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Take a Luxurious Vacation to the Beautiful Island of Cuba

From Toronto, there are still tons of luxurious deals on dream vacations. For the month of September, however, there are a few elusive deals that are often hard to come by. It’s not uncommon to take a tropical vacation for an escape, but it is very rare to come across the chance to have a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuba.

In some ways still untouched by modern-day technology, feel free to totally detach from social media and the everyday grind in the best way possible. Classic cars and delicious food, as well as museums and natural wonders you have to see to believe, are all waiting for you.

Havana, Cuba’s capital city, is filled with colonial architecture. Its 16th-century Old Havana core includes the Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a fort and maritime museum. The National Capitol Building is an iconic 1920s landmark. Salsa blares from the local clubs and cabaret is performed at the famed Tropicana.

Varadero, covering Cuba’s Hicacos Peninsula, is a popular beach resort town. Along with its 20 km of Atlantic Ocean coastline is a string of all-inclusive hotel and spa complexes, with parks and beaches close enough for you to get lost in. Here are five that we can have you at before the end of the month:

1) Meliá Marina Varadero Apartments 


Melia Marina Varadero Apartments, for those who are passionate about the sea. Spacious, welcoming and functional apartments, equipped with all the necessary comforts for long stays. Access to a vibrant marina, to the natural beauty of the Hicacos Peninsula and to one of the most famous beaches in the world. Apartments with one to three bedrooms and studio apartments. They boast a separate reception and entrance, pool with views of the marina, bar, gym, tennis court, pharmacy, grocery shop, laundry, and parking.

Access to a vibrant marina, to the natural beauty of the Hicacos Peninsula and to one of the most famous beaches in the world. Combined with the services of the Hotel Melia Marina Varadero and the Plaza Las Morlas tourist village.

Meliá Marina Varadero Apartments is a 4-star hotel currently costing $725 per person.

2) Ocean Varadero El Patriarca 

With the oceanfront property that stretches more than 200 meters, Ocean Varadero El Patriarca is a five-star resort with historic architecture reflecting the 40’s and 50’s Varadero style. Complete with over 400 deluxe rooms, privilege junior, and privilege deluxe suites. The resort also holds an array of themed restaurants, a spa center, exclusive rooms services, an exclusive lounge preferred customers, and upgraded amenities.

Enjoy a true gourmet experience at the Ocean Varadero El Patriarca. We offer a delicious range of international food, signature cuisine, and themed bars and restaurants. Let your taste buds travel the world with the flavors of our resort in Varadero. Go diving and PADI training centers offer courses both for first-time and experienced divers. Explore the most colorful reefs of the Caribbean, and the biggest coral reef in Cozumel. Be sure to make time for their team of entertainers, the Blue Team, who provide a wide range of daytime and evening activities — aqua aerobics, pool, table tennis, stretching, tai chi, competitions, shows, board games, etc.

Ocean Varadero El Patriarca is an all-inclusive 4-star resort currently costing $1015 per person.

3) Ocean Vista Azul 

Ocean Vista Azul is a newer luxury resort stationed along two white-sand beaches on the unforgettable beaches of Varadero, Cuba. Ocean Vista Azul offers five-star amenities and service while letting guests enjoy elegant Caribbean surroundings. From the amazing infinity pool overlooking the nearby Caribbean Sea to the lush tropical landscapes surrounding the resort Ocean Vista Azul is a hidden gem.

Along with a selection of gourmet dining experiences to satisfy the pickiest of eaters, Ocean Vista Azul offers exceptional entertainment programs, including Mini Club Daisy and a vibrant animation staff designed with younger kids in mind to ensure guests enjoy a uniquely Cuban experience. Complete with a state-of-the-art Despacio Spa Center and superb Privilege Rooms and Service, the Ocean Vista Azul is the perfect retreat for discriminating travelers.

The resort also includes:

  • 6 Bars
  • Internet Access (a rarity in Cuba)
  • Theater
  • Gym
  • Multi-sports court
  • Entertainment center
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Windsurfing

Ocean Vista Azul is an all-inclusive 4-star resort currently costing $1045 per person.

4) Sol Palmeras Resort & Bungalows

Sol Palmeras is a Varadero classic, especially for families. An exquisite all-inclusive 4-Star beachfront hotel and bungalow complex, with an amazing range of entertainment options. With refreshing pools surrounded by gardens, terraces, and bars, it is renowned for the comfort of its rooms, the specific style of the buffet restaurant with gourmet show-cooking, and its attractive entertainment program.

It also has the Cubamigos Club offering varied programs for the little ones in your family to enjoy. A perfect combination of rooms and bungalows are linked to a golf course with unique facilities for golfers and their families. Its modern and comfortable rooms are available in 8 different types; some are situated in the main building and others are located in one or two-story bungalows, in an adjoining area. They all provide breathtaking views of the beautiful gardens and the pool.

The resort also “royal service,” for customers who are truly wanting a luxurious experience. Designed to be the most intimate and exclusive service, guests are offered spacious suites with a private butler, priority service and a wide range of bookable facilities, as well as superior category services. Its Adult Only environment will give you peace of mind and the perfect place to enjoy the peace and quiet of the island’s best beaches.

Ocean Vista Azul is an all-inclusive 4-star resort currently costing $855 per person.

5) Melia Los Antillas

All-Inclusive 4 Star Plus resort, designed exclusively for guests over 16 years of age. Located right on the beach in Varadero, very close to the dolphinarium. Known for its tropical gardens, water mirrors, and vibrant vegetation, guests can immerse themselves in delighting the senses. Bring a special someone, friends, or the family! The resort is recommended for couples, weddings, honeymoons, and groups.

Catamarans, pedal boats, and windsurfing are just some of the superb options on offer at the hotel’s nautical area. You can also enjoy scuba diving and fishing at the Gaviota and Chapelín marinas which are only 3 km from the hotel, where you can also choose from a wide range of excellent boat trips (yachts and catamarans) and diving sites.

For guests who want a fun, lively atmosphere, the Varadero fun pub disco bar serves a wide choice of drinks and liquors with great music, ideal for unwinding and having fun in a casual atmosphere. Indoor bar with air conditioning located next to the lower lobby. Capacity for 120 people and open at night until the small hours of the morning. It also has four other restaurants located both in and out of the resort, and other bars to fit whatever mood you’re in.

Melia Las Antillas is an all-inclusive 4-star resort currently costing $865 per person.

Be sure to invest in the deals to Cuba, as trips to the island can be very elusive. Accommodations can sometimes totally fill during peak vacation times. Be sure to stay out on the lookout for the rest of the month as we continue to post deals for later vacations! Contact our travel agent for all of the information needed to start travelling!

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