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Melia Peninsula Varadero

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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
  • wnn670 : Manchester, United Kingdom
Remember it's Cuba not mexico

Not a 5 star but it's Cuba not Mexico. Good standard 4 star in my opinion. Minbar not always refilled, mint not available for 5 out of 14 days, staff say it's issues with deliveries etc. This was prior to Castro death and Americans being allowed so I'd expect them to sort all the issues out eventually.Hotel and rooms clean and very nice, swim up pool bar great. Lunch at the beach, BBQ and paella the best.

  • Doreen-Ann L : Calgary
Clean hotel

This hotel is very clean. We were a family of 4. We enjoyed the beach. They have toys for the water like paddle boats and more. Pool table, tennis, gym Doctors office We had asked away from the pool and closer the beach. We got closer to the pool and further from the beach. We had 2 rooms on the 3rd floor. When we got there it was hot 29 degrees. If you are like me with Asthma you may want 2nd floor. As when it is humid it is hard on those stairs. The buffet not that great but hey its cuba you come for weather and beach. The staff are very nice. The fridge got filled with water everyday but not the pop.The toilet seat broke we didn't complain and the girl didn't say anything I am assuming they were going to fix it after we left. We tipped her well. We tipped everyone well. Always good service. The Cuban restaurant had good food. The Bistro was ok. The Japanese was just ok. I felt bad for our chef as he slipped fell and burned himself. I have to say the entertainment was very good. Every night it was different shows weather pool or theatre same staff they work very hard, Multilingual host great. It was nice to hear French, English and Spanish. The WIFI sucks. If you need to check an important email related to your trip you will never see it. Don't waste your money to buy the cards for the WIFI it will take about 45 min to get in you will have it for about 30 sec and then everyone wants to get in on their phone wifi and you lose the connection. Even had problem with the hotel computer. We had to pay a cab to another hotel near Varadero town because their WIFI in the lobby works and comeback for 20 Cucs. I am not sure that I would stay here again because I did find it far from the town. I don't have great expectations. This is our 2nd time in Cuba. You come with an open mind and you have a great time and meet wonderful Cuban people. we did some great snorkelling and did a day to Havana with Fernando tour.

  • kimberleywalker : swastika, ontario

Okay. On my way home at the moment. Let's start with the wonderful reception we had on arrival. Our room was ready at check in even though it was 3 hours prior to the check in time. We were greeted by Jeorge. He was so helpful, made sure we had a main floor room by the pool as requested. The al la carte meal voucher were waiting in an envelope as I had e-mailed back and forth with reservations, who were very helpful. The room was spotless, and very nice. We were close to a snackbar, (have to compliment YoYo, Surgio, Paula and Beatriz who were wonderful! )that was open all night with food and both alcohol and not alcohol drinks! The beach was just a 2 minute walk away. It was beautiful. Warm sand and easy to get to the water. Plenty of loungers and shade. Our room was looked after by Clarabel who was so sweet and thoughtful. Made us towel animals every day that made my mom so happy. The service everywhere on the resort was top notch. The only problem we had was when we asked for a new iron at the maintenance, she must have been having a bad day. Had the iron next morning. We came prepared with bath towels but had them in our room before the end of the first day along with the rum as we're were Elegance Club with Transat! The Entertainment staff was fantastic! Best was Davies! Beach BBQ was very nice. Lots of fun on Cuba Wednesday! Staff was very helpful with the one trip we made to Veredaro! Very simple and worth it! The al la Cartes: Japanese was spectacular, food and experience was wonderful. Cuban was good. Service great food better than average. French was not great. The atmosphere was very nice service great food so so. Chicken over cooked and the shrimp was not cleaned properly (which was a reoccurring problem throughout) Italian I would avoid, although the service was again great the food was not. Pasta over cooked and meat was tough. Buffet was typical of everywhere. Lots of variety. But it was the same every meal. Only sea-salt available and the shakers were often clogged. NOT a big deal. Worth every penny would go back on a heart beat as a matter of fact I will be back. The grounds and common areas were clean and cared for. Keep in mind this hotel is older so you need to remember it is not the Royal York! They are repairing and upgrading all the time. The "little things" do not detract from the experience.

  • 145hugo07 : Shannon
Great time again at the Peninsula

Third time at the Melia Peninsula. Surely a good 4 star hotel. We've been satisfied again with the resort and all the services. Staff was great too. One of the best food in Cuba for sure. Constant and good food quality. A lot of the critics on this forum are unjustified and mostly brought by travellers expecting far too much from Cuba in general.

  • mievaan : Finland
All not inclusive

Food and drinks below average. You don't get towels to your room. Minibar is refilled occasionally. Tourist info in a lobby is a joke. Rooms are average. Save your money to Havana.Beach is clean and sand is white.

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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.