Rediscovering eastern Cuba, Holguin and Santiago
In line with the diversification strategy promoted by tourism authorities on the island, at Meliá Cuba we have increased our options so that our guests can discover the many charms of this destination. In addition to the traditional beach resorts of Varadero and the Cayos (cays), we are now located in more exotic and equally splendid places such as the two regions of Holguín and Santiago de Cuba
Holguín, “the most beautiful land”, as Christopher Columbus called it, is a combination of enchanting landscapes, interesting history and curious traditions. Let’s begin with the famous Esmeralda Beach on the northern coast of this province. Here we can offer you the hotels Sol Río de Luna y Mares and Paradisus Río de Oro. Sol Río de Luna y Mares is a four-star establishment in a prime location overlooking the Bahía de Naranjo National Park. Recommended especially for families, its guest rooms, eateries and common areas were all recently refurbished. Paradisus Río de Oro is a five-star adults-only eco-resort affording a superior accommodation experience for couples, weddings, honeymoons and travellers seeking wellness and spas.
Besides the entertainment and adventure options available in both hotels, our guests have a host of opportunities to explore several sites of interest in the region with the assistance of travel agents. These include Loma de la Cruz Park, which gives you views of the entire city of Holguín from its hilltop; Bariay, the place where the first Spaniards disembarked in 1492; Birán, the birthplace of our leader Fidel Castro; Cayo Saetía and the Cayo Naranjo dolphinarium, places where you can interact with remarkable animals; and numerous heritage buildings in the main provincial city, which is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year.
Santiago de Cuba is considered the capital of the Caribbean due to its blend of cultures combining the most representative aspects of this region. Here Meliá Santiago de Cuba, the only five-star accommodation in the city, has all the facilities required to turn it into the pinnacle of any tour of the heritage city. You can enjoy exquisite service in its distinguished The Level section and in the picturesque Santiago Café and Bello Bar Mirador as well as great music, Cuban cocktails and unbeatable views of the city and the Sierra Maestra mountains. This smoke-free hotel, ideal for families and for trips as a couple or a group, is also a perfect venue for holding all kinds of social events, conferences and meetings.
Santiago never disappoints. And visits to the Basilica of the Santuario de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre (National Shrine to Our Lady of Charity), San Juan Hill and the cay Cayo Granma help to expand the range of experiences for our travel guests.
The closeness of both destinations, their varied attractions and enviable accommodation options managed by Meliá Cuba ensures that choosing the two-city Holguín-Santiago break is bound to give visitors a memorable holiday in the eastern part of the archipelago. We hope you include us in your recommendations!