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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.

At a glance

These hotels provide exceptionally good value, are in great locations and offer exclusive benefits to Virgin Holidays’ customers.
  • All-inclusive resort
  • Water sports
  • Fitness centre
  • Upgrade to luxury Royal Service

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 amenities, welcome cocktail, personalised check in, turn-down service, guaranteed reservations in à la carte restaurants and late check out depending on availability, sleeping max 2 adults and 2 children.

Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa Royal Service Suites

Master Junior Suites Royal Service have upgraded amenities, 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. Electronic games room. Lounge with films and soft drinks. Baby club (1-4 years), kids' club (5-12 years) and mini-disco in the evenings (5-12 years). Teenage club.


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.


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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Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

  • What to Expect:
    • 4.5 Sleep Quality
    • 4.5 Location
    • 4.0 Rooms
    • 4.5 Service
    • 4.0 Value
    • 4.5 Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (1722)
    • Very Good (752)
    • Average (307)
    • Poor (120)
    • Terrible (75)

Property is nice and well kept. This was our 3rd stay in Cuba. Comparing all places we stayed at, I found this property to be least liked. Major problem was the amount of house fles in the buffet...

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3 of 5 stars
Jan 31, 2015 - OceanXXVac - Edmonton, Canada

Property is nice and well kept. This was our 3rd stay in Cuba. Comparing all places we stayed at, I found this property to be least liked. Major problem was the amount of house fles in the buffet... Read more restaurant. They were everywhere and very bothersome. Next was the service in the bar areas. We tip with every order, but could not find servers. Thought this resort was very under-staffed although we were told it was full the week we were there in Jan 2015. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Jan 30, 2015 - e_cal84 - Montreal, QC

