Main resort: Pool with children’s section, fitness centre, spa*, tennis courts, jogging trail, bicycle hire*, volleyball and beach volleyball, archery*, non-motorised water sports, dive school*, baby and kids’ club
Royal Service: pool, in-room spa treatments*
Family Concierge: adults-only pool, 2 kids’ pools, games room, baby club
Restaurants & bars
As you would expect from an all inclusive resort in Varadero, there is a variety of drinking and dining options, suitable for all tastes.
For an entertaining dinner and mouth-watering Japanese dishes, you should give the teppanyaki restaurant Sakura a try. Italian cuisine is served at Stella di Mare while Cuban and international treats can be found at the main buffet restaurant Ara.
Those looking for a romantic atmosphere and gourmet international fare should head to Turey restaurant – an intimate venue where musicians play as you dine.
An afternoon or evening barbecue is a fantastic experience and can be enjoyed at the laid-back grill El Chiringuito, which is located just steps from the beautiful beach.
The gourmet eatery Bellamar has an air of exclusively about it as it is solely for the use of Royal Service guests.
The nine bars (three exclusively for Royal Service guests), including the swim-up pool bar Toa, the charming beach bar Carabo, and the pool side snack bar Cairi which is open all day every day, provide relaxing spots to enjoy a sundowner or live entertainment. Royal Service guests can enjoy refreshing beverages served from the pool-side bar RincónFrancés, lobby bar La Notteor the Royal Service beach bar.
The resort features a baby club for 1-4 year olds, open 9am-5pm; a mini club for 5-12 year olds, open 10am-5pm; and a hobby club for teenagers, open 9am-11pm.
What’s nearby? This hotel is set on a crescent of Varadero beach within the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, which is ideal territory for wildlife spotting. Most of the activity lies in the other direction, though – out on the water – and you can practise scuba diving with a free introductory lesson in the hotel’s pool, then head out on offshore dives. There’s an organised trip almost every day.
Tried and tested Although it’s not essential, we’d recommend upgrading to the Family Concierge service. As well as access to exclusive areas and a welcome beach kit with a backpack, cap, sun cream and an inflatable, there are some really nice little extras – like a turn-down service that’s tailored to kids, with milk and cookies served at bedtime. You also get personalised service from the family concierge, who'll help you get the most from your holiday.
The sleeping arrangements We’d recommend the Family Concierge Junior Suites – they’re in the Family Concierge area of the resort, which means you get private check-in and check-out in the Family Lounge, use of the family concierge to plan your stay, as well as lots of extras. These have a kingsize bed or twin beds, and you can add an extra bed or cot if you need to. For an added dose of luxury, book a Family Concierge Junior Swim-Up Suite. As the name suggests, these have direct access to the pool from their terrace.
One immersion dive is included each day from Monday to Saturday. This includes equipment, boat (reservations required and subject to availability). Personalised service for beginners and certified divers is provided. Introductory dive lessons are held in the swimming pool every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am to 1pm. Clients with an international scuba diving licence must show it while booking the service at the hotel's scuba diving centre.
*Denotes local charge