This was my second time to Cuba, the first time was in Varadero. I have to say that our stay at the Melia far surpassed my expectations. I did a lot of research before booking including reading people's reviews on here and I honestly didn't have a single complaint. The resort was gorgeous, nice plush grounds, a beautiful airy spa, great service and friendly staff. The rooms were also very nice and spacious. First off I have to comment on those who complain about the food. You absolutely cannot expect gourmet dining in Cuba and all the condiments that we have and use in North America. To complain that they didn't have ketchup to me is a bit ridiculous. Anyways, I'll break everything down by category.
Check in: Our flight arrived in the night so we didn't get to the Melia until late night. Check in was a breeze and they had the little shuttles to take us to our rooms. We were able to get something to eat at the pool snack bar which is open 24hrs (great for the late night munchies or drinks). They did have a little food out but it was just what was left overs so was not appetizing. Had we known we could have ordered a fresh pizza, we would have.
Room: Entering our room I was pleasantly surprised, it was exactly as it looked in the pictures. Very clean, and very roomy. A huge big comfortable bed with lots of pillows, a nice area with sink and lots of counter space, separate washroom with badet, mini fridge that was stocked daily with water, beer and pop. A large sitting area with a day bed and table and chair.
Grounds: The grounds were absolutely lovely. Very plush, nicely kept. Trees and shrubs throughout the entire grounds.
The Beach: BREATHTAKING!!! GORGEOUS .. INCREDIBLE.. Need I say more. Our first glance at the beach in the morning was all this and then some. The water was sooo warm and crystal clear. I couldn't get enough of it. I have never spent so much time in the water anywhere as I did here. Another week just laying on the beach and doing nothing else would have been fine with me!
The Grill: We ate lunch here every day and the food was really good. This is located near the beach so it was the most popular spot for lunch. They had everything from fish to salad to burgers to pasta and a different special each day.
The beach Bar: Had the best drinks, especially for blended drinks like pina coladas. I recommend taking a thermal or travel mug so you're drinks stay cold (note to self for next time). ; )
All in all this was the best vacation ever and i will definitely go back in a heartbeat. We never had problems getting water, it was replenished daily. We went on the catamaran day trip which was awesome. It was my first time snorkeling and it was amazing however I would recommend taking your own snorkeling gear as theirs wasn't all that great ( I kept taking in water for some reason!) Being on the boat was beautiful and we were well supplied with drinks the whole time. The best time was when we stopped at an island and had an hour to swim or whatever. We met some fantastic people from the surrounding hotels on the boat, not to mention the crew was great fun!
As you can see, I could go on and on about the Melia. It was well worth it and I would recommend it to anyone looking to go to Cuba.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In an island paradise off the northern coast of Cuba stands the 5- star All-Inclusive Meliá Cayo Santa María hotel, especially designed for families, surrounded by beautiful beaches and lush tropical vegetation. This property (358 rooms) offers facilities for incentives groups and a special wedding and honeymoon program. A perfect complement for an unforgettable holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Cayo Santa Maria Hotel Cayo Santa Maria
- Cayo Santa Maria Melia
- Cayo Santa Maria Cuba
- Santa Maria Cuba
- Melia Cayo Santa Maria Cuba