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#4 Sanctuary At Grand Memories Varadero
#4 Sanctuary At Grand Memories Varadero
Varadero
Cuba
258 reviews
Amazing Vacation
This was my 2nd visit to Cuba in my life. My first visit was in 2009 and I swore to myself that I would never return back. Fast-forward to today July 2022. I booked a solo vacation for a week at the Sanctuary At Grand Memories Varadero with my expectations set very low because of my of my previous visit at a different resort in 2009. I arrived July 14th and stayed until July 21st. The Sanctuary is adults only section inside the Grand Memories Varadero resort. When I arrived at the resort I was dropped off at the main lobby of Grand Memories and was shortly picked up by the Sanctuary driver who drove a group of us to the Sanctuary reception. From the moment I stepped into the Sanctuary section I was treated like a KING. The staff were amazing. Few shoutouts that went the extra mile ANET - Sanctuary Bar definitely knows how to mix up a good drink is very professional and polite. NOEL & THALIA - My butlers during my visit. They both made sure I was well taken care of for reservations for dinner at the sanctuary to any questions I had or anything that I needed. NIURYS - Grand Memories 24 hour snack bar at night time. NIURYS is an amazing person and a very good listener. My glass never got empty and at the end of the night when I was ready to head back to the Sanctuary she called the driver to pick me up and take me back to my building #32. The food at the Sanctuary restaurant for breakfast was good. Lots of fresh fruit and deli cuts and cheese, sweets and when your finished you have the choice of eggs and bacon or a ham and cheese omelette with bacon on the side. Lunch & Dinner was all a-la-carte with a pretty good selection I was surprised that I had the option for Lamb one day and it comes all nicely prepared and presentation on the plate very well done. They are very creative. If you want a quiet relaxing vacation without any screaming kids and stuff you want to stay here. Im looking forward for my next visit back here to celebrate my birthday. Thank you Sanctuary At Grand Memories for the most amazing trip I have ever had.
#5 Melia Internacional
#5 Melia Internacional
Varadero
Cuba
62 reviews
Returning to Cuba
TL;DR: would recommend, plan to return CONTEXT We recently returned from a one week vacation at Melia Internacional Varadero. As a family, we've been to Cuba more than half a dozen times, but have not been since before the start of the pandemic. THE HOTEL: This was our 1st visit to Melia Internacional. This is an older hotel that was purchased by Melia and renovated in the last couple of years. As a result there is a mix of new & old/established. The hotel is huge with over 900 rooms. 3 main pools as well as a kids pool with pirate theme and slide, great for young kids. There's also a small wading pool for infants as part of the playground near the Cubamigos kids' club. In addition there's another pool for the adults only (cannot speak to as we were not in level or adult). The rooms are great with awesome view regardless of which way you're facing. Unfortunately there is a mold problem in the bathrooms, especially those equipped with bathtubs. This is in part due to the fact that the hotels were closed for so long during the pandemic. A proper treatment of the mold should be undertaken and it is truly the only thing that needs improvement in my opinion. Did not get too check out spa this time. THE FOOD: The main buffet Merkado always had a decent variety of options and had the main stations: fish, meat/chicken, and pasta. We had exceptional service from two wait staff: Aidi and Alicia! And Yaime on the fish station was very attentive! We had three a la carte réservations but only went to two of them. HACIENDA (Mexican): the mini burrito appetizers and the nachos were AMAZING! I was content with the main and the service by the staff was great! CASA NOSTRA (Italian): in my opinion, this a la carte is a must go! The food and the service was amazing! The hostess who seated us was also very attentive and considerate (unfortunately don't remember her name, visited on May 31). The pizza, the pasta and the seafood were all incredible. Even the picky eaters enjoyed it. The tiramisu was delicious, even better than some I've had in Canada. We also went to a restaurant in town which was only a short walk but due to the rain we took a taxi. Overall, we did not go hungry and we did not get sick from any of the food. No complaints at all. THE ENTERTAINMENT: DAYTIME: The entertainment staff are always a pleasure and make the trip truly worthwhile. We participated in Aqua gym, trivia, dancing lesson, and have contests. All were lots of fun! Exceptional staff is definitely Yosbel! He has so much energy and really gets you excited about participating. Bebe also got my kid dancing which was great. David, Daniel, and Rosalba also were good entertainers! EVENINGS: We did not attend much of the evening entertainment but what we did attend we enjoyed. Whether it's a trio band at the Blue Sky Bar or an entire dance party in the Red Bar, or a solo singer. There was also amazing musicians serenading the entire resort from the Gaia bar by the pools (one time it was a clarinet player, another it was a flute player). Overall entertainment was great, caught a glimpse of the kids evening and daytime entertainment and it was also excellent and fun. CLUB HOUSE: towel exchange with Yoel; always a smile and pleasant service. POOL BAR: Amazing attentive staff with two absolute favourites are Claudia and Sergio. We also had good service from Heidi. Drinks were great and delicious. FRONT DESK: All the staff are always willing to help but Alicia often went above and beyond. Truly grateful to her! BELLHOP: Osdany went above and beyond and we also received great service on departure but I don't remember the name of the fellow (lanky/tall/glasses). ROOM CLEANING STAFF: We had amazing experience with Yalennys; making fun designs with the towels and leaving a thoughtful note. RESTAURANT BOOKING: Rosemarie helped us so much with booking our restaurant reservations absolutely fantastic customer service skills! PUBLIC RELATIONS: Kandy was pleasant via email and resourceful when we needed some assistance.
