There are few islands in the world more synonymous with high luxury than the archipelagos of the Caribbean, and fewer still more famed for their all-inclusive resorts than the island of Cuba. Here, sprawled out largely across the paradisaical beach fronts of the Jardines del Rey and Hicacos Peninsula, the five-star complexes of Cuba’s northern shore live up to their reputation. Guests enjoy unbridled luxury in one of the most pristine settings on the planet, where the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea slosh slowly nearby, and the majestic jungles of the Cuban backcountry hem in on all sides.
Here are our top five picks of Cuba’s all-inclusive resorts, with options for families, honeymooners and individual travelers alike.
Close to the bustling resort town of Varadero on Cuba’s beautiful Hicacos Peninsula, this Royal Resort boasts great access to nearby beaches, along with a range of on-site swimming pools and spa facilities. What’s more, all-inclusive guests gain access to the steam rooms and saunas of the on-site wellness centre, while trained professionals are at hand to provide a range of extras on request. Visitors will also enjoy the cluster of stylish cocktail bars and eateries in the complex, along with a dedicated entertainment schedule in the evenings.
Romantic couples and families alike are invited to enjoy the perfect position of this luxurious and sprawling Iberostar hotel. It’s perched neatly on the shoreline of the magnificent Playa Varadero, where the transparent waters of the Cuban seas lap the sands, and groves of palm trees bend overhead. On-site, no fewer than six individual pools, a nightclub, five separate restaurants and an eclectic range of entertainments mean there’s rarely a dull moment at the Laguna Azul.
Built to mirror the rustic and earthy colonial architecture of Cuba as a whole, this immersive hotel aims to provide all its guests with an authentic Caribbean experience. On-site, cigar shops and eateries tout the best of the island’s famous exports, while the nearby Varadero Beach affords guests water sports and beachcombing opportunities to boot. What’s more, with regular entertainment events, a dedicated children’s club and several swimming pools, the Iberostar Varadero is the perfect choice for family travelers.
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The cream of Cayo Santa Maria hotels comes in the form of this all-inclusive Royalton, where sprawling outdoor pools rub shoulders with the pearly sands of Cuba’s Jardines del Rey. With a focus on romance and style, the hotel does well to cater for the mature travelling crowd. In addition to its magnificent location, all-inclusive customers get access to unlimited à la carte dining, round-the-clock room service and a cascade of other luxurious additions, making this Royalton the perfect place to kick back and unwind on the Cuban archipelago.
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The grand and luxurious, adults-only Melia Cayo Coco sits nestled betwixt the white sands and turquoise waters of the Ciego de Avila, affording guests high luxury amidst the postcard beauty of Cuba’s Jardines del Rey archipelago. Here, all-inclusive really does what it says on the tin too, while the hotel boasts an enticing poolside bar, piano lounge, magnificent views over the nearby Las Coloradas beach, access to the local medicinal sea spa and a range of room types, from compact bungalows to waterside suites done out in style.