Melia Cayo Santa Maria

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Cayo Santa Mari­a, Villa Clara, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba, Caribbean
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Small but unique

by TOFFY about Villa Las Brujas

I have not stayed here, but I have visited, and it is a beautiful, unique, inn-like hotel built in the mangroves, overlooking a good beach. This is not a package deal hotel, but a special destination for the traveller looking for something different. I cannot comment on the working of the hotel, as I did not stay, but it caught my eye, and I hope to stay there one day. The downside, is that it is at the end of an hour long causeway, along with the two resorts on Cayo Santa Maria This hotel is perched on a small cliff, but has a lovely walkway through the mangroves to a good beach.

Cayo Santa Maria

by bloorange

Another Cayo, but that one might be the future Cancun :-( However it is still very under develloped... even if spanish groups are building hotels for the american (preparing the end of Castro period)

If you push way up the road which is still being constructed you will find an amazing beach, it seems to be the end of the world and an uncovered beach, so just an advise: Enjoy!

Beautiful beach for long walks

by A TripAdvisor Member

We returned today from a week at Melia Cayo Santa Maria . I agree with everyone who said that this five star doesn't measure up to many four stars elsewhere. Certainly pales by comparison to 4 star resorts we've tried in Costa Rica and Mexico. Luckily we had a beautiful week of mostly warm and sunny days. We made full use of the beach and on one day, the pool. Bring an insulated travel mug and you'll have no problem with cold drinks on the beach - the beach bar is quite a walk away.
While we were there (Apr 5 - 12) we had to get up earlier every day to get chairs on the beach. Plan to be on the beach between 8 - 10 a.m.
when it's the most peaceful. Most people seem to save their seats and go back to bed because they don't show up until well after 10. Sunrise was around 7 the week we were there. Make time for walks in either direction. It's not unusual to be the only people for as far as you can see at the far ends, even in the middle of the day. There is great snorkeling right off the beach in the west end (past Sol Cayo Santa Maria and its nature beach) I also agree with most reviews that the food leaves a lot to be desired. As a dessert lover, I ate hardly any all week because the desserts were so poor. All the cakes have the same dense, dry look with some sloppy unimaginative topping. The fruits may be fresh but they are tasteless. The rice pudding is soupy. Banana flambe is their favourite - it was served 3 times at dinner that week and twice at lunch. The beach bar turns into an a la carte restaurant for dinner and it is our favourite - we had a delicious mixed meat soup at dinner and the fried fish at lunch is a must-have. The fried calamari at the da Vinci snack bar by the pool is also good. Avoid the beef, any beef, as they're always tough and tasteless. Shrimp is overcooked and tasteless. Forget about the lobster dinner by the pool - waste of time. Make your own favourite pasta at the pasta bar in the buffet restaurant. It's worth the wait. Just gather your choices of ingredients and have them cook it up for you. Fresh grilled chicken, fish and pork chop are also good at the grills at either end of the buffet restaurant. If you cannot book at all the a la carte restaurants, opt for the beach bar (turns into Creole restaurant at night) and da Vinci snack bar (grill house at dinner). The Mediterranean restaurant serves overheated dried up food. Keep in mind that service at the a la cartes are very slow which means you lose 2 hours for a so-so meal. The buffet is a safer bet most of the time.
Fresh juices are available at breakfast. We recommend the mango juice and orange juice. Both also go very well with the pineapple slush at the bar, with or without rum! We found the staff polite enough but lacking in enthusiasm. The entertainment staff sometimes appear disappointed that people showed up for the activity. And others only go through the motions of say aqua aerobics with nary a word. Nightly entertainment is a bit of a misnomer as it isn't nightly. On alternate evenings, they invite audiences to go on stage for party games. When there is a show, it is very well done. Don't miss the Cuban show that illustrates Cuban history in song and dance, with live music. We don't buy the excuse that the resort's many shortcomings are due to its newness. We didn't mind the scant landscaping because what there is is quite nice, though they could put in more pathways in the gardens to make travel across the resort easier. (Look for all the zodiac signs carved into rocks across the resort) But customer service can be trained into a brand new staff and that clearly has not happened. We paid for an oceanview room but did not get one. For 3 days we kept getting the same "we have to ask the manager" and "we can move you tomorrow" run around. Finally on the 4th day, when the receptionist said it was my travel agent's fault I knew they had no intention to resolve the problem. Luckily we had met the resort's GM at a cocktail the previous evening, so when I saw him at the lobby bar I approached him with our dilemma. Within the hour we had an oceanview room - well, partial view, but at least we got what we paid for. Our advice - do not waste your money on an oceanview room here. They only have 20 in the almost 300 rooms, and chances are you will run into the same problem we did. It's not worth the hassle because the ocean is quite a distance any way. Just go to the beach! It is the best part of the resort.

