Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa

Varadero, Cuba

The hotel

Only opening its doors to adult guests, this exclusive oceanfront retreat has maximised on its tropical island setting. And that’s not just down to its boast-worthy spot on Varadero’s finest white sands, which come scattered with palapa parasols and backed by lush gardens. Its lagoon pools have been designed to meander around the resort, only interrupted by thatch-roofed structures, little caves for private swims or sunbathing, water features, and bridges – all adding to the natural tropical vibe. Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa doesn’t just feature the expected (think à la carte dining, non-motorised water sports and entertainment), it also throws in treats like snacks from pizza to pastries, a gelato station, a cool jazz bar and night club and sports like tennis and squash.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Wedding
  • Honeymoon
  • Night Club
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access

Where is it

On a wide stretch of beautiful Varadero Beach, perfect for sunsets. Transfer time from Havana Airport: 3 hours.

Hotel information

404 rooms including 401 Junior Suites, 1 Presidential Suite and 2 Royal Suites. Suites all have 1 king-size bed, balcony/patio, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, mini-fridge, safe, amenity kit, iron and board, full-size bath, beach towels, bathrobes and hairdryer. Junior Suites have a balcony or patio and 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: breakfast, lunch and dinner. IUnlimited local-brand drinks. Huge range of sports facilities and entertainment. Guests are entitled to one visit per week to each of the à la carte restaurants.

Junior Suites Diamond Club are as per Junior Suites, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Royal Suites feature a more luxurious bedroom sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Presidential Suites have two separate bedrooms sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Diamond Club Benefits are available in the Junior Suite Diamond Club, Royal Suites or Presidential Suites and include:

  • Exclusive Diamond Club Lounge access (selected premium drinks menu available)
  • Preferred room locations
  • Butler service
  • Daily à la carte breakfast service and special lunch in one à la carte restaurant
  • Exclusive bar and beach area with waiter service
  • Personalised check-in and check-out
  • Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Evening hors d'oeuvres and afternoon snacks, including decadent desserts, in the lounge
  • Upgraded room service menu
  • Pillow menu
  • Luxury amenities in-room
  • Mini-bar (replenished daily)
  • Robes and slippers in-room
  • Diving Plustour (subject to availability)
  • Snorkeling in Cayo Piedra (subject to availability)
  • 15% discount on International scuba-diving courses
  • Early booking bonus: book by 30 Apr '20 to receive 15% off the accommodation cost for travel between 1 May–31 Dec '20. 

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

     

  • 2020 honeymoon offer: honeymooners receive express check-in, welcome cocktail, small bottle of sparkling wine in the room on arrival, housekeeping (between 11:00am-3:00pm), a romantic dinner (booking required) and 10% discount on spa services.

    A marriage certificate with a minimum validity of 6 months must be presented.

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

Fantastic beachfront location on the powder-soft sands of Varadero

Relaxing and romantic resort with a good choice of bars and restaurants

Upgrade to the Diamond Club for butler service and exclusive benefits

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • Fruit platter in-room upon arrival
  • Bottle of rum on arrival
  • Please note: to be eligible for favourites benefits, a minimum of 10 nights stay is required.

5 dining options: Gourmet Marche (buffet, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner), El Caribe (traditional Caribbean, open for à la carte dinner), The Pearl (International and seafood, open for à la carte dinner), Grill Beach Club Restaurant (grill and seafood, open for à la carte dinner) and Café Bistrot (grill selection, pizzas and 24-hour snacks). Lobby bar, Dips pool bar, Scoops ice cream and Jazz bar.

Daily and nightly entertainment. Weekly manager's cocktail party. Fashion shows, dance and Spanish lessons. Resident band and piano players. Outdoor theatre and nightclub.

3 swimming pools, 4 whirlpools. The Royal Spa*. Fitness centre with steam room and sauna. 3 floodlit tennis courts. Table tennis. Squash. Pool table, lawn chess and games room. Paddle boats. Sailboats. Kayaks. Windsurfing and snorkelling.

