Cuba is probably THE most popular destination for Quebecers looking to spend a week in the sun during the Quebec winter. It’s affordable, the beaches are great, and several direct flights from Montreal and Quebec serve the island.
Here are 7 luxury all-inclusive places to relax it in Cuba:
1. Melia International Varadero
At the entrance of Varadero, the Méliá International is a brand new hotel that offers various activities, both for families and for adults looking for tranquility. The Level Family or The Level Adult Only sections are a must to be eligible for loads of extra benefits. They have an a la carte restaurant open for all meals, a full minibar, a reserved swimming pool, access to the hydrothermal circuit at the YHI Spa and a reserved area on the beach, to name just a few benefits. The spacious and bright rooms with the latest technology promise a comfortable stay. Plus, the hotel is a short walk from downtown Varadero and two hours from Havana if you want to explore the area.
2. Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort and Spa, Holguin
In Holguín, the Paradisius Rio de Oro Resort and Spa is located in the Bahía de Naranjo Nature Reserve, which hides a magnificent coral reef. Swim from the beach with a mask and snorkel to spot different tropical fish! The gastronomic offer should delight more than one, as there are eight restaurants and several bars where you can refresh yourself. With the Royal Service upgrade, you are guaranteed exemplary service, access to an à la carte restaurant for all your meals, a butler, a choice of comfortable pillows and a reserved area facing the sea and the swimming pool.
3. Pullman Cayo Coco
In the magnificent Jardines del Rey archipelago, on Las Coloradas beach, the Pullman Cayo Coco is the ideal place to get away from it all. The view of the turquoise sea from the lobby creates a “wow factor” upon arrival. There are six swimming pools, eight restaurants, and eleven bars on-site, as well as multiple activities and classes ranging from aerobics to language classes. Opt for VIP service for The Collection, which includes a welcome cocktail, bottle of rum in the room and late check-out, among other things. Children are not left behind! For the 5 to 12 year olds there is a mini club and a swimming pool reserved for them.
4. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
The Royalton Cayo Santa Maria is a modern adults-only property set directly on a white-sand beach. For a luxurious stay, the Diamond ClubTM section offers access to superior service and a tranquil swimming pool. Dine in one or more of the three à la carte restaurants and enjoy the local drinks on offer in one of the five bars.
5. Melia Buenavista, Cayo Santa Maria
Located in the heart of the Buenavista Biosphere Reserve, Méliá Buenavista has not one but three beaches where you can sunbathe. Just like Méliá International, The Level area offers a range of additional luxuries, including butler service, to fulfill your wildest desires. Whether you prefer to take a siesta on one of the Balinese beds by the pool or take an excursion to observe the seabed while snorkeling, the choice is yours.
6.Valentine Cayo Cruz
4 1/2 stars
The Valentin Cayo Cruz is a sumptuous, modern and elegant complex where you can relax away from mass tourism. With these many restaurants, you have the choice of dishes with Caribbean, Mexican, Italian flavors or even delicious seafood. In order not to exhaust you during the vacation, the property offers a golf cart shuttle service that will take you from your room to the beach quickly . And for any time of day cravings, the 24-hour snack bar will satisfy any appetite.
7. Grand Muthu Cayo Guillermo
4 1/2 stars
Just a few kilometers from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Playa Pilar, the Grand Muthu Cayo Guillermo is characterized by its warm hospitality. There’s a gorgeous infinity pool that’s packed with activities, plus two more quieter ones. Children will love it thanks to the playground with a water park and a swimming pool with water jets. Go on an adventure in the area and see the highest dunes in the Caribbean, the coral reef or discover the island of Cayo Media Luna.
Important to know!
Cuba has some difficulties when it comes to food supply, which is reflected in the meals available at all-inclusives. The problems have existed for several years, but the pandemic and tightening US sanctions have only made the situation worse. All in all, you can eat well in most hotels in Cuba. Just don’t expect to find everything on the menu every day and be understanding.
About star rating
Accommodation star ratings may vary by tour operator. Additionally, it is important to realize that a 5-star hotel in Cuba does not offer the same level of luxury as a 5-star hotel in another southern destination like Mexico. Ask your travel advisor.