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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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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 (1690)
    • Very Good (723)
    • Average (298)
    • Poor (118)
    • Terrible (75)

We were at the resort from Dec. 09-16...and it's the 1st family vacation to Varadero (and 3rd trip to Cuba for my husband and I). And I'd say it's the best resort...We emailed the mgmt about the...

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4 of 5 stars
Dec 18, 2014 - Fiore_Toronto - Toronto, Canada

We were at the resort from Dec. 09-16and it's the 1st family vacation to Varadero (and 3rd trip to Cuba for my husband and I). And I'd say it's the best resortWe emailed the mgmt about the... Read more We were at the resort from Dec. 09-16...and it's the 1st family vacation to Varadero (and 3rd trip to Cuba for my husband and I). And I'd say it's the best resort...We emailed the mgmt about the room preference before going on the trip and got exactly what we wanted and extra (a crib for our 10-month old baby) although we didn't request it. The followings were what we experienced: Great and huge pool area - my 4-year old boy had lots of fun in the kids pool area and no problem of finding the lounge chairs and was always asked by the friendly staff whether we need the pad/cushion for the pool chair. Amazing beach - very beautiful beach and my kids had fun building sand castles and always asked to go back to the beach. The staffs were very engaging to entertain the guests...however, like another reviewer pointed out there were quite a bit of seaweed on the beach, will be great if they can be cleaned promptly. Also, we saw a few cigarette butts on the beach - it bothered us a bit as we have very young children but on the other hand, we think the smokers should have been more responsible if they can't butt out. Restaurants - great and huge selection of food at Buffet restaurants. We often sat at the table served by staffs called Yamilet and Yasmani whenever they were working - Very professional, attentive and friendly, they work very hard and they were also super good with our kids. However, the service seems not consistent throughout the restaurant - as on Saturday dinner time, we sat at a different part of the restaurant, ie. A quiet corner near the entrance of the restaurant. The service was terrible - only got the drinks after we arrived and no service afterwards (ie. The used plates were not taken away, no offer of more drinks although the waitress saw our glasses were empty etc). We also tried Japanese and Italian restaurants...great lobster dish and antipasto bar at the Italian...chef at the Japanese works very hard and very creative in terms of cooking style and food was much better than we expected...the only thing can be improved will be less salt/ soy sauce is preferred for the Tappanyaki dishes... Room - room was cleaned promptly and our usual maid made nice towel art for us on a few occasions...she's very friendly and nice. But we found that toiletries (shampoo, shower gel etc) wasn't replaced on a daily basis unless we called guest service for replacement. But, It didn't bother us as we brought our own anyway. On Thursday we noticed there was no hot water - no pressure from the hot water tap during the day at all...called guest service and was told the hot water will be turned on at 7pm...a few mins we called, a maintenance staff was over to check our hot water tap, a few mins after he left, there was cold water coming from the hot water tap...and after we came back from dinner, we got the hot water back...it's just one time problem and we were happy it got resolved rather quickly as we had no hot water issue during the rest of stays. Furthermore, loved the cappuccinos and drinks from the lobby bar and great service as well. Every time we called guest service to request for something, it's always delivered to our room quickly - very efficient! Overall, a very beautiful resort with lots of amenities and things to do and for us it's a great and memorable vacation and will definitely go back! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Dec 18, 2014 - BarbaraR966 - Ottawa, Canada

The Paradisus Varadero is a twenty minute drive from the airport, situated directly on the ocean. We stayed in a Junior suite with our two children (12 and 10), ocean view, room 26. Ocean view was... Read more actually ocean front! We didn't have high expectations after reading reviews but were completely blown away, this resort is beautiful! The beach was clean with lots of chairs, shade and service. The pool is huge with a swim up bar. The food was excellent, even the buffet! The house keeping throughout the resort was impeccable. The best part of the resort is the staff,(Eneida, Lleinis, Yamilet Tania and Eugenia) were all exceptional. They remembered our names, had our coffee waiting for us in the morning and our wine glasses full at dinner. Tania even went to another restaurant to get nachos for our kids when they didn't like the appetizers. Would definitely go back! Read less

