Starfish Cayo Santa Maria
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This hotel 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
We stayed here for one week and it was our 4th all-inclusive in Cuba. It was the nicest of all and had the best beach of all (Varadero, Guardalavaca, and Trinidad). This is a place if you want a beach vacation only. It is NOT the place you go to do a variety of activities (biking, hiking, kayaking). Some folks may be put off by the 1.5 hr drive from the airport, but it is a nice drive and is just part of the journey. First, the Pros.1. The food is excellent - at least when we went. The head chef is from Spain and I believe that they can import better food than many other resorts. I have never seen such a good cheese selection in Cuba! 2. The service was excellent. We ate at the main buffet everyday and we always sat in the same section with the same servers. They were very kind and attentive. My husband and I do not tip daily. Instead, we give one gift package on about Day 4. 3. Everything is clean and tidy. We did receive new towels everyday and our sheets were changed every 2 days. And let's face it...I do not change the sheets every 2 days, nor do I use a new towel every day. This is above my normal daily service to myself :) 4.The beach is amazing! The sand is a very fine sand/silt and no rocks in sight. 5. You can go next door and check out that hotel. We had friends at that hotel and we went back and forth between the hotels.6. Music is always great.Now, the Cons:1. There is no bike rental. (It doesn't really matter, because there is no place to really go.)2. The bathrooms in the lobby don't work well - no flushing. There are usually a couple of ladies who are there to throw water in to flush. This isn't the worst thing in the world to me, but some folks may not like it.3. It was impossible for us to find a scooter or a car rental. This may be because we went over Christmas/New Year.4. You have to walk about 10 minutes to get to the gym.If you are looking for down time on a beach, this is the place for you! If you are looking to explore, this is not the place for you. We enjoyed our beach vacation, but we are more of explorers.
Hello reader Let me start be saying , if you have not been to cuba before then this review might not be for you it’s a 4 out of 5 for cuba and a 2.5 or les internationally world let me start with the negative , only because the place was great and I want to end on a high note so water in rooms was week pressure most days and on two days was not even availablethe grounds were devastated by the storm from a few weeks month back but they were working relay hard at getting them back the hotel is kind of isolated so no real market close by the closest was $90 CUC away or 45 Min There are two close tourist markets , there was no spa on location , but there were two at each one of these , not that I look for that on trips , but I was looking forward to a massage this trip and got one.So here is how trip went down , Traveled with sunwing Fast forward to landing , meet by bus and tour guide very funny guy. I don’t want to sound negative but have to mention this I find it very funny that our guide who has never been outside cuba and maybe ,never outside this area when ever he showed us anything a church or beach or anything he was existed about would follow it with a comment like “ the best in the world “ as if he had personal experience to compare too. Bus ride was great you travel 2 hours , lots of beer 2 for $5 Canadian, there was no real party people on bus but we still managed to finish all the beer on bus , the trip goes through one or two towns , one stop at a suger Cain factory with some beautiful old trains , Bathroom stop and fist money grab , then next part of trip is over a Highway over the Atlantic ocean. Make a few stops at a few hotels drop off people and we get dropped off. From the outside I must say the starfish was 4th on list of quality hotels , just from outside I must say Buenavista, Cayo Santa Maria, iberostar cuba santa clara , Grand memories, then us. Again that is from outside.Chck in was great , we got there at 1pm chk in was not till 4 but we got our rooms right away. There is a safe in room , again like all hotel room safes there is that carpet inside so before you leave make sure nothing slipped underneath You get a bottle of water daily , nice fridge , kind of noisy , AC , selling fan , room power runs on access key or you can put any card in there TV English and Spanish , channels for children , Of course no internet in room only in lobby area , @ $1 an hour and is very spotty dependent on how many people are on it Bed was comfortable.Pool there was one pool Broken up into 3 areas , pool bar side , quite side , and activities side. Bridge goes over it from all 3 sidesPool bar staff very friendly and very hardworking. It is an all inclusive but $1 tip is so appraised , not expected , but gets you double the smiles and the service.7 days 3 meals 4 bars $7 a day $49 one week tips is les than you would pay n fast food for 3 people one meal , and it’s the equivalent of 2 month salary to some people in cuba Mind you I have been going to cuba for 20 years now , and it has made a drastic jump in the last 5 years. $49 was my meals and tips for a full week before the CUC There is a brige to the beach looks like its newly built after the storm The beach does have signs of damage but looks amazing and has been restored, I would give the sand on this beach a 8 /10 and the beach 7 /10 world rating , and for north