Some of the best Cuba resorts are found near the eastern city of Holguin. The eponymous province where Holguin is found is an ideal retreat for those looking to enjoy some of the best beaches in Cuba, and it's pretty much all inclusive here all the way. Playa Guardalavaca is among the top beaches where vacationers choose to find accommodations, and some of the newer Holguin beach destinations offer plenty of fun in the sun, on top of luxurious rooms.
Playa Esmeralda is a good bet for some of the newer, and thus higher-priced Holguin resorts, and those looking for a homy feel might consider staying at one of the Holguin villas. If you are planning to stay at one of the Holguin hotels, you might book a flight to Cuba directly to the area. Free airport transfers are usually part of the packages that most Cuba resorts offer, so you will be able to get to your room quickly and comfortably. The following are suggestions for Holguin hotels and resorts, which hopefully will prove ideal for your Holguin, Cuba vacation.
Among the main players in the Cuba hotels market is the Sol Meliá company, whose Paradisus Río de Oro all inclusive resort at Playa Esmeralda (Esmeralda Beach), is arguably the best in the country.
Its location atop a scenic cliff provides ocean views to die for, and the garden setting is both invigorating and relaxing. Throw in the fact that when you check in, a glass of champagne and a refreshing wet cloth are provided while you wait for just a few minutes, and it's easy to see why a stay here is so enjoyable. You can choose from a number of suites, each featuring a king-size bed, or two queens, and those interested in Holguin villas might find the Garden Villas here to be a good fit. They feature their own pools and dazzling ocean views, and are easily a top Holguin lodging option. All units provide amenities such as satellite TV, air-conditioning, a CD player, an in-room safe and mini-bar, and around-the-clock room service. The elegant bathrooms include bath products, a hair dryer, and guest robes.
There are some half a dozen specialty restaurants to choose from here, all offering above-average cuisine, and among the handful of hotel bars is the Fun Pub-Karaoke. Numerous leisure and recreational activities can be enjoyed on the grounds, or at the beach, such as tennis, horseback riding and scuba diving. You might not ever want to leave the stunning grounds of this top pick for Holguin resorts, but if you should want to get out for a bit, the hotel staff can help you plan fun tours. You can even book a bus tour to the lively city of Santiago de Cuba.
Most hotels in Holguin are ideal for families. If you are coming with the kids in tote, a nice, affordable family pick for Holguin resorts is the Playa Costa Verde, which is at Playa Pesquero (Pesquero Beach). Don't let the great rates fool you, though, this is still a pretty high-end offering for Holguin hotels. The rooms here are oversized, for starters, and they are also well-equipped. The hotel's Kids Club features its own swimming pool, and adults will appreciate the lobby bar, which is open 24-hours a day. All inclusive of course, meals and snacks, activities and free airport transfers are all part of the deal here, and for an extra fee, you can even try a little scuba diving. Between the buffet restaurant and the 3 à la carte dining spots, you can enjoy plenty of savory dishes.
The Playa Costa Verde also features 7 bars and a disco, encouraging plenty of nighttime revelry. Perhaps you can follow up a morning tennis match at one of the hotel courts with an afternoon at the hotel shopping plaza. Basking at one of the two outdoor pools is always an option, or you might see what the Game Room has to offer.
At Playa Guardalavaca, you can generally find the most affordably-priced Holguin resorts and Holguin villas. The Hotel Brisas Guardalavaca is more or less split into two complexes, one of which is more of a standard resort, the other, more of a consideration for villas. In fact, these villas are of particular interest, as they provide the best lodging choice for the hotel, and are still a pretty great deal. In the resort rooms, the amenities are quite sufficient, while the decor a bit simple. Comfortable beds, satellite cable TV, air-conditioning, separate tubs and showers, a hair dryer, mini-fridge and a balcony are all included in each unit, and you can book a room with either a garden or ocean view. As mentioned, the villa rooms here are more desirable, but by no means should that dissuade you from picking a standard room if that is your intention.
There are 5 restaurants at your disposal here, and they offer among them everything from seafood to pizza. Betweens the Hotel Brisas's 8 bars, you are sure to find the right atmosphere for your mood, and there is plenty to do outside as well. Tennis courts, 2 pools, shops and a fitness room are just some of the resort amenities, and the beach is always close by.
Another great pick for Holguin resorts is the Occidental Grand Playa Turquesa, which is found at beautiful Playa Yuraguanal (Yuraguanal Beach). It's setting is worthy enough when it comes to considering a stay here, as the resort boasts a wonderful beach below, and lush forests close by. One of the larger hotels in Holguin, the Occidental Grand Playa Turquesa can get pretty busy during the high season. If you want to get around the sprawling complex, you can always hop on one of the golf carts, whose drivers are on the lookout for passengers. The array of pools here is amazing, and two of them are adults-only.
Numerous bars and restaurant choices mean you can find the right element for your tastes, and you can even grab some ice cream or a piece of pizza at the beach. Guests here can enjoy a range of fun on-premise activities, and the tour desk can help you plan a day trip or small excursion. Children's programs, concierge services and a hotel dance club are just some of the hotel amenities, and when it comes to the accommodations here, you will find them to be quite clean and sufficient indeed. All the basics, such as a hair dryer and coffee maker are offered in each guest unit, as is air-conditioning, cable TV and an in-room safe. Large bathrooms and balconies are standard, and each room also has a mini-fridge.