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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, 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, 30% discount on massages and a swimming pool on-site is reserved just for Royal Service guests.

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  • 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), safety deposit box, iron and board, bathrobes and hairdryer. Junior Suites are on split levels on the ground floor, majority with shower only with garden views and 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds and a rollaway bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child.

Room Upgrade

Junior Suites Ocean View have fabulous sea views, sleeping maximum 3 adults, or 2 adults and 1 child.

Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa Royal Service Suites:

Master Junior Suites Royal Service and Master Junior Suite Ocean Royal Service View have 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping max 2 adults and 1 child. Suites feature 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, 1 green fee free per stay (transfer not included) 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 child.

Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa Royal Service Suites for 2016 onwards:

Master Junior Suites Royal Service and Master Junior Suite Ocean Royal Service View have 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping max 2 adults and 1 child. Suites feature butler service, bathrobe and slippers, beach towel bag, 24-hour room service, one YHI-SPA water journey, private check in and check out, custom premium bar, pillow menu, in-room spa services*, guaranteed reservations in à la carte restaurants, 30% discount on YHI-Spa massages, access to exclusive swimming pool with pool and beach concierge service, exclusive beach and pool bar and gourmet restaurant, exclusive lounge reception, in-room dining service, free WiFi, free dine around at Paradisus Varadero and Paradisus Princesa del Mar Hotel and late check out until 2.00pm.

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. 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 including an upgraded menu for Royal Service guests. Hairdresser*.

Additional information

*Denotes local charge

Dress code in effect at night.

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

All Inclusive

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

Minimum stay

3 nights.


Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

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“ From their great facilities and locations, to the value and benefits they offer, these hotels are our top tips for getting you back to your bombastic best.

Favourite Benefits for 2016 travel 

10% Discount: Off your 1st spa treatment

Dinner: Receive a special dinner during stay

Gift: Receive a special gift complimentary from the hotel.

Favourite Benefits for 2015 travel 

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 (2026)
    • Very Good (929)
    • Average (424)
    • Poor (175)
    • Terrible (94)

My husband and I stayed here from November 14-21. I will give you all the pros. Food awesome we ate at the buffet 4 nights and it was awesome. There is always a huge selection of fish they will cook...

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5 of 5 stars
Nov 28, 2015 - buffy2611 - Sherwood Park, Canada

My husband and I stayed here from November 14-21. I will give you all the pros. Food awesome we ate at the buffet 4 nights and it was awesome. There is always a huge selection of fish they will cook... Read more for you as well as whole fish, whole pig, and prime rib too. The a la carte restaurants were also fantastic. My favorite was Japanese. The breakfast buffet was nothing special but its breakfast. We ate at the 24hour cafe every afternoon and the food was also great. They have huge hot dogs, shrimp, calamari, etc. All of the food at this resort tastes like home and we were very surprised as we heard the food in Cuba was not good. It was!! There is no shortage of any drink you can imagine. I loved the lime margarita, I was disappointing that when I wanted a beer it was on tap and draft. You could only get canned in your room and it was 2 a day. I did ask for a can and a few times at the bar they were able to get me one but most times it was draft beer. The beach is perfect smooth sand, clear water and just amazing. We always found a chair even though the resort looked busy in the evenings we could always get a sun shade.This is by far the best beach I have ever been to!!! Sunsets were just amazing to watch and we even took our drinks to the beach in the evening and just watched the stars. So relaxing. We never noticed any seaweed, but it would be a good idea if the staff checked the beach a bit more for garbage, sharp cans, glass etc. But over all wonderful! The pool is huge and clean, we did not spend alot of time in there mostly in the late evening after supper we had a nice cool dip before bed. Its open 24hrs which is awesome. The nightly shows were good, cuban dancers and music, they also had people playing instruments and singing nightly in the lobby. All very good. One tip for the dj of the show to not talk so close to the microphone he was very hard to understand. They have a nightclub it is small but fun to dance in, wish there was a better selection of music but it was fun. The grounds are amazing as well beautifully kept, I did notice some cubs, garbage etc in some of the Koi ponds that could be cleaned out, and I do understand how large this resort is to get it all done daily. One of the hammocks on the grounds was broken so it could be fixed. They have a gift shop which was reasonably priced and my husband bought cigars there, he enjoyed. They have a bank which will change your money over, we lose alot in exchange but its like that everywhere. The room we were in when we arrived was horrible(never put anyone in 3416) it looked nice but shower did not work,we had 2 days with no water or very little and no hot water, and the air conditioning blew hot air, it was cooler to sit outside.The fridge leaked water, the tv did not work it looked like it was ribbed out of the wall, there was never coffee ever put in our room. I had to talk to the maid as she took the tip and never stocked anything or made the bed. I had to give her more money for her to do it. I personally would not stay in that block again I complained about the issues and the water was fixed, and when someone checked AC the ended up just putting us in another room. It was updated and wonderful. Everything worked great! We loved the location 1216 and will request that side when we return. We were always stocked with water, pop, beer, towels. This was really the only flaw in our minds was the first room, and we have been to Dominican, and Hawaii, All over the states and Canada. One thing to mention this resort is on the ocean the salt water does effect the resort and sometimes its damp and musty smelling, remember your in the tropics! The spa is beautiful we went for 2 couple massages and both were fantastic. We had full use of the spa before and after our massage. What can I say sitting in a hot tub after a deep tissue massage and looking at the beautiful ocean was fantastic!! They showed us around made us feel very comfortable. Loved it. We did not do any excursions as we wanted to rest and relax as much as possible. The seems to be priced well and sounded like fun. Maybe next time. We loved this resort and lastly the Cuban people are the nicest people around. We loved talking to the people that worked there and learning about the culture. The employees all looked very busy but were always happy to stop and chat, they made us fee like family. Most spoke enough English and understood us and we understood them, but it wouldn't hurt for me to learn a bit more Spanish. We traveled through Westjet and they have someone direct you to your bus upon arrival and they pick you up. Security was super easy as well. When you arrive you have too line up and go through a door but you stop and take your picture before and then put your bag on a scanner. The whole process was super easy and quick. Over all everything about this trip was amazing. I do not know about internet I believe they have it but we came to get away from it all, so we did not bring iphones, laptops etc just a camera. Cuban is beautiful and they make you feel so welcome. We are planning on bringing our children next November, this is by far the best trip we have taken. Shout out to the great people we met Rey the bartender was amazing and so sweet, Marlon the lifeguard so friendly, all the people at the buffet were so nice and always helpful. Wish I could remember all the names. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Nov 27, 2015 - Torsten P - Toronto, Canada

