Starfish Cayo Santa Maria

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This hotels is becoming a popular choice for its good value and decent ratings. Located on a beautiful white sand beach, the Starfish Cayo Santa Maria is a good choice for families and couples. Food here is ok, which is pretty common for Cuba. If the recent reviews on this hotel are good and the price is within your budget, then this is a good choice!


Pristine white sandy beaches, crystal blue ocean waters, extensive amenities and services and a warm, dedicated staff. Starfish Cayo Santa Maria offers all of this, plus supervised children's activities, stylish accommodations and nearby adventure tour options. Everything required for an ideal tropical getaway.

Location: Beachfront, 90 minutes from International Airport of Santa Clara

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  • Kaylafadden : St. Paul, Canada
This place owns my heart

This resort is amazing, they have a beautiful pool and beach. The food was good and the bartenders were great. The best part of Starfish is the entertainment staff, they are all very happy and they make sure you have an amazing time. I have made friends that will last a lifetime I will definitely be back, hopefully soon. A very special thanks goes out to Eric, Pappi, Otto, Ricardo and Norma they made our trip a trip of a lifetime. I will be there to visit asap.

  • Vic C :
Fantastic Time

We spent, 4 great days at the resort. The people where great, staff incredible, the food was Cuban. Cant wait to comeback. Its a great place to park yourself on the beach or in the pool, and let the stress of life go away.

  • Shawn N :
Possibly a bad week to have gone ?

Unfortunately with the passing of their former President, the resort lacked any forms of entertainment the week we had chosen to go... As well as possible menu shortages, (so we heard from other previous guest). .. Apparently a better selection was usually offered, ... very little music was ever played, when it was, was only for a hour or two, then it went back to the atmosphere of a library' .. It is a very nice resort,.. Very badly lit at nighttime, .. my girlfriend almost stepped on a big snake that would of bit her' Big lack of signage as well ! ..this is just on the walkway from our room to the lobby .. many steps on bridges were falling apart, Over the pool and down to the ocean.. many light fixtures looked broken as well... LOTS of gardeners though' !!.. We had an important light bulb go in our bathroom, the ONLY light bulb, that took almost about 20 hours for them to do... That night & the next morning we had to shower in the near dark'... Very little water pressure as well ... almost a dribble most mornings'... (think they require pumps?) Menu always seemed the same day to day, .. by day 4 it was like "Ugh" again.. Although they had no issues in charging us to move our room, late check out & daily wifi cards... With all of the shortages, some of that would of been nice to have some of that been overlooked in cost. Don't get us wrong' it is a very nice place ' !!.. Its just the little things' a lot of them.. Maybe wheel the crepe cart out to the lobby sometimes ? thats where everyone seems to Go when not under he sun.. Our building was very nice & soundproofed '..although our room's floor always felt sandy daily' even after the maid was there 1? ... . It was nice that we heard no people in the halls or their doors' it was quiet... that was nice !! No vendors bothered us on the beach or anywhere else' ... For shade at the beach' make sure you get down there EARLY !! Otherwise you'll have to wait for some to leave for lunch .. Most of the staff was nice', most understood english quite well ... Except for the words ( Hot Tub or Jucuzzi ) ..and for which we learned ..they do not have ! i dont think we would go back, but we may recommend. ... it would of been really nice IF they tried to make it up to us, the fact that they had a huge lack of any entertainment or nightlife ,.. we assumed we had paid for that ...SO' if they could not entertain us' Give us something else ( upgraded room, voucher, free wifi, etc.. something) ,,.. many couples do not just wanna sit & drink every night' .. the Grill by the pool was nice & staffed' but nothing was really doing in there.. just warming up sandwiches upon request.. A few people told us that it was suppose to be much better than it was !? .. i recommend making the lobby / cafe area more entertaining' w/ food, talent,etc ... Also' maybe have some of those gardeners make signs, fix lights & steps,.... ( we had to pay apx an extra $200 to change our room to the other side "pool sides where they were putting us,tended to lack privacy & be very noisy" , Late check out "check out 3 hours later because our bus wasn't coming until 5pm" & numerous wifi cards because of the lack nightly things to see & do ) in exchange for no entertainment, lack of menu, dangerous steps & lighting .. + no bananas ? we are still trying to figure that out !? unripened pineapple, unripened watermelon .... many signs in the restaurant are incorrect as well... pool bartenders didnt see too friendly. bus boys were very nice, servers were very nice, ..It has great potential ' once they fix a little bit of everything ! This things make it go from a 5 star to a 3 star in my world' .. if they had tried to help make up for some of these lacks'.. Instead of still' having their hand out for more $... we would of likely been repeat'ers & recommend'ers .. We are also contacting Sunwing about many issues

  • Tammy R :
My Heart Aches to go Back

This was my husband's & mine' 3rd visit in 2 yrs! We absolutely love Cuba and the entire staff of Starfish Cayo Santa Maria. We will stay nowhere else but this resort. Not only for its authenticity & beautiful beach but even more so for there loving and generous staff. We have made long term friends not only with the hotel staff but with employees in the market place. This is truly a paradise....Thank you so much to Yohena Aguilera & your Husband as well as much more of the staff for making each visit even better than the last!.Gracious!See you again in May 2017!

  • descheneslinda : Brampton, Canada
They deleted my review

There were too many people. Line ups for food. Both my bf and I got sick. The food after buffet hours is terrible. The beds were springy. I nearly cried when going to sleep the first night. It was fun going shopping outside the resort. Mainly the best part was coming home.

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
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  • 3 meals daily plus snacks
  • All drinks (Premium brands, Domestic beer)
  • Drinks at disco
  • Daily activities
  • Kayaking
  • Water bikes
  • Introductory scuba lesson
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 1368 rooms 
  • Restaurants including 6 a la carte restaurant (Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, Seafood, Spanish and Cuba)
  • 24-hour room service (fee)
  • Beach grills
  • 3 bars including Pool bar
  • Coffee Shop
  • Disco
  • 2 pools
  • Whirlpool
  • Business Centre
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Shops
  • Tennis
  • Select watersports (fee)
  • Spa (fee)
  • Fitness facilities nearby (fee)

Junior Suite includes:

  • 1 king or 2 twin beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • TV
  • Full bathroom
  • Mini-bar
  • In room safe
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Max occ 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children

Kids Deal - First child 3-12 stays free when sharing a room and existing beds with 2 adults. 2nd child pays a special child's rate. Blackout dates may apply. Maximum 2 children per room.

For the Kids - Kids enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' club (ages 5-12) or Baby Club (0-4). Children's pool. Babysitting service available for a fee.

Wedding and Free Honeymoon Packages - Are available. Please inquire.

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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  • Starfish Cayo Santa Maria
    Cayo Santa Maria,Cuba

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Starfish Cayo Santa Maria
Causeway to Cayo Santa Maria, 56200 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.