Melia Las Antillas
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... for 1859 put the Matanzas slave population at 104,519. Matanzas was the site of several slave insurrections and plots, including the infamous Escalera ...
... and pork. Gord is a famous chef from Vancouver Canada where he owns Bin 941 and Bin 942, tapas and wine bars. Here's a URL on Gord. http://www.bin941.com
We were also planning to visit Varadero one day, but learned that it's essentially a ...
20klm of stunning turquoise beach at perfect temperature and soft sand…. A girl at information told me "You haven't been to Cuba if you haven’t gone to Varadero", she was damn right. Truly awesome. Horse drawn carriages are still a means of transportation here :-)
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Transport from Habana - You can pay $200 return in a car or pay $10 and get a ...
... time diving after getting my PADI OW license and my first dive outside of Sweden. Well it was much easier to dive here than back home. It's less weight, warm, wetsuit instead of dry and clear sight. A boat took me and 8 other to the open sea where we dived for a wreck in 30m depth. The second dive was in 12m depth and started with some corals and finished by a wreck. I am very pleased with the diving that cost ...
... any again for a good long while.
Our shuttle got us to the airport in lots of time and we arrived home to chilly temperatures but at least it was sunny.
Now what occured two weeks later in the form of snow on the ground? There's no explaining it. Spring doesn't mean the same thing everywhere!
My thoughts real quick on the hotel we stayed at:
The Melia Marina Varadero is a lovely ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
TravelPod Member ReviewsMelia Las Antillas Varadero
The service in the hotel was very poor, no air conditioner, very disappointed overall in the Hotel quality. Definitely not a 4 star Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Las Antillas Varadero
Just came back from a week at Beaches. We had a superb time. We found the grounds very clean & well kept, as well as the rooms. Staff was amazing, friendly, very sociable & eager to please. The pool was nice, however I think we went during their short high season, found it to be rather crowded. Can't say enough about the beach..absolutely gorgeous, amazingly clean. Must try the paddle boats and definately the Banana boat.We went on the Jeep safari..for all those who enjoy a wickedly fun time..highly reccomend it. As well as the Jungle safari. We took the Havana night tour..not bad. If you do go to Havana, don't miss the canon shot at 9pm..definately well worth the stay late for that.
Getting around was very easy, there was the little train bus thingy which was 1$ per person it's slow but it goes to most the hotels. Also there was the double decker bus which was $2 and that gave you a transfer that was valid all day, so one could get on & off as many times as one pleases..that ran every half hour. Varadero was nice, not much to see, flea market small, but I noticed that one finds the same things everywhere you go pretty much. Don't buy the souvenirs from the stand at the hotel, at the flea market is ALWAYS cheaper. Was told Varadero at night was lively, but since we had to take a taxi , no buses ran that late, we opted against it. All in all, I'd say Cuba in general, and Beaches was very pleasant. Got a chance to talk to several other tourists from different resorts, most complained about the food, we had absolutely no issues with it. Best tasting butter & eggs ever.
We tried the a la carte.. Did not enjoy the Amazon, The seafood restaurant was very nice: atmosphere & food was good, and we didnt try the Italian place, we ended up eating at the buffet that night , we found the food better. Keep an eye out for one of the waitresses at the buffet, I think her name is Vaimy..she can carry 20 glasses in one hand !! GO , relax ENJOY & say hi to Johnny walker :)One last thing, can't go to Cuba without trying a Mojito!! p.s.The pina coladas at the main bar are much better than anywhere else!!
