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Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita review

Posted: August 06 2014
Related Categories: Destinations Mexico Cancun Riviera Maya Resorts Zoetry Reviews

I (Michael McHugh, Co-Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services) recently visited Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita in Riviera Maya, Mexico.  I visited Zoetry with my 2 teenage daughters, Madison (16) and Karlin (13).  We spent 3 nights there (Aug 1-4, 2014).  The resort is small (90 rooms) and this allows for more personalized service.  We send many of our agency clients there and always enjoy spending time on property with our manger/staff friends.

Grounds
The grounds are well kept and lush green.  Walking around the resort gives you the feeling of being in a spa.  It is very peaceful and relaxing.  There is artwork everywhere.  The owner collects it and brings the works of art to his resort.  One area had a crocodile in it.

Pool
There are two pools.  The main pool has two areas with a shallow area in between that you can sunbathe with your back in the water.  There is also a section that is set up like a hot tub, but it is the same water that is in the pool.  The pool has drink and food service.  The pool butlers will even walk across the shallow area of the pool to bring you your drinks.  There were chairs around the pool and a number of umbrellas.  I didn’t have problem getting a seat, even though the resort was full.  If we needed shade, I just asked and the pool butler brought an umbrella.

We did eat at the pool one day. The girls had a cheese quesadilla and a chicken quesadilla and I had a cheese pizza.  The food was good and the menu was generous sized for a pool menu.

Beach
The beach had soft sand and there were plenty of beach chairs.  They did have beach service for food and drinks.  We didn’t spend much time on the beach.  There was seaweed in the water and on the beach but the resort took great care of maintaining it and keeping it under control.


Suites
The suites are all beautiful and each room is unique with its own layout and artwork.  One of the unique things about this resort is that there are no room numbers.  You have a room name.  Our room name was Uxmal.  It took us a few days to get the pronunciation correct. 


Presidential Suite Ocean Front
We were in the Presidential Suite Ocean Front.  The suites are gorgeous and ours was HUGE.  It had two bedrooms (one on each end of the suite); two living rooms; and a dining room in the middle.  There were doors that could be closed for privacy.  Both bedrooms had king beds.  The bathrooms were works of art.  They had double vanities, a stand up shower, and a gorgeous roman tub—the water came out of a lion’s mouth.  My bathroom had a small garden.  Both bathrooms were done in nice tile.  The shower had an overhead shower as well as jets on the wall. 

There were two large terraces each with a plunge pool, lounge chairs, a table & chairs, and a large terrace bed.

The Presidential had artwork throughout the suite, it was absolutely stunning. 

The in-room bar had Jack Daniels, rum, welcome bottle of tequila with salt & lime.  It had two types of beer, but you can order additional types of beer through room service. There is a Nespresso machine in each room.  You get fresh fruit every day.  We also had welcome champagne and flowers.  Each room has a beach bag that you can use during your stay and take it home.  It is a handmade straw bag so it is special and unique. 

There are TVs in the bedrooms and living rooms. 

Wifi is included at this resort and all over the resort.  The signal was good in our room but not great during dinner time at La Canoa.


Service
Tipping is allowed, but not required.  We did tip at dinner, to our maids, and also to pool butlers.  I tried to notice if others were tipping and whether there seemed to be a difference in service.  I did not notice any difference.  We had really good service all over the resort.

The pool butlers were reasonably quick.  The service at the restaurants for dinner was great.  The first night, the waiter asked if we spoke Spanish.  When my daughters responded  that they spoke a little, he spoke Spanish to them for the rest of the dinner.  I was pleasantly surprised that they were able to respond so well. 

Concierge very responsive every time I called they took care of it right away without any reminders.  There aren’t many resorts that I can say they were that responsive, the difference is in the details at this resort.

The maids/housekeeping did a great job of cleaning our rooms.  When we went to dinner, the came in our room and not only cleaned, but decorated our beds with towel art and flowers. 

Restaurants
They have 4 restaurants plus room service.  We only ate at one for dinner, La Canoa. 

Sushi & Ceviche Bar is a sushi bar.  We did not try this one—none of us are into sushi. 

El Chiringuito Beachside Grill – We ate here for lunch.  They have burgers, chicken, and many other things.  It was very good.  They are open for dinner, but it is open air.  One night they had a Mexican Theme night, but we decided to eat at La Canoa.

Restaurant Kaax – I ate breakfast here and they have a great variety.  The food was good. 

We ate dinner at La Canoa two nights.  The food was great and there was a lot on the menu.  This is one of the highest rates restaurants in Mexico and it is easy to see why, eating here is worth a visit to this resort.

They start off with cheese, bread and oil & balsamic.  I had Foie Gras mini bucket, short crust vanilla pastry, curl of chocolate, vanilla foam; Hydroponic lettuce, cracked wheat, black olive textured, olive vinaigrette; Risotto, Granada padano, fresh tomato; and Angus beef tenderloin, baby onion and artichokes, squash blossoms foam.  Karlin got Wood fired roasting octopus, beet, turnip, arugula; Fish soup, miso, sweet soy; and Angus beef tenderloin, baby onion and artichokes, squash blossoms foam.  Madison had Watermelon salad, goat cheese ice cream, celery cloud; and Angus beef tenderloin, baby onion and artichokes, squash blossoms foam

The next night I had Tuna filet, fresh tomato, pistachio butter, Pinapple salt lyophilized; Organic spinach and arugula, sunflower sprouts, cucumber sorbet; Market greens, spiced pear, crispy Parmesan, asparagus granite; Penne rigate, gorgazola sauce, porcini mushroom; and Beef Fillet with vegetable skewers and polenta timbale

The house wine is very good.  I drink dry red wine and it was tasty—dry, fullbodied, with a nice long finish.

We had room service for breakfast twice and dinner once.  The food was good and was delivered in 30 min.


Extras
Zoetry includes some extras that other resorts do not.  See below.  We really liked the laundry service and private transfers.  We did not make it to tea time, but it looked nice.  We did the catamaran sunset cruise and the girls liked it.  I did not do any of the included spa inclusions, but they are a great benefit.

• Private chauffeured airport transfers
• Bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit plate daily
• 1 hour Catamaran sunset sail (weather permitting)
• Welcome bottle of Tequila, handmade beach bag 
• Shopping excursions by boat to a local fishing village (weather permitting)
• Hydrothalasso pool and aqua gym
• Thalasso Seawater Experience per guest, per stay
• Traditional Temazcal steam room ceremony every other day
• Daily afternoon tea time featuring live plant tea infusions
• Maid service three times each day
• Complimentary 24-hour laundry service
• Complimentary unlimited worldwide calls

Entertainment & Activities
Nightly entertainment is subdued.  We didn’t go to any, but saw they had live music and singers. 

I spent some time in the library one night.  The bar closes at 11pm, but you can stay in the library as long as you want.  No one came in while I was there.  The resort is fairly quiet at night.

I did yoga one afternoon and it was great.  Sandro was our instructor.  I usually practice Baptise Power Yoga (at Evolution Power Yoga in Lancaster, PA).  We did an asana flow, so it was similar.  He even showed me a stretch that I never did before.  He was great. 

They do have different activities in the afternoons.  I did cigar rolling one day.  A local person comes in to teach you how to roll a cigar.  It was fun and you get to keep the cigar.

They had wine tasting one afternoon, but we went on the catamaran cruise.  They have Mayan & Spanish lessons and dancing lessons. 

Windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing are included in the cost of this resort as well. 

In a nutshell, this resort is the best of the best and we have loved working with them over the years with many happy clients.  Please let us know if you have any questions and as always, please contact your Dream agent with any questions.