#7 Playa Vista Azul
#7 Playa Vista Azul
Varadero
Cuba
318 reviews
Honest truth
My friend and I recently stayed here for relaxing vacation. And overall I must say not worth it! But you pay for what you get right? For starters some actually most of the stuff isn't very friendly or helpful! And ask for tips way too often they don't wait for you to tip them! But I met a few amazing staff who helped make the trip memorable! The food in the buffet was mediocre and repetitive honestly feel like they need to work on switching it up! The lineups get so long and everything just takes so long! Some days waiters would forget to offer us beverages well one waiter in particular always remembered our drink orders and to check on us! The à la cart restaurant Always claim to be busy and full and when you look in nobody's in there! You have to bribe and pay high money to get onto one of the list which is sad because you already spent a good amount of money just to book the hotel! The room is it that big but I will say for the most part it's clean and well-maintained the mini bar had nothing in it though which made me confuse why is it called a mini bar it was just an empty fridge… and I paid for a room with a fully stocked mini bar but OK! I don't know what bit me but it caused me to have a reaction! The pool is beautiful the beaches are beautiful the bar stuff amazing! The night shows or hit or miss! The resort doesn't really offer much like no adult club or like adult event so if you're looking for like fun wised wouldn't recommend family friendly wise yet definitely! Overall just wasn't pleased but he you live in learn and everything is a learning experience!
#10 Starfish Cuatro Palmas
#10 Starfish Cuatro Palmas
Varadero
Cuba
555 reviews
Amazing Vacation Amazing People
We will always stay at Starfish Quatro Palmas. The resort is beautiful, clean and staff are wonderful. The resort is right on the main strip of Varadero where all the action is (bars, restaurants, shopping). You are steps away from the pool and beautiful beach. We would like to give a big shout out to our favourite bartenders at the pool bar: Yankiel, Brian, Villerejo, and Maikol. These gentlemen are always smiling and their enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication to making sure everyone is having fun is second to none. Gracias mis amigos! John Christian is the water aerobics instructor who is one of a kind. He is engaging in the workouts, fun to be around and provided an awesome work out. Everyone must try one of his classes. You will not be disappointed. A true gentleman, kind-hearted, funny and professional. It is obvious he enjoys what he does. I will truly miss pool time with him. Gracias mi amigo! Randy Martines is the MC for the evening shows and also one of the coordinators for daily activities at the pool and beach. Always smiling and friendly to everyone. He is well-spoken and professional. All the entertainers were incredible. Hard working and graceful. Gracias mis amigos/amigas. Mario is the pool attendant. I forgot the name of the other gentlemen who works on opposite days from Mario, but he too is wonderful. The pool and pool area is always so clean. They are both quick to assist with opening your umbrella and making sure you are enjoying yourselves and that your stay is relaxing. Joany Carrion works behind the scenes in the kitchen baking such wonderful treats. We have known Joany for quite some time as we have stayed at another resort he worked at. We will always come see him. He is a lovely human being. So kind. Smiling and happy and works extremely hard. Christian is one of the managers at the resort. He is always helpful and accommodating. Extremely professional. Gracias mi amigo. Our maid (I can't recall her name), we were on the 3rd floor. What a pleasant lady! Hardworking, kind and always smiling. I will miss your beautiful smiling face. Hugs and kisses to you! There are so many wonderful, hardworking people at this resort. Sorry if I missed some names. Thank you all for making our vacation the best ever! We will be back in April and will never stay at any other resort.

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