Blau Varadero Hotel

Varadero, Cuba

The hotel

As if taking inspiration from the great pyramids, the designers of Blau Varadero cannily created a reclining hotel that captures as many ocean views as possible, and ensures everyone has a spacious balcony looking out over the water or gardens. By Varadero Beach, the atmosphere’s as laid back as the building, with oodles of space dedicated to relaxation and a huge lagoon pool centrepiece, with Jacuzzis, a pool bar, and a lounger and hammock-strung deck and garden. Only open to adults, all inclusive indulgence is the order of the day.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking

Where is it

The Blau Varadero overlooks the turquoise waters and fine white sands of Varadero Beach. Transfer time from Havana Airport: 3 hours.

Hotel information

395 rooms and suites. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, direct-dial telephone, mini-bar (replenished daily), safe and hairdryer. All rooms have 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults. Superior Garden View Rooms face towards the bay at the back of the resort. 

All Inclusive of: buffet breakfast and dinner at Flamboyán, buffet lunch at Las Adelfas, and one dinner per person per week at both Palma Real and the Italian-Cuban Fusion Restaurant. 24-hour snacks and drinks (local brands and selected premium drinks), non-motorised water sports, activities and entertainment unless stated otherwise. Guests are entitled to one visit per week to each of the two à la carte restaurants.

Please note: in Cuban all inclusive hotels, 'premium drinks/brands' can mean local premium brands rather than international ones, as Cuba has an embargo on US goods.

Superior Bay View Rooms are located on the eighth to thirteenth floors and face the Cárdenas Bay.

Superior Sea View Rooms are located on the fifth and sixth floors, and face towards the ocean.

Double Select Rooms and Suite Select are located on the seventh through thirteenth floors and face the ocean, and offer the following benefits:

  • Private check-in with a glass of sparkling wine
  • Bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket on arrival
  • Audio-base for iPod, iPhone, iPad and other smartphones
  • Iron and board
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Turndown service
  • One massage of 20-minutes per room, per week
  • 'Select' options in the mini-bar
  • Booking bonus: for couples travelling between 1 Jan–31 Oct '19 receive a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, 2 glasses of Champagne, a romantic dinner, a 30-minute basic massage and turn down service. Must be requested at time of booking.

    Offers may not be combinable.

  • Honeymooners: stay a minimum of 5 nights and receive express check-in and check-out, welcome cocktail, flowers and either a bottle of sparkling wine or bottle of Cuban rum in the room on arrival, ocean view (subject to availability), chambermaid service from 11:00am to 3:00pm. reservation priority at the à la carte restaurant, turndown service, and late check-out (subject to availability).

    A valid marriage certificate no older than 6 months must be presented on arrival.

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply. More information can be found here

  • Free Weddings: conditions apply. More information can be found here

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Oct '19 and adults receive up to 10% off the accommodation cost between 1 Nov '19–30 Apr '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 31 Mar '20 and adults receive up to 15% off the accommodation cost between 1 May–31 Oct '20.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

4 restaurants: Flamboyán Buffet Restaurant (International buffet, open for breakfast and dinner), Palma Real (International, open for à la carte dinner), Italian-Cuban Fusion Restaurant (open for à la carte dinner), Las Adelfas (buffet lunch and gril, weekly theme night). 5 bars: Orquidea lobby bar, 24-hour beach bar (snacks and drinks), pool bar, piano bar and Chill Out bar. Guests are entitled to one visit per week to each of the two à la carte restaurants.

Complete daily and evening entertainment programme.

Swimming pool, spa*, fitness centre with massage* sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, gym, 2 tennis courts and 1 multiple sports court. Volleyball, basketball, aerobics, table tennis and water gymnastics. Canoeing, snorkelling and catamarans.

Internet access*. Laundry service*. Gift/souvenir shop. Hairdresser*. Doctor*. Pharmacy*. Money exchange.

Good general access for guests who are able to walk short distances and can manage up to six steps. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

Dress code: for gentlemen, long trousers are requested when dining at night.

Please note: this is an adults-only hotel.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Most beautiful beach

