Located right in the middle of Punta de Hicacos Natural Park, a skinny strip of land sticking out on the north coast of Cuba, Melia Peninsula Varadero is an all-inclusive family-friendly resort with a casual feel. The buildings reflect the colonial past; it’s all whitewashed colonnades and walkways through landscaped grounds leading to the pristine beach. This holiday will suit families with kids of all ages; it’s a big resort with plenty of choice, surrounded by endless possibilities of watersports, and trips to see local Cuban life in the nearby towns – Matanzas is a 40-minute drive away and, once known as the ‘Athens of Cuba’ is slowly coming back to life and well-worth a visit.
With a kids’ club, lavish evening entertainment both in the restaurants and at the Club House, a roofed outdoor theatre, and plenty of sporting activities for kids and grown-ups, there’s lots to do. The 8 restaurants and bars offer up a wide variety of cuisine and drinks, and are all fairly relaxed. Watersports abound on the beach (pedal boats; catamarans; windsurfing) and don’t forget the three freshwater pools.
The rooms are simply furnished but spacious with family rooms sleeping up to four and family junior suites sleeping up to 5 in two separate rooms.