Looking for some great Cuba resorts? The resorts listed here are the best of the best. We've also included a great eco resort and a list of some other great resorts in Cuba. If you're looking for an all-inclusive resort, also check the top Cuba all-inclusive resorts. .
Cuba, the island nation suspended in time, is experiencing a renaissance in its resorts scene, enchanting visitors with an alchemic mixture of old-world charm, rich culture, and luxury accommodation. These island paradises, set against the backdrop of crystal-clear Caribbean waters, picturesque landscapes, and white sandy beaches, offer a unique blend of relaxation, recreation, and Cuban culture.
As an Australian traveling with my Canadian wife and family, I did not have any problems traveling and staying at a Cuban all-inclusive resort.
However, for Americans there are some restrictions. Check with the consulate before you book.
Venture outside the city, and you'll be captivated by all-inclusive beach resorts such as the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria and Iberostar Selection Varadero. These beachfront retreats, set against the stunning backdrop of azure Caribbean waters, serve as serene sanctuaries for sun-seekers. Pristine beaches, infinity pools, exquisite culinary experiences, and the possibility of adventure in every ripple of the seamark these resorts as havens of relaxation and recreation.
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The first time I laid eyes on Varadero, it wasn't the resort brochures or the well-crafted tourism advertisements that had lured me there, but rather a promise I had made to myself. A promise to seek out something unique and authentic, to escape the humdrum of my everyday life and to lose myself in the rhythm of a new land.
Lush, sun-drenched, and gently caressed by the warm Caribbean breeze. It was like stepping into a dream, one that was painted with hues of turquoise, gold, and emerald green.
At its heart was the Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa, my home for the stay. A resort where luxury blends effortlessly with the island's innate charm and beauty. Imagine waking up every day to the soothing sound of the waves kissing the white sandy beaches, savoring breakfast as you watch the sun's golden rays dance on the tranquil water.
The resort itself was all about subtle grandeur and uncompromising comfort. The rooms were tastefully furnished, boasting views that I knew I'd miss dearly once back in the concrete canyons of New York. But it was the service that stood out, every single staff member wore a genuine smile and left no stone unturned to ensure your comfort.
Royalton Hicacos Varadero Resort & Spa is ideally situated on the snow coloured sandy beach and promotes itself on its position as a top adults-only resort, great grounds full of bridges, waterfalls and a swim-up bars.
With over 400 rooms and five restaurants a buffet restaurant and 4 à la carte restaurants.
Royalton Hicacos Varadero Resort is arguably one of the best Varadero, Cuba resorts. Reviews are excellent and have been for years. This is an adults only all inclusive resort.
Beachfront in Varadero, it has a full-service spa and excellent diving program.
There is a good choice of
restaurants with local or international cuisine with a joyful atmosphere. The Spa has quality restorative treatments and a professional massage team available.
Varadero is not just about luxury resorts, it is also a destination that encourages you to unwind and engage with its culture, its people. I found a vibrant local music scene where salsa rhythms floated on the evening air, enticing you to move, to lose yourself in the dance. A local fisherman, Miguel, taught me the art of fishing using age-old methods, his sun-wrinkled smile a testament to a life well lived by the sea.
If you, like me, are a foodie at heart, Varadero will not disappoint. The all-inclusive dining at the resort offered a stunning array of global cuisines. Yet, it was the local eateries where I found the true taste of Cuba. I still remember the incredible flavor of a simple plate of ropa vieja I enjoyed at a small family-run eatery off the beaten path, the meat so tender and packed with flavors that it melted in my mouth.
If you're a young, adventure-seeking traveler who loves immersing in local culture while enjoying the perks of a luxury resort, the Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa in Varadero, is an excellent choice. But, if you're looking for a more intimate, less busy environment, you may want to consider the Melia Cayo Coco, a smaller resort known for its quiet, serene environment, located on a stunning isolated island.
Review: Royalton Hicacos, Varadero, Cuba
Iberostar Varadero, nestled amidst a verdant tapestry of lush greenery, stood as a testament to the harmony between nature's embrace and architectural elegance. As I strolled along the pristine cream-sand beach, the rhythmic melody of crashing waves serenaded my senses. The beachfront setting, an enchanting backdrop for sun-soaked adventures, invited me to lose myself in the embrace of the Caribbean sea.
Review of Iberostar Selection Varadero
Overall, Iberostar Selection Varadero is a fantastic resort for families and couples alike, particularly those who enjoy water sports, tranquil surroundings, and quality amenities. It offers a charming blend of relaxation and entertainment in one of the most picturesque settings in Cuba. However, if you're more into an urban setting or wish to frequently explore the city life of Havana, you might want to consider options closer to the city.
The Iberostar is a consistent award winner, even making the list for the best all-inclusive resorts in the world. The 5-star all-inclusive resort is located on a secluded beach in Varadero about 20 minutes from downtown. There are 4 pools, 5 restaurants, spa facilities, kid's club, entertainment, and land and water sports.
A Gastronomic Symphony
The resort's culinary offerings were a symphony of flavors, promising a sensory journey through international and local cuisines. The Japanese à la carte restaurant transported me to the Land of the Rising Sun, where delicate sushi rolls and sizzling teppanyaki ignited my taste buds. Ambrosio, the international buffet restaurant, presented a feast for the senses, with a plethora of delectable options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. The culinary prowess of Iberostar Varadero left no craving unsatisfied.
