Melia Jardines Del Rey

Melia Jardines Del Rey
3.733.733.733.733.73
3.73 based on 1008 reviews
#8 of 22 hotels The Monarc.ca popularity scale (#1/15) classifies all the hotels of a single destination according to the number of grades received on 5 and the total number of reviews. in Cayo Coco - Cayo Guillermo
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Our 7th visit

, Conception Bay South, NL
2024-04-09
Our 7th visit to this beautiful, friendly and professionally staffed hotel.
Our room was meticulous, buffets were plentiful, we enjoyed the beach Buffett as well as the lobby Buffett. Both offered healthy delicious choices, being a diabetic, this was wonderful. My husband enjoyed a lilttle bread at each meal, and the bananas he loves. We enjoyed omelettes and many grilled choices of meats. The bbq was a little less than we expected but the Italian and creole à la cartes-Amazing! Please see Dainerys at the creole, she will make you cry with laughter and charm, while maintaing excellent service and professionalism
Melva Pol, at the lobby Buffett is a professional with a beautiful inviting smile who forgets nothing! we miss our days with you, and the care you take. The beach, accessible from more than one entrance, never crowded when we were there, many happy workers to help you with your chairs, just perfect and stunning, take a walk to the point, feel like you are at one with paradise.
Thirsty? Omelio, so professional, get lost in his eyes while he serves a beverage with pride and perfection, the same with Joel, and all the playa bar guys. Service to your beach lounger is available. Grab a coconut on your way to the beach from Maciel and Mandy, truly so kind, modest, hard working, we love you guys :-) The lobby bartenders, also so much attention to detail, well dressed and well mannered and also experts at dehydration prevention lol
The lobby waitresses were kept busy with our endless cappuccino requests, all served with a smile, so lovely each and every one. The staff keep us coming back here each year, the hotel itself has never disappointed us either. The evening entertainment of the singers and grand piano, was my personal favourite, opera spoke to my soul, so elegant. The talent seems endless. We didn't take in the aerobics or action from the animation team, we might be crazy but also lazy lol. We had more fun to watch lol. We always have what we need, including a good nights sleep, and hot showers. Keep in mind people seem to shower at the same time, late afternoon, but we had no issues. Our spectacular room had a view of the beach, each trip keeps getting better, despite the challenges to this beautiful country full of amazing people right now.
Take special note of Lisbet Guevara, one of the most intelligent women I have ever met, with a talent for people, languages, and fairness to all. Amazing Human Resources skills, she will help you with your needs and take adequate time with you.
Juan Carlos, special Thanks, you have been there since our very first stay in 2015, you maintain grace and professionalism, with profound warmth, also with a talent for languages. Yourself, Lisbet, Yohander and Melissa, are the faces to greet and meet, and you do the best job to welcome us all.
Aldoalberto, you can work a room of patrons so well, to answer questions and give such interesting details, to keep an eye to everywhere at once is another of your talents.
Papa, you are the original bartender, and we were not surprised to see you move up in your position. Well deserved, Ivan, another amazing professional, sailed , Arlet, Geidy, Yuris, your work does not go unnoticed, you all make us feel so special.
Take a hop on the double decker bus for 5$ and go to Playa Pilar, or check out the national
Park. The crocodile farm is across the causeway, stop on your way for the best pina coladas ! Ask Juan or Lisbet, Ivan or Aldoalberto about hiring an antique Taxi for the day with another couple for sightseeing, so worth it, grab a few souvenirs at the market behind the lobby, check out the spa for a total relaxation experience. These are separate from the hotel amenities, but beside the melias jardines property.
It's so good to see our second home thrive, with familiar faces, which says a lot about a place, consistency.
Last but not least make a friend in a Gardener, we did, and still celebrate our friendships and families 9 years later. Alexis we love you.
Cons: I laughed till I cried and my face hurt, my heart nearly burst with happiness, and I know these beautiful Cubans and this hotel have kept part of it with them. I'm more than ok with that! Thank You! [Details]
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Staff are amazing, a classy hotel, yet warm and friendly, many amenities

Another Fantastic Trip at this Beautiful Resort

, Woodbridge, ON
2024-04-01
This was our 8th trip to Melia Jardines Del Rey, the 2nd in 3 months, and it was even more enjoyable this time. From our initial arrival, with Juan Carlos at the front desk coming over to greet us, it felt like we had arrived at our second home. Lisbet is amazing and ensured we were happy with our accommodations and was so helpful as always. The new BBQ restaurant was great with delicious choices of food, the pizza restaurant was our go to every afternoon around 1:30 to beat the lunch rush. We were able to sit and enjoy custom pizzas along with a cold beer and or rum and cola. The serving staff were so pleasant and remembered us every day with a smile and quick service. We enjoyed the beautiful beach as always, and spent several days sitting near the quiet pool this trip for a change. The lobby bar was fun every evening, The beach bar staff, Joel, Omelio and the rest greeted us like old friends (which we are!). We enjoyed seeing all the friends we have made over the years from the chef Julio to our housekeeping staff. The 24 hour bar was perfect for a late afternoon snack and the waiters there are very friendly. The a la cartes were really good. Dyonaeris made our evening so special in her restaurant. We are heading back again on April 11th for trip #9. The proximity to the airport is great, and the helpful and friendly people make this our favourite trip every time. [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-04-05
Dear Asadowy, On behalf of our team, we would like to thank you for your wonderful comments. Knowing that you enjoyed your time with us is simply amazing and we are honored. The experiences that you have shared so well and so extensively encourage us to achieve superior goals. We are so happy to read how much you appreciated every detail of your 8th visit and love to know that you would highly recommend our resort. Thank you again for your loyalty. Sincerely, General Manager

Our 13th visit to MJDR

, Hamilton, ON
2024-03-31
We are enjoying our last day of vacation at MJDR, our favourite hotel in Cayo Coco. We have stayed here MANY times, and always appreciate the Cuban people, weather, beach and hospitality. We will definitely come back. Two large pools with many chairs and beach towels you can change as needed. The beach here is beyond paradise…crystal clear, calm and walkable forever. The huge lobby and open air Mojito Bar is popular with drinks, activities, entertainment and wifi. No mosquitoes. Our suite and maid (Aradely) in building 18 was excellent. Highly recommend the coffee bar, a la carte restaurants, ice cream parlour, snack bar, pizza and barbecue. Thank you to our pool (Yeisy, Yexnier, Osiel) and beach (Joel and friend) bartenders. The animation team (Jordan and friends) are around all day and night for music, games, and the fun Thursday night beach party. Much gratitude to Lisbet and Adalberto in customer service and Yohander at reception and Papa/Jorge in food and beverage who have made our vacations outstanding since the hotel opened in 2014. Tonight we look forward to the special reception and dinner for repeat guests. Thank you to all staff for making our vacation so relaxing and special. [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-04-05
Dear Sarah Attridge, Thank you for helping us spread the word. Your comments are greatly appreciated and it is always nice to hear that the hotel once again met your expectations. We're sure your review will help other travelers make their decision and we hope to see you again in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact us in advance for your next visit. You are part of our family. Best regards, General Manager

