Checking Out the Iberostar Grand Paraiso

After four nights at the Valentin Imperial Maya, my boyfriend and I spent a few nights just down the road at Iberostar Grand Paraiso. This is one of the fanciest and most expensive resorts that I sell to clients, so when I won three nights at a convention last year, I intended to take full advantage. Needless to say, my expectations were HIGH.

Since I won the stay, I didn’t get my choice of room category and therefore was just expecting a standard room. However, when we got there we got an oceanfront upgrade! Sweet.

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We had an amazing balcony right on the ocean… too bad it was too hot to enjoy!

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Yes, please.

We were ready for three nights of bliss, but I have to say there were some little things that just didn’t quite work for me there. First of all, I was mostly disappointed in the breakfast. Coming from the Valentin where there was freshly squeezed juice each morning, the juice at the Iberostar was downright awful. Tasteless and from a can, Kool-Aid would have been better. Other than that the food was fantastic, but that made a big impact on me.

Otherwise the resort was just a bit too… hoity-toity for us. A week here normally costs about $5k or more, so you can understand that they set pretty high standards. The clientele, of course, are the type that are typically older and retired, so we really didn’t talk to other guests at all.

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Decorations are cute but I hate those ugly bedspreads.

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Getting ready for dinner.

The food at the Iberostar, however, was downright fantastic in comparison to the Valentin (not that the Valentin had any bad food). Our first night’s room service dinner was great, and our second night at the gourmet restaurant so SO GOOD. I had some scallops (my favorite food) and lamb shank, and I’m not sure which I liked more. Once again we ordered every dessert and we weren’t sorry.

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Even though I wasn’t completely in love with the Iberostar like I was with the Valentin, our three nights there were way too short. It was our first time having a week long vacation together and every day was better than the last.

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Last day enjoying the beach 🙁

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No more daily crab for a looong time 🙁

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Our highlight of our stay at the Iberostar – found this guy crawling around my clothes in the bathroom!

Would I go back to the Iberostar Grand Paraiso? Probably not. Even though it was adult-only, it’s part of a larger campus of resorts that are all family-friendly, so you can bet the beach was still crawling with kids (I like my pool bar child-free). I also hated that we had to make advanced dinner reservations, and when working on that it can be very annoying as most of the time the restaurants you want are never open when you want them. The Valentin was reservation-free.

I just liked the vibe at the Valentin better, too, as we found more people to talk to and the staff more approachable.

Thanks for the overall lovely visit, though, Iberostar! You have a great product but it just isn’t quite for me. 🙂

4 Nights of Bliss at Valentin Imperial Maya

Well, I’ve found my new favorite resort. My (lucky) boyfriend and I spent half a week at the amazing Valentin Imperial Maya in August. I’m a travel agent and we sell this resort quite frequently, so I had enough points to score four nights in a Diamond Suite. To get an idea of what this place looks like, here’s a Youtube video I found of the room. Read more

Azul Fives stay and tour of Tulum Mayan ruins

I have been anxiously waiting to write this post all week but am just getting to sit down with it right now! I recently got a job at a fantastic travel agency in Wisconsin and am loving it! My boss believes that the best way to learn is by doing, so she courteously sent me to Cancun, Mexico to attend the Mark Travel Corp Summit, which is a three-day long conference on everything the Mark Travel Corp has to offer. They are partnered with Funjet Vacations, Southwest Vacations, TNT Vacations, Blue Sky, and United Vacations. We sell a lot of their product in our agency and have a great partnership with them, so I was thrilled to attend the conference! And what a fantastic company they are – it’s a family-run company that clearly supports and invests in their travel agency. They put on a great conference for us all and had fantastic evening entertainment at the Hard Rock Hotel in Cancun and another night with a fabulous Vegas-themed party to which they flew in actual celebrity impersonators and Vegas show girls! Read more

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