Very diappointed.....

by TripAdvisor Member TriathlonGirl

Although we were aware that Cuba would not be like any other islands we had been to given the communism and from what others who had been had told us, we still had expected a pleasant vacation. Unfortunately we were very disappointed. We spent the week of March 21-2904 at this resort. Although the resort was nice (rooms were nincely decorated, in general the resort seemed well maintained etc) there were definitely areas which could and need to be improved. Due to the constant wind on the beach, many tried to utilize the pool area however, given this area was not very sheltered, it was also very windy and cool. The pool area also only had one bar which was a swim up bar which forced people to get into the water to get a drink. We were not able to get bech towels until late into the second full day we were there and making reservations for the a la carte meals was very difficult as most were booked for the week with a few being opened for 9:30pm meals. WE had no problems with room service although we did give our cleaning lady a lot of gifts (soap,gum, perfume etc) on a daily basis (these were originally going to go to locals but since getting off the resort was next to impossible, we ended up giving all the loot to the cleaning lady!!)and this may have had something to do with the service we got!
The food.....horrible. When we arrived late at night, we were lead to the buffet room and given a plate which had a few pathetic finger foods such as a tiny drumstick, a piece of cheese and a couple of cucumbers...fortunatley we ditched that and found one of the other restaurants open although didn't do much better there. At the buffet, it was usual to have to wait in line for everything from juice glasses in the morning to the pasta bar, salad bar etc so meal time usually took a lot of time. We ended up eating all of our meals at the buffett for fear that if we ate at one of the restaurants and didn't like what we ordered we would be sol whereas at least at the buffet we knew we could find a few things we liked. There was little to no fresh fruit and veggies and what was there was pretty much tasteless. Being a vegetarian was extremely difficult as the meat and dishes that contained meat domintated the buffet. I ended up eating the same pasta dish everynight for lack of anything else available. Thank goodness there was a lot of breads and they were good. We were disappointed that during the day food was not easily accessable in that there was no outdoor buffet to nibble at etc. and because of this, you always had to be aware of the time to ensure you didn't miss a meal time. The drinks were also disappointing as real juice was not available so even a drink containing pinnapple juice consisted of fake syrupy juice with the booze. A dacquari also contained strawberry syrup with crushed ice and was pretty much disgusting. Needless to say, we pretty much stuck to wine while here. We found the staff to be almost oblivious to vacationers and most had difficulty speaking english which caused us to in the end give up trying to ask for information. We realized early on that tipping wasn't an option, but instead expected by the staff. If you declined to tip your server at the buffet, it was very apparent as dished didn't get taken away, drinks not served, some servers were rude and you were pretty much ignored. Even the 'towel lady' blatently showed us the signal that staff used to indicate they want a tip (an elbow to the table). So bear in mind when reading reviews that some people may have had outstanding service however, they probably spent hundreds of dollars during the week to get this. ANd while I have no difficulty with tipping here and there, I choose to do so after recieving good service and don't feel a tip should be expected. The entertainment was definitely entertaining but not in the way intended.
We could not believe how low budget the shows were and for the entire week, it was the same people on the stage doing the entertaining. It was usual that the shows started off with a large audience but soon into the show, the audience quickly decreased. Other than the poor enteratainment, there was nothing else to do at the resort in the evening. There was two bars side by side that were opened however these were small and to find even music playing was rare. And speaking of music, don't expect anything lively to be happening around the pool area during the day. There was never any music playing and only on one ocassion during our week did a few staff members attempt to get some games going on.

