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
  • Honeymoon Offer: Honeymooners receive sparkling wine upon arrival, one romantic dinner and 10% discount on SPA services. For travel between 1 Jan '21–2 Jan '22.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 30 Apr '21 to receive up to 10% off the accommodation cost between 1 May ’21–2 Jan '22.

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

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 RESORT IN VADARERO

Feb 26, 2021 max010145 Waterloo, Canada

Very nice resort. I stayed here in the middle of January 2021 Rooms and service were great. We got tested for Covn19 at airport and after 5 days at the resort, was very quick . Havana and downtown Varadero was under lockdown. never had to leave the resort, and the beach was also very nice. At night the main lobby bar was open 24hrs. but got very… Read more
Very nice resort. I stayed here in the middle of January 2021 Rooms and service were great. We got tested for Covn19 at airport and after 5 days at the resort, was very quick . Havana and downtown Varadero was under lockdown. never had to leave the resort, and the beach was also very nice. At night the main lobby bar was open 24hrs. but got very quiet after 1100pm. After mid-night all you had was drunks that should have gone to bed or they fell down and the hotel staff had to take them to their rooms. I think this happened because most of the Hotels in Varadero were closed and they moved some quests to the Royalton. this is the second time I have to Royalton and will be back in the Spring. Read less
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Feb 7, 2021 Vi M

We were transferred to the Royalton after our original resort was setting up to close (thanks Sunwing!!!) We have been visiting Cuba yearly for the last 4 years,and by far,the Royalton is the best resort we have stayed at! The staff are beyond accomodating.They are so friendly and fun. Special shout out to our butlers,Roberto, Veronica and… Read more
We were transferred to the Royalton after our original resort was setting up to close (thanks Sunwing!!!) We have been visiting Cuba yearly for the last 4 years,and by far,the Royalton is the best resort we have stayed at! The staff are beyond accomodating.They are so friendly and fun. Special shout out to our butlers,Roberto, Veronica and Eleanor!They were so helpful and at least once a day they would find us to find out how our stay was going and if we needed anything. Roberto set up a special romantic service for our anniversary which was beautiful. All the staff go above and beyond to ensure you are enjoying your stay. We felt safer being there then we did at home. Staff are wearing masks, shields, there is hand sanitizer everywhere,social distancing guidelines are in place, it was awesome to see. The rooms are beautiful and huge. The housekeeping staff do an amazing job. Everyday we had origami towels with a personalized hand written note which meant a lot. Its better for them if you tip in US dollars. And please remember to tip. They work really hard and deserve it. There is not one thing we could find to complain about. The food is incredible! Fries at the snack bar if you're missing home, an ice cream parlor with the BEST ice cream. I just cant say enough good things about this resort. We plan to return back in 2023 to do our vow renewal ceremony,and we cant wait!!!!Thank you to ALL the staff at the Royalton! Read less
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Feb 5, 2021 Amanda O Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

We spent two weeks at the Royalton Hicacos over New Year and had a wonderful time. It's one of the most attractive resorts I've ever stayed at - particularly the pool area and beautiful beach, both of which have plenty of sun loungers. The staff are the friendliest, most helpful I have ever encountered, especially in the Jazz Bar (which also… Read more
We spent two weeks at the Royalton Hicacos over New Year and had a wonderful time. It's one of the most attractive resorts I've ever stayed at - particularly the pool area and beautiful beach, both of which have plenty of sun loungers. The staff are the friendliest, most helpful I have ever encountered, especially in the Jazz Bar (which also does the best cocktails!). The food was also better than we expected. It's Cuba so they have some shortages but this hotel absolutely makes the best of what they have, including amazing lobster and great steaks. The gala buffet on New Years Eve was fabulous and the Caribbean and beach-front seafood restaurants were our favourite a la cartes. If I was returning to Varadero, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at the Royalton again (and I rarely return to the same hotel twice). If you are travelling during the pandemic, the hotel also feel very safe. Staff wear masks at all times and politely remind guests to do the same, there is hand sanitizer everywhere and social distancing is maintained. Read less
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Feb 1, 2021 Voyager661221

It was very very nice! I spent a week with my girlfriend. I had little problem, but they helped me. I would like to thank everybody who helped me. Everybody so friendly and helpful. Nice beach, nice restaurants and very good foods. I would like to go back as soon as possible!
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Jan 31, 2021 stojnh

Awesome place Love the quiet and the smile of all the staff I have been here in Cuba 10 times and love this place Special thanks to Veronica our butler, is her birthday today and she is really amazing Also to the nice girl at guest service thank you