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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Superb luxury break.
We stayed here after three nights in Havana. The hotel is situated off the main road and with direct access to a beautiful beech. It has three pools, three Al La Carte restaurants, the main buffet and numerous snack and burger/bbq outlets. The check in process was great, we were welcomed warmly and handed a cold damp towel to refresh with along with a glass of fizzy, our bags were taken to the room and off we went. Firstly from the off I have to state that the staff here are fantastic and seem genuinely happy to be there. The main lobby bar is beautiful done and the table service there is very quick. The food in general is fairly good, just a little different from the European stuff we are used to. Our room in block 13 was massive with a huge bed and nice bathroom and far enough away from things to be peaceful as well. The view over the gardens from our balcony was nothing short of spectacular. The gardens and grounds are kept immaculate by a very hard working cheerful team of groundsmen, who will always say hello and often present the women with a flower. The Main pool area can get a little noisy and there is music playing for most of the day. We escaped to the rectangular pool or the grassy areas near to the beech for a bit of peace. The beech is stunning and the water really warm, there is a beech bar and barbeque so you are never far away from a drink or snack. A lot of people come here to get married and I understand why, the only problem with this is that it leads to large and often quite rowdy groups (usually Canadian) that the staff seem reluctant to ask to behave in a civilized manner, spoiling things for others. Having said that this really is a superb 5* resort and more than worth a visit. I must end by thanking ALL of the staff who worked so very hard to make our holiday as great as it was.More
A group of 6 went for a week. This is definitely a 5 star hotel. Check in was fast. Bags brought up to our room without delay. Big, bright and clean rooms. Mini fridge included. I would recommend using the ice buckets to really cool your beverages as the fridges aren't that cold. We even exchanged ours and it still wasn't very cold. Every room with private balcony. Well cleaned everyday. Big beach towels that you could exchange as many times as you wanted during the days. There are only two regular outlets. More are needed in the rooms. Wifi through out the hotel area would make things that much more amazing. Amazing pool! Lots of chairs and shaded areas. Only wish it was open a bit later in the day. The bar closes at 6 and pool at 7. Even an hour later for each would be better. Gorgeous beach. Easy access to bar and snacks. More shade spots are needed. Gotta get to the beach super early if you want a good shaded spot. Star friends staff are full of energy and enthusiasm! Don't forget to tip these staff members as well :) They remember so many names too! Great variety of places to eat and selection at the buffet. Best to go when the buffet first opens. The Japanese restaurant and seafood restaurant are AMAZING! Great show at the Japanese restaurant. If you are unable to make reservations sometimes people don't show up and if you wait 15 min the staff are pretty good about getting you in. The staff overall are wonderful at this resort. They make things really fun. Great drinks and staff at the pool bar. Especially Eli, Charlie and Ariel. My first time in Cuba was an experience. We met great people and made amazing memories. Thanks Iberostar for making it happen ðMore
Stayed for a week after 3 days in Havana, luckily we had a private transfer so the 2 hour drive wasn't too bad. Our room wasn't ready on arrival and we were told to have lunch and return at 2pm, however it still wasn't ready at 2 and we were told to go back at 4. It was then ready and we went to our room which was bright and clean with lovely view over the well tended gardens. The issue was that pool towels are put in your room and we couldn't get a towel whilst waiting for our room. This could easily be sorted if you were given a voucher for your towels by reception. If you have stayed at Iberostar before you know what to expect, however at this hotel managers are very visible. The food was ok nothing special and generally warm not hot. We tried 2 of the al la carte venues, but didn't find them anything special and we are not fussy eaters. Food by the beach was generally ok. Bar service good and ladies in the coffee shop were great. We used the pool and beach, no major issue trying to get sun beds. In our view the beach was not as good as the Dominican or Mexico. No issue with beach vendors. Evening entertainment was ok. Staff on the whole helpful. Wifi not great but sufficient to keep in touch with home but vouchers didn't last the 60 mins. We wanted a chilled week with good weather and that's what we got. However for the cost have stayed in superior hotels.More
Tracey H, 3592600
I would like to thank everyone at the hotel for the wonderfull time we had. The hotel grounds were beautiful you are amazed when you enter the hotel lobby for the first time it is wonderfull with chirping birds flying about the pools ware very nice but the sports pool needed some cleaning the entertainment staff were great they were very nice some of the shows needed to be a bit better like the Hollywood show the beach was very nice but needs more umbrellas and I went behind the theatre where the entertainers get ready and it was filthy the hotel management needs to take better care of their workers they are not paid a great wage even though they are working for a European company they still get the cuban wage which is 40 cuc a month which is about Â£26 pounds â¬30 euros which is very bad but over all our holiday was very nice the rooms were beautiful and cleaned every day More
A gorgeous property with excellent staff and one of the most remarkably perfect beaches I've ever seen.
