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Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

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The Royalton Cayo Santa Maria is a gem of a resort, located outside of Cuba's capital. The resort has a great array of pools and the grounds are well-maintained. Resort staff is incredibly hospitable, pleasant, and attentive. This is a great budget resort for couples and adults who want to experience the luxury of what Cuba has to offer without having to splurge.

Pamper yourself in paradise at the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, one of Sunwing's recommended Adults Collection resorts. Here you'll experience the ultimate in 5-star treatment while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of this small tropical island located north of Cuba. This adults only, all inclusive resort welcomes you with a special cocktail, cold towel service, a bottle of rum in each room, beach towels and VIP bathroom amenities upon arrival. Guests are treated to 24-hour room service with special menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This degree of luxury treatment is extended to all guests at the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, regardless of room category. Whether you're planning a romantic getaway, celebrating a special occasion or looking for a relaxing (no kids) vacation, the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria offers an affordable all inclusive luxury experience.

Location: Beachfront at Cayo Santa Maria

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Abdul D :
Beautiful resort... Can't say the same for the food..

Stayed at this resort with my partner March of this year. The resort was beautiful. Great beach, great pools, great bars.The food was not so great, I actually got pretty sick for a couple days but recovered ok.Turns out you can ask your butler for lobster dinner in advance for the dinners (for no additional cost)- I highly encourage you to do this if you are into lobsters. All the meals were a le carte, therefore you never know what you will really get. I do not encourage you to eat off the buffet (snacks) that is laid out as it is unpredictable how long it's been out there for throughout the day- especially the one in the snack bar, because flies will swarm the food. Notice there will be a bbq at the back of the snack bar at lunch for a couple hours a few days of the week, this is where you can get great bbq'd meat. The grill will be on for a couple of hours a day as well, so I encourage you to take advantage of that.The staffs did not speak great english, but tried to be helpful.Towel- towel exchange is often out of fresh towels. So exchange early, or ask for extra blue towels to be brought to your room at night so you have extra towels to use during the day. Latte/ Capps are the best at the coffee bar in the lobby. The front desk will never break your money for tips, you can often ask the bar staffs to break a 10 for you here and there- because that's the only way to have change.Internet- oh my gosh, this was the most painful part of my trip because I must check work emails etc. Getting connected was the most difficult part, but once you are connected, it is ok. Generally speaking though, I think the internet billed me more than what I used. So you have to go buy a internet card at the front, I think it was about $2 for 60 mins of usage. Depending on the weather, it may never connect for the day.You have the option of making reservations in the restaurants at the connecting resort (all ages)... but I will advise you not to, because the food is no better, if anything- much worse than Royalton. Once we went to the Italian restaurant, and actually waited about 1.5hrs and never left, because the service was quite slow... I get it, it's a busy place. If you do choose to go, just go to the front and they will arrange for drop off/pick up. It's quite efficient. Room- the rooms did not have a liquor dispenser- which is ok, but this also means you can not have a drink at night. Room service was decent/ on time. The cleaning staffs were very kind and friendly and did a great job. We initially did not book oceanview because it was unavailable online. But we did get to upgrade it at the front desk on arrival- it was about $250 for the week, which was very decent. In terms of ocean view, it's not super close, because there is a ramp to the ocean... so any "ocean view" room is from quite afar. Entertainment- it's a quiet resort, so the entertainment were for about 2-3hrs each night at the front... it was not super exciting, I would say it's for the older crowd. Generally speaking, it's a very luxurious, quiet, relaxing resort. It's somewhere you would want to go if you really want to relax in paradise. It's not for party goers or people that loves to socialize/ get smashed and have a wild time.

  • alexkZ1312DQ : Thornhill, Canada
Royal treatment at Royalton resort

We went to the resort mid June with the girlfriend and we honestly have to say it was an amazing experience.Very peaceful and quiet hotel. We were assigned a personal butler which was a unique offering. We had a small anniversary, but they went an extra mile to make it special by setting up a flower covered bath, in-room iced champagne, and even a poem. In restaurants we were also treated to some special extras with the help of the butler.When we arrived late at night and were hoping at best for the ketchup and fries at a snack bar, oh how we were surprised to get a two page menu with gourmet items at the said snack bar.Ocean was awesome, flawless beach and warm water, no seaweed or rocks in site.Our room was big and modern, only concern we had that our "oceanview" was partially obstructed by the treeline. Very clean hotel grounds. Even fresh flowers in the common bathrooms.Staff was friendly and accommodating, always ready to help.Great food, very tasteful poolside BBQ, good selection of drinks. And alcohol quality was premium. Non-motorized water sports are available.Overall I have to say it is one of the best Caribbean experiences.

