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“March 24th thru April 2, was the best vacation I've ever spent.”

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Hotel Playa Cayo Santa Maria
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Cayo Santa Maria
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Moncton, Canada
2 reviews
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“March 24th thru April 2, was the best vacation I've ever spent.”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

I've been to Varadero, Cayo Guilermo, Holguin. This by far does not even compare to any of the others in Cuba.
The room was not musty, the air condition worked so well, we needed to shut it off a few nights.
Thank you to Claudia, Valdemir our servers everyday, Andy our bar guy at the Cuban Cigar bar was great, quiet and shy...but a very gentle soul. Always had our drinks ready and remembered what we ordered from the time before. Yaro, which is short for a long name, she worked at the snack bar, we took a fancy to her with her winning smile and awesome attitude. I can't say enough for this resort. The best service I've received in all my travels.
The beach is spectacular, take the opportunity to do a sail with the little catamaran, it was so much fun.
So many pools and lots of seats. I have never said that I would go back to a resort we've previously been, but for this resort....for the service alone...we will be back. Hopefully sooner than later.

Room Tip: We had Building 1, and found it very good. Close to everything.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

This place was awesome in my eye, we really enjoyed out stay lots of dancing and activities, food, drinks, shows were great beach was beautiful . Staff was really nice. Would defiantly go back again I loved it that much :)

  • Stayed February 2014
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Lower Sackville, Canada
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

Stayed 20-25 March.
Excellent job by Customer Service to accommodate previous requests. Check in was quick and efficient. Great room on the third floor in building #7 was clean and kept clean for entire stay. Bed was a bit hard - pillow a bit stiff as well. No biggie, though.
Grounds are very pretty and well-kept and it's well thought out with respect to layout and amenities.
Had to call for the fridge (water) to be replenished almost everyday. It did show up, but this whole process seemed like a bit of a shakedown? Not sure what's going on there.
Food was overall very good for me and good for my picky wife. Service overall at bars and restaurants was very good. However, to be fair, and understanding it does get busy, closer attention to detail regarding tableware and glasses is needed.
We did all 4 of the a- la-cartes and liked them all. Seafood and Romantic were our favorites. Arrangements that were made at the Romantic restaurant for my wife's birthday were very nice. Thank you Mareyi and Daniella.
Beach is amazing. There are shade wars but I think they have maxed out all the potential shade spots. The animation staff provides the option of an active and lively beach day.
Beach volley - watch out for the big rocks lurking just beneath the sand. I stopped playing after day 3 and a slightly bruised heel - not worth the chance. To their credit, they added more sand during our stay. However, something other than the band-aid fix needs to be done.
The pools are very nice with a lots of options. The swim up pool needed to be shocked and the sides scrubbed especially nearest the bar. This is a very busy place full of wobbly folks - Nuff said! lol!
Lobby bar has a very good selection. Seating was a bit limited in the evening, but as people moved about, we always found a spot. We didn't go to the theater but there is other entertainment.
This is a very very good resort and with a few minor improvements could easily be rated as excellent. Thank you to Mareyi and the hard working staff at Playa for an amazing vacation!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Kentville, Canada
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Very nice place ...very well kept ...being a middle aged women make service slow as the young men spend more time with the cute young girls . We enjoyed the food entertainment and all.
The ac in our room didnt work and our friends their tv did not work....loved the beauty but woiuld have liked to be closer to a town and be around the people who life their.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

First time in Cuba, the room was a lot better than the last two iberostar's we stayed in. The beach was incredible and the staff were very greating and pleasant. The food was good and there was a good variety. Special thank you to Yami, her husband and all the other people who made our stay a memorable one. Thank you for the excellent service that was provided for our family. The bus ride from the airport to the resort is 1.5 hours but was worth every minute of it. I really liked the fact that no one bothers you. It was the first time to Cuba and it wont be the last time. We will return.

Room Tip: There is a little more noise around the beach, so if you are miserable then ask for a room away from...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Oshawa, Canada
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

my husband and I just came back from spending a week ,it was a wonderful vacation and everything was terrific,room was spotless the place was very good.It was first time being in cuba but it wont be the last .the service was excellant food very good thank you ray ,frances gaudet

Room Tip: very secluded on the balcony
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was my 5th trip to Cuba, and an extremely memorable one at that.

Hotel is approx 1.5 hour bus ride from the airport; however very beautiful towns you pass through and a very informative guide on the bus. Check in extremely fast. We did get lost in the dark trying to make our way to the lobby from the room but in the daytime everything makes much more sense.

Rooms: beautiful, large and comfortable. Ice cold AC, mini bar gets replenished.

Food: 5th time to Cuba, best food yet!!!! I am shocked and appalled at those who complained about this hotel's food. Not only is it good in comparison with other all inclusives, but it happens to be quite great. Fresh marinated fish (prepared by the fantastic Jorge who always had limes ready for us ), fresh marinated meats and chicken, sushi station, fried rice station, pasta station. Also, an amazing banana flambé! Alacartes had small portions but were quite good, look out for the beautiful green eyed Ernesto. Ice cream bar had a small selection but was a nice treat! Maidelin, her husband, and Oscar at the snack bar are incredible people who we miss greatly. They even prepared a soothing tonic water concoction when my mother wasn't feeling well the day of our departure.

Beach: crystal clear aqua water and white sand!!!!! Can't go wrong :) definitely need more palapa, but take a large hat with you and you will be fine :)

Staff: incredible staff... All the ones we named above and more. There isn't much to do at the resort at night so we spent a lot of our time with Oscar and the other resort staff... They made everything worthwhile. I do hope that management rewards them.

Don't miss the beach party once a week, lots of fun. Also... Lots of cats at the resort too, so cute! Overall an amazing layout, very modern and beautiful, great big rooms, hot water, ice cold AC, great food and amazing beach. Book it now you won't regret!!!

I do have two suggestions for improvement as I know that management reads the reviews.
1) overall cleanliness: room towels weren't always changed, were stained and the buffet staff simply wipe the crumbs of the tablecloths, often leaving the stains and spills. We did not see this at any other resort, and it really takes away from the classiness of the hotel.

2) animation team are quite bad- not friendly, not engaging, even when they brought you on stage you could tell they didn't really want to.. The shows were not the greatest and there was Minimal activity to do at night.... A small on site disco instead of the cigar lounge would be a fabulous addition.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Playa Cayo Santa Maria
Address: Las Dunas 5 | Cayo Santa Maria, 50100, Cuba (Formerly Hotel Gaviota Cayo Santa Maria)
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Villa Clara Province > Cayo Santa Maria
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Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Cayo Santa Maria
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Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Playa Cayo Santa Maria 5*
Number of rooms: 769
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