Be Live Adults Only Los Cactus

Varadero, Cuba

The hotel

Set in 26 acres of tropical gardens, the Hotel Los Cactus has plenty of amenities to enjoy, including a huge swimming pool, water sports and tennis and basketball. Come sundown the pace picks up, with themed Cuban, Caribbean and Mexican nights. When you’re not feeling active, enjoy a drink at one of several bars instead, sipping an exotic cocktail whilst admiring views of one of the most famous beaches in the world. There are four restaurants to tempt you — the beachside grill, which is ideal for more laid-back eats or book a table at the Italian or Cuban restaurant, feasting on regional dishes and fine wines. Come sundown the pace picks up at Los Cactus, with themed Cuban, Caribbean and Mexican nights.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Volley Ball

Where is it

Overlooking Varadero Beach on the Hicacos Peninsula, close to the Varadero Golf Course. Transfer time from Havana Airport: 3 hours.

Hotel information

270 rooms and suites. All of which are air-conditioned with TV, telephone, mini-fridge, tea/coffee-maker, safe, hairdryer and iron and board. Virgin Holidays Special Offer Room with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus local drinks by the glass and all activities unless otherwise stated. Guests are entitled to one visit per week to each of the à la carte restaurants.

Junior Suite either overlook the garden or the ocean, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Garden View Suite with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Pool View Suite with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Ocean View Suite with 1 king-size bed and sofa bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Jimmy's Buffet restaurant (breakfast, lunch and dinner), Los Bohios (à la carte grill, open for dinner), Beach Grill, Martino's Restaurant (à la carte Italian cuisine, open for dinner), Deli and The Mojito restaurant (à la carte Cuban cuisine, open for dinner). 6 bars. Coffee Bar.

Live music and cabaret-style evening entertainment.

Swimming pool and 3 Jacuzzis. Water sports including kayaking and snorkelling. Tennis courts, basketball, table tennis.

Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour reception. WiFi* available in reception, piano bar, pool bar and buffet restaurant.

5 nights between 1 Sep '18–31 Oct '19 and 1 Nov '19-31 Oct '20.

* Denotes local charge. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Just because the alcohol is free doesn't mean you should try to drink it all

May 18, 2019 HitchedandHiking Denver, Colorado

Our room was very nice and clean with a King size bed, a balcony facing the beach and ocean, a mini fridge stocked with water, soda and local beer and a well-sized bathroom with a shower tall enough to fit someone my height (6'3"). ***VERY IMPORTANT*** Bring your own reusable container. I had my 40oz water bottle that they would fill with beer… Read more
Our room was very nice and clean with a King size bed, a balcony facing the beach and ocean, a mini fridge stocked with water, soda and local beer and a well-sized bathroom with a shower tall enough to fit someone my height (6'3"). ***VERY IMPORTANT*** Bring your own reusable container. I had my 40oz water bottle that they would fill with beer every time. We saw people with insulated mugs that looked awesome too. Otherwise they serve you in tiny plastic cups and that will add up over time. So try to save the earth a little bit while drinking more beer! The beach was amazing. The whitest sand I've ever seen in my life. There were sun bathing loungers under tiki huts for everyone to stay out of the sun and tiny cabanas to rest in if you got there early enough. The beach bar was just a few steps away and they were more than happy to create any concoction you desired. Also, if you see a gardener around it is more than likely he will offer you a coconut to drink from for 1 CUC ($1). The pool was also nice. We didn't spend as much time there because we were living the beach bum life, but the few hours we spent there were plenty fun and close enough to the pool bar to have several refills. ***VERY IMPORTANT*** If you are only there for a few days, make sure to try and reserve a spot at one of the special restaurants (Italian or International) the first day you get there. On day one we crashed at the buffet, day two we tried to just walk in and on day 3 they were fully booked. So no special restaurants for us :(. They make reservations in the piano bar just by the main lobby between 3:30-5 each afternoon. The dinner buffet was fine for breakfast and for one lunch and one dinner, but we did find ourselves taking a taxi into town both days to get some fresh food and choices on our plate. They also had a grill at the beach from 10-6 that served hot dogs and burgers. Those were actually pretty good! Overall, it was really nice to not have any children screaming around the resort. Everyone was very nice. The staff were friendly and everything was clean. This was our first time at an all-inclusive resort like this and our experience at Los Cactus definitely makes us want to try it again in the future. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still a great place to go

