This was our first time in Cuba and i was very impressed with our decision. We got in late, around 8:00pm on April 12th and as soon as we got off the airplane and through customs our bus was waiting for us with all of our room keys and information so we could go straight to our rooms once we got there after the hour and a half bus trip without having to wait to check in. It is a Big Resort but very beautiful. Very well manicured and they have people driving around all the time to take you back to your rooms in the carts if you get tired of walking.
The rooms were nice and air conditioned and overall very comfy. We were only in the rooms to sleep as there is so much to do and see. The fridge was always stocked each day and the guys who do it were very friendly and are good people to get to know!!
The beach is ABSOLUTELY amazing!! Beautiful Sand, beautiful water with no rocks or seaweed and all sand very far out!! We spent most of our trip on the beach as it was so beautiful.
The food was okay. There are two buffet restaurants as well as a 24 hour Cantina and 5 al la cart restaurants so there is always something to choose from. There is also a Pizzeria by the Family pool.
The lobby is nice and open, the bartenders are busy with all the people so it may take a little while to get a drink but a little hint.. go to the sports bar by the theatre right by the lobby. Orlando works there and was one of the most amazing bartenders not only in Cuba but in Canada as well. I would finish a beer, turn around to say something to someone and after a few seconds i would have a new drink magically before me without me even having to ask. He is a great credit to the resort and made the trip that much more enjoyable.
The grounds are beautiful which is a great testament to the Gardeners. Perhaps the nicest person we met the whole trip was one of the gardeners Frank!!! he was so nice and polite. Each Day he would give my girlfriend a fresh flower for her hair and always said hello. He also makes these beautiful grasshoppers and fish out of the leaves and they are an amazing piece of art and were one of the best things we brought back from Cuba. If you go to this resort say hello to him. Also Please tip him as he is out in the hot sun ALL day making the place as beautiful as it is. His hospitality and general friendship is a huge factor in us coming back to the resort!!!
For a good excursion try the Catamaran. Definitely worth it!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Magic and Legend unveils an ancient story that goes back in time to 1492, with the discovery of America. Melia Las Dunas, a 5 star resort, All Inclusive, ideal for your vacation with your Family, Reunion & Incentives, Weddings, Honeymoon Distinguished by the variety of services, the inviting atmosphere and the confort of its facilities, Melia Las Dunas offers the vacations of your dreams. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Las Dunas Hotel Cayo Santa Maria
- Melia Cayo Santa Maria
- Melia Hotel Las Dunas
- Melia Las Dunas Cuba