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    Amazing resort/amazing staff/ Spectacular time had by all !!!!!

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by Dorothy B on Jun 17, 2013

    Date of stay: June 2013

    Trip type: Couple

    Just back(June 8-15/2013)Great hotel/great location/great beach/great food/amazing staff-soo kind and accommodating/would definetly recommend this hotel and will definetly be going back ...

    Just back(June 8-15/2013)Great hotel/great location/great beach/great food/amazing staff-soo kind and accommodating/would definetly recommend this hotel and will definetly be going back again.

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    Wonderful beach, nice hotel

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by Julie on Apr 07, 2013

    Date of stay: April 2013

    Trip type: Friends

    Overall, this was a good hotel. It had a good value for the price. There were 4 different pools, and the sand and water at the beach were beautiful. Water was clear, but the beach was quite narrow. To get ...

    Overall, this was a good hotel. It had a good value for the price. There were 4 different pools, and the sand and water at the beach were beautiful. Water was clear, but the beach was quite narrow. To get to the beach, you had to climb down a steep slope, so if you have mobility issues, this is not the place for you (event the Melia has a boardwalk and stairs to the beach). Cayo Santa Maria is quite isolated, and I think the biggest downside was that it was a long time in transit (no direct flight from Calgary, and then a 2 hour transfer from the airport). Food in the a la carte restaurants were good (asian and romantic), and the buffet was decent, but we were limited to only 2 a la cartes during our stay. The crepe lady at supper (buffet) was amazing! If you have any allergies to seafood/fish, beware that you will have a lot less options for tasty food. Some things were not labelled very well, but people were friendly. Overall a good relaxing vacation. If you go, order a Santa Maria from the bar. Very tasty!

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    Great place for a relaxing vacation!

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by Georgina on Apr 07, 2013

    Date of stay: April 2013

    Trip type: Family

    This hotel was a little larger than we had thought it was going to be, however it was laid out nicely. Everything was within walking distance and there was a lot of options for bars, pools and places to eat. ...

    This hotel was a little larger than we had thought it was going to be, however it was laid out nicely. Everything was within walking distance and there was a lot of options for bars, pools and places to eat.

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    Service déplorable, beaucoup de moustiques, manque de propreté, 24 hres sans électricité. Pas de papier, pas de savon dans toilettes publiq

    Not recommended

    Reviewed by Michelyne on Feb 24, 2013

    Date of stay: February 2013

    Trip type: Family

    Bonjour, Plus jamais Cuba, c'est la 6ème et dernière fois que j'y suis allée. À l'hôtel Playa Cayo Santa Maria, 1h30 de bus, pour s'y rendre de l'aéroport de Santa Clara. Il y a des moustiques et je suis piquée ...