WiFi access* in designated areas of the resort. Beauty salon*.

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

3 nights.

* Denotes local charge.

Dress code: smart casual for dinner – trousers and collared shirts for gentlemen.

Please note: this hotel is an adults-only property for guests over the age of 18.

 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best Hotel in Varadero

Apr 8, 2020 sandybubbles Toronto, Canada

Travelled in early March, easy check in , nice clean large rooms and beautiful landscaping. Restaurants were all very good, even the buffet was spectacular. Beach restaurant was a favourite especially for the view. The beach was perfect and clean. I walked for 45min before finding any plastic/garbage. Well done, Cuba! Sunsets were gorgeous. … Read more
Travelled in early March, easy check in , nice clean large rooms and beautiful landscaping. Restaurants were all very good, even the buffet was spectacular. Beach restaurant was a favourite especially for the view. The beach was perfect and clean. I walked for 45min before finding any plastic/garbage. Well done, Cuba! Sunsets were gorgeous. Ocean a bit rough, red flag 3 out of 4 days and all scuba diving was cancelled. The staff were extremely charming and helpful. The entertainment at night was probably one of the best I've seen at an all inclusive. Day trip organized through Sunwing Rep to Havana (8 hrs) was worth the $. Tour guide, Amore, was outstanding. He shared so many stories on the history of the island. Would definitely go back. Read less
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Apr 7, 2020 cstasia Ottawa, Canada

This hotel was amazing. The rooms were clean, the cleaning staff was top-notch ! We were there just before the forced closures and although resources were becoming limited, there was no evidence of that when it came to staff engagement or service. The beach is one of the nicest I have ever been on, it even surpassed Negril for me, The food was… Read more
This hotel was amazing. The rooms were clean, the cleaning staff was top-notch ! We were there just before the forced closures and although resources were becoming limited, there was no evidence of that when it came to staff engagement or service. The beach is one of the nicest I have ever been on, it even surpassed Negril for me, The food was delicious, there was always something for everyone. Martin the hotel manager Raul and Marcel were engaging and accomodating especially given the circumstances. The venue is relaxed and friendly. I do hope that you put this on your must see lists. The Diamond Club is worth it if only for the bartender alone!! how fabulous and sweet. We will definitely return! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Disappointing Adult Only Hotel in Varadero

Apr 5, 2020 Champsrus

We had a fabulous time in Havana, and then chose the Royalton Hicacos Hotel in Varadero to wind down for 6 days before we headed off home. Unfortunately it was not the Adult only hotel we had expected. It was more geared to a Club18-30 foam in the pool experience !! We spent the whole time on the beach instead.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Birthday in Cuba

Apr 2, 2020 LucR59 Leicester, United Kingdom

2 weeks’ Diamond Club stay in January for my birthday. Perfect place to relax. Great beach, good diving (on both the Atlantic and Caribbean sides of the island). Excellent attention from all the staff and restaurants. Good food and wine. I would definitely recommend.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A little tired

Mar 28, 2020 russgibson1764 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

It would be easy to criticise the lack of available restaurants during our stay but it was affected by the Covid19 outbreak during our second week, that said at no point from our arrival were all the restaurants open. The resort is situated on a beautiful beach and the level of service is good and it is Cuba, but it is not at the level it… Read more
It would be easy to criticise the lack of available restaurants during our stay but it was affected by the Covid19 outbreak during our second week, that said at no point from our arrival were all the restaurants open. The resort is situated on a beautiful beach and the level of service is good and it is Cuba, but it is not at the level it presents itself to be. The rooms are dated and dull, the resort brochure as issued at check in doesn’t reflect the opening times of the restaurants and the butler contact numbers are incorrect. The themed restaurants aren’t big enough to cope and that was when the resort was less than 50% full. Read less