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Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

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Set on one of Cuba's most beautiful beaches, the Blue Beach of Varadero, this is a great complex with a fantastic range of amenities. There are several restaurants to choose from, serving a range of dishes, and the bars are open 24 hours a day, premium brands included, so there's no need to watch the clock for last orders! There are 3 swimming pools to lounge by, 1 reserved for sports and games and 1 huge freeform pool with a children's section and 1 for the exclusive use of Royal Service guests. The young ones will also love the activities on offer at the baby and mini-clubs, allowing you time to soak up the sun in perfect peace. When feeling active, the list of activities is almost endless! You can try your hand at a variety of water sports, including kayaking. For pure indulgence, the spa* features 2 hydrothermal circuits and a superb relaxation terrace with janzu pool, swimming pool and 2 Jacuzzis. Rooms are spacious and well equipped with all the mod cons necessary to make your stay a pleasurable one. At night, enjoy a cocktail at one of the bars overlooking the ocean, before deciding whether to head for the Italian, 2 international gourmet (1 for Royal Service guests), Mexican, Fusion or Japanese for your evening meal. Evening entertainment is available to suit all ages, so make sure you have yourself some night-time fun, whether you're 5 or 105! The Paradisus Varadero boasts 80 master junior suites with living room, spacious bathroom, hydro massage, walk-in closet, Balinese bed on the terrace/balcony and outdoor shower. These benefit from an outdoor Jacuzzi, a spacious terrace, fabulous ocean views and private access to the beach, form part of the hotel's super deluxe Royal Service. If you've treated yourself to this you'll be greeted with a welcome cocktail upon arrival. Its VIP treatment all the way from there-on-in with dedicated check-in, luxury amenities in your hotel room, a personalised mini bar with premium drinks, turn-down service and a pillow and sheets menu. What's more, there's a butler on-hand catering to your every whim! When it comes to dining, you're assured of guaranteed reservations at the hotel's à la carte restaurants. You'll also enjoy preferential treatment at the spa, where you're entitled to 1 hydrothermal circuit per person per stay and 30% discount on massages, whetting your appetite for indulgence! Green fees are included at the Varadero Golf Course and a swimming pool on-site is reserved just for Royal Service guests.

Where is it?

On the white sands of Varadero, a 15-min drive from downtown Varadero. Located within the Varadero Ecological Reserve. Transfer time from Havana airport: 3 hours.

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Getting around

All amenities are within easy walking distance. Varadero town centre is a 15 min drive away.

Room information

510 rooms, all with balcony, air-conditioning, seating area, satellite TV, telephone, coffee maker, mini-bar (restocked daily), safe, iron and board, bathrobes and hairdryer. Junior Suites are on the 1st and 2nd floors and have garden views and 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping max 3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child. Wheelchair accessible Junior Suite standard with roll-in shower or bath tub with grab rails and king-size bed (must be requested at the time of booking, subject to availability.)

Room Upgrade

Junior Suites Ocean View - have fabulous sea views, sleeping max 3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child. Deluxe Suites Ocean View - with upgraded amentiies, welcome cocktail, personalised check in, turn-down service, guaranteed reservations in à la carte restaurants and late check out depending on availabilty, sleeping max 2 adults and 2 children.

Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa Royal Service Suites

Master Junior Suites Royal Service have upgraded amenties, welcome cocktail, personalised check-in, personalised mini-bar restocked daily with premium beverages, 24-hour room service, butler and turn-down service, in-room spa services*, CD/DVD/USB, swimming pool/beach towel bag, pillow and sheet menu, guaranteed late check out, priority booking in specialised restaurants, YHI-SPA and diving, 30% discount on massages and a free hydrothermal circuit per person per stay and have 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping max 2 adults and 1 children. Master Junior Suites Ocean View Royal Service - as above but with beautiful sea views.

