D estinations that have plenty to offer are highly popular among families since there is a bit of something for everyone to enjoy, and Cayo Santa Maria is one of those vacation destinations. It’s also home to the family-friendly and affordable Memories Resorts such as Grand Memories Santa Maria and Memories Paraiso. From incredibly stunning beaches, to a host of activities available, to creative and varied cuisine, these properties are easily accessible with convenient direct flights to Cayo Santa Maria through Sunwing Vacations. A number of staff at the properties commented on all that Memories Resorts in Cayo Santa Maria have to offer families.
First impressions matter
“Here at Grand Memories Santa Maria, we believe that one of the most important experiences is the first one when guests arrive,” said Céline Jung, Image and Corporate Communications Manager for Blue Diamond Resorts, Cuba, which operates Memories Resorts on the island. Jung explains the importance for guests to feel truly welcome and at home from the moment they arrive, to when they depart.
“We’ve also added many changes to make the experience even better for guests, who can now enjoy newly-refurbished facilities and additions such as our two new restaurants, Mexicana Cantina and Emporium, which features continental cuisines,” she said.
For the young and young at heart
Cayo Santa Maria is known for its incredibly beautiful beaches as well as its colourful and vibrant coral reefs—perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. The kids will also find the perfect sand for building their dream sandcastle! The sand is so soft, making these beachfront locations a favourite with sun worshippers.
Jung adds to the point that parents and kids alike can also enjoy cooling off in one of the many pools within Grand Memories Santa Maria resort.
“With Stay at 1, Play at 2 privileges, guests can access any refreshing pool between Grand Memories Santa Maria, and Memories Paraiso resort. There are even pools dedicated for the kids to splash around in,” she said.
Manager of Guest Services, Nersy Rodriguez, also commented on the many family-friendly inclusions. “I highly recommend visiting the nearby Pueblo La Estrella which includes various facilities like a spa, à la carte restaurants, a nightclub, bowling, parties in the square, as well as craftwork and artisan booths. There’s a bit of something for everyone to enjoy!”
Just for the kids
With a host of activities offered through the Kids Club shared between Memories Paraiso and Grand Memories Santa Maria, younger guests will never be bored. Kids Club Manager Yesenia Alonso also notes that “with babysitting services available, mom can enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa and dad can visit the artisan and craft stands. We also have many different activities available inside the club, at the beach, by the pool, and sometimes in theatre.”
But the entertainment doesn’t stop there. Kids can also see Toopy and Binoo™ on stage, while teens can partake in the weekly retro dance parties.”
Head Chef of Memories Paraiso resort, Ricardo Catzin, added that both the kids and parents have plenty of cuisine options to look forward to.
“Guests get to enjoy everything from snacks at the beach grill, to buffet and à la carte options, and kids even get their own dedicated menu with many of their favourite finger foods,” explained Catzin. “Also, those staying at Grand Memories Santa Maria can enjoy the culinary options between the two properties from the main buffet to the Italian à la carte restaurant, and more.”
An elevated experience
Cayo Santa Maria’s pristine beaches and stunning surrounding landscapes alone exude a feeling of luxury. Rodriguez notes that families can add to that experience and feel like royalty when they upgrade to Diamond Club™ at Memories Resorts, as well as exclusive perks offered to them by Sunwing .
“You truly get to feel pampered with features like personalized check-in and welcome cocktail, exclusive loungers at the beach with waiter service, and discounted spa treatments. Many think of romantic getaways when it comes to luxury, but the variety of amenities also allows families to enjoy an elevated experience, too,” she said.
All Sunwing packages to Cuba include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where passengers can sit back and relax with award-winning inflight service, which includes a sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service and buy on board selection of light meals and snacks with choices inspired by Food Network Canada Celebrity Chef, Lynn Crawford. For more information or to book visit www.sunwing.ca, or contact your local travel agent.