For couples looking to get away for the big day, the adult-only five star Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso has it all. located 30 minutes from the Cancun International airport and shy of a two hour flight from the Texas coast, this resort offers a luxury destination within a 175-acre complex in the Mayan ruins and jungle.
The hotel is located on a private beach and shares the shores of Playa Paraiso. The Spanish family-owned magnificent Iberostar Playa Paraiso resort complex is comprised of five total hotels and offers something for everyone in the wedding party.
The first hotel in Mexico to offer an adults only all-inclusive property, Iberostar Grand Paraiso, has four sister hotels on the property offering a variety of activities for families on any budget in the wedding party: the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar, the Iberostar Paraiso lindo, the Iberostar Paraiso Maya and the Iberostar Paraiso Beach. all guests of the Grand have unlimited access to the sister hotels, restaurants and activities.
From the moment guests arrive, the luxury, attention to detail and exceptional service mir- rors what guests would expect to find in a five star property in Vegas. after a seamless hotel- arranged transport from the airport, guests are greeted in the lobby with champagne or a Caribbean cocktail and a cool towel. Check in is handled quickly and guests are escorted to their assigned concierge and personal butler offered for all rooms. The hotel also offers a personalized pillow menu, 24-hour room service, personalized in-room mini bar and liquor preference, shoe shines, and daily newspaper delivery.
Every room is spacious and features balconies with ocean, pool, or garden views. Guests often wake up to roaming peacocks, exotic birds and flora right from the balcony. The 310 air-conditioned guestrooms feature marbled his and her vanities, European linens, an oversized whirlpool tub (and pampering bath salts), MP3 docking stations and CD players. The Grand also offers brides and grooms one of twelve secluded, romantic honeymoon villas complete with a private plunge pool.
What’s special about this destination property is the resort only hosts one wedding per day whether it’s a beach wedding or an indoor wedding at one of the restaurants overlooking the beach. The attention to detail and service is what makes this property rated No. 1 on tripadvisor of all hotels in the Playa del Carmen area.
The property also boasts an on-site full-time wedding planner, ensuring customized one- on-one planning. all floral are native as they are grown in the Hotel’s own nursery and greenhouse. Music offerings range from DJs to violinists to a full mariachi band. although the property is adults-only, children under the age of 18 are permitted in the wedding party activities, but must stay at one of the neighboring hotels in the complex that are family friendly.
The Iberostar offers three standard wedding packages, but all ceremonies and activities can be customized by the on-site wedding planner. The star, silver star and gold star packages range in price from $999 to $2499. Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso offers a wedding gazebo in addition to the beach, poolside, tropical gardens or a traditional Catholic ceremony in the on-site chapel. But, the gorgeous view on the beach remains the most favored place for ceremonies.
Most receptions are held at on-site restaurants, depending upon the party’s size. la Brisa’s beachfront ballroom and the Bella vista restaurant are two of the larger venues and are popular with guests near the ocean front. l’atelier and toni’s Steakhouse offer intimate rehearsal dinners for the wedding parties. All of the property’s restaurants employ chef-trained staff, which don’t disappoint. The all-inclusive menus will surprise you as all of the restaurants offer unique dishes and cooked to order items.
The Grand makes entertaining and planning activities for the wedding party and guests before and after the wedding easy with a full schedule of activities, including: bike tours, beach volleyball, spinning, cooking classes, wine tastings, pool games, salsa and meringue lessons, yoga, air gun, archery, bingo, aqua aerobics, catamaran, snorkeling, kayaks and windsurfing.
Every evening the hotel hosts a live musical entertaining show in the theater such as the Pre-Hispanic Show, Vegas – complete with casino games, Magic, rock Show, Fantasia, Big Band and more.
The property offers beach service, poolside service at three pools, including a “quiet” pool, health club, and wireless Internet in public areas, but internet service in rooms are currently being converted from hard wire to Wi-Fi.
The Spa at the Grand offers turkish and roman baths and private rooms with exclusive treatments to a beachfront massage and personalized couples treatment. a fresh juice station will quench your thirst after a day of pampering.
And, for the golfers in your party, the property offers a P.B. Dye-designed championship golf course, 19th Hole pro shop, and on-course all- inclusive food and beverage service.
Couples will not be disappointed in this Caribbean destination with the affordable luxury of a five-star resort in the exotic Caribbean, a personal wedding planner, gourmet all-inclusive meals, and exceptional attention to detail.
By Kim Padgett