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Iberostar Playa Blanca
(formerly Olé Playa Blanca / Hotel Playa Blanca / Barcelo Cayo Largo)

The Villa Bellarena section (wooden bungalows), which was reserved exclusively for Italian tourists since its opening, is now offered by the Canadian tour operator Caribe Sol / Hola Sun as from May 1, 2017.


This hotel is located at the East end of the hotel's zone. It opened in 2003 and was managed by Barcelo Hotels & Resorts for the first 5 years. It's currently managed by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts. Iberostar first named it "Olé Playa Blanca" but the chain is no longer keeping its low-budget "Olé" brand so the hotel was renamed Iberostar Playa Blanca in 2016, but it still remains a budget hotel. Rooms are distributed in two sections: The Bungalows and the main building (hotel). The Playa Blanca has a very high number of repeat guests. The staff is very friendly and most of them speak French and English. Note that during high tides and/or strong winds, the beach may get quite narrow (or even disappear) for few days, especially the east side, while the west side of the beach is much more stable.

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PLEASE NOTE! There is « Clothing Optional » section on the beach, from the last footbridge towards the East virgin beaches. But when the eastern side becomes very narrow (or underwater), the naturists then gather at the West end of the beach (in the area of the former hotel Villa Capricho).


Opening: 2003
306 rooms
2 swimming pools (saltwater)
1 Jacuzzi (saltwater)
3 Restaurants
4 Bars
Tennis courts & Multisports court
Mini-Club 10:00 to 18:00
Shops ($)
Internet & Wi-Fi ($) / Lobby
Weddings ($)

Evening entertainment
Club house: open from 8h to 18h
Daily activities
Massage ($)
Beauty salon price list
Medical center ($)
Late Check-Out (very affordable!) :
• from 12h to 16h : 25 CUC / room
• from 12h to 18h : 30 CUC / room
• from 12h to 20h : 40 CUC / room


Hotel section:
 - 110 Standard (14 with ocean view)
 - 12 Suites (no balcony, 6 with oceanview)
Bungalow section (closer to the beach):
 - 184 Standard (24 with ocean view)
1 King or 2 3/4 beds
Baby cribs (on request)
Air Conditioning
Balcony or terrace
Adapted rooms

220 volt (120-220V shavers outlet in the bathroom)
Mini-fridge with a bottle of water (1.5L/day)
In-room safe
Satellite TV
Hair dryer
Amenities in the bathroom
Iron & Ironing board
Magnetic card (key)


Main Buffet (air-conditionned)
Cuisine: International
Breakfast: 7:30 to 10:30
Dinner: 19:00 to 22:00
No reservation required

Beach ranchon (open air)
Day: 10:00 to 17:00, snacks and light meals
Evening*: 19:30 to 22:00, A la carte
*reservation and proper attire required
Lobster plate available ($)

Snack Bar next to the pool (open air)
Continental breakfast: 10:30 to 11:30
Lunch Buffet: 12:00 to 15:00
Snacks: 15:00 to 18:00
Dinner a la carte*: 19:00 to 22:00
*reservation and proper attire required


Caribe Lobby Bar (09:00 to 22:00)
Opalino Pool Bar (10:30 to 18:00)
Velamar Beach Bar (10:00 to 17:00)
Daiquiri Lounge Bar (24h)

Click to see the Cocktails menu.

Our favorite Cappucinos prepared by Leydiane (aka Lady Di), the best in Cayo Largo! :-)


  • The construction started in 2000, at that time it was named « Hotel Bucanero ». The opening was scheduled for late-2001. But hurricane Michele hit Cayo Largo on November 4, 2001 and badly damaged the hotel while it was still under construction.
  • It opened under Barcelo Hotels & resorts administration in 2003, the Spanish group managed the hotel until 2008.
  • Gran Caribe (Cuban) decided to manage the hotel themselves under the name Hotel Playa Blanca, from 2008 to 2014.
  • In 2012, the construction of a new Villa section started. These wooden cabanas only opened in December 2015 under the name Villa Bellarena and are exclusive to the Italian tour operator iGrandiViaggi.
  • In the fall of 2014, the Iberostar hotel group announced that it will manage the Hotel Playa Blanca under its low cost brand "Olé", the hotel was then renamed "Olé Playa Blanca".
  • In 2016, the hotel is renamed "Iberostar Playa Blanca"
  •   Things-to-know

    • The Villa Marinera hotel (near the marina) belong to the Playa Blanca hotel
    • The adjacent Villa Bellarana section belongs to the Playa Blanca Hotel
    • Customers at the Villa Marinera and Villa Bellarena have free access to all services and amenities of the Iberostar Playa Blanca.
    • All bars and Restaurants are wheelchair accessible.
    • There is no discotheque at the hotel.
    • The price to upgrade to an Ocean View is 10 CUC/person/day.
    • You can be informed of all services at the hotel directly from your TV, watch PB Visión channel (Playa Blanca Visión).
    • This hotel has a miniclub, but not as big and popular as the one in Hotel Pelicano.
    • Every week there is a special dinner for repeat guests, you should get an invitation in your room. If you did not receive one, ask the Public Relations staff.

    If you wish to rent a jeep or scooter, go to the Rentals office near the entrance and ask for "Lechuga" (this is his nickname :)). Please greet him from Lily & Normand. He's a great guy!

    • Check-in: 15h / Check-out: 12h.
    • Since 2007, watersports activities are located at the most beautiful beach in Cayo Largo, Playa Sirena. There is a shuttle from the hotel, ask front desk for schedule.
    • Do not bring credit cards issued by American banks, and give your tips in CUC only, no other foreign currencies.
    • Internet (desktop & Wi-Fi): 10 CUC/hour
    • Phone: 1.95 CUC/minute to Canada, 2.30 CUC in USA and 4 CUC in Europe.
    • You can exchange your towel for a clean one at the Club House. Do not wait at the end of the day, as the daily number of clean towels is limited. There is a fee of 10 CUC if you lose your beach towel.

    IMPORTANT! There are four items you should always leave in your safety deposit box:

    » Your passport
    » Your Cuban Tourist Card (second half of the visa you filled on the airplane)
    » Your flight tickets (it's important to check your flight departure time in the lobby or with your tour operator representative)
    » Your valuables (cash, jewerly, etc.)

    • It's recommended to always carry with you a photocopy of your passport or any kind of identifications, especially if your leave the hotel's ground. If you book an excursion by plane, you must bring your passport with you (not a photocopy).
    • It’s forbidden to take Cubans pesos (CUC or CUP) out of Cuba.

    It is important to attend the Tour Operator representative breefing to be informed of the latest development in Cayo Largo. This meeting is usually held the morning after your arrival at the hotel.

    Visit our bulletin board (forum) dedicated to Cayo Largo. It's the perfect place to better prepare your next trip, or share your experience with others. Everybody can access the forum, but you have to register if you want to write.

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