Great trip

, Ajax, ON
2024-03-23
Great resort and a lot of food options. I was suprised how many pools there were however spent time at the beach. Staff is very friendly and always willing to help. I had a small issue with my room but Adalberto at custom service was on it right away and helped.
Trip typeVacation · Friends
Rooms4.0Service5.0Location5.0
Hotel highlightsGreat view · Quiet · Kid-friendly [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-03-27
Dear snantwi, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at Melia Jardines del Rey with other travelers on this important website. We appreciate your words and will share them with the staff. We hope to see you again in the near future with your family and friends. When the time comes, please do not hesitate to contact us in advance. Best regards, General Manager

Enjoyable experience

, Lac Du Bonnet, MB
2024-03-22
This resort is a large resort with many pools and a beautiful beach ! The food and beverages were tasty , we were satisfied with both over all. The rooms are large and spacious plenty of room for a couple or families alike. The staff were helpful and courteous. Especially one lobby server Khalia who was always smiling and happy to help ! All in all we really enjoyed our vacation to Melia Jardines Del Rey, and we would consider another visit in the future! [Details]
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The weak points
I found they close the pool bars and beach bar a little early . Therefore everyone has to congregate in the lobby which makes it very busy .
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-03-27
Dear Gale5, Thank you for sharing your experience here with other travelers, we are really glad to know that you consider this a good vacation time based on what you have lived in our resort. Your wonderful review encourages us to increase our efforts to achieve our main goal, the satisfaction of our customers. It makes us happy to know that you enjoyed our services. We hope to get an opportunity from you to be visited again in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us, it will be a pleasure to welcome you again. Best regards, General Manager

Enjoyable experience

, Lac Du Bonnet, MB
2024-03-21
The Melia Jardines was a very nice resort! A large resort with several bars and pools , very well maintained ! The beach is absolutely beautiful ! Staff was helpful and respectful , food and drinks were very good ! I would definitely consider another trip to Melia Jardines in the future ! [Details]
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The weak points
Cuba is a country with struggles of getting some supplies , which is not what we are used to ! But all in all they made efforts to make sure we were all comfortable
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-03-22
Dear guest, Thank you for taking the time to write a comment about your vacation at our hotel. We are glad to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. We would like to thank you for helping us spread the word. The management and the rest of our team are very pleased. We will make sure to share your compliments with the staff so everyone can know how your vacation was. We hope to see you and your family and friends again in the near future. Sincerely, General Manager

Travel agent with a group of 200

, Riverview, NB
2024-03-08
this review is from a Travel Agent that has travelled all over the Caribbean. First off, the Cuban experience is like nothing other in the Caribbean. When going to Cuba, you need to immerse yourself in the culture, lean into the Cuban cuisine and get to know the people.

Having been to Cuba, many many times, this hotel has been a gem. I brought approximately 200 people to this resort this week and we are having a blast.

Lobby area. - The employees at the front desk were simply amazing. A special thank you to Yohander. He was my go to guy. He delivered for my group everyday. he checked in every day and I made sure we had everything we needed. The greatest thing is to get to know the employees, and and the fact that they are so kind and social mirrors. Fall in love with this resort. We also worked closely with Yosvany and Juan Carlos, they were also amazing. We need to make minor changes this week and they delivered.
These guys alone make me want to come back.

The beach - The beach is stunning. the water is turquoise and the sand is soft and white powder. there has been some erosion on the right hand side of the beach, so there is exposed coral at either side of that is perfection. We spent many hours in the water, socializing and enjoying the great drinks they provided. The left side by the boats is the best place to swim. There is also an opportunity to walk either side along the beach for a good half hour as it is a very big Cove.
The beach bar was great The drinks varied and most of the weekend was piña colada, strawberry daiquiris, rum, punch, sex on the beach, soda, and lots of beer.
Two of the bartenders were simply amazing. Joel was so kind. Spoke French English and Spanish, he had a way to make everyone feel welcome, and to enjoy their experience on the beach. It's not often that I feel that I need to return to the resort and bring gifts to those people that were so welcoming, it was the case at this resort. Along side of Joel was Omelio. He also so fun serving the drinks. They remembered peoples name and got to know the patrons. I really appreciated those two.

The à la carte - the restaurants were solid. lots of restaurants to pick from, Oriental was my favorite. They serve sushi, and and some teriyaki noodles and pork and other things. The Italian restaurant had some really decent pasta. The barbeque restaurant was most peoples favourite as they had a huge grill with chicken pork.
The big Buffay in the morning had to three Ahmed stations. It took a little while to get your omelette, but worth the wait. There were always lots of vegetables, surprisingly squash, pumpkin cabbage every day, bananas, and plantains. Lots of beans and rice. Which I enjoyed. At lunch there is always someone making fried rice and throwing things on the grill. The snack bars had cheese sandwiches, fries, and a 24 hour service for liquor and snacks. There is also a cute ice cream stand that everybody stopped at on the way to the beach. There is also a pizzeria close to the quiet pool that people would line up and wait for the pizza and everyone raved about it.
If you are looking to have American food every day and not immerse yourself into the local culture, people would give the food in cuba a bad rap. Most people don't taste what they don't know.
Lots to eat at the Melia.

theatre - the shows in the evenings were we're fine. Some of them were just OK but half the nights were really fun and solid.
the rooms were actually pretty nice. They take pride in the place. I really recommend getting an ocean view room as you are steps away from the beach. Especially building 18 at 19.
We had hot water all week good pressure and leaving a tip at the fridge. Will get you water and beer every day.

I was in all, I was pleasantly surprised, and will be a repeat client. I recommend anyone looking at Cayo Coco to give the maria a shot. I've also been over to check out some of the other resorts in the area. In my opinion this is the best one. [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-03-12
Dear paradisetravel, Thank you for sharing your experience here with other travelers, we are really glad to know that you had a blast based on what you lived at our resort. Your wonderful review encourages us to increase our efforts to achieve our main goal, the satisfaction of our customers. It makes us happy to know that you enjoyed our services. We hope to get an opportunity from you to be visited again in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us, it will be a pleasure to welcome you again. Best regards, General Manager

Great place

, Walters Falls, ON
2024-03-06
Very clean super friendly staff lots of pools good food and great service gift store is very accessible. Shows very good. if you're into old building, architecture is very well. very safe place to walk around. No worries with anything. beaches are very clean. [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-03-07
Dear Mikebilon, We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your positive comments about the hotel not only with us but also with our future guests. Our main goal is to give our guests a great vacation. We really appreciate your good opinions about the staff and services. We will share these comments with the team as it is an important way to encourage them to keep up the good work. It is always a true privilege to welcome you as part of our family and we sincerely look forward to seeing you again soon. At your service, General Manager