Length/Type: 7-day, all-inclusive Resort Rating: 5-star Company: Sunwing Airlines Travel Dates: January 22-29, 2015 (Thurs.-Thurs.) Overall Experience: Very Good Good Points: - Very-spacious... Read more resort - Good variety of food at the Ara Buffet restaurant - Access to three beach bars - Very nice beach, plenty of beach chairs - Several palm trees around the resort, beautiful gardens - Fully stocked in-room bar fridge (beer, coke, sprite, bottled water) restocked daily - Good souvenir shop, adequate walk in humidor Bad Points: - In-room coffee maker wasn’t working properly - Finicky temperature control for shower (room) General Overview This was my third visit to Cuba and my fifth time staying at an all-inclusive resort. As I mentioned before, this resort is very big, not just in terms of land but from a comfort point of view as well. It contains a total of 510 rooms in two-storey buildings. The resort is essentially divided into two parts: The main area and the “Royal Service “ area. The main lobby is very roomy, with large chairs and sofas to relax in. There are even tables where you can chat, play cards and speak with your tour representative. When it gets dark at night, there are often musicians playing in the middle of the lobby, opposite end of the bar. The lighting wasn’t very bright, but it does create a good atmosphere. During the day, you could hear good chill out music playing over the speakers. There was a fairly large souvenir shop, with a variety of items for purchase. There was a good selection of rum as well – I bought an eleven-year-old bottle of Santiago de Cuba. The walk-in humidor takes up the last third of the entire shop, with a fair selection of cigars (I also bought two boxes of Romeo & Juliette No. 2). The sales people were very helpful. I paid about $450 CAD for the rum and the cigars. As you make your way through the lobby towards the recreation area, there were two pool tables and a Ping-Pong table to play at. Some of the pockets on the pool tables need to be re-stitched (and for some reason there are two eight balls and no cue ball, across both tables). Beside that area were the craft shops. They are open during the day, with a wide variety of leather goods, wooden humidors and other gifts to buy. The gardens were beautiful and VERY well maintained, with workers trimming palm trees and cleaning up dead palm leaves throughout the week (the workers were also very friendly). The pathways were nicely lit up at night, although it would have been nice to see some of the room signs lit up as well. But after the first day, you pretty much knew your way around the resort. By then, you’re not paying much attention to the signs. We experienced no bugs, although there were high winds throughout most of our stay. The Restaurants The food was excellent. I really liked the breakfast at the Ara Buffet. The mini crepes with maple syrup and bacon were my favorite. The only real downside to the buffet was the layout (inverted ‘L’ shape). Everything seemed a little too spaced out. But other than that, I enjoyed the food at the buffet immensely. As for the ‘A-La-Carte’ restaurants, hands down the Japanese restaurant topped out being my number one favorite. On top of the food being totally awesome, the show they performed was well done, too. Second favorite was the Italian restaurant. I really enjoyed the pizza. Third would have to be The Asian Fusion restaurant. The tuna was good. And lastly the Mexican, which had a good hot sauce, but I didn’t like Corn soup all that much. As for the snack bars (Beach/24-h), they were both good. The rice with shrimp was amazing! The croc-monsieur sandwich was good, but it wasn’t consistent (looked different on two occasions). But they were both good, same with the breakfast sandwich. A note on Ketchup: If you want, you can bring your own in small packets (which is what I did), but I wouldn’t bother, since the version they have down there is more like tomato paste. I imagined it to be worse, but honestly, it’s not that bad. The Bars The drinks at the lobby bar were very good. I mostly drank mojitos, as well as the local beer (Cristal), which were both good. The drinks at the Carabo Beach Bar were also good, but I stuck to beer mostly, since the drinks were smaller in size (for obvious reasons). The service was quick, and the bar tenderers were very professional and courteous. I also like the servers in the lobby, asking you if you wanted anything to drink. The Beach The beach was outstanding. It was very wide and very long. Some of the best white sand you will ever see. The sand was made up of fine crushed coral, with lots of seashells. The water was relatively warm and calm (this was only true for the first two days, later on the water got slightly cooler and more choppy). There were lots of beach chairs (no problem finding one) and several small palm trees, set in the sand for you to grab some shade. It would be nice to see more small wooden tables. The only minor issue was the thin line of broken seashells right at the waters edge. This is typical for any beach with lots of seashells. You just have to watch where you’re stepping. But other than that, this is one of the best beaches I’ve ever been on. The Room The room was nice. The bathroom, closet area and beds were all on one level. After stepping down two steps, you get to the lower level. Beside the steps is a partially raised flat area with cushions to sit on. On the lower level, there were two big comfortable chairs and a large coffee table. Outside you had a balcony, which wrapped around the corner to the left. On the opposite side of the room is where you would find the usual items: Mini-fridge, writing desk with chair and mirror. The furniture looked almost brand new. The coffee maker on top of the cabinets didn’t function properly. It would begin to brew, and then it stopped after a few seconds (there was still water inside the reservoir and VERY little coffee in the cup). I reported the problem to the front desk, but it never got swapped with another unit from a vacant room (which is what I was hoping for). I ended up abandoning the coffee maker altogether and drank the cappuccinos at the bars and restaurants instead (which were amazing, by the way). Next to the desk was the LCD TV, with a few channels and radio stations. Next to that was an area to rest your suitcase, which came in good use. There were two Queen size beds, pushed together, with a small desk on either side. The beds were suitable, although I found mine to be a bit hard. The bathroom was divided into two rooms. One part you had a single sink, along with a mirror and magnifying mirror. Behind you was the closet area, with two sliding doors (floor to ceiling mirrors). Inside were some drawers, an area to hang your clothes and the safe. The other room comprised of the toilet, bidet and bathtub with an adjustable shower nozzle. The only real downside to the bathroom was the hot and cold tap for the shower. Getting the temperature just right was next to impossible (too hot or too cold). The water pressure would be weak at times as well. The door was a bit noisy and an extra towel bar outside the bathtub would have been useful. The Excursions We went on two excursions. The first was the “Sun Cruise Catamaran Tour” for $109 CAD. The tour included full open bar, a stop over at ‘Cayo Blanco’ with lunch included and an encounter with dolphins. They even take your picture with one of the dolphins, $10 CUC extra if you wish to buy the photo. Snorkeling was also included, but we couldn’t see much due to the high winds that day (water was murky). Although it was smaller than the one we had at our resort, the beach on ‘Cayo Blanco’ was also very nice. The second tour we went on was “Tour to the Caribbean - Bay of Pigs” for $53 CUC (about $67 CAD). We took a bus through the Matanzas province and made stops at a sugar cane farm (where we saw live animals and sampled sugar cane juice), a crocodile-breeding center and a fish cave (where we could go swimming). The last stop was a visit to the “Punta Perdiz” recreation center, which included lunch, open bar and snorkeling. The snorkeling was much better this time around. They even provide you with snorkeling gear. There are a few beach chairs, but they aren’t as plentiful as the ones on the beach back at the resort. Also, this is more of a place to go swimming and snorkeling. There is no beach, only large coral rocks. Our tour guide, Geraldo, knew a wealth of information regarding the Cuban people, The Bay of Pigs and the history behind it, as well as the local economy. His English was perfect and I understood him very well. The drive back to Varadero was about two and half hours (that doesn’t include the stops at the other resorts). As for our Sunwing tour representative, Barbarita was very helpful and very friendly. She always seemed like she was in a good mood. Other Services The Banco (currency exchange) was very useful, although they never provided me with a receipt after each transaction. The opening hours were good (open mainly during the afternoons) and the ladies working behind the counter were very friendly. Wi-Fi is available but at an extra cost. You can purchase one hour for $4.50 CUC, about $5.75 CAD, which is reasonable. I never used the Internet, but my friends whom I was with at the time say the speeds were decent. Advice to those interested: - If you’re keen in the excursions, book on the plane (you’ll save about $15 CDN). - Cigars at the resort are expensive – buy them at the airport on your last day (they were about $30 CAD cheaper). - Try to book your ‘A-La-Carte’ dinners in advance, on the first or second day. - If you bring U.S. cash and exchange it, you will have to pay a penalty. Avoid using USD if you can (I exchanged Canadian dollars for Cuban Convertible Pesos). - Plan your excursions and dinner reservations accordingly. Our second excursion was advertised as being a “half-day” tour, which clearly wasn’t (we left at 8:15 A.M. and got back by 6:25 P.M.). In any event, plan for a late dinner. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Jan 29, 2015 - MartinSmithy - London, United Kingdom

We stayed in the Royal Service accommodation which included free wifi and transport to the airport which was in Havana. This upgrade was worth the additional cost. The grounds were well maintained... Read more and the rooms were adequate but will probably need an upgrade soon to meet today's quality requirements. The food was generally very good. Service around our pool area was excellent and very attentive. The beach was kept fairly clean and the long walks were very enjoyable. Slightly busier than we normally like with all the adjoining all inclusive hotels. Transfer by road was well worth the journey time of two hours and the road were velry quite and reasonably maintained. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Jan 28, 2015 - mumb0steve - London, United Kingdom

My wife and I came here on honeymoon in 2012 and had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the sea views, lovely beach and the best strawberry daquiris in the world! Not even a hurricane on the last few days... Read more could ruin it! Read less

4 of 5 stars
Jan 27, 2015 - launa n - Toronto, Canada

my husband and i stayed at this resort oct 10th to 17th. this was our 5th time to Varadero we love it we only stay at 5 star and this resort was everything and more,great coffee bar KRYSTALS,,and the... Read more staff were amazing..we are heading back to cuba on march 30th to stay at Iberostar Varadero so we are hoping for the same kind of royal serves the only problem i could say was shower was a little weak...room very clean resort and food all very good. Read less

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