Five Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Cuba
Five Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Cuba
Cuba sits a mere 150 km (90 miles) from the tip of Key West, Florida, but it might as well be a million miles away. Political differences and sanctions have made it a no-no for most Americans, with a few exceptions for charities, churches and journalists. More recently, the laws in the US have been amended to allow more people, provided that they go through an approved tourism group. For the rest of the world, Cuba has long been an amazing, unspoiled tropical gem with the opportunity to meet real people and experience real culture. All-inclusive resorts are a great way to see the place without a lot of unexpected expenses. Here are some great options for all-inclusive resorts in Cuba:
Melia Cayo Guillermo *****
Cayo Guillermo is one of the locations that inspired the writing of the iconic Ernest Hemingway. This all-inclusive resort in Cuba sits at the north end of the island, next to the largest sand dune in the Caribbean. Though secluded, the resort has most everything a guest would need, from on-site theater to access to scuba diving to mini club for kids activities and daycare opportunities for parents. There is also an on-site pool, health club and spa.
Paradisus Varadero Resort *****
This is another of the 26 Melia hotels located in 8 locations within Cuba. This is located along the lovely Varadero beach, and is a family-friendly location. The resort boasts a mini-club with a number of daily activities for those under twelve. This and the baby club (for ages 1-4) are open until 10 pm and designed as a chance for Mom and Dad to have some adult time while the kids get their own special vacation fun. The resort boasts a spa and health center, as well as pools, beaches, golf access, restaurants, bars, water fun and more.
Melia Cayo Coco *****
This is an adults-only resort, allowing stays for anyone over 18. It is located on the island of Cayo Coco, in the Jardines del Rey Archipelago. This island is connected to mainland Cuba by a stone causeway, so it is accessible by car. Rooms are either hotel-style or in stilted bungalows over an estuary (saltwater lagoon). A large, zero-entry pool, access to Los Colorades Beach with chairs, volleyball, lifeguard, and other amenities, fitness center, in-house theater, game room, use of watersport equipment and access to deep-sea fishing and diving opportunities are all available here. Ten restaurants and/or bars are on-site, and boast the excellence that Melia resorts are known for.
Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort *****
Paradisus Rio de Oro calls itself an Ultra-inclusive resort, meaning that if they offer a service, it should be included for no additional fee. Included at this resort are 8 restaurants and 5 bars. The restaurants range from casual beach/pool lunch spot to haute Mediterranean cuisine to a themed restaurant that chooses a different cuisine of the world each night. Fresh seafood, sumptuous steak and local specialties are all available to guests. The Bahia de Naranjo national park is adjacent to the resort, and they have taken advantage of this by placing their “royal treatment” bungalows near the edge of this unspoiled beauty and out of the view of other guests. Also included is access to a beauty parlor, spa, pools, and free/included diving lessons and unlimited dives. The perfect location for scuba aficionados.
Iberostar Varadero *****
Located on Cuba’s expansive Varadero beach, this Iberostar hotel boasts 5-star opulence and all-inclusive amenities. A stay here includes three meals per day, a mini-bar that is refreshed daily, drinks from the bar, and access to different outdoor activities that the hotel offers. Rooms are spread out throughout eleven buildings of traditional Cuban design. Additional amenities include wellness center, spa, sauna, beauty parlor, and 4 onsite pools. For those who want to spend their time on the lovely sands of Varadaro beach, beach umbrellas and chairs are available for guests to borrow at no additional charge.