Amazing vacation and beautiful memories

, Windsor, ON
2024-03-03
We had an amazing one week vacation, full of beautiful memories! Our room was always clean, any small issues were immediately resolved by customer service. Food was great, some small shortages haven't affected us, as (1) in the buffet we had always enough options to choose from and (2) the a-la-carte dinners were delicious! The best one was certainly the Barbecue restaurant! But we enjoyed other a-la-carte dinners as well. The beach is beautiful, sunsets on the beach are breathtaking, and some areas with rocks and shells are not as bad as some people describe. We just walked to the area with sand that was soft almost like on Pilar beach. Catamaran rides are amazing, and we went snorkelling at the closest reef with thousands of colourful fish and other sea creatures, unforgettable experience! Only one issue on the beach - many tourists still throw their garbage, leave plastic cups in sand etc. Maybe it could be helpful to post a few signs reminding people to clean up after themselves and also to place additional garbage bins in the beach area. People working in the resort are amazing - receiption, customer service, cleaning, lobby bar, pool and beach bars, whatever area you take - these people are always helpful, friendly, they understand their customers' needs and do their best to make tourists happy. Entertainment is excellent, wonderful shows and programs and games during the day (beach and pool) and night dancing after the shows - always a joy to be there and be a part of it! I only wish the Salsa & Bachata music could supersede Reggaeton [Details]
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The strong points
Amazing staff, very quick to resolve any issues, beautiful beach, excellent entertainment!
The weak points
If too many (over 1000) tourists at once, there could be shortages issues - food, drinks or services.
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-03-06
Dear Sveta, On behalf of our team, we would like to thank you for this important opportunity to have your wonderful comments after another time at our resort. Knowing that you enjoyed your experience with us is simply amazing and we are honored to have you as part of our extended family. The experiences that you have shared so well and so extensively encourage us to reach higher goals. We are very happy to read how much you appreciated every detail of your visit and love to know that you would highly recommend our resort. We look forward to your next time with us. Thank you again for being part of our family, we are very proud of you. Warm regards, General Manager

Gorgeous beach and weather - the rest is ok.

, Ottawa, ON
2024-03-01
I travelled solo last week (Feb 20-27) and had a great time. Met so many nice people from Toronto, Montreal, Argentina, and more. The weather was great (24-28 degrees C) and the beach was heavenly AMAZING as usual. Food was meh, drinks were terrible except for the Spanish wine. White wine was surprisingly tasty. Unfortunately, they ran out of wine every day and you had to go from one place to another to beg for it (from lobby bar to snack bar to buffet, pretty pathetic to say the least). Coffee was horrible. Those amazing nicely crafted cappuccinos didn't exist at this place. Years back, cuban coffee-making was one of the highlights of our trip to cuba. Music and dance was great. Wifi is only available in the lobby but worked fine. Rooms old but clean. Last day of my stay we had no water to shower or to flush the toilet. Same thing was at the cayo coco airport. It was pretty bad. I knew of all this prior to leaving so I wasn't very disappointed. I only went for the beach and weather. Some staff are super nice but overall there is no real service. But whatever, it was fine, I didn't care. I've been to Cuba 7 times total so my trip this time was mainly to escape the cold and go sit on the beach for a week in a safe environment and cuba is as safe as it gets. I would recommend this resort if you are not too demanding, you will enjoy your stay. I didn't try the a la carte restos but did wait one hour in line for pizza. Wasn't worth the hour wait but was good. Overall, I returned home super tanned and relaxed. [Details]
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The strong points
Beach Weather Lobby Cuban Music Joel at Beach Bar Ruben at Reception Super safe Super affordable
The weak points
Terrible Drinks/Cocktails Tired rooms Overly used furniture throughout No real service. Felt like I was bothering the staff when I asked for a drink or a good coffee.
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It was clean overall. No bugs.
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-03-06
Dear Sossou, First of all, we would like to thank you for your honest review. At the same time, we appreciate you letting us know that you had a great time despite your poor rating. We understand that you enjoyed your time with us even though there are many important improvements to be made. We have taken note of your comments and will pass them on to the appropriate department. We will take them as an important exercise to make it better for our future customers. Please do not hesitate to contact us in advance for any arrangements you may have before your arrival. Sincerely, General Manager

Melia Jardines Del Ray

, Toronto, ON
2024-02-24
Staff are friendly and helpful! Pools and beaches are clean and beautiful! Relaxing and fun week dancing at the beach pool and lobby ☺️ [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-02-29
Dear Lindsey, We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience at our resort, not only with us, but also with the rest of our future guests. It's really important for our team to get feedback from our most valued customers. We will be sure to share your review with the staff to encourage them to keep up the good work. At your disposal, General Manager

Awful food,

, Montréal, QC
2024-02-22
My wife and I have travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, I must say this is the worst vacation we've ever had. Never have we experience such revolting, disgusting food. The buffet was literally nauseating. we hardly ate all week surviving on bread and cabbage. a tropical island with no fruits or fruit juices, hardly any bottled water, watered down disgusting coffee..all in all a nightmare regarding food. As for cleanliness , our towels and bed sheets hadn't been changed all week, open corridors to our rooms were very filthy.
our rooms were kept reasonably clean. At the airport the customs, security were horribly arrogant, rude and entitled we were treated like criminals.
Sorry to say but we are never going back to Cuba. I feel so sorry for the Cuban people who have to endure such a corrupted dysfunctional regime. [Details]
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The strong points
beautiful beach, great weather.
The weak points
food, service, and cleanliness
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just ok. not a 5 star for sure
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-02-29
Dear Allen, First of all, we would like to say that we respect the opinions of all our customers, even if we do not agree with them. Your political opinions are out of place in this review, we must say. Unfortunately, we have no way of identifying your booking details to confirm any reports you may have made during your stay with us. Even if your words are not the result we would like to hear, we would like to thank you for sharing your opinion about your stay on this site, as it allows us to constantly improve our daily work and avoid repeating the same mistakes. You can rest assured that customer satisfaction is our primary goal, so we deeply regret that our service did not meet your expectations. Best regards, General Manager

Never returning

, Pleasant Bay, NS
2024-02-21
Initially excited. Soon found out the place seems understaffed. Service wasn't overly friendly either. Lines were insanely long and the service very slow. The buffet was a joke. Super long lines and pure chaos once inside. If you didn't stand in line up to a half hour before opening, you weren't eating. I believe the resort was too big and the Buffett too small. The rooms were clean-ish, water burning hot and struggled with cold water and water to be able to enjoy a decent shower. I won't complain about shortages, because I believe that was not the resorts fault. Hospitality and lack of food was a HUGE issue. Also, we never got towels. The waiters on the beach did one walk thru every morning and that was it. Hire a friendly staff and that will go a long way way. I won't be returning. [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-02-22
Dear Kyle Timmons, Thank you for taking the time to post your review on this important website. It is a shame that your visit to our hotel was not successful. However, we appreciate your opinions as a good way to make it better and we'll make sure to address all those points. It's clear that we can't please everyone. However, we always do our 100 percent best. But it's important to have real-time feedback from our customers to fix the issues that can affect your vacation time. One of your main disatisfaction are the lines. You may know that we managed over 1000 clients during your stay so there were some rush hours for certains services. As you can read in this site, we depend on some external suppliers for the products and we can understand that you were affected by your own words. We will continue to work actively with them to ensure the satisfaction of our guests. Your comments are very important to us and we take good note of the inconveniences you faced during your stay. We can assure you that everything is or will be done to correct any discrepancies in the level of service we provide to our guests. We still hope to have the opportunity of your visit in the future. With best regards, General Manager

Amazing experience!