  • Gwyneth J : wrexham
Very relaxing

We have just returned from a fourteen day holiday at this hotel. Our stay was very relaxing. Our room was ground floor and had no real view but this didn't matter as we only used the room to sleep.The hotel itself is small and very well maintained. The staff are very friendly and polite.Our room was cleaned daily and we also had clean towels daily.Our butlers were great Ana and Alexis always there if you needed them but never intrusive.The food was a little disappointing on times and the menus were the same each evening.We spoke to the new boss and a few nights later the menu changed but then staid the same for the rest of the holiday.We did eat at the Italian restaurant at Memories twice and our meal was very good on both occasionsOur one big disappointment was a meal in the Aurora restaurant when our friends and ourselves waited nearly 1 hour between courses.The waiters were very apologetic we then realised that a group of 12 spanish speaking people were being attended to before anyone else other guests also commented on this.We did report this to various people some of whom avoided us and some were very apologetic.We didn't let it spoil our holidays but did suggest they improve their service skills.The management assured us changes will be made.I must agree with other people that the butlers are excellent.We did manage to get to Havana and suggest that if you can visit there it is well worth it.

  • reliableMontreal : montreal
our review

just came back yesterday. Well, here is our review. My husband and I are well travelled and have gone to Cuba more than 10 times, so we understand all the difficulties and somewhat not comparable to other countrys. So we arrive at 2pm and very hungry. We arrive to the reception and no smiles. We finally go to our room. Great room. Bed is so comfortable and big room. Dont start looking to hard because you see that many little big details are botched. Exemple, cocking in the shower all smudged, the rails barely hold, the tub is stained...but hey, its Cuba. So finally we go to eat at the Snack Bar...guess more onions, no potatoes, no hamburghers, no ice ok, a cheese sandwich. We go at the beach...beautifull beach. But again, the palapas have been swalloed by the sand. You have to crunch inside to just sit, but then, you are so uncomfortable its awfull. Finally, the waiter comes on the beach,almost annoyed, no smiles. By the way, we are big tippers. At the beach, the drinks are sooo small and tastless and in mini plastic tiny trowable cheap plastic cups.We are both allergic to shrimps. Their are only two restaurants...the menu needs to change. The only two soups had shrimps and the rest of the menu sea food. There should be a dress code. I cant beleive that still, men arrive in shorts and sandals for diner. You can also eat at the Memories hotel...italian was fun, food, ambiance, great service , efficient, with a smile. But then, a ray of light. A new manager called Jose Luis, was making the rounds of the tables at diner to get comments of the clients. I think he got an ear full. So he got to us and we politly expressed our disapointments. Well in the last 4 days of our stay, this gentlemen turned things around. You could see him everyday, all day and night, pointings things, making certain the guest were happy, changed the menu, staff smiled and moved faster. Because of him, we started to enjoy and relax. Thank you Jose Luis, we hope they let you do all the changes necessary to upgrade this hotel, its quite a challenge.

  • loukiddstumid : Leeds, United Kingdom
Review of our stay at the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria.

My partner and I have just returned home from a wonderful weeks holiday at the Royalton, Cayo Santa Maria. Where to start.... This holiday was by far the best holiday I have ever experienced. This was our very first trip to Cuba and I have no doubt we will return in the near future. The hotel was was fabulous. The rooms are of an exellent standard, they are cleaned everyday they have everything you would expect when you are expecting luxury. I found myself wanting to return to my room once the cleaning staff had been in as they always left a little suprize in the form of little characters made with towels and a lovely note wishing my partner and I a wonderful holiday everyday. The staff are constantly on hand to cater to your needs too.The little touches make a big difference. The pools are beautiful and the staff are always on hand to bring you drinks and offer assistance at all times.However the beech is something else.It really is incredible the sand is pure white and the water very blue and warm and all within a few minutes walk from the hotel.I have never seen a beech as incredibly beautiful as that one. All the staff are incredibly welcoming and friendly.The food was standard but we never had an issue with it there is something for everyone. The hotel does receive criticism for the food however, speaking with the manager about this there are plans in place to make things better keeping in mind that it is very hard to export different cuisines into the country the hotel is currently working hard to make the required adjustments in this area.The bulter service you receive is outstanding Ana was fantastic as were all the other members of staff however, Alexis was our butler for most of the week and he was fab. Alexis is the most kind, humble man who will do anything to ensure your needs are met. He really did make the holiday for us in particular the planning of our meals and the champagne flower bath was amazing. Alexis this is a message for you: YOU MADE OUR STAY AT THE ROYALTON EVEN BETTER. You are a very kind, humble man and we will miss you.However watch out for us in the near future as I aim to have a tree planted at some point. Thank you for everything you did for us, take care of yourself all our love from David and Louise.Last but not least, my advice would be to take plenty of insect repellent as they are a nightmare.

