Meet Makita! Our Resident Parrot at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya!

No trip to Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya is complete without meeting our long-time resident parrot, Makita! Everyone’s favorite feathered friend, Makita the parrot has a big personality and an even bigger heart. She’s extremely friendly and absolutely loves to be petted!

Makita is a bit of a ladies’ man, so don’t be alarmed if she climbs onto your shoulder and perches there for a bit. She loves to eat bright colored fruits and enjoys preening for her admirers. Her luxurious lifestyle is the envy of all!

Listen for her familiar ccrrwww when walking around the grounds at our resort for a chance to meet Makita!

Makita glam shot

Don’t forget to say hi to Makita during your stay at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya!

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Makita Celebrates Her 9th Birthday at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya

We are celebrating a very special guest at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita Riviera Maya! For those of you that haven’t met Makita, she is our friendly resident Military Macaw parrot here at Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita.  After Hurricane Wilma blew through the Yucatan Peninsula in November 2005, we found Makita here, making Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita her home. We’re not sure where she came from or her true age, but she has quickly become a beloved part of our family and seems to enjoy her new life of luxury! Every year we celebrate Makita’s “birthday,” or the time she’s spent with us—so far, 9 years! Happy 9th birthday Makita! Below we’ve posted some photos in her honor.

Happy 9th Birthday Makita!

Happy 9th Birthday Makita!

A Guest’s View of Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita

Each and every day at Zoëtry Wellness & Resorts, we get so excited to welcome new guests! As they arrive, we introduce them to our property and make sure they feel right at home. We also always love to hear what guests thought of their time with us. Recently, Stacey of Adventures in Rhode Island Dining, took a trip to Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita and had this to say about the grounds, rooms and our very own parrot, Makita!

Upon arrival at Zoëtry, we were escorted by a manager at the resort on a tour of the grounds.  It is truly a beautiful place.  Like I said in my overview, this resort has a very Mexican feel to it . . . which is perfect because it’s in Mexico.  It’s not over the top fancy.  You don’t feel like you’re in Las Vegas.  You feel like you’re staying at a very nice Mexican beach hotel . . . exactly where you are.  With only 90 rooms, it feels very intimate.  The way the rooms are clustered in little sections, you don’t have the feeling of being in a generic hotel.  There are no long hallways with doors lined up one after another.

The grounds are meticulously maintained by a team of landscapers and wildlife caretakers.  There weren’t a lot of flowers out and blooming while we were there, but all of the plants were lush and vibrant.  The walkways through the resort are beautiful, worth a stroll through.  There are many animals to see as you explore the property.  There were iguanas everywhere.  They didn’t bother people, but we’ll just say the male iguanas were overly fond of the females!  There was a flock of turkeys, and a group of gorgeous peacocks.  There were parrots and macaws.  I am not a bird fan, and have to admit I enjoyed watching Makita, the macaw, perform her tricks and preen for her audience. 

View from the Lobby

Large Living Area


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Makita’s Birthday Celebration!

November 11th was a very special day at Zoëtry Paraíso de la Bonita! We celebrated Makita’s birthday! Makita is our resident parrot at the resort. She appeared after hurricane Wilma in November 2005. While restoring the resort, staff members found a beautiful parrot that seemed to be enjoying her new home. We aren’t quite sure where she came from, but she has been a member of the Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita family ever since then!

Makita is loved by everyone – guests and staff included, so we decided to throw her a birthday party to celebrate the time she has been with us! Our resort chef created a kiwi and strawberry cake (Makita’s favorite fruits) in honor of the celebration. We decorated with balloons and some of our staff members and guests even wore birthday hats.

It was a great time for everyone, especially Makita. See below for some highlights of the celebration!