Best Resort in Cuba

Best Resort in Cuba

Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Amanda Stancati

There’s no doubt Cuba is a favourite travel destination among Canadians. With its many endearing traits and top-quality properties, it’s hard to determine the best resort in Cuba. We’ve considered it all: the beach, the amenities, the service, the food, and our own customer reviews to create this list. What’s the best resort in Cuba, you ask? Here are 5 (in no particular order) to help make your decision easier.

Royalton Cayo Santa Maria 4.5 stars

Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

Why is it possibly the best resort in Cuba?

This adult-only property was made for relaxation. The 4 romantic Royalton Suites and 54 ocean-view rooms are luxurious. You’ll find a wet bar with breakfast area, living room, powder room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, whirlpool tub, and jacuzzi on the terrace in the Royalton Suites. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria has exceptional staff and butler service throughout the resort. Because of the intimate environment, the hotel staff provide attentive service to each of its guests.

The hotel has 122 rooms, 3 restaurants, 4 bars

Playa Pesquero 4.5 stars

Playa Pesquero

Why is it possibly the best resort in Cuba?

Playa Pesquero has a reputation for welcoming repeat clients to Holguin over and over again. With a kid and baby club, 3 pools, and a jacuzzi, it’s perfect for a family vacation or romantic getaway. Located near Bahia de Naranjo National Park, you’ll find tropical vegetation, gardens, fish ponds, and exotic flowers.

The hotel has 912 rooms, 11 restaurants, 8 bars

Paradisus Rio de Oro 5 stars

Paradisus Rio de Oro

Why is it possibly the best resort in Cuba?

This adult-only resort in Holguin is praised for its pristine beach and eco-tourism. Nature-lovers can discover unique flora and fauna in the resort’s botanical garden while snorkelers can explore the coral reef and spot colourful fish underwater. The soft white sands and bright turquoise waters create a peaceful beach paradise.

The hotel has 354 rooms, 8 restaurants, 5 bars

Iberostar Varadero 4.5 stars

Iberostar Varadero

Why is it possibly the best resort in Cuba?

This family-oriented hotel is perfectly situated on the famous Varadero beach and has an excellent entertainment programme. With a mini club, childcare services, themed nightly shows, live bands, disco, and sports including aerobics, basketball, beach volleyball, soccer, kayaking, tennis, and dance lessons, there’s never a dull moment at Iberostar Varadero!

The hotel has 386 rooms, 6 restaurants, 7 bars

Playa Cayo Santa Maria 4.5 stars

Playa Cayo Santa Maria

Why is it possibly the best resort in Cuba?

Playa Cayo Santa Maria is set on a gorgeous beach and provides recreation options for the whole family to enjoy. The hotel boasts 6 swimming pools including 2 for children and extensive recreation options including non-motorized water sports, board games, kids programs, and evening entertainment. Playa Cayo Santa Maria is great for weddings, birthdays, meetings, and other celebrations. The Conference Room can accommodate up to 500 people while the Animation Theatre can accommodate up to 630 people.

The hotel has 769 rooms, 6 restaurants (including an ice cream parlor), 6 bars (including a cigar bar & beer garden)

Now for the real question…

What is the best resort in Cuba for food?

Based on our client reviews, here are the top five hotels:
5. Iberostar Ensenachos
4. Paradisus Princess del Mar
3. Melia Cayo Coco
2. Melia Las Americas
1. Paradisus Rio de Oro

For a personalized recommendation, consult your travel agent for some of their favourites!

Learn more about travel between Canada and Cuba on the Government of Canada website.


  1. For us Playa Cayo Santa Maria is a very special place….we have been there 3 times out of 12 trips to beautiful Cuba and would go back in a heartbeat!!

  2. we loved the Villas Jibacoa….small, very unique 3*….not fancy but super clean with good food and treated with 5* service. Lots of repeat visitors that are on 12 plus visits.

  3. I Personally like Playa Costa Verde In Holguin, been there 4 times ,best staff anywhere .Beautiful beach and food is fantastic

  4. Any review about grand memories Santa Maria and if u can do a sea doo in excursion

  5. been to cuba a few times, personally love Roc barlovento in varadero, been there twice, lovely beach, food is very good, staff excellent , entertainment best i have seen , will return

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