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Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso - Adult-Only All-Inclusive Resort

Luxury! Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso is luxury personified. Opened in January '07 it caters to Adults-Only and will fulfill your every need and exceed your expectations. It has certainly accomplished that for ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION on multiple occasions (most recently in November 2012), and our standards have grown a bit high after years of experiencing high end resorts. Quick - name another all-inclusive resort where you can order Lobster and Heineken every day for lunch. That was our first experience, minutes after our first check-in, and has now become a ritual. And for those craving American beer - you can even have Budweiser.


The sensational pool area


The restaurant, La Brisa, provides high floor to ceiling unobstructed views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea, only a few feet away, with dining options of indoor with AC or outside in the shade. And while the Lobster was prepared a bit differently some days it was always available and delicious. So was the Heineken. We can state that this is our favorite lunch of all resorts with choices like lamb, prime rib, shrimp, crab legs, jumbo shrimp, steaks, Caesar Salad created fresh as you wish, pizza, sliced hard boiled eggs topped with caviar, a huge salad & veggie bar, hamburgers, fries and so muych more.


Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso is the final hotel in the Iberostar Paraiso complex. Iberostar saved the best for last as this is an undisputed 5 star adult-only all-inclusive in the Mayan Riviera on the shores of the beautiful Playa Paraiso. Not that you would likely stray from this adult oasis where you will be pampered and indulged with unparalleled service, but you do have complete access to the Iberostar complex, including restaurants at other resorts, the central disco and spa. Conversely, guests at other hotels have no access to the Grand Hotel.




The atrium garden ceilingWe come away convinced that Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso leaves nothing to be desired. It earned its name it is Grand. Marble and Spanish tile sparkle every where from the spacious lobby to the beach view restaurant at the end of the property. You can walk from any guest room to any dinner restaurant without leaving air conditioning and expansive grand hallways and corridors.

Butlers and concierge's respond without delay to any request. The complimentary in-room mini bar surpasses others. Included are soft drinks, juice, beer, bottled water, mineral water and liquor. Here's a tip - the liquor in the little airplane size bottles are not really for consumption. They serve as your menu. Simply select from Bacardi, Absolut, and many other name brands, then call the concierge. He will deliver the real thing to your room - a full bottle of your choice - complimentary. There is also a DVD menu to chose from.



Luxurious pool & Jacuzzi
Arriving guests are warmly greeted with a welcome cocktail and a refreshing face towel.  Throughout the resort you will be treated to premium brand liquors, intimate delicious dining and 24-hour room service with an outstanding menu varied by the time of day or night. The exclusive on-site Spa offers an exquisite selection of couples treatments. As a guest you receive complimentary play at the 18-hole championship P. B. Dye masterpiece. Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso has it all - luxury in a relaxed setting, personalized Butler and Concierge service, plus an atmosphere absent of screaming children and rowdy teenagers. Last and certainly not least is the pillow menu available in all rooms.




The guest rooms are indeed grand
Speaking of rooms - they are large junior suites with Jacuzzi's actually built for two. Expect to enjoy dual sinks, private toilet area and rain forest shower heads, large sitting area with love seats and writing desk, and a large patio or balcony with a celiing fan above.
Read our full review on every aspect of this resort below.



30-minute south of the Cancun International Airport in the Iberostar Paraiso Beach complex. We suggest upgrading to the Non-Stop Transfers to assure an uninterrupted transfers to the resort. Or ask us to include two complimentary non-stop transfers with your Iberostar Grand Hotel stay and odds are - we will. Located north of Playa del Carmen.

Mini-bar and closet areaAll meals are a la carte gourmet quality - you always order from a menu, unlimited snacks, and premium brand alcoholic drink, soft drinks and natural fruit juices. 1 buffet is available for breakfast and lunch. Generous 24-hour room service featuring Omelette orders for breakfast, Shrimp Cocktail, pizza, and steak for lunch, plus plus seafood, Mexican, sushi, and beef specialties for dinner. Plenty of activities and night time entertainment. While spa services are not included, use of the sauna, steam room and fitness area at the Spa are included.

Food & Cocktail room service
Pillow Menu selections
Dinner, Golf & Spa reservations
Shoe shine and newspaper delivery daily



Beautiful and well manicured, featuring a water theme that equals tranquility. We took quite a few pictures around the grounds - you should get the idea.

Beautiful beach


Spa services are available at an additional fee. You use either the on-site El Spa or the Iberostar Playa Paraiso Resort Spa. At the Grand Hotel El Spa some of the available treatments include:



The enclosed Spa pool



Aromatic Bath; Shiat-Su; Reflexography; Hot Stone Massage and more.

Relaxing Massage; Massage with Clay; Massages for Couples (which some of us opted for and thoroughly enjoyed); Four Hands Massage; Grape Bath; Chocolate Wrap; Tired Legs and many more.

Sport Massage; Therapeutic Deep Massage; Revitalizing Orange Shower; and After Sun Tanning.

Coffee Wrap; Milk Bath; Deluxe Grape; and Marine Exfoliation and more.

Deep Cleaning; Moisturizing Facial; Anti-Acne; Revitalizing Facial; Secret Facial; For Men and many more.

Sea Aroma; Anti Stress Program; Golf Expert; Vitality; Maya Ritual and others.