We spent 4 nights at the resort and it exceeded our expectations. A beautiful long and wide beach with a lot of palms. On other islands you spent a lot of money to have a beach like this. The layout... Read more of the resort is great and has a typical Caribbean feeling that you miss in other resorts. The open lounge area is a great plus. A lot of reviews deal with the food and the rooms. Come on... its Cuba...relax and have a Mojito on the beach. I found it very refreshing compares to other Caribbean Islands. We have spent a lot of vacations on 5 star properties on other islands and there was not much of a difference except that you get in Cuba better beaches. Some things might improve over the years but who cares about wifi on a vacation? Remember, it's not the fault of the hotel if there are shortages on certain things.I had the impression that the hotel manager was everywhere to see to check on the situation. Thanks for everything. This hotel and the staff gave me a Cuban fever and I would return in a second and skip Aruba for Cuba. Thanks again Read less

3 of 5 stars
Nov 26, 2015 - Paula S - Calgary, Canada

Cuba used to be my favourite place on earth , but something has changed . The staff at the resort are not happy. I went to the beach bar , no music, no smiles and no conversation. Went to the lobby... Read more bar and the same thing. Understand I have been here many times and now it's lost the energy . The food was very bad , mile long buffet and found nothing to eat . The rooms are run down. Yes they are building a new section but it won't help if the staff are unhappy. I won't be back , it's not cheap and there are so many places in the world to go. Read less

3 of 5 stars
Nov 23, 2015 - Natalie D - Uxbridge, United Kingdom

My partner and I stayed here for 5 nights. We did not stay in royal service which after having a nose around appears to be 5*, however the rest of the resort is 4* with service at times not even... Read more worth a 1*. Our experience is as follows: Check in - Card machine would not work so we had to wait 1.5 hours until it worked. Arrived in the room and despite requesting a double bed we were given to singles (hardly romantic!), so I called and asked to be changed and after 1.5 hours they moved us to a new room with king size bed. The mini bar was not stocked and took 2 hours to get a bottle of water sent. Room service - we ordered on the first night at 11 PM (a clab sandwich and chips) and it never arrived! Ordered again on the last night and it arrived after 1 hour but the sandwich was a roll with ham and cheese... Pool - The pool is amazing, lots of recliners, if you want a bed you need to put your towel down by 9am! Restaurants - We only went to the Japanese which was excellent showmanship, good food but not 5*. Italian had poor quality food and terrible slow service, the beef carpaccio with parmesan cheese is actually served with grated cheddar... The buffet restaurant serves great food with meats and eggs cooked fresh for you, service is hit and miss, a couple of waitresses are really friendly and attentive, others are bad and things like offering water and laying tables with a tissue were often missed. Room - Cuba decor, very clean with balcony. Had a problem on the third night where our bed linen was very damp (it had not been dried thoroughly before making the bed). The customer service guy called Roberto was great and tried his best to help us as much as he could, he tried to switch us to another room but that room had damp linen too, not as damp but not much point in moving so he gave us a free meal at the royal service restaurant the hilltop, although we got a call 1 hour before the meal from restaurant reservations saying we were switched to the miramar resteraunt - we ate there and the food was the nicest we had at the resort, presented like a 4/5*....not sure whether the hilltop was the better one or not but we still had a great time. Beach - 5*, lots of recliners and volleyball net and beach bar with music. Exercise class in the sea in the morning, lots of people get involved good fun! Far left of the beach is fee cater man for 30 mins, free pedalowsand also a snorkel trip 15 mins the and 1 hour of snorkeling for 20 CUC, great value, you see so many fish! You can buy pics too for 20 CUC. We did skydiving too and it was incredible, reps walk along the beach and the parachutes land in front of the beach bar. Overall the stay was average and definitely not a 5*, so I think it's bad they advertise it as this. Royal service is 5*, so really they should advertise as 4* and 5* as they are like completely separate resorts. Read less

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