Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa – A World Apart


One of the most romantic destinations in Cuba awaits guests in one of the quietest, most spectacular corners of modern day Cuba. On a recently concluded trip, Dave, Yordi and family members had occasion to spend some time at this Guardalavaca hotel in Holguin Province, just a 2.5 hour jaunt from Santiago de Cuba. The group was astounded at the privacy and the quality of the luxurious accommodations.


With good reason, Paradisus Rio de Oro touts itself as “A World Apart.” Operated by Melia Hotels, no stone is left unturned and no amenity spared at this remote, non-touristy destination. Guest at this hotel are here for the sun and fun. If you want to get away from it all, re-charge the batteries and rekindle your romantic flame, here is the perfect getaway destination. With just 354 rooms, the hustle and bustle drifts by the wayside but with 8 distinctly different restaurants and a delightful nightclub featuring great local musicians, you could be in for the time of your life.

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Esmeralda Beach

Luxury rooms are surrounded by the extra accommodations that only Melia seems to know how to do the right way. From the dazzling Spa to the pristine beaches and beautifully maintained pools to a full slate of extracurricular outdoor activities, every feature is designed to make this your favorite and most romantic getaway destination in Cuba and in the Caribbean. Yordi and Dave believe that if you can find a better, more relaxing and romantic resort, you should jump on the opportunity. A stay at the Paradisus Rio de Oro is refreshing and invigorating. With the pace of our hectic daily lives, this is the answer!

Located inside the magnificent Bahia de Naranjo National Park on Playa Esmeralda, one of the most private and beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, this all inclusive, adults over 18 only resort rates as a five-star eco-resort, one of just several in the country.  For the ultimate experience, choose the Royal Service plan but at this resort, every plan is designed with special, highly personal  care in mind.


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The 8 restaurants offer very different venues and all focus on different cuisines. The remarkable hotel lobby emulates an indigenous village and is simply unforgettable. The hotel’s sensual botanical garden with its natural orchidarium will beg you to stay and enjoy the natural beauty and enchanting fragrances. Paradisus is intended to exist in complete harmony with the setting and we think you will agree it is mission accomplished.


All rooms offer dynamic views but the Master Junior suites and Garden Villas have a private pool and are basically to die for. Clean, spacious and grand, all rooms in this beachfront hotel will not disappoint. The intimacy of this resort makes it one of the most popular international wedding destinations on the island.

Check out La Conga, one of the best Music Bar of any Cuban resort. Catchy Cuban sounds and Caribbean music rings the air on a nightly basis. Karaoke time is a happy time here. And, the delightful tropical cocktails are sure to keep guests into the early morning hours.

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When it comes to sporting activities, are you ready for Kayaking, sailing, diving, water bikes, parasailing and more. Lifeguards are on the job from 8:00am until 4:00pm. The Club House will have every piece of equipment you need to enjoy a complete water and beach experience. Fishing excursions and beach fishing equipment are also available and Esmeralda beach is known for an large and active coral reef.

Paradisus Río de Oro Resort & Spa - Lobby 3 is not a licensed People-to-People tour provider but works closely with International Expeditions, a licensed provider. This International Expedition People-to-People tour is licensed (CT-2013-299822-1)by the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to engage, organize and conduct authorized people-to-people travel to Cuba that engages participants in meaningful interactions with individuals in Cuba.


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