TEMAZCAL - A Specialty Treatment
Also known as "The great breath of Life", is a relaxing and purifying ritual true to it's Mayan cultural origin. The treatment takes place inside an igloo shaped house of hot stones to the sound of authentic ethnic drums and instruments. The Royal bath combines music therapy with native herbs and "copal" to achieve a deep meditative state that will balance body, mind and spirit. There is also a Night Temazcal treatment.

New state of-the-art 32,000 sq. foot Spa complex
VIP preferred reservation for Grand Hotel guests
28 serene cabins offer facial and body treatments
Sauna, Turkish, and Roman Baths
Jacuzzis and thalasotherapy pools
Classic and exotic massages
The extraordinary "Temazcal" Maya treatment


There are activities for every level of interest. You can go after it or simply relax, but you'll never be bored. Try sea kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, or snorkel. Join a game of water polo, beach volleyball, beach football, tennis, archery or billiards. Plenty of healthy activities such as Spinning, Yoga, Dancing lessons (learn to Salsa), Thai shi. The fitness facility has the latest equipment for weights or cardio work. There are six pools (2 are heated in the winter) with a total of 77,877 sq. feet. 5 outdoor Jacuzzi's.

Nightly entertainment program with live music and shows.



The beach is nearly a half mile long and quite wide. There are many Palapa wth lounge chairs for sun or shade. The waiters do come take your drink orders.

The beach facing La Brisa


RESTAURANTS: 4 A la Carte - Reservations are required (butler or concierge can make them); and 2 Buffet for Breakfast & Lunch

(Dress Code for all Restaurants: Casual elegance for gentlemen: Long pants and dress shirt or polo shirt, dress shoes. T-shirts or tank tops are not allowed.

Casual elegance for ladies: Long pants, skirt, blouse, dress shoes. T-shirts and tank tops are not allowed.")

BUFFET  - BELLA VISTA: Open daily for buffet breakfast 7:00am - 10:30am; Lunch 1:00pm - 3:00pm; and themed dinners on a schedule 6:30pm - 10:00pm. Excellent view of the pools and ocean in the distance.

BUFFET - LA BRISA: Wonderful International buffet, including a la carte lobster for lunch. Spectacular ocean views with indoor and outdoor seating. Though this is a buffet expect outstanding table service from a terrific wait staff. Breakfast from 7:00am - 12 Noon; Lunch/Snacks12 Noon - 6:00pm. Mediterranean dishes. 6pm - 10:30pm

ITALIAN RESTAURANT - VENECIA: Home made pastas, plus traditional seafood and meat dishes. A la Carte Italian cuisine. 6:30pm - 10:00pm. Last reservation at 9pm. Reservations are highly recommended and dress code is enforced.

JAPANESE RESTAURANT - HAIKU: Spectacular ocean views with 6 Tepanyaki tables. Full show cooking and delicious. 6:30pm - 10:00pm. Last reservation at 9pm. Reservations are recommended and dress code is enforced. In fact we witnessed gentlemen turned away wearing nice dress shorts.

L'Atelier, Gourmet restaurantGOURMET RESTAURANT - L'ATELIER: Another a la carte restaurant with spectacular ocean views. Exquisite 5 course dining. Romantic candle-lit indoor and outdoor dining. 6:30pm - 10:00pm. Last reservation at 9pm. Reservations are recommended and dress code is enforced.

SURF & TURF RESTAURANT - TONY'S: Wonderful cuts of Angus steak and mouth-watering seafood. A la Carte dining. 6:30pm - 10pm. Last reservation at 9pm. Reservations are recommended and dress code is enforced.

Swim-up pool barThe pool bar is open until 6pm. Most of the bars are open until 1am and Music Bar Rhapsody is open until 2am. Expect premium brand drinks at Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso such as Grey Goose, Absolut, Skyy, Chivas Regal, top shelf Tequila and Champagne; and beers you won't find at another area all-inclusive resort such as Heineken, Budweiser, Bohemia, and many more.


ROOMS: 310 rooms in four categories
ALL SUITES- Adults Only

120 Ocean Front Suites; 30 Ocean View Suites; 150 Standard Suites; 10 Honeymoon
Villa Suites:

Guest room looking toward balconyThey use the term oversized suites with justification in this case. Each suite offers plenty of space, including a relaxing separate sitting area just inside of the spacious balcony. Sleep at your own comfort level with the pillow menu. The main bedroom area is luxuriously furnished. Amenities include fine European bedding and linens; pillows of your selection; iPod/MP3 Dock station and DVD Player; CD clock Radio and Interactive TV in armoire; complimentary safe; coffee maker; A fully stocked mini-bar including a variety of beer, soft drinks, juices, bottled water and mineral water. The mini liquor bottles are a sample of the full size bottles you can request through your Concierge. Just pick up the phone and call. The nightly turn down service comes automatically - no phone call necessary. Free Internet service is available for your laptop. Bathrobes are available for your use during your stay.

Jacuzzi and bathroomThe oversized marble bath area includes a Jacuzzi tub built for two, double sinks and his and hers vanity, hair dryer, lighted cosmetic mirror, separate glass enclosed toilet facility, glass enclosed shower, and top of the line Gilchrist & Soames amenities.

Housekeeping may be arranged at a specific time by contacting your butler or concierge.

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