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Iberostar Paraiso Maya
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Playa Paraiso
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

My family and I (husband, inlaws, and our 4 year old son) recently returned from a wonderful 7 night trip to the Paraiso Maya! My husband and I have stayed at the Iberostar Paraiso Beach several times and love it, but decided to upgrade to the Maya for this trip, mainly because we were taking our son for the first time. I wasn't convinced the upgrade was worth it in the beginning as we loved paraiso beach so much, but in the end we decided that we will return to the Maya.

Differences over Paraiso Beach: everything was just grander and more elegant over all. We also loved being able to eat at a restaurant every night, as we do tend to get tired of buffet food after a few days. The Maya and Lindo pool has a children's pirate ship/water park area and our son really enjoyed that. Also, the beds were much softer and more comfortable on the Maya side

Food: We much preferred the buffet at La Marina (near the lobby) for breakfast over the buffet closer to the pool (El Fogon). For restaurants we went to: Steakhouse, Seafood, Japanese (twice), Brazilian, and Gourmet. All were wonderful; however, I think my favorite meals of the trip were from the taco shop at the Shopping Center. The crepes at the shopping center are phenomenal as well! We also enjoyed having more premium brands of alcohol staying at the Maya.

Entertainment: I was pleased to find the entertainment was overall much better than our last visit in 2012. The staff work so hard at organizing activities throughout the day, and we enjoyed heading to the theater after dinner.

Service: One of the main reasons we keep choosing this resort! Service is always impeccable, all of the staff are extremely hospitable, everyone we encountered from the concierge to the grounds keepers was friendly and greeted us with a smile. It's a large resort, but people will remember you and greet you by name, and even remember your drink order! (Federico at the pool bar is wonderful and so hard working!)

Cons: Really the only downside to the Maya for me were that they didn't have the large covered palapa beds that they have by the pool on the Beach/Del Mar side. Obviously not a huge deal because we still had access to that part of the resort, but we thoroughly enjoy the palapas and wished we had them on the Maya/Lindo side as well.

I know this resort has had some negative press recently, but we have been here several times and have had nothing short of wonderful experiences each and every time! In fact, we are leery to even go anywhere else because we know we are guaranteed to have a perfect vacation at Iberostar! We can't wait to return next year, and started planning our return trip on our way home!

Room Tip: buildings 62 and 63 provide a central location between lobby (restaurants) and beach/pool area
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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your kind comments about your family experience at IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya.

It is good to read that your son liked the pirate ship and the water park area at the pool, where you get to spend time together. We hope this was the first of many memorable memories he will have at our facilities.

We are really pleased to know that the personalized service of our outstanding staff made you and your family feel safe and comfortable, as this is one of our most important goals and we are proud we achieved it.

We truly appreciate your loyalty and be sure we will be waiting to welcome you once more.

Cordially,

Quality Manager
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

i really dont know how to put this into words. we stayed for two weeks this year, and as always, wish i stayed longer. what an amazing staff!! its people like, christian and giovanni, the chefs. tatiana at the star lounge. raul and beatrice at the beach club. isreal, our concierge at building 61 this year and 51 last year was to perfection, and alvaro at the pagoda. these wonderful people helps make iberostar 5 stars and give us that unforgettable experience. we are in the process in making plans to return in august with family and friends. we cant wait to see you all again!!!
thank you again from the bottom of our hearts

the otiniano family

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

Dear guest,

Thank you for choosing IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya to spend your recent holidays.

It is gratifying to read that you had a fantastic stay due to our outstanding staff and their incredible service. Comments like yours are the best reward for us because our main aim is our guests’ satisfaction and on behalf of our staff, we want to thank you for your encouraging words.

We cannot wait to welcome you back with your friends and family to your second home IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya.

Kind regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

My partner and I️ stayed in the resort for 5 nights and it was the right amount of time. Rooms are very clean, staff is very friendly and food quality / variety was above my expectations. The restaurants were quite nice, and staff was very pleasant. We also went with my brother in law, wife and two small kids.

