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Melia Peninsula Varadero

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Our Opinion

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.


Overview
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
  • Jean Luc C : Washington DC, District of Columbia
Very good stay!

We were arriving for 4 nights in the hotel. The hotel is very clean and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are very clean and the beds are very comfortable. , The a la carte restaurant Tocororo was good and the friendly staff.

  • abtahra : Ottawa, Canada
quiet resort with direct private access to the sea

A good place to rest. With spacious equipped rooms. Lot of green spaces and good service offered by polite and well trained staff. The room contains TV, Telephone, Mini Bar, Shower, washroom and a large balcony. All room are built in one story building.You can find lot of restaurant and bars spread across the resort around the clock. Entertainment and sport activities exist during the day and night.

  • ccala062 : Ottawa, Canada
Save yourself the money and DO NOT go to this resort

This was my second time going to Cuba and while the beaches did not disappoint, this resort sure did. There were many things that were not right about this resort and I would certainly not recommend going. There are many other beautiful resorts in Cuba but this is not one of them.Room: The rooms were ok. Maids did a great job of cleaning the sheets and tidying up the room each day. However... watch out for cockroaches! There were multiple nights I woke up and went to use the washroom in the middle of the night and found more than 1 cockroach roaming around the bathroom floor. We killed about 4 of them, and the others got away before we could catch them. No bed bugs thank god. Food: Since I have been to Cuba before I knew the food was not going to be amazing. This resort however had a major major problem with flies. They were literally everywhere. All over the food in the buffet, morning lunch and dinner. The fruit for drinks along with straws and the bar counters were also completely covered in flies which was a huge turn off. We managed to book dinners at the a la carte's which were amazing (I recommend the Italian and Japanese for sure). If you are going to go to the buffet expect to clear your own tables and get your own drinks because there is no clean tables when you walk in. Not sure if they were understaffed or just didn't care. Many times we had to ask for a fork and waited about 20 minutes before we were able to get one, and by then our food was cold. There is also only one buffet and the food selection was not great. Same stuff everyday, very bland. If I can suggest anything it is to bring your own ketchup from home, and hot sauce. This literally saved me. Staff: I was very disappointed with the staff at this resort. They were extremely rude and very unfriendly. Also none of the staff spoke any English which made it difficult to communicate our needs and concerns. We had staff members roll our eyes at us for ordering drinks and asking questions about the resort and drink options. NOT PROFESSIONAL. I was very generous in my tipping to the staff and was still treated horribly. The staff was enough to make me never want to come back. Resort: The layout of the resort was really nice. The beaches were gorgeous, and the pool was always kept very clean and at a good temperature. The only bad thing I can say about the appearance of the resort is the "Poo Lagoon" as we called it. Near the buffet and lobby they have what seems to be a lagoon or pond of some kind but it was dark brown in colour and muddy looking. It also smelt horrible and attracted a ton of flies and mosquitos. Overall I would give this resort a 2.5/5 and would strongly recommend not going if you want to enjoy your vacation. I have never been so excited to come back home to Canada after a vacation as I was after this trip.

  • Nancy N : Bridgewater, Canada
Our home away from home

We just returned from our fourth visit to Melia Peninsula Varadero and we are already talking about our return in the spring of 2018. This has become our home away from home. This year we stayed for two weeks instead of one and from now on, it will always be two weeks. After one week, you are just starting to relax and then it is time to go home. By next year, this resort will be a full 5 star resort. They are in the process of redoing all the rooms. The new rooms are lovely and the new bathrooms are spectacular. We saw such a big difference especially in the food from 2016 to 2017. Although it was always plentiful and delicious, this year it was even better. Of course, all the A La Carte restaurants are great but the Japanese Restaurant, in our opinion, is the best of all. When you make reservations for the Japanese Restaurant, make sure you ask for Jose. Tell him that Nancy and Curt say Hi. We have become very good friends - like “familia”. Also, Rosa in the Telephone Room is like a daughter to us. (She is married to Jose.) If you have any problems, go see Rosa. She will help you. The grounds are spectacular. The grounds keepers work tirelessly keeping the place looking beautiful. I have seen some complaints on here about the pathways being very dark. Not any more. They have been working on getting all the lighting rewired and now the pathways are lit and beautiful. Some of our favorite people besides Jose and Rosa are Isel (makes the most spectacular omelets for breakfast), Judith - a waitress at the buffet, YoYo at the pool bar, Maylebis - another waitress and she is always smiling.However, we want to thank all the staff at Melia Peninsula Varadero for making our vacation so enjoyable and relaxing and bending over backwards to make our visit so special.

  • Nikki L :
Confused by negative reviews.

I was terrified by all the negative reviews! But we were attending a wedding at this resort so didn't have much choice in where to stay. My family and I had a wonderful stay here! I cannot fathom all the negativity surrounding this resort. This was our fifth trip, second to Cuba and I found everything on par or above (except for the food, but that's Cuba).All the staff were very friendly and accommodating. There is two kiddie pools, two water slides, and a pirate ship playground. My kids were in heaven. The beach was beautiful and well maintained.The ONLY negative I have was the food wasn't that great. It wasn't terrible by any means, but if the buffet was a restaurant here at home I wouldn't frequent it again. But again I think that is just a Cuba thing.I would totally go back to this resort in a heartbeat! Feel free to message me with any questions as I am still shocked at the bad reviews!

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
  • 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
    Varadero,Cuba

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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.

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