Iberostar Cancun

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The resort’s mega pool deck.
The resort’s mega pool deck.

Last year, Iberostar Group, parent company to Iberostar Hotels & Resorts properties, spent $100 million to purchase and redesign the old Hilton Cancun Hotel, converting it into the Iberostar Cancun. We went to see what they did with the place and found a four-diamond property that delivers on its all-inclusive offerings and is an ideal setting for clients who want a beachfront getaway where every whim is catered to.


By the numbers, the 426 guestrooms at Iberostar Cancun break down into 224 oceanview, 99 oceanview with balcony, 28 beachfront villas, 54 gardenview villas, 16 jr. suites, four master suites and one presidential suite.

Accommodations are ultra cozy, infused with Caribbean Mexico decor and with large comfy beds and linens, LCD TVs, high-speed Internet access and CD/MP3 players to keep guests entertained. The great thing about overnighting here, though, is the spectacular sunrise your clients will see from their oceanview rooms each morning, as more than 85 percent of guestrooms feature a full view.

You’ll want to tell clients that with Iberostar Hotels & Resorts’ new hotel segmentation, the Iberostar Cancun falls into the Premium Gold category, which, the company says, means that “visitors to these five-star properties will discover one of the most competitive services and entertainment offerings available on the market.”

good eats

As is customary at an all-inclusive, Iberostar Cancun offers plenty of food and beverage options—10 of them, in fact, unless you count the 24-hour room service.

We’ll start simple at El Laguito International Cuisine buffet—in our mind, the best option for breakfast—where options really are international with local Mexican foods, Italian breakfast pizzas and choices upon choices of cold meats, fruit, yogurts, grains and breads.

For an elaborate lunch, or an all-out dinner affair, recommend your clients try one of the four specialty restaurants: the gourmet restaurant La Horma, Japanese Naga Hibachi, La Parrilla Steakhouse and El Maguey Mexican restaurant, which also happens to be beachside with panoramic views—perfect for a twilight dinner.

Thanks again to that lovely “all-inclusive” concept Iberostar does so well, guests can quench their thirst with premium brand liquors at any of the on-property bars: Las Palmas, a lobby bar; Vertigo, the second-floor sports bar; Carey, a swim-up bar poolside and the Las Olas beach bar. Setting the resort apart from many others is its cigar bar, Robusto, with an offering of cigars, scotches and whiskeys.

sun, splash & sport

Everyone loves food and drink—especially at an all-inclusive—but the “shining star” of the Iberostar Cancun property would have to be its fabulous landscaped courtyard and pool deck, where palms sway as far as the eye can see, and no less than seven pools offer a refreshing escape from the sun. Remember that swim-up bar we mentioned just a minute ago, Carey? A “submerged” seat there offers shade, perfectly concocted cocktails and an earful of waves as they crash upon the shore.

Kids, too, will love the outdoors as they play in their very own water park, featuring a pirate ship, water slides, raining palm tree and even an inanimate shark in the water—the perfect antagonist for any little girl or boy’s imaginative adventures.

Golf enthusiasts will find this tidbit interesting: Iberostar Cancun is the area’s only property that boasts its own 18-hole championship golf course, located across the street from the resort’s beachfront spot and offering a clubhouse and pro shop for last-minute accessories. Also on property are two tennis courts, soccer field and beach volleyball outlet, and all of the watersports you’d expect at a beachfront island paradise.

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