I wanted to write a review, because this was so helpful for me as I was deciding where to take my family on vacation. I hope it is helpful for you as well. We arrived at the Iberostar on Sunday Nov. 27th to find that the Lindo was still closed, so they upgraded us to the Maya. The Lindo did open on Thursday, and it is beautiful. The Iberostar is a large complex with 4 sections. The Del Mar and Parasio Beach are across from each other, and share facilities and a beautiful pool area (I thought it was better than the Lindo/Maya Pool). The Lindo and the Maya are across from each other and share facilties and pool area. There is little difference between the Lindo and the Maya. The Lindo lobby is beautiful, and the rooms are nice. The Lindo sceneary is simple, but nice. The Maya lobby is nice, the huge bar in the center is lovely, and the walk between buildings is spectacular. So, if sceneary is important to you, pay the extra $ and stay at the Maya, if not stay at the Lindo.
We had booked the Jr. Suite and the room was very nice. Great bathroom w/oversized whirpool tub, huge shower, and great water pressure. Be prepared though, it is one big room. This was a family vacation, our kids (13 & 12) were right next to us, so if romance is in the picture, get your kids their own room.We were in building 61, pool view. It was great. I would have been disappointed with buildings 64-66, or backside of 60-62, because your view is construction, and smells bad at times because of the decaying trees and plants. At check-in, make sure you are happy with your room, if not get what you want, even if you switch to the Lindo. I do not think there is a bad room view there, because the backside is lush garden.
The pools are awsome. But again, be prepared, they are salt pools. They are cool, but if they were any warmer, they would not be refreshing, and it just takes a few seconds to get used to it. The salt pools are much cleaner and do not have the chemical problems, so enjoy. We loved the pools. (The wave pool is fun, but only goes on the hour, so watch your time). Take your own rafts!
The Star Friends (activity directors) are great. The only complaint that we had was that they schedule too many events at the same time, and have dead time in between. My 12 yr old son is an athlete, and is not real interested in the pools, unless their are games going on. Beach Volleyball, soccer, air guns, achery, etc. were scheduled at the same time instead of scattered thru the day, so you have to pick and choose what you want to do. It would be better if they would spread them out. But my son had a good time and enjoyed lots of activities. My 13 year old daughter had a great time. Did all the dance lessons and pool games and met great girls she had a blast with. The Star Friend Dancers are so great (tell Marcello we miss him). He danced with my daugter almost every day and at the shows at night and made her trip. Secondly, if you plan on snorkeling, you will be PAYING for it. They have the equipment for you, but Wilma has changed things, and you cannot just walk out the beach and snorkle. We were so disappointed with this, because we love to snokle. So we took the Dive Shop excursion ($27 a person) to go about 1 mile in a boat to the reef, and it was cold and not that great. If you love to snorkle, pay the extra money and go on the 3 hour excursion to the caves and make a day of it. The Dive shop excursion is a waste of money. My son and husband played Golf and loved it. It is a beautiful course. They gave us the Twilight $ even though it was morning, and we put on our credit card and the exchange rate was so good it was only $157 for 2 of us.
Breakfast - go to the indoor Seafood restaurant (Maya Lobby). Since Wilma, there is a fly problem, and the outside buffet is covered with them. The food is much better indoors. Good omlets
Lunch - the food is ok. Not great, but you are not going to go hungry.
Dinner - Very Good. Make your reservations when you first get there, you can change them if you need to. Japanese- Great, Steak - Very Good, Cajun - Very Good, Mexican - Good, Buffet- OK. Italian - Closed, Oriental - Closed, Meditrraneo - Closed. Gourmet and Seafood we did not eat at. Don't expect alot and be pleasently surprised.
The Best. I have never had this good of service. We have been on cruises, Jamaica, other Mexico destinations, and this far exceeds any of them. The staff, from housekeeping to the Chefs, want you to have the best vacation ever. We loved it. Tip if you want to. We did.
They are fun. They work very hard at them so appreciate what you are getting. They are a little Cheesy, but participate and have fun.
The Lindo/Maya is running about 85%. They are painting, replacing roof tops and plants and trees. It is not perfect yet, but in a few weeks, it will be. They are having to adjust to what is now availale after Wilma. The beach has changed and the current has as well. Much bigger waves now, so body surfing is an option. Bring your own board. Snorkling not.
We had a great trip. We would go back today if we could, but if you are planning on going in the next month, see if you can get a discount, because not everything is available. But if you cannot, go anyway. It is paradise. Feel free to e-mail me with other questions. I would be happy to help.
- 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