Our first trip together! We took off for a week leaving our kids with sad faces, but a small present for every day we were gone. We were in desperate need for some time alone.
We flew Delta from Pittsburgh, through Atlanta and were in Cozumel before noon. We jumped in a shared van (never again) and was off for the 50 minute trip to our resort, Iberostar Cozumel. The van stopped at several resorts on the way to the resort and we quickly learned that this was not the way to go.
We arrived at our resort and were quickly and happily greeted by the staff. Iberostar is a 5-star resort that excels in customer service. We were offered a refreshing drink and they got us checked in fast. The loaded our bags and us, plus 2 cervezas, onto a golf cart and drove us to our room.
My absolute favorite thing about this resort is the way it is laid out. They don’t cram everyone into a large building with no views. The resort is set up so that there are 306 bungalow style rooms that house either 2, 4 or 8 private rooms. You have your choice of views being ocean front, ocean view, pool view or resort view. Honestly, there is no bad view. We ended up with a pool/resort view and had no complaints. It is a sprawling resort spread our enough that you walk off the calories from the buffet. We are young and had no problems with the walking. For those that are unable to walk long distances, fear not, a quick call to the front desk and they will immediately send someone in a golf cart to take you where ever you need to go.
We had a king room. They offer king, 2 queen, family rooms (a king room with an adjoining 2 queen room) and ocean front junior and presidential suites. We loved our room, it was central to everything, clean and cool. The bathrooms are marble, immaculately clean and offer high-end amenities. We were in a downstairs unit of our bungalow and never heard any noise above us. The mini-fridge is stocked every other day with beer, water, juices, and soda. A tip on the first day to the housekeeper will get you restocked every day.
The resort is home to peacocks, peahens, iguanas, parrots, flamingos, and cats. None of the animals bother the guests and most run the other way when you try to grab a selfie…Hidden gem- behind the Kids Club is where Jose lives. He is the most adorable parrot that screams Hola as loud as he can. Kids love him!
Iberostar offers a breakfast buffet, a lunch buffet, and dinner buffet with a different theme every night. For included, a la carte dinner options, you have the choice of a steak house (our fav), a Mexican restaurant and an Asian restaurant. Reservations are required for the steak and Asian and recommended for the Mexican. Dress is business casual in all, men can wear dressier shorts and sandals. They also have late night snacks in the same building as the Mexican restaurant until I believe 2 am.
It’s Mexico, can you drink the water? You will get mixed answers here. The resort has filtered water, they make ice with is and refill your water at dinner with it. They provide you with plenty of water bottles that you never have to worry. We brushed our teeth with the water from the faucet, but spit it out and we were fine.
There are several bars at the resort. There is one in the main lobby, another in the theater, one in the lunch buffet, a swim-up pool bar, and a beach bar. All alcohol is included except bottles of wine and they will make your drink as strong or as weak as you like. Many of the bartenders have signature drinks and shots, so ask them for their favorites!
There are 4 pools. A general pool, an activities pool with a volleyball net and basketball hoop, a small sunbathing pool and a small kiddy pool for the little ones. They have Star Friends that do try to get people involved and have fun contests in the activities pool every day. They don’t hound you and can tell when someone just wants to relax.
The beach has pristine, white sand with plenty of chairs in both sunny and shaded areas. When you enter the water, beware. You are on the end of the Meso-American reef and Cozumel has some beautiful coral. It does come right up to the dry sand. This is great if you want to snorkel and a bummer if you want to wade in the water. There is a pier with a set of steps halfway out that puts you down into soft, white sand. The dive shop also allows you to use snorkeling equipment to check out the coral. We didn’t personally mind, but we know some people do.
The dive shop, Dressel Divers is amazing, we did the try scuba on our second to last day and loved it. We ended up doing a snorkeling tour with them and were amazed at the beauty of the reef there. Spoiler! We ended up getting certified with them the following year.
Alberto’s Beach bar is next door, a 3-minute walk down the beach. They have amazing, fresh seafood, music and attentive staff.
Overall, our week here was just too short. We couldn’t wait to come back.
First pic of the trip Our Bungalow
Our King room A friend on the porch.
Resort view Resort Layout
View from our room
More resort views
Alberto’s Beach Bar next door
Hope you enjoyed!