Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa
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We are in Cienfuegos. I am ending my day at the Hotel Jagua in Room 606, eight doors down from Room 614 where Castro slept on the evening of August 18, 1960. But I am getting ahead of my story.
The day began with breakfast at the Hotel Melia Varadero which I mention only because they have not one, but two enormous buffets. For our morning activities, we drive back to Matanzas, passing the only golf course in Cuba-nine holes. One of the men in the ...
Yesterday, we drove from Trinidad to Santa Clara, the town which Che Guevara lead the takeover of during the revolution. We visited his mausoleum and monument. It was incredibly large and awesome in my opinion because it included his letter to Fidel which explained why he was leaving Cuba - to help other Latin American countries lead revolutions. Che was a cool guy and is revered all over Cuba.
There are also many posters of 5 men's faces that say "Volverán" ...
... a huge natural ‘lake’ , so well looked after and not ‘caged’ like some. We watched the dolphin show which was fantastic and then had about an hour swim time with them. It was really nice because the groups swimming with the dolphins were so small and intimate, the dolphins genuinely seemed to enjoy interacting with us too. I’m no acrobat, but watching the film back even ...
... turning and eventually made it back to the main road. So 5 hours later (9pm) we arrive in 'All Inclusive Land', otherwise known as Vardero.
Our hotel, the Blau resembles a pyramid and is lovely. Given our bracelets, shown to our rooms, what a difference to the last one, bliss, and heat to dinner with trepidation, but the food here is very good if a little samey.
Breakfast very good, swimming pool ...
... airport is terrifying, all men in masks, guns and ginormous crowds. Getting into the country was a culture shock. The moment I saw the ocean- the Caribbean ocean for the first time, I was utterly in love. I LOVE the ocean, it is now the only place that offers me calmness and makes me feel free. In a way it kind if ruined a lot for me. The next days were all about water, sun tanning, walking (miles and miles if walking) and my favorite- trying new foods. I ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa
Cuba Trip ReportParadisus VaraderoWe just returned from a one-week holiday at Paradisus Varadero. Heres some background information on our perspective, weve traveled extensively in the Caribbean to locations such as; Mexico Acapulco Dominican Republic Bavaro Jamaica Ochos Rios Aruba Turks & Caicos Cuba Holguin And now Cuba VaraderoSo from our perspective in terms of importance in a holiday ..1. Beach 2. Resort grounds (Pool etc.) & accommodations 3. Food / Restaurants 4. ServiceSo onto the review;Beach (3/5)The beach in this far end of Varadero is okay, the sand is fine the beach depth is good with many palapas (for prime real estate youll need to venture out before 9am). However, the shoreline and first 10 feet of water is littered with shells and broken coral (Please take water socks!). You can wade out a fair ways before you reach 5 feet, which is great for a dip, but a pain for snorkelers.Resort Grounds & Accommodations (4/5)The resort is well managed with plenty of workers trying to keep it so. The pool is fairly large and varied in depths of 6.5ft to 0.0ft, so it would appeal to everyone. The pool bar was situated in about 5ft of water which was a pain for some who tried to reach it. The giant Jacuzzi in the middle of the pool was broken and it didnt seem to look functional for some time and some of the pools tile flooring is starting to tire and patches of broken tiles can be seen. As with the beach, if you want to get some prime real estate around the pool 9am seems to be the magic hour.Our room was on the first floor and large. It was five piece (toilet, tub, shower, bidet, and sink). Again with the pool, the room was starting to look a little tired (paint, vents, furniture etc.), the resort is relatively new so Im not sure as to whether its due to the craftsmanship or the climate or both. Another little surprise was ants, there was a steady stream of these little ants in the room, which wasnt much of a nuisance, but with anything just the knowledge of them and managements lack of response was enough. I would recommend a second floor room if possible, we couldnt change because we were toting our 1.5yr old with us. It would be such a pain to pack and unpack again.Food / Restaurants (5/5)First in general, yes the food is over-cooked bland and oily, but that would be for the passive client. We on the other hand were more aggressive in giving the grill cook instructions (broken spanish/french/english) and spices to add. This made the experience great at the buffet.Buffet regular fare for breakfast, eggs as you like, fresh squeezed juices, meats, sweets, and crepes and lest I forget champagne. The only weird note is the bacon wasnt in strips it was more like pieces. Lunch was just as bountiful with roasted meats, baked fish, pasta bar, meat/fish grill and my favorite smoked salmon. As with the first note, you needed to be proactive in your seasonings and instructions. Dinners were equally good with roasts, lobster, shrimps, grilled fare and special themes. SUSHI! Wines were also available at any of the buffet sittings.Spanish (a la carte) We occasioned this restaurant once and to be honest, we didnt like the offering too much. As with most a la cartes in all-inclusive resorts the menu was fairly limited. The dinner was very neuveau cuisine, two small beef medallions with a couple sprigs of vegetables or a stuffed chicken breast that looked like it came from KFC. Our son did enjoy the rice pudding ball for dessert.Italian (a la carte) We enjoyed this restaurant for both dinner and lunch, while the menu had limited selections we werent shy to ask for special items or spices. The pizza and pasta dishes were great. Desserts were good as well.Romantico (a la carte) This restaurant was only open for dinner, and we had one sitting for the week. The food was good