    Bonjour, Plus jamais Cuba, c'est la 6ème et dernière fois que j'y suis allée. À l'hôtel Playa Cayo Santa Maria, 1h30 de bus, pour s'y rendre de l'aéroport de Santa Clara. Il y a des moustiques et je suis piquée comme un édredon. À 7 heure le matin, il faisait le fumisage, on respirait ça et il y avait tellement de boucane, que ça créait un brouillard... un conseil, que je donne à l'hôtel, ça devrait être fait durant la nuit, de sorte que nous en ressentions pas les conséquences, il y avait des bébés et des enfants sur le site, pas très bon, pour leur poumon... Je me demande si, les gens qui écrivent des commentaires sont payés par des agences, mais la seule personne crédible se nomme Chantal et demeure à Ste-Anne des Plaines, elle a sûrement voyagé ailleurs comme moi, pour voir la différence. j'ai fait au moins 20 voyages dans le Sud et sinon plus...et ce site pour le service pas plus de 2 *, les cubains attendent toujours les pourboires et ne sont pas très souriants. Pas de service de mini bar dans la chambre comme c'était supposé et écrit dans les avantages. En 7 jours j'ai changé ma serviette de plage 1 fois, il n'y en avait jamais, c'était toujours la même réponse, plus tard.... Bar 24 heures très bruyant, pas d'agent de sécurité pour calmer les fêtards juste devant les chambres, malgré notre appel et notre visite à la réception à 2 heures du matin, aucun respect des autres...Dans les toilettes publiques pas de papier de toilette, pas de savon et d'essuie-main. Pas de propreté, au repas, le service se faisait avec la même spatule, que se soit boeuf, poulet ou poisson, nourriture jamais chaude même dans les restaurant à la carte... Aucune hygiène, faudrait qu'il soit éduquer en ce sens, il y avait même de la moissisure dans le fond d'une bouteille d'huile. Attente en ligne pour se faire servir, trop longue, nous avons changé d'idée à plusieurs reprises, on abandonnait... Nous avons manqué d'électricité 24 heures dans notre bloc, rien à faire, la réception nous contait toujours des sornettes, au lieu de la vérité, au lieu de nous changer de chambre, ça duré du dimanche à 18h30 au mardi 16h30. Pas normal pour un site supposément comme indiqué 5 étoiles dans leur lobby. Le samedi, nous avons perdu la télévision, supposément le satellite, mais juste notre bloc encore. Parlons de la plage, pas pratique avec ces deux palliers, il faut débouler sable et rocailles pour y arriver, (PAS ÉVIDENT POUR LES PERSONNES AGÉES OU AYANT DE LA DIFFICULTÉ À SE DÉPLACER) peu d'abri solaire, pour les chaises à la plage, toujours prises, car les gens allaient mettre leurs serviettes très tôt, (à remarquer que nous avons eu à peu près 2 belles journées, de soleil, sur 7.) Il faisait tellement froid le samedi soir et le dimanche matin, qu'on a dû mettre nos manteaux d'hiver pour aller au bar du lobby, prendre nos cafés. Le café au déjeuner, à la salle à manger, exécrable, au bar il était bon. Par contre beau site bien entretenu par les jardiniers, tous très souriants. Pour ce qui est des piscines, très propres et beaucoup de chaises et d'abris pour se protéger du soleil. La chambre était pas extrêmement propre, juste ce qu`il faillait, papier de toilette, changement de serviettes, lits refaits. Je ne pense pas que les toilettes et la douche étaient lavées avec du désinfectant ou du nettoyant. Les toilettes par contre fonctionnaient bien, il y avait de l'eau chaude pour les douches. Voyage payé trop cher, pour le peu de plaisir que nous avons eu, $1,421.03 chaque. Nous sommes très déçue, pas de vol direct, car nous étions avec Westjet, sans repas sur l'avion, juste breuvage et grignotines pas très sain! C'était avec escale à Toronto. Le vol d'arrivée à Montréal, à notre retour le 22 février, devait être à 21h16, mais Westjet ne pouvait atterrir à Toronto, pour le transit à cause de la pluie verglassante qu'on nous a dit, donc, on a manqué de gaz à force de tourner en rond, et on a dû se rendre à Ottawa, pour gazer, (pourquoi pas Montréal ???, nous aurions été rendu) nous sommes revenus à Toronto ensuite, pour le départ annoncé à 22h45 pour Montréal, (pas de repas) on a décollé juste à minuit, puis on a atterri à 1h15 du matin. Donc 3 envols et 3 atterrissages dans la même journée! INCROYABLE...C'était mes pires vacances. Donc, pour tout ces tracas et le manque de jouissance de nos vacances, nous accordons un petit 3 étoiles et très petit, à cette hôtel. Je demande un dédommagement en argent pour tous nos désagréments, le manque de comfort et les fausses données de ce site. Michelyne Blais 42 de Piémont, Laval, H7M 1B6 450-668-2730

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    Beautiul resort and wonderful staff. I hope to visit again in the future!

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by Seretha Halifax NS on Jan 29, 2013

    Date of stay: January 2013

    Trip type: Family

    My daughter and I travelled to Cuba Jan 21 to 28 to Hotle Playa Cayo Santa Maria. It was an excellent hotel. clean, staff were great and the food was good. They cooked the beef and eggs ...

