Okay guys, I'm really slacking over here and I'm sorry. I've had a hard time getting back into the groove of blogging...bare with me.
So in Part One of Our Wedding Recap I covered Who, What, When and traveling to the resort. Today let's talk about the resort itself and the first few days leading up to the ceremony.
For the first few days we stayed with our families at the Iberostar Paraiso Maya. This resort is a part of a larger complex with multiple resorts on property. The complex is situated right on the beach between Cancun and Play del Carmen, on the Riviera Maya. It features traditional Mayan decor and is very well maintained. Like most resorts, the common areas feature indoor/outdoor layouts and it's not uncommon to see iguanas, cats, coatis, and even peacocks roaming down the halls and along the walking paths.
Of course the downside to such a large complex is the amount of walking it takes to get from place to place. Luckily our rooms were situated close to the main pool, beach and restaurants. If we wanted to venture out further to the shopping mall or other resorts, there was always someone close by with a golf cart willing to take us there.
The rooms themselves were nothing fancy, but were clean and comfortable. When you are on an all-inclusive vacation, who needs more than that? After a long day in the hot sun we always came back to a clean room decorated with towel animals and rose petals, and a fridge stocked with our favorite liquor. Our view here wasn't spectacular, but we did have a balcony with a hammock swing which was fun and we made up for the lack of view with our honeymoon suite which I'll cover in a separate post.
The food at the resort was better than I ever expected. There were 4 a la carte restaurants to choose from and one large international buffet. We ate at the buffet for breakfast and lunch every day and tried the steak restaurant once. Both were excellent. My family tried the Japanese restaurant one night and raved about that as well. Two of the buffets were situated right by the pool and offered lax dress codes which made breakfast and lunch a breeze. There was also a large buffet on the beach featuring hot dogs, burgers and chips and salsa. Each day on the beach, chefs would cook up a huge pot of Paella. We had this one day and it was to die for. My absolute favorite thing to eat though were the tacos from the taco shop at the shopping mall. The taco shop was open all day and into the night and featured authentic Mexican tacos with all the fixings. Amazing!!
The Paraiso Maya featured one large pool with a pool bar, wave pool, and lazy river. There were also smaller, "quiet" pools throughout the complex and even kids pools. We NEVER had a problem getting good chairs in the morning and the pool never felt crowded.
The only downside to this resort is the Beach. The beach was rocky and filled with seaweed. The staff worked diligently to keep it at bay, but unfortunately, there is just not much they could do. Luckily, we aren't much of beach people and the pool was just fine for us!
Okay, that wraps up Our Destination Wedding Recap - Part Two. I'll be back next week with Part Three featuring the ceremony and reception.
- Travel Agent: Dana Lewis, Ultra Tech Travel
- Transfer to and from Cancun Airport: Lomas Travel (booked by UTT)
- Transfers to and from BWI: Premiere 1 Limousine
- Bridal Gown: In White Lancaster
- Resort: Iberostar Paraiso Maya and Iberostar Grand Paraiso
- Wedding Planner: Pamela Gonzalaz with Iberostar Paraiso Maya
- Photographer: Eric with Adventure Photos, Pariso Lindo