On Site: First Impressions of Iberostar Playa Paraiso

Before boarding my American Airlines flight this morning, I heard a weather report that said the temperature in New York City could break 80 degrees today or tomorrow. So I was surprised when I landed in Mexico to feel the temperatures in Cancun, as well as in the Riviera Maya, were only four or five degrees higher than back in the Big Apple.

Upon arrival at the Iberostar Playa Paraiso, I was intrigued by the aesthetic combination of the ruins, architecture and landscape (photos to come later this week). But what struck me the most was the sheer size of the place, and I haven't even toured anything outside the main lobby or my room yet. Check out the copy of the property's map below and you'll see what I mean.

Iberostar Playa Paraiso resort map

I am staying at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, which is a fairly large property that is a dot on the entirety of the resort. Looking at the map, this place seems like a theme park or city of its own. There's a shopping center, a convention center, an expansive golf course and five hotels. I'm sure I'll discover more that the map can't do justice for as the week progresses. But until then, check out a quick video tour of my room, #7315.

The balcony is, indeed, a nice touch. Check out a still photo of the view from it below.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso view

I'll be sharing as much of this property as possible throughout the week (in addition to some cool news I can't share just yet), so stay tuned.

If you or your clients have been here, or are planning a visit, let me know and I'd be glad to explore certain areas or answer questions of interest as best I can. So far, we've received the following comments on our Facebook page about the property:

Dedra Shahan
I loved it. My clients love it. Happy Travels

Kathy Barnes Johnson
I have a client who is staying there in June. My hubby and I are hoping to make it there in the fall. It looks amazing! Can't wait to hear about your stay.

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