Night entertainment was very good as well. There are well organized shows every night, and the entertainers were very talented. We met two, Santiago and Jesabelle. They were very warm and friendly to hang out with after the shows were over, and they performed very well. They were both my favourites at the resort.

Charlie also did a great job to make my family, and partner welcome at the resort. He was helpful in giving us advice about the resort, town and other things to do in the area.

Our room cleaning staff Xochilt was also very pleasant, and respectful. And our concierge, Misrael, did a great job at accommodating our requests.

The resort is great for little kids as well, with lots of activities, playgrounds and areas for swimming.

Areas to improve:
- The rooms are a bit outdated / not my style. They could also improve the lighting in the room, especially the washroom
- Being able to use the amenities of the other Iberostar resorts nearby would also be nice
- Gym is well equipped but a bit outdated, but I️ hear they are building a new gym
- Changing reservation times for dinner were overly complicated
- It would be nice if the hotel organized it’s own shuttle to the airport and back instead of having to use expensive taxis or slow collectivos

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Sameer B
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Dear guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share you experience about your family vacation at IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya.

It is a pleasure to know that you had a wonderful stay with us and that we exceeded you expectations through our beautiful facilities, grounds and most of all the friendliness of our staff. Thank you very much for highlighting the outstanding job of our colleagues Santiago, Jesabelle, Xochitl and Misrael, rest assured that we will share your comments with them.

We would like to mention that our guests can use the facilities and services from the IBEROSTAR hotels nearby Premium and Premium Gold categories, from 9:00am to 6:00pm without any extra charge.

Once again, we thank you for your valuable suggestions and we hope to have the pleasure to see you back soon.

Kind regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Many pools in the premises are not cleaned or maintained
A/C in room very nosy and stop and starts too frequently
we had over 300 rooms taken by our group, could not get an extension of 1.5 hrs. in check out
food was plentiful, variety huge but not really exciting

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled on business
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Dear guest,

We would like to thank you for choosing IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya to spend your recent vacation.

It is a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed the flavors and the variety of our gastronomic offer.

On the other hand, we would like to mention that before our guests’ arrival, housekeeping and maintenance departments verify that everything is working properly and that everything in the room is in optimum conditions; the same procedures are followed with the pools and the common areas respectively, as we work under the highest quality standards. We offer you a sincere apology if you founded any mishaps during your stay, and thank you for bringing this up to our attention.

It is worth to mention that our rooms work with motion sensors in order to save all the electricity as possible according to the Green Globe program that we are glad to be part of. These sensors allow the AC to stop when the temperature is appropriate, however, we kindly ask our guests to call the building concierge so they can assist with any special request and to make sure the AC is working properly.

We hope you can give us the opportunity to host you once again in the near future and provide you the excellent service that characterizes us.

Sincerely,

Quality Manager
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

We stayed at the Maya after the original hotel we were visiting closed due to a sickness outbreak.

Pros:
Gorgeous large rooms with whirlpool bath and minibar stocked daily.
Staff are all lovely - from the Maids to the waiters/waitresses/bar staff. All very friendly and genuine smiles and always working hard.
Pools are all a good temperature and plenty of them so lots of room
Wave pool was a huge hit with the kids
Japanese restaurant food was really good and a some great show cooking (we had an early booking so were served first) I know other guests had a later booking and felt that they had to wait to long to get there food so bare this in mind if you want to catch the show that evening.
Seafood restaurant was fab (had to wait a while but I didn't mind when the food was served red hot) and we were constantly supplied with drinks.
Beach was beautiful and clean and the water was lovely and warm. Never had an issue getting a sunbed.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the wildlife and how they are widely accepted by the hotel. They made my sons holiday.
The hotel is stunning and the details breathtaking - lovely to walk around with all the high ceiling and water features.
Branded drinks and always bottled water available
Towels changed whenever you wanted

