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.
Japanese à la carte restaurant
Reservations are required for Manzoku. Gentlemen please wear long trousers.
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double room with balcony or terrace
You’ll find a balcony or terrace outside of these double rooms. There’s a king-size bed or 2 double beds. You’ll have a minibar. Plus air-conditioning is available from May to October.
junior suite with balcony or terrace
These junior suites have a light and bright style. There’s a king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds. Outside there’s a balcony or terrace for that extra bit of space. You’ll have a minibar. And air-conditioning is available from May to October.
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Great time again! Thanks to all
We visited in August with Thomas Cook flying from Manchester on one of their A330`s. It was on time & food was good. Transfer to hotel ok, checking in was no problem either, bags brought to room promptly. We had requested a block and floor level we liked and it was waiting for us,Â and before we had changed to go out there was a guy at the door to say welcome back he then gave us a bottle of Havana dark rum! It was great to have the last drink on the balcony each night, good touch Iberostar. The rooms are spacious a bit dated I guess, but bed was big and comfy and room kept clean and tidy by our maid. The AC worked well, I never figured out how to adjust this and it was cold. The fridge was restocked every day, water, soda water, tonic water, three tins of pop and two tins of beer The bathroom was a decent size too and has both a bath and walk in shower a loo and bidet The room has Euro round pin plugs not many sockets free to charge stuff up so you have to be creative (we have a multi-point USB hub but still struggled). They were painting the outsides of the room blocks when we were there so maybe they are on with a refurb at some point. The gardens were as beautiful as before they work at it relentlessly and it shows. The beach was clean and tidy too, lots of sun beds at both the beach and the poolÂ you didnât have to beat the sun to find a good place for a well-deserved rest. Bug spray though is a must at beach or pool we got bitten loads, no different to most places we have been to though. Look out for the crop plane spraying at 7:00ish 40/50ft up (an Antonov An-2 biggest biplane in the world). The Ocean was shallow for a good few yards from the beach and if you like a walk you can walk for ages either left or right down the beach. A tip if you want quiet on the beach, the place to be is near the water sport place, board walk near to the main restaurant, bit of a trek to the beach bar though. Incidentally I had the best Caipirinha from the guy serving drinks on the beach. The pools were good too, looks like they have done up the pool near the spa it was nice to visit as it is supposed to be adult only area. We are mostly beach people so didnât witness if it was as bad as last time with kids at the swim up bar. The night-time entertainment is about the best I have seen in a hotel, the in house staff were great at it, live singers great dancers. Maybe it lacked a bit of Cuban identity who knows.Â The only outside people that we saw I thinkÂ was the magic show. Also good though was the entertainment at the bar in the early evening string quartet, wind quartet, a guy on the piano and loads of other stuff FoodÂ at dinner was good to ok first few days I thought there maybe should be a bit more variation especially when the main course is fish.Â But I got into it as time went on.Â Breakfast was betterÂ some stuff odd though, Vodka and sproutsÂ Â for breakfast anyone? We did all the feature restaurants Japanese best for entertainment; Mediterranean best for food, the International was disappointing though. We only used the main restaurant for lunch in the others it was just burgers and stuff and there was talk on TA of people getting sick at the pool/beach restaurant some people we talked to said they were sick after eating there but who knows. It certainly was more relaxed than last time you can now get a coffee at the main bar before 10:00 (the stuff in the dining room wasnât that nice). The pool was available early in the morning (last time it was coned off till 9:30 sometimes). A nice touch there was a return visitorâs dinner the first week however we were in Havana that day, so we asked if we could defer it to the next week. We deferred the meal no problem but they must do the proper event just once a fortnight, if we had have known this we would have said we would go the first week as we were back from Havana in time, lost in translation no dramas though. There are lots of places to book your speciality restaurants at not just the main place also you seemed to be able to book well in advance. We did the Havana rum and cigar trip just to go see Havana again, it is changingÂ without a doubt, gentrification on the way. Lunch at LaÂ Floridita was nice. We did the Jeep Safari just us two and a driver a fewÂ more people in other jeeps. We went to the river to sailÂ aÂ reasonably quick 4 man boat then a driving tour of Matanzas, then a caveÂ you can walk through. Lunch then a cave you can swim in, it is nice just to get out of hotel forÂ a bit. We also did the Bay Of Pigs trip if you want to see the inside of Cuba this was the best trip we did this timeÂ the stops we did were good too. AnÂ oldÂ sugar factory full of old locos, crocodile breeding farmÂ then aÂ stop at the Caribbean side for an extended lunch then toÂ the Bay Of Pigs museum.Â But to see the little townsÂ where the real people live their day to day lives in the interiorÂ was also worth seeing the trip got back to the hotel for 19:30 All in all we had a great time again, there are a few tinyÂ niggles, we saw a guy and 2 kids get straight out of the pool and then go to the main restaurantÂ for lunch dripping wetÂ shorts no shoes no topsÂ Â others with just a towel wrapped around them wetting the chairs that you will be having dinner at in your best bib and tucker later on. Also the junior staffÂ moved about the dining room so even if you sat in the same place youÂ didnât get to see the same people so no rapport.Â Another thing, kids at the supposed adult only spa pool Yes I know it is a family hotel but there are pools aplenty. Would I visit Cuba and this hotel again? Yes I would A well done to all the staff you are wonderful a real credit to the Cuban peopleÂ also to Iberostar. A last thanks to our rep Jesus Rodriguez once again the best rep we have had.More
friends and family joined us at this beautiful hotel for our daughters wedding.