, Stouffville, ON
2024-02-19
I just spent the week here with my boyfriend. We had a great time! Adalberto, Lisbet, and our room cleaner Denise were amazing. They made our experience here the best. Denise always made sure everything was okay with our room and Adalberto and Lisbeth gave us amazing service. Everyone here was so kind and to my surprise, the food was pretty good and quite flavourful. The beach was crystal clear and clean. We had an overall amazing experience :) I would recommend coming here! [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-02-20
Dear kaylein, We would like to thank you for your review and the opportunity to have your great experience first hand. On behalf of our team, we would like to thank you for spreading the word. We will be sure to pass on your compliments to the staff you kindly mentioned by name. We hope you will return to Cayo Coco and choose us for a second stay. We will be happy to assist you with any pre-arrival arrangements you may have. At your service, General Manager

Great time!!

, London, ON
2024-02-10
We are satisfied with the service, we like the resort, plenty space to walk around, foid was good, service was excellent, transportation was comfortable, night entertaining, we like specially the lobby performers,
It was fun!!! [Details]
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The strong points
Clean, goid price, goid food, comfortable lounge
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-02-20
Dear Gladys, We would like to thank you for your wonderful feedback. It´s a pleasure to know you are very satisfied with your experience in our resort and that you are going to come back. We are going to make sure to share your comments with the rest of the staff because we consider this is the best way to encourage them to achieve better goals. Please, do not hesitate to contact us again for your next visit. It will be a pleasure to welcome you again. At your disposal, General Manager

Amazing vacation

, London, ON
2024-02-10
We have a great time during our stay. The hotel is very well kept, clean and spacious. The beach is amazing with beautiful colours. Food was really good. We will definitely co.e back. [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-02-20
Dear guest, We would like to thank you for sharing your good experience in our hotel with the rest of the travelers who visit these pages looking for opinions. We will be sure to pass on your kind words to our staff and we are sure that they will help us move forward with the enthusiasm that characterizes our employees. We hope to see you soon in the company of friends and family. See you soon, General Manager.

Our Melia Jardines Del Rey Cayo Coco Cuba

, Kitchener, ON
2024-02-05
Preface

My wife and I are veteran travellers, having visited this part of the world more than 20 times between us. We went into this trip knowing Cuba's current state of the union, exasperated by Russian sanctions. We were under no illusions and our expectations were very low even before we left. However we give every resort the benefit of the doubt. This is our experience....

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Flight
• Our flights were delayed more than 2hrs on the outbound flight and slightly more on the return flight.
• Baggage claim from the return flight took almost 40mins to see the first bag.

Cayo Coco Airport
• Entry & Exit process is very disorganized.
• Security Agents are extremely rude and ignorant. Few speak basic English. (In that role, they should) Ripped me off of $90 because they said I was importing a second Nintendo Switch. (We only had one Carry-on bag for my wife and I) Ripped through my entire luggage while everyone else went free. One security woman was particularly entitled. It was essentially a cash grab. It held up our transfer and all the good folks aboard for more than an hour. Sorry!!!

Hotel / Amenities
• I've stayed at 4 & 5 Star Hotels all over the world. This place is more like 3 at best. Although this comes as no surprise and common throughout the Caribbean. Hotel ratings south of the American boarder exercise their own interpretive system.
• Many parts of the paths are unlit at night and have recessed manhole covers. Someone could easy break an ankle.
• No Wifi in rooms but is available in Lobby Area
• Most staff have an unacceptable comprehension of English (Especially considering how many Canadians come to Cuba)
• They have Hobie Cats available but no one is ever at the beach to reserve one. Front desk had no clue when asked.
• Front Desk / Lobby staff can check you in and out but struggle to answer even the most basic questions.
• Bowling Alley was broken the whole time we were there.
• Beach Parties are way too loud and go on to 1130pm on a Wednesday! DJ on the mic overtalking the music never shuts up.
• If you have medical needs on the resort....FYI bring lots of money.
• Stagnant water throughout the resort and under buildings. Insect breading ground. My wife and I had bites all over our body.

Hotel Rooms
• Rooms appear clean but on closer inspection (eg. Under the beds and around furniture) are careworn and maintened in a sloppy fashion despite maintenance workers all over the resort.
• Broken tiles
• Tons of over spray and paint marks
• Tons of scuffs
• Much of the furniture is broken or marked in some fashion
• Our "Jetted" Tub had no plug and jets did not function.
• Shower has no door.
• Beds do not have enough covers and pillows are very thin and uncomfortable.
• Phones in our room do not work despite having three.
• TP & towels are not always changed/replenishment daily.
• Room should / needs a Do Not Distrub sign. Housekeeping would come right in while we were present and or asleep.
• Our bedroom TV did not work. RCA TV with a Samsung Remote without batteries.
• Coffee maker without Coffee.
• No hot water on our last two days.
• The couple we we're vacationing with had one set of Samsung Buds that went missing from their room.

Food / Drink
• The vast majority of "hot" food options at the buffet is awful. By far the worst in the Caribbean. Selection is limited and repeated most nights.
• Serving stations for made to order items take an eternity.
• Many items are unlabeled and difficult to determine what the item is.
• Most food is luke warm or cold even when coming directly from the kitchen. They need heat lamps or at least a microwave.
• What meats that are available are dry, overcooked, fatty, boney and or tasteless.
• "Pasta" sauces have a very strange smell and taste. It is NOT the tomato sauce you know.
• Salad without dressing or dressing without salad. When dressing is present, it's difficult to identify / locate and is tasteless.
• Lots of flies are present on the food stations and at tables.
• No frys, burgers, or burger/hotdogs buns.
• No condiments. None.
• Limited selection of mix for drinks if you prefer something beyond beer, vodka and rum. Drink prep is inconsistent. Order the same drink 3 times, each time it will taste and look different.
• Pizza Snack Bar: Takes 45mins to 1hr to get your pizza after ordering. Get comfy.
• à la Carte restaurants are marginally better then the buffet but still aren't great.

Good

• Mini Fridges are actually cold and large enough to hold multiple drinks/bottles
• Beach is beautiful. Lots of shade and seating. Water is the perfect shade of turquoise. Bar is very close and accessible.
• Water pressure is good and there is hot water. (Most days)
• Staff is friendly
• Cute kitty's all over the resort
• If you're a smoker, you can smoke all over the resort and in rooms.
• Large pools with lots of seating shade and is clean.
• Bus from airport was fast.
• Many pretty plants and flowers throughout the resort.
• Pizza is the best thing to eat on the resort but it's no Domino's.
• Ice Cream was surprisingly excellent.
• Lobby Internet is decent enough to browse / stream.
• Deli Meats at the buffet were tasty.
• Huge selection of dessert options.
• Our room [Suite] was spacious, two bathrooms, and lots of seating. Dressing room with large mirror and shelving. Many plugs are available to charge your electronics.
• Many bars throughout the resort.