Eats and drinks

6 restaurants: Ara (Cuban and international cuisine, open for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner), Stella Di Mare (Italian, open for dinner), Turey (International gourmet cuisine, open for dinner), Los Agaves (Mexican, open for dinner), Sakura (Japanese-style Teppanyaki, open for dinner), Bana (Oriental and Cuban), Siboney (buffet, seafood; open for lunch) and Bella Mar Restaurant (exclusive to Royal Service guests). Reservations required for any speciality or à la carte restaurant. Dress code in effect at night. 9 bars: Carabo beach bar, Hicacos and Hatuey beach bars, Cusubí lobby bar (open 24-hours), Cairi (snack bar open 24-hours), Fun Pub Areito, Toa (pool bar), La Notte Royal Service lobby bar (open 24 hours and exclusive to Royal Service guests), Rincon Frances Royal Service pool bar (exclusive to Royal Service guests). Royal Service beach bar.

Fun and games

3 swimming pools (1 with children's section and another exclusive to Royal Service guests), tennis, fitness centre, massage*, Jacuzzi, 18-hole golf course nearby*, 3 floodlit tennis courts, table tennis, pool tables and volleyball. Water sports available include catamaran sailing (sailing instructor mandatory), pedalos, and kayaks. Free diving (reservations required) introductory lessons available in the pool. Baby club (1-4 years), kids' club (5-12 years) and mini-disco in the evenings (5-12 years). Teenage club.

Entertainment

Fun pub open 7.00pm-2.00am. Nightly live entertainment and mini-show for children. (8.30pm)

Handy stuff

24-hour room service. Hairdresser*.

Additional information

*Denotes local charge.

Child ages at this property up to and including 12 years. 

All Inclusive of

All meals, snacks and drinks, all activities and entertainment above unless otherwise specified.

Minimum stay

3 nights.

Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessible: fully accessible properties that offer wheelchair adapted rooms with either roll-in shower or bath tub with grab rails. Please note: These rooms are subject to availability and may only be available in specific room categories with varying bedding arrangements. Please request this at the time of booking. The Virgin Holidays Special Assistance Team can be contacted by e-mail at special.assistance@virginholidays.com or call us on 0844 557 3998, Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.30pm.

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10% Discount offer: On Spa services

1 Complimentary: Hydrothermal circuit per person (min stay 7 nights)

Dining: Romantic dinner for 2 (on request, excludes lobster)

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Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

  • What to Expect:
    • 4.5 Location
    • 4.5 Sleep Quality
    • 4.0 Rooms
    • 4.5 Service
    • 4.0 Value
    • 4.5 Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (1633)
    • Very Good (692)
    • Average (285)
    • Poor (116)
    • Terrible (73)

We went out as a group of 20, with ages ranging from 21 - 55 for our wedding at the Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa. We read lots of reviews and wanted to leave feedback on this one for anyone...

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5 of 5 stars
Sep 30, 2014 - Olliec89 - Littlehampton, England, United Kingdom

