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Looking for a wonderful hotel to celebrate Valentine’s Day, a honeymoon, a romantic jaunt or to get married? ¬†Look no further than the Iberostar Grand Hotel in Riviera Maya.

I recently spent a week at this property and was amazed at the beauty of the place, the hospitality, the service, the food and the overall cleanliness.  I am not one to get bowled over by an all-inclusive resort, but this hotel is far and beyond anything you can imagine.

First you can hop on JetBlue for a quick trip to Cancun.  At the airport you will have prompt transportation service ( I used Olympic Tours) efficient, clean and fully air-conditioned.  The ride to the Riviera Maya is about 30 minutes and a very scenic one at that.   In a very short while you arrive at this fabulous structure and in minutes your luggage is wheeled off and you are ushered to the reception desk.   There you are met with the traditional cocktail (alcohol or non alcoholic) while you are being attended to.  Very efficient Рfrom front desk to Bellman you Рyou are taken care of with the utmost speed and courtesy.

Once you receive your assigned room, the bellman escorts you and your luggage to a beautifully appointed suite. ¬†I stood in the middle of the room admiring the beautifully designed and romantic space, the quality of the sheets, towels and layout of the room. ¬†Just beautiful – ¬†then opened the sliding door to a large terrace. ¬†You have the choice of garden view or beach — either selection is gorgeous. ¬†You will not be disappointed.

I was now curious about the dining areas, as it is one thing to be in a gorgeous hotel, with a fabulous room, but the restaurant and food experience would determine if it warrants this rave review.  I headed out to the beach area where the restaurant is located, for lunch.  I was most anxious to see if the elegance of the hotel and room translates to the restaurant.

On arrival at the restaurant, I walked in expecting the regular buffet and ‘cafeteria dining’. ¬†No, No, No..Elegance is the order of the day. ¬†The tables have actual tablecloths, clean, crisp and airy building. ¬†You can have your choice of wines at lunch..the buffet selection and presentation is extraordinary.

I was ushered to a table overlooking the vast expanse of beach and the crystal clear blue water and had the most delicious meal.   The next morning I headed to another restaurant for breakfast Рthis one overlooking the pool and again presentation and quality of food was above and beyond.  Not your typical all-inclusive.

Of course, I had to test out room service.  Again, delivery was prompt and it was elegantly appointed and set up.  Again, I was thoroughly pleased with the quality and taste of the food.

I visited the very large pool – lots of comfortable outdoor furniture with attentive staff.

At no point at this property do you feel hurried, or had to wait for anything.  Service is top notch, and done with a smile.  You feel as if the staff really enjoy their job and happy to help you with whatever you want.  Of course it also does not hurt that there is a shopping center 5 minutes away and the bellman is only too happy to take you there on a golf cart.

The shopping center is filled with all the basics – artwork, local products and great silver products: all at a competitive price.

I highly recommend this property and I will definitely be back there for some much needed rest and relaxation.


Idalia Ruiz   Р     mxweddingsparaiso@ib

Yuritzi Sánchez   Р


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