Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso

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Prices range from approximately $650 per night dbl for an oceanview jr. suite, to about $750 for an oceanfront suite. Oceanfront jr. suites with jacuzzi cost approximately $1,000 per night dbl and a honeymoon suite is about $1,150 per night.

This splendid five-star resort has five restaurants with a spectacular array of international cuisine that would delight even the most discerning gourmand. One specializes in a spectacular buffet where chefs prepare such delicacies as caviar omelets. There’s a Japanese restaurant known for its excellent teppan-style fare. Meanwhile, steaks reign at the resort’s all-American chop house that seems transplanted from Kansas City.

The resort’s smaller restaurants offer spreads ranging from light salads to seafood and delicate desserts.

There is, in fact, very little reason to leave the compound, as the Grand Paraiso offers 24-hour room service and every guest is assigned a personal concierge.

Rooms are exquisitely decorated and feature huge beds with eider down mattresses covered with soft Egyptian linen sheets; satellite TV and WiFi is, of course, routine; most rooms have hammocks hanging in airy balconies with ocean views. Some suites feature a balcony jacuzzi where one can bask while watching the sunrise or sunset in complete privacy.

The Grand Paraiso is no slouch when it comes to entertainment. There are live nightly shows in a handful of ultramodern, chrome-and-leather nightclubs where music and laughter ring deep into the wee hours.

Guests preferring quieter entertainment will find secluded beaches sparkling with moonlit waves and dreamy sunsets. The best part? The resort is adults-only.

While the Grand Paraiso features amenities rare in this part of the world, it’s also rapidly becoming one of the premier wedding and honeymoon destinations in Mexico. A variety of wedding packages offer everything from decorations to local licenses, from ministers to flowers, from wedding planners to music.

Couples staying in any of the secluded honeymoon villas will enjoy personal butler and concierge service, luggage unpacking and packing, personalized check-out service and even breakfast in bed.

The golf course, a par 72 championship beauty designed by PB Dye, will challenge and frustrate most players with its dramatic vertical movement and is one of the best courses in the area.

The spa at the Grand Paraiso is a 32,000-sq.-ft. marvel offering private rooms for couple-oriented treatments and is available exclusively to the resort’s guests. Its thalassotherapy pools and the Temazcal Maya Treatment—where guests are massaged with a chocolate concoction—are two of its most exotic features.

The Grand Paraiso exemplifies how far the area has come since it was first conceived by tourism visionaries decades ago and through its luxury and service demonstrates why it is the place to visit in Mexico.

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