    My daughter and I travelled to Cuba Jan 21 to 28 to Hotle Playa Cayo Santa Maria. It was an excellent hotel. clean, staff were great and the food was good. They cooked the beef and eggs infront of you. The desserts were ok. This resort is not for teens. My daughter was boared. it's mainly for drinking and relaxing. There are no elevators in the hotel so if you find it hard to climb stairs get the first floor. We were on the topfloor over looking the pool it was realy beautiful. bring your own cup as the cups are very small. The service was great. Met alot of staff. The bell boy, jorge was excellent. Miss you Jorge... Louisa who worked for Hola Sun was awesome too. She answered any questions we had. Not much of a beach, it was ok. I loved the swim up to the bar pool. We went to the villages everyday so I could keep my daughter busy. The el cartes were ok. Remember you are in Cuba, they do not cook like we do. The lobster was terrible which I waited for. They grilled it and added some sauce to it. Ask for it plain. It was mostly cloudy when we were there but it was still warm. the snack bar didn't offer a whole lot but was open 24/7 and was next to our hotel. Bungalow 7 was next to the beach and snack bar. No bugs and the maids did a great job. Loved the jeep excursion although we didn't get a chance to go horse backriding as it was too late. This is where we gave out our gifts to the kids as we passed by. They loved it and my daughter too. All in all, I would recommend this resort. it was beautiful and clean. The hotel should have an itinerary for people arriving and the times. We didn't know anything that was going on unless we past by. Seretha - Halifax, NS

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    Beautiful Hotel, Great Staff, Goregous Pool, interesting guests...(bus ride in is beautiful but a little lengthy)

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by MrsC on Jan 29, 2013

    Date of stay: January 2013

    Trip type: Couple

    Rooms: Our room was beautiful, very clean and more then spacious for the two of us. The other couple we traveled with had a "musty" smell to their room but aside from that there were no complaints about the rooms/accommodations. ...

    Rooms: Our room was beautiful, very clean and more then spacious for the two of us. The other couple we traveled with had a "musty" smell to their room but aside from that there were no complaints about the rooms/accommodations. We had done our research before hand and knew to ask for a room on the 2nd floor to avoid bugs. Pools: We saw at least 4 of the pools which were all very clean and inviting looking. The water felt a little chilly but it was very appreciated on the hot hot days. Beach: The beach was gorgeous yes there is a big "step down" to get to the lower level which may cause some issues for someone with a disability or pushing a baby buggy. There are plenty of beach chairs and someone will bring one to you as soon as you reach the beach. (There were some sand fleas, each of us did end up with some bites on our legs after just 2 hours at the beach) Lobby Bar: the bartenders at the lobby bar are fantastic. It was very busy there every night but with a few tips you can assure you will be served all night long. 24 hours Snack Bar: We spent a lot of our dining time here. They serve great chicken fingers, french fries, meatballs & sauce, hamburgers, cuban sandwiches and so on. In the mornings they even put on a small breakfast buffet and serve made to order omelets (you just have to ask) Staff: all the staff from housekeeping, gardeners, buffet servers, bartenders and so on were always tops notch at customer service. Sometimes it may have taken a few minutes but any request you had they would fulfill it Entertainment was a minimum but we were perfectly okay with that. Just went to relax A slight downfall: As 4 English speaking travelers we were excited to meet and mingle with others like ourselves however that was not easy to do... the majority of guests at the resort spoke french and strictly french. (for those that are French the resort staff have no problem communicating as they all speak 3 languages Spanish, English & French)

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    Excellent value for an all inclusive trouble free vacation.

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by Adam on Nov 17, 2012

    Date of stay: November 2012

    Trip type: Family

    Fabulous vacation. A new modern hotel with all the amenities, wonderful staff and service. Beautiful pools and beach. Excellent food. Great value and would definitely ...

    Fabulous vacation. A new modern hotel with all the amenities, wonderful staff and service. Beautiful pools and beach. Excellent food. Great value and would definitely return.

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    Excellent value, great location and premises

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by LAP on Nov 13, 2012

    Date of stay: October 2012

    Trip type: Family

    Beautiful beach enabling long walks. Great hotel with very friendly staff. ...

    Beautiful beach enabling long walks. Great hotel with very friendly staff.

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        BEST BEACH EVER!

        Reviewed by Chabeli L(Miami, Florida) on Oct 24, 2014

        So I traveled here in the summer with my family, yes I am a little delayed on the review. Lets start off by the amazing beach you'll find here, the sand is powder, no matter how hot it is outside...

