Melia Internacional

Varadero, Cuba

Virgin rating

The hotel

Shaking up the seaside scene in Varadero, the new Meliá Internacional has managed to find a spot on the resort’s ever-popular sweep of sand, giving you the promise of glorious beach days and hypnotic sea views. Its attractions aren’t all natural though – with more than ten dining and drinking venues, six spectacular pools (including a fun splash pool and children’s pool), the YHI Spa with its infinity pool and teen spa, and a boulevard lined with many of the hotel’s cafés, restaurants, and bars.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Windsurfing

Where is it

On Varadero beach. Transfer time from Havana Airport: 2 hours 20 minutes.

Hotel information

Selection of rooms on suites 11 floors divided into two zones: East and West. All rooms have air-conditioning, balcony, satellite TV, coffee maker, mini-bar (replenished daily), safe, iron and board, and hairdryer. Classic Rooms are located on floors 2-9 and have pool/garden views, with 1 king-size bed or double bed and a sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

All Inclusive of: all meals, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. For a seven-night stay, guests are entitled to one visit to three of the  following à la carte restaurants per week (Cuban, Tex Mex, Japanese, Italian and Mexican). All activities and entertainment unless otherwise stated.

Classic Sea View Rooms are located on floors 3-9 with 1 king-size bed or double bed and a sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Junior Suites Sea View are between floors 2-9 with 1 king-size bed or twin beds and a sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Selection of restaurants and bars on the 1st floor of the hotel.

Daytime and evening activities.

6 freshwater swimming pools. YHI Spa*. Fitness centre. Catamarans, pedalos and windsurf boards are available. Tennis courts. Varadero Golf Club nearby*. MINICLUB for kids' (4-8 years).

24-hour reception. WFi access. Beauty salon*.

* Denotes local charge. 

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (2077)
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  • Average (196)
  • Poor (125)
  • Terrible (136)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Gorgeous hotel

May 20, 2022 johnys802

I had great stay at this magnificent hotel. It is not a typical Cuba style hotel. Its one of a kind, very modern and beautiful. People are great and a special thank you to the Sales Manager Neildo Casay Diaz and also to entertainment manager Ricardo. Wonderful people. I would definitely go there again.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A beautiful beach destination.

May 19, 2022 Jacqbrown Derby, United Kingdom

My husband and I stayed for five nights at the Melia International in March of this year. It was our first trip to Cuba and we were welcomely surprised by the high standards at the Melia after we had read such a lot about Cuba’s All Inclusive hotels being below par. I’m not a fan of AI but to stay on the beautiful Varadero Beach this was the… Read more
My husband and I stayed for five nights at the Melia International in March of this year. It was our first trip to Cuba and we were welcomely surprised by the high standards at the Melia after we had read such a lot about Cuba’s All Inclusive hotels being below par. I’m not a fan of AI but to stay on the beautiful Varadero Beach this was the easiest option, and we were not disappointed. The package made it very easy to totally relax and enjoy ourselves. The hotel is very spacious, set in lovely grounds and is very well located on a stunning stretch of the beach. It has many bars and restaurants, is beautifully clean with fabulous staff. We had upgraded to The Level, which for us was worth it. We had a beautiful large airy room with an amazing view of the beach. The personal complimentary concierge service was especially helpful in sorting out the Wi-Fi issue in Cuba and any trips that we wanted to make. As part of the upgrade we were also supplied with 2 large bottles of water in our room everyday and we had access to some restaurants and bars that weren’t available to all. (This was particularly relevant as in most bars there was no tonic to accompany the gin during our stay -it is Cuba after all). The staff at The Level bar overlooking the pool made the most amazing Pina Coladas and there was a designated area of the beach for The Level customers where the beach attendants were always happy to organize, move and brush the sunbeds down. Waiter service was a nice touch on the beach too. Just to be clear I don’t think you need the upgrade as the hotel is perfectly equipped for all- it was just a nice extra. The real difference makers were the attention to detail from certain members of staff. A lovely lady called Suliet in reservations assisted us with information and organised transfers for us even before we had reached the hotel- contacting us personally at home as we had booked independently not through a travel company. Once we arrived, she continued to help us with our bookings and onward travel arrangements as we were heading up to Havana for 6 nights. It was very kind of her and above and beyond her usual role. Thank you Suliet! All members of staff were helpful professional and only too pleased to assist where they could. Just a couple of points that might be helpful to future travellers. We took plenty of 1 dollar bills (as well as Euros which we exchanged with local people for Pesos) to tip the staff- and don’t forget the invisible staff (the diligent cleaner of the pool toilets didn’t miss my radar). We met a lot of Canadian people who were obviously returners and were better prepared than us. On the beach and by the pool the drinks must be understandably in plastic glasses- the size of a child’s party cup. My husband needed two at a time just to make a half pint. Lots of people had insulated mugs (and bigger) similar to those we use to keep coffee hot when travelling- and they had these filled up with beer (or whatever actually)- saving the environment from plastic waste and ensuring a long cool and refreshing drink. I would recommend the Melia International and hope to return. If you are looking for a relaxing beach break and some winter sunshine it is a perfect base to explore more of beautiful Cuba. Read less
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May 19, 2022 nadinemF8839TM

Nice hotel is the best in all Varadero .The Ford and the veverage so nice. The activities so Fanny. The Mini Club girls Chabelys and Gelsis really nice .The Pool Bar is the best .I recomend Rosalba the entertainment is so nice and profesional ilove this hotel
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May 18, 2022 chesil21 liverpool

Hotel is beautiful, when we were there was quite quiet, food in buffet very acceptable, I was in touch with Juliet Hernandez before we arrived who was very helpful, never had any problems in making bookings for a la cartes, they even asked us if we wished to book anymore, all snack bar snack were amazing particularly Dunisval and another woman… Read more
Hotel is beautiful, when we were there was quite quiet, food in buffet very acceptable, I was in touch with Juliet Hernandez before we arrived who was very helpful, never had any problems in making bookings for a la cartes, they even asked us if we wished to book anymore, all snack bar snack were amazing particularly Dunisval and another woman whos name I cannot remember sorry, would just bring our drinks without us asking, all bar staff in other bars very attentive and friendly too, Aida in buffet was always so welcoming when we walked in, cleaning staff gardeners and maids all work really hard, place was spotless, drinks were good, they really do appreciate anything you can take for them, medicines, sanitary products, soap, shower gels, any sort of sweets or chocolates for children, to us its nothing but to them it means so much, am you sure you will have an amazing time if you remember its Cuba, the hospitality industry gets everything before the locals, enjoy your stay in this wonderful hotel Read less
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May 16, 2022 manonpT2540KG

Excellent hôtel, entertainments at the pool by Yosbel and Bebe was fantastic!!!! Also our cleaning lady , Gosselin gonzales at room 4018 was fantastic We had a great time and will surely return again.