and tasty, however as with the Spanish restaurant the servings were rather small. The answer to this problem was, dont be shy, and order more than one entrée! We both had the lobster and I had ordered the lamb rack as well.Service (5/5)We found service to be excellent in all areas. Let me qualify this a bit, we usually tipped $1 at the buffet and $2-$5 dollars at the a la carte restaurants. We didnt tip because we felt bad due to their wages, but rather for service rendered. If they made an effort or did something special then we usually tipped. One area that we used $US to get something special was at the beach grill, my wife loves lobster and it wasnt at the beach grill, $5 took care of that situation for the week! Another area of note was maid service and mini fridge, we had brought some gifts down and left something each day for the maid and usually $1 for the person filling the fridge. This brought us the usual towel swans, extra towels, pillows and stocked fridge.Last but not least is the Baby Club staff, our son 18mths had a great time when we placed him in their care. We used the club for 1 morning (after breakfast) and two afternoons (after lunch) and one full day. The staff was really friendly and accommodating. We had no misgivings about leaving our son in their care. We had brought down some stuff (pens, pencils, stickers, paper and bubbles) which we decided to leave at the Baby Club so other kids can enjoy them.All in all, I have to admit this was a good choice for our vacation. With a little regular maintenance Paradisus will maintain what I believe as the #1 resort standing in Varadero.Cheers!
We just returned from a week at Paradisus and loved it. So much so, that we tried to think of ways to avoid going home!
My partner and I travelled to Cuba, Hotel Sol Melia Paradisus Varadero from 10th November through 3rd December 2002 an all inclusive holiday.Hotel and Room: First impressions were overwhelming, over wooden catwalks (to the left and right fishponds and in the middle of each a small island with tropical plants) you enter a massive reception area, columns supporting the open ceilings Caribbean style - and all of it in soft pastel colours. Marble flooring tone in tone. This is the main hotel house and almost everything takes place here. Seen from the entrance to the left you have conference rooms, the reception and main buffet-restaurant. To the right, baggage claim and storage room, travel+tour reception and the 24-hour bar. Around the corner from the 24-hour bar another area with the stage, the disco, souvenir shop and ***** toilets. If you visit them, even these will amaze you. The check-in was a breeze, the room key a magnetic card, granting access to electricity, and to the room safe. We and our baggage were driven to our room in an extended golf-buggy. Second impressions, wow !! The room just one of eight, in the villa-like house. The bathroom, marble tiles, two wash basins, a bidet, bath+shower, wardrobe and the rest of the trimmings. The main room divided into upper and lower parts separated by a chaise-longue; the upper part with a massive double-bed yes the mattresses were hard but suitable for most europeans, the lower part a living area with two rattan chairs a rattan table and a writing table. Not forgetting the TV or the balcony opening on to the garden.Food and Beverage: Our first breakfast took our breath away. The main buffet-restaurant met all tastes, fresh fruit, salads, fresh juices, cereals, bread and rolls, cold-meats, sausages, bacon, eggs fried and scrambled, omelettes prepared on the spot, prawns and a myriad of other dishes. Lunch buffet the same thing but I add different combinations, loads of fresh fish and crustaceans galore including shrimps, prawns, king prawns, crawfish and on the odd occasion lobster, not to forget a large choice of desserts, cream cakes and other sweets. The dinner buffet needs no more comments. Leaving me to say, the food was at all times so varied that the chance of anyone having to eat the same thing day in day out, was near impossible. As an alternative during the day, the beach grill depending on supply and demand serving fresh seafood. We also ate at the pool restaurant snacks and fast food (during the evening the Al Hambra a la Carte). We managed to get a la Carte once a week (booking in advance is recommended) and one out of three the Al Hambra, was the best.The main bar opened 24/7 and but for a six day episode with a group of storming drunken Canadians with travel jugs gallon size, the bar remained well stocked throughout the three weeks. I must add all other Canadians behaved in a very civilised manner. To escape this sometimes loud atmosphere, we opted for the beach bar, which was just as good but not as well stocked.Service and Personnel: The service was first class, all the personnel were friendly and jovial without over doing it. Most of the personnel felt privileged to work at the hotel. This being Cuba, we knew their wages were fairly minimum and that with a little bit of good will and the occasional dollar tip, we were not only doing them a favour but that the service given was kept to a high standard.Sport and Entertainment: Loads of things to do and see. This is the only spot where I was personally disappointed but this is Cuba. Snorkelling was a disappointment because unless you are prepared to swim 100 to 200 yards from the beach you will see little of the marine fauna. A bicycle ride ended ten minutes after it started. The bikes themselves not living up to a fans standards, badly maintained. The entertainment hosts and hostesses were friendly but not pushy, if you decided not to take part in things like aqua-gymnastics or pool ball, volleyball etc. If you like Cuban music and love Salsa (which I do) and adore dance shows (which I do not) then you will be absolutely enthused by the evenings dance shows and daily changing themes.Summary: First class hotel with beautiful gardens, first class food, fantastic beach, absolutely great personnel.Tips: Do take a couple of tours. Havanna (you will probably see the other side of the coin). An absolute must is Pinar del Rio.
