My husband and I are definitely beach people. The better the beaches, the clearer the water, that’s where we want to be.
We have in the past, been several times to the Varadero area of Cuba. We have always been incredibly underwhelmed by the resorts, the attitude of its workers, and always, the food. I mean, you don’t go to Cuba for the food, that’s what everyone always says. We are not sure if it is because they export all of the food they grow, or they don’t get any in. There is a distinct lack of fruits and vegetables.
This time we were looking for adult only, when we need quiet, this is always the most desirable type of resort. We raised our kids, have grand children now, and really enjoy the quiet, so this was right up on our list.
My husband’s co-worker had just got back from this resort and highly recommended it. I had also seen it on a travel site and was intrigued.
In the brochure it talked of “Royal Service” which is a whole list of add on’s you get for paying this fee. We paid it, we paid an additional $400 ea and with it we had access to the private area of the resort here. Very quiet, with only a few people milling about. If you wanted to throw in an additional $1,000 you would also get these swim up beds. But really, who needs that for a grand? Not us. With our additional fee, we had our own personal assistant that made us all our dinner reservations, made sure always had a bottle of sparkling wine in our room (and any other type of premium alcohol we wanted). Was it worth it. Absolutely!
We arrived on the red eye, so we landed at 6am from Vancouver, BC. It was a long flight - 6.5 hours and via Sunwing, which is not known for the leg room on its flights. Once we unpacked, we walked around and were really impressed with the entire resort.
There were private tubs like this everywhere, also gorgeous landscaped grounds, massive covered areas to just sit and visit, get out of the sun or chill with the beauty of nature.
The view from the main lobby is breathtaking and very alluring. The staff at this resort were all very polite and everyone said Hola when you passed. You could tell these workers were thrilled to be a part of this place.
The food at the restaurants were ok. Nothing exceptional, some were better than others. (The Hilltop Restaurant was trying very hard to make fancy food, but it ended up failing miserably) Miramar was closest to the lobby on the Royal side, and definitely had the best food in the whole resort. We did leave for Varadero one night and opted for some local Italian, which was totally delicious and very inexpensive. We paid under $40 for three main meals and two glasses of wine!
The beaches were spectacular, the weather was wonderful and hot, just the way we like it.
So bottom line. Would we recommend this resort? Yes!
Just don’t expect good food. Service is excellent, room service was amazing! Lunch time oven baked pizza by the pool was amazing! Oh and the one constant amazing part of the trip? CUBAN COFFEE! Yes it is to die for.
Will we go back? Maybe. I feel like it was a little too quiet for me, I like to people watch more. I may head back to Mexico, where you can walk into Puerto Vallarta, go for lunch or dinner, grab snacks if you want (Cuba seems to only have Pringles).
If you want a place to chill, get served, read a good book, get some sun, this is the resort for you. IF you are a foodie? No bueno!