Summary
We will never return to Cuba. Mexico is more expensive but definitely worth the extra. Go to Dominican or Jamaica. If you can afford it the try one of the West Indies. Just don't go to Cuba. [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-02-07
Dear Michael, We are sorry that your opinions about your recent stay at our property are so unfortunate. We are not happy with the fact that we could not meet your travel expectations. We can assure you that your comments are very helpful and help us to perfect our work. We thank you for taking the time to write them in this social forum for the knowledge of all our readers. However, we would like to emphasize once again that we are happy to help find a solution to any problem that our clients may report, even though it is clear that we cannot always please everyone. But the point is to try to adapt ourselves in a personalized way to the particular expectations of each client. But it is important that they contact our Customer Service Department, because otherwise we cannot do much about their dissatisfaction. All in all, we invite you to return in the near future. It will be our pleasure to take care of your second stay at our resort. Best regards, General Manager

4th Visit to MJDR

, Windsor, NS
2024-01-29
Very pleasant resort. Quite large, room location can result in a lot of walking as this property is big. Stunning beach. No water shoes needed. Good a/c in rooms and a la carte restaurants. Main buffet stifling hot, we skipped a few meals due to the discomfort of pouring sweat while trying to eat. Staff do their best to accommodate guests however several times bars ran out of both mixes & alcohol (bring some of your own is a good plan) and food options were limited as well. VERY BAD mosquitoes/noseeums/biting bugs ~~ our group of 10 were all badly bitten despite using repellents. Also tons of flies everywhere. On prior visits to the MJDR these issues were nowhere near as noticeable, it seems that pest control measures are no longer in use? I would return to this resort but only if/when the insect issues are under control and the air conditioning in the buffet is restored. These may seem small issues but definitely affected our enjoyment of our holiday. [Details]
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The strong points
Lovely staff. Beautiful beach. Gorgeous pools, sparkling clean. Rooms comfortable.
The weak points
Limited food and drink options, with frequent shortages. Horrible mosquitoes/noseeums, our entire group was very badly bitten. Pest control measures are inadequate.
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-31
Dear journey-jenny, Thank you for sharing your comments on this page after your stay at our resort. Your opinion could not be taken negatively in any way, as it helps us to improve our work every day. We really appreciate your comments, which are essential for us to improve our customer service every day. The quality and variety of the food did not meet your expectations this time and we understand that we cannot please everyone. But you must know that our team is committed to our customer's expectations. We could read that the mosquitoes were one of the main dissatisfactions in your experience, but remember that the resort is located in a wild and tropical environment and there will be certain hours in the wet season when they are very difficult to control, even though we have contracted an outside company and they do the fumigation as scheduled. Please give us the opportunity in the future and you will see these improvements implemented, our team will surely be happy to welcome you again. Best regards, General Manager

Amazing Resort! A must stay!

, Brampton, ON
2024-01-20
We are on our last day and absolutely had to best time. I just wish we could stay longer. Adalberto in the customer service area is fantastic and has really made our stay so comfortable. When you make it to the beach you have to say hi to all the staff especially Joel. He goes above and beyond for his guests. The beach stunning, the food great, the rooms and vibe excellent. If your thinking about travelling to Cuba you have to come and stay here!!! 5/5 star.
Trip typeVacation · Couple
Rooms5.0Service5.0Location5.0
Hotel highlightsGreat view · Romantic · Quiet · Kid-friendly [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-24
Dear Danielt, We would like to thank you for your wonderful feedback. It´s a pleasure to know you are very satisfied with your new experience in our resort and that you are going to come back for another time with us. We are going to make sure to share your comments with the rest of the staff because we consider this is the best way to encourage them to achieve better goals. Please, do not hesitate to contact us again for your next visit. It will be a pleasure to welcome you again. At your disposal, General Manager

Home away from home

, Brampton, ON
2024-01-20
Home away from home! We were thrilled to be back. Adalberto went above and beyond for us he arranged a ride from the airport to a early check in to an upgraded room for returning guests with an ocean view. Adalberto is the definition of good management. Now JOELLE at the beach bar, is a shinning star and ensures everything is perfect and that we are constantly happy. His upbeat energy and positive attitude made our whole day. All the restaurant reservations were already set up for us and arrangements for a late checkout since our flight isn't until 8pm. 4 day trip short and sweet but filled with great experiences and quality people ensuring we have nothing short of a good time. Thank you to Adalberto, the beach team Joelle, Andy and Omelio. Big thank you to Adrianna in the lobby. [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-24
Dear 839elmaz, We would like to thank you for your wonderful feedback. It´s a pleasure to know you are very satisfied with your experience in our resort and that you are going to come back. We are going to make sure to share your comments with the rest of the staff because we consider this is the best way to encourage them to achieve better goals. Please, do not hesitate to contact us again for your next visit. It will be a pleasure to welcome you again. At your disposal, General Manager

Beach Paradice Great job Service Heathy and Safe

, Amherstburg, ON
2024-01-15
A good hotel in an excellent location with amazing staff. We had a great 1 week vacation. Healthy food choices. Buffet and a la carts.
Our room was spacious and great air conditioning. Maid service everyday. Entertainment was good especially night time. Huge pools and a paradise of a beach. Beach is large not crowded and you can snorkel and see many fish and such. Management is very attentive and respond to requests promptly and try their best. We will return and recommend. [Details]
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The strong points
Location Service Safety
The weak points
Some items unavailable sometimes but only for 1 day
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-22
Dear Ivanp, We appreciate your honest review as we believe this is the most important way to recommend our product to future guests. Everything you pointed out in your comment is really true and we appreciate you bringing it up. We read that you are thinking of coming back and that makes us happy. Please do not hesitate to contact us in advance, it will be a pleasure to take care of your second time with us. Best regards, General Manager

Hotel needs updates

, Halifax, NS
2024-01-08
I was there for 2/wks .. first time staying there..
First day no working safe , phone or wking toilet..
Send repair people up .. but phone line were down the whole hotel.. next day no working toilet they repair & I asked to be moved , said no room available.. plumbers the next day .. then they ask me not to flush .. so for the next 11 days no use of a toilet.. staff is very nice & trying to help with no Answers .. no eggs 3/days , white wine or gin
The beach is beautiful too bad the hotel doesn't do any upgrades .. same as the spa. No hot water
So you can't shower or use the hot tub ..
Christmas & new year dinner were very nice lots of food & drink .. [Details]
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Beautiful beach x very nice staff
The weak points
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-11
Dear Customer, We value the travel comments of our customers because we believe this is the right way to grow as a product. Customer satisfaction is our mail goal and we are very committed to it. We know that we must continue to work on the management of systematic improvements and we will always be on this path. There will always be some inconveniences that undermine the total satisfaction of visitors, but actions will be taken to correct them. We must say that during your stay we managed over 1200 clients, so it's obvious that you found with some rush hours for services. We hope that you will change your mind and give us the opportunity to have you with us again in the future and thus be able to offer you a stay much better than the one you experienced. Thank you for being with us. Best Regards, General Manager

