby area is nothing short of amazing. It`s basically like walking thru a museum.
In the general area of the bar is a games room, a cigar room, an internet room and plenty of shops.
In addition, the lobby has free Wi-Fi.
Even the pickiest eater can find something to eat.
The main indoor buffet is in the lobby area of the neighbouring Lindo. The buffet is split into two adjoining seating areas though one side is usually closed during off-season.
In addition to the main buffet, you have the option of the restaurant near the main pool area as well as the outdoor restaurant in the neighbouring Iberostar Paraiso Beach.
À LA CARTES
Even though the buffet would satisfy most people, it`s always nice to be pampered at one of the wonderful a la cartes. Be warned that seating is limited and not all restaurants are opened every night. Several seating’s are available each night.
The Steak House, Japanese and Cajun were my favourite three restaurants though I really enjoyed all the selections available.
Unlike many resorts you can go every night to one of these specialty restaurants.
Book early at your concierge desk.
The complex has a countless number of pools in the 4 resorts that you are allowed to visit and enjoy. All pools are very large with a unique design.
In addition, several pools have a swim up bar. Pool activities usually end around lunch time. This can be very loud so it`s always a good idea to visit the beach in the morning and one of the pools in the afternoon.
Pools are well maintained but are not heated.
Attached to the main Lindo pool is the wave action pool that is mainly for children. A short walk away is the lazy river that is very lazy, suited for younger children.
Wow. Very large and wide beach with plenty of shade. The water can be very rough with a red flag being the norm.
The beach is well maintained with a life guard tower that isn`t always manned.
The water can be very refreshing with few, if any rocks.
In addition to the great sand and water and shade you also have a very convenient beach bar and small bbq area with burgers, fries, tacos, etc.
In this area is also some of the activities including archery. Walk along the beach and you`re quickly in the beach area of the Iberostar Beach and Del Mar which has its own bar and bbq area. Since it has a different selection of food, it`s worth the small walk.
The grounds are nothing short of amazing. This complex is a combo between a museum and high end beach resort.
It is well maintained. Since this is a very large complex, it`s easy to get lost and confused but it will never be boring.
The complex has a well-stocked gym for burning off those excessive calories that can easily be consumed throughout the day. In addition, bicycle tours are available to enjoy and become familiar with this large complex.
The resort is well staffed with plenty of people throughout. They are very fluent in English and very helpful and friendly.
Year over year the entertainment hasn`t changed much but I always thought it was well done with a wide selection of performances. The theater is very large so even during peak season you should find seating.
Free to visitors of the Maya and Lindo resorts. Wi-Fi is in the lobby bar of the Maya.
Mainly English speaking tourists from Canada and the United States.
In addition to the shops that are within all lobbies, there is also a shopping complex that is shared by all resorts in this complex. It is across from the Lindo lobby.
In addition to shops, you also have more free food options which includes hamburger, taco and crêpes restaurants. All indoors.
Most nights local vendors will be near the lobbies of the Maya and Lindo.
Most people ask two major questions of any resort. Would you recommend it and would you go back. Easy answer is a big YES to both questions.
This is a very large complex and you have access to four resorts, all offer something to do during the day and night. Take advantage of the entire complex and not just your section of the complex.