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

  • 3 Meals daily plus snacks
  • All drinks (domestic beer and cocktails, select international brands, house wine with meals)
  • 24hr Room service
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Entertainment on the Beach
  • Butler service by the pools and on the beach
Added Values

Applicable for all guests staying in all room categories:

  • Special welcome and welcome cocktail upon arrival
  • Cold towel service upon arrival
  • Room Service 24 hrs (included) with special menus for breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Bottle of rum in room upon arrival
  • Beach towels in room upon arrival
  • Bathroom with whirlpool tub in Suites only
  • VIP amenities in bathroom (on arrival)
  • Bathrobe and Slippers
  • Personalized mini-bar (re-stocked daily)
  • Free use of safety deposit box
  • Pillow menu
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Personalized assistance 24 hrs - Buttler Service - including packing and unpacking of luggage, tour arrangements, and co-ordination of transfers.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner a la carte (buffet breakfast also available)
  • 20% discount at the Spa (located in El Pueblo)
  • Preferred reservations at the Spa (located in El Pueblo)
  • Day pass (free) at Memories Paraiso Beach Resort & Memories Azul Beach Resort in Cayo Santa Maria (transfers not included)
  • Dine around (free) Memories Paraiso Beach Resort & Memories Azul Beach Resort in Cayo Santa Maria (transfers not included)
  • 122 Rooms
  •  2 Pools
  • 2 a la carte Restaurants
  • 4 Bars

Services located nearby in Pueblo Estrella:

  • Spa ($)
  • Business Center ($)
  • Internet access
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Disco ($)
  • Laundry service ($)
  • Beauty Salon ($)
  • Shops ($)
  • Fitness Center
  • Water sports center ($) is located next door at the Memories Azul. Offers non-motorized water equipment (hobie cat, kayak, snorkeling equipment, windsurfing, pedal boat and catamaran) Catamaran usage of 30 minutes per day. Hobie Cats usage of 30 minutes per day.
Junior Suite:
  • Garden View or Ocean View
  • 1 king or  2 twin beds
  • In-room safe
  • Living Room
  • Butler Service
  • 220V (adapters/transformer required)
  • 24 hrs room service
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
  • Mini Bar
  • Turn Down Service
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Coffee/ Tea Maker
  • Air Conditioned
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Satellite TV
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Maximum Occupancy 2
Hydrothermal Circuit - All Royalton's guests are entitled to enjoy one free hydrothermal circuit, per person during its stay. This will be in the Spa located at the Pueblo La Estrella next to the hotel and reservations should be done with the Butler or in the Public Relations Desk at Reception.

Stay at 1, Play at 3 - Use of all facilities at Memories Paraiso Beach Resort and Memories Azul Beach Resort are included.

Birthday Bonus - Celebrate your birthday with a bottle of sparkling wine and birthday cake. *Proof of ID will be required.

Honeymoon Package - Free Honeymoon Package Inclusions:

  • Private Check- In guaranteed
  • Late Check-Out guaranteed until 15:00 hrs.
  • Room Up-grade upon availability for honeymooners
  • Flowers and Cava in room upon arrival
  • Nightly bed and turn-down service
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Romantic honeymoon dinner for the couple
  • Honeymoon Breakfast in Room the day after arrival
  • 10% discount in Spa

Valid under the following conditions: *Minimum Stay for the couple: 6 Nights at any of the Memories and Royalton hotels including any combination of them *Couple married within 6 months prior to arrival *Show Marriage certificate upon Check-in *Reservation request and voucher should be shown as "Honeymoon", specifying hotels and number of nights in each Memories hotels and Royalton. *Requests must be confirmed directly to the hotel prior of the date of arrival. *Special room category and extra services are not included in the Honeymoon program. To be requested directly to the hotel. Offer is subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Offer may be limited to select suppliers. Please speak to a vacation specialist before making your reservation.

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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Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
05200 Cuba

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.