Incredible vacation at Melia Jardines Del Rey

, Fort Erie, ON
2024-01-03
My son and I had a wonderful time at the Melia Jardines Del Rey. This was our first time visiting Cayo Coco. Before we came we read many reviews, some good and some not so good. I was primarily concerned about the food because my son and I have celiac disease and cannot eat gluten - this means no bread, pasta, pizza, cereal. It can be challenging for us when we travel internationally. I wrote to the resort prior to our arrival to explain our diet. Adalberto in customer service replied to me and assured me that they can accommodate a gluten-free diet. Upon our arrival he put me in touch with Francisco Rodriguez who is a supervisor in the food and beverage department. Francisco took great care of us. He went above and beyond to make sure we had delicious gluten-free meals. He communicated with the chefs in all the restaurants to arrange specially prepared meals. We enjoyed chicken, lobster, pork chops, risotto, omelettes and more. The food was so good and we did not get sick at all during our stay. We are so grateful for all his help. He always made us feel welcome and genuinely cared about our experience. I read some reviews of people complaining about shortages of food, but that was not our experience. During breakfast there was plenty of eggs, bacon, cheese, fruit, vegetables and pastries. At lunch they had grilled meats, pasta stations and many options. We didn't eat from the buffet because of our allergies but we saw that food was plentiful. I think it's important for people to understand that when you visit a different country the food may be different than you are accustomed to and it's good to try new foods. The a la carte restaurants also offered many great options. I would like to acknowledge as well the chefs: Oscar and Manny at the buffet and Michael and his wife at the Italian restaurant. They prepared many delicious meals for us. I would also like to express my appreciation to Yohander, Juan Carlos, Melissa Yosvanis at the front desk, and Lisbet, Adalberto and Michael in Customer service for all their help during our stay. Special thanks to our server, Yosiemi at the Italian restaurant and to the staff at the lobby bar, cafe and beach bar. All these people work so hard to please the guests. [Details]
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The strong points
The people here are amazing. They are kind, helpful and really work hard to accurate the guests request. The beach is beautiful, pools are nice and the evening entertainment was fantastic.
The weak points
There are some areas of the resort that are in need of repair. The rooms are adequate, but could use an update. There is only wifi in the lobby, which makes communication challenging but is good in a way to get a break from electronics
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The rooms are clean, housekeeping does a good job. Sometimes there was no paper or soap in public area bathroom.
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-09
Dear Sherry, Thank you for helping us spread the word. Your comments are very much appreciated and it is always nice to hear that the hotel met your expectations. I'm sure your review will help other travelers make their decision and hopefully we'll be able to reunite with family and friends down here at our resort in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact us in advance for your next visit. Best regards, General Manager

Not recommended

, Montréal, QC
2024-01-02
The same food was offered everyday. There was nearly no service at the buffet restaurant. They had us use the same bath towel throughout our stay. Not recommended to go to this hotel, maybe don't go to Coyococo. [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-09
Dear Customer, We want you to know that we are not going to take your review in a negative mood, since it allows us to detect some improvement zones in the daily performance as well as the timely management of improvements faced with problems experienced by customers who are in our facility. Unfortunately, we have searched in our system and there is no way to find the real details of your booking. Tastes are different, it is true, but even if the quality and variety of the food in the buffet did not satisfy you this time, there were other options such as pizzas and sandwiches in our snack bar or the food in our a la carte restaurants. Best regards, General Manager

Review of Meliá Jardines del Rey

, Bowmanville, ON
2023-12-30
Review of Meliá Jardines del Rey,

We were debating about going to this resort, and we were seeing many mixed reviews online. Keep in mind, some of the reviews were outlandish and not possible to be a problem, while some seemed genuine. We were there from March 2 -9, and we're already planning our next visit!

Food: We went in with an open mind, knowing the current supply issues for Cuba and the lack of condiments and spices. We never went hungry! The buffet for breakfast always had fresh omelets being made and always had potatoes, bacon, and some kind of pastries. Always trays of deli meat, cheese and fruit every time as well. Lunch was fine at the buffet, but we tried the snack bar and the pizza bar. The snack bar always had cold beer and French fries, and always had ketchup available. We were only able to go to the pizza bar once, as they ran out the one day. The pizza was good and the staff was amazing. We visited three a la carte's during our visit that were included. Our favourite was definitely the Cuban-Creole, where our waiter DARIAN was amazing! He always had our wine glasses topped and our food came out quick and was amazing. The other two a la carte's were good as well. We also recommend hitting up the ice cream bar! The ladies that work there are very nice!

LINET at the buffet was one of the most amazing employees ever. She always greeted us with a big smile and a high five and took us to her section and immediately brought us drinks. What a gem! Love her!

Room: Was great for what we needed. Always had fresh towels and linens. We were told that our fridge was restocked daily with beer, water and pop. When we asked the front desk, it was one giant water bottle upon consumption and one beer a day. However, it was tough to get anything else. We did ask for beer to be brought up and they did bring it upon request. We were not far from any of the bars, so it wasn't a problem. We did have a issue with our shower on the third day, it was backed up. We called down to the front desk and within 20 minutes a man arrived and was fixed right away!

Grounds: The grounds are amazing. Yes, it is a large resort and some buildings were farther than others, but nothing too overwhelming. There were always people working on the grounds, watering plants, cutting grass and landscaping. We were always greeted with a smile and an Hola! My wife received a beautiful flower from one of them made out of palm leaves. We also gifted two of them small gifts from home and they were beyond grateful. The pools were always clean and had lots of space to sit in either lounge chairs or one of the cabanas. The beach was beautiful, and we regret not spending more time there.

Entertainment: The staff was awesome. There were always shows at night, and a few times after the show they had a dance party adjacent to the lobby where they had a great DJ and emcee. Every day at the pool there was entertainment: singing, dancing, Zumba, etc. EL TIGRE & LORENA were awesome!

General: The Wi-Fi was only really worked in the lobby and at the pool, despite being advertised as free throughout. This wasn't a problem for us, a we weren't there for work. Everyone got a login 70-hours of internet. Yes, the signal would drop and it could be difficult to get on, but you're coming to Cuba for a vacation! The Lobby Bar was always great, did not wait long in lines or for anyone to bring you a drink. YAINIER at the bar was amazing, his wife works there as well and they were so sweet. Also YAIRILIS from the pool bar was very friendly and awesome!

We are already looking at booking to go back next year around the same time. Don't listen to all the negative reviews. Cuba is still having supply and trade issues, and still recovering from the pandemic, but the staff at Meliá Jardines del Rey go out of their way to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If you are looking for a place to unwind and relax, this is your place! We can't wait to return and see all our new friends. [Details]
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The strong points
Amazing staff, beautiful hotel and grounds, a gem in the gardens of Cuba!
The weak points
Minimal shortages, older plumbing, very little to complain about
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Hotel was very clean, there were staff cleaning at multiple times during the day
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-11
Dear jharris, We would like to thank you for your review and the opportunity to experience your great experience first hand. On behalf of our team, we would like to thank you for spreading the word. We will make sure to pass on your compliments to the staff members you kindly mentioned by name. We hope you will return to Cayo Coco and choose us for a second stay. It will be a pleasure to assist you with any pre-arrival arrangements you may have. At your disposal, General Manager

Found my Cuban home

, Woodstock, ON
2023-12-26
I have officially found my Cuban home! The staff here make you feel like family and so appreciative and crack jokes with you! This is my third time visiting this resort within the last 12 months and potentially the only one I will go to in Cuba because of the staff. Also it seems to me that they really appreciate polite constructive criticism so they know how to get better each year.

