The Caribbean island of Cuba is a land of contrasts; colonial cities, rugged mountains, epic forests and long stretches of powder-fine white sandy beach. Those beaches are a huge draw and none more so than the stunning uninterrupted 20km beach in the resort town of Varandero. A relaxed beach-life Cuban style means a luxury hotel in this popular town so here’s our pick of the best luxury hotels in Varandero to help you decide which…
Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort & Spa
The stunning serene five star Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort & Spa stands apart on the exquisite Varadero Beach in Cuba and really offers everything you need for a very special stay. The all-inclusive luxury adult-only eco resort boasts a huge choice of leisure and entertainment options during the day and into the warm evenings. It’s perfect for weddings, anniversaries, honeymoons or even just a romantic break in the sunshine.
Laze in the sun on the powdery white sands and dip in the clear blue waters, then you can try all sorts of water sports including scuba diving and snorkelling. As an alternative to the beach, there are 3 large lagoon pools and 5 outdoor hydromassage pools surrounded by tropical gardens. Or on dry land try your hand at tennis, volleyball, basketball, aerobics, work out at the fitness centre, take a cocktail, cookery or Salsa class, go wine tasting or simply pamper yourselves at the stylish Yhi Spa and beauty salon.
Your appetite will be pleased with this choice too; there are a very impressive 18 different bars and restaurants! Enjoy without limits a divine culinary selection including international, Caribbean, Italian, French and Japanese cuisine.
The spacious suites (and it’s all suites here) are light and all come with balconies or terraces. Upgrade for a hot tub or swim-up pool access. An upgrade to the Royal Service luxury suites is a must for the luxury traveller. Upgraded amenities include: a luxury welcome cocktail, butler service, mini-bar, turn-down service and access to the Royal Service Lounge.
Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa
Previously the site of the Sandals Hicacos, it re-launched as the Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa in 2014 and has improved its offering considerably since. The adults only resort offers 404 rooms, 6 restaurants and 6 bars (including one that is poolside and a beach bar), 3 swimming pools (1 of which is lagoon style), a gym, tennis courts, a dive school and a luxe spa. All the bright and airy rooms have balconies or terraces, upgrade to a suite for living rooms and exposed beams with 4-poster beds.
Meliá Marina Varadero
A sister hotel of the Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort & Spa, the 5 star all-inclusive Meliá Marina Varadero is set in an ecological reserve area on the beautiful beach of Varadero. Combining marina and beach, the contemporary resort has 126 apartments with all the facilities necessary for combining long stays on land with life on board as well as a hotel with 423 rooms, offering stunning views of the sea or the Marina. The sunshine filled resort boasts 15 gastronomic options, four swimming pools, a children’s club, direct beach access, a seafront with a nightclub, shops, a games room, a diving centre, a catamaran terminal and marina services for berthing and mooring.
Paradisus Varadero Resort and Spa
Another hotel in the popular Meliá family, the Paradisus Varadero Resort and Spa is set on one of Cuba’s most beautiful beaches, the Blue Beach of Varadero. The ultra all-inclusive five star eco-resort has 510 rooms. There is an incredible freeform pool with a children’s section and one for the exclusive use of Royal Service guests. Stunning tropical grounds edge the picture perfect white sandy beach. Activities at the beach, including dancing, samba lessons and water gym, make the day more interesting. There are several restaurants to choose from, serving a variety of cuisines and every night after dinner there is an activities program. Amigos Club offers a daily children’s programme and there is also an excellent Spa.
The adults-only all-inclusive Blau Varadero is set along the beach. The four star resort is a good option for a value for money with an ample complimentary entertainment program with an activity or sport for everyone. There are 395 rooms, a vast swimming pool, a spa and fitness centre, and four restaurants and five bars. The comfortable rooms all have a balcony or terrace, discerning travellers should definitely upgrade, ideally to a Suite for slightly more luxury, a separate living area and larger balconies with better views.
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