My husband and I travelled from July 19th to the 26th to the Royalton, Cayo Santa Maria. This was our 3rd visit to Cuba and definitely the best one ever!
We did not experience the easy check-in everyone else has reviewed. Unfortunately, our room was not ready when we arrived at the hotel. That was a bit disappointing but waiting in the snack bar while enjoying a nice meal and wonderful drinks made the wait easier. Belky, kept guessing when we needed another beer or Mojito, she was wonderful! After, an hour and 45 minutes our Butler Yoldy came to pick us up to show us to our room. Our luggage was waiting there for us. The wait was worth it! The room was spotless, beautiful and what can we say about the ocean view!
Everything you have read in past reviews is actually true. The beach is absolutely perfect! No seaweed, no rocks, soft sand, sometimes wavy, sometimes calm...just absolute perfection. The food was for Cuban standards excellent. Yes, some days there are no bananas but we were able to survive!
We never ate the same thing twice and there are plenty of options. I loved not seeing plateful of wasted food left on tables after a buffet run...none of that at the Royalton. Try the BBQ by the second pool...awesome! Beach quesadillas were also great! And if your just a little hungry grab a sandwich at one of the bars...they have toaster grills by the second pool bar should you want to make yours a panini!
Having a butler service was quite helpful. Yoldy and Ariel we're very discreet but always available. If you need anything, they are there with a smile. We must of been asked 1000 times if we had everything or needed anything!
Like I have previously read, if you are grumpy and always in a rush don't go to Cuba! Leave these wonderfully warm kind hearted people to the rest of us!
We will definitely return to the Royalton, we just have to figure out what to do with the kids! LOL!
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