On our most recent trip to Cuba, we did things a little different even though we did stay at an all-inclusive resort. This time, thanks to Tripcentral.ca, we flew Club Class on a Transat flight (which meant we had a whole new level of comfort during our flights) and also got day passes to several other resorts which allowed us to scope out some of the other options in Cayo Santa Maria. In addition to the Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria where we stayed, we managed to visit three resorts: the Melia Las Dunas, Valentin Perla Blanca and the Warwick Cayo Santa Maria.
We were excited to see the Warwick, one of the 5 star resorts on the island, especially after it had undergone some extensive upgrading at the end of 2016. We definitely weren’t disappointed as it is a visually stunning resort with a whole host of amenities and options while on the resort.
Since it was low season, some of the areas were closed off (this is common to many resorts in the area and is something you should inquire about before booking to make sure you are aware of exactly what is available during your stay).
The Warwick Cayo Santa Maria Resort Overview
Though we didn’t have the pleasure of actually staying at the Warwick, we did get a chance to take a look at some of their rooms and it was obvious that the 5 star rating is well-deserved in this area. Beautifully appointed, spacious and bright, their rooms perfectly give the vibe of a tropical paradise.
The rooms are all air conditioned with TVs, coffee/tea makers, mini-bar, hair dryer, ironing board, and an in-room safe. We especially loved the rooms with balconies overlooking the ocean. The lush trees provide coverage below and lend to the feeling of an island escape. If you’re looking for even more room, the suites are pretty huge with a living room area as well as dining table and jacuzzi.
For us, the beach and pool areas were exactly what we look for when scoping out resorts. When we first walked onto the beach, rocky areas were visible and, like at the Dhawa, made for a truly beautiful sight on the beach. Though this isn’t always there as the shifting winds will cover the rocks with sand, it’s a nice view when approaching the turquoise water. From this point on, it’s white sand all along the length of the resorts beach which also hosts a bar.
The service at the beach bar was absolutely phenomenal and we were able to find a lounger easily and slip under a cabana for a bit of shade from the hot sun.
The pool we visited was central to the resort, large and had a great vibe. Music playing and plenty of loungers made for a great gathering place for guests and ensured there was space for everyone.
With limited time, we were only able to try the snack bar but did enjoy the food that was served and the service at the resort at all the drink and snack bars we visited was fantastic. We’d love to go back again though and try their buffet and their four a la carte restaurants which include Mediterranean, Italian, Asian Fusion and Asian themes.
The Warwick Cayo Santa Maria definitely appealed to us as a couple and we could easily see us gathering a group of friends to stay there but we also noted that it is incredibly family friendly. With a kids club for children aged 4-12, babysitting services (for an extra fee), a playground, children’s activities, a mini disco and a separate kids pool, it’s definitely working to cater to visitors with and without children.
Overall, the Warwick was visually and aesthetically pleasing in every aspect, had a great tropical vibe and was a resort we immediately felt compelled to explore and enjoy as soon as we stepped into the lobby. Though we weren’t able to get the full experience, we were impressed with what we saw and would love to go back and see if all aspects of the Warwick Cayo Santa Maria live up to its 5-star rating.
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