Well, we are back from a week at the Lindo, we were there Feb 16-23rd and as I’m reading reviews that have been posted while we were gone, I have to think, no way were these people at the same place we were! So here’s a long one and it’s all good!
Check in and check out a breeze…. We did ask for adjoining rooms as my mother was travelling with us and the best they could do was two rooms on same floor, same side, with one room between us – it was totally fine! And they were very apologetic! Resort was either at full capacity or very close to it but that didn’t cause any problems at all, in fact, it helped keep the “fun” atmosphere going.
Rooms….. clean, spacious and the mini bar was well stocked. I see some posts about a mouldy smell, we found that as soon as we turned on the fan for the AC and let it run, the smell cleared up and did not return the whole week, so no problems there. Our fridge wasn’t working the first night we arrived and someone came to fix it within 10 minutes of our call. The staff and crew here are fabulous. There is a concierge for each building and they are there very long hours. Make your dinner reservations for the a la cartes with them as soon as you arrive. Small tips also go a long way, we made the effort to leave little notes in spanish for the maids with a small tip ($1-2USD) and when we did this, we’d get tons of extra bottles of water, beer, pop and some great towel art that the kids loved!
The grounds…. Beautiful! Pools are all wonderful. Our kids (10 and 12) loved the wave pool, lazy river, main pool and the waves at the beach. No complaints about the water temperature here, I mean, really, when it’s about 30C, you want the pool to be cool when you go in! The red flag was up all week so we were unable to get out on the hobie cats or banana boat, but my son & husband rented a jetski and had a blast. We also did a snorkelling tour through the hotel and it was amazing. The boat ride was only about 7-8 minutes out but you felt like you were in the middle of the ocean and the fish at the reef were absolutely amazing! We also went into Playa del Carmen for one morning – just by taxi.
Shows and entertainment. We were truly impressed with the quality of the shows that the staff put on every night. We’ve been to many all-inclusives where the entertainment is usually pretty lame. But here, first you’re in a great outdoor but covered theatre area, with sound and light system and a show with a theme each night. The Star Friends crew are awesome and they try so hard to keep the fun going!
Food….. never heard a single complaint from anyone about getting sick or not liking what was available. We ate at the breakfast buffet each morning, snacked at the beach grill or buffet at lunch, and did a la cartes for each dinner. Being at the Lindo allowed us to eat at restaurants at the Beach, Del Mar and Maya resorts too. The steakhouse at the Maya was very good, the Mexican at the Maya was also very very good (best service there in fact, not rushed at all). We also did the Japanese at the Beach/Del Mar and the Cajun at the Lindo. Cajun was our favourite and we ate there twice. Travelling with kids makes dinner time pretty challenging as they can be pretty finicky…. But don’t be afraid to ask the waitstaff if the menu item can be made without certain ingredients! My son asked for the Jambalaya without muscles and they were very accommodating, and, being an all-inclusive, we sometimes ordered one extra dish for the table to share in case anyone got something they didn’t like! Turns out we ended up eating an extra plate :) And... the wine was all imported from Spain too.... so good wine with dinner every night!
If I had to say one negative thing, the only one I can think of is that we did have to get up early to get chairs poolside… everyone reserves seats (yeah, yeah, yeah, even though you’re not supposed to) so it does make it challenging! We heard one family who got themselves a 2 am wake up call so they could go out, reserve chairs and then go back to bed! NOT US! But if you’re not up by 7 am, all the good spots are gone!
So overall, if you’ve booked at the Lindo, don’t worry, you can’t go wrong. We would definitely go back and are missing it already!
- 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