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Iberostar Paraiso Maya
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Pto Juarez km 309, Playa Paraiso, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #6 of 10 hotels in Playa Paraiso
Trafalgar, Indiana
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“Great Riviera Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Had stayed at Barcelo Maya Palace three prior trips and was skeptical about trying anything else.
Barcelo does have a nicer sea front--no mangrove jungle to walk through to get to it.
But after staying at the IPMaya, I would have no qualms about going there again.

We rented a Hertz car and used it to go to Coba(I made it to the top of the 126 step pyramid) and Playa del Carmen to shop, get massages,and see the Nasty Ba$tards at the Wah Wah beach bar. JJ and his boys are a lot of fun.
The resort is relatively close to the airport and PDC which makes it nice to drive--we saved transfer fees,Coba trip fees, and shuttle or collectivo fees to PDC.

Checkin was a breeze. We arrived 7:30 pm and headed to the snake bar after checking in our rooms. We had made all of our restaurant reservations two weeks prior and had the Steakhouse the first night at nine. Very good seafood and steak. We ate at the Japanese Geisha three times, the Marina seafood twice and the gourmet once. Every thing was very good, especially the stone crab and king crab appetizers at the seafood. Had lobster, steak and shrimp at the Japanese--excellent.
The morning and lunch buffets were very good and offered many choices.The bars all served good drinks and we had a huge variety --Mexican flags to Dos equi beer. Enrique at the snake bar is a jewel, though all the bartenders were very good.
Service was very, very good and helpful throughout the complexes.

We used the hobie cats three different days and had nice sails--staff very nice at the divers shop.
Went to the special halloween party at the shopping center--they did a tremendous job with the "scare tunnel". The regular shows were not Vegas, but with a few timely drinks they were doable.
We had great weather the whole week(Oct 28-Nov4).
Didn't mind the walks--needed them after the meals.Golf carts were always at the lobby areas if you did want a ride somewhere.
Grounds were spotless with much vegetation to care for.
Again, the employees made things extra special and we wouldn't hesitate to return.

Room Tip: We stayed third floor jungle side in 61--Even though 60 and 63-4 have private little pools, I don...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IberostarMexico, Quality manager at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
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We would like to thank you for choosing the Iberostar Paraìso Maya for your vacation. We also apreciate your comments about our speciality restaurants, the food, bars and most important of all, our service/staff. Our main goal is guest satisfaction, and it is very gratying to hear we had acomplised that.

We look forward to seeing you again at our hotel.

Best regards,

Quality Manager
Iberostar Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We returned to the Maya for the 3rd time and could not have had more fun. The rooms and food are good, but even better this time was the entertainment staff! The Star Friends work so hard and make the trip so much fun! We had such a great time thanks to Sandy, Juan Carlos, April, Marilyn, Carlos, Jonathon, Tracy, and team! Jorge in the Theater Bar was awesome!

Hope to see you guys soon!

<3 Vensors! (aka Miss Iberostar, Mr. Dancing with the Stars, Ashley from Colorado and Reese - Star Friends in Training!)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IberostarMexico, Quality manager at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear clients,

We are thrilled to know you enjoyed even more your 3rd stay with us. It motivates us to continue improving our services.
We have new management in our entertainment team so we are glad you like the changes.

We will be waiting for your, we hope very soon.

Best regards,

Quality Manager
Iberostar Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Our family of 10 loved this place. Just about everything met our high standards. Our rooms were clean, colorful, attractive. The food was very good..... not great, but very good. We never went hungry and particularly loved breakfast..... wonderful fruit and enough mangos for everyone.

Drinks were ok.... wine was just ok.... but drinkable.

Beach clean and fun with the huge waves to ride. Bring your own canvas raft for more fun.

Only detriment is that it is very, very large.... lots of walking to get from place to place, especially to the beach. Wave pool and lazy river barely adequate for this day and age of wonders. These could have been more elaborate.

But all in all we got our money's worth and would recommend it to everyone.

Room Tip: There are hundreds of rooms ..... anyone will do.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IberostarMexico, Quality manager at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear Guest,

We really appreciate the time you took in writing this excellent review. We feel honored to have contributed to make your stay very pleasant.

WE also thank you for your comments about the lazy river and the wave pool. It is true the hotel is quite large, but we do have the “train shuttle” running through the complex for the clients that don’t feel like walking that much.

We hope this will not be a reason for not coming back, so we look forward to welcoming you once more in the near future.

