Travel date 03/30/2012 to 04/06/2012.
We chose the Melia Cayo Santa Maria for our one year wedding anniversary. After reading tons of reviews, we chose this resort for it's ratings, reviews, price and our travel agents recommendation. We stayed in room # 2026 which is supposed to be one of the updated renovated rooms.
-airport was smooth sailing. Got baggage within minutes
-walk right outside. Travel rep points out your bus.
-$1 beers outside. Partake. It's an 1.5hr bus ride with a washroom inside.
-at bus your provided room keys, bracelets, resort map, and personal info card to hand into check-in upon arrival. ***learn your map on bus*****
-upon arrival you walk yourselves to your room using resort map. If room # is 2026, 20 is your building #.
-baggage will arrive to room about 1-1.5 hrs after arrival. Tip bellboy at least $5.
-beach party was fun
-entertainment staff great
-lots of alcohol in drinks
-rum punch great
-room mini bar (3 beers, 1 1500 ml water, 3 pops)
-staff/bartenders amazing. Better than staff in Dominican & Mexico
-size of resort-easy to learn even in the dark
-check in on bus
-beach and ocean are the best yet
-pools and swim up bar CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL regardless of what others write!!!!!
-weather-not a drop of rain the whole week
-shops-situated between Melia Cayo Santa Maria and Las Dunas were great.
-disco and bowling also in between the two resorts. Disco was $2 entry each.
-Japanese and Italian a la carte were the best
- once you arrive at the resort, the location is great, but the drive is long
- buffets were pretty good. Not a large choice, but the food they had was good
-on "a la carte" booking slips, she wrote the nationality of the food not the "a la carte" restaurant name, made it hard to locate the proper restaurant.
-large seniors population
-very very hard bed
-small tub shower
-little to no night life except disco
-had to get up early every day to reserve beach lounger under huts****tip--go down to the beach with your towels late at night to reserve your seats. No one likes getting up early on vacation with a massive hangover.
-french a la carte wasn't the greatest
-70% French Canadians, 25% English Canadians, and 5%Europeans, (Americans still cannot travel to Cuba)
-beach bartenders, Nestor and Yosvany are the best especially Nestor. Ozzy in the poolbar
-convert your Canadian $$ into CUC's at resort bank open at 9am. Conversion rate was not at par with Canadian $$. I think it was $1.037 to our $$.
-bring bubba mugs for the beach. Plastic cups are small.
-bring gift bags for maids. Fem products, hair and makeup, and toiletries.
-bring spf 45. Sun was strong
-bring your own snorkel gear. Watch for huge barracuda
-walk right down the beach. If you go left down the beach, it's on a harsh slant
-if you walk left down the beach, there is a nudist section. Parents with kids beware.
-TIP WELL. ON THE BUS RIDE YOU'LL SEE WHAT I MEAN.
Overall the resort was amazing. Staff were so friendly and courteous. Both of us did not get sick at all. We would recommend this resort to people looking for a quiet, relaxing vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In an island paradise off the northern coast of Cuba stands the 5- star All-Inclusive Meliá Cayo Santa María hotel, especially designed for families, surrounded by beautiful beaches and lush tropical vegetation. This property (358 rooms) offers facilities for incentives groups and a special wedding and honeymoon program. A perfect complement for an unforgettable holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Cayo Santa Maria Hotel Cayo Santa Maria
- Cayo Santa Maria Melia
- Cayo Santa Maria Cuba
- Santa Maria Cuba
- Melia Cayo Santa Maria Cuba