Mexico and the Caribbean

3 Top-Rated Cuban All-Inclusive Resorts to Get You Through the Winter

When people think about Cuba, they’re usually thinking about a vibrant culture unvarnished by time. But the country is also synonymous with the sun, drawing travelers from across the world.

An all-inclusive resort is one of the best ways to soak in the Vitamin D. For years, international travelers have been loyal to the sandy stretches of Varadero, Cayo Coco, Santa Lucia and Guardalavaca and the affordable resorts that make a Cuban getaway all the more easy to fall for. Now that travel has opened up (even if only slightly) from the United States, Americans are flocking to the Caribbean island frozen in time.

If you take a leaf out of the trivago user’s travel book, you’d be one to check our user reviews through and through before booking yourself into a week away. What could be more trustworthy than hearing from other travelers who’ve given their thumbs up to the breakfast buffet, sipped their way through perfectly-mixed mojitos and checked the boxes for strong WiFi, reliable air-con, and comfy beds?

Have a look at these six excellently-rated Cuba all-inclusive resorts that have guests hollering ¡Viva Cuba!

Iberostar Varadero


Sunsets on beaches and sushi for dinner; shimmering pools and drinks for the liver; and comfortable beds where you don’t feel the springs. These are a few of our favorite things — at the Iberostar Varadero.

What else are guests extolling about this all-inclusive in Varadero? Spa experiences, a killer water park for kids and lively evening shows are on the list, too. Housekeeping is definitely doing something right. Users applaud the cleanliness with a near-perfect score on trivago and just wait until you see the towel art that greets you every afternoon.

Lastly, we hear from newlyweds that the Iberostar is a dream when it comes to throwing together a memorable destination wedding in Cuba.

Iberostar Selection Varadero

8.3 Very good (2734 reviews)

Sol Río de Luna y Mares, Guardalavaca


After an airport transfer due north from Holguín, check yourself straight into some R&R at the Sol Río de Luna y Mares right on Playa Esmeralda. This four-star all-inclusive has won the hearts of past guests with a loyal following of annual returnees looking to return to their own piece of paradise.

A combination of themed nights (white night and retro night, for example), reliable à la carte and buffet options and crystal clear waters for snorkeling paint this picture of sunny utopia.

The resort staff is happy to arrange off-resort excursions such as local village visits, meeting baby crocodiles at the zoo and horseback riding on the beach. But save room for eats back at the Sol Río. The must-try dish of your stay: calamari on the beach.

Sol Cayo Largo


The island paradise to an island nation, Cayo Largo measures just 25 kilometers across and completes this postcard vision with technicolored coral reefs, the finest of white sand and a few nudist beaches that throw this cayo back to the time of Eden.

As one of just six hotels on the island, Sol Cayo Largo remains the top-rated choice for trivago users thanks to its stellar location and amenities (from the spa to catamaran excursions). Start each day with made-to-order crepes before staking out your spot on Playa Sirena or Paraiso where the water is so clear that you can admire the native starfishes all without dunking your head in.

If you’re looking for absolute serenity, radiantly friendly staff, and lighter crowds, the Sol Cayo Largo is the place for you.

Sol Cayo Largo

Cayo Largo
8.1 Very good (887 reviews)