Best Regards,

Quality Manager
Iberostar Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Just returned from 7 nights at the Maya. The Iberostar hotels are HUGE in size! As other have said, there is a lot of walking, but I liked it because it helped work off all the food I took in. :) Our granddaughter loved the kids club!!! The weather was perfect, the beach was beautiful, the food was good, and the service was wonderful! We got lucky and one day when we were on the beach, a batch a sea turtles started coming out of the sand. The hotel personnel rescued all of them because they were coming out during the day, which is deadly for sea turtles. They usually hatch at night when all the large animals are "sleeping". :) They released the turtles later that evening, when the sun went down. This is soooo amazing! We had great fun at the Iberostar and I would highly recommend it! The people who work at the Iberostar are very friendly and helpful. Please make sure you tip people at the hotels or in the taxi....they deserve it and it only gets you better service than you are already getting. We always left a couple dollars for the maid and tipped the waiters a couple dollars, etc. It is greatly appreciated by the people that work so hard to please you and make your vacation memorable.

Room Tip: We loved building 63 because it was in the middle of everything. Half way between the beach and the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IberostarMexico, Quality manager at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for you for review. We are honored to have had the privilege of hosting you. It is hoped that the Iberostar Paraiso Maya name will be foremost in your mind whenever you are planning another trip to Mexico.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Best regards,

Quality Manager
Iberostar Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We stayed for a week at the Paraiso Maya (upgraded to Maya from the Lindo upon check in), how wonderful. This is our 5th visit. Alex, the Desk Manager at the Maya made this possible. He is truly a valuable asset to the Iberostar Resort and we always trust his recommendations. We met him on our initial visit and he has always helped provide a wonderful experience for us. Also on the staff I would like to thank Julio, Luis, Star Friend's Leonardo, Fransisco, and Sandi, and if I could all of the other staff members as everyone there does a remarkable job. We have traveled to other resorts but always return to the Iberostar Maya as the service and quality are over the top!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IberostarMexico, QUALITY MANAGER at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Dear guest,

On behalf of the hotel satff and manager we would like to thank your for choosing Iberostar Paraìso Maya for your 5th vacation. We are pleased to hear you had a wonderful time and that our staff mencioned (Alex, Julio, Luis and the Star frineds) were important to make that happen.

It will be a pleasure to welcome you for the 6th time in the near future.

