|Hotels in Cayo Largo, Cuba
In Cayo Largo all the hotel properties (buildings, infrastructures and employees) belong to the Cuban group GRAN CARIBE, however some of these hotels are managed by international hotel chains, such as: Melia Hotels International (1 hotel: Sol Cayo Largo), Iberostar (2 hotels: Iberostar Playa Blanca and Ole Villa Marinera), Eden Viaggi (1 hotel: Hotel Isla del Sur), Villaggi Veratour (1 hotel: Villa Lindamar) and Alpitour (2 hotels: Bravo Villa Coral and his annex Villa Soledad). Gran Caribe now manage themselves the Hotel Pelicano (former Sol Pelicano managed by Melia), and the new and renovated hotel Villa Capricho (formerly Villa Iguana – Capricho).
You can access the individual webpage of each hotel by clicking the links in the right column.
Click HERE to view a satellite image identifying the position of every hotel in Cayo Largo.
Apart from hotel Ole Villa Marinera, they are all located directly on the long stretch of beach called "Playa Lindarena", less than 10 minutes from the Cayo Largo International Airport (CYO), and about 15 minutes from the village (pueblo) and marina. The Ole Villa Marinera is located next to the marina (waterfront but no beach), but customers have access to the beach and services of its sister hotel, the Iberostar Playa Blanca (former names: Barcelo Playa Blanca and Ole Playa Blanca).
The three largest hotels (Sol Cayo Largo, Hotel Pelicano and Iberostar Playa Blanca) receive tourists from several countries, but mostly Canadians. The small hotels Isla del Sur, Bravo Villa Coral/Soledad and Villa Lindamar are almost exclusively reserved for the Italians, but the Bravo Villa Coral has now again (2015) some rooms available to the Canadian market (with the tour operator Transat Group). The Villa Capricho (scheduled to open November 2016) is supposed to be available to everyone, but we heard that one section of this hotel might be Italians only.
Note that there's no sharing of services between the hotels (with the exception of Olé Villa Marinera and Iberostar Playa Blanca), it means that you cannot eat or drink in another hotel than the one where you’re staying, unless you have a special invitation or if you buy a meal somewhere else. Those who visited Cayo Largo in the 80s and 90s will remember that it was formerly known as the "Isla Todo Incluido" because all the hotels present in that time shared services.
All hotels (except for Ole Villa Marinera located in the marina) are located along the south coast of the island. The north coast is composed mainly of marshes and mangroves.
All hotels offer the All-Inclusive plan, which means that meals, snacks, beverages, daily activities, nightly entertainment, and non-motorized water sports are included. In the a la carte restaurants the dress code is Casual Elegance (men should wear long pants and closed shoes). All restaurants are non-smoking.
Watersports since 2007: Given that the sea in front of the hotel zone (Playa Lindarena) is often quite choppy (so less safe for water sports), there are no more watersports centers directly on the beach of the hotels. These equipment (pedal boat, kayak, hobie cat, windsurfing, snorkeling, etc.) were all brought to Playa Sirena (the most spectacular beach in Cayo Largo with its ever calm waters). So there’s only one shared watersports center for all tourists on the island. These non-motorized water sports are still part of your All-Inclusive plan and there’s a shuttle from every hotel to go to Playa Sirena.
Click to view the path (rock and compacted sand) that leads to the western beaches (Punta Mal Tiempo, Playa Paraiso and Playa Sirena)
Click to see a satellite image of the village and marina
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