Best all inclusive family resort Meliá Marina Varadero

Varadero has been one of Canadian’s favorite destinations in the Caribbean for decades, especially for families. Why?

First of all, Varadero is known for its pristine white sand beaches, turquoise crystal clear water and best of all, its very friendly and welcoming people, particularly to kids.

On top of that, this Cuban popular destination offers a wide choice of kid-friendly resorts, for all budgets.

Now choosing the best all inclusive family resort for you and your kids will make all the difference in the world because we want everyone to be happy and have fun!

On our trip to Varadero with Sunwing Vacations, we chose to stay at the very unique, luxurious and family-friendly Meliá Marina Varadero.

The Meliá Marina Varadero, Best All Inclusive Family Resort

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Resort

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Resort

Set at the very end of Varadero’s narrow Hicacos Peninsula, and located in an ecological reserve, the Five star Meliá Marina Varadero is a unique family and beach resort. On one side of the resort, you’ll find Gaviota Varadero’s stylish marina, while on the other you can enjoy the pools, the white sand beach, and azure blue waters.

There are nine restaurants and cafeterias and eight bars dotting the property along with adults and kids swimming pools, the YHI Spa, with a breathtaking infinity pool overlooking the marina, a fitness center, a beauty salon, a kids’ club and a shopping promenade. Everything to make all family members very happy!

Fancy a private and exclusive superior treatment? The Level floor provides a royal service to its guests with an exclusive access to La Vigia, the 7th-floor panoramic restaurant, discounts on massages, free late checkout, around the clock room service, three green fees free and unlimited free Wi-Fi access, which is surprisingly fast.

The Marina

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Marina

The Gaviota Varadero Marina is what makes this Meliá resort stand out from Cuba’s all inclusive hotels.

The Maritime Promenade is the perfect place to enjoy a breezy family walk before dinner and attend a live music and dance show.

The Rooms

Meliá Marina Varadero: the RoomsMeliá Marina Varadero: the Rooms

All of the luxurious 423 rooms at the Meliá Marina Varadero is chic and features all of the amenities you’d expect from a five-star hotel.

There is a range of styles and arrangements to choose from, including classic, premium and Level rooms, the latter being the Royal exclusive and highly personalized service.

You can’t go wrong at the Meliá Marina Varadero: all rooms grant their guests to either a marina or a pool and beach view, so everyone is blessed with a stunning vista.

The Dining

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Dining

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Dining

The Meliá Marina Varadero offers a blend of local and international dishes at their six restaurants.

Don Ernesto: Named after the famous writer, Ernest Hemingway, this marina-front restaurant offers delicious à la carte Latin dinner.

Casa Burguete: Located on the Maritime Promenade, you can savor at the Casa Burguete French cuisine in a chic and sophisticated atmosphere.

Bana: Exquisite Asian dinner with a fusion twist is served at the Bana restaurant, whose name refers to the Japanese art of sharing.

El Pescador: With stunning views of Varadero’s pristine beach and the azure Caribbean sea, this is the ideal spot for beach grills and BBQ in front of the beach.

La Vigia: This elegant panoramic restaurant is exclusive to The Level’s clients, and offers succulent à la carte and buffet style meals all day. My favorite!

Don Peperoni: Serving delightful Italian dinner with a stunning view of the stylish marina.

El Pilar: This is the Meliá Marina Varadero’s main restaurant. They offer a buffet breakfast, lunch and a range of local and international dishes for dinner.

Fiesta: Located in the lobby, La Fiesta offers snacks and drinks for everyone who can’t get their eyes off the marina’s superb view.

Habana: The Habana pool snack bar is the perfect restaurant to enjoy a quiet family moment after hours of fun in the pool.

The Pools

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Pools

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Pools

The Meliá Marina Varadero resort has four freshwater pools:

  • a dazzling lagoon-shaped pool, that also has a spa tub, and where you can find the El Mojito pool bar,
  • two kids’ pools, including one with a pergola providing shade to our precious little one’s sensitive skin,
  • and an exclusive pool with 7 colored led lights, displaying the Nighttime Fantasy illumination, located in the condo area.

You will also find Bali Beds and more than enough sunbeds, some located under shady pergolas, to relax while the kids are having fun in the water.

The Beach

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Beach

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Beach

Varadero’s pristine white sand beach is what draws visitors to come back again and again.

A 5-minute breezy walk from the pool area, or a short golf cart ride, brings you to Meliá Marina Varadero’s private heavenly beach, the calm and shallow crystal turquoise water where kids can swim safely, and where everyone can enjoy plenty of activities, sunshades, and sunbeds.