Last year I recommended some food upgrades and I am happy to say the changes were very apparent to me this trip! They have a new BBQ el le carte which was incredible! The buffet added a rice bar, pasta bar and even had a sushi bar the one day we went!! If they would like to continue to improve in the food department I might add an hour to the pizza bar hours and potentially get a second oven as the food was delicious but the wait time can get high, same with the meat grill in the buffet. But overall the food was really good and they have a variety of places/food to eat!

We had ocean view this time and it was incredible!! Waking up to the ocean right outside of your window is something special!! The room and housekeeping were both great but we didn't have hot water (was still warm) to shower with the last 2 days before we left.

The beach is unfortunately where they lose some points in my opinion as it's really rocky but if you have water shoes or take it slow when walking in you'll be fine. I would LOVE to see them build some docks out to a sand bar! Even bringing in some sand would probably go along way!

Having the restaurant right on the beach as well as a bar with waiters walking around taking orders with the entrainment team playing music, dancing, and volleyball makes the beach an incredible place to hangout regardless of the slow entry needed into the water. Not to mention the incredible, calm ocean and great weather with beautiful views!

I highly recommend anyone and everyone goes, it's great for families couples or singles alike! A special shout out to a few members of the staff who are exceptional in my opinion and positively influence my stay are; Lisbet, Alberto, Juan-Carlos, Yonatan, Abril, Reny, Joel, and Yuni! [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-04
Dear Jesse B, We are so grateful for your time and your comments, which also reached others who are currently planning their vacation with us or have not yet decided. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your 3rd time with us and that you were always met with a smile and good service. That is why we work, for the absolute satisfaction of our clients. We are very happy that you are a returning customer and all your comments will be passed on to all our staff. Thank you again and we are sure that we will meet again on your next vacation. Best regards, General Manager

This is the best spot in Cuba!

, Kitchener, ON
2023-12-26
This was our third time here in the last year and is easily the only resort we will go to in Cuba! The staff is absolutely incredible and will do anything to make your stay enjoyable. They've made huge improvements to their food and beverage selections, adding in pasta bar and fried rice bar, as well as sushi nights - all incredible meals! Banana mamas, pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris are all great vacation drinks and taste incredible!

Juan-Carlos at the front desk is super accommodating and very friendly. Lisbet and Alberto are in customer service and always check in to see how you're doing.
Also big shout out to the rest of the staff who made our vacation that much more enjoyable! Yonatan, Abril, Reny, Joel, - and many others! Thank you Melia Jardines for another great vacation and for many more to come! See you guys soon! :) [Details]
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Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-04
Dear Lexireimer, It's a great satisfaction to read how much you enjoyed your 3rd experience at our resort. Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for your excellent rating. We will share your comments with our staff as we consider them key to our results. We invite you to come back in a heartbeat, do not hesitate to contact us in advance. It is a pleasure to welcome our dearest friends. Best regards, General Manager

MJDR, A place we call our second home.

, Shannonville, ON
2023-12-25
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE KEEP READING UNTIL THE END. Thank you!

It's a long one but I promise 90% of your questions will be answered in this review, maybe even closer to 99%.

I have wrote this review a few times now. You will see negative reviews but they will not come from me or the smiling faces that surrounded us the week we were there.

I have come to realize some people just like to complain. This really became obvious as a friend of mine explained how amazing their trip was at a resort in Mexico. Funny thing is another friend of mine went to the same resort in Mexico a week later and said it was great as well. Well.... I go to said resort review and I see a bunch of good reviews and then the bad ones like, do not go here, terrible service, horrible food etc. I'm thinking to myself, how does a trip that cost $2600 per person for a resort that is a 5 star have "terrible" service and horrible food etc?. Instant light bulb, you can't please everyone. The unfortunate part is that many people of today's world like to be unpleased. Make sense?
Those who are upset about something really like to complain and they will complain about EVERYTHING! You will usually see these people post a small inconvenience on a group and then they will just spiral out of control letting everything bother them to the point where it seems they actually start looking for bad things instead of enjoying them selves.

Sorry for that, seems like a rant but it was more of a lesson lol.
Our trip cost us less then $1000 each and we got the pleasure of feeling like a king and queen for 8 days!

** 48 hours before arriving in Cuba make sure you fill out your Cuba D'Viajeros travel form. Save the emailed code to your phone as it can be scanned, it doesn't hurt to print it as well. They are now asking to see it before you get on the plane and when you land in Cuba.

**Visa for Cuba will be handed to you on the plane, it is small and takes a min to do. Take a pen and make no mistakes. If you make a mistake you will be charged for a new one.

We went through Airports both YYZ and CCC without a hiccup. When you go through customs in Cuba and open the door BE COURTEOUS AND BE CAREFULL!. There are people standing on the other side of the door, please pay attention to the line up and go to your place in line.

On with the review;

**Note; this review was made while resort was NOT at full capacity.

My wife and I arrived around 11:30am on Nov 30th and left the resort @ 7pm on the night December 7th. The flight times we picked this time gave us almost 8 days. Always check flight times and pick what's best for you.

Bus ride takes 15min tops. Beats the long almost two hour ride to Cayo Santa Maria. We have been to Cuba probably 16 times and this was at least our 8th time at this resort. Beer on the bus is $5 per beer now. In 2018 it was 2 for $5. If you feel like it please tip the bus driver as he does handle all of your bags.

Check in was very fast, 1 drink wait lol.

Room was beautiful and very clean. Room fridge was refilled everyday with the beer and water. *Note* put a tip in the fridge upon arrival with your preferred requests and I am sure the fridge filling crew will do their best to accommodate you. We did not get many "blanket animals" on out bed this trip but that wasnt a big deal lol. We just find it cool when the maid has a creative mind. All and all our room was clean. A few of the days our maid went as far as organizing our shoes. Thank you!
Please remember, the fridge team and the maids are two separate people. If we needed something in our fridge we would always place a tip inside with a note. We left a tip for our maid everyday on the pillow and the last day we leave some things we brought for her to have or do what she likes with. Yes there is a hair dryer. It does have a 110 outlet built into it as well.

Food was absolutely amazing. Best i have had in a long time.

Breakfast;
We had eggs everyday except when we got to the buffet a little late due to previous nights activities. (Thanks Wayne and Mark lol). The powdered egg mix wasnt my favorite those 2 days but eggs are hard to get there right now. We had bacon and toast everyday which was nice because last year they were short many days. There was also a crepe station. My omelette maker and server always get a tip if our service is with a smile.

Lunch
We mainly ate at the 24hr snack bar by the party pool or the pizza bar by the quiet pool.
Snack bar had burgers, ham and cheese sandwiches, pork sandwiches, chicken sandwiches and sometimes my wife's favorite, Tuna sandwiches. They also had hot dogs and fries. We would like to thank Ismael and Leo for great service.
The Pizza is very good. Warning, if you ask for everything you may get things like Tuna or shrip on your pizza. NOTHING FROM THE SEA FOR ME! lol
Thank you Linnet for the great service.
Expect a 30min wait if it's a packed place.
We ate at the main buffet for lunch one day and it was great, pasta station and fried rice station and everything in between. Once again, great service and smiles always get rewarded.

A la carte restaurants;

These dinners can be booked everyday in the morning at the lobby/buffet entrance.