We went out as a group of 20, with ages ranging from 21 - 55 for our wedding at the Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa. We read lots of reviews and wanted to leave feedback on this one for anyone... Read more thinking of getting married here. The Wedding Before we arrived at the hotel there was a lot of correspondence with the wedding coordinator Driatne, she answered all our questions quickly and was always happy to help. We met with Driatne the 2nd day of our stay to discuss the wedding day and she was fantastic throughout, there were 3 options for the actual ceremony: the beach, the poolside or the wedding gazebo, we chose the wedding gazebo as this was by far the most private and romantic. Everything was taken care of for us and we didnt have to worry about a thing, a pre wedding meal was booked for us in the Italian restaurant the night before and the bride got a separate room the night before. You can have an amazing wedding without spending a penny but we chose to pay for a few extras to make it special, we paid to have a Cadillac ride around Varadero (photos are amazing), we also decided to have a private beach meal and party which was by far the best night of our 2 week stay, as the DJs were just amazing and joined in with us all night. The ceremony itself was something we did not quite expect as it was very quick and you had to say very little and was more of a contract then a ceremony, this was the only thing not explained very well and we were not really sure what was happening throughout as half is in Spanish then translated into English! The service throughout the wedding was absolutely amazing as Driatne, Yanyel and a few others made sure we were well looked after throughout the day. The only disappointment of the day was the photography, no ideas were given for photographs and we were asked what do we want? (we are not photographers) luckily our family took some amazing pictures, we felt we were an inconvenience for the photographer as she kept stating she needed to go to a meeting after about 15 minutes of taking photos (so i would have ideas of what photos you want before you go). The video camera man did not look dressed for the occasion and didnt seem to say or suggest anything, however the final video was better than we expected. All in all the wedding day was amazing and we would highly recommend the private beach party if you are in a large group as the night club is accessible by all guests so isnt very personal. The Holiday We arrived late at night and were very impressed with the hotel and staff, our room was very nice, however it lacked a toilet door... something we were told was part of the refurbishment. The next day we were blown away with the amazing beach and facilities on offer, 24 hour drinks is not something we had found anywhere else in the world, if you dont like rum this might not be the place for you... Hotel was very clean the food was nice and the restaurants were all really nice so would recommend them ahead of the buffet. The Thomas Cook Rep was so helpful and friendly and booked us on to swim with dolphins and booked us for a private tour of Havana, this was a bit more than the coach tour but was well worth it as we saw so much more then a couple of the family members who booked onto that, we got the best seats in the house at Tropicana which was an amazing show and highly recommended. We were upgraded for the last 3 night of our stay to the royal service part of the hotel which is the real 5 stars! you are treated to the biggest room I have ever seen with an even bigger bathroom, butler service and access to the a la Carte restaurant which was delicious. Negatives there are not many but thought they would be worth listing, the 24 hour snack bar was very very slow regardless of what time you went there, it always took about an hour for a toastie which was not great, this really needs to speed up and can, as on our last day we told the waiter we had a taxi in 30 minutes and amazingly it came out quickly. The pool bar drinks mainly tasted like dish water, we had a bar manager with us in our party and he said that its due to the pipes not being flushed out. On other reviews people say tipping is a problem however we only tipped the wedding staff as they were brilliant and we didnt have a problem getting a drink all holiday. Overall we would highly recommend the Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa and Cuba in general as it is a truly unique country to visit. If you are thinking of getting married in Cuba come here as it is beautiful and you get treated like royalty. Feel free to email me if you plan on getting married and have any questions. Read less

3 of 5 stars
Sep 30, 2014 - drewan - london

My wife and I stayed at the Paradisus for 11 nights from 11.09.14. The location of this hotel is like paradise with white soft sand beach, palm trees and turquoise clear sea. However this does not... Read more mean it is a good hotel, I urge anyone considering this hotel to read our review. The room we had which was not in the Royal Service sector was very nice, no complaints except the side lights did not work, the extractor fan was broken and the aircon only worked on one setting. We were in room 2127 which at present overlooks the hotel new development construction site. The food...ughh. We are well traveled all inclusive and we were not impressed. The orange juice and milk were almost warm. Butter was left out in the hot surroundings and in many cases was liquid when opened, no attempt was made to keep it cool. The toaster had it's own agenda for working. The standard coffee until you wise up to ask for Americano is utterly awful. The evening meals were more like school dinners than 5* with a distinct lack of vegetables. Seafood soup was offered on nearly every day if you like it which we don't. Very little variety, mostly lots of food swimming around in large stainless trays, and even when they had something we could fancy like the Milanese chicken..it was stone cold. I could go on but I defy any one to tell me to the contrary. A La Cart.. well the food was slightly better, but don't expect to get whats on the menu. On 4 out of 5 visits this was the case (watch out for the profiteroles in the Italian, they are the size of a small marble and you get 2 only). WiFi....you would expect in a 5* hotel to at least have free in the lobby area if no where else. Not so..you have to pay 4.60CUC for 1 hour use. The next test is to log in and at the end you must log out. No use in turning off you wi fi switch, the meter is still ticking. logging out can take up the 5 minutes. I know that this is Cuba, but the hotel should at least offer one card free for each patron considering the cost of the hotel. The beach toilet is an utter disgrace and totally unacceptable for a 5* hotel. Apart from the doors not locking, they are dirty and often with no paper. The pool toilet is no much better either. The service was generally good and staff very friendly, and I put down our disappointment firmly to the lack of good management and not to the general staff. Lastly the pool is wonderful, huge and I have to say clean.. so it can be done!! We have taken this time to write this review because it is not a cheap holiday and this hotel could and should be at the top if it was to change some of the way it operates, but at present particularly with the dining room the Toby Carvery and Harvester which are basic restaurants are vastly better than what we experienced Thankyou Andy & Maya Read less