Our small party of 3 adults arrived at Beaches in Varadero after a 4 night stay in Havanna. Our check in was quick and efficient and we were given an upgrade to a room on the 4th floor to place us away from any noise from the construction site next door, which is a new hotel complex currently being built (July 2003). Don't let this put you off because the loudest thing we heard from the site was the music being played on radios! The hotel itself is prety smart with a worderfull pool and beautifull gardens. The moat that runs through the gardens has sharks ,large fish and turtles swimming around in it and watching these being fed in the mornings was a real photo opertunity. (some of the sharks must be well over six feet long!) The beach itself is only a few hundred yards from the hotel and is absolutly stunning and kept spotless. I can honestly say that I have never been on a beach that is this good without it being pretty crowded but at Beaches there was plenty of spots to lay your towel on a sunbed under a palm parasol (all provided by the hotel) and enjoy the long white sandy beach and gently breaking warm clean sea. The rooms in the hotel are all the same size and basic shape with a small terraced balcony and air conditioning. The only difference in price is really on what floor you are on (the higher the floor the slightly more expensive it is) because of the better view from the higher floors. The rooms are spacious and also have a small fridge and TV with up to 35 cable stations of about 12 which are in English including movies. We found Beaches to be an above average beach hotel resort with great staff and facilities and athough your not meant to, a dollar tip here and there is greatly apreciated by those you feel may deserve it. As with every hotel however there are allways at least one or two downsides, and here they are. Food. I know this has been said time and time again but it's something that does have to be drummed into people wanting to visit Cuba and who enjoy great food being a part of there holiday. Don't go to Cuba! Only 90m north you'd be better off in Florida with some of the best steak and fish resturants in the world. If you can live with food (even at Beaches 'speciality' resturants) that is at best average then you'll have a great time. There's definatly no shortage of food, however don't expect a big mac when you order a burger or real Italian cusine when you dine in the italian resturant or any of the others at Beaches (or for that matter most places in Cuba) The food all over is as I said average. You won't starve but you may not crave your main meal of the day when it comes round either. The only other gripe (all be it a small one) I would have about one of the hotels facilitys was the Scuba diving centre. Although I have dived on holiday before under supervision there is really no option for beginers to try this interesting sport at the resort which is a shame as Cuba has some of the best diving in the world. If you want to try it you'll have to pass quite a stingent test and be a strong swimmer although the attitude of the diving instructors came across as being not really interested unless you were a professional diver. I realise that this can be a dangerous sport and that precautions have to be taken but the attitude of the instuctors (all black shades and bandanas) was quite arrogant and as I said the facility for people wanting a 'try dive' is a great omission. All in all though If your wanting to go to Cuba and experience something special (apart from the food ;o) I would definetly recomend Beaches Hotel.
My friend and I were at Beaches Varadero during March Break 2003. Like many others, we checked the internet for reviews but were disappointed that there was not a lot of info. about Beaches. It was a funtrip during our March Break(we are both teachers) so we were looking for relaxation and entertainment. Our first impression was not a good one as the whole check-in procedure was quite disorganized. I agree with a previous writer that the front desk staff is extremely rude and not at all helpful. It took us five days to get the light outside our room fixed. That being said, once we checked in, it proved to be a wonderful week. The food was average but I always found something liked. The filet mignon and lobster at the seafood restaurant was amazing! The open air snack bar freaked me out a little because of all the birds but I got used to it! The beach was beautiful but we preferred the pool because the activities every day were a lot of fun. We got to know a lot of the staff and it was fun to hang out and talk with them. They were more than willing to talk about Cuba's history and culture and were very interested to learn more about Canada. We didn't tip daily but tipped one or two at the end of the week and left personal items that aren't readily available in Cuba(conditioner, gel, hairspray, coated hair elastics)to the animation staff that we got to know. The disco was o.k-there weren't a lot of people there every night so we usually ended our nights early. The evening entertainment was good when it was put on by the resort animation team. The groups that were brought in were nice the first time, but boring every other time because it seemed to always be the same thing(dancers/singers/fashion show). Some musts- the feeding of the sharks each morning the open air resort in Varadero the artist in resident-beautiful, colourful, Cuban art drinking out of a coconut or a pineapple riding in a Cuban taxi All in all, it was a wonderful experience and we will definitely return. In fact, my friend keeps in touch with some of the animation staff via e-mail.
My family and I went to Beaches in July 2002. We had an AMAZING time!!! I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel. We've been on quite a few vacations, and we REALLY loved Beaches. The beach was SOO amazing and really clear. You can't get any better! The pool was SOO nice too. The food was like every place in Cuba -- Ok. You can't expect really high quality food like we get in Canada. People from other resorts would comment on how AMAZING Beaches food was -- so I guess it was one of the better resorts. I would definitly recommend the Italian restaurant. The rooms were SOO beautiful and very spacious. The grouds were very nice too. My only complaint -- the vacation ending too soon!
Beautiful resort but not for the party type!
My friend and I (she 24 and I 26) stayed at Beaches from April 12-19, 2003. ROOMS: very clean and bright, very comfy beds and pillows (a major plus with me). I liked the sunken in livingroom, added a bit more space to the rooms. 2 complaints, didn't always get new towels, only 1 bottle of water for the room each day. FOOD: Amazing. I gain 5lbs so I must have liked it! Always had a few staple items like chicken, some type of beef, potatos, pasta, breads. Desserts were amazing too. SERVICE: The staff was mostly in their 20s and some older people too. They were very nice and would come to meet us at the Disco every night after the shows. We spent many days at the poolbar with the bartenders just talking and getting to know them.One thing...if you're single and looking to party it up...this is not the resort. Everyone was couples (older couples at that) who weren't into partying. At the disco, they played alot of American and Cuban music. Not very many people, only the young at heart and us were there every night. To sum it up, Beaches is a beautiful resort for relaxation and soaking up the sun. Not a go go go type of place.
