Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa

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The Royalton Hicacos is a great resort for those who are looking for plenty of activities to do in Varadero. The food here is a bit better than what you'd get at any other resort in Varadero. There are plenty of fresh options to choose from, which is sometimes rare to experience in Cuba. As previously mentioned, this is a resort that has an infinite amount of excursions and activities available for guests. From catamaran cruises to safaris, there's never a shortage of things to do.

The 5 star 'adults-only' Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa offers the perfect escape to the sun for couples. Located within tropical Varadero, Cuba, this hotel offers guests a 'natural' vacation experience because of its convenient access to Cuba's best powdery white sands, lush tropical gardens and sparkling sapphire-blue waters. With fresh water swimming pools, wedding packages, specialty restaurants, European spa treatments, as well as land and water sports, this hotel puts the 'all' in all inclusive.
Location: Set on Varadero beach, 15 minutes from downtown Varadero, 30 minutes from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Susan O :
Trip to the sunshine mid winter 5* staff 4* hotel

Arrived at the Hicacos on 30 December our flight was a few hours delayed so staff were very good at not having us hang around and got us to our rooms with just a small tour. Our suitcases were taken directly there. The room was good enough very comfortable beds (we stayed in a twin). Excellent maid service beds made every day, new towels etc. The weather turned and the resort was cold but that didn’t stop the sand flies biting they were a nightmare and you couldn’t see them but felt them immediately. The buffet restaurant served good food but not what I would normally expect at 5* resort. I went for the freshly cooked every day I.e. eggs, fish, meat that was all excellent I love pork and they could do that very well. The chefs were lovely although one of the chefs who was generally cooking fish reminded me of Kiosk Keith from the ‘Outback Shack’ as he never smiled EVER. The chef who cooked the fresh omelettes and eggs and did the pancakes in the afternoon was delightful, always friendly, talkative and remembered everyone’s order. House wine red was delicious and the waiting staff were all so so nice excellent service. We tried every a la Carte restaurant and enjoyed all the Italian and Seafood restaurants were the best although I had lamb chops in the seafood restaurant. The Mexican is without wanting to upset the staff ‘rubbish’ the choice is poor and one dessert! The management should seriously reconsider this one, the offer is just not there. We were really happy with the buffet so a la carte didn’t make much difference to us. The lobby bar is where you get the WiFi and with 7 days of bad weather you get tho the point where you want to contact home, WiFi sporadic as so many using and connection not always great. I opt d for the spa and had an exfoliation and massage which I enjoyed. The service in the bar is excellent Carlos was extra special such a lovely guy in the afternoon and The evening staff were brilliant too, as other reviews have said, you didn’t have to wait around they were extremely attentive. Our butlers were lovely too. And when I was silly enough to leave my phone on the coach after two days away my butler Yanice and reception tracked it down for me. We had a great time at the Hicacos and when the sun came out it was the icing on the cake.

  • sunirak :
Anniversary in Cuba - loved Varadero

We spent celebrating our anniversary in vibrant beautiful Cuba. Our last leg of the trip was spent on the white sand beaches of varadero at the Royalton hicacos resort. Such a splendid resort with so much to offer- all inclusive with a selection of restaurants and bars. Mostly the beach there was probably the best I have been to- with amazing water activities and staff that are super friendly. Not to mention the mohitos at the beach bar pretty damn tasty especially since it was over 34 degrees every day. We had a hurricane approaching the area however that didn’t dull our stay as we made proper use of all the facilities. The staff also accommodated us on a snorkeling experience even though they were packing up and preparing for the hurricane. The snorkeling - a must do. Such amazing marine life. I would go back and spend more a week at This resort as I really had a blast.

  • almostretired9035 : Grey County, Canada
We Keep Returning to Royalton

My husband and I started going to this resort in 2011 when it was a Sandals. We liked it then - and we like it now as the Royalton! So much so, that this past December was our 16th time! We've made it a point of going every April and December.Why do we keep coming back? Yes, it's for the sun and the beautiful beach, but quite honestly, it's the wonderful people there. Since our second visit, we have been treated like family. There has been some changes in staff just like any other place of business, but we always look forward to seeing the faces of those we've known since our first visit to the resort. There are so many good things to say about the resort and the staff. What can we say that hasn't been said already.From the time we arrive at the lobby we are greeted by our old friends - the porters and the ladies at the front desk. Daymaris is a gem! As we start making our way to our room - we see some friends at the lobby bar, the pool bar, the ice cream parlour, the cafe, and the gardeners. We eventually make it to our room. We've stayed in various sections of the resort over the years but have found that we particularly like the second floor of Block 28 or 29. This past December we tried Block 31 for something different. The rooms are all very similar. They are spacious, comfortable and clean. A bit dated - sure - but we spend the bulk of our day at the beach. We've eaten at all the restaurants which are great, but our favourite is the Italian. We are quite happy to go to the buffet every night. Food is fresh and plentiful. Staff is great.Royalton is our "go-to" place.Everyone works hard to make our (and everyone else's) stay a pleasant one. Thank you to our friends, LeDuan, Betty, Daymaris, Lissette, Yani, Leoni, Lazero, Alex (Big), Alex (Little), Tania, Juleo, Michael, Daisnel, Anya, "the Gardeners", "houskeeping", and so many more .... we will see you in April!Luis .... keep up the good work!Alina & Paul

