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Melia Buenavista

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Melia Buenavista Cayo Santa Maria is an amazing luxury resort within Cuba's resort strip. All suites are spacious, modern, and elegant. The resort is also staffed with extremely attentive and personable staff. Melia Buenavista is also known for their breathtaking snorkeling locations. For those wanting to experience beauty within and outside of resort grounds, the Melia Buena Vista Cayo Santa Maria is the perfect destination.


This luxury resort is located in one of the most stunning areas of Cayo Santa Maria. Guests at Melia Buenavista will love the attentive staff and Royal Service pampering. Located in a secluded ecological environment among white sand beaches and clear Caribbean waters. This 5 star resorts features 104 suites and is an adults only resort.

Location: Directly on a beautiful white-sand beach. Approximately 110 km from the Santa Clara airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Sara A :
Honeymoon...beautiful, peaceful and romantic

My husband and I went there for our honeymoon (December 2015) and had an unforgettable experience. Serenity and luxury best describe this resort. Every detail was perfect. Everyone there was amazing and welcoming. We can't wait to go back to celebrate our anniversary next year. Thank you all for such a wonderful start to our marriage. Sara and Mohamed

  • relaxing_dad : Southampton, Canada
Expensive but nicely secluded

Having spent our first week in Cuba at a significantly larger resort the Melia Buenavista was a welcome change of pace. We were in a "JR suite" and I think this resort location is adult-only. The resort was significantly underbooked the week that we visited and that was lovely. Our shared "butler" Omar was extremely helpful and attentive to just the right degree. The resort itself seems relatively new, clean, and very well kept. The main "cafeteria" style restaurant had very limited selection so one virtually must order from a menu that does not change. That said, you could have a different breakfast or lunch every day. The ability to use any restaurant at each of the three Melia locations, serviced by a shuttle, is a big plus. In fact you can use any of the common services at each location (pool, bars, etc.), too.There was good live music every night outside the man bar. The pools were clean and clear, and the snack bar beside the main pool serves up a wicked-nice personal pizza. There is a pool bar right beside it... how much better can that get?!The beaches are quite long at each end of the resort and the one in the middle stays relatively calm due to a natural breakwater. There were plenty of lounges under cover of woven palm fronds. The internet was pretty disappointing and obviously not always due to the provider. Seriously folks, this could be improved with a tiny bit of attention to obtaining (inexpensive) high quality routers and attendant software. Money can be changed at the front desk at any time AND without the typical rip-off fee normally found at resorts. In our case that all went back to the staff in tips, so I think it's a win-win situation. If you have some extra cash for your Cuban vacation and you like a laid back, well serviced resort, this could be the place for you. BTW, it's only about and hour and forty minutes by bus from the airport.

  • Lise_Barrie : Barrie, Canada
Second time...wonderful place

We were at this resort from 28 November to 12 December 2016. This was our second visit and certainly won't be our last. With three beaches and two pools, there was always somewhere to sit. We never had a problem finding shade at the main beach (where we spent most of our days) no matter what time we went there. The weather was very windy and the red flag was up for several days but we enjoyed watching the pelicans and other birds diving for fish. We spent some time at the other beaches as well - the sunset beach is very quiet during the day and the snorkeling beach is a little busier. Both pools are lovely. Service on all the beaches and at the pools was excellent especially the gentleman who is at the main beach every morning...always smiling and helpful.Food: Breakfast at Los Marinos was good but the service could be very slow sometimes. We had lunch there most days although we did try the pool restaurant (burgers and pizza mostly - good). There used to be tables on the veranda at Los Marinos at lunchtime but not this year. We really missed that. For dinner there are two a la carte restaurants but be sure to try the restaurants at Las Dunas and Melia Cayo Santa Maria. As a guest at the Buenavista, you can go to the buffets and most of the a la carte restaurants at the other Melia resorts. We'd recommend the Oriental or the Romantic restaurants at Las Dunas and the Mediterranean or the Japanese restaurant at Melia Cayo Santa MariaWe often stayed at the other resorts for the evening entertainment..lots of wonderful singers and performers and loved coming back to the Buenavista for the quieter entertainment at the Lobby Bar. Service at the lobby bar was good some evenings but very slow other evenings.The rooms are wonderful. We were in room 0211 (I"ve misplaced the names of our butlers but I'm sure the management will know who they are by our room number. They were excellent. They made all our dinner reservations, arranged for room service when we had an early excursion and were the nicest and friendliest people.Our room was always clean thanks to both the day and evening maids...lovely job.We enjoyed the excursion to Trinidad. It was fun, full of info about Trinidad and Cuba. Having been to the area before, this was the only excursion that we did.If you go shopping at the Pueblo La Estrella, there is a double-decker bus but we enjoyed getting a taxi (10 pesos)-I'd recommend asking for one of the old cars...its a lot of fun.It was a great holiday...we starting planning our next visit while we were still there.

