Iberostar Cozumel Refreshes and Reopens

Enhancements bring spiffy new look to property

By: Dawna L. Robertson

Closed since August in the aftermath of Hurricanes Emily and Wilma, the 306-room Iberostar Cozumel has reopened with a host of improvements and renovations making the property even better.

Housed in one- and two-story bungalow-style buildings surrounded by tropical gardens, guestrooms have been totally refurbished. The thatched roofs over all rooms are now reinforced with a double level of protection against the elements.

In room amenities include a private shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV, safety deposit box and mini-bar. All feature a terrace or patio with hammocks for relaxing on lazy afternoons. Landscaping is an ongoing effort and the tropical foliage is returning throughout the property’s carefully manicured grounds.

Iberostar Cozumel’s buffet restaurant has been expanded and now features one of the most extensive buffet-style menus on the island. The massive palapa roof over the buffet restaurant has also been reinforced and air-conditioning has been added to sections of the dining room.

In addition to the two existing specialty restaurants, the hotel complex has opened the new Star Rock Cafe for casual dining until 9:30pm, after which it transforms into a sports bar and disco. The spacious grounds also include a pool area with a terrace, children’s pool, swim-up pool bar and a completely renovated poolside restaurant.

One surprise benefit of last year’s storms is an expanded white sand beach providing guests a wider area of powdery beachfront where they can stretch out and soak up the sun.

Iberostar Cozumel provides scuba diving through Dressel Divers, a CDC/PADI Gold Palm Resort Dive Center located on the beachfront property. Here, guests can enroll in diving courses that range from basic to instructor levels. The center also offers nitrox courses, local dives and night dives for certified divers, cenote diving, equipment rental, snorkel tours and courses.