This was our 2nd trip to Cayo Santa Maria, having stayed at Sol Cayo Santa Maria several years ago. Previous other vacations in Cuba have taken us to Guardalavaca, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Largo, Varadero and last year, to Cayo Ensenachos. It's safe to say we love Cuba!!
The resort is beautiful! Well laid out, small enough that you get to know your way real quick, very clean, very quiet, very peaceful, great ambience.
Lovely that there are ocean vistas wherever you look.....no crowding anywhere, with 3 beaches and 2 pools there are more than enough chairs for everyone - some days there was just us and 1 other couple by the quiet pool. Floaters and padded loungers at both pools.
No shortage of beach towels, even a can of bug spray was included in our room - which we didn't use. While we did receive a few bites it was not intolerable.
The 3 beaches each have their own personality. The sunset beach is very peaceful in the morning, great for an "eco-walk" in the afternoon, crabs galore!, when the tide goes out you can walk around the corner and see the beaches of Cayo Ensenachos. The snorkeling beach is great, loads of shells and though we didn't snorkel, looked to be a great place to do it. The swimming beach is spectacular in its own right, the colors of the water, the beach, and the availability for long beach walks all a plus. Although in places the sand is very deep, we liken it to walking in ankle deep snow although much more pleasurable.
Our oceanview room was located overlooking the sunset beach, building 4. Loved the outdoor shower! No worries about privacy at all. For indoor showers, there is a handheld shower with the tub. We loved to open the patio doors, using the screen door, listening to the waves and birds, feeling the gentle breeze.
Entertainment was outstanding! Especially the Flamenco Dancers, the Aqua Ballet, and the male singers AudiNos, It was provided every night while dining in Los Caribes, after dinner in the Lobby Bar, and then most nights outside the Lobby. A weekly Activities sheet is included in your Welcome package.
We were well looked after by our butlers, Gustav and David. 5 bottles of champagne delivered to our room at 4pm!! (not all in one day....) Thanks for the bubble bath too!
We ventured off the resort a few times. One day we walked via the beach to Melia Cayo Santa Maria and had lunch at their pool snack bar, then continued down the beach to the Memories resort, walked into the Pueblo, and then taxied back. Another day we walked to Melia Dunas and had lunch at their pool snack bar, then took the shuttle back. We did the Sunset Catamaran excursion, which in hindsight we shouldn't have done....we were trying to recreate a memory of a catamaran tour we'd taken on Cayo Largo. Lobster and a short dolphin show was included, but we couldn't wait to get back to MBV....
Although there is a limited menu, what we did eat was very good. At breakfast we ordered our eggs, mimosas, and cappuccinos, then did the buffet for fruit. Lunch was usually at Los Caribes. While green salads are not on the menu, they are available, you just have to ask for them. Supper was at Los Caribes, or our favorite, Los Navegantes. Service was excellent at all places, bars included.
The entire staff (gardners and maintenance included!) of this resort are to be commended for their friendly and helpful nature. There are too many to name for fear we'd miss one. The General Manager was very visible as well, eager to know if there was anything he could do for us.
Having saved the best for last, the Sunset Ceremony on the sunset beach is an occasion not to be missed. Listening to the saxophone, while sipping champagne, watching the sun go down is an experience like none other. From now on we will always remember our visit to MBV every time we see the sun set.......
- 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