After you’re settled in, there is a bar and a restaurant on the beach so you can just lie back like royalty and enjoy the sun.

The Activities

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Activities

There’s always plenty of fun activities to do at the Meliá Marina Varadero.

When you’re ready to get moving, you can head to the tennis courts, or to Varadero Golf Club, or you can either go diving, fishing, sailing, among other activities.

Of course, there are a lot of fascinating and thrilling excursions available for you and your family: boat trips on yachts and catamarans, visits to Cuba’s capital Havana, and much more.

The Spa

Meliá Marina Varadero: the YHI Spa

Meliá Marina Varadero: the YHI Spa

Perfect for parents who want to unwind, get spoiled and reconnect in a serene atmosphere, the YHI Spa is ideal to get pampered with the latest therapeutic and relaxing treatments.

The highlight of our stay was our relaxing couples massage and then spend quality time alone in their infinity pool, overlooking the stunning marina.

The Kids’ Club

Meliá Marina Varadero: the Kids' Club

Emma-Kate had an amazing time at the Kids’ Club, where she played with her new friends and enjoyed a magic trick show, face painting, a kids’ party, and a lot of educational and fun games, in a very safe, secure and comfortable environment.

I can tell you that we had the best time of our lives with Sunwing at the Meliá Marina Varadero! When we left our new friends, Emma-Kate cried (and maybe myself too… only a little bit). We will definitely have to come back soon!

Best all inclusive family resort Meliá Marina Varadero


Thanks to Sunwing and the Meliá Marina Varadero for hosting us during our stay. As always, thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
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  • Jamie Italiane

    I would love to read a book in a Bali Bed after my outdoor massage!

  • Louise Edwards

    This looks like an amazing holiday with all the perfect details to ensure a brilliant break. The food looks delicious and the spa and pools just perfect to unwind. What fun! We have visited Cuba many years ago and would love to return with the boys so this hotel will be on our list! x

    • Dominique Lessard

      Thanks, Louise! We really had a blast there! You’ll love it 🙂

  • Julz

    This looks like a really nice family hotel! The rooms are big and the grounds look amazing! and it’s always good that there is time for adult time! I tend to be always by myself so the kids stick to me!!

    • Dominique Lessard

      Thanks Julz! The rooms are spacious indeed, and taking grownup time perfect to recharge!

  • Andra

    I am not a huge fan of resorts, but this one sure looks amazing. It’s incredible how many restaurants it has. And I love that they have so many activities, it’s like something for each member of the family. Cool!

  • Marieve

    I absolutely adore Cuba !! I’ve been to Varadero many many times but never to that resort! Looks amazing! I’m guessing it’s situated at the end of the strip?? So many restaurants on the resort ! & those rooms look gorgeous!

    • Dominique Lessard

      You guessed right, it is at the very end of the strip! We loved it! You would too 🙂

  • Suzy McCullough

    Oooo this place looks lovely. The pool and food especially amazing. I’ve never heard of this place but I am sold.

  • Blair villanueva

    This is indeed perfect for family. Your little jetsetter made me feel inspired to check further this destination.
    Where is your next holiday?

  • Ami

    This is perfect for a family – enough to do for the kids as well as the adults. I loved the ambiance of the rooms. Quirky in a way with those oars stuck on the wall. I bet you did not want to leave this place.

    • Dominique Lessard

      You are so right. We wanted to stay so much longer! We had the best time of our lives, so why leave?

  • LaiAriel R. Samangka

    This looks so perfect and I truly love the cool ambiance. Nothing compare to a resort with a beach front view and the beach looks so great. I haven’t heard about this Resort and will surely check it If I get the chance. I would love to stay here as well If I get the chance. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    • Dominique Lessard

      Thank you! The view from our room was stunning! And the beach was so beautiful. A must-see!

  • Joy Generoso

    Such a perfect destination. From the photos itself I can say that this place is really amazing. It would be a dream come true if I’ll get the chance to enjoy this resort. Travel inspiration! Hopefully soon! Really beautiful!

    • Dominique Lessard

      Thanks Joy! We had the best time of our lives there. Hopefully you can go too soon 🙂

  • Naomi

    JUst… wow. It looks like heaven. I mean does this really exist?! Well obviously! Your photos have my sold especially the marina, the amazing amount of restaurants and freshwater pools! Can I go now please?!

  • My Travelogue by Bhushavali

    Wow! Looks like a stunning hotel! Good review.

  • kerry norris

    This resort looks right up my street. I love the decor of the rooms. They look bright and spacious for a family too. The marina looks so pretty x

  • Kara

    Oh WOW – all those vivid blues – i need to visit and now, so fed up of this miserable weather. It looks like a beautiful place to stay

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