The resort is located 50km off the main land via a causeway and this makes for one isolated location. Mountain bikes are available at no charge however, thre is nothing to see around the resort since it is just causeway. We went on the forest/jungle day trip and were disappointed. After three plus hours on a bus, the trip consisted of a hike through a forest which apparently contains very little to look at besides some coffee plants and a few birds. There is the opportunity to walk down a rocky stream however, very few people did on our trip since it was chilly out. Lunch is provided which consists of a piece of chicken, some pototoes and some plain rice. The most interesting part of this trip was the bus ride through some small cities.

The beach was beautiful although it was cloudy, windy and overcast during five of our seven days in Cuba (and apparently this is normal for this area) so although we tried to be on the beach as much as possible, I often had to cover myself with sweats and towels to stay warm. No water sports (Hobie Cats, windsurfers etc) were allowed out at all during the week due to the winds and this apparently is normal for this area also.

Given the resort oferred little in the entertainment area and things to do and you're pretty much stuck at the resort, pray that you don't get stuck with crummy weather as we did because you find yourself bored with nothing to do. Fortunately we did have use of the sister resort and actually spent more time there than at our own. There is a fitness facility there that we spent a lot of time at and was acutally better than many we have been to in other places. The pool area is also more sheltered at the Sol and there is more going on there during the day time. They also have pool tables and ping pong table outdoors which we used frequently.

Also, forget about finding much in the way of souvineers. Due to the distance away from mainland, only several times did someone come to the Sol and set up several table to sell some jewelry so that was a hit and miss situation.

All in all I would not go back to either of these resorts and would not classify the Melia Cayo Santa Maria as a five star....three maybe.

This was a disappointing trip and despite getting the trip at a very reduced rate (which was apparently the norm since they needed business)I would have rather spent more and gone elsewhere in Cuba (I continously hear great things about Veradero).

Not bad at all

by A TripAdvisor Member

We visited this resort March 5 to the 12th. Both my wife and I enjoyed it very much. I did not hear anything either way about the place so we did not have an prior biased opinion before arriving. We found the place very nice and the staff more then willing to help make our stay enjoyable. I belive if you go looking for things to complain about then you will anyways find something. This is true for anthing you do or see. The food was very good and the speciality resturants were above average in service and taste. The beach was very nice and kept very clean. The wind was up and down but that is part of nature. I enjoyed the clour of the waters and beach area. We found the decor of the rooms and facillities to be well chosen. The resort is new and there is still work to do. However you could see something changing every day. The pool area was nice the only thing I would like to see is a couple of more shaded areas. All of the staff were very friendly which made our trip very nice. we plan on visiting this resort in the next year or two. Cayo Santa Maria is going to become a popular place in the future.Rob Wallace Mississauga

Review of vacation at Melia

by A TripAdvisor Member

Review of vacation at Melia Santa Maria

Date of vacation: 04. -11.04.2004

Positive impressions:
>Room is being assigned as soon as you leave the airport
>Rooms are very big and nice
>People are very friendly and helpful
>Beach is big, beautiful and clean
>Ocean water is very clear
>Food is good

Negative impressions:
>Not enough umbrellas and chairs on the beach
>No palm trees on the beach
>The vegetation at the resort is poor
>Sewer smell in the bathroom (building #27)
>Bugs are being sprayed during dinner time
>Animation is amateur like
>In case you stay at the pool area it will be very noisy at times
>Pool and Beach chairs are being reserved by guests very early,however they show up late in the day to claim there chair, which is a pain

Bottom line:You get what you pay for, which means we will not return to this resort.

