Playa Cayo Santa Maria Review
Posted on 01/28/2019 | About Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
Playa Cayo Santa Maria Resort – Review
This Resort is best for Families, multi-generational groups and travellers looking for R&R. The resort was mostly travellers in their 20s, younger families and into their 40s.
We experienced the Playa Cayo Santa Maria Resort in January 2019 for our Rest, Relax and Get away from it all vacation.The weather was typical 25-27C, mostly sunny days with rain at night or a bit during the morning.We booked into a Montecristo Room (with Transat) and were in Building #15. Our room was on the ground floor and steps away from the “Quiet Pool” and 24 hr Snack Bar.The resort is laid out as a mirror image with Buildings #1-7 on one side and Buildings #8-15 on the other with the Lobby, Main Pool, Mini Club, Beer Garden, Ice Cream Shop, Snack Bar and Quiet Pool located in the middle of the resort that leads down to the beach.Our room had a King Bed, side tables, table and chairs, terrace with chairs, desk area with a chair and dresser drawers on both sides, large closet with drawers and the digital safe, TV on a cabinet that contains the mini fridge that was restocked daily.Bathroom had a tub and shower, along with a towel rack and a line to hang wet clothing.The resort had Live Music in the Lobby, Hobbie Cat down at the beach that you could take out (with a guide) and entertainment daily by the Main Pool.Free WIFI 1 hour per day / per guest for Standards Rooms and 2 hours per day / per guest for Montecristo Rooms.WIFI service was perfect, worked well in the Lobby, Snack Bar and around the Main and Quiet Pool.
Pools – There are four pools, plus two small wadding pools for toddlers.All areas have lots of room, shade and chairs available at all times during our stay.No need to run out and save a chair.
Beach – The beach is amazing, beautiful white sand and you can walk for miles in each direction.The waves are fun to play in and several times I seen travellers body surfing.
Great Service – Lobby Staff, Room Service, Maintenance, Wait Staff, and Pool side Service.
Food – the quality of the food at the buffet was great, selection during breakfast was limited.Sandwich press and Omelets were a favorite.Ranchon by the beach was setup in buffet style, the food options were Beef, Pork, Chicken, rice, potatoes, salad, soup, ice cream and dessert.BBQ by the beach that we did not try, is perfect for travellers who were not ready to leave the beach but they were ready for lunch.
Strong Points - Layout of the Resort.Small and everything so easy to get to.From all locations we had easy access to our room.Great Service, coffee bar in lobby, plus the main lobby bar.Swim up bar at the Main Pool.Snack Bar has a full bar, full coffee bar menu, plus many options for snacks we ate there for lunch and supper.
A la cartes – Puerto San Juan (Seafood), Longina (Romantic) – this restaurant has tables for 8 or more and is not a quiet Romantic dinning experience.These two restaurants offer Lobster on the menu with no extra charge.The Panda Rojo Restaurant (Asian Cuisine) was great.All restaurants are nicely decorated and the service and food was amazing.
Loved - the free WIFI and how convenience everything was.The resort has 750 rooms but because of the layout and the pool options along with the beach no areas were crowded.Room for everyone.
Weak Points - Distance from the airport.1 hour and 45 minutes.Airport for our return flight was very busy, be prepared to wait and stand in line.(We did hear that they are building a bigger airport).