we have just arrived home from this beautiful hotel. rooms are lovely and spacious, all staff are very friendly and hard working,i cant say enough about the way they make you feel,always smiling,and make you feel very welcome,we had a wonderful girl who cleaned are room,making us little gifts for when we returned back. I cant fault this hotel.More
A family jewel in the Caribbean
A Beautiful hotel with fantastic service. food is delicious. The staff very friendly. The beach location is great and it has a quiet surrounding. We stayed there as a family holiday for a week with all inclusive package. We went back home after so many years away and had a week in Havana and a week in this hotel. We will definitively go back when we return to Cuba.More
Great hotel , NOTED IMPROVEMENTS on the less nice reviews
Top TIPS ( visited summer '16 ) : 1.There are NO SUNGLASSES ON SALE in Cuba. Bring your own. 2.If with toddler , bring a seat in floaty, it will be a godsend. 3. Have enough suncream and USE it. 4. This hotel is full of families and older people, it's comfy for every eventuality, and is ACE, but , despite load of entertainment like foam disco in the pool IT IS NOT HIP, so if you'd spent 1k on designer bikinis , you'll be put out.5.) When out, be careful where you eat and what water you drink or you'll get sick, as well as, possibly, out of pocket, for what you expect out of Cuban prices. Before going to this hotel, I read loads of negative reviews here and found them misleading, maybe due to subsequent improvements. Without any outstanding efforts we always found shaded seats except once coming midday. / There is a storage room for your bags./ I'd not stepped on any stones on seabed or the beach. The main reception bar building, the one with the pool table and live music, is atmospheric and brilliant, rooms are large, nicely air-conditioned with spare blankets if it gets coldish in the night, a touch old-fashioned amenities, but if anything goes wrong they fix it immediately. If you the kind of person to look under the bed for dust, you'll probably find it. ( Don't go to Cuba, it's not for you. ) THE STAFF. We'd been told by our cuban tour guide, that the hotel staff in this kind of hotel earns A LOT more than a good surgeon, if with lesser potential of immigration. Everyone seemed nice , not overbearing. It got confusing who to give tip who not to and how much , except from the obvious maid, what with always wearing and carrying little. If end of season, leave your kids' seasonal clothes to someone you like who's got a kid ( They will tell you!) Everyone loves children. it's uncommon to have more than 1- 2 kids in Cuba, too expensive). THE FOOD. It looked like they had all the food you could possibly find in Cuba in this hotel. I found it a bit too hot to eat much and didn't see anyone else gorging, but definitely endless choice, like freshly prepared doughnuts alongside with lamb roast , artichokes and lobsters, a bit of a overkill , if you ask me, but don't leave without trying local mangos and freshly squeezed watermelon juice. Amazing. As are grilled burgers and avocados on the beach. There's a handy bar inside the pool. THE ENTERTAINMENT. Evening entertainment in the 'theatre' was better than expected, but nothing not to be missed. Day time loads of great things are included , and those excluded may be quite cheap , like snorkelling, - great fun! Some need to be booked in advance. We booked a tour and air-conditioned mini bus for a day in Havana with a tour guide for about Â£190.00 and it was worth every penny, though we did have a tantrummy toddler and another under 5 with us. Have a nice trip, don't kick yourself if you thought yourself to be a person to spend most holidays in Havana, but instead , bummed on the beach all day because it was great.More
Amazing staff and lovely property
Just got back from this resort on Monday. The resort itself is beautiful, the pool is huge and divided into two sections. We had a foam party and the next day they drained half the pool where the party took place to clean it. I was very impressed by that. The staff are incredible!!! Rob and Alfredo who are part of the daily beach and pool entertainment are absolute sweethearts and made sure we were having fun our whole trip. The spa is beautiful, it has a private pool which you can go and swim in anytime even without booking a spa service. They have those bed huts to stay out of the sun and outdoor spa showers including Jacuzzi lounge chairs in the pool! I loved it, especially since the spa is pretty hidden so we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves most of the time. The resort is rated a 5 star which I will agree with in regards to the entertainment, spa and overall resort. HOWEVER, the food is far from 5 star quality. The only meal I truly enjoyed was the A La Carte Mediterranean restaurant which had a really good surf and turf (lobster and beef) The Japanese restaurant was awful. The chicken wasn't cooked and they put so much soya sauce on everything that the rice was literally black. I've been to Cuba 3 times before so i was looking forward to the buffet.....not quite. The food was so bland, pretty much the same thing every day. All i have to say is thank god for the french fries because that was pretty much all i ate all week. We had mango's with every meal for the first 4 days but then they just disappeared. I guess the truck didn't come but we really missed having them for the rest of the week. The last thing I will say that the room was not 5 star quality either. We had sooooooooo many tiny ants all over our room which crawled all over everything. Not to mention a massive cockroach surprised us in the sink. Thankfully I got it out of the room but the point is the rooms look very dated. They had an old picture with a light over it that looks like its from the 70's, the tiles in the shower are so worn out that they turned white. The rim around the sink was cracked, There is an old telephone jack next to the toilet with nothing plugged into it....I can go on and on but the point is I was not impressed with the room and thankfully we were only in it at night. Overall, for the price I paid i was not satisfied with the food or my room but the staff and the resort itself made it worthwhile. I loved going into the coffee shop and having a cappuccino everyday and listening to the piano player in the main lobby while I had my cigar. Best entertainment I have ever seen at an all inclusive resort. They changed the stage to the theme every single night! the costumes were stunning and the quality of the shows were great. If the food gets better I will come back to this resort, but for this trip I came back tanned and skinny lolMore
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