4 of 5 stars
Sep 20, 2014 - morry h - Toronto, Canada

This hotel is very clean and nice if you are looking for the quiet family resort, the butler service is very good , I especially liked the one of the butlers named Ariana , she called her self queen... Read more of butlers and only female butler and I have to say she was the best We had other butler named Lester was a nice guy but he does not do what you ask or not even showing when you call ( what is the point of having butler if you can not get the hold of him) Ariana was opposite was always there for you and was going out of her way to make what you want happened The pool bartender was George again this guy was always looking after you with serving drink and fruit till you tell them no more which still serving you ( amazing service) also the had other bartender for pool bar and lobby which were fantastic people too The staff on the hotel were all nice, only complaint is that there are no entertainment on the royal service and if you looking for dance training and other activities you have to find them your self in the main hotel area not the royal service Remember every thing available for you but you have to ask Great hotel great service for the family Ps: the food in this hotel is fantastic do not know about the buffet since we were only going to the restaurant Read less

5 of 5 stars
Sep 14, 2014 - sisterhopen

Words cannot express, How amazing our trip to Paradisus was, OMG the service here was the Best we have ever experienced. We left this resort feeling like we made Friends, and we will be most... Read more definitely booking again next year, At the buffet in the morning we would be greeted by Liuba and Dianelys these ladies go above and beyond to serve, they made our mornings, with their smiles and greetings, they made us feel so welcomed, at Reception bar, Yarian was there as well to Greet us like long lost cousins, he prepared the best Cappuccino I ever tasted and when he had a little extra time he would create the most amazing designs in the foam, Off to the beach, Marlo would bring me a fresh coconut, with a Heart Carved in the middle, and if he missed us walking by he would check the beach and bring it down to us, Then we would spend the day enjoying the best White sand, Turquoise water Where, Alex, Milo, & Nacho made sure we were in want of nothing !!! Alex would wash the sand from my feet...... incredible service!!!! After a day of this treatment, we would enjoy the fantastic Restaurants if we choose the Buffet for Dinner, they offered entertainment and "Barby" the Chef, would personally recommend different dishes we would try and she was always spot on !! Adriana & Orestes would be our servers for the evening, making our stay most memorable, one evening we were delighted by a "Flash Mob" done by the staff, OMG the signing brought tears to my eyes, everyone "Cheered" Then usually we would finish our evening at the Piano Bar, and this would truly be a Treat as Yaima and Yusmila as well, would greet us with such exuberance, it brought great joy to us in being there. This Resort is beautiful and the location on the Beach is the best !!! The trip into Havana with TuTu, I would do again, the Cigar tour should not be missed, Also next time we will book the Two night tour. We came to Cuba to celebrate our anniversary we stayed for a full 14 day's here at Paradisus, We came away "Overwhelmed" our best Vacation ever !!! One more recommendation .... be sure to book at the Japanese Restaurant here, WOW..... they cook on an open grill and the Expertise here is beyond !!! The staff even made us Paper Flowers.... Thank you all here at Paradisus, Thank you for making our trip beyond our expectations, The staff here should be commended, We look forward to seeing you all again next year !!! I was the lady with the Tattoo of the Mermaid :) xoxo Read less

3 of 5 stars
Sep 13, 2014 - Candidtourist - Uruguay

A nice hotel and a wide stretch of beach with an amazing pool. Clean outdated rooms, with some maintenance problems. The main problem is Cuba not the hotel. Towels were not always ready, not for the... Read more room not for the pool/beach. The food was not especially good, the buffet was better tha the theme restaurants, no soy sauce for a bland sushi, not lemon juice anywhere and also were missing some other stuff in the other hand smokede salmon and prosciuto were overwhelmingly present. Cuban people is very nice, but they are underpayed like no other place, they make between 15 to 30 USD a month, and the last figure for doctors or so, so tipping is a must, they are overeducated for they work, you'll find an engineer serving tables, and a master in math guarding the pool, so for them is a must to get money from somewhere else. The water sport cabin is a government run one, so if you want to sail you must go with a guy from there and just seat to see him skip, and if there's a medium wind they don't work. For the price you'll get a better serviced hotel anywhere else in the caribean, but nowhere with such nice and educated people. Read less

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