We stayed at the Paradisus for one week at the end of January 2003. We have travelled extensively and this hotel simply doesn't justify the 5 star rating.The hotel grounds are very nice and the pool is absolutely gorgeous. With the exception of the main buffet restauarant, the service in the bars and restaurants was very good and the staff were very friendly. However, that is where the good new ends.In our week there we were only able to get bookings at the a la carte restaruants twice as they were always booked. We tried to make the boookings the very first day we arrived. The food in the buffet was mediocre at best and, contrary to what was advertised, lobster was only available once.
Just came back from my vacation at the Paradisus Varadero and it was amazing. This hotel is the best kept secret in vacation travel. Service, food, beach. pool and people are awsome. see some pictures at paradisusvaradero.
I have just returned home today (June 01) from my 2nd stay at the Paradisus Hotel in Varadero.. My first time unfortunately I did not take in my surroundings as much as I should have. I am happy to say that I have seen more and done more at this Fabulous Hotel on my 2nd time around. I chose to return because of the very friendly staff! I can not say enough of how wonderful everyone has been. One week before coming to the Pardisus, my husband and I had spent our time at another resort, Unfortunalety I am unable to say the same about the staff there. It to was a very beautiful resort but the staff had spoiled the beauty of this place... Absolutely everyone was friendly and always greeted you with a smile. Rooms were beautiful and clean. The beach was more individualized than the other ones that I had seen. Just a more comfortable surrounding altogether!! The evening shows were terrific. Obviously alot of work put into the costumes, the planning , the rehersals, and the final show.. Pools were very clean. Restaraunts were beautiful!!! I was very suprised when some of the staff remembered that I had been there before. Goes to show that you are not considered just another number in the human race.. The people there really do care.... I will spread the word to everyone possible about this wonderful place...... And would like to be able to return to.
Great beach, but
Arrived late at nite about 3 am, a mass of confusion at check in, finally got my room, view was ocean front, mini bar was not stocked, and just when i was ready to hit the sack , thank god i sat on the bed before just jumping in , for sure i would have broken something, this is the hardest bed i have ever slept on in my life .It is a shame because with the food being good, the property being wonderful , it indeed will stop me from returning to this property. After one week of rest I need 4 weeks of chiro ,
The all-in in this hotel really means ALL-IN. You can eat lobster as much as you can. Even diving and a boattrip with a catemaran is included. The rooms are beautiful and clean and the food and service is excellent.You must try the "a la carte restaurants".If you aren't satisfied in this hotel I'm afraid you'll never be.
To start, the Paradisus was an incredible hotel. I took my parents their for Xmas and was kind of skeptical about what I would do.We got to the resort and it is very private, 5star plus some :)The staff were all friendly, the resort was immaculate, the food was always good and the entertainment never stopped. My parents had the time of their life, travelled into Havana. I hit the clubs outside of the resort and also took advantage of the free catamaran ride. They take you to a private beach where you can swin in the ocean or a lagoon. It was breathtaking.The resort did not have many kids at all. The age range was late 20's and up and 90% couples. It was peacful and relaxing. For a $1.00US tip, the gardners would bring you breakfast to your room. They would pick fruit off the trees and cut it up for you on the spot.There was never a line up for food and you rarely had to wait as the restaurants were quite large.We are going back this November!