The Melia Las Antiilas is older but a great hotel with wonderful grounds. I am a fussy traveller who have frequented mostly 5 star hotels and most renowned hotels in the world. My finances have changed tremendously and I have to re adjust my travels to better suit my budget. Before cbosing this resort, I did spend 2 weeks reading reviews upon reviews on all Cuban Hotels in Varadero and was unsure to whether I had picked a good one
Hotel in general was pretty nice with nice grounds, kept clean, the staff was unbelievably attentive to your needs, great service and always smiling etc. This is a quiet hotel with no children allowed ,which made it even more special for me as I needed a real break. I used the massage spa on three occasions and the massagist was excellent. During my one week stay we managed to walk the beach and visited at least a dozen other hotels to compare and I must admit that the Melia was up there with the stars compared to other hotels. We checked pool areas and receptions in most of them.
I have travelled the world and my favorite dishes are mainly seafood, The food was excellent at this hotel considering we were in Cuba and there was no shortage of fresh seafood to pick from where the cook would grill your pick. I am not a buffet type of person and therefore reserved in the A la Carte Restaurant most nights. Classy always good food and no left overs from the buffet was served in the a la carte restaurants, We also did not have a hard time reserving.
The buffet was great also, you picked your own fruits and someone would be there to make you a smoothy in a blender, many cooks at your disposal at all meals to cook your meats, fish, poultry etc. What more would you want, Had some mushy dishes also but everything in general was very good.
Wow what a beach! Silky white sand, so fine and the water, you could walk hundreds of feet without being totally submerged under the water. Lots of chairs and straw umbrellas at your disposal, no beggers and great attendants.
Hard to find someone to help you. We chose not to use the tours as we found they were there to pretty much gouge you,
We rented a moped for 24 pesos a day and went to this beautiful snorkeling area call Playa Coral, easy driving no traffic. When we got there we got a personal snorkeling guide who took us snorkeling and a totally different part of the Playa. Cost for the whole thing including good quality snorkels fins and mask 10 pesos!!! Another way would be to get a private taxi, go in a group of 4 it cost half the cost of a tour.
We also took a trip to Havana. Tour price was 70 or 100.00 per person. We grabbed a cab to varadero to Calle 36 bus terminal and the bus to Havana was 10 pesos!!! Unfortunately the busses were full due to the Christmas season, but within a few minutes we found a taxi and shared with another couple that was there. Total cost return to our hotel 60 pesos per couple. Cost about a third.
My suggestion is if you can team up with another couple grab a cab downtown or by the hotel and do your private tours, more comfortable and alot more things to see with alot less people around.
In general I loved my trip there and will go back for sure
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with LoveHolidays, Travel Republic (UK), Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, HotelsClick, Evoline ltd, 5viajes2012 S.L. and Cancelon so you can book your Melia Las Antillas reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Melia Las Antillas Hotel Varadero
- Melia Hotel Varadero
- Melia Hotel Las Antillas
- Beaches Varadero Cuba