Wonderful Seclusion!

by A TripAdvisor Member

We just returned from our trip to Santa Clara Cuba and stayed at the Melia Santa Maria. We had read the reviews prior to going and knew the resort was experiencing some growingpains. Airport: Small like a shoe box. Very clean, very organized arriving and departing. A small duty free and gift shop inside. Only concern was the smoking area. We were at the airportfrom 5:00pm until 10:00pm and the whole place filled up from the smoking area. If you have smallchildren travelling with you, this will be a major concern. Ask them to close the door to the smokingarea when you all arrive.Transportation to Resort: Buses were large and air-conditioned. Keys to the rooms are givenat the airport, so be sure you get them before your board the bus. A tour operator will come on boardand explain the check-in procedure. We arrived late at night, a little over an hour's drive with policeescort, too dark to appreciate the view. Returning, it was early afternoon, some interesting sites,but remember, this is Cuba and not a rich country. Locals were waving to us as we drove by their homes.Rooms: 3 of us went and had two rooms. One room was across the resort, we asked themif they could put us close together and were able to do so the next day. Very clean, brightand well spaced out. When you first arrive take note as to where the bungalow numbers arelocated....on small signs along the main pathway. Take note: Bathroom shower window! You may wantto think twice when showering at night with the light on....especially if you're on the first floor! The windows are glass and uncovered....and LOW! Good water pressure in the shower and toilet butnot the sink. TV in room has 3, maybe 4 English channels, one is CNN.Food: Better than we expected. The Medeterainian restaurant was good. Any dinners that require reservations, you'll want to make on the first nite as they book up quickly. If you plan on not attending, be courteous and cancel your reservation as they will call the next on the list. A lot of choices, therewas the main Santa Maria buffet restaurant, the BBQ grill area at the pool, the grill place on the wayto the beach (just behind the towel hut), and the Poolside restaurant. Plenty of choices.Drinks: I recommend the banana daiquiri! Again, plenty of places and no need to line up.You can bring your own mug.....they'll gladly fill it. For premium drinks, wines, etc....they charge. Coffees are great, teas, etc. Only drawback is no room service.Bring some snackies for the late munchies and cravings. You're in Cuba so you won'tfind chips, granola bars, etc. We brought a whole bunch and actually got stopped at theairport! But the officials were very nice and did not have a problem with it. Pool: They have 2 pools at the Melia, when we were there, water was cold. Not many people inthe water at all. Because the resort is new, we got to use the SOL next door. For some reason,the water was so much warmer in their pools. They have a small children's pool as well....Chairs......if you read what everyone else has written....not enough chairs! Not by the pool or bythe beach. Again, consideration is the key, you'll see some towels or shoes on the chairs and no one comes back for hours! So get up early, stake out your chair!At the SOL MELIA, the had beautiful hammocks you can sit in and just relax. Once the treesmature a bit at Melia Cayo, it will be just as beautiful. Facilities: Not much in the way of recreational facilities....but we got to use all at the SOLso it was fine. Staff: Very friendly and polite. One thing I found disturbing was the lack of tipping at the resort. We would barely see any of it at all. Some people brought small gifts, others gave money....some both. Some areas, the staff come to you and serve you, they don't expect to be tipped, but they sure do appreciate when you do. One American dollar may not mean much to us, but to them, it's a lot....soplease, practice gratuities! The chambermaids are wonderful and everywhere you go, you'll hear afriendly "Hola!"......We felt very safe.Entertainment: Again, more growing pains. The shows at the Sol were great. I'm sure in a coupleof months, the Melia staff will be pros as well!Checkout: Painless. Shuttle to the airport was interesting as it was daylight out. Remember to have 25.00 leave the country. Also, make sure you have EXACTLY 25.00. They may not give you change if you showup with a 50.00 bill and then you'll be left to exchange with other passengers. Also, make sure your money is not ripped. They wouldn't take my 5.00 because it was partly torn.Overall: Not a party place by any means, but what a great place to go. Complete seclusion, breath takingbeach, and such friendly people. Just remember.......TIP FOR GOOD SERVICE! Anna and Rosa.

