The Grand was the perfect place for a stress free relaxing vacation!
We stayed in one of the Ocean Front rooms and enjoyed the soothing sound of the waves and the smell of the Sea! These rooms are with in a football field of being right in the water. The rooms were big enough to provide a sense of comfort and space. The beds are extremely comfortable and the sheets were plush! We had read about the pillows menu and werent sure what that would be about, but this was a very nice touch to allow the guests to personalize the number and type of pillows we would enjoy for the week. My wife enjoyed her sort of Arabian Nights pillows set up on her side of the bed!
I had read about the Personal Butlers and wondered how that would be based on reading many pro and con from previous guests comments on this subject. I personally really enjoyed and found this to be one of the special things that makes the Grand a unique experience! We had 4 difference Butlers during our week and each one was wonderful. Victor, was especially great to have as our butler! He seems to take great pleasure in meeting all of his guests requests! Special pillows, for my wife, a special adult beverage for myself .... no request was too big or too small! We truly enjoyed each of the butlers we had during the week but Victor was special!
The dining was way above the normal All Inclusive experience that we have had over the years! If you go be sure to try out Tonys early in your week. The steaks are top notch and appear to be Prime Beef as aopposed to Choice. I had the Double Cut Filet and it was on the scale of a Ruth Chis or Flemings... Nice choices on the wines as well.
The japanese restaurant was excellent with the Tepanyaki experence. Be prepared that dinner could be a 2 hour process. We also enjoyed going over to the Hacienda at one of the other Iberostar Resorts! The food was excellent!
We enjoyed the Lobby Bar at the Grand and it became a early evening ritual before our dinner! The drinks were prepared with gusto and style and the ambience was fabulious!
We loved the almost all of the waiters, bartenters, and personell all over the property! Almost everyone seemed to relly care that we were having a great experience and having a good time.
The shows in the evening were enjoyable and we saw several of them! We particularly enjoyed Boogie Nights and Rock Show! Be sure to try out Casino Nights, a good time to try out your gambling skills and win sT shirts and hats!
The propert is absolutely beautiful and well groomed and taken care of. The pool areas are beautiful and are set up to meet almost everyones needs fromsocial activities at the big pool to peace at the Serenity Pool. We loved the view from our balcony of the beach and Carribbean and We highly recommend the second or third floor if you go with the Ocean front rooms for best views!
A couple of last thoughts: Occupancy was still way down in July due to economy and the flu scare in Mexico so it is a great time to go now and to have the resort almost to your selfs. Occupancy was at approximately 30% in mid July! This means you can enjoy your favorite restaruants over and over, plenty of spaces at the pool and bars! We used Go Iberostar and Kellie....She was easy to work with and got us a great rate that was better than others we talked to! We look forward to going back in the Summer of 2010!
- 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