May 15, 2019 Bill2013bob Calgary, Canada

We just completed our third visit to the resort. Most things are the same even with the new management. The staff is very friendly as usual and the beach is still great. I would say the food at dinner has gotten worst. I think I figured out that they are not aware that you need to check the steam tables to ensure they are on to keep the food hot.… Read more
We just completed our third visit to the resort. Most things are the same even with the new management. The staff is very friendly as usual and the beach is still great. I would say the food at dinner has gotten worst. I think I figured out that they are not aware that you need to check the steam tables to ensure they are on to keep the food hot. I will say that a new pasta bar chef arrived just before we left and the food at least from the pasta was wonderful after the new person arrived so maybe there will be some changes. The Italian restaurant is still ok and maybe they will revamp the menu now that the new chef arrived. I would skip the cuban restaurant and stick to the buffet. The buffet at breakfast and lunch seems to be better than dinner and the beach grill is still a good place for a burger or hotdog. All this being said i would go there again. Only because I became more aware of the issues with the buffet that I changed my stars. I would give the it maybe 3.5 stars and the other pluses of the resort out-way the food issues. I have never been sick and can always find something to eat from the buffet. If you are a picky eater then maybe you may have an issue. If they fixed the buffet food issues it would be an even greater place to go. As everyone says you don’t go to Cuba for the food. The beach is still great. They put up new beach palapas and also have some portable umbrellas available to put near your chair if you want to sit somewhere closer to the water.The shifting sand pattern has exposed a nice area offshore for snorkelling with a number of fish to look at. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We have been coming here for over 20 years. The best beach in Cuba!

May 14, 2019 Grtgran

This hotel is old, they are trying to fix it up as they go along. You couldn’t ask for nicer people that work there, and boy do they work hard. I see people complaining about every little thing, we are talking Cuba here. Do you know how hard it is getting some of there food. You won’t go hungry, sure, you might have to eat lots of pork,ham and… Read more
This hotel is old, they are trying to fix it up as they go along. You couldn’t ask for nicer people that work there, and boy do they work hard. I see people complaining about every little thing, we are talking Cuba here. Do you know how hard it is getting some of there food. You won’t go hungry, sure, you might have to eat lots of pork,ham and chicken, so what! I’ve never been sick here, so, if you don’t like it, don’t go there. I think it’s one of the best places you can go. I’ve been to Florida, Dominican, Mexico and I keep going back to this hotel. ❤️ Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Alejandra’s post from May 11 was misleading with respect to the music on the beach.

May 12, 2019 canuckperson Toronto, Canada

The DJ was playing music which was inappropriate for the other 150 clients on the beach. The volume was so loud that many of us had to go to the front desk to complain to get a lower volume. The DJ was only interested in pleasing Alejandra and her friend at the expense of the other 150 or so clients. Rather than turn the volume down, the DJ… Read more
The DJ was playing music which was inappropriate for the other 150 clients on the beach. The volume was so loud that many of us had to go to the front desk to complain to get a lower volume. The DJ was only interested in pleasing Alejandra and her friend at the expense of the other 150 or so clients. Rather than turn the volume down, the DJ protested by playing nothing. Very unprofessional conduct on the part of the DJ. We were told management will address this. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 2ND TIME NOT A CHARM

May 9, 2019 HappyTravellers2x50 Paris, Canada

Just returned from 11 days at the Be Live Los Cactus in Varadero for our 2nd visit. The food was decent but receptive. Some of the staff was exceptional, some not. If it wasn't for Orestes Jesus the bar tender, we would have rated this trip a 1 star. The hotel grounds were well kept but the buildings were showing signs of significant wear. The… Read more
Just returned from 11 days at the Be Live Los Cactus in Varadero for our 2nd visit. The food was decent but receptive. Some of the staff was exceptional, some not. If it wasn't for Orestes Jesus the bar tender, we would have rated this trip a 1 star. The hotel grounds were well kept but the buildings were showing signs of significant wear. The balcony doors would not lock and large gaps let mosquitos in at night. Other guests complained of musty damp rooms, ours was fine.The beach at Varadero is excellent, one of the most beautiful around and the ocean is excellent for swimming. Our biggest complaint is with Nelia Arias Garcia, guest relations at the Be Live Los Cactus. I emailed the resort in advance, letting them know we were returning to the resort to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Miss Garcia responded by thanking us for our loyalty to the resort and outlined what we could expect for our anniversary package. The terms of the package were that we were to provide a copy of our marriage certificate confirming the date, which we did. I emailed Miss Garcia with no response again. When we arrived at the resort, I emailed Miss Garcia again saying we had arrived and we were ignored. We brought along our marriage licence to confirm as well and Nelia wanted no part of it. We chose this resort for our celebration and she ignored us. Thank you for your loyalty? not again. 25th Anniversaries don't come along every day. We made the best of it and went out for dinner on our Anniversary. Thanks for NOTHING Nelia Arias Garcia, your guest relations are terrible. You walk around the resort constantly checking your phone so I find it hard to believe you did not get our messages. Will we return to this resort? not likely. Read less