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A pleasant stay within the Varadero strip. Most of the resorts in Cuba are not very notable for their food. Unfortunately, it rings true for this resort, as there are limited choices with regards to food options, even at the buffet. However, if you're looking for a place that is situated near a beautiful beach with plenty of outdoor day excursion, this is the resort to visit. There are plenty of activities offered both within and outside of the resort grounds that would keep any traveler occupied. OK nightly entertainment. This is a resort that is suited for older travelers and couples, who are looking for a quiet place to relax in Varadero.
This 268-room property is set on the beach amongst tropically landscaped gardens. The friendly staff and tastefully decorated rooms will ensure that your stay is a relaxing one.

Location: On the beach, 20 minutes drive from downtown Varadero, 35 minutes from the airport, and 10 minutes from Las Americas Shopping Centre.

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  • Cindi S : Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Great spot that will be even better after 2017 renovations!

Our room at Turquesa was on the main "boulevard" (the walkway between the lobby and pool/restaurants) on the 2nd floor (#436), so it was noisy, especially in the morning when the housekeeping and gardening staff started their rounds at 7:00 am. The hotel, however, is lovely, consisting of a series of 2-storey bungalows, and the view from our room was wonderful - the grounds are well-planted and well-groomed. You wouldn't know that there were hotels on either side because of the hills and tall palms - it feels quite secluded. The room itself was adequate with very comfortable beds, and kept meticulously clean. The balcony is small, and the bathroom needs a serious upgrade (a bidet that doesn't work and a bathtub with a clearance that would make it difficult for many to step out of - both need to go in favour of a larger space and a shower). There is very little storage to speak of (a 3-drawer make-shift dresser), so we had to be creative with what we had, and most of our clothes remained in our suitcases. The pool is kept very clean, but missing some tiles on the pool floor, and the water features & fountains had been turned off for some reason. Since we were there during the Cuban "winter", we only swam in it twice.Internet is available for a fee (2 CUC per hour), but I went un-plugged for the week and it felt GREAT! Also, despite the 220 volt A/C, you can still plug in your phone charger (or flat-iron, etc.) without needing an adaptor.The main buffet restaurant is expansive, lovely and very clean with 2 outdoor patios if you prefer to sit outside (or you're a smoker). There is a large selection to choose from here, but anyone who's been to Cuba before knows that their culinary expectations must be lowered. Breakfast boasts freshly made eggs (scrambled, fried and omelettes) and the buffet has hard-boiled eggs and the best baked goods you'll ever taste. And the coffee is fantastic, imo. Don't plan on seeing bacon or even sausage (except for a fatty chorizo) during your visit. Bring your own peanut butter, hot sauce and/or steak sauce, if that's your thing. Lunch isn't memorable. Each night, different options were available for dinner (one night we had very palatable sushi!), but I strongly recommend trying the roast pork loin, which is sliced while you wait. Lots of sides including mashed potatoes, different vegetable selections and lots of cheeses (try the local quesos as well as the bleu cheese). Again, the fresh-baked bread selections are plentiful and delicious.The pool bar is small and seemingly understaffed. It was hard to get anyone's attention for a beverage on several occasions, and they often ran out of staples, like wine. The lobby bar is similar. There is no club soda in Cuba, so be prepared to drink your vodka with selzer water.The snack bar (Guantanamera) serves the best french fries, thick-cut with crispy edges, sort of like Harvey's. The burgers are good, but ask for yours well-done, since they seem to err on the side of raw. The chef's special (pork) sandwich on a roll was my fave. And the beer is cold, delicious, and served in a glass. No wine or alcohol served here. Enjoy the view of the chickens and their chicks (Canada gave them to Cuba), as well as a trained hawk or two.Skip all specialty dining. Just horrible. Don't bother standing in line for a reservation. Good thing we had a few drinks beforehand, because all we could do was giggle at our Mexican fiasco, and observe the looks on the faces of other disappointed patrons. The service and ambiance was the best part of that meal.Do NOT skip the ice cream. Cuba won first prize at the 1967 Montreal Expo for a reason.The staff at the hotel are, for the most part, friendly, helpful and professional, although it took 3 days for a technician to fix our TV. Mariedela (I know it's spelled incorrectly, but that's how it's pronounced) was our server at dinner every night by choice. Find her section (for us, it was on the patio), and she'll treat you like family.The shows at night are better than what I expected, although we only caught a couple, mostly due to getting in late from excursions and hitting the pillow early.The beach is stunning. The chairs are plentiful, and there are lots of palapas for shade if you need it. The staff on the beach are very friendly and helpful; ditto for the beach bar.With all of that said, Turquesa is undergoing a 6-month renovation beginning in May 2017. They are fully aware of the delinquencies in their resort and I suspect it will be a much better place the next time I visit, because I hope to come back sooner rather than later. It's the people that make Cuba so amazing, and the staff at this hotel didn't disappoint. For the most part, they take their jobs seriously, and treat their guests with respect.If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Enjoy your stay at Turquesa!

