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Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Mexico
Posted: November 29, 2007
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The humidor selections included a range of Cohibas (from the diminutive Exquisito to the Siglo IV), several Montecristos and a few Partagas, including the Serie D. Prices aren't terribly expensive, given the resort setting, and the informed patron can find a few bargains. While the Montecristo No. 2 is a bit steep at 200 pesos ($18.34), the Partagas Serie D No. 4 is a reasonable 150 pesos ($13.75).
I chose an H. Upmann Corona. The smooth-drawing, quality Cuban tobacco imparted a strong taste and great balance. A cool glass of dark rum punch added a refreshing touch.
Before turning in for the night I visited with a gentleman named Crescencio Abraján. Resident cigarmaker Crescencio hand-rolls 50 to 70 cigars each day using the same trimming tool and petrified palm tree stone he's had since learning techniques from Cubans in Vera Cruz, Mexico, more than 30 years ago. The tobacco he uses is grown in the San Andrés Valley near Veracruz. Cresencio's cigars are private labels made exclusively for Iberostar.
There are a number of bars throughout the hotel complex. No additional charge is incurred for drinks, meals, room service or in-room servi-bar. These are covered as part of the daily all-inclusive fee. At the Grand this can range, according to the season, offer or packager, from $280 to $600 per night per person. Cigars, laundry, golf and a few other amenities are extra.
Responsive concierges and butlers, available 24 hours, are located on each floor of the hotel. Along with the 24-hour room service they add to the attentive, personalized guest service that accommodates every need. And don't worry about drinking the water at this resort. All water and ice are purified.
The resort offers many day activities, including a spa, fitness center, sailing, water sports, shopping, indoor and outdoor pools, and golf. Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club, a P. B. Dye design, incorporates intriguing natural features such as cenotes (sinkholes where twisted trees grow). Shot-changing contours in the fairways and undulating terrain add to the challenge. Night entertainment is also part of the package: first-rate shows of music, dance and magic are offered for hotel guests only. Much to do, plenty to eat and drink, and no need to leave the sizable property.
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