Some of the Caribbean’s best beaches and a capital city like no other, Cuba is a fascinating country, waiting to be explored.
Cuba is like no other Caribbean island. It’s history, people and landscape create a unique holiday experience that can only be understood when you visit. Not only is it the largest of the Caribbean Islands, its is arguably the most diverse. Havana, the capital, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. A city that is renowned for its architecture and colourful old cars, offers so much more. The cafe culture is like nowhere else, and local artists are giving Havana a reputation for having a cool art scene, not in a Paris kind of way, more Boho style. Many old buildings have been rejuvenated housing trendy restaurants and bars; some still show signs of age and the effect of the US embargo but somehow this adds to the atmosphere of the city. After you have explored on foot, why not take a trip around Havana in a classic American car? At night time you can always try a little Salsa dancing or enjoy one of their famous mojitos – it has to be done!
Of course many travel to Cuba and don’t visit Havana at all. Let’s not forget Cuba has year round sunshine and the warm Caribbean sea. The picture postcard white sandy beaches of Varadero are worth the trip alone! One of the Caribbeans largest beach resorts, is also home to one of the best beaches, which measures a staggering 20km. With the advantage of having a local airport close to the resort centre, there is no need for lengthy airport transfers. You will find plenty of shops, bars, restaurants in typical resort style and over 60 hotels, most of which are all-inclusive resorts. If you just want to chill out on the beach for a week, this is the perfect place. However, there are still plenty of day trip possibilities. Enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling in it’s underwater paradise, visit some of the old colonial sites or go hiking in one of the tropical rainforests. Tempted? You can enjoy luxury for less with my top picks of all inclusive holidays in Cuba from Tropical Sky.
Best for value: 4* Memories Jibacoa, Flights, Transfers & All Inclusive Hotel, From €1289!
Memories Jibacoa offers the best of both worlds. Not only does it offer everything you need from an all-inclusive resort but also has the added advantage of being only 50 minutes from Havana. Situated in Jibacoa, this resort is situated on a beautiful sandy beach and also has a scenic mountainous backdrop. With four restaurants and five bars, as well as a host of facilities included in the price of your stay, this hotel receives great reviews on tripadvisor. Non-motorised water sports are also part of the all-inclusive arrangement as well as dance lessons, Spanish classes and the use of the fitness centre and sports courts.
Best for couples: 4* Melia Las Antillas, Flights, Transfers & All Inclusive Hotel, From €1539!
This adult-only, all-inclusive resort is the perfect choice for couples looking to stay on the stunning Varadero beach. Enjoy snorkelling or a host of other water sports before grabbing a cocktail at one of the resorts lively bars. The are two swimming pools, one of which houses scuba diving lessons for beginners. There are also tennis courts, beach volleyball and a fitness centre. Restaurants are plentiful too, with four to choose from including the authentic Italian, Don Peperone. The hotel receives terrific reviews on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence.
Best for families: 5* Paradisus Varadero, Flights, Transfers & All Inclusive Hotel, 2 ad & 2 ch From €3920!
The Paradisus Varadeo is a luxury five star resort that caters extremely well for families. Not only does it offer a variety of kids clubs from ages 1 – 17 yrs, there is also a host of facilities on site to cater for your children’s every need. There is a day and evening entertainment program, including a separate swimming pool reserved for sports and games, professional shows and live music every day. The activities program includes dance classes, aerobics, archery and mini bowling as well having multi sports courts on site. Take your pick from a wide variety of water sports on the beach or if you just want to relax, chill out in one of their hammocks and enjoy the stunning sea-views. Meal time will be a dream too with eight restaurants to choose from!
Best for luxury: 5* Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa, Flights, Transfers & All Inclusive Hotel, From €1779
One of Varadero’s best hotels is the adult-only Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa. This luxurious all-inclusive hotel is situated on a stunning white sandy beach and comes with four swimming pools. The hardest decision will be whether to choose to relax at the beach or choose the main pool with waterfalls and a swim up bar. There is wide selection of dining options with four speciality restaurants as well as the main buffet. There is also 6 bars to choose from, all serving premium beverages, which are included in the price of your stay. There are lots of watersports on the beach including catamaran sailing, which is terrific fun, and snorkelling as well tennis and squash courts at the hotel, without any additional charge. You will be staying in one of their junior suites which are spacious with large balconies or patios. If you are looking for luxury in Cuba, check out the amazing reviews on tripadvisor,and look no further!
Best for Adventure: 2 Centre Holiday, 3 Nights Havana, 7 Nights Varadero from €1609!
Spend three nights in historic Havana before chilling out in an all inclusive resort on one of Cuba’s stunning beaches. What could be better?
Stay in the centrally located Mercure Sevilla Hotel for three nights. One of Cuba’s oldest hotels is also one of it’s most popular, receiving excellent reviews on tripadvisor. The roof garden restaurant is a popular haunt as it provides excellent views over the old and modern Havana. You will then be transferred to the Memories Jibacoa hotel (see above) for a seven night all-inclusive stay at the beach.
Best for Adventure – Luxury 5*: 2 Centre Holiday, 3 Nights Havana, 7 Nights Varadero from €2659!
Stay at the 5* Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski Hotel (yes it is a good as it sounds) for three nights. This modern luxury hotel is ironically located in the heart of old Havana. Complete with a roof top infinity pool, gourmet cuisine and contemporary decor, there is no place better to stay in Havana. You will then be transferred to the luxurious five star Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa ( see above ) in Varadero for a seven night stay on an all-inclusive basis.
One of the reasons Cuba is such a fascinating country to visit is because you can expect the unexpected. The country is changing rapidly but there are many parts where you will feel you are back in time. Service, food and transport may not be what you are used to. Personally I think this adds somewhat to its charm and makes Cuba a country to visit before big change sets in following the easing of American sanctions by President Obama …. Go see it!
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by TropicalSky but all views, as always, are my own.