My family of 5 (2 adults and 3 teenage girls) along with my parents (60's), brother and sister in law with their kiddos (2adults and 10/7 year olds) and my two step son's and a friend (in their 20's) visited the Lindo this past June.
This resort had something for each person in our group. Not an easy order to fill with so many ages. From the arrival, the check in process was pretty quick. We arrived on a charter and the Iberostar staff were busy with a lot of check in guests. The lobby is air conditioned and has WiFi and a lot of seating.
Our room was not available until later in the day, so we went for a delicious lunch at the buffet. Many choices, friendly staff! Once our room was ready, we went to quickly change and hit the pool. We requested rooms nearby one another and ended up all in the same building. We were thrilled. My teenagers were just 3 doors down. The rooms were standard, not junior suites, but were spacious and had a balcony. Steps, no elevators. The air conditioning stays on until you turn it OFF, not when you place a key in a slot. So, our room was nice and cool when we came back from the hot sun. Beds were firm, sheets clean, bathroom large and clean. Plenty of drawer and closet space. Not super luxurious but certainly very nice and perfect for our needs.
Beach- VERY Good!! Not much seaweed, large wide stretch of white sand. A ton of sunbeds and covered thatched hut's for shade. Beach bar and Food served on the beach, as well as server's available to bring you beverages!! Drinks were good, not watered down. Beer was cold- I think it was Sol and Dos Equis. Didn't see any "American" beers, which we didn't want/expect...but it seems American's tend to think everyone has "our" beer. When in Rome.....
Pools- Aside from the area around the swim up bar, which tended to get a little oily feeling late in the day, the pools were VERY clean. The pool deck was pristine. The resort grounds as well were exceptionally clean and well manicured. We spent our pool time near the waterfall, as it offered a cool breeze. The bar near the wave pool was convenient and the staff there were quick, friendly and poured whatever we asked for. There were also a lot of chairs and thatched huts for shade. I would have loved a few regular chairs, as I honestly get tired of laying down! Pool towels available.
Activities- the staff is great about encouraging people to join in. Non motorized water sports were included, but some days it was too windy for the kayaks. Other water sports available for a fee. The activity pool for volleyball, basketball etc is only good if you are at least 6ft tall. But there are plenty of spots to have impromptu volleyball or toss a ball in the main pools. Lazy river was nice too.
Food- Buffet choices were plentiful, well prepared, hot foods as they should be and cold foods the same. We ate at specialty restaurants twice and it was great both times. Would have liked to try another, but with our group size it wasn't available. Next time will make sure to book reservations as soon as we check in with concierge (Each building has their own concierge).
Excursion- we went to playa del Carmen. Our group took a van for a reasonable rate. Worth the trip, but plan to be hassled to buy in the stores. Prices are ok. So many very cool restaurants to see/try. Next time I will make sure to allow more time in Playa.
we had planned to visit Chichen Itza, but it is a 10 hour day from the resort, so we skipped it this time. Tulum is closer.
WIFI- free in lobby and lobby bar (both air conditioned) Fee to use in the room. At night it was impossibly slow, but so many were using it, that was no surprise. Gotta stay connected to social media.
Shopping/Nightlife- there were shows, it looked like people were enjoying them, but we didn't attend any. The World cup was being played while we were there. It was shown at the Disco (no clue the name)...it was AWFUL. Small Tv's and very dark. We found out the Maya was showing games and went there, it was much better. They brought out chips/salsa and it was a much bigger brighter room. I wonder if they considered showing the games in the theaters? It would have been fantastic in one of those venues.
The 20 somethings didn't love the night life, mainly because there were few single's in their age group- but we were all tired from long days or sun and drinking!
Teen club- my kids were not impressed
Photographer- booked a photo session with the onsite photography outfit. the photographer was very nice, but most of our pictures were not great. Might have been better had it not been quite so windy, but there was no purchase requirement. We bought anyway...and now have some ok pics and some that are pretty good!!
thumbs up to this resort, we will absolutely return to this and/or another Iberostar resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on the beautiful beach of "Playa Paraiso" (Mexico). With the only wave pool on the Riviera Maya. 16 restaurants, 11 of them a-la-carte. 18-hole golf course and convention center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Paraiso Lindo Hotel Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Hotel Paraiso Lindo
- Iberostar Paraiso Lindo Playa Paraiso, Riviera Maya, Mexico