This beachfront place pulls out all the stops when it comes to facilities – it’s got 4 pools, 4 restaurants and a hefty list of activities.
Thanks to a jungle surrounding, the Iberostar Varadero has a private, secluded feel. It’s parked next to the beach, too, so you’ve got powdery white sands on the doorstep.
Pools, bars and restaurants are scattered around the palm-dotted complex. Varadero’s not far if you fancy exploring – a taxi can zip you there in 20 minutes.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
24-hour All Inclusive. Buffet meals. 1 visit to each of the à la carte speciality restaurants per week. Snacks.
Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including beer, wine with meals, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks, selected international brands.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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Known as the relaxation pool this one is part of the spa. A lovely tranquil oasis for adults only. With shades and sunbeds.
The spa has everything you could possibly want. Facilities include two saunas, two Jacuzzis™, massages, aromatherapy and reflexology. You'll also find the beauty and hair salon offering facials, manicures, pedicures and hair styling.
Hotel-run kids' club
These traditionally styled twin rooms are spacious with lots of natural light. There's double doors leading out to the balcony where you can appreciate some fresh air and the sea view. You'll also have a minibar, bathrobes, cable TV and a DVD player.
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Great Holiday - Going Back Again
This was our first trip to Cuba and the ratings for Iberostar Varadero were thoroughly deserved. Arriving at Varadero Airport, the time to proceed through passport control and baggage reclaim was relatively trouble free. The journey to the hotel was fairly quick and check-in was smooth. We were placed in one of the blocks at the back of the hotel and overlooked the outside of the complex. This didn't bother us as we didn't plan on spending too much time in our room. The room was spacious, a stocked mini bar and was well looked after by the maid who left lovely towel displays each day. Overall the complex never seemed too crowded and getting a sunbed was never a problem. The swim up bar or the waitresses who went round the pool all the time, meant you were never far away from a refreshment. The poolside entertainment team were lively and always on the go but didn't hassle you if you didn't want to take part in their daily programmes. The hotel had wifi but you paid for access by the hour which can be expensive over the course of two weeks if you youre online a bit. For me it was only to keep in touch with family every couple of days so it met my needs. The beach was lovely although one part did show some sign or erosion but its not the fault of the hotel and by walking 50 yards or so, the beach opened up and was a bit more flatter. Having read the reviews about food in Cuba, wasn't sure what to expect, but overall the standard of the food was very good. Always plenty to choose from and enjoyed each of the al la cartes, especially the Mediterranean restaurant. The manager of the Mediterranean made us feel most welcome when we visited the restaurant three times. Anna the waitress always had a lovely warm smile and again made sure our visits were pleasant. The hotel had its own cigar lounge and the cigars on offer provided an aroma of why Cuba has a famous export. In terms of all inclusive holiday resorts I've visited, this one in my opinion provided the best evening entertainment. The quality of the shows on offer was great and the Michael Jackson tribute night was amazing. The performer had MJ to every last detail. The costumes, music, production and choreography all made the shows very entertaining. We booked an overnight visit to Havana and went to the Club Tropicana. Havana itself was disappointing as the city is clearly in need of regeneration. We stayed at the El Presidente hotel and the standard in this hotel clearly showed how much better the Iberostar Varadero was and deserved its tourist rating. We went to the Club Tropicana and was an evening of latin music, big, bright costumes and dance. When you've been to Havana once, I don't think you need to go back as there will be other parts of Cuba to explore. From the moment we arrived to the time we left, the staff made this holiday a pleasure and one member of staff certainly epitomised this and that was Ellie who worked in the lounge bar. She and other bar staff worked extremely hard and always made sure you didn't wait long for a drink to be served. She was always pleasant, friendly and a credit to the Iberostar name. At the end of our two week stay, we knew there and then we would be back and so on our return to the UK we booked back up for this September and cant wait to get back there. Overall I rate this as one of my best holiday experiences and good value for money. Hopefully Cuba wont go the way of Mexico and become too commercialised and spoil the pleasure of a relaxing destination.More
A lovely hotel, grounds were fantastic and overall kept well. The food was good and the standard expected from an all inclusive. The food offer from midnight onwards if you fancied a snack or fell a sleep like we did a few times and ate late was very average and one of the reasons for the four not five rating! The maid was fantastic and overall the staff were very good. The entertainment was good but could of been better, it felt and showed that though they did a fantastic job the resources were just not there and be nice going forward if a little more was made available in the budget. Did we enjoy it here Yes, would we stay again Yes! More
chefy1, London, United Kingdom
Destination wedding and family holiday
We were here for a destination wedding. Perfect. Lovely beach setting with champagne reception. Our choice of meal from a la carte menu in public dining room closed for our small group. Dancing with excellent DJ at beach bar, also closed for us. Staff made it a very special day. We had a junior suite which was large and spacious with king size bed. Very comfortable. Huge balcony with small table, 2 chairs. In cooler weather would be very pleasant to sit out here. Also fitted with metal clothes drying rack. Very convenient. Bathroom also good size with nice tub, separate glass panelled shower, toilet and bidet. Everything was kept spotlessly clean by staff, with usual whimsical towel art left on bed or bathroom counter. Great variety at buffet. One of our number is vegetarian, had lot of choices. Another 2 had food allergies and they too were able to eat well. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies. Beautiful beach. Bar service provided sporadically. Needs to be more consistent if it is offered. Nice common areas. Open Lounge bar nice place to gather. Varied musical entertainment provided pre dinner time. We had a 4 year old with us whose parents raved about the kids club. Super separate water park with attentive staff. No problem leaving your child here. Checking in process a little slow. All staff are very warm, friendly and attentive. No in room wifi, but paid wifi available in lobby and lounge area. Spotty as it kept dropping out. If you need to be connected 24/7 this will be a problem for you. While we were all careful with the water, a few of us developed minor gastro issues the last day, remedied with Imodium.More
Andree S, St. Catharines, Canada
Food safety concers
Stayed here in May 2015. Nice beach. However 1. service was poor (front desk staff not helpful with respect to fixing our ground floor patio door which would not lock) and 2. major food quality and safety concerns. Food flavors really missed the mark. Wished they would serve Cuban food since perhaps they would be better at preparing this. Compared to the food we ate in restaurants outside the resort (but still in Varadero and Havana) it was inexcusably bad. But beyond flavor, there were some food safety concerns. On one occasion I took grilled salmon from the buffet and discovered it was uncooked in the middle. At the Japanese restaurant, I observed in shock as the chef used tongs to add raw chicken to the grill, then immediately use these same tongs to serve me some cooked rice. Also of note: the flambeed bananas were served in a chafing dish, over a flame, yet they were ice cold, suggesting they had come straight from the fridge. I have had much better food at lower-rated resorts in Dominican Republic. Granted, I cannot compare to other Cuban resorts, but clearly the food quality was not 5-star, or even 4-star.More
LSchlap, Toronto, Canada
Realy good hotel
The hotel was realy good, we had a junior suite that was huge, and really clean, the bathroom was nice as well with a shower + a tub.. the personel is really nice, everything was perfect!!! Thanks Ariel for all the good advice;)More
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