Just got back from 8 fun days at the Maya. Have stayed at the Lindo before so kinda knew what to expect. Chose the Maya side this time for something different. The rooms were fabulous. We had 3rd floor section 63 in the middle of the resort. There was a garden view from our balcony with a beautiful water fountain in the middle. When we got there, our room was not occupied the night before, so it was available at 9:30 in the morning when we got there. That has never happened before. Always had to wait till after 3:00. Went down to the conciere right away and made dinner reservations. Got all the times I wanted every night. Either 6:30 or 7:00. Booked a different restaurant every night. The conciere girls for building 63 was so friendly. Was bathing suited up and down to the pool at 10:00. With all the excitement of the first day, be careful not to drink too much. Take my word on this one. Ha! Watch out for the tequila shots!
Got up early and walked the beach and went to the LIndo breakfast buffet. After that, went across the street to the shopping center to investigate. Checked out all the shops and went to the crepe place. They were wonderful. Toured the spa area. Very beautiful. The pool and jacuzzi's looked great. Were so busy during the week, we never got to use the spa facilities. Then went walking around the Del Mar and Beach side property. This night had the Maya japonese show table booked. Ordered lobster, shrimp and scallops.
This morning went over to the shopping plaza and caught the 9:00 shuttle to Playa Del Carmen for shopping for the day. This was $4.00. I have been to Playa many times, but my friend had fun shopping and picked up souviners for her family. Went back to the resort at 3:00. The shuttle will give you a schedule of drop off and pick up times. This night we had the Maya Gourmet dinner booked. I got the lamb and my friend got the shrimp. Both dinners were wonderful.
Got up early and went to the breakfast buffet right at 7:00, because we had a excursion pick up at 7:20. Booked a tour with Alltournative company. There were 10 of us booked for the day. This is a full day. Got back to the resort around 5:00. First we drove to Coba. Climbed the pyramid. Then went to another place in the jungle and did a short kayak tour. Climbed stairs down into a cenote and swam. Such a beautiful place. Got back into the van and went to a mexican village. Here we rapalled, did 1 zip line and had lunch in the village. Very cultural. This night for dinner we ate at the steak house. Ordered rib eye and a potato, roll and corn came with it.
On this day we decided to go over to the sister resort in PlayaCar, the Iberostar Tucan and Quaetzel. Went to the shopping plaza and caught the 9:00 shuttle. At their front desk, they gave us red bracelets to wear for the day and towel cards. Really liked the jungle feel there and loved walking on the beach in Playacar. Had lunch at their buffet and joined in on some of their pool games. Left around 5:00. Had a fun day there and a nice change of environment. On this night we ate at the mexican restaurant. We both ordered the lobster which we loved, and split an order of tacos. Here we ordered mexican coffee after dinner. Tequila and kalua is lit on fire then poured into coffee. Try this if you have never had it. The snake lobby bar made it for us also. The Lindo lobby did also but could not light it on fire. Upon leaving the other Iberostar resort, we took a cab back to the Maya for 20.00.
This day is Wednesday. We stayed at the Maya/Lindo for the day and floated in the pool. At noon we went to the beach for the beach party. This was a very fun time. They cooked paella in a very large pan, danced with the star friends, and there was bull riding. At 3:30 we met other people in the lobby and rode a golf cart to the Grand next door for a tour. You can book this tour at the same desk where you make the dinner reservations. Very elegant resort, but a little too quiet atmosphere for me. The rooms , pools,lounges,and theater area was beautiful. On this night we ate dinner at the Lindo Gourmet. Get the lobster soup for appetizer. Finally took the time to see a show at the theater. It was the Boogie Nights theme. I liked the 70's music. Show at 9:30 .
Today just stayed at the resort all day in the pool. It was time to relax a bit. Had breakfast at the Beach outdoor buffet. Went here 3 times for breakfast during the week. Its seemed to be the favorite. Liked the outdoor dining. Alot of nature there. Seen alot of peacocks, cats, and in the water area around the buffet were birds, turtles, fish. This night ate at the Cajun restaurant. Had shrimp and pasta.
Ate breakfast again at the Beach side buffet. Then went and floated in the DelMar/Beach pool till noon. Then back over to the Lindo/Maya pool for our last day. Spent alot of time in the lazy river. I think that was my favorite. A couple times toward the end of the day, we went and relaxed in the Maya private pool in our section. Warm water and very clean. The pool chairs are nice and cushioned. Just no bathrooms in this area or a bar. Had dinner booked for the second time at the Japonese again. After dinner went to the snake Mayan lobby and had mexican coffees. Needed the caffeine. We were going to Coco Bongos in Playa Del Carmen. Someone from the entertainment team went with a group on a tour bus. Got picked up at 10:30. The cost was 60.00. Included the bus there and back and a reserved section for seating and all you can drink. I have been to Coco Bongos in Cancun last year, this one is the same but a little smaller. It you have never been, its worth seeing . The shows and music is amazing. At 3:00am we left there in a group and went back to the bus. The bus was not there so a few of us ended up splitting a cab and $5.00 each ( 4 of us ) and went back to the resort about 3:45. Not sure when the bus showed up. Went to bed at 4:00am and had to get up at 6:00am for continental breakfast and a 6:45 shuttle back to the airport. Not much sleep that night. Ha!
All in all , the week was very nice and fun. My friend has never been to Mexico and she had a blast. Got to see and do alot. We met some wonderful people. Two couples from New York, and a couple from Michigan. Really enjoyed getting to know them. Take alot of ones for tipping. Also if you can , take comfortable rafts from home. Ours folded up in a circle with feet and head rests and cup holder. Fit perfect in the suitcase. The rafts were admired all week. Loved the Iberostar properties, Yes, I would go back if the opportunity arises, but usually every year I book a different resort just for a change. Would not hesitate to stay here.
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- Iberostar Paraiso Maya Hotel Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Playa Paraiso
- Iberostar Riviera Maya
- Iberostar Hotel Paraiso Maya
- Iberostar Maya
- Iberostar Grand Paraiso
- Iberostar Paraiso Maya Playa Paraiso, Riviera Maya, Mexico