Just returned from a fortnight post-retirement at the Royal Hicacos. True they are undergoing renovations and some venues have temporarily switched locations but they have made every effort to reduce the impact on the guests and we were impressed with the speed of completion of some of the projects . Some of the work was just a little intrusive but not to the extent that it would spoil your day. Our room was good-bed comfortable, plenty of hot water and mini bar restocked daily. The bath was huge with cushions and the air conditioning quiet and efficient. The white sand beach and transparent turquoise sea were absolutely wonderful and the beach slopes gently into the sea making for plenty of swimming area-no stones/rocks underfoot either and plenty of beach to walk along in the early morning before it gets too hot. The beach is very popular and we found it a good idea to go down for our pre-breakfast walk early and bag a bed then. If you go down later there will in all probability still be beds but they will be further away from the amenities. Ignore the weather reports at home-it didn't rain during the day and only on one evening when we were safely ensconced in the bar. The bar and restaurant service was excellent throughout our stay. None of the staff at any time gave you the impression of expecting a tip although clearly an occasional gratuity is appreciated for good service; they were friendly and charming people.
Food of a good quality and plenty to choose from in the main buffet restaurant which has different stations for fish, meat, pasta, salads and desserts. it would take a very picky person to moan about the selection especially with pancakes and waffles on the go at breafast and some very artistic crepes at lunchtime. The a la carte restaurants were good but El Caribe was outstanding-you need to book this one early as it is in constant demand.
An interesting cross-section of guest nationalities including lots of Canadians (lovely people) returning for their nth visit-one described it as their second home, returning four times each year-I wish! Plenty of opportunities for trips out-obviously Havana but I would recommend the catamaran trips out to Cayo Blanco as this was a really fun day and the crew went out of their way to make it so. An interesting point is that, from the catamaran, you couldn't see the Royal Hicacos buildings above the trees unlike the other hotel developments-they clearly put a lot of thought into this.
Wi-fi a bit wobbly and chargeable but I'd guess that a few years down the line this will improve and will probably be free. Lovely to have an adults only environment too-made for a pretty peaceful experience. We hardly saw our neighbours and the area where our room was situated was very quiet too. Check-in and check-out were handled in a friendly and efficient manner. The palm thatching of many buildings gave the hotel added charm.
All in all an excellent holiday at a fine hotel which we would strongly recommend to others and to which we would love to return one day-hopefully soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled within lush tropical gardens and just steps from the azure blue waters and powder white sand of Cuba's finest beach lies the award-winning Royalton Hicacos Varadero Resort & Spa, an Adults Only Luxury All Inclusive Resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandals Royal Hicacos Varadero
- Sandals Cuba
- Sandals Royal Hicacos Resort Spa
- Royal Hicacos