The Perfect Holiday Gift: A 5-Star Upgrade on the Riviera Maya
Vacations are like big holiday dinners: I want to enjoy a little bit of everything when I go and still have room for more. This mystery guest travels often, and I am not always the one making the arrangements. That doesn’t mean that I have to give up the experience of staying at an Iberostar Grand Hotel, even when I’m staying elsewhere, or have arrived via cruise ship for the day.
Like other Iberostar resorts, the Grand Hotel Paraiso on the Riviera Maya sells day passes (bracelets, actually) that allow me to experience the all-inclusive five-star treatment and amenities during the day or evening. It’s a no-brainer. I simply upgrade for the day. I love to spend my morning kayaking the teal waters by the hotel. Leisurely paddling, I enjoy the coral and marine life just below the water’s surface. When I’ve had enough sun, I take a break for a sumptuous lunch at the casual Beach Buffet Restaurant. My upgrade is about not having to make choices, but rather doing it all, and this buffet allows me to taste everything from Mayan delicacies to seafood so fresh that it looks like it was just plucked out of the ocean I just left.
After all of this overindulgence I want nothing more than to relax on the white sand private beach all afternoon. I could be taking a yoga class in the fitness center, but the service on the beach makes me feel so pampered that I dismiss the thought for the time being.
When it’s time to go, I keep thinking that I should have done an all-day upgrade (from 9:00 am until 3:00 am) because I don’t want to leave. Still, it was nice to upgrade for the day, and at $100 including my meals and drinks, it’s left me completely satisfied. Now if you happen to be traveling to the Riviera Maya this holiday season, and you’re not already staying at the Grand, wouldn’t a day pass make just about the perfect gift?