This was our first time at a Sandals. The resort itself is beautiful, rooms are somewhat dated but very clean. The food is excellent. We have travelled extensively and have found that this resort has the best food we have ever had in the Caribbean. The buffet food is delicious and something for everybody. They even had champagne on ice every morning if you wanted champagne and orange juice. Tuesday night is lobster night at the buffet so be there when it opens at 6:30pm as we found that people lined up to get in around 7:30 and had a long wait. They have opened a creperie (bistro) but the service is slow there. We only ate once. The food at the beach grill is also excellent. Try their pizza with tomato and cheese- it is to die for. We ate at 3 specialty restaurants;we recommend El Caribe- had the best snapper ever and we were serenaded which was very romantic. Don Pasquale is the italian restaurant and fool also very good and our last night was spent at the Beach grill overlooking a nice sunset eating steak and lobster. We had a wonderful time at this resort. Only downside, we found the service slow and found that they expect to be tipped; otherwise very poor service. Don't expect too much from the reception service- they are not very friendly and you have to be very firm and demanding if want any type of service; otherwise, they will tell you to come back tomorrow.
Beach is the best in the area. You can walk for miles and it is very safe. Bring bug repellant as we had bug bites on our legs and arms and suspect they are sand fleas. Also bring antibiotic cream for bug bites. If you want to visit Varadero, take the double decker bus. It is an experience of its own. Be prepared to be packed like sardines. They put as much people as they can on those buses. Cost 5 pesos per person for the whole day (hop on-off as much as you want). If you are looking for quality in food, beach and nice property, Sandals is the place to go. We would definitely go back if we went to Varadero. In our opinion, this is the nicest resort in the area.
- Also Known As:
- Sandals Royal Hicacos Varadero
- Sandals Cuba
- Sandals Royal Hicacos Hotel
- Sandals Royal Hicacos Resort Spa
- 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, all-suite Sandals Royal Hicacos Resort and Spa, where its natural beauty is surpassed only by the warmth of its people. ... more less