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A great resort in Varadero for families with children. There is a kid's club and baby club available for families with children. The staff really go out of their way to ensure that kids are well entertained here. There is also a nightly 'mini-disco' that kids can partake in, which adds a nice touch to the resort. Great pool area both for adults and kids. Good entertainment that are well-suited for families. There are OK buffet items to choose from. The a la cartes however, offer a lot more than the buffet restaurants (make sure to check out the Japanese Style restaurant)! Leave your electronic devices at home, as the Wi-Fi is a little spotty in many areas of the resort, which doesn't make for great value if you're looking to use the internet while on vacation.

This spectacular resort, set in Varadero's beautiful Punta Hicacos National Park, boasts charming and spacious plantation-style villas surrounded by lush vegetation. Unwind on one of the most exotic white-sand beaches and take full advantage of this superior hotel's many services and facilities. Children will be enchanted with the kids' corner, which includes an animated pool area and park as well as an entertainment centre. The Turkish steam bath and sauna will certainly provide adults with endless moments of relaxation. For a memorable vacation, come and experience the warm ambiance and superb service of the Melia Peninsula Varadero.

Location: On the beach, adjacent to the Paradisus Varadero, 5 minutes to downtown Varadero and 30 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Isela B : Pomona, California
Don't be fulled....definitely not a 5 Star hotel

Keeping in mind we paid for an "upgraded" room...can only imagine what the "standard" rooms are like. For starters the bed sheets and room smelled like mildew. The door locking mechanism did not function which allowed the room to not be locked upon leaving. Only after complaining, a service technician was sent to view/correct the problem. The next day, when the room was cleaned, the dirty towels were removed, however not replaced with clean ones. Only left the 1/2 used roll of toilet paper that was already there. Did not leave a spare roll. The shower did not drain properly which caused it to leak out and wet the floor all the way to the bedside. The refreshments in the mini fridge are included at no additional cost of which we consumed and were to be replenished when the room was cleaned...well that did not happen. Only after calling the front desk were the clean towels provided and the refreshments filled back up. The lighting over the bathroom mirror burnt out and was not replaced despite advising the front desk. Aside from the the 4 dinner restaurants, only available by a limited number of reservations and the snack bar, the only dining option is the Buffet. Food selection is basically exactly the same everyday with little variance. The night club did not have the air conditioning on and the doors where closed which only intensified the temperature in the area. When asked if the AC was working or available, the staff was very rude. In addition, the DJ was no where to be found...playing videos as the music selection. Aside from a selected handful, the staff was rude and arrogant. Not very friendly at all. No where near being a 5 Star hotel....I'd give it 2 stars!!

  • corker20 : Cork, Ireland
Honeymoon Stay

What a week we just spent here. We were placed in a room that was next to the pool and 1 minute walk on to the beach. The rooms were really large with all you need, although we didnt spend much time in it. Handly enough the only english speaking channel available at the time was the weather channel, and as hurricane Matthew was knocking around we were able to track it all the way past us. The restaurants were all lovely, the Las Laguans was only open one day before it closed for renovations which was badly needed as that area looked very tired. The buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner gave you loads of options so you were able to have something different each time. We only got to try two of the al a carte restaurants ( Cuban and Japanese), with the Japanese one being very entertaining and lovely food in there. Special mention to Berto, for the entertainment and also for remembering us the following night at the buffet. Only issue i had with the food was the knives which couldnt cut butter, this meant that a few nights I had to leave a lot of meat on my plate as I couldnt cut it up. The staff at the snack bar, were some of the best I have found, no issues with the food here and also the constant supply of drink from them at all hours passed so much time for us. I was surpirised to find out for the first few nights the resort had no mint there fore no mojiotos , wasnt the end of the world. The plaza las ameicas is about 30 mins by bus back towards varadero town if you need any supplies, we also found close to the end of the trip there was a small commercial centre at the marina which was about a 15 minutes walk further out the peninsula. Overall great spot to relax and unwind, especailly when wifi is only available in the lobby which meant we were totally able to switch off. Thank you to all the staff.

  • tey592015 : L'Orignal, Canada
Great Stay at Melia for a Girls' Getaway

This is my 2nd trip to Varadero but my 1st time at this resort. I loved the layout of this resort. It was easy to find my way around. The staff were totally amazing, always serving you with a smile. Usually Cuba is not a place known for a great variety of food but there was no shortage here. Really loved the Cuban & Japanese restaurants. It's best to reserve early cause they book up fast. The buffet had a wide assortment as well, the tall chef who cooked the omelets were the best. Loved the wine...usually I don't like the wine served at all-inclusives. I would also like to say that we had to use the emergency serves with my sister-in-law and they were just fantastic. We will definitely be back.