Just as good 2nd time around
we visited beaches from april 12-19th, we were also there at the same time last year/ we love the resort. since we were a returning customer we were invited to a special dinner with the manager and other hotel employees, we had a group photo taken and we all received a copy, we got a t-shirt and a lovely steak dinner. the hotel employees, from gardener, maid, pr, desk clerks, bartenders, animation, were fun and friendly. more often than not, they want to sit and talk to you about canada and ask questions. the female employees love cosmopolitan magazines and i always bring lots of back issues. the hotel is clean and well maintained, daily there were painters freshening things up. they certainly could use newer pool tables but with the amount of people using them, they will suffice. the entertainment at night is a perfect way to end the night, we love the beaches anthem and the audience participaction with it. we also enjoyed the morning feedings, watching the sharks and sea turtles being fed was amazing. we love the open markets in downtown varadero and enjoy walking the strip and visiting Josone park. all in all, Beaches is a friendly, fun vacation and we may return next april as well.
Sandals Varadero is Awesome!!
Spent March 4-11 at Sandals and it is fantastic! Couples only, which was nice, no screaming kids!! Great food, Great Service, a true 5 star resort! It is brand new (opened in Oct of '02) and is incredible. Went to Paradisus Varadero last year, also a 5 star, and Sandals is a notch above. Better food, Better Service, and the pool, beach, and resort are amazing. Can't say enuf, Well worth the extra $$$ for a quiet, romantic getaway!!
Not a problem
We stayed at Beaches for a week and had a great time. Our main activity was laying on the beach for the week, and the weather was great - apparently not the weather they experienced a couple weeks before. The staff at the hotel were very friendly (a dollar or two tip now and then helps) and the rooms and grounds were very clean. Good shows at night, and the food was good, different than here, but there was always alot to choose from. The al a carte restaurants were excellent (make sure you book your reservations as soon as you check in). There was no shortage of food or any drink you might want. The water sports were fun, all in all a great trip - we would recommend this hotel to anyone. Trip to Havana was good, although make sure you are booking a tour that takes you to the places you want to go! Please email with any questions.
Beaches was fine
My wife and I visited Beaches Varadero in January of 2003. Overall it was fine, with several good and fortunately only a few bad points. In terms of the rating, we have travelled in the Caribbean staying at all-inclusives twice before, and may be more picky than others.
- the hotel lobby, pools, and the grounds were all well kept and in good repair.
- the room was clean and nice and looked like the brochure.
- most of the staff was friendly and attentive
- the food was very good, although it may be a bit bland for some. The buffet restaurant had about six different entrees each meal ie: pork, fish, lasagna, beef, etc, plus side dishes, so there was lots of choice.
- the disco was fun
- all inclusive booze was great
- the whole hotel ran out of hot water on the fourth day. When you're listing as a four star resort, this should not be.
- the front desk staff was surprisingly rude
- most of the staff was not at all fluent in English, they did much better in French.
- the restaurants that required reservations all filled up quickly so some that were unfamiliar with the way all-inclusive resorts work may have been left out.
- for Canadians who are used to travelling as a party, at customs/immigration in Cuba, they handle each individual separately, not as a group, so keep your papers with each person!
- we took the day trip to Havana and it was worth it.
- the hotel store was expensive for Rum and cigars
- the beach was mostly closed when we were there because of the weather, so we did not experience the water sports. You may want to watch the time of your bookings, to make the most of your holiday.
Perspective on Beaches Veradero
Before leaving for Beaches Veradero, Cuba, last week, I scanned reviews on the internet and was depressed to read most of the reviews. Negative comments on food ("often cold", "unimaginative", "repetative")had me dreading our trip, however, while not the culinary hot spot of the Carribean, Beaches was passable. I think the "cold" description of the food was in large part due to people neglecting to close the domes over the food once they had either takena look and moved on, or taken food and walked away. Many times, I saw domes left up and thatcertainly isn't going to keep the food consistentlyhot. So, yes, some of the food was warm to cool,but a lot of it was just fine. And, given that travelagents will tell you Cuba is not known for its cuisine,it was o.k. If you have very high standards invariety, presentation etc. of food, then this may notbe for you. But, if you're chiefly going for the sun,beach, laying by the pool, and you can survive onaverage food, then I don't think you'll be disappointed. I hope I've helped some people whomay have been depressed after reading other negative reviews as I was...it's not that bad!!!!!My husband and I, and our two sons (25 & 23) hada great holiday.