As I mentioned before, this resort was on the same property as the resort we stayed in for the first few days. On the morning after our wedding we packed our bags and hopped on a golf cart which took us to our honeymoon resort. Unlike the other resorts on the complex, this resort was adults-only and, while we could still visit the other properties, their guests could not visit the Grand.
Upon arrival we were immediately greeted with cool towels and escorted to the bar where we waited for the next available attendant. After a few minutes, we were told our room was not yet ready (as expected since check in is technically not until the afternoon), but were given bracelets and invited to explore!
As we took in the property, it was immediately clear why they call it "The Grand". Everything from the decor to the service was over the top!
By the time we made it back to the front desk, our room was ready. A bell boy escorted us to our room and checked us in from there. He gave us the lay of the land and asked us to choose our pillow preferences, a room scent, and items for the mini-bar. Check-in took less than 10 minutes. Awesome perk!
The room itself was immaculate, spacious, and beautifully decorated. We loved having an espresso machine and the fridge was always stocked. Our only complaint - the floors would get very slippery from the humidity anytime the balcony door was open. They did provide slippers which was helpful, but I wish someone would have warned us before we found out the hard way (which we did!).
Since it was our honeymoon, we opted for the oceanfront corner suite. It was amazing and well worth the extra money. The view was breathtaking. My favorite part was the outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the ocean. Ugh, what I wouldn't do to be back there right now!!!
The Iberostar Grand offers 3 pools exclusive to the property, plus access to the pools at the other properties. The main pool was a saltwater pool where most of the action took place. There was entertainment, a pool bar, and plenty of lounges, palapa beds, and canopies to choose from. This pool overlooked the ocean and was close to one of the main buffets. The serenity pool, tucked away from the action, offered a more relaxing environment. We spent a lot of time at both and enjoyed them equally. The third pool was indoor and just as magnificent as the outdoor pools.
As I mentioned in a previous post, the ocean was the only drawback at this resort complex. With a rocky bottom and way too much seaweed, it didn't make for an enjoyable swimming experience. That didn't stop us though from spending a ton of time laying out on the beach and taking in the view. There were plenty of palapa beach beds and lounge chairs to choose from. Each were positioned under an umbrella for protection from the sun, but were easy to move about. A waiter was always close by take our drink order. At other all inclusives I've experienced being hounded by locals trying to sell us stuff - not the case here! There were men and women who walked by selling hats, jewelry and other items, but no one was ever pushy and they never approached you first.
The food was above average for an all inclusive. The options at the Grand were similar to those at the Maya, but offered more romantic settings and featured ocean views. There was a strict dress code and reservations were required, but we never had any trouble getting in. Our favorite was the Japanese restaurant. The buffets were great and offered a lot of variety. We spent each night before bed at the lobby bar. I highly recommend the mojitos which was my drink of choice the entire trip. I also ordered a cappuccino from room service each morning to enjoy from the balcony.
Just like at the Maya, the service at the Grand is what made our stay so incredibly special. We were treated like royalty. We have never met friendlier, more attentive people anywhere. Everyone went above and beyond to make our trip enjoyable and they certainly excelled. Typically at the end of a good vacation I feel ready to go home and get back to my routine, but not this time. The Grand felt like our second home and the staff like our extended family. I was really sad to leave!
We can't imagine taking an all-inclusive vacation anywhere else after this vacation. Our trip back is already booked and we are counting down the days!
- 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