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
  • Paula L :

Myself and husband visited for a 2wk holiday and i have to say worse hotel we have ever been to. The 1st room we were in was damp , no lock in door, moved next day to block 13 over other end, block had just been decorated, well we were on 3rd floor had 3flights to go down with no lighting, fridge did not work, air con wasnt connected, wardrobe rail fell off wall, but tbe worse part was having a rat in room which they failed yo do anything about, so we have to block bathroom door to stop it comin in and then clean rat crap up next day. Food poor and cold, birds flying tbrough dining room, cockroaches in dining room, 98% entertainment in french. Shockin, we claimed compensation so bad

  • Laura P :
Family Vacation at the Melia Peninsula Varadero

My husband and myself and our two daughters ages 20 and 22 years stayed at this hotel from Nov 7-14th. We arrived at around 6pm and had a quick check in as only a few people got off the transfer bus from the airport. We had two rooms in building 21 next to each other which was perfect as it was half way to the pool and beach and a quick walk to the restaurants and main lobby. Although the rooms were dated and the TV's were old style everything worked fine. The maids only missed towels one day but a call to the front desk quickly resolved that problem. We really enjoyed the pool and the beach areas as we could always find a chair and shade if we needed it. The main buffet was not very good and the lineups were usually long but we did enjoy the al la carte's with the Japanese being our favorite. After dinner we usually went to the lobby bar where you could order some amazing specialty coffee's. The grounds were very nice however there were a lot of lights broken on the pathways (looked like they had been that way for awhile) that needed to be fixed as it made for a dark walk back to your room at night. There were also several fountains throughout the grounds that were empty and not working.We never did see any entertainment as every time we walked by the show it was either in French or Spanish. The only thing that really bothered me was that they cancelled our key cards before we even checked out and after spending the morning on the beach on our last day we couldn't get back into our rooms to change and check out. We finally found the maid from our building and she let us back in our rooms. I would give this hotel about a 3 star rating as it was clean and the staff were always smiling and very helpful.

  • Denis2755 : Gatineau, Canada

My wife and I were there from NOV. 12 to 19. It's our 3rd time in Cuba, 2 times in Varadero and once in Cayo Coco. First of all, this Melia used to be a Tryp hotel. The grounds are magnificient. Beautiful mature coconut trees, trimmed bushes and flower plants everywhere.The grounds are very well kept. Large sidewalks (not well lite at night though) Spa, outdoor auditorium (shows are OK) 2 big pools, 4 à la carte restaurants ( French restaurant is excellent, so is the Japanese... very entertaining), 2 buffets ( the main one and one near the beach to have lunch ). The beach is outstanding (it's Varadero).... always found loungers...warm sea and miles of beach to have morning walks. Most of the staff is helpfull . Now, there are many instances where your patience will be tested. Examples ? If you want a drink after dinner at the main lobby, prepare to wait a while..... they're understaff. It's better to have a seat and wait to be waited on rather than putting yourself in line at the bar. The barmen don't have a clue on who's next !! Your patience will be tested..... BIG TIME. Same thing at the main buffet. You stay in line for either chicken, fish or meat cooked on plates. The cooks take orders and then place the food on the plate..... (it's a very small plate), No cooked food on the warmer.... so, you're there, waiting !!!! Vegetables are cold and refilling wine by the staff is a joke......Don't expect to have toasts for breakfast. The toaster doesn't work.... You will have better service at the beach buffet for lunch (la Laguna) . The staff over there is SUPER..... The grilled chicken is soooo good...... and you won't wait long for a cerveza refillThey always greet you with a smile and recognize you and always ask about your stay so far...... GREAT WORK GIRLS... Another example of non-sense situations: NO courtesy rooms for showers at the end of your stay.... The lady at the front desk didn't give a damn about people scrambling to take a shower and change clothes before the home flight. She told us to stay in the lobby and wait our turn, I asked her: whose turn is it ??? she couldn't answer me... She didn't have a clue (we were 30 people leaving). We had to scramble and organize ourselves at the Spa... with NO towels...OH, BTW, checking in took more than an hour (11 o'clock at night).... 2 Air Transat buses and 2 women at the front desk !!! Just arrived and already, my patience got tested... Money exchange is confusing. You will pay $1.43 CAD for 1 CUC peso and then, if you want to get rid of your pesos at the airport, they will give you $1.23 CAD for 1 CUC !!! STRANGE !! hey, it's Cuba... and I won't talk about the airport adventure.... WOW.. your patience will really be tested.. We went to the Varadero village on a double deck bus (5 pesos/ all day)... worth it.... you will drive along the coast and go to different resorts to pick up people.... In the village, you will find shops, restaurants and bars.... and old American cars... Rooms are old but OK..... ( AC worked fine, always had hot water) and the maids are doing a great job. Don't forget to bring clothes and stuff you're not using anymore .... they are very appreciative... they don't have much... All in all, eventhough the setting is perfect, I will not recommend this resort.....sadly ... It's roughly a 3 star hotel

  • Dirlayne : Toronto, Canada
My first time in Cuba

Now I arrived at the hotel around 11pm or so... check in was fast but as you can see by my pics I had a very large surprise in my room:.. now I was not expecting to see a roach this size... the hotel accommodated me and gave me one of the newer rooms which was a bit calming for me. The hotel is beautiful, ground is breath taking... some of the staff are maxing and helpful. Over all it was a good experience for my first trip... it's a bit far from downtown but if you want a secluded vacation this hotel will do, just ask them to put you in areas 15,14,13 and you'll be fine... food is also great, full of flavour and variety... the restaurants are good too... aside from minor stuff like getting only 1 beach towel for my whole stay, or being told if I kept my towel till after my check in I would have to pay 15cuc my stay was relaxing... once I was in my upgraded room :)

  • CINDIUSA : Toronto, Canada
Family trip

Good resort,staff top notch, food pretty good,beach beautiful, pool nice, great swim up bar. The best cappacino made by Youosy pool bar do not miss Japanese resteraunt.I would definatly return, grounds well kept

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.

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