Iberostar Paraiso Beach Resort is a deluxe - not luxury – all-inclusive for the mass market. It's an enormous resort made up of four hotels. Beach and Delmar are the two older ones that are less expensive and cater mainly to Europeans. They wear green-and-yellow bracelets and have access to the entire property, but are limited to only these two resorts for their meals and drinks. They do not have access to bars in the Lindo/Maya side.
Lindo and Maya are the two newer hotels catering to mostly Americans - these guests wear gray-and-brown bracelets and have access to the entire Paraiso compound. They can make nightly reservations in any of the restaurants and will be served at all bars.
We had reservations at Maya, the most luxurious and expensive of the four hotels, and had access to all facilities. We walked through the grounds of Delmar and Beach, but did not avail ourselves of any services because of the distance involved and the fact that all was offered on our side.
The lobbies are vast and opulent and the grounds beautifully landscaped, with pools meandering from the lobby toward the beach between Lindo and Maya. Delmar and Beach are similarly designed, but in a slightly older fashion. Specialty restaurants, lounges, shops, and showrooms encircle the lobby, so it's easy to get from Maya to Lindo.
Rooms are spacious junior suites, all with a balcony, marble floors, quality furnishings, plenty of storage space, a safe, a TV with many channels, DVD, separate Jacuzzi tub, glass-enclosed shower, twin sinks, and mood lighting. You have a choice of a king-size or two queen-size beds, and there is a pullout sofa in the step down living area.
The beach is beautiful - about a third of a mile long - with soft sand, warm water, and plenty of lounge chairs and palapas. Vendors along the beach are few and non-intrusive. Lots of activities take place in the central area, but there is a quiet section at the southern end.
The food is good, varied, and well presented. It reminds me of a cruise ship. With thousands to feed, it is not even truly gourmet, but certainly above average in quality, presentation, and service.
Nightly entertainment is hit-or-miss, but since there are lots of interactive-type shows, it depends on the crowd. You all know what I mean with karaoke. The staff does do a good job of getting people to participate. The musical groups are good for both listening and dancing - and the disco, again, depends on the crowd.
Iberostar Paraiso Maya is definitely a good choice for a family or group vacation - lots is offered for everyone. It is not as highly recommended for couples or honeymooners, but if you do go, you can certainly find a quiet romantic spot both day and evening.
I've devoted an entire journal to Iberostar Paraiso Maya, describing the restaurants, beach, and pool areas in more detail.