Cayo Santa Maria
Cayo Santa Maria
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  • L3tsE4T
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thank you Ensenanchos Cayo Santa Maria
    Amazing staff. Something for everyone in the family. The animation team was great. Nightly shows lead by “Happy Gilmer”, daytime dancing and activities with the generous and charismatic “Sexy Mamma”, Mitch always checking in to make sure everyone is having a good time, and getting the teenagers up on stage to participate, karaoke night. I recommend booking at the restaurants, as the buffet was quite repetitive. Lunch at the beach was our favourite. The resort is showing some signs of wear, as is common in Cuba, but the grounds are kept meticulously. The bonus of an older resort is full beautiful gardens and foliage. And the beaches are just stunning.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Asif B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cuba Starfish Cayo Santa Maria
    I've been too Cuba twice but this my first time coming to Starfish Cayo Santa Marie and I will definitely be coming back. I visited in October and it was nice and calm and the staff are amazingly. Beach was great and the 3rd floor beach view room was absolutely amazing.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Margaret B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    When the Management can do magic
    This is our sixth stay at this gem, so we can compare... The current Management: Alejandro, Michaela, and the new Food Manager - Carlos are doing real magic. Knowing what is going on around we can say the food is much better than in the previous years. This is unique place in a lot of reasons, for example you can not find the same staff as the Royalton has. Great people, great location, great hotel. Paradise. If you coming to complain, do not come :)
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 29, 2024
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Margaret B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This is our sixth stay at this gem, so we can compare...
The current Management: Alejandro, Michaela, and the new Food Manager - Carlos are doing real magic. Knowing what is going on around we can say the food is much better than in the previous years.
This is unique place in a lot of reasons, for example you can not find the same staff as the Royalton has.
Great people, great location, great hotel. Paradise.
If you coming to complain, do not come :)
Written January 29, 2024
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fmgtan
Ajax, Canada284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Crystal clear turquoise water with fine white sand for miles and miles. One of the best beaches I have ever been to. It's definitely safe to walk along the shore and there's no public vendors.
Written August 9, 2022
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Mark M
Brantford, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I have been going to Cuba for 11 years straight. 7 years I’ve stayed at Iberostar Ensenachos. The place is clean the food is great. The entire staff are very friendly and courteous. I’ve made lots of friends there and stay in contact with them on a regular basis. They always make me feel welcome. Geysi Otero works in the business office and always takes the time to chat with me. She always makes sure I’m well looked after. She is an asset to this resort.We have become good friends. All the staff there are amazing.Can’t wait to get back there to see all my friends.
Written January 29, 2021
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Ooooooo123
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
When travelling to the Sanctuary did not know what to expect. Well I will tell you that I have never felt more at home than in Cuba. The people there treat you like you are family. The smiles one gets from everyone is unbelievable. The staff there go out of their way to make sure that if you need anything they are there for you. You never go hungry===always food throughout the resort. Rooms are clean and well kept. The butlers are the best. Our butler Mercedes has become more of a family member than just a friend. If you want a great beach to go to and relax then here is the one to go to. Many activites and excursions to go on. Then we got the bartenders===well Darion once he knows you the drinkies are always waiting for you. All I have to say about my experience is that it was a 5 star trip. Hope anyone that is thinking of going enjoy yourself and do not go there with expectations of what you want but it is a holiday of what you will treasure. Have a good time
Written May 28, 2022
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eyesofblue44
Hensall, Canada50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I just returned from my 5th stay at Ocean Casa Del Mar in the breath-takingly Beautiful Cayo Santa Maria. Top notch service was provided by my butler Arley. He was always there to help with any request. In the Buffet Leo, Leidy & Willan were awesome. I also enjoyed the food in the Privilege Restaurant as well as the Blue Moon A La Carte. The best part of my vacation was enjoying the Animation team led by Big Dani. The entire team is good, but it is Dani who has the most ambition and really puts the most effort into seeing that you enjoy your stay. He engages with everyone and his smile and spirit is infectious. Ocean Casa is very lucky to have such highly respected workers as Dani who really seem to care about their job and all hotel guests.
Written January 24, 2020
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Marcia D
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Absolutely loved our experience at this Hotel. My entire family was greeted with kindness and met incredible people. Our bar tender Javier was just so amazing! He made the very best drinks and treated my children so kindly. Will definitely come back!
Written January 10, 2023
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Asif B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I've been too Cuba twice but this my first time coming to Starfish Cayo Santa Marie and I will definitely be coming back. I visited in October and it was nice and calm and the staff are amazingly. Beach was great and the 3rd floor beach view room was absolutely amazing.
Written October 7, 2023
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VeroargentaMiami
Miami Beach, FL324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
I stayed at Caibarien in a Hostal 4* al norte with an excellent view to the sea. 30 cuc per night an the cheff is amazing ! At Caibarien is nothing to do except the restaurant of the Hostal and going to the park to get wifi
I went by taxi 40cuc per day to have a chofer all day from 9 to 6pm and visited every single beach (two per day)
The top one in a calm day, no windy is LAS GAVIOTAS.
Then ... the melia buena vista ( you can enter walking from the beach) is the ideal spot for diving!!! Most of the taxis know where to leave u so u can enjoy the nudist beach and snorkeling.
Las terrazas... nice and busy place to eat and enjoy the afternoon for 5cuc per person with one mojito !
Las Brujas too expensive and it worth more Terrazas
I will stay again in the Hostal and enjoy the beach every day or choose the resort near Las gaviotas ! And if u are without kids MELIA BUENA VISTA great spot even with wind the beach is protected.
Written May 6, 2017
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Alexa Morgan
Montreal, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
Hats off to Ridiel Rodriguez, Sunwing representative!
We embarked on a long-awaited vacation to Cayo Santa Maria. My husband, my little daughter and me. We didn't start on the right foot though. After having landed in Santa Clara we encountered 2 major issues. First, our daughter was running a strange fever and second our baggage didn't come out.
Before i had the time to go nuts, we were blessed with meeting Ridiel, who is a Sunwing rep at the airport.
Ridiel was incredibly efficient and sensitive to take care of both our problems in a split sec. He got a doctor in a wink of an eye who saw our daughter and explained to us how to proceed with her. It worked wonders. Ridiel also, almost at the same time, dealt with our missing baggage. He guided us through filling a form and believe it or not the next morning our full baggage was knocking our door at the hotel. Impressive!! People like Ridiel make your travel experience infinitely better.
Written November 13, 2019
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Robert W
Kyle, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
great beach bar right on beach plus service while laying on the beach. Off shore wind can produce big waves but swam 6 off the 7 days at the resort in thesea
Written January 30, 2019
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