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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

Favourites Benefits 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

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 or call us on 0844 557 3998, Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.30pm.

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 or call us on 0844 557 3998, Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.30pm.

Virgin Holidays favourite

Virgin Holidays favourite

“ 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 travel 01 May '14 onwards 

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 Sleep Quality
    • 4.5 Location
    • 4.0 Rooms
    • 4.5 Service
    • 4.0 Value
    • 4.5 Cleanliness
  • Traveller Rating:
    • Excellent (1782)
    • Very Good (785)
    • Average (322)
    • Poor (128)
    • Terrible (77)

best place , great beach , relaxing 100 percent . good food and drink but the best thing is the service. I stay at the royal service,its beautiful there , nice ocean view and butler service include...

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5 of 5 stars
Mar 21, 2015 - yoandy2 - Red Deer, Canada

best place , great beach , relaxing 100 percent . good food and drink but the best thing is the service. I stay at the royal service,its beautiful there , nice ocean view and butler service include... Read more , i had the best time in my life . i recommend this resort to anyone , Read less

3 of 5 stars
Mar 20, 2015 - Leigh O - london

When i booked this hotel , i specifically wanted to book the best hotel in Cuba - and the best room in that hotel. We booked to stay in the Royal Club section of the Paradisus Resort. We arrived at... Read more the main hotel and, eventually after 20 minutes' wait, we were taken to the club check in - it took 4 members of staff to get us this far! We evenatully got to our room. Clearly it's not up to European standards but this is Cuba and they need to be forgiven a little. We soon realised there was no difference really between the facilities of the regular section of the resort and the Royal Club… you can walk freely between them both. So: first tip is don't bother with the Royal Club section. This resort is HUGE - with 1400 guests . The hotel cannot cope with this volume of people - you have to book days in advance to get into the themed restaurants - which were not that good - the main buffet, which must seat 800, was a free-for-all , the food was poor- but one forgives them - for it's Cuba . The pool area was packed to the gills - you had to do the awful thing of saving a sun-bed by 9.00am - or no chance of one later. The spa advertised treatments of 1.5 hours duration - we tried to book some of these but were advised the hotel was too full to have those treatments - we could only have an hour. This is not a 5* hotel its a 3* - but they change 5* prices which is why this review is not positive. If they had advertised it to be a 3* hotel, and charged accordingly, what a great hotel it would seem. I would recommend that you go to Havana for the weekend - then leave Cuba for elsewhere in the Caribbean and stay in a true 5* hotel instead of spending a week with 1400 people who are just after a good time drinking as much free beer as they can . Read less

5 of 5 stars
Mar 18, 2015 - Ruth V - Brandon, Canada

In some ways this huge, well-maintained resort lives up to its name. Situated alongside the shore of a magnificent beach and blue-green ocean, Paradisus Varadero presents an oasis of sunshine... Read more , warmth and beauty to its many guests who are tired of winter in Canada, Russia, Germany, France and many other countries... As soon as you arrive you are given a room in either Royal Service or regular service, and you quickly see that it's as if Paradisus had divided itself into two resorts. Although my husband and I were in the Royal Service section, we were moved to a room in the regular section the day of our departure while awaiting our flight after checkout time, so we got to experience both sides of the resort. The differences are striking -- it was as if we'd moved from a 5-Star resort to a 3-Star! As others have written, if you can afford the Royal Service, go for it; you won't be sorry. The rooms in RS are larger and more comfortable; the bathrooms, which are huge, contain a jacuzzi tub, two wash basins, a separate toilet and bidet room, and a marvellous outdoor shower. The Bella Mar restaurant, which is exclusive to RS, serves delicious breakfasts and lunches -- no crowding, no standing in line. All our meals in Bella Mar as well as the other restaurants were tasty and well prepared. Best of all is the truly exceptional service you get in RS. We're simple folks, not accustomed to servants anticipating your every need and pampering you from head to toe, so we weren't sure we really needed the "butler" who is provided with every RS room. In fact, the entire team of butlers turned out to be remarkably helpful as a group; one or another butler was always available in case of need. Marilin Gonzales Hernandez, our wonderful personal butler, did everything she could to make our stay perfect. Two days after our arrival she honored my request to move us into an ocean-view room, #2634. which meant so much to me. She provided us with our preferred à la carte restaurant reservations at the times we requested. She saw to it that we had a comfortable place to stay after checkout time on our last day, and she phoned our airline repeatedly to make sure a taxi would come for us. We also received excellent service from our alternate butler, Osmany Labrada, who was there for us in an instant whenever we needed anything. Our heartfelt thanks go to both of you, Marilin and Osmany! We would also like to thank our lovely maids, Noemi our morning maid and Angeles our evening maid, for our spotless room and for your very beautiful towel art creations! Our restaurant servers in Bella Mar were great, too. We'd like to thank Darlyne, Xiomara, Yaima, Yaimi, Katy, Yaneys, whose names we were able to read, and also the servers whose names we missed! We hope to see all of you again next year. Read less