quickly becoming a 5 star

by A TripAdvisor Member

Just returned yesterday morning and had to let everyone know about our experiences at this wonderful location. We are well seasoned travellers having gone to a different location around the world every year for the last 20 years, so we know what we are talking about when it comes to resorts. The Melia Santa Clara is listed as a 5 star resort and is quickly becoming one, but is not quite there yet. The beach is one of the most beautiful we have every seen - an expanse of undisturbed white sand and crystal clear turqouise blue waters. The rooms are spacious and very nicely appointed. (there are no coffee makers in the room as the brochure suggests) The hotel restaurants including the buffet offer a varied and delicious tasting menu, so no complaints there. The pools were both fresh water (unlike some in Cuba) and the pool bar was great. We arrived early and we very pleased with the handling of our room - receiving our key,etc. on the bus going to the hotel, so no need to stand in long lines waiting to check in. A word of caution to anyone that just wants to get to their room and unpack - wait for your luggage at the bus and take it yourself - we waited until after midnight to get our luggage (just over a 3 hour wait) and realized that it would have been quicker to take it ourselves. (this of course was only due to the amount of people arriving at the same time). The resort itself is very quiet (which was what we were looking for) a minimum of activities offered, but we did have use of the facilities next door. Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone that is looking for a quiet getaway to paradise.