Best regards
Quality Manager
Iberostar Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This was not my first trip to Mexico, Cancun or the Riviera Maya, however, it is now, by far, my best experience in this region. The welcome moist towelette, frozen drink and snack was a very nice touch. Like it's been mentioned here before, the rooms are spacious and well appointed not to mention they are cleaned daily with the creative towel sculptures awaiting us every eve.
The property is beautifully tropical. The pool has something for everyone from the wave section which is popular with the kiddies (and adults too) to a couple of quiet sections to the very active swim-up bar area. Whatever you're into, you can find it at the pool, including the lazy river, which I think is a pretty neat idea despite the comments here. The activities including the aquatic exercises were excellent and the fact that you could use water inflatables was a plus for me (but I am a bit corny about that kind of thing, LOL - drinks while "in" the pool beats drinks by the pool sometimes). The beach was nice but the ocean was a bit rough for swimming. Not sure if its like that all the time but this was probably my least favorite feature (like really is this the resorts fault?). But it didn't distract or detract from the overall experience at all. The Stars team make the day at the beach more than fun with their program of activities, in fact, the evening shows we attended were engaging despite the fact we really aren't into resort entertainment. The Star Players keep you engaged day and night, only if you wanted/chose to be. Back to the beach, the live band was great as was the limbo contest and other activities. The huge paella fiesta made fresh right there on the beach was extremely memorable. It's quite an experience you won't forget.
The concierge is most helpful and make sure you use them. Anything you needed, they would try to make it happen whether it was restaurant reservations, spa appointments, trouble with your room, a bottle of champagne - you name it. My family and I ate at a specialty restaurant just about every night. I recommend the Seafood Restaurant (the surf and turf was decent as well as the king crab, snow crab and mussel appetizers) the Steak restaurant and the Japanese Place. Not sure why folks came down hard on the Mexican Restaurant - we thought it was fine. BTW, I'm a huge foodie. I live in NYC, downtown in one of the more flashier parts of town. Think - Chelsea Market, Gourmet Garage, Whole Foods, Fairway - these are the places I go to shop for fresh produce because I love to cook and eat out. I didn't go to Cancun expecting menus like Per Se, Le Bernardin and Nobu. So, if you want decent food catering to large amounts of people with different palates - Iberostar does it well considering. They really do. For the breakfast buffet, the Lindo was good with white table cloths (how people order tequila for breakfast I'll never know) but you can also do the buffet by the pool as well as the early morning repartee at the Seafood place - in other words there are great options for dining morning, noon and night. My 7yr old had the time of his life with the dining options and at the pool (especially the Wave), the Kids Club (a nice option), the restaurants (a clown comes around making balloon animals) and it seems like there's ice cream stations hidden in places. Make sure you get the fresh fruit smoothies for the little ones at the bar near the Wave Pool instead of the other frozen options - my son loved the fresh pineapple and banana.
A day at the Spa is also an excellent option. If you can do it, please do, you won't be sorry. But if spa treatments are not your thing, you can always simply use the Spa facilities (sauna, steam room, mineral pools, etc), which are a delightful and and relaxing plus (especially for couples to do together) also included in your stay.
In closing, one of the things that stood out most about the Iberostar Maya was their attention to service. The staff was constantly checking in on how things were going during our stay. Any issue, complaint was rectified as soon as they could and I've traveled extensively globally and although no one place is perfect regardless of how many stars they have, not many places check in with their patrons with the consistency of the Iberostar Maya. This aspect won me over. I plan to return in the future with more of my family and friends, when a relaxing stay in a tropical locale is on the menu. And I intend to spread the word that this place is most certainly more than worth a visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IberostarMexico, QUALITY MANAGER at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Dear guest,
First of all we thank you for first, choosing Iberostar and second for taking the time to write your comments about our hotel.
Your words are very inspirating and gives us a great pleasure to hear that our goal, guest satifcation, was acomplished.
Your reviwes about the hotel grounds, restaurants, pool, spa, animation and our staff are very gratifying,
We look forward to welcome you back with family and friends.
Best regards,
Quality Manager
Iberostar Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This was my first trip to Cancun/Riveria Maya and I must say I was more than pleased and impressed with my experience especially after reading mixed reviews. I believe the key reason as to why the experience was so great was due to the location and size of the beachfront property. I felt safe and had plenty of options. October was such a great time to visit because the resort was not overwhelmed with people. We stayed in the Maya but probably would have been just as comfortable in the Playa for less money. The room was more than spacious enough with an amazing shower. The beds are very firm but for whatever reason they were comfortable. I did not wake up with an aching back one time. I really enjoyed both the pool and the beach. The pool was more for the bar and people watching. I did enjoy participating in some of the Star Friends activities like water aerobics or the various games, but it could get annoying after being there a couple of days so we would move to the beach for quiet time. The beach was a nice, quiet serene area to enjoy the peace of the ocean. The beach vendors were few and far between-really non-intrusive. There were plenty of beach chair and umbrellas to chose from, crowding was not as issue at all. The food was hit or miss. The breakfast and lunch buffets had plenty of options and was pretty decent. We reserved our dinner reservations first thing when we arrived which went smooth. Dinner cuisines were the greatest but I recommend the Steak and Japanese. The Japanese was the best by far, I would have eaten there twice. The Seafood was so so and I actually think it made my stomach upset. The best bar was located adjacent to the lobby. The bartenders fixed us up with some yummy shots. The staff was great all around. The bartenders were awesome and we loved Arturo who served us at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our only poor experience came from dealing with Apple Vacations. We were scheduled to meet our rep on day 1 to reserve our departure shuttle and to review any possible excursions. Well it took us 3 days to actually meet our Apple Rep after spending 2 hours collectively trying to track him down at the Maya or the Lindo. All the other companies had reps available all day at all locations execpt Apple. They missed out on a potential sale of an excursion. What was most frustrating is that the rep told me that my shuttle departed at 12:00pm when it really was at 1:00pm. So I waited and waited at 12:00pm and finally went to check on my shuttle only to find out I had to wait some more. I had already cut off my arm band so I was stuck without the ability to go back and get some lunch. I highly recommend keeping your arm band on until you get to the airport in case you get delayed! The shopping on site is really bad, I do not recommend buying any jewerly-what a ripoff. The shops really are a tourist rip off. I did find a good bargain at a T-shirt store. Be diligent and careful when shopping. The onsite Spa available to the Grand and Maya guests was well worth the visit. I wished we had visited more that once. The free pools/sauna/showers were relaxing. I wouldn't spend any money on other spa services-overpriced by double and they really are not very good. Overall, I feel the experience was good for the money. I'd return to the same property and I'm not one to visit a place more than once. I'd even check out another Iberostar property in another location.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IberostarMexico, QUALITY MANAGER at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Dear Guest,
We are honored that you choose our resort to spend your vacation and that you took the time to share how your holiday went with other travelers. Thank you for your comments as they are very important to us in order to improve our services.
We will be pleased to welcome you once again in a near future.
Best regards
Quality Manager
Iberostar Mexico
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Also Known As:
Iberostar Paraiso Maya Hotel Playa Paraiso
Iberostar Paraiso Maya Hotel
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Iberostar Riviera Maya
Iberostar Hotel Paraiso Maya
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Iberostar Paraiso Maya Playa Paraiso, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Address: Pto Juarez km 309, Playa Paraiso, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen > Playa Paraiso
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Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Playa Paraiso
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Paraiso
#4 Romantic Hotel in Playa Paraiso
#6 Family Hotel in Playa Paraiso
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Playa Paraiso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Iberostar Paraiso Maya 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on the beautiful beach ofPlaya 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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