  • Joanna0411 : London, United Kingdom
Beautiful, peaceful, luxurious!

Beautiful and relaxing and a joy to spend time here. 3 beautiful beaches, amazing snorkelling (the best I have ever seen - SO many fish), a lovely room with outside shower room, inside bathroom and balcony, fabulous service and delicious food (for Cuba!). The pool has 4 poster lounging beds around it and staying here is just a joy and we highly recommend it! My only downside was there was meant to be yoga every morning although the instructor didn't show up when I was there - if this yoga was a daily confirmed feature I would be back in a heartbeat! We also stayed at another hotel in Cayo Santa Maria and it didn't come close to this one.

  • SweetPeaChristina : Brampton, Canada
Just back from our 4th visit to Buenavista!

January we came back from our 4th visit to Melia Buenavista in Cayo Santa Maria. We always enjoy this resort and will continue a yearly visit back - can't wait til January 2018 to go again! The hotel is clean, great food (al la cart 3 meals daily) with a small buffet at breakfast and lunch if you like. They serve excellent food at the grill for lunch - great pizzas, kabobs, hamburgers etc The workers are all friendly and very helpful - special thanks to our friends, Lester, Oresto Osmany at the pool bar! And extra special thanks to our butlers, Edel and Gerado - can't wait to see you all again! This is a quieter, smaller resort which is perfect for us! There is a market, Pueblo Estrella, close by - you can take a taxi, or a bus - great place to go spend half a day for shopping, eating and shows.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • Daily a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner (reservations required, based on availability)
  • Snacks
  • 24-hour unlimited selected international drinks
  • Mini-bar (water, juices, soft drinks, beer)
  • Daily activities program
  • A variety of daily sports
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Introduction to scuba diving in pool (once/stay)
  • Selected non-motorized water sports (1 hour/day available at the Melia Cayo Santa Maria)
  • 105 Rooms
  • Restaurants including 3 a la carte (Caribbean, International and Gourmet)
  • 3 Bars
  • Pools
  • Whirlpool
  • Snorkeling
  • Pedal boat
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Catamaran
  • Kayaking
  • Tennis courts
  • Bicycles
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Scuba diving centre (fee)
  • Spa (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Gift shops
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Medical services (fee)

Royal Service Junior Suite includes:

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • 1 king-size, 1 queen-size or 2 twin beds
  • Full bathroom
  • Private outdoor shower
  • Hairdryer
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Coffee-maker
  • Mini-bar
  • In-room safe
  • Iron
  • Living area
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Maximum occupancy 2 adults

Other room categories also available.

Royal Service - Your all inclusive, plus: Welcome cocktail, Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, Butler service, Pool and beach concierge service, Turn-down service, 1 Hydrothermal service (25 min./person/stay) and 1 Massage (25 min./person/stay).

Bonus - Guests will have free access to the Sol Cayo Santa Maria, Melia Cayo Santa Maria and Melia Las Dunas hotels. They will enjoy the hotel's all-inclusive services and activities during the day, seven days a week (from 9:00 am to 12:00am) Transfers between the hotels are not included $: 1 CUC per person per one-way (subject to change).

Dine Around - Clients staying at Melia Buenavista can dine at Melia las Dunas and Melia Cayo Santa Maria, including shuttle service (6pm-11pm). Requests must be filed on the day of arrival at the Front Desk. Confirmations subject to availability.

Weddings and Honeymoons - Complimentary and paid packages are available. Please inquire for details.

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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    Cayo Santa Maria,Cuba

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Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.