5 of 5 stars
Dec 14, 2014 - Dennis B - Calgary, Canada

Our fourth stay in Cuba (third in Varadero). This was definitely the best resort we've.stayed in, liked it more than Iberostar Laguna Azul even. The service was extremely good, very friendly and very... Read more helpful staff throughout the resort, but I highly recommend paying a little extra for the "Royal Service". Our suite was fantastic, super clean, jacuzzi for two, outdoor shower! Room service breakfast is included, as often as you want. The food was great, Royal Service includes all five restaurants (as many times as you want) plus the best restaurant in the resort (Bella Mar - exclusive to Royal Service)and your butler makes your reservations for you. Cabanas all around the pool, and you can reserve them - just ask the pool guys. We received fantastic service, above and beyond what we asked for and expected, from so many people... Arian and Osmani, Marvin, Yosmani, Jorge Idel, Marvin, Rey. The beach is amongst the best in Varadero. You can easily walk to the beach from anywhere in this resort. Read less

5 of 5 stars
Dec 13, 2014 - LOVE2Travel4U2 - Toronto, Canada

great location, nice beach, good food, nice room, good service children enjoy the pool and beach area's, drinks well done, specialty restaurants just as good as buffet, can't complain, can't go wrong.... Read more Read less

5 of 5 stars
Dec 13, 2014 - Christine J - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

This is the best resort in Veradero Ocean view room is worth the difference Cuba runs on tips. Get peso coins first day and use them liberally. If you spend 30 CUC/day in tips at the resort, the... Read more $210/week you spend will be worth it in appreciation and service. Tipping at the bar is an exception to the above rule. A peso/drink in an all inclusive is ridiculous. Instead, buy your booze from the store and you have freedom from going to the bar. Same with coffee. Though it is free and good, the timing is not right. There is no such thing as a 'take out' coffee in Cuba and the cups are small. We took our own coffee and bodum press and large mugs. Paradisus beach is spectacular. The hobby cat sail boats are great. Instead of taking the 15min ride for free, offer 20CUC and you will be taken out for over an hour and even be allowed to sail the boat (if you know how). The snorkeling off the resort is wonderful. Take your own bread in a water bottle with a hole in the cap, squeeze the goo out a little at a time, and the fish will swarm to you. There are kayaks, use them. Tip extra and go as long as you like. The restaurants at the resort are worth the trouble of booking ahead. Stick to fish and vegetables. One couple we met ordered steak and then complained. hmmm.... maybe they did not notice that all the red meat in Cuba is skinny. Cuba is rich in seafood, cheese, vegetables and fruit. Stick to that. Visit the caves just a 10 minute walk outside the resort. 5 CUC and plan 1-2 hours. Not commercialized at all and a lot of fun. We saw no other tourists while we were there. If you go on the Gaviota bus for an outing, pee before you go. The washrooms on the bus are locked. Take your own toilet paper and water with you. Pee in the bushes instead of lining up where they take you. If you are Canadian, you will have no trouble with that. Learn the lyrics to Guantanamera. Take a Spanish-English dictionary. Try out your Spanish. Locals really enjoy it and are encouraging. There is nothing to buy in Cuba. Maybe a Che T shirt and some salad spoons. Otherwise they seem lost in the useless tourist trinkets of a bygone era. This is a real shame. There are skilled artisans who want to make a living. Someone needs to give them advice to up the creativity quotient. The Gaviota tour buses stop at trinket markets and it is embarasing what they have to offer. If I have advice for the management here it is: 1. Advertise take out lunches for people who want to go to Veradero for the day or to the Caves 2. Get Gaviota tour guides to stop talking about how Canadians love to drink. Actually, we don't. We hate drunkards and are insulted to be labelled as drinkers. We appreciate quality rum in moderation. 3. More lobster 4. Advertise the Caves just outside the resort. Canadians are hikers 5. Consider 'take out' coffee for the beach/gardens. Your cups are too small 6. Sell the local Cuban newspaper - we enjoy learning Spanish 7. Offer Spanish lessons on rainy days 8. A better system of swapping beach towels 9. We never went on line and the break from internet meant a lot in relaxation. You will get pressure to have more internet access....resist it. Advertise the break from the rat race Again, this is a fabulous resort. We went for 7 days in April and 10 days in November. We are perhaps generous tippers and got great service. But in the larger scheme of things, the extra in tips went to the people on the ground, they seemed to appreciate it and we got incredible service. We heard complaints from other tourists at times....tough meat, cracks in the tile, not good enough service....hmmm...they all seemed like stingy whiners to us. :) Read less

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