Cons:
Food :( We have done the past 5 years with First choice holiday village all over Europe/Tunisia all inclusive and have never had an issue with the food. However the food at the Maya was cold/luke warm most of the time unless you had the meat/fish cooked fresh.
Very basic choice in the buffet. I know there is a lot on offer but we have been used to having big theme nights and lots of different dishes/stir fries etc.
Kids usual favorites i.e nuggets and fish fingers were gross. Fish fingers were almost ALWAYS cold and the nuggets could smash a window they were that hard. The kids lived on chips the entire time - which 7/10 we had to wait for as they always seemed to go empty with nobody there to manage refills. (there was only a small tray to begin with).
We attended the Mexican restaurant which had a lovely atmosphere but even the food they served was cold and had to be sent back (they weren't even busy- maybe this was the problem).
The room service was exciting to us as it was 24/7 but every time it came it was again cold :( after 4 days you get sick of complaining so give up. After a week I was just put off eating anything other than salad/chips
They ABSOLUTLEY need more staff to manage the restaurants and a manager or sub chef who can monitor the food that is out and/or being served. This is a 5* after all??
The pools started getting really dirty after the first week, debris everywhere including empty water bottles (very off putting when swimming underwater with goggles so you can clearly see what is in there).
I did see guys around the pool with nets but again they need to concentrate more staff to keep this in check.
The Jacuzzi's in the main pool stunk - went in once and didn't go back - they were always empty ( this should of been a clue not to try them)
PRICES: $5 for crisps in the onsite shop and $5 for bucket and spade for the kids. As you cant go to a local shop this was shocking to us.

KIDS CLUB - considering my sons have spent the last 5 years loving the kids club at previous holidays, they didn't attend once. Seemed very unorganized and not much fun for the older kids (10-12). The times were always messed up so we would attend beach soccer to find it wasn't on and the table tennis tournament turned out just to be a couple of games - no effort put into keeping scores etc. I wouldn't of left my kids anyway if they were younger. Maybe we have just been spoiled with previous holidays.

All this said we did have an amazing holiday, I think this was down to us going with other members of our family as I think I would have been more disappointed if our company wasn't so good. I wanted to leave an honest review.
As this is a destination/hotel where you plan on spending most of your holiday they really need to improve the food and kids clubs. Maybe then this really could be a holiday you would want to return to.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Quality manager I, Quality Manager at Iberostar Paraiso Maya, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2017

Dear guest,

Thank you for choosing IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya to spend your recent vacation.

We are happy to know that you enjoyed the kindliness of our staff, our beautiful facilities and the exotic wildlife roaming around the resort. Your comments are really important to encourage our team to keep on the good work.

On the other hand, we regret to read that the food was not of your liking. Our Chefs are always in a continuous research to provide our guests with the ultimate culinary experience and it is with great concern that we read we were not able to achieve this during your stay. Our Executive Chef daily supervises that the food is being prepared with the highest levels of hygiene and quality according to standards, with fresh disinfected ingredients, since the moment it is prepared to the moment we deliver it to our guests, nevertheless, we do not take your comments and observations lightly and we will forward them to our Food and Beverage department.

We appreciate you have shared your feedback with us, as it is are our most reliable source of information and it help us to be aware of the areas were we need to improve.

It will be an honor for us to welcome you and your family once again for your next holidays to the Riviera Maya.

Kind regards,

Quality Manager
IBEROSTAR Mexico

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Additional Information about Iberostar Paraiso Maya

Address: Carretera Chetumal - P. Juarez Km 309, Playa Paraiso, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen > Playa Paraiso
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Playa Paraiso
#4 Luxury Hotel in Playa Paraiso
#4 Spa Hotel in Playa Paraiso
#4 Green Hotel in Playa Paraiso
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Paraiso
#5 Romantic Hotel in Playa Paraiso
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Playa Paraiso
Price Range: RM 1,005 - RM 2,077 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Iberostar Paraiso Maya 4*
Number of rooms: 434
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on the beautiful beach of Playa Paraiso (Mexico). All junior suites with Jacuzzi, DVD player, upgraded amenities. Exclusive dining plus dine around privileges at over 16 restaurants, 17 full service bars. ... more   less 
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