Jul 21, 2019 Mojhito05 Toronto, Canada

This was our 4th time at The Blau and I would not hesitate to go back, I have been to many beaches but this one has to be one of the best. It’s very easy to get in and out of the ocean and you can go a long distance without getting too deep plus at this time of the year the water is very warm and not rough. Our room on the 6th floor was facing… Read more
This was our 4th time at The Blau and I would not hesitate to go back, I have been to many beaches but this one has to be one of the best. It’s very easy to get in and out of the ocean and you can go a long distance without getting too deep plus at this time of the year the water is very warm and not rough. Our room on the 6th floor was facing the ocean and the pool, the AC was perfect, the fridge was stalked with a couple of sodas, beer and a big bottle of water. We asked for more water as we needed it to brush our teeth and make coffee in the morning and they did. Beautiful room, shower had great water pressure, we never had an issue with hot water. Limited toiletries are provided but I never travel without my own so no problem. The staff in the dining room and the buffet area are all so friendly, especially Betty making the smoothies and Ernesto in the dining room. Rosie in Public Relations was very welcoming and friendly! Everyone makes you feel like family! There are lots of choices of food but it’s mostly repetitive, could use more flavor and different things. The coffee used to be not too bad but this time we found it was not drinkable, we had to go to the bar for an espresso to get a good coffee. We’re not big drinkers but like to have a nice drink once in a while, unfortunately it was not possible, the quality is not good. The things I wish they would improve on would be 1- to have ceiling fans in the lobby area, it’s so hot there and there’s no breeze. 2- This day in age we need to be able to communicate and stay connected even if we’re on vacation, they need to have a better WiFi system that allows you to use WiFi in your room, not to have to always go to the lobby area. I have recommended this resort to my family and friends, they also absolutely loved it and will continue to recommend The Blau! Read less
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Jul 21, 2019 Michele M

I have just returned from an amazing break at the Blau Varadero. Great hotel with high standard, large, bright & airy rooms with huge beds.Despite experience of other reviewers,the air-con worked perfectly,in fact,it was so efficient that I turned it off preferring the ambient warmth in the room.Our 6th floor rooms had views over the spectacular… Read more
I have just returned from an amazing break at the Blau Varadero. Great hotel with high standard, large, bright & airy rooms with huge beds.Despite experience of other reviewers,the air-con worked perfectly,in fact,it was so efficient that I turned it off preferring the ambient warmth in the room.Our 6th floor rooms had views over the spectacular swimming pool with the sea in the distance.The entire hotel is well presented & is kept scrupulously clean with efficient housekeeping (thanks Lily!).The buffet restaurant is clean,well run & had a wide choice of food.We thoroughly enjoyed our A La Carte meals,with musical accompaniment,in the Italian Las Adelfas & the international Palma Real.The pool area was clean,tidy with plenty of sunbeds(I was amused at the daily 7am sight of guests creeping out to the pool to move loungers around, marking them with towels & then creeping back to their rooms again.Rather unnecessary!).The beach is 5 minutes away-clean sand,clear turquoise sea & plenty of loungers with thatched palm shades.We played pool each evening & enjoyed sitting in the different bar areas sampling a range of cocktails.The gym is adequate for a work-out regime & there is a timetable of daily entertainment activities.My sons were disappointed at the lack of wi-fi but managed to stay in touch by using the1cuc internet cards.Blau Varadero is a perfect destination - visually attractive,comfortable with faultless service & friendly staff. Thank you for a wonderful experience. Read less
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Jul 21, 2019 DocAriana Cali, Colombia

If you want to have a great time at varadero, this is a must. Great service, beautiful beaches, an good food (is still Cuba). Besides this hotel has a great vive for young people. Usually at the only adults you find old people just wanting quite and relax. And even if you still can do that, this hotel attract a young population (25-50). So you can… Read more
If you want to have a great time at varadero, this is a must. Great service, beautiful beaches, an good food (is still Cuba). Besides this hotel has a great vive for young people. Usually at the only adults you find old people just wanting quite and relax. And even if you still can do that, this hotel attract a young population (25-50). So you can meet great people and dance the night away. I believe this is the way to go if you are at varadero! Read less
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Jul 20, 2019 Joycey18

The Blau was a very good hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful, rooms very clean and food was prob one of the best iv had in a long time with an excellent selection of fresh roasts and fish dishes. Only disappointing point was pool was lovely but could of been cleaned more often inside. Would definitely recommend this hotel.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great stay!!

Jul 19, 2019 GillesD2 Sudbury, Canada

My wife and I and our 2 friends stayed here for 7 days. It was 2 weeks after hurricane Irma. They sure know how to keep a hotel clean and beautiful. Even after Irma, the grounds and hotel were spotless. They were still repairing things from the hurricane and you can tell by the trees that there was a violent wind that whipped through there. The… Read more
My wife and I and our 2 friends stayed here for 7 days. It was 2 weeks after hurricane Irma. They sure know how to keep a hotel clean and beautiful. Even after Irma, the grounds and hotel were spotless. They were still repairing things from the hurricane and you can tell by the trees that there was a violent wind that whipped through there. The food was great! We've been Cuba several times and this was the best food so far. Cooked well and delicious. It's still Cuba so some of the food is bland but for the most part it's very good! Our room was clean and spacious. The mini fridge was stocked with been, pop and water every day. It was awesome facing the pool and the ocean. Spent some time on the beautiful balcony. The hotel was almost completely empty when we got there and it was so empty it was creepy. But a day or two later and it filled up with happy guests. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. The pool is huge and refreshing. The beach is incredible. Lots of palapas. No need to reserve them early in the morning. Read less