Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

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Well-regarded beach resort offering high standards of service, stylish accommodation and a good range of leisure and entertainment options.

Cayo Santa Maria has some of the best, talcum powder-fine white sand in the Caribbean, and the beach at the all-inclusive Hotel Royalton is no exception. Lapped by calm, crystal clear water, it offers a first class beach experience. The hotel itself - with contemporary, well furnished Caribbean-style cottages scattered throughout the gardens - is top of the range for Cuba. The friendly, enthusiastic staff - including personal butlers – are always willing to please, and air-conditioned rooms and suites enjoy ocean, pool or garden views.

Catering only for adults, the property manages to combine an ambiance of relaxation while providing daily low-key live entertainment and sports facilities. There are two pools to enjoy, the larger free-form pool is stunning, and you can enjoy a dip from one of many loungers around the edge. Other facilities include a spa and large fitness room. Non-motorised watersports including kayaks, windsurfing, catamaran, paddle boat are available free of charge. Cocktails flow freely from the bars, while meal options, including a barbecue, are substantial and fresh.

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What our clients say

  • Trinidad was our favourite place, closely followed by Cienfuegos. Relaxing at the Hotel Melia Buenavista was wonderful at the end of a packed but well paced tour around the highlights…

    TR, Leicester
  • Most memorable experiences: "a fantastic thunderstorm while dining in La Habana on Friday night, the waiters bending over backwards to please. Conversations with drivers and guides in Spanish (my mother…

    CB, Swindon
  • Highlights: “Freewheeling through Cuba and exploring Old Havana brilliant – as were Maria La Gorda – beautiful spot, unspoilt, simple but perfectly adequate hotel.  Also the people – lovely”.  

    ES, Buntingford
  • We got engaged at La Guarida in Havana on the second night, so the whole trip is going to be a memorable one for a very long time!

    TO, London
  • The Car Tour was brilliant, Bright pink car around the city of Havana, such a beautiful place.

    TDB, Swadlincote
  • Highlight: Santiago City tour helped us understand the history of the revolution, coupled with the excursion to Comandacia de la Plata.

    EM, Bristol
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Our Expert's Opinion

Located just steps from one of the most stunning beaches backed by sapphire blue water, this hotel really has the wow factor. Combine the location with the service, - you have your own personal butler - food and facilities, this makes for a top notch beach stay. I highly recommend the fresh seafood barbeque as well as the beachside quesadillas!

Sophie Barber Travel Expert Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.


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