Cuba All Inclusive Holidays
Relax and let Cuba's all-inclusive resorts look after everything for from delicious meals and beachside cocktails to exciting excursions and aquatic activities.you
From £799 per person
Cuba has a wealth of blissful beach retreats and smart hotels offering all-inclusive packages where everything is taken care of for you - from meals and activities to entertainment and childcare. The all inclusive experience is perfect for holidaymakers looking for a stress-free break where relaxation is the top priority. Everything you could need is available onsite and included in the price, leaving you free to completely unwind with no need to spend more money on food and activities or waste time searching for decent restaurants and attractions. All-inclusive holidays in Cuba are also great value for money, often costing much less than other options.
Why go all-inclusive in Cuba
Going all-inclusive is definitely the best way to enjoy Cuban beaches. While there are a range of accommodation types in Cuba - from casas particulares to chic boutique hotels- all-inclusive resorts are particularly appealing if you are staying in a beach resort like Varadero or at any of the Cuban cays; and ever more if you are travelling with children, as everything is close at hand.
A key part of the country's economy, Cuba's all-inclusives draw on more than 20 years' experience to offer fantastic facilities and services. With truly paradisiacal settings - pale slices of sun-drenched sand backed by tall shady palms - many guests have little desire to leave the hotel for their entire holiday unless they want to explore further afield.
Most resorts provide an extensive range of services and activities (not all of them for free), including scuba taster sessions, water sports (non-motorised ones are usually complimentary and part of the all-inclusive package), horse riding, spa treatments, salsa classes, kids clubs and childcare, but the biggest convenience is having all your meals covered by the resort and available within the complex.
All-inclusive resorts offer extra privacy, safety and security and there's no need to bring lots of cash with you on holiday. It's even easier to get to know fellow travellers as you enjoy all of your drinks and meals together in the resort. There's also the added bonus of having direct access to the beach and a myriad of aquatic activities to choose from. Many resorts have their own sections of beach with sunloungers and umbrellas that are free for guests to use, while public visitors have to pay a fee to use the facilities. This often means that the stretch of beach facing a hotel is usually crowd-free and used mostly by hotel guests only.
All-inclusive - the best way to enjoy beaches in Cuba
The sultry allure of Cuba's dazzling white, coconut palm-tufted beaches, sapphire waters and tropic sunshine makes it perfect for a classic Caribbean beach holiday. Cuba has some of the most inviting all-inclusive hotels in the world where you can feast on a delicious fusion of Caribbean and Spanish cuisine at a choice of restaurants, sip on unlimited rum cocktails and enjoy the intoxicating rhythms of traditional Cuban and Afro-Cuban music that often forms part of the evening entertainment. Travellers looking for a relaxing beach getaway can take their pick of hotels boasting prime beach-side locations, good food, top-notch service and luxurious rooms-with-a-view.
The country's premier beach destination - Varadero - has the largest range of hotel options including international resort chains like Iberostar, Blau, Blue Diamonds, and Melia. Alternatively, the north-eastern town of Guardalavaca has some of the most exclusive hotels on the island such as the five-star Paradisus del Oro. On Cuba's Jardines del Rey archipelago - a coral necklace of cays strung along the north-eastern coast - there are scant facilities outside of the top-notch all inclusive resorts, so they act as the main focal points for all visitors to the cays. Similarly, the island of Cayo Largo del Sur in Cuba's southern waters has been developed solely for tourists, with mainly all-inclusive hotels providing for guests' every need. You can choose from luxury five-star hotels with private beaches, adults-only havens or family-orientated complexes.
Not all all-inclusives are created equal so it's a good idea to think about your priorities before booking a resort. Read on for our suggestions for different types of travellers.
