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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Our honeymoon offer includes: bottle of champagne in your room, Iberostar gift, breakfast in bed the morning after arrival, a romantic dinner in one of our speciality restaurants, a room with a view and late check-out upon request.
These are subject to availability for honeymooners and are only available when you present your marriage certificate.
'Honeymoon' must be shown on booking.
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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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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.
superior junior suite with balcony or terrace
These superior junior suites come with a balcony or terrace for that extra bit of space outside. There’s a king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds. You’ll have a minibar. And air-conditioning is available from May to October.
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Best Resort for Familes
We hadn't been to Cuba in over a decade, but have visited many other resorts in-between. I have to say that, next to Beaches in T&C and Negril, this was the best of the bunch. Definitely miles above Sol Sirenas (where we stayed the first time). Here are some thoughts: Food: If you are going to complain about food, don't go to Cuba (stay home, or go to Florida). I think most are aware that they have been under a trade embargo by the US for almost 60 years, but they also have to import almost all of their/tourist food from friendlier countries. Skip the weak attempts at American food, and eat the local offerings (beans & rice, pork, fish, etc...). Still, the general offering is not much different than the other islands. There is a guy by the pool who makes amazing lunches around 1pm each day. Lots of basic stuff for the kiddies though. Tips: Don't be cheap, leave a Peso/Dollar or two for the maid, waiters, and others. You will be rewarded with better drinks, and people who will clear 'reserved' seats on the beach for you. They need the money, and--if you can afford to go there--you can spare it. Beach/Pool: Although the resort does their best to limit towels to one at a time, greedy guests still try to save seats for unused hours. You can probably get spots as late as nine, but not after. Money: Easy cash conversion to CUC at reception. Better exchange on CAD than USD. Safes in rooms, and no issues. Brought US, but really didn't need it. Vices: Marilyn at the cigar bar (not the store) has great cigars and rum for better prices than I saw in Veradero or Havana. Beach: Walked the whole length. This part (fine sand) is nicer than the edges (pebbles, rocks, and/or cliffs). Entertainment: The shows range from lame (Horror) to loads of fun (Rock Show, Musical, Magic). The only problem is the 9:45 start, which could be a problem for little ones that want to see The Lion King. Trips: Did the Colonial Tour of Havana. Awesome stuff. Saw and learned a lot. Wish there was more shopping time, but... You can also take a cab to Veradero in a 50s car for 20 CUC. There is a stretch from Plaza Hicacos to the Casa Del Ron with lots to see/buy. Get your coffee at the grocery store, and save. The park has an unbelievable authentic Cuban restaurant (La Campana) where we had our best meal of the trip (about 60 CUC for four). There is a flea market in town too, which is supposed to be good, but you'll need another cab. I suggest skipping the bus, as you might wait for an hour to pack in like a sardine. Hope that helps. It would be a no-brainer for us to go back. More
A little disappointing: poor management
Yes,the staff are wonderfully cheerful and the grounds well kept,but there is indeed something missing - attentive management. After 8 months of one reviewer mentioning that the pool table cue is broken (there is only one), it is still broken! the spa looks fine, but most of the showers and jacuzzi jets do not work. The one tennis court's netting is full of holes so the balls disappear into the next hotel. It has obviously been like this for ages as other guests have tried to block the holes with plastic chairs. The management is not attending to the small details! The buffet restaurant is rather bleak and dark. In the evening a candle on the tables would help enormously. There isn't much choice of other eating places either. All in all, we preferred the Paradisus next door.More
1st time in Cuba
Lovely location on Varadero beach. Smaller resort, friendly staff, excellent musicians & good variety of nightly entertainment. Easy to meet other people. Clientele were other Canadians but also many from Europe and South America. Grounds & pool area well kept & bar cafe was wonderful with a European flair. Great coffee & quality beverages. Food was good. Did the jeep safari tour with snorkelling, cave swimming, horse back riding & Havana 1 day. Both were excellent. Wonderful March break holiday with a 16 year old. More
Great place to stay
I went with my husband. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Our junior suite was large and the view from it looking out at the sea and palm trees was lovely. Junior suites come with their own concierges and ours, Field and Idelsis, were very friendly and helpful as were all the staff. The hotel had lots of activities you could join in with, although we spent nost of the time relaxing or going out on a few days trips. The entertainment was a bit like a âHi di hiâ holiday camp in the sunshine but we had a good laugh over it all and I had salsa lessons on the beach!!! The food was a bit repetitive and available all times even early hours of the morning but we did not have high expectations with it being Cuba. The bar could have done with real baileys to drink rather than a cheap imitation but there were still plenty of cocktails to choose from. The hotel had lots of little areas to sit and relax. There were several pools including one with a jacuzzi near the spa. I had a Cuban massage at the spa which involved a lot of rum. The beach in front of the hotel was very clean and you could always get a sun bed with clean towels every day.More
Family group of 12 - loved it!
Stayed at the Iberostar Varadero from Feb 20 -27, 2017 with 3 families - 6 adults and 6 kids ranging from 10 yrs to 17yrs. We all had a fabulous time! We'd been warned before going to Cuba that the "food will be terrible and beds will be hard" but we had great food at every restaurant in this resort. Lots of selection and options. Beds and pillows were a bit hard and flat, but not hard enough to ruin our vacation or cause us any discomfort. Rooms and all resort grounds/common areas were spotless and well kept up. What really stood out is the service we received from everyone from the housekeeping staff to the management. Everyone was SO friendly, helpful and accommodating - we looked forward to interacting with the staff each day. Special mentions to Roi in the theatre & disco who took such good care of us and Fernando in the restaurant by the pool. They both went over and above to make sure our stay was memorable. We will certainly recommend this resort to friends and family, and will likely return again.More
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