With the economy down and people tightening their purse strings, travel has become a luxury item and everyone is looking for a travel “deal.” it seems no one wants to enjoy life anymore because they think they can’t. However, for those who do not want to spend a fortune and still have the time of their lives in the way of vacations, Cuba is it. There are basic hotels in Cuba for a bargain price as well as luxury hotels. However, for a winter vacation, Cuban resorts offer senior travelers some of the best deals around.
Cuba’s hotel resorts can be found on beach fronts all over the coastline of the island. The reason is that Cuba offers some of the nicest white sandy beaches, pristine blue waters as well as reasonably priced vacation packages. In addition, there is all year warm weather, great friendly people and plenty of enjoyable tourist attractions and activities. Of course most all inclusive packages include flights, hotel room, with meals and drinks included in the prices.
Each holiday resort offers its own uniquen qualities. The landscape is exotic with secluded beaches, dense forests and miles of sugar cane and tobaccos fields.
On the eastern side of the island, lies the rocky Sierra Madre mountain range. This is on route to Santiago de Cuba in the south east of the Island. Santiago de Cuba is known for its African-Caribbean culture, its lively music scene, the El Morro fortress, diverse architecture and some of its “black” sand beaches.
In the city of Santiago de Cuba you’ll find the five star Melia Santiago de Cuba which is located in the historical part of the city with the Sierra Maestra in the background. It is a smoke free high rise hotel with a stunning swimming pool.
For the budget conscious traveler, the Islazul Costa Morena, is a basic two to three star hotel where you can find cheap last minute all-inclusive vacation packages.
A step up from the Costa Morena is the beach front Club Amigo Carisol Corales with the Sierra Maestra in the background. The Carisol Corales is a very popular hotel with repeat guests coming year after year.
An hour from the Santiago de Cuba airport is the all inclusive resort, the four star Brisas Sierra Mar, but if you need accessible hotel, this is not the resort for you because there are many stairs to climb. The Brisas Sierra Mar is a beach front hotel surrounded by the Sierra Maestra mountains. There are many activities, a beach grill, restaurant within the hotel and the resort gets great reviews.
One of the most popular resort areas of Cuba is the very well known Varadero peninsula about two hours drive from the capital city of Havana. There are so many all inclusive resorts in Varadero ranging from the two star to five star luxury. A simple search for all inclusive resorts in Varadero will demonstrate just how wide the choice is.
One of the few golf resorts of Cuba can be found in Varadero at the Melia Las Americas. The golf course is a part of the Melia Las Americas hotel resort but anyone can pay the greens fees and play a game.
Other very popular resort areas in Cuba include the Cayo Santa Maria, the Cayo Guillermo, Guardalava/Holguin and the Cayo Cacos. These coastal resort areas offer many all inclusive resort hotels ranging from two to five star hotels. The Cayos and Holguin offer superb white sand beaches and pristine ocean views.
An upcoming area for resort hotels is the beachside town of Cienfuegos. International hotel corporation Melia hotels has built and renovated some of the older hotels in Cienfuegos. The Hotel Jagua overlooking the Bahia de Cienfuegos is a very popular all inclusive hotel.
All of these Cuban resorts all-inclusive packages and for the best deal, you must book ahead of time either on the internet or through your local travel agent. The all-inclusive packages include everything you’ll need in the way of food, local drinks, activities, entertainment and beaches. And the quality of these Cuban resorts is improving immensely because over recent years Cuba has been renovating the older resorts and constructing many new all-inclusives all over the coast and small islands surrounding its shores.
The Cuban resorts have certainly made an effort to improve their image. While the service is great, the cuisine has sometimes lagged behind but there has been an all out effort to improve the dining experience. However, as far as entertainment, sight seeing and the sun is concerned, you won’t go home dissatisfied.
The average cost for these all inclusive Cuban resorts which includes your flight, airport transfers, hotel room, dining, beverages and some activities for five to seven days will cost between $800 to $1,400 per person, based on double occupancy and depending on when you travel.