        So I traveled here in the summer with my family, yes I am a little delayed on the review. Lets start off by the amazing beach you'll find here, the sand is powder, no matter how hot it is outside your feet wont burn off by walking on it. Go as deep as you'll like in the water and it will be crystal clear! Along the beach side you'll find comfort in the shack like area and beach chairs that provide shade, the hotel provides beach amenities like a free catamaran ride, with fun and pleasant operators. They have about 4 restaurants that operate apart from the buffet and specialize in specific cruisines. There you'll find one of the nicest and caring waiters/waitresses. The restaurants operate with a reservation, the ladies at the desk that help you with the reservations are the nicest you'll find, Maite explained every single detail of the restaurants, and when one was booked she made it possible for me to find a reservation. The bars have a splendid variety of drinks, name it you'll find it, don't have the drink you want? tell them how to make it, they love hearing new drink recipes. Overall, it was a great trip and highly recommend it. The beach so divine and refreshing that alone makes your trip worth the while. You'll be missing out if don't go.

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        Second time in Cuba

        Reviewed by Shosh65(Toronto) on Oct 23, 2014

        and first time in this hotel...my bf and I had a very nice time in this resort -cannot say enough about the people, the awesome beach and the weather!!! We travelled Oct 11-18. There was plenty of...

        and first time in this hotel...my bf and I had a very nice time in this resort -cannot say enough about the people, the awesome beach and the weather!!! We travelled Oct 11-18. There was plenty of food but my suggestion to the chefs in the hotel, and I hope management reads this and communicates what I have to say, is to improve the food preparation and taste; the food has to have more taste than just adding salt; it is a pity that they serve so much beef meet that is tough to chew on!!! -if you could take the time to marinate it before you cook it and add some condiments, that beef would fly with the guests! For the rest of you, I suggest you bring your own condiments for the food until they get the message :) The rooms were very nice and roomy -if you want the sheets to be changed you just have to ask, otherwise they will use same ones all week. We were on the second floor on bldg. 8, which was next to the pool and the buffet -was very nice! I would like to mention 3 people that made our stay more than enjoyable and they are: Yolexy at the snack bar and Luis Mario and Yadiel at the buffet. Luis Mario speaks a very good English (self-taught) and when I gave him an English magazine I no longer needed, his eyes opened wide, so please leave your magazines to him). We did take a flight to Havana for the day and is one of the best trips I ever took - it is not expensive and it includes a tour guide(in a group) and lunch. Please do ask to have some time to walk around-they did not give us much and we regret it...if you are not into buying trinkets, you can save yourself visiting the enclosed flea market. (during the low season the flight goes Tues & Sat and it costs CUC156 p/p. We did not go on other tours but some are better than others - we thought that the swimming with the dolphins was a rip off - 20 minutes for CUC70!! Santa Clara airport has a few shops where you can buy booze and souvenirs - if you pay in Cdn$ the rate is much higher, so beware. I bought several jars of Cuban honey...delish!!! Please be aware of the sand flies at the beach! for mosquitos-the hotel fumigates nightly. There were some jelly fish in the ocean and as I understand, this is a seasonal thing. We also took the shuttle to the tourist village- La Estrella - it coast CUC1 for each person each way but it passes every 45 minutes or so starting from 10am. We came back by taxi which cost us only CUC3 for both! lol...it was too hot to wait for the shuttle. We did not care much for the entertainment except for the Michael Jackson show-it was amazing!!! We would gladly go back to this hotel in the future!

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        Amazing vacation

        Reviewed by Randy1961(Bonnyville, Canada) on Oct 22, 2014

        The resort was just great , the food was good with lots to choose from, and the people take great pride in preparation of the food. The beach is the most amazing I have ever seen, 30 feet of water...

        The resort was just great , the food was good with lots to choose from, and the people take great pride in preparation of the food. The beach is the most amazing I have ever seen, 30 feet of water and you can see the ocean floor with crystal clear water. The beach staff is second to none from morning to night they take care of your every need from food to drinks. The rooms were kept spotless every day with towel art and flowers everyday. But the most important thing was all the staff they make the trip. They are attentive to your every need, and supper friendly to everyone. This a great place to spend time on vacation. I would recommend playa Cayo santa maria to anyone who wants to have a great time.

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            Fantastic resort, awesome trip!