******Summary****** A gorgeous property with one of the most remarkably perfect beaches I've ever seen. Fantastic staff and a good resort layout almost entirely make up for the short-falls. I would give this resort a strong recommendation for anyone seriously considering a family visit to Varadero, although there are some caveats to be aware of that I believe apply to Cuba as a whole, not just this property. While the review may seem negative, I can say our family just spent our best vacation ever here - so just know what to expect and enjoy! ******Longer Review****** It's actually hard to be objective for this review because the staff are such wonderful, hardworking, genuine people. It makes it easy to overlook a few things - but in the spirit of full disclosure, here are the pros/cons. ***The Grounds/Facilities*** Pros - Excellent layout for families with a good balance between being small enough to easily navigate while being large enough to not feel claustrophobic. Cons - I felt finding shade on the beach was a bit difficult unless you're willing to wake up at 7AM and throw your towels on some chairs to reserve. There is lots of room for more shade structures, so the resort should seriously consider addressing this low-cost improvement. I also feel washrooms are too few and far between for a resort of this size, and the cleanliness of the public area washrooms was often sub-standard. ***Rooms*** Pros - decent size, nice shower, deck with area to hang clothes. Cons - The rooms are a bit of a let-down for class of hotel, but I suspect this is Cuba, not this resort. I was disappointed to find that the AC could only bring the temperature down to about 24 - 24.5C. Not oppressively warm, but not a comfortable night-time temperature, especially with a sunburn. I mentioned it to the front desk but it was never resolved like they said it would be... I think the AC unit was damaged beyond a simple repair. We found tiny ants in the room - it wasn't uncommon to be sitting on the toilet and then find an ant harmlessly inspecting your foot. They weren't a problem, just a little unsettling to uptight Canadians not used to omnipresent tropical insects. Housekeeping did promptly take care of them when we mentioned it, but they were back a day later. Since there was a 10mm gap around our door this wasn't surprising. ***Food*** People that say the food is bad are really exaggerating, and here is where it's hard to complain too much knowing the rest of the country lives on <$50 USD a month. That said... There were some oddities. Somehow all of the egg dishes had a strange flavor to them, but the boiled eggs were good (i.e. it's something they do while cooking the eggs, not the eggs themselves). The deserts were for the most part disappointing, but when you have wonderful fresh fruit this didn't really matter to us. Our family takes fresh pineapple and mango over tiramisu, hands-down. Sometimes condiments were a bit hard to find. One night we wanted to dip our bread in balsamic vinegar, and it couldn't be found anywhere - yet for breakfast the next day, it was out. Hamburgers were served at the beach bar, but without mustard (sometimes). What kind of monster serves hamburgers and hot dogs without mustard!?! (I kid) The tepanyaki was a real disappointment. Highly-questionable use of the spatula on raw chicken and then back to the nearly-complete rice, and back, and forth... but we didn't get sick. The tepanyaki chef was far more irritating than entertaining with lots of noises and repetition and only a pinch of skill. The tempura was great, but the rest was described as a generic soy sauce mess. The other a la carte restaurants were perfectly fine, with good food. Service was impeccable at both. Overall I'd say the food was "good", but this is just barely. I should point out that we came home with some upset stomachs and a bit of traveler's diarrhea - and we were VERY careful to only use bottled water. ***Beach*** Perfect, almost to a fault. Yes, there's a small cliff/ledge from the board-walk down to the beach. Non-issue. The beach itself was amazing - perfect, fine, white sand as far as the eye could see - and a hundred meters or more out from the shore. The perfect beach for a family with young children. I said perfect almost to a fault since I did appreciate that in the Iberostar Paraiso Maya there was the occasional rock/coral formation you could inspect with your snorkel kit... here it was just perfect soft white sand everywhere. Anyways - absolutely lovely and we spent full days enjoying the warm water and sand with our kids. CAUTION - we came home with a huge number of sand fleas/midge bites. This is not a resort problem, this is a Caribbean problem. Just be aware of the need to not only pack sunscreen and aloe, but DEET bug spray. We are all a total wreck now at the vacation with bug bites, and I'm reacting badly (about one in ten have an allergic reaction) - but again, this is not a resort issue. Do you research before going (avoiding the cool parts of the day, after it's rained, etc.) ***SUMMARY*** I had a number of locals tell me the Iberostar Varadero was one of the best properties in Varadero, and after seeing many other resorts during our excursion pick-ups I could see this being true. It certainly presents itself well and was obviously better than at least 90% of the other locations. If you are considering Varadero, I can't see you doing much better than this resort. The staff are outstanding and it's a beautiful property. That said, when we compare it to the Mayan Riveria, we find that Cuba obviously has to deal with the embargo and this restriction of goods and money does present them with some unique challenges. The overall quality of development/cleanliness isn't quite what we saw at the more expensive Paraiso Maya. That said - Cubans are some of the most friendly, authentic people I've ever met - and I've traveled extensively through South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. If Cuba is on your list (as it should be), then Iberostar Varadero is a fantastic family resort. Just be aware of what to expect... and do your research on sand fleas.More
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