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5 resorts to experience the best of Cuba

From pristine beaches to some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving in the Caribbean, Cuba offers endless opportunities for seaside relaxation, eco-exploration and cultural discovery. A long-time favourite destination of Canadian sun-seekers, Cuba has something to offer every traveller.

If you’re looking for an ideal resort where you can experience everything that this vibrant destination has to offer, you’ll love these five properties that highlight the best of Cuba.

Aerial view of the lush grounds at Melia Habana
Discover Cuba’s rich culture at Melia Habana

Located in the charming Miramar district outside of Havana, Melia Habana is the perfect place to stay when exploring Cuba’s capital. This resort offers the best of both beachside relaxation and city exploration, where you can soak up the sun poolside or take a daily shuttle into Old Havana. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s plenty for you to discover as you stroll down Havana’s cobblestone streets lined with classic American cars and baroque buildings. Head into New Havana to tour famous government buildings and sweeping plazas with monuments to some of Cuba’s national heroes. After a day of exploring, head back to the hotel to sample traditional Cuban cuisine at one of the on-site à la carte restaurants or sip on a refreshing mojito by the bar.

Two colourful cocktails set on a boardwalk overlooking the pristine Flamenco Beach
Lounge on breathtaking beaches at Melia Jardines del Rey

Cuba is home to more than 400 kilometres of pristine coastline, with some of the best beaches in the Caribbean. You can lounge on the shores of Playa Flamenco in Cayo Coco when you stay at Melia Jardines del Rey. Spend your days soaking up the sun on the calm shores, building sandcastles or simply unwinding on one of the resort-offered sun loungers. Keep cool with a dip in the sparkling waters or grab a cold cocktail from the beach bar. The resort is also located just a short excursion away from Playa Pilar, one of Cuba’s most famous beaches and the inspiration for author Ernest Hemmingway’s popular novel Islands in the Stream.

Aerial view of Paraidusus Rio De Oro and the crystal-clear waters off the coast
Dive into the crystal-clear waters at Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort and Spa

Cuba is surrounded by some of the clearest waters in the world, making it a favourite amongst scuba diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. You can discover the deep blue when you stay at Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort and Spa in beautiful Holguin, overlooking a colourful coral reef on Cuba’s north coast. This resort caters exclusively to guests over the age of 18 and offers exciting water sports for everyone to enjoy – including complimentary snorkelling.

View of the beautiful greens at Varadero Golf Club
Hit the links on a championship golf course at Melia Internacional

Located along the world-famous shores of Varadero, Melia Internacional is the ideal choice for vacationers looking to unwind and hit the links on their getaway to Cuba, with the beautiful Varadero Golf Club just a short drive away. The first 18-hole golf course in Cuba, Varadero Golf Club challenges beginners and experts alike and incorporates the island’s natural beauty into the game with lush greens and oceanfront holes. Take advantage of three complimentary rounds of golf at Varadero Golf Club when you upgrade to The Level room categories. Besides free rounds of golf, The Level offers the ultimate in rest and relaxation with added amenities like free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, an exclusive beach area with concierge service and more!

Baby sea turtles swimming at the local sea turtle sanctuary
Explore Cuba’s natural beauty at Sol Cayo Largo

Set on a pristine stretch of white-sand beach in Cayo Largo, Sol Cayo Largo is the ideal destination for eco-explorers. This resort offers guests an opportunity to witness one of nature’s most spectacular events – the nesting and hatching of sea turtles! In collaboration with the Commission for the Environment, the resort works to protect turtle eggs and bring them to an incubation area where they are kept until they hatch. If you visit between May and November, you can even watch the sea turtles lay their eggs and witness newborn turtles being released into the ocean for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

With properties in some of the most popular destinations across Cuba, Meliá Hotels and Resorts, Paradisus Resorts and Sol Hotels and Resorts offer guests the ultimate tropical in the Caribbean. These popular properties offer spacious accommodations, convenient amenities and endless entertainment.

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