What I did I like best about the Meliã Buenavista? It’s an adults-only resort that provides excellent service. I went there for rest and relaxation and that’s just what I got.
The downside about Cayo Santa Maria is the tiny black mites that give you itchy bites like you wouldn’t believe. The best the Meliã Buenavista could do was spraying the resort twice a day.
Every room has an outdoor shower and a Jacuzzi bathtub. The fridge is well-stocked and the resort provided both thin and bulky pillows for sleeping.
The two pools are shallow, just right for lying on a water mat while sunbathing. The main pool has a walk-up bar run by very friendly staff.
I didn’t use the spa but did sit in the hot tub in the Japanese-style inner court yard. I felt refreshed after getting out.
A la carte meals are the standard for all three restaurants. I don’t care what anyone else says, the food was good and the service excellent. This is from someone who is going back to Cuba for the third time this year, and at another Meliã resort.
The Ranchon Los Marinos served both breakfast and lunch, and you can choose between selections from the buffet tables or its menu. I had lunch in the Los Caribes but preferred the Ranchon, especially because it overlooked the ocean.
The Los Caribes and Los Navigantes were the places to go for dinner. You make reservations with your building’s butler and can also reserve dinner at the nearby Meliã Las Dunas, which was popular for its Japanese restaurant.
The Piano Bar La Notte in the lobby area was great for a before-dinner cocktail and as an after-dinner meeting place. You have got to try the La Notte cappuccino.
Many guests preferred to sit outside but there weren’t enough tables in front of the La Notte. The resort was still building a large patio when I left. Good move.
Of the three sandy beaches, only the one on the east side was the best for wading, swimming or snorkelling. There is no water sport equipment available, so bring a snorkel and face mask because there are lots of friendly fish. This beach also has a beach bar that also served snacks.
Bottom line: definitely a five-star resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located west of Cayo Santa Maria in a privileged ecological environment, and surrounded by beaches and coves. All-Inclusive five-star resort with 105 junior suites and suites, and the Villa "Zaida del Rio." Designed for adults over 18 years. An entire hotel featuring Royal Service. Recommended for couples, weddings, honeymoons and wellness/spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Buenavista Hotel Cayo Santa Maria