New BBQ restaurant.
We were honored day one of our trip to experience the grand opening of the new BBQ restaurant. With a restaurant full of family we had a meal that knocked our socks off. We tried almost everything on the menu that the BBQ has to offer and to say we were blown away would be an understatement. Very good job to all involved, people are going to love this.
Return guest dinner was night number 2 and it was unbelievable. My wife had lobster and pork. Since it's nothing from the sea for me, Reny was there to save me and made sure i had a lobster substitute!. I had sausage and the most delicious pork i have ever had. Starters for the meal were deep fried cheese balls and a garlic toast with toppings followed by cuban soup. A truly amazing meal at the BBQ restaurant. Thanks to my boy Ray for outstanding service. Amazing job keeping my wine glass full ;).

When we thought food couldn't get any better we ate at 2 other A la Cartes, the Creole Restaurant (not sure if I spelled that right) and the Oriental. The food at both of these restaurants was so delicious. From the start to the finish the meal was great. If you like sushi my wife had some at the Oriental.

Buffet had the pasta, meat and fried rice stations going so I was set! Wait times were normal, I would stand in one line and the wife another and we would trade half of our food to each other. Pasta and fried rice are my favorite so win win. My wife was told that one night they had sushi in the buffet as well.

In short, we ate some of the best food ever this week. Great Job everyone working in the restaurants and buffet. You should all be very proud of what came out of those kitchens.
Food and service were top notch and again, smiles get rewarded. ;)

The Beach;
Beach is beautiful. Sad to say but it has lost some beauty in spots. Now that being said, it has gained beauty in other spots. Unfortunately the beach isnt as wide as it used to be and the sand has shifted around over the last few years making it rocky in spots but sandier in others. They have done an amazing job cleaning up the tree line of the beach and they have built so many new palapa's. Not a problem getting shade and chairs. Chair guy, (cant believe i forgot his name) can help you find chairs and he will brush them off for you. A few bucks showing gratitude will go a long way for the next day [Details]
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The strong points
Beautiful Beach, great food and amazing people.
The weak points
Some things are limited sometimes due to supply chain.
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-04
Dear Jamie, On behalf of our team, we would like to thank you for this important opportunity to have your wonderful comments after another time at our resort. Knowing that you enjoyed your time with us is simply amazing and we are honored. The experiences that you have shared so well and so extensively encourage us to achieve superior goals. We are very happy to read how much you appreciated every detail of your visit and love to know that you would highly recommend our resort. We look forward to your next time with us. Thank you again for being part of our family, we are very proud of it. Best regards, General Manager

Warm memories

, Norwood, ON
2023-12-22
Great beach. Beautiful. A little rocky the first meter or so. I wear my water shoes. Not essential. Personal preference
Spacious rooms with amenities. Standard and Suites both large. New mattress in standard.
No issue with clean towels
Hotel staff very accommodating with Google translate on phones.
Hotel staff very friendly. Easy checkin and check out.
Huge shout out to speciality restaurant staff. Funny and fast.
Thank you Lisbet and Roberto (not correct spelling!!) for everything. Looking forward to another Spanish coffee [Details]
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The strong points
Staff Great. Friendly and helpful.
The weak points
Paint jobs in rooms sloppy
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2024-01-04
Dear client, Thank you for sharing your experience here with other travelers on this important site. We are really glad to know that you appreciated your time with us, based on what you lived in our resort. Your wonderful review encourages us to increase our efforts to achieve our main goal, the satisfaction of our customers. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in the future. Please, do not hesitate to contact us, it will be a pleasure to welcome you again. Best regards, General Manager

Home away from home

, Kitchener, ON
2023-12-09
Pulling up to this amazing, very large lobby, the best in Cayo Coco. Melia Jardine's Del Ray Has a special part in my heart.
From the moment my husband and I arrived November 23rd Until December 7th. We were treated like family It felt like they missed us as much as we missed them. Juan Carlos Lopez Greeted us with a huge smile. As always check in was very fast and easy, He is always such a pleasure to be around along with,Yohander Her adez And the rest of the front desk.
ROOM
It didn't take long at all before we were in our room We stayed in building 19, The room was clean. The bed was very comfortable and the view was beautiful.
We had lots of hot water and pressure Mini fridge. Always had beer and water our made Mary did a wonderful job with our room.

BEACH
beach was amazing as always, it is a little Rocky in spots,but that never bothered us as we always take water shoes better safe than sorry.
Yunni At the beach was amazing, never stopped working hard getting chairs for everyone a big shout out to him.

Beach bar
A big shout out to Omelio and Joel and their team, For always making the best drinks. Wow, they really know what they are doing and they always have a smile on their faces. They're always happy.

Pools
This hotel has 2 massive pools. One is the quiet pool and the other is the party pool. Yeisy Morales at the party pool is great She's always happy and ready to serve you along with her amazing team.

Entertainment team

They are all so friendly and work extremely hard to keep everyone entertained, But I must say that my favorite one was Yonatan Known as Yonny. They are always busy interacting with all the clients.
Teaching Zumba, dance classes, playing volleyball and many other activities.
At night they keep the party going at the majito bar.

The grounds
The grounds are always kept clean and lush. The gardeners work very hard, Mandy at the coconut station is always there to serve you with a smile.

The coffee shop

This coffee shop is amazing, from their cappuccino's to their ice coffee I couldn't get enough. Yamy Green Spoiled us

Food
The 24 hour snack bar served French fries, hamburgers, hot dogs, ham and cheese sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, and tuna sandwiches.
The ice cream parlor was always a treat with. their tasty chocolate, vanilla and strawberry sometimes even other delicious flavors.

Buffet
Be kind, please try to remember that these people work 16 hours at a time when you go for breakfast the same people will be there serving you at dinner as well.
For breakfast I always had eggs, Bacon toast with butter and marmalade. There was always an omelet station, a pancake station and tons of pastries. Quite a bit to choose from.
For lunch there was lots to choose from as well. You had the buffet a pizza bar the 24 hour snack bar and now they turned the beach buffet to an ala cart that you do not need reservations for.
Dinner, they just opened up a brand new ala cart called the barbecue, it is definitely a must try.
The buffet is always a good Option One night they even had sushi, which was an amazing treat.

Public relations
What can I say only that You can't get much better they go out of their way to do what they can. Lisbet Guevara Machado along with her team Adalberto and her other assistant I Just cannot remember her name are wonderful.
We were there for 15 days and they arranged 3 birthdays and made each and every one special in their own way.
You can definitely see how hard they work and try to make everyone feel special. Lisbet and her team are one of the best.
I love this place and will continue to be back to my home away from home. A big thank you to all the staff for always making us feel special [Details]
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The strong points
Excellent Staff Beautiful ocean Gorgeous hotel
The weak points
Rocky beach Mosquitoes and no seems
Hotel reply, PR/Marketing, on 2023-12-18
Dear TrishnWayne, We would like to thank you for taking the time to share your experiences not only with us but also with the rest of the followers of this site. Knowing that your time with us met your expectations is very important to the entire team. On their behalf, we also take the word to say THANK YOU once again for your compliments. We are hoping to welcoming you again in the near future. Please, do not hesitate to contact us in advance. It will be a pleasure to assist you. Best regards, General Manager

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