There are 386 guest rooms spread throughout 11 3-story buildings. They are surrounded by gardens and have a balcony or terrace.
Reviewers say: amazing evening shows, great for a wedding, staff extremely helpful, immaculate rooms, fantastic beach.
The pyramid shaped Melia is set in the heart of Varadero Beach near Varadero Golf Club with great beach views and access in almost any direction.
Families can find especially good inclusive packages which include an activities program for children.
We are finding this is a resort on the improve especially with their entertainment and food options. Many happy and satisfied families prompted the inclusion in our best Cuban Resorts list. The Melia also picked up a Certificate of Excellence in 2014 from TripAdvisor for continued good service.
I've decided to weave my tale of my week-long escape to the enchanting shores of Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa, a refuge nestled in the ethereal beauty of Cuba's Playa Azul. If you're an adventurous spirit, seeking a tranquil setting infused with authentic cultural experiences, this story is for you.
My journey began as I stepped off the plane at the Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport. The scents of the island hit me like a tropical sonnet; the salty tang of the sea breeze mixing with the rich aroma of Cuban cigars. My first stop - the Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa, just a short drive from the airport, cradled in the untouched corner of Rincón Francés.
I remember my first glimpse of the resort, a testament to the natural luxury. The hushed whispers of the palm fronds overhead, an azure cove-shaped beach, and an ever-stretching tapestry of emerald green greeted me. Every corner whispered tales of nature’s best-kept secrets. I couldn't help but laugh in disbelief. I'd finally found Eden, and it was only 34 kilometers from the airport!
There are 421 rooms, suites and villas. They overlook the tropical
gardens and have a balcony or terrace.
Reviewers say: excellent service and attentive staff, long beaches, great pool, rooms need updating, great kid's club. Latest reviews here.
If you're a foodie like me, the resort's culinary scene will transport you on a gastronomic journey, and I guarantee you won't want to return. My taste buds took a tango lesson with each bite of the succulent Ropa Vieja, a local dish that seemed to embody the vibrant spirit of Cuba on a plate. Oh, and let's not forget the international fare. My senses are still awash with the taste of the sumptuous sushi I savored at the Sakura Restaurant.
During the day, I embraced the adventurer within, exploring the colonial charm of Havana and the architectural marvels of Cienfuegos. The nights, however, were reserved for the resort's 'Royal Service'. The intimacy of the adults-only experience with personalised services and lush suite transformed me from a mere guest to a Cuban royalty.
Perhaps, one of the most exhilarating days was when I took a swing at the Varadero Golf Club. As someone who has difficulty distinguishing a birdie from a bogey, the patient staff made my day both enjoyable and memorable. And the view from the course? Picture a tropical sun dipping below a turquoise horizon while you take that perfect shot. Mesmerizing.
One may argue that the resort is not ideal for everyone. Those seeking an urban landscape dotted with bustling nightlife and city buzz might find Paradisus a tad too idyllic. In that case, you might fancy exploring Meliá Cohíba in Havana, a true epitome of cosmopolitan luxury.
Yet, as I bid adieu to Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa, my heart brimmed with memories - the laughter echoing from the beach, the taste of sun-kissed fruits, the whispers of the ocean waves, and the warm smiles of the people who had become like family. It was a week of sheer serenity interwoven with exciting adventure.
So, here's my advice, dear wanderer: If you're longing for an escape where nature, culture, and luxury harmoniously converge, book your flight, pack that bag, and embrace the paradisiacal charm of Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa. See you on the beach!
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5 star all
inclusive resort is in Holguin on the beach. It's one hour from the
an international diving school, water sports, 3 tennis courts, gym and
health center, 5 restaurants, karaoke and a swimming pool with a
There are 300 guestrooms and suites. They have balconies or terraces. Reviewers say: efficient and friendly staff, great food, spacious rooms, ask for a room on the top floor on a corner, great for couples.
If you're interested in an environmentally friendly resort, this 3 star resort is in Jibacoa. It's all-inclusive and right on the beach.
There's nightly entertainment, land sports, pool, dance lessons, scuba clinic and more. There are 110 rooms.
Reviews on TA of Cameleon Villas Jibacoa
There are a number of other
4-star resorts you can check out for family vacations in
Cuba. They also get pretty good
reviews. But remember to check out our reviews also as Cuba is a
developing country and star ratings are not always accurate.
Cuba Top 20 All Inclusive Resorts Reviews
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In Havana, the capital city that vibrates with the rhythm of life, hotels like the Iberostar Grand Packard and Hotel Grand Aston La Habana reign supreme. With a perfect blend of historic charm and contemporary comfort, these hotels offer stunning views of the city's iconic landmarks. They serve as opulent oases amid the city's bustling streets, offering an intoxicating blend of luxury and locality.
While this is an idea that is a little easier for non United States citizens it is possible and getting easier all the time. And while there are plenty of fancy resorts that replicate others on other Caribbean islands, Havana provides a travel opportunity distinctly different and fascination for families.
While a hotel provides a safe and predictable stay, staying with a family in a B & B guest house allows you to see life how the Cubans see it every day. This is a sure way to open up lines of conversation about lots of interesting and stimulating conversations about modern life. And you sure won’t have any problems with kids only wanting to eat junk food and hang out at the mall. If they do want to you are sure to enjoy the adventure as well. Cruise the streets and enjoy the treats and music as the Cuban children do.
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