4 of 5 stars
Mar 17, 2015 - lb1232015 - Toronto, Canada

The resort is sprawling but easy to walk. The main beach is exceptional - quite wide and has some areas for shade and the sea is nice to swim in. You can walk for miles along the beach. No jellyfish... Read more on the beach or the water. The main pool is quite large with a swim up bar. Not much happening in the way of entertainment or activity during the day, like other Caribbean all-inclusive resorts. The nightly shows start at 9:45pm and are hit or miss. They could use a teen club. In the evenings folks mainly sit in the large lobby and drink. We stayed in the Royal Service—which I would highly recommend if you can afford to do so. Some guests complained about the regular rooms and moved over to Royal Service. Royal Service: the butlers are really involved in the comfort and enjoyment of your stay. It is like having a personal concierge although they rotate every other day—so you would have two dedicated for a 7 night stay. Osmany and Yaladi were outstanding. They arranged for our towels to be on the Balinese beds (the best place to be--at the Royal Service pool) each morning, they booked our trip to Havana (a must—do not miss this), golf and spa services (which offer 30% off their pricing—pretty good massage and lovely spa setting). All were booked thru our butler as well as our dinner reservations nightly at the a la carte restaurants. The spacious rooms are so well appointed. I am in the incentive travel business and have the luxury in staying in 5 star resorts all over the world. Someone did their research well when they designed these units. Minibars stocked as you wish, mini safe, well laid out walk in closets, iron and iron-board, enormous bathrooms with double sinks, hair dryer, magnifying make up mirror, oversized Jacuzzi and an incredibly huge outdoor shower. The rooms are like junior suites with a large sitting area and an outdoor balcony or patio with a built in sitting area and table and chairs—perfect for an evening morning coffee or evening cocktail. The Royal Service lobby/building looks nice but nothing happens there. They do have a bar that we used when the pool bar closes. They could use some snacks—like fruit, dry snacks etc in the afternoon. When we asked for snacks we were advised to sit at the restaurant and order a hot dog or French fries. Wifi works well in the lobby. Be advised that any corporate Gmail won’t work. A personal Gmail will. So best to get a data plan if you want to log in to your office while away. The Royal Service outdoor bar beside the pool is open from 9am to 6pm daily. Jorge is on staff and was amazing. All of the pool area staff is very friendly and make the best Cappuccinos or Mojitos-whatever you desire. And—the alcohol didn’t seem to be watered down! The Royal Service restaurant ambience is a bit dark, but they use the outdoor patio for breakfast and lunch. Even though the ambience there at night is dull, they do have the best a la carte food. But—the menu is always the same except for a daily special. Be advised, men require long pants and no flip flops at dinner in any of the a la carte restaurants. The food: they do the best they can with the limited quality and selection available in Cuba. The 5 a la carte restaurants try to create a good product offering and the ambience to match the theme of each. As other reports claimed; they don’t have an abundance of salad type foods. The fruits are limited to papaya and melons. There are no berries—so don’t expect to see them. Surprisingly, not a lot of pineapple served either. But again, who goes to an all-inclusive expecting top cuisine. It’s good enough for a seven night stay. Better than the reports I read before going that said that food in Cuba was bad. I can say that overall the food is 7/10 at Paradisus. Drawbacks: the Kleenex (if you get any) and the toilet paper are like construction paper. Do not expect it to be soft. Turndown service happened once while we were there. I could have complained—so this likely would have been fixed. They are very good with feedback and correcting anything. There don’t have facecloths—so if you want-bring your own from home. In summary; if you are looking for a resort than offers good value on a spectacular beach, a quiet vacation and very nice staff that go all out to accommodate you—Paradisus will not disappoint! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Mar 16, 2015 - ECT84 - Vermilion, Canada

We had the pleasure of staying at the paradisus in april 2013 and it was great! We stayed on the royal service side and it was the best staff and service that anyone could ask for. Everyone went... Read more out of their way to make sure our vavation was the best ever. All the royal service staff knew us and knew.our plans for the day. They would give us recommendations on where to go when leaving the resort and would ask about our outings when we returned. Food was very good throughout the whole resort. Rooms were spacious and comfortable. We are really looking forward to our return trip in april 2015. Read less

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