F rom pristine beaches, to stunning landscapes and colourful coral reefs, Cayo Santa Maria creates the perfect setting for a romantic escape. Not only is this destination consistently popular among couples for its affordability, but it’s home to Memories Resorts such as Grand Memories Santa Maria, Memories Paraiso, and the adults only Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria; all of which are easily accessible with convenient direct flights to Cayo Santa Maria with Sunwing Vacations. A number of staff at the properties commented on all that Memories Resorts in Cayo Santa Maria have to offer for couples and honeymooners.
Setting the scene with new facilities
Memories Resorts combines all of Cayo Santa Maria’s breathtaking scenery with modern, yet cozy and welcoming accommodations to set a romantic ambience. Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria is an ideal example as this adults only property offers couples and honeymooners an intimate setting with beautiful and private beach areas, on top of personalized amenities.
“Sanctuary is an entirely new concept we’ve designed just for adults,” said Céline Jung, Image and Corporate Communications Manager for Blue Diamond Resorts, Cuba, which operates Memories Resorts on the island.
General Manager of Sanctuary, Alvaro Prado, adds that at Sanctuary guests “can find a relaxed and romantic place to enjoy their vacation with personalized service. So if you want to go on a honeymoon, or celebrate your birthday, or tell your husband or wife you love them, this is the place to go.”
Say “I do”
Couples can exchange their vows against beautiful ocean-view backdrops at many Memories Resorts. Head Chef at Memories Paraiso, Ricardo Catzin, talks about the different options for guests.
“There is a wedding gazebo just in front of the beach overseeing the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at Memories Paraiso,” he said. “Depending on the package and number of people, they can book an à la carte restaurant. Or for a fee, they can also book a beautiful dinner around the pool where we have many options of cuisine available.”
Plus, Prado explains there are a number of wedding and honeymoon packages available that include romantic features from sparkling wine, to pastries, romantic dinners and breakfasts, a wedding cake, preferred choice of ceremony venue, and more.
With the Stay at 1, Play at 3 feature, guests staying at Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria can enjoy access to all the fun, relaxing, and romantic inclusions with Grand Memories Santa Maria and Memories Paraiso. Sanctuary creates a tranquil and romantic setting with amenities like butler service and private beach areas.
Manager of Guest Services, Nersy Rodriguez, notes that for an elevated experience, guests can 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,” she said.
For couples looking to explore, Rodriguez recommends Pueblo La Estrella.
“There are plenty of things to see, do, and enjoy at Pueblo La Estrella,” she said. “For a small fee, guests can enjoy the spa, delicious restaurants, a nightclub, bowling, parties at the square, and craftwork and artisan booths. There’s a bit of something for everyone to enjoy!”
With Sunwing, the romantic ambience begins even before guests reach the resort. All Sunwing packages to Cuba include return flights on Sunwing Airlines where couples 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.