Starfish Cayo Santa Maria

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Our Opinion

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

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Debra D : Hamilton, Canada
Family and Friends Getaway

Our stay at the Starfish was very good, weather and of course the beach was amazing. The food was very good, service was great, grounds were kept very neat and tidy, rooms were cleaned well, over all we had a great time. On November 18th, my mother and myself will be returning to the Starfish for a week of relaxation.

  • p0tter4 : Cambridge, United Kingdom

This is a stunning place for a beach holiday. Our TUI rep Jayde was amazing she did everything to help us English guests out. Extra gatherings and meals. After Issues with the pool, using the derelict side of the resort's pool wasn't ideal so the beach was great. The beach bar staff were amazing remembering our drinks and having a queuing system was fair too! But the lobby bar staff were awful rude and very anti British. I stood at the bar for ages they would serve everyone till I shouted at him hello I am here!! If your looking for a peaceful picturesque beach holiday then this is a good place

  • OysterBoys : Toronto
Nice Resort

The grounds are well groomed. Facilities are well maintained and clean compare to others. It's a good size, not too big and not too small. I think its just right.There is an identical half to this resort but it's closed.Staff I think were excellent - Very friendly and helpful specially the beach staff in charge of entertainment.The beach is beautiful fine white sand. Although, during our stay the water was often wavy because of hurricanes approaching.Stage entertainment was somewhat lacking as some nights had no stage shows. But they always had singers at the lobby bar.One big complaint I have is the a la carte restaurant. First of all there's only one, and the only one they have has little or no air conditioning. I was sweating inside and couldn't wait to just get out and go to the buffet next door.We requested to have birthday arrangement in the a la carte. Unlike other resorts, management did not bother to provide a birthday cake or some decoration. We were a big group ( 30 people) and we were seated separately. No cake, no decoration, no happy birthday wish from staff (who probably were not told by management there was a birthday). Although, there was a smaller group ( 5 people) who had a birthday cake and decoration - but not us.Very disappointing!!!!

  • Brian F :
Brian f

Arrived here from the cayos due to the hurricane .This hotel is badly needing a full refurbish .Rooms stink of damp and have there own bug zoo.Food was poor at the buffet and was not covered flies everywhere.The hotel staff excluding the people on reception were very helpfull .If your going to Varadero stay at one off the better hotels Avoid this 1 .

  • Ian B :
Great hotel and brilliant staff

Stayed at the starfish at the end of Aug until the 5th Sep on two weeks vacation Must say that I was concerned about some of the reviews but these where unfounded as I found the hotel and staff to be more than up to the task of making this a pleasant and relaxing experience.The bar and restaurant staff where polite and helpful with any request made of them Evan if the items or services where not available. Reception staff always helped with service or housekeeping needs.Hotel grounds are well maintained and the staff attempt to keep the pool area and bars clear of empty cups ( plastic by the pool ) cleared most of the time but on weekends when the Cuban locals made up a large number of guests this was a difficult task to say the least.The general manager Raul is always around and is a very approachable and intelligent person who will answer any question you have about the resort in a honest and frank fashion, I also recommend that you do the rum tasting event that he runs on a SaturdaysAs it is extremely informative and gives you a good insight into the different types of rum in Cuba. On the minus side the rooms in the half of the hotel are dated and in need of upgrading and the mini bar ( fridge) in the room is only stocked with one bottle of water a day and not the stocked mini bar as claimed by Thompson in there advertising.So to sum up go hear with a open mind and make your own decision about the starfish.Ps didn't see one cockroach during the hole two weeks.

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • 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
  • Kayaking
  • Water bikes
  • Introductory scuba lesson
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 1368 rooms 
  • 3 Restaurants 
  • Beach grills
  • 4 bars including Pool bar
  • Coffee Shop
  • Disco
  • 2 pools
  • Whirlpool
  • Business Centre
  • Wi-Fi in lobby (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.