We decided to get married destination-style and luckily chose the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso south of Cancun. The resort is all-inclusive, which was important to us because we paid for 15 family members to take the trip with us.
There are actually 5 resorts on one property, and The Grand is far above the others for quality and value. It is an adults only (18+) resort and caters to "adult" activities (scuba, snorkeling, para-sailing, volleyball, water polo, aqua aerobics, etc. Our guests ranged from 18 to 73 years of age, and everyone (according to their comments) had a great time. My parents, who are seasoned travelers, said that they didn't know what to expect but the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso surpassed their expectations and was by far the finest hotel they'd been to in Mexico.
The resort is beautiful and the staff ensures that everything is perfect. A couple of notable staff members who made our stay fantastic: Martin was both waiter and source of information. Originally from Mexico City, he moved to the playa to enjoy the air. This guy is phenomenal; he handled our group with careless ease and ensured that everything that we desired was provided. Mario took care of all of our dining requests at our initial dinner, our rehearsal dinner, and our reception. Like Martin, he was fantastic and ensured that everything ran flawlessly. No one waited for a cocktail or drink, and his service was impeccable. Paulina was our wedding coordinator. With the exception of a few small bumps that we requested outside of her capabilities, she was on top of the wedding details from start to finish, ensuring that we were happy, comfortable, and without care. She took care of our party's golf reservations, all of our dinner reservations, and minute details such as champagne in the room every night, chocolate-covered strawberries, warm baths, and rose petals on the ground/bed for the wedding night. She's a consummate professional who will make your stay awesome. Jasmine at Adventure Photos. We had our doubts about Jasmine because we did not speak to her prior to the wedding. She was a bit unorganized, but I don't think we could have chosen a better photographer for the wedding. Our pictures are amazing! The only thing I would recommend changing is to talk to her before having pictures taken (something we did not do) so that you have a better idea of how she operates.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the long, fine, sandy beach of Playa Paraiso in Mexico's Riviera Maya. Top 5-star luxury. Quiet and relaxing. Personal butler and concierge service. 24 hour all inclusive service. 4 a la carte restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Playa Paraiso
- Playa Paraiso Iberostar
- Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso Playa Paraiso, Riviera Maya, Mexico