Romantic getaways and spa retreats
Lovers looking for a desert island paradise where they can totally relax in each other's company and enjoy quality time together in a serene setting can find some fantastically well-equipped resorts for couples in Cuba. The remote Cuban islet of Cayo Largo del Sur is the ideal romantic retreat for couples. Clothed in mangroves, coconut palms, fragrant jasmine and wildflowers whilst rounded with gently shelving beaches and cerulean waters, this little southern island is famed for its beauty. A clutch of all-inclusive hotels provide facilities to the tourists who come here for total relaxation and to revel in the unique marine environment, which includes pretty coral reefs in the sun-dappled shallows. The 4-star all-inclusive Sol Cayo Largo is perfect for couples. Here you can spend days relaxing on the hotel's private section of sandy beach while waiters bring snacks and drinks to the waterside, enjoy a seaside massage, or go snorkelling in the calm, clear water. Outstanding facilities include an in-resort nautical and dive centre giving guests the chance to explore the coral reefs for which the island is renowned.
In Varadero, you can choose from a handful of lovely locations to lay back and let your cares drift away on the tropical ocean breeze. In fact the choice here is far more varied and this is where you'll find the most luxurious variety of adults-only all-inclusive resorts catering exclusively for couples The Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa, for example, is tailored for romantic all-inclusive escapes, while the all-suite five-star Paradisus Princesa Del Mar Resort and Spa is described as an ultra all-inclusive eco-resort also exclusively for adults, with an indulgent Yhi Spa onsite and a wide range of gastronomic options that are part of its all-inclusive package. If luxury and sophistication is what you're searching for, this is where you find it.
Chief among the castaway cays of the Jardines del Rey, Cayo Santa Maria has virgin beaches of the purest white sand accented by a few first-class all-inclusive resorts and all the amenities a visitor could need. Travellers looking for total serenity and luxury can book a stay at the Melia Buenavista, an adults-only resort on a private peninsula surrounded by idyllic coves. Guests at the Melia Buenavista Royal Service and Spa can enjoy luxurious extras such as a free mini-massage and butler service as part of the hotel's all-inclusive offering. Spa facilities include a jacuzzi, sauna and plunge pool, as well as massages and treatments such as aromatherapy, facials, manicures, pedicures and body wraps.
Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are also linked to north-eastern Cuba via a snaking causeway, with diminutive Cayo Guillermo home to just a few all-inclusive resorts close to Playa Pilar beach, which is fabled for its exquisite beauty.
Fantastic family-friendly all-inclusives
For families with young children, choosing an all-inclusive family hotel makes your holiday much simpler. Dining is far easier and all the facilities you could need are within the grounds. In addition to offering kids' clubs, playgrounds and pools, some hotels offer childcare and babysitting services for babies and toddlers (at an additional cost) and a varied programme of family activities and entertainment that caters for everyone - young and old.
Cuba has a number of family-orientated, all-inclusive resorts hugging the powder-soft sands of Varadero and Guardalavaca that offer holidays in a nutshell. Some of Varadero's most popular family-friendly hotels include the Blau Marina Varadero, Breezes Bella Costa, Melia Peninsula and Blau Marina Varadero where parents can enjoy some adult time alone while little ones are well looked after in baby clubs and mini clubs (some resorts even have teen clubs as well, so there's something for every age group).
Around Guardalavaca's string of beautiful beach resorts, the midrange Brisas Guardalavacahotel is ideal for families looking for a good mix of activities. The resort organises scuba diving trips, horse riding and a range of watersports and has an enormous beachside pool. To the west, the stunning crescent moon bay of Playa Pesquero features a peaceful family resort - Hotel Playa Pesquero - that has all the all-inclusive bells and whistles - including a kids club, authentic Cuban cuisine and diving facilities.
The little coral islets of Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Coco have a more castaway feel but nevertheless have great family facilities with easy access to the mainland. Great family hotel options include the Hotel Oasis Playa Coco overlooking a gently shelving beach that's perfect for little ones, and the Sol Club Cayo Coco that offers extensive family entertainment and a kids club.
Best resorts for aquatic attractions
Life centres on the beach in many of Cuba's resorts with plenty of activities taking advantage of the island's clear, tropical waters and balmy climate. From kayaking, windsurfing and snorkelling to sailing, diving and fishing, aquatic fun in Cuba is usually arranged through a hotel and it's common for non-motorised water sports to be included in the vast majority of all-inclusive packages; from kayaking to snorkelling, sailing and windsurfing.
