I am a big follower of Trip Advisor prior to going to any resort. The Melia Las Antillas reviews seemed to be either good or bad, and I was a bit worried before going there. As it turned out, most of my concerns were not a problem. My wife and I have travelled to the Carribean almost every winter for the past 38 years so have a fair number of resorts to compare. We would return to this property.
This trip however started out on a sour note in Toronto. We had boarded the Sun Wing plane for a 6:10 am departure, headed up the runway, then the pilot announced there was a computer glitch and we had to return to the gate. Thankfully we were allowed to leave the plane and return to the waiting area...where we waited for four hours for repairs. Trust me, it's better to be inside the airport rather than waiting on the plane.
When we finally landed at the Varadero Airport, I was very impressed with the airport and the smooth exit to our awaiting bus to take us to the resort. In many reviews I have read about the Melia Las Antillas there were many negative comments about the Front Desk staff. I have to agree. There were only 2 couples registering, they knew were were late, and yet there was much confusion and not any smiles.
The room we were assigned was in one of the Villas, #6432 which means Villa #64 on the 3rd floor. We had a view of palm trees, it was very quiet and close to the pool and dining areas. No elevators in the Villas.
You have likely read may reviews about the rooms, so won't spend time on them, except to say they all have the same layout, and even on the 5th Floor..the superior are the same. Checked out the view from the 5th Floor, and not worth the extra money to see a tiny strip of ocean.
The pool has two sides, one quiet, one more action. Lots of chairs, but if you want one with a thatched umbrella and table, get up early and get your towels on the chairs.
Bar choices were fine, but if you are a Rye drinker...bring your own. The wines were to our tastes.
Lunch every day at the Pool Bar. Great cheeseburgers and fries!!
Overall, found the food to be very good.
Took a trip to Havana. We liked the private air conditioned car choice, booked through the Sun Wing Rep, so no worries. Ask for Yadir Conde Prieto. He was fantastic ! Took us to a wonderful restaurant for lunch called La Casa Restaurante. I will be doing a seperate review of the restaurant.
In conclusion, you won't be disappointed with Melia Las Antillas!
If you have an extra 30 pesos per person....arrange for the VIP Lounge at the airport prior to your departure,done with the Sun Wing Rep at the hotel. Another Sun Wing rep met us at the airport,and took us to the front of the line for luggage and looked after taking our $25 per person departure tax avoiding the long line ups. Then we went to the VIP lounge and had food and booze at no extra charge. There they let us know when we had to baord the plane. So worth it !!
Feel free to send me any questions about Melia Las Antillas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All Inclusive Four-Star Plus beach resort covering an area of 6 000 m², with rooms distributed in a modern fivestory building and thee-story bungalows.The hotel is situated beachfront, 35 km from the Varadero airport; 40 km form the city of Matanzas and the Tropicana Matanzas Cabaret; 14 km from the town center; 4.5 Km from the Plaza America Convention Center; 5 km from the Varadero Golf Club and only 100 metros from the Dolphinarium.Located in Varadero facing a fabulous strip of beach• Comfortable and cool ambience• Conceived only for adults and youths over 16 years of age.• Central building and bungalows surrounded by green areas and gardens with artificial lakes, pergolas and small wooden bridges.• Main lobby with natural hanging gardens offering a beautiful view of the second lobby on the ground floor and of the manicured hotel gardens.• Junior Suites with balconies offering views of the swimming pool and the surrounding hotel gardens.• Large swimming pool with Jacuzzi, cascades, wading area and platforms with palapas for relaxing or administering massages.• Recreation area and outdoor amphitheater, ideal for a varied cultural activities• Terraces -gardens, with promenades, pergolas, palapas, lakes and parking area for greater enjoyment of outdoor activities.• Varied culinary offers with a la carte and buffet restaurants, bars and fun pub.• VIP Area, offering exclusive services and attentions to clients accommodated in Junior Suites Superior and Suites ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Las Antillas Hotel Varadero
- Melia Hotel Varadero
- Melia Hotel Las Antillas
- Beaches Varadero Cuba