            Reviewed by Lindsay H(Miramichi, Canada) on Oct 21, 2014

            As we prepare for our next vacation, it occurred to me that we had neglected to review this resort which is terrible considering our fantastic experience. We travelled to Hotel Playa Cayo Santa...

            As we prepare for our next vacation, it occurred to me that we had neglected to review this resort which is terrible considering our fantastic experience. We travelled to Hotel Playa Cayo Santa Maria April of last year. We booked last minute for quite cheap ($800 per person) and didn't have overly high expectations due to some of the reviews we had read on here. We are not "picky" people. We both agreed that being economical (while spending an all inclusive week on a gorgeous beach) was top priority. We could not have made a better choice than Hotel Playa Cayo, it was a huge bonus that we got such a great deal. The resort is relatively new and therefore in fantastic condition, the rooms were spacious, very clean and the bathrooms were modern and luxurious. Our first room was on the third floor facing the ocean; the views were obviously breathtaking. Unfortunately our air conditioner stopped working 4 days in and we had to switch rooms, this was no fault of anyone at the resort but our second room had a view of the buffet, which was much less appealing. The only areas of the hotel that were unclean were stairwells and corridors where guests would toss their plastic cups or spill their beverages, again, no fault of the resort. We did not spend any time at the pools as we are much more inclined to the beach - which is gorgeous. The sand and water clarity are second-to-none. In Santa Maria it is always breezy and this can mean experiencing some blowing sand, make sure you bring a thermal mug with a lid and all will be well. The staff was lovely and very respectful. The housekeeping staff were very sweet, we brought them an assortment of inexpensive gifts (hair brushes, nail polish, children's toys and quintessentially Canadian items) and left them a couple of pesos/day and they were so appreciative - I would highly encourage anyone visiting Cuba to do this. The food was pretty decent at this resort and there was always plenty of variety at the buffet. The omelette bar was great - definitely my morning "go-to" as was the main lobby bar for their amazing cappuccinos and mini- croissants, I swear I still have dreams about them! We went to a couple a-la-carte's, again, pretty decent but we were just thrilled to not have to cook or wash dishes for a week. We visited the hotel spa for a couples massage and it was really great. Being a massage therapist, I was apprehensive to see if the scope of practice and professionalism was present and I was thoroughly impressed. We also took in a day-long catamaran/snorkeling/swimming with the dolphins excursion. The catamaran was huge and it was a lot of fun, they had reggae music pumping out of the sound system and a open bar (I'll caution you that at 9am this can be a recipe for disaster). We left the resort at 8am and had not had breakfast, we did not realize that there would be no food available to us all day! The snorkeling was a lot of fun (mostly due to the open bar) but sadly only about 20% of the coral in Cuba remains due to oceanic warming. There wasn't much to see, but spending time in the water and on a boat for the day was an absolute blast. To sum it up - we had a fantastic trip and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We would encourage anyone to visit this resort, we had NOTHING to complain about after a week in paradise.

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            The best vacation with the best people ever!!

            Reviewed by Anja_Jezernik(Nova Cerkev, Brezovica, Slovenia) on Oct 21, 2014

            Our vacation started in Havana on sunny and hot friday. We stayed there 5 days and then continued to Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Our last stop was Hotel Playa Cayo Santa Maria, which was our best...

            Our vacation started in Havana on sunny and hot friday. We stayed there 5 days and then continued to Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Our last stop was Hotel Playa Cayo Santa Maria, which was our best decision ever. We stayed there from Oct 13 till Oct 17. I was already impressed when we arrived to the resort. I fall in love with everything: the rooms (top room service), the pool with bar, the beach, the food, the Cigar bar, the theater and the dancers - the whole offer actually and of course the best were the staff. I really need to commended Capy, Michel, Yasset, Yessy- the entertainers, then also a bartenders Jose and Yasser and the dancer Yiyi. Thanks to you guys our vacation there was better than anywhere else. I have to mention the shows in the theater also. I really loved the show with Michael Jackson and Mamma mia show. They were amazing and the dancers were fantastic. I really recommend the resort to everyone, I would actually say it's must see place. I'll definitely come back someday (I hope very soon) and I already can't wait to return!! :) Greetings from Slovenia! Anja

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