  • Annie L :
Voyage inoubliable

Just came back 2 days ago.Best resort ever. I Will be going back for sure. Everything was just Perfect. It was extremly clean. The food was great. The service superior and always smilling.The room just wow! The beach is clean and lost of chairs. The cocktails are délicieux. Try a mojito, dawqueries or Miami vice. Better than any Ive tasted. Theres a cigare lounge , a jazz bar, a night club and a 24h snack bar. And even a ice cream counter. If i could give more than a 5 stars i would. Its a really classy resort and the design is absolutly georgous. And its not To big. Rooms are to the left and the right and the rest in the middle. (Pool , bar, restaurant ect)And the paths to the beach are close( proche). Dont need to walk forever. Thank you Royalton Hicacos for this amazing week.

  • Milada W : Stenstorp, Sweden
Fantastisk hotell med så många vänliga människor.

Vi är återkommande gäster. Vi har varit här 3gr redan :)Wonderfull resort!!This was our 3:rd visit in Royalton Hicacos. Why? When You leave the transfer bus and go to the reception you are meeting friendliness and efficiency allways with welcoming drink. You leave Your baggage there and after incheckning Your personal “buttler” take care about You. He or she gives You all information about the hotel and takes You to Your room. Whatever You was been there before or not, you meet everywhere smiling people and returning guests get a lot of embraces.Your day begins in dining room with breakfast buffet, buffet with best European standard. Same as the lunch and dinner.Very good entertaining whole day, if You want. By evening You can see HIGHT CLASS entertaining most happily in Cuban style and wonderful classic and opera song.When You walk anywhere You never see any litter, not even used matches.Everybody (from cleaning ladies, gardeners to waitresses and directors) in the hotel is smiling and they are happy if You start a conversation.You get directly family feeling. Its not easy to leaving the hotel with so many friends. We can just hope that we will come to Hicacon again next year.Frank and Milada

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
  • Resort fees (if applicable) must be paid directly to the hotel
  • Hotel transfers for packages to USA
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks
  • A la carte restaurants w/reservations
  • Unlimited House Wine with dinner, Domestic beer, International drinks
  • Free admission to Disco, drinks included
  • Manager's weekly cocktail party
  • Sailing
  • Catamarans
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Pedal Boats
  • Snorkeling
  • Waterskiing
  • Banana Boat Rides
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool
  • 1 Scuba diving excursion/person/day (subject to availability, reservations required)
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Volleyball
  • Pool table and ping-pong
  • Game room
  • Exercise room
  • Sauna
  • Dance lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 404 spacious Colonial-style rooms in thirty-one 3-storey buildings
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 4 a la carte restaurants: Caribbean, Italian, Seafood, and Grill, semi-formal dress code for dinner & reservations required (restaurants entirely non-smoking)
  • Snack bar
  • 6 bars including Swim-up bar
  • Disco
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • 4 Jacuzzis
  • Sauna
  • Steam bath
  • 3 lit tennis courts on-site
  • Squash court
  • Fitness facilities
  • Spa (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
  • Boutique
  • Car and moped rental
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Medical services (fee)
  • Games room
  • A range of watersports available

Gardenview Suites include:

  • 1 king bed
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Living area
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Full bathroom
  • His & Her bathrobes
  • Hairdryer 220V (adaptors required)
  • Balcony or patio with garden view
  • Max occupancy 2 persons

Premium Suites

  • Same as above with mini-bar (fully stocked) and a 10% discount at spa

Concierge Suites

  • Same as above with:
  • In-room continental breakfast
  • Special cocktail party
  • Express check-in/out
  • Private transfer to/from airport
  • Preferred reservations at a la carte restaurants
  • 15% discount at spa

Honeymooners - Receive a room upgrade, (if available at check-in) a bottle of champagne, a fruit basket, 2 T-shirts, photograph, and a cocktail party and dinner for 2. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate at check-in.

Wedding Packages - Available, please inquire for details.

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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Royalton Hicacos Varadero Resort & Spa
Carretera Las Morlas KM 15 Punta Hicacos, 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.