Relaxing week with some adventure

by TripAdvisor Member ug97

Melia Cayo Santa MariaMy mother and I, both teachers, travelled to the Melia March 14-21 â Ontario March Break. My mother has been to resorts in St.Kitt's, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico. I am more of an 'adventure' traveller and frequent small, cold islands in the North Atlantic, so this was my fist Caribbean and all-inclusive experience. I was quite impressed.I would like to make special note throughout this review in reference to vegetarian eating. I am a vegetarian and always experience some level of anxiety when travelling about whether there will be enough food. It seemed that they were not used to having vegetarians there, but I am certain I can't be the only vegetarian to go to a resort in Cuba, so hopefully my 'learn by experience' information can be helpful to someone out there.CHECK-IN: It was efficient and fast, especially considering the fact that it was March break and therefore quite busy. We got our keys at the airport, were served drinks and food upon arriving, and our bags were brought to our rooms. The food on arrival was prepared earlier, and consisted of a great deal of meat on a plate. We did arrive after 10:00, though, so if you arrive earlier in the evening, I believe you are able to use the buffet and wont have to smell overwhelming meat smells, as this vegetarian did.ROOMS: The rooms are beautiful and clean and comfortable. We had trouble with our air-conditioning, but after reporting it, it was fixed very quickly. The ceramic tiles outside are very slippery when wet, so take caution.ACTIVITIES: This is one area that can be improved on, however I am sure the hotel, being only in the beginning stages, will work out many of the glitches. We had to seek someone out to get a list of what activities were happening, when and where. Even then, the list did not state the location. There was no posting anywhere to be found.FOOD: I heard many negative reviews about the food, but I was also told that food is never great at resorts, so I did not have high expectations. I was somewhat surprised. My mother says it is the best food that she has had at any resort. There was always a variety, and in general, you might find some terrible food, but there were always some decent choices, too. A note about being vegetarian: bring a jar of peanut butter, you will not regret it. I survived because I was willing to eat chicken or turkey while there. If you are not willing to do that, you could be very hungry. There was always an assortment of bread and cheese, but often the cheese was melting in the heat. Many of the rice and bean dishes or stir-fries had hidden pieces of beef or fish. Also, be specific when you ask if there is meat in something â one man said that there was no meat, but as I started to eat it, I realized there was chicken in it. In other words, I guess 'meat' refers to beef or pork. Be careful.I was told all of the a la carte restaurants were good, but if you are vegetarian, beware. Only the Italian restaurant has no-meat dishes. At both the Creole and the Mediterranean, there was not a single dish without meat. We had to leave the Creole restaurant; at the Mediterranean, the chef made a special baked spaghetti dish for me. However, I would just book both of your meals at the Italian, if you can. The waiters and chefs were always very eager to accommodate me and I was impressed with the service.TOURS: We did two tours. We went on the Forest Adventure on Thursday. It was 63$ US, and well worth it, in my opinion. You leave at 7:00 in the morning. Again, vegetarians, do yourself a favour; they give you breakfast on the bus, but it is a ham sandwich and cola. I made a cheese sandwich the night before and kept it in the fridge in my room. I did not regret it! It is a 3 hour drive on an air-conditioned bus. Our guide was excellent, pointing out areas of interest all the way there, and giving us a great history lesson on Cuba. It was a beautiful drive through the mountains, and at a certain point you get off the bus and board a Russian military truck. My mom found this part scary, as it felt as though you would roll down the mountain, but I did not see the guides panicking, so I think it was safe. On the Guanayara trail, you divide up. You can either walk the trail, or go down through the river with the guide. I went through the river, and I think that is the highlight of the tour. Make sure you wear good water shoes with good treads, or running shoes that you don't mind getting wet. Wear your bathing suit. You will need to be able to swim short distances (they don't explain any of this clearly when you book). You climb down small waterfalls, and do a lot of jumping or diving into deep pools and swimming. It was great fun. Lunch is late, so if you tend to get hungry easily, bring a snack. You eat in the valley at a nice little restaurant â a drink and cocktail included. Once again, the meal is chicken, so I would check to see whether alternate arrangements can be made ahead of time for vegetarian meals.We also did the day trip to Havana. It costs $109 US. Expensive, but worth it. You fly there from Las Brujas, a small airport only 10 minutes from the resort. It is a 50 minute flight on a small, brand new plane. In the morning you visit the revolution square and New Havana. You have about 15 minutes at the Revolution Square and ? hour in New Havana. Lunch again is either fried chicken, chicken with ham and cheese, or pork, so enquire when booking about alternatives. The afternoon was a walking tour of Old Havana, with about ? hour to shop for cigars, rum and coffee â the guide shows you where. Don't be fooled like we were â the rum and coffee were cheaper at the Sol resort â by a large amount. I have no idea about cigars. Had another ? hour at the outdoor market â great deals on handicrafts, but not enough time to see it all. You are back at the resort by about 4:30.GROUNDS: Once the vegetation matures, it will be beautiful. There were not enough chairs at the pool, especially if you want shade. They say they monitor towels and remove them from chairs after 20 minutes, but I did not see any 'towel police' and saw chairs sit for 2 hours without a sight of the towel owners. Another reviewer said you almost have to stake out your chair at 6:00 am â this appeared true for both the pool and the beach (unless it was windy). We made good use of the shade and chairs at the Sol resort.STAFF: Extremely friendly and helpful when they understand. Tour guides were fabulous and patiently endured my onslaught of questions about politics and socialism and the education system, the environment, etc. The Sunquest rep had lunch with my mother and I and explained all about the school system in Cuba â very informative.CHECKOUT: We had to check-out at 2:00, but unlike others' experience, our key did work after 12:00 â I guess they are still working out glitches like this, so they must have been attentive to concerns expressed earlier. It was a tremendously long wait at the Santa Clara airport. Don't finish all of your novel(s) like I did â you will want them there!Overall, I rate this resort a 4 or 4+ and my mother agrees with that. I think when the grounds mature and they work out small glitches, it will definitely be a 5. If you are considering going, I would suggest going now while the area is relatively quiet. They are building two more resorts â one of them a 5+ Occidental to open in 2005, and have plans for several more. Enjoy it while it is still quiet and pristine.

How could you complain about this place?

by A TripAdvisor Member

I don't know what some of the bad reviews were talking about???? In fact I wish this review had the option of 4+ insted of a 4 or 5.

Hola!!!! My husband and I loved everything about this resort!!! When you arrive, you are ushed into the bus that takes you to the resort, which was escorted by the local police so there is no delay. Jose the, vacation rep will give you your hotel key, hotel passport and hotel info while on the bus, so when you arrive at the resort you won't have to spend time checking in, hense "your holiday will start". Your bags will show up in your room sometime during the evening. We were greeted with dancers, champagne and OJ, & rum punch. I found the food to be excellent. There were plenty of choices of fish to be had including shark, grouper, swordfish and other types of white fish. Everything was fresh! They also had fresh pork loin chops, beef and chicken. One evening at the buffet restauant we had roasted turkey. What more could you ask for!! The breakfast included the norm...eggs (cooked any way you would like) bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast, fruit, and freshly squeezed juices. The 4 a la carte restaurants (Italian, Creole, Steak house and the Mediteranian) allowed you to eat a variety of food as well the out door lobster meal is a must for barbequed lobster. All in all, the food was excellent. Book these restaurants early in your stay to make sure you try them all.