  • Travel_mama2boys : Burlington, Ontario, Canada
First time in Cuba

Had a great time with my family and our friends. Stayed OCt 2-9.. weather was fantastic! My favourite spot was the beach, the kids favourite part was the main pool! No major complaints, the food was not super great although we did not starve! Always found something to eat, morning omelletes were really good! Lunch we had french fries at the snack bar by the pool.. Dinner at Sakura was by far the best meal. Shrimp was amazing and the fish really great with veggies and rice. and the dessert was soooo gooood!!! All the staff we met were friendly. THey love Canada and Blue jays . Our room was alright nothing fancy but no complains we weren't in the room that much. I can't compare to other beaches in Cuba since this was our first time - but the beach we had for us was amazing!

  • Vikki_VM : Toronto, Canada
Great vacation

This was our first trip to Cuba. Travelled with 2 kids and we had a great time!The beach and the ocean absolutely amazing. We went out on the paddle boats and catamaran , the views absolutely stunning!Our room was OK! the shower did leak as many have mentioned however we showered in the morning, by the time we came back from breakfast our room was cleaned and the bathroom was cleaned so it really did not bother us at all. we were in building 16 which was perfect location close to everything! the resort itself is laid out very nicely, easy to find your way around.The pool was awesome, music, games, aqua gym. there is a schedule of activities although they didn't always follow it and we didn't have a foam party! so that was a bummer. The pool did go a little green towards the end of our stay.. again... we weren't really bothered by it!Buffet - not going to lie, it was not the greatest! but we always found something to eat we did not starve!A la carte restaurants - Japanese - amazing! food was realllly good! we also did Italian and Cuban - food was really good at both. Japanese and Italian we had the same servers and they were super nice and took really good care of us. Cuban the service was not as nice, but still decent.Front desk - Jorge i believe was his name..super nice guy, Check in and out was fast, he was very pleasant! Snack bar by the pool - best service ever! Beatriz and Yoyo - fantastic people! and Goody at the swim up bar. You guys made our pool time amazing!!! In the lobby there were two amazing ladies who were so nice, with big smiles and nice conversations and always ready with our drinks - it was a pleasure!! Overall, we had an awesome time! We really want to come back to Cuba again.. would like to stay a little closer to Havana so we can do the Havana tour.The weather was also perfect! we got very lucky as we did not get affected by Hurricane Mathew.

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).

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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
  • A la carte restaurants w/reservations
  • Snacks
  • Wine with meals
  • Unlimited Local and International drinks
  • Free admission to the Disco (drinks included)
  • Lounge chairs and towels (pool/beach)
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Hobie Cat sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Pedal boats
  • Volleyball
  • Waterpolo
  • Pool table
  • Darts
  • Board games
  • Ping-pong
  • Aerobics
  • Daily activities
  • Nighty entertainment
  • Banana boats and Waterskiing subject to availability (up to 3 times/adult/week, reservations required)
  • 466 renovated rooms in one main 4-storey building with elevators
  • Restaurants including a la carte restaurants: Chinese, Italian and Grill (dress code & reservations required)
  • Snack bars
  • Bars including swim-up bar
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Lounge chairs and towels (pool/beach)
  • Selected watersports
  • Massages (fee)
  • Beauty salon
  • Boutiques
  • Mini-market
  • Car & motorcycle rental (fee)
  • Golf course nearby (fee)
  • Scuba diving (fee)
  • Disco

Junior Suites include:

  • 1 king or 2 single beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer 220V (adaptor required)
  • Mini-fridge
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Balcony or terrace

Kids Deals - Available, please inquire for details.

For the Kids - Baby club for children up to 4 years & Kids' club for children 5 to 12 years. Kid's can also enjoy the Wading pools, Playground and Babysitting upon availability (fee).

Honeymooners - Receive a room upgrade and late check-out, (based on availability at check-in) flowers in room on arrival, welcome cocktail, romantic dinner for 2, one breakfast in room morning after arrival. Request at time of booking, requires proof of marriage certificate at time of check-in.

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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Melia Peninsula Varadero
Parque Natural de Punta Hicacos Matanzas, 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.