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.
Double Room with Balcony or Terrace
Double rooms with a balcony or terrace feature a king-size bed, shower in the bath and a minibar.
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Relaxing Grad Trip
Would honestly recommend this place to anyone! The beach is gorgeous. The weather was hot and sunny. Plenty of excursions that are offered off the resort. On the resort they had pool and beach activities like aqua fit, volleyball, and paddle boats, kayaks, and mini catamarans. The food was good, had a buffet, snack shack, grill by the beach, Japanese, Italian, french, and medditarranian restaurants. The rooms were clean and big. The workers were so friendly and kind! Only advice is to take Dukarol or something similar if you have a weak stomach. More
Looking rough since my last visit in 2011
I wrote a review of this hotel some time ago and not much has changed but the state of the hotel. The walk ways to the beach are falling apart, one in which the rails are now on the ground with the rusting lights. There were multiple problems with hot water in building 7. Because there is no disco or entertainment area, there is continuous loud music in the central bar area in the lobby leaving no place to sit back an relax in silence with a drink. The nois level was so high that I had a constant headache. The food over all for Cuba wasn't bad. Paying 1.46 for 1 C.U.C. was a complete rip off! The flight on Cubana was horrible. The two together will stop me from going back to Cuba. I will say the doctors in the Santa Clara hospital and the International Medical Client in Santa Maria were awesome helping me out with an inflamed gallbladder. Overall the hotel is not a place for energetic people under 50. There are few activities an most things are over an hour drive away. The staff were great, however, they were surprised they were not getting a lot of tips. I then explained the exchange rate on Canadian money. I will submit a few photos are a later date.More
My travel coordinator at Red Tag Vacations recommended this hotel over another one which I was interested in. To summarize the whole resort and rooms were run down - not older and established as she suggested and certainly not well maintained. I had to change rooms the first morning because of bugs in my bed.There offer was to fumigate and I had to argue for a new room. The amenities were poor - I finally got the hand towels I requested my first night which was Sunday on Thursday - the cleaning was marginal - the maintenance spotty to say the least. For example, every other light along the paths connecting the bungalows was burnt out or broken. The staff for the most part (with some exceptions) acted like they worked for a second class resort. Even tips did not help their demeanor. This was not just my personal opinion. I met and chatted with enough other guests who all expressed the same comments and concerns. I approached Red Tag with my concerns upon my return and they deferred my complaint to Sunwing Vacations. They apparently deferred it to the hotel itself. I was offered a $92 CAD refund for compensation which would mean agreeing to a gag order. Based on the fact it was a $1400.00 vacation, this seemed insulting. Decided I would prefer to post my comments here and hopefully save someone else from booking through Red Tag, Sunwing or making the mistake of selecting this hotel.More
We'll be back!
This was our third time at Melia Cayo Santa Maria and it has improved so much since the first time we visited. Cleanliness, food, staff, entertainment has all gotten better. Check-in was super fast. Room was ready before check-in which was helpful. They had run out of bracelets but we never ended up going back to get one. I rather not have a bracelet anyway. I don't' particularly like the tan it leaves. We were there for 7 days in April and 6 out of the 7 days the weather was beautiful. I have to say the most improved is the food. I've never eaten at the restaurants but the buffet had so much more this time. The crepe station was fabulous and a great addition. The food seemed fresh and flavorful and there was so much more fruit this time. The mangoes were so good. The ranchon is my favorite. I always had their Cuban plate with a glass of vino. Those servers work so hard and I appreciated how friendly they were with us. The BBQ meat was delicious too. They also could accommodate my friend who is a vegetarian so that was great. The snack bar was also very good. I noticed an addition of hot dogs which was good. Rooms were great as always. So much room and the bathroom is big enough for 2-3 girls getting ready for a night. The beds were comfortable. Fridge and room was always stocked and cleaned. Always good water pressure and hot water. Rooms are one of the highlights of the hotel. So much space to feel at home for the week. The beach has always been the nicest I've ever seen. So clean, so blue and so warm. The beach is a good size. Always someone to help you find and clean a beach chair. Always someone to take your drink order. Compact enough where you don't feel overwhelmed by people on the beach but enough so that you feel like you're in all the action. The pools were nice too. I like that this hotel is not packed with people and there is a varied age group. I like the mid sized resorts and that is what Melia is. The grounds are beautiful. The renovations are really nice and the lobby has such a good vibe and especially at night when you can enjoy a coffee or drink. Or on a rainy day when there are dance lessons happening. There is always something going on there. I love that there is a store on the hotel grounds as well as between Melia Cayo Santa Maria and Melia Las Dunas. Easy to get a taxi and to book excursions. I think that also the reason I keep coming back and I have friends who have returned many times is because of the entertainment and its staff. It's unlike I have ever seen. I have been to many resorts in many different countries as well as Cuba and I have never seen an entertainment team work so hard. They truly are amazing and always have something going on for us. They are up so early preparing for the day. Carrying out all sorts of activities which are so fun. I now know how to dance salsa! They don't push you to participate but they are so inviting which makes you really want to get up and dance. They always have a smile. Always so friendly. They work all the way into the night and have these amazing shows. Then some of them accompany you to the disco where the fun goes into the wee hours of the night and then they are back at it bright and early. I don't know how they do it!! I have so much respect for them. They make your trip so entertaining and fun that I can't say enough positive things about all of them. Especially Rey and Ernesto! Each time I've been there they both have been so great and it makes you feel so welcomed that you want to return to see your Cuban friends. Thank you to both of them and the entire entertainment team for such a fun week, Arel and Yoanny as well! Our favorite part of the week was the Carnival on Tuesday night. That was SO much fun!! We love Cuba and will keep on coming back. We've been to so many parts of Cuba and love every single part of the county. It hasn't lost its authenticity or its beauty. Until next time Cuba and Melia Cayo Santa Maria. We will miss you but can't wait until we return again. All of it's improvements are appreciated and well worth the price. See you soon!More
My husband and myself along with another couple visited this resort May 6, 2017 for 7 days. We had been to Cayo Santa Maria a few years ago, but first time to this resort. The drive to the resort was approximately 1hr 25 minutes. But does not seem that long. The check in was very fast and our room was ready when we arrived. This is a small resort so everything is close. We were in Bldg 16, close to pool and beach. The boardwalk to the beach has some loose wood and should be fixed. That is my only complaint about this resort. The staff at this resort are amazing and will help you any way they can. The food is very good. The beach lunch bar has grilled chicken that is delicious. The 24 hr snack bar by the pool has the best pizza and loved the burgers. We enjoyed our A La Carte's, especially the Japanese. The beach was amazing. What I loved was you could go to the beach or even the pool any time and there was always Palapias available. Nobody got up early to reserve there spot. There evening entertainment was very enjoyable. I would recommend this resort to anyone. We loved it and would definitely return. I know some complained about water pressure but our shower had lots of pressure and also the toilets.More
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