The accomodations were superb. Big colourful, clean and spacious rooms.
The maids were great. (We made sure we brought things for them to take home to their families such as crayons, aspirin, bandaids, books, soaps etc.)

The shows needed a bit of work, but I am sure they will improve with time. You did however have the choice to go to the adjoining resort and enjoy their entertainment and bar services as well. All of the staff were very friendly and trustworthy. The drinks were great. A lot of different liquiors, chamagne, beer & a variety of different wines and hard liqour to choose from. If they didn't know how to make a certain drink you could tell them how to make it . The beach is amazing, you can walk for miles. The pool is big and has a great pool bar. I would go back in a moment!!! The grounds are still very young compared to the Sol, but in a few years I am sure will out do them by a long shot. The piano bar was fantastic. The one night they converted it into a disco which was fun. As the week progressed the resort did minor things to improve either the looks or just finish some of the final touches. The begining of the week there wasn't very much music during the day so you just layed there and enjoyed the sun and the beach and the good company. By Wednesday they started having the music which was wonderful to hear. There was funny contest that you could enjoy watching or participate in. We laughed a lot at some of the contests.

Great place to get away from it all. Bring a book, relax, eat all you can, have a few cocktails and Enjoy!! That is what vacations are for.
Louise & Craig


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Forum Posts

Havana to Cayo Santa Maria

by aqazi

My sister in law is getting married at the Cayo Santa Maria resort in February. My wife and I will be taking flights to Havana but how easy is it to get to the resort from there? I was thinking that maybe we could take a bus or train to Santa Clara and then a taxi from there. Does anyone else have any ideas. I'd like to sort out how we do this portion of the journey before I book our flights.


RE: Havana to Cayo Santa Maria

by russian_yaz

Yes, that's ok. I recomend Via Azul bus company and from Santa Clara maybe U could arrange to take a small bus going to the resort. In that way U could share the price with more persons so it will be cheaper.

Cayo Santa Maria

by KJHawkins

Does anyone have any advice on how to get to Cayo Santa Maria from Havana or via Santa Clara? I will not be driving so is there any form of public transport there or is an expensive taxi journey the only solution!

Thanks again for your help.

Re: Cayo Santa Maria

by russian_yaz

Hi...there is no public transport, or at least I haven't heard about it. Try to share the taxi fare with other tourists...good luck!

Re: Cayo Santa Maria

by fallingnow

You should get a taxi from Santa Clara. It's the best you can do.
If you will arrive in José Martí Airport in Havana, just get a Via Azul bus from Havana to Santa Clara at first(get a taxi from Airport to Via Azul's Terminal,which is located in 26 y Zoologico...), and once in Santa Clara, ask for a taxi to go to Cayo Santa María.
By the way, my sister in Santa Clara works in a hotel located in this's called Meliá Cayo Santa María I think...
Best wishes.

Re: Cayo Santa Maria

by fallingnow

-Taxi from Airport to Via Azul Terminal in Havana= around 15 CUC...
-Bus from Havana to Santa Clara= 18 CUC per each one...
-Taxi from Santa Clara to Cayo Santa María=...I really don't know, but, I'm sure will be not less than 15 CUC...

...Taxi from Havana to Cayo Santa María= Maybe more than 80 CUC...!

Re: Cayo Santa Maria

by KJHawkins

Many Thanks, I thought taxi was the only option but if it's not too expensive then I'd say this is viable.

Local fishing on Cayo Santa Maria

by bloke12

Is there any local fishing to be had from beach,bridges or rocks on Cayo santa maria. Any other info regarding line stength, lures, bait etc would also be helpful.
Many Thanks


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 Melia Cayo Santa Maria

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Address: Cayo Santa Mari­a, Villa Clara, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba, Caribbean