This site requires JavaScript. I will only be visible if you have it.

Sol Rio de Luna y Mares

Resort Map
  • Overview
  • Reviews
  • What's Included
  • All Inclusive Features
  • Facilities
  • Accommodations
  • Kids
  • Weddings
  • Bonus
This resort complex is made up two sister hotels offering the use of both their facilities for double the enjoyment! It is perfect for beach lovers of all ages, set on one of the most beautiful beach areas of Playa Esmeralda. Try your luck on the driving range, take a pottery lesson, explore the area on an eco-tour of the superb gardens and outstanding natural environment of Bahia Naranjo National Park, play a round of mini-golf, take a dip in the large free-form pools or, at dinner time, try one of the two restaurants on the beach.
Location: Beachfront, 5 min from Guardalavaca, 53 min to Holguin, 60 min from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • AlenkaWar : Bournemouth, United Kingdom
The best place ever

It was our second visit in Luna y Mares and again, it was above our expectations. To start with-the renovated lobby in Mares side is beautiful. Last year we spent hardly any time there, this year, every day after being on the beach we went there to have a drink and just to enjoy the nice atmosphere of the place. We asked for a room at Luna. We were in block 8, with wonderful sea and garden view. Our housekeeper did a great job, kept our room exceptionally clean and we looked forward to her towel art every day. Again, we were very happy with the food, I loved the choice in the main bistro, even as a vegetarian, I was always spoilt for choice. Also, all A la carte restaurants were great, again I have to mention the french one, the service there is the best, I never received a better service than there. Also, we felt like the quality of food in the Italian one, really improved, last year it was our least favorite, this year, it was one of the best. I feel like I have to mention all the hard working staff-gardeners, the always smiling security guys, lifeguards on the beach, cleaners etc etc etc...they all make the place looking so nice and tidy. We received a complimentary bottle of rum for returning guests, which was a nice surprise and also got an invitation for the lobster dinner by Luna pool, which we unfortunately missed, due a late arrival from Santiago. But the setting looked wonderful.The first week there was no entertainment due to national mourning, but it didn't really matter that much, we enjoyed some of it the second week, our most favorite was the Retro Night with the live band, I would recommend doing more of them like this, with everybody dancing and having fun :) I could go on and on and on about this wonderful place. Please ignore the bad reviews, go there and see for yourself. We were not able to find a single negative thing. And I am already looking forward to our next holiday in Luna y Mares.

  • askettgb : Ottawa, Canada
A home away from home

We will be back for our 12th time in a few weeks after having spent a week here last November. Not much to say different than many others have said before. The beach is the best and no one is bugging you to buy something if you want to buy some local craft. As well, you can have a sit down lunch on the beach which is special never mind all the natural shade! In terms of staff, they are just great - always a smile and always say, Hola! In fact, the staff is the hotel's greatest asset. How the staff know you when you show up considering all the thousands of people they see during a year is hard to understand. As some have mentioned, the rooms are a bit dated but they are clean and things work. I also noticed that besides the hotel lobby, they are now refurbishing a number of rooms so that is a great plus. The fact is that this hotel listens to any suggestions and they address them. I have seen visit after visit where you see the changes and improvements which were recommended. They are always trying to improve. While you are there, if something is not right they will fix it. The bottom is line is they are doing something right since this is our 12th time. The hotel is full of many repeat customers. If you go enough you get to recognize each other as repeat customers if you go at the same time each year. And one fact that is interesting, is that the repeat customers are young couples, middle aged and seniors. And one last comment, we have been to 3 other locations and hotels in Cuba including 4+* and 5* hotels but, we keep coming back. We like it better here when you look at the whole package!

  • barry d : Toronto, Canada
best cuban 4 star yet

the electrics in the room needed some work, but everything else was very good.bathroom had soaps,tissues and plenty of towels-though no face cloth,so just bring one of your own. staff worked very hard while being warm and kind.unlike last year's veradero iberistar package,our ocean view in block5 2nd floor was worth the $, though we were awakened by drunk guests outside hollering to each other during the middle of many of our least in this resort there wasn't an iberostar staff beach party until 3 am right in front of trees blocking our "ocean view" -on our first night in VAR .buffet food was far better than at any varadero 4 star we've been to in that we didn't get sick this time. this was the first cuban trip where i didn't lose serious weight.certain alacarte dishes ranged from very high end to inedible, however the staff gratiously took away the poor entrees and replaced them with better choices.there was a good lobster dinner alacarte indoors as well, except it came far later than most working canadians are used to eating .they had a great mexican style singing group in there with guitars but who were apparently accustomed to harmonizing outdoors or in large stadiums without PA systems.the beach:very beautiful and with nicely spaced palm trees. the fine sand was comparable to veraderos, but thankfully here, guests weren't haranged by staff members exhorting guests to participate in obnoxiously loud exercise activities.the beach bar ran out of exotic drinks on our last swim,but there were plenty of recliner chairs for the asking.because the weather turned very windy/cloudy through the week i didn't snorkle out far enough to enjoy the coral reef scenes i've heard about, but i hope to do so next visit.west jet was great-superior to my two previous sunwing luggage damaging trips though all the carriers have now curtailed free checked bags and inflight meals for economy fares. a little inflight booze really takes the edge off after the airport (YYZ) drudgery.given the CAD devaluations, I will not waste any money returning to any varadero resort, nor haul a checked bag on sunwing.ain't worth it.maybe cayo largo/transat to try something different next year or it's back to ymares in better weather.

