This was our first trip to Cuba and my first time using a different resort chain. I always use RIU.
The good: The resort when compared to most that we saw, was huge. The pools are clean, and I found them extremely well taken care of. The best part of this resort its catered to "adults only" so that means no children are permitted anywhere on the resort. That means, no issues at the pool, with kids, and no screaming, crying. If you are irritated by parents who cannot control their children, then this will be a great selling feature.- I for one had a dislike; so this went over very well for me. I would like to see more resorts follow the lead on this. Its a huge market.
Buildings are in good shape, and well landscaped. Good lighting throughout. Nice decor.
There have been lots of comments on the food being; bland, and no hot sauce, ketchup etc. This is NOT true. I am very found of hot sauce; and it was not in short supply. Every-time I looked; or asked It was always provided. The same same with all other sauces, and garnishments. I found zero issues at all. The hot sauce i brought with me was not needed at any time. I will say; be ware of the station were you grill meats. I found the line up to long most times; and not worth it. I say stay clear of it. - A great selection for salads.- I was impressed on that.
The buffet: I found lots of good selections, and I was impressed with what was being offered. Remembering to have an open mind of the food: I was not disappointed at anytime durning my six day stay. I will say the hours of the buffet are not the best (7am- 10am) then nothing till 6:30PM, which means you have to try the front bar; or the pool bar which has hot dogs, hamburgers, and ham and cheese, OR the front bar with these "baguettes" which I do not ever want to see again. (they do taste good; just sick of them) Try them ; they have a good veggie grilled one.
The Al La Cartes restaurants: I really enjoyed them. Ensure you book them as soon as you check in. The Italian, was my favourite overall. The seafood; not so much. But its a great experience overall.
The service 99% was fantastic. The bar staff are here to impress, and do a good job on that. They will go totally of there way to help. Due them a favour and do not ask for ridicilious drink mixes when its busy; In the main bar they also have to serve food, and do not need to be looking up North America shot mixes. If nots busy, that is ok, but they are the most hardest working bar staff ever. The front desk was ok; sometimes not the best of service, but no real issues.
Remember this is a adult hotel only; so be -aware that this resort will shut down after around 9PM. There are nightly shows; I recommend highly you try the shows. I found them well choreograph and well organized. You also get to see some great CUBA music, dance, and culture,- Highly recommend after dinner you check them out.
The beach party on Thursday was a hit. I enjoyed the music ( Vocal House) and the crowd was mid 30's. Great start to the trip. Its unfortunate, this was not a daily event. If your a young person and want to dance to vocal trance, I suggest it for sure.
Since me and my partner are mid 30's we had some issues with entertainment. Outside of what I mentioned there are no other entertainment at the resort for the younger crowd. The panio bar does not cut it.
Drinks are way too strong, I get that some of us, including me like a good strong GIN, but that is not the entire glass. It ruins good drinks like Mojihtos, when its pure booze. SInce this is CUBA you are to drink bottle water. The problems I ran into was our room was never ever stocked for it. One bottle for two people every two days is not acceptable. I had to ask the front desk nermerious times, to replace it. However when I asked it was done, I just had to keep doing it. Coffee was not replaced, so I started using the front bar and asking for coffee- I suggest you do that as well, or bring instant, and make your own. Not a real issue at all, just note it.
Bring your own instant coffee, (Starbucks has it) Management should look into having the beach party nightly so the younger crowd has something to do at night. This resort caters to the more" older crowd" the majority of couples, and people I found it to be around mid 40;s or older. Mostly older.
There is the entire world to see, so I won't be returning, as well I do not agree with the communist society, however This is a great resort, great service, and does a great great job overall. I suggest you do the " Havana day trip and use the Varadero day bus; We got to see allot using the bus, and highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Meliá Las Américas is the premier Golf Resort in Cuba and it is also the only one with direct access to The Varadero Golf Club. Located on The Varadero Peninsula, a tropical paradise jutting into the clear waters of the Caribbean on Cuba’s northern coats. Poised between the beach and championship golf course, the 5-star hotel is an upscale all inclusive adults only (over 18 years). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Las Americas Hotel Varadero
- Melia Hotel Varadero
- Melia Hotel Las Americas
- Melia Las Americas Varadero