Cuba benefits from a rich and colourful marine environment that encompasses thriving coral gardens and reefs where larger fish come to feed, making it the perfect spot for fishing and scuba diving. There are several resorts that help you make the most of this underwater playground by offering free taster diving classes in the hotel's pool.
The pristine cays of the Jardines del Rey make the perfect setting for just about any aquatic activity you could wish for and Iberostar Ensenachos probably has facilities for all of them. A stay at the resort, which spreads out between the powder-soft sand of two beaches, includes windsurfing, kayaking and water polo, and there's even a waterpark for the kids.
Ultra all-inclusive packages and resort credits
Although there are no official ultra all-inclusive hotels in Cuba, there are a few hotels offering superior packages akin to resorts billed as ultra all-inclusive. According to industry standards, Royalton hotels, Paradisus hotels, the new Pullman Cayo Coco hotel and the Iberostar Varadero fit into the ultra all-inclusive category.
Similarly, though it is fast becoming a popular concept elsewhere, Paradisus is the only hotel brand on the island offering resort credits that can be used for extra services and in-resort treats. At its hotels in Varadero and Guardalavaca, Paradisus gives guests resort credits to spend on premium services, whether a room upgrade, a fine bottle of wine or an indulgent spa treatment. There are quite a few hotels offering something extra like these do- whether its scuba diving lessons, organised excursions or even free childcare.
Beachside bliss at your fingertips
There are all-inclusive hotels to suit every taste in Cuba. If fine dining is an important part of your holiday then you can find a resort with several top-notch a la carte restaurants, or if you are bringing the family then you can pick from a medley of places with plenty of children's facilities and activities.
Equally, travellers looking for a romantic getaway can choose an adults-only resort in a private paradise enclave, holidaymakers in search of pampering can splash out on a five-star spa resort or those interested in aquatic activities will find that virtually all all-inclusives in Cuba offer non-motorised water sports as a standard part of the all-inclusive package. To find your own slice of paradise and experience carefree luxury with all your needs completely catered for, browse our all-inclusive holiday packages in Cuba.
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The sultry climate and breathtaking scenery of Cuba makes it a top destination for a classic Caribbean getaway - a completely relaxing holiday where every detail is taken care of for you. Take your pick of the best all-inclusive beach hotels in Varadero, Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria or sample more than one location on a twin-centre holiday and you can enjoy amazing facilities all included in the price.
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Silky-soft sand lapped by iridescent blue water and warm sunshine streaming through tufted palms gently swaying in the tropic breeze - it's the archetypal Caribbean dream - and it really exists in Cuba. There are beaches here to suit everyone - check into a private enclave on a pristine sandy bay or book a beautiful retreat on one of Cuba's Seychelles-style coral cays, stay in a quirky seaside town with a distinctly Cuban feel or choose a classic Caribbean all-inclusive holiday.
Cuba has a special, undeniable romantic touch that few can resist. The element of romance in Cuba runs far deeper and beyond the allure of tropical sun-kissed beaches and idyllic keys - from the passionate attitude of fun-loving locals to jaw-droppingly beautiful architecture, sleepy towns that time forgot and a revolutionary zest for life, Cuba is definitely a destination to fall in love with as much as with each other. Find out just what you and your partner can look forward to on a romantic holiday to Cuba.
Master the art of Salsa in Cuba and step into a world of smooth moves, intoxicating rhythms and hip-swinging nightlife that will enhance your experience on the island and give you a real insight into its warm and vibrant culture. From the capital Havana to the thriving beach resort of Varadero, travellers can find sensational Salsa instructors and sizzling dance spots throughout the country.
Swim with dolphins, discover other-worldly landscapes, explore historic castles or ride in vintage cars and steam trains - just a few of the many exciting activities on offer in this incredibly child-friendly destination. With calm, clear waters, marvellous beaches and plenty of all-inclusive hotels, Cuba is the ideal place for a tropical family getaway.
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