Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa

Paradisus Rio de Oro is part of the Melia group and is one of the most expensive hotels in Cuba. Located in Holguin, 800 kilometres from Havana and with a number one rating on Tripadvisor for the entire country of Cuba is very impressive because there are many hotels in this country. The hotel has a total of 354 rooms and all guests are on a all-inclusive package. I stayed in a Delxue Junior Suite located in the Royal Service area of the hotel, which is a more private and quiet part of the hotel. It had a hard bed, flatscreen Tv, bathtub and a lovely outdoor shower.

The room was not up to the standard of the rest of the hotels in my collection, but Cuba is not a place to visit for extraordinary hotels and this is about as good as it can be. As the concept is all-inclusive the food is very important. It was overall fine in the Royal Service restaurants. The entire resort has a total of 5 retaurants. One main buffet restaurant and 4 á la carte restaurants – Japanese, Mediterranean, International and Creole. The service was good and probably great by Cuban standards, but compared to the rest of The Caribbean it was far from the standards. Cuba is a very different experience from the rest of the world and this resort is no difference. Like Cuba and North Korea are the only two countries in the world without Coca Cola.

My opinion: Good experience.