  • sylviac33 : chambly
Another nice vacations to the Sol Luna Mares-Cuba-Holguin-Guardalavaca-December 9 to December 16th, 2016

Hi,It was my 9th times at this hotel, wow I did have a very nice vacations. Also there are done some renovations to the lobby at the Mares and some rooms. It is very pretty. I love it. A very nice change. Thank you to all the staff for my nice vacations. Also, when I arrive, the staff at the reception were nice and very fast to get my room. Thanks also to Jesus (who brought my suitcase) for the excellent service. This is my favourite place in Holguin and I recommend highly for a lot of reasons but mainly for the kindness of the staff and the hotel has a lot of activities, very nice meal and the hotel is well located. The view is gorgeous (mountain and sea). Also a big thank you at the staff at the nautical center, I love catamaran and what a night rides, I had.I swam with dolphins, it was great. I did the excursion to Santiago, it was nice too. I could write more about the Sol Luna Mares but I suggest to try it. It is worth it. It was myn 29 times in Cuba and this place, is one of the kind. I will go back next June for two weeks and I can't wait.

  • buttermilkkid : Belfast, United Kingdom
Great Hotel

I have stayed at this hotel 4 times and plan to stay again this year.The staff are excellent very friendly and always happy to help.The food is very good and there are a number of a lacart restaurants you can visit.The entertainment is first class with something different each night.There are plenty of activities through the day for you to engage in.There is not much to see out side the hotel,but the holiday reps have got loads of places for you to book and visit from swimming with dolphins visiting a cigar factory and much more.

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

  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks 24 hours
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • Unlimited House Wine with meals, Domestic beer and International brand drinks, 24 hours
  • Sailing
  • Catamarans
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • 1 Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool/person/week
  • Daytime tennis
  • Use of mountain bikes
  • Mini-golf
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Archery
  • Board games
  • Ping-pong
  • Darts
  • Pool table
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Aerobics
  • Horseback riding (1 hour per day, subject to availability)
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Free admission to the Disco, drinks included
All the facilities, restaurants & bars are shared between Sol Luna de Mares and Sol Rio de Luna, located next to each other.
  • 464 rooms in several 3 & 4-storey buildings with elevators
  • 2 buffet restaurants
  • 4 a la carte restaurants: Mexican, Italian, Creole and Mediterranean, dress code & reservations required
  • 2 snack bars
  • 24 hour Lobby bar
  • 7 bars including Beach bar, Pool bar, Piano bar
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Beach towel & chair services
  • 2 tennis courts on-site (not lit)
  • Meeting facilities (fee)
  • Shopping on-site
  • Scuba diving on-site (fee)
  • Sauna
  • Exercise room
  • A range of non-motorized watersports available
  • Beauty salon
  • Massage services (fee)
  • Car and moped rental
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Medical services (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 1 queen or 2 single beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Mini-bar
  • Full bathroom 220V (converter & adapter required)
  • Max occupancy 3 persons
  • Same as Hotel Rooms but with 1 king size bed
  • Living room
Kids Deal -First child 3-12 years stays and eats free. Date restrictions apply.

For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' club, Playground and Wading pool. Babysitting service subject to availability. (fee)
Exclusive to Air Transat Holidays - Guests will be accommodated exclusively in the resort's Luna section and will receive unique added privileges. These include a private dinner on the beach, 2 a la carte dinners per week guaranteed, a complimentary horseback riding excursion, a small bottle of rum and coffee pack, beach towels in the room, a special check-in area, the manager's cocktail once per week and a welcome letter by Sol Melia and Air Transat Holidays.

Honeymoon Bonus - Includes: Guaranteed Private Check-in, Guaranteed Private check out, Room Upgrade Guaranteed, Flowers in the room upon arrival, Fruit basket and bottle of Cava in the room upon arrival, Housekeeping service after 11:00 A.M and before 15:00, Turn-down service in room, Amenities put in room daily, Welcome cocktail, Honeymooners romantic dinner ( for 2 people) and Honeymooners breakfast in bed day after arrival. Reserve at time of booking. Marriage certificate required upon check-in. Valid up to 6 months after wedding. Minimum of 6 nights stay.

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.

Resort Location Map

  • Sol Rio de Luna y Mares

  • Hotel Contacts
  • Extra Info
  • Disclaimer
Sol Rio de Luna y Mares
Ctra. de Guardalavaca Playa Esmeralda, Guardalavaca 84170 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.