The Starfish Hotel lines up six restaurants and a shed-load of activities. Plus, it’s right next to a long, white beach.
The Starfish Cayo Santa Maria is wrapped in neatly-preened gardens. A long white beach is less than a minute’s walk away – a wooden boardwalk leads you straight to the sand.
Within a 10-minute stroll, there’s a centre called Pueblo La Estrella, which is modelled on a colonial village. Here, you’ve got restaurants and craft shops, as well as regular live music performances in the plaza.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Unlimited dining at international buffets and restaurants. Snacks.
Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks by the glass. Wine and beer with meals. Minibar in room restocked daily.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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2 outdoor pools
Both complete with a terrace dotted with loungers.
For ages 5-12 years.
Grill La Vigia Cuban à la carte restaurant
Included in your All Inclusive package, Grill La Vigia serves up a range of local dishes.
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Suite with Balcony or Terrace
Suites with a balcony or terrace feature a double bedroom with king-size bed and an extra bed, separate lounge area, tea and coffee facilities, shower in the bath and a minibar.
Suite with Limited Sea View and Balcony or Terrace
Suites with a balcony or terrace feature a double bedroom with king-size bed and an extra bed, separate lounge area, tea and coffee facilities, shower in the bath and a minibar. These suites also offer a limited sea view.
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Our home away from home
Melia Cayo Santa Maria is like home to us. We love our Cuban friends at this resort and are heart broken over: Firstly: that our friends homes and lives have been so disrupted. and Secondly: We have No idea when we can return. We have spoken to a few of our Cuban friends but they are not aware of the damage. Please give us some idea of how much damage was done to our home and if or when it may reopen. We pray for the health and happiness of our Cuban friends.More
I have just got back from being evacuated from Cuba after hurricane Irma. We arrived here on Tuesday 5th September and the check in went really quick and smooth. We were taken to our room on a buggy and the driver pointed out all the local amenities. The room was spotless although we had a couple of issues. Our sink was blocked and a thick black mess kept coming up but I contacted reception and it was sorted within an hour. We also had a blocked air con drain (hubby knew the issue!) and again it was resolved pretty quick but we were left with a flooded bathroom and no maid came to clean it up. We visited the buffet restaurant and the food was ok. It wasn't very hot and not a little bland but there was enough to eat and choose from (not sure if I would have felt the same after 2 weeks of eating it!) The snack bar by the pool did a lovely thin crispy pizza and even did me a half of one as I couldn't eat a full one! The pool was clean and plenty of sun beds. You don't need to get up at 6am to reserve a bed! The beach was amazing! Snow White sand and crystal clear water. Beautiful! We didn't get the chance to try any restaurants on site as we were moved on Thursday 8th to Varadero with the hurricane approaching. All the staff we encountered we really pleasant and we had no issues at all. It's not a 5star hotel so don't go expecting it but you wouldn't be disappointed! I am unsure how the hotel faired after the hurricane as I know it took a direct hit along with many hotels in the Cayo's. It's so sad to think of the destruction and devastating affect on locals as Cuba is a lovely country. More
Its in a beautiful location the beaches are pristine. All restaurants are a la carte and they have full bars and nightclubs after 12am. The property is up to normal standards the rooms are clean. The service is ok.More
Not impressed by this hotel at all - food poisoning
The hotel is ok-ish at best but certainly doesn't deserved a 5* rating. The room was fine, spacious and a confortable bed. However, it was neglected with humidity in the walls and lack of paint. You have everything included in the minibar but you are lucky if you find anything in it. We have to ask a couple of days for a new bottle of water since the empty one had not been replaced. You get one set of beach towels for your whole stay that you need to carry around at all times and not loose since you need to get a paper back when you return them in order to not be charged at checkout. Probably the worse part of the hotel is the food. The buffet which is basically the only place you will be able to eat is disgusting, the food is mostly reheated with little flavour and, in general, very oily. I got very sick during two of my days at this hotel with food poisoning. It always had huge lines and the tables are not well taken care off, although there is quite a bit of personnel they don't seem to have a grip on everything and when you ask for something it simply takes forever or no one knows who you should speak to. Also the special restaurants are a mess, First, you only get one booking for a 3 night stay (2 for 5 days and three if you stay a week). However, most of the restaurants they have were closed so only four were available when we were there and of course they were sold out days in advance. We finally managed to get a reservation at the Asian restaurant, just one recommendation: avoid it at all costs!!! the food was horrible!!! As in the rest of Cuba in order to have internet you have to buy connection cards (which are sold next to the reception). However, contrary to plazas and other spots in small or bigs towns, here the internet works randomly if you even manage to connect... a disaster! The beach and water are beautiful, although the beach area where you can actually lay is extremely small (inexistent in the afternoon when the tide is high) and the bars at the beach run out of many of the drinks quite often.More
Not a 5 star...terrible service
I used to love Meliá but I see their standards dropping more and more...the hotel is located in a gorgeous beach, no doubt about that. However facilities are not well maintained at all, giving you this feeling of decadent location. But w worst part is by far their staff....not friendly especially if you don't tip, which I wasn't expecting on an all included 5 star hotel. Eg. Cook special dishes for people that tip, my catamaran ride was 15 min vs 1h with a tip....made us feel really second class. This requires urgent attention from management.More
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