and central America standers 9 and a 8 Lots to do for free on beach and miles to walk To the east there is the larger tourist market , you can get some “ realer “ quality drinks and food , entertainment , a tower over looking the area , the spa , and souvenirs. The price on souvenirs is reasonable my be $1 or $2 more than the lowest your going to get within 100 km . Don’t expect much , they don’t have much offer . leathers , sun dresses , wood carvings . I personally picked up hand made domino box and magic sealed boxes , have a trick to open them Food at resort was not bad , they had everything or something for everyone. They do run out of things by Thursday , but still lots of everything. The al cart is same restaurant on a 3 day rotation. The setting is great , but the food had nothing on the Buffa. Not bu much , but the drinks for some reason seem to be made of better lacquer at the al cart The entertainment was a good comenation of pool staff , shows , music and all round very attentive and very sociable group. a\unfortunately for our group we had bad weather 5 out of 7 days but it was still a great trip considering. We had book diving 2 times a day for 6 days and only ended up going twice price starts at $65 a dive and by time you get to 11 dives its $22 , you can combile dives with your partners , so if you are to do 5 6 dives each you can pay for 12 @ 22 , the price is crazy equipment is not old , but not as new as other locations in cuba . dive sites are not as some other posts may say . there is only coral feaf dives , , NO night , NO cave and no Wreck. A ahnd full of dive sites from 5m to 40 m . however most of time you have newbies with you so you will end up at 16 m dives max So 11 dives would be over kill for this location Kit surfacing is available great price $85 for one week lesson + kit rental Cab from hotel to Trinidad was $200 for 4 people , and hotel to Caibarién $90 for 4 people , from hotel , you can get $60 from outside some names to mention Hector , gorge , Yareli , Jenny , Pedro , at dive shop Rambo , highlight of trip was chilling in lobby , having my Spanish coffee ( because it was cold weather ) and socialising with people of the world while being entertained by music or just people watching one last note the travel lady I don’t have her name , but she was at the Gavito desk at the main entrance at the starfish hotel , hats off to her she went over and above. Something which is not common to this region of the world , she was a hustler , she followed up and made sure what ever she was involved in was a success , from calling in on her day off to make sure that our cab tour guide showed up , to makes usre that we got our money back from the dive shop when there was no divesWe had paid in advance for 4 dives and only went for two , the dive master did assure us that we would bet our money back , and on the last day , with no hassle, there was an envelope delivered by hand with balance in cash Over all trip was great ,
This report is great. We love the coffee bar. We went there every after a meal. The iced coffee is perfect caffeine drink to beat the heat. Food was good. Rooms were okay. The resort itself was really nice. There’s a market place walking distance to the resort. It’s great for buying artwork and trinkets. There’s a cart that goes around at night with rum and cigar that you can buy to take home. Prices for rum and cigars were great. The honey we bought from the market place was really good honey.
Second time here. You may come for the spectacular beach and the amazing drinks but you will remember the beautiful extremely hard working staff that all seem to have truly kind souls. Truly had a wonderful special time and will continue to come back. Thank you to the whole starfish team!
I would have to say the best things about this resort are the staff and the beautiful beach. My Fiancé and I returned for the second year in a row because we made so many friends here. The twins, Yuilet and Yulianny, bartenders, Javier and Allien and front desk staff Lesyani are all reasons why we returned this year and will be sure to return again. The beach is the best I've ever seen! The resort is amazing. We were concerned about the damage from Irma, but were amazed at how the Cuban people have worked day and night to repair all the damage. The rooms are ok, if you want a view, ask to be on the third floor. All staff were always friendly and willing to help. My favorite place on earth!!!My favorite people ever!!Thank you Starfish Staff.
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- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- All drinks (Domestic beer & cocktails; select international brands)
- Drinks at disco
- 2 a la carte dinners per week (subject to change)
- Daily activities
- Water bikes
- Introductory scuba lesson
- Nightly entertainment
- 1368 rooms
- 3 Restaurants
- Beach grills
- 4 bars including Pool bar
- Coffee Shop
- 2 pools
- Business Centre
- Wi-Fi in lobby (fee)
- Select watersports (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- Fitness facilities nearby (fee)
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- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Full bathroom
- In room safe
- Iron & ironing board
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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.
Resort Location Map
Starfish Cayo Santa MariaCayo Santa Maria,Cuba
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Causeway to Cayo Santa Maria, 56200 Cuba
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