  • Ajutava D : Toronto, Canada
Exceeded our expectations

Be Live Turquesa is an older but a very clean resort. The people of the resort were always helpful and friendly. The food was better than we were expecting as people gave us warnings. The food was more Cuban style and you had to embrace it. Perhaps the Omelette lady Maria with a genuine smile or super efficient Osmel at La Piazza that made it better for us. The quality of the shows were excellent. The performers are classically trained. We went on a excursion to Havana and it was extraordinary. The Cabaret show in Tropicana - not to be missed.FYI - We had two bad experiences in Cuba (not related to the resort).1. The immigration going in was horrible. No one managed lines - we had 2 lines going into 1 wicket and 1 line going into 2 wickets etc. It took us over 2 1/2 hours to get through and then wait for rest of the resort goers for another 30 minutes....2. Currency exchange was awful. Banks had long lines. The worst was we could have bought a bottle of Rum for $8 US - ended up costing >$12 US per bottle at the airport. Cuban duty free cost more than if you buy things in regular stores in Havana.Overall, it was a great experience. Cuban folks were great. Beaches in Varadero were excellent. We also got great weather during Xmas week.

  • dzuccalawren : Guelph, Canada
Keep your Expectations low

After a lengthy trip arrived at Turquesa just before midnight. When asked for location of room, the Reception responded, "Check your map." Next day, I purchased a cover up from vendor on beach. Vendor asked if I would get her a hamburger and hot dog. I did. When I returned to beach and asked for a deal if I bought 2 cover ups she responded, "You get the food for free." Took a tour to Havana which I booked through Turquesa agent. Our tour guide was late and drunk! He rambled on about the glories of Cuba. Beach only reason to go to this resort.

  • Wade C :
Turquesa's Santa Maria

Splendiferous Resort! Not to be missed! The weather was awesome, the beach pristine and stretching on to forever! The buffet ranks among the very best culinary experiences anywhere to be had! The biggest treasure was the native Cuban staff who served us, especially in housekeeping and at the buffet! Chief among these was Maria the omelet queen! Clearly loving her work and those she serves, Maria put on a little animated show with every made to order omelet she lovingly flipped! Thank you Maria for going above and beyond in making our vacation one that we will always cherish! Amor Santa Maria!

  • ashley c : Grande Prairie, Canada
Awesome beach

Loved the beach, food was quite terrible, drinks were mediocre. Coffee in the morning was great. Room was bland with poor water pressure, room cleaning was basic. Beach bar always ran out of drinks, other 2 bars were fine. Wifi was spotty and only in lobby. Ala carte was good as was the snack bar. Pool was standard. Nightly entertainment was fun but very dated.

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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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (dress code in effect for dinner)
  • Snacks
  • Wine and beer with lunch and dinner
  • Domestic & International drinks 10am-midnight
  • Day and night tennis
  • Non-motorized watersports
  • Kayaking
  • Windsurfing
  • Pedal boats
  • Catamarans
  • Sunfish sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Table tennis
  • Billiards
  • Introductory scuba lesson in pool
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Pool
  • Lounge chairs and beach towels
  • Jacuzzi
  • Massage service (fee)
  • Mini-market
  • Boutique
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Children's mini-club

Hotel Rooms include:
  • Two 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-fridge (restocked every other day)
  • In-room safe
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer 220V (converters required)
  • Balcony or patio
  • Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children

Kids Deals - 2 children 12 years and under stay and eat free, pay only airfare and transfers. (limited availability)

For the Kids - For kids ages 4-12 enjoy supervised children's activities.

Honeymooners - Receive a bottle of rum & a fruit basket. Reserve at time of booking, requires proof of marriage.

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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Be Live Experience Turquesa
Las Morlas, Km.12,5 Reparto La Torre, Varadero 42200 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.