Hotel Meliá Cayo Coco – Cuba

While it’s not exactly the overwater bungalow that most people dream of, the Hotel Meliá Cayo Coco does have 68 rooms that share 18 total bungalows that are on stilts above their inland lagoon. This all-inclusive resort does show its age in some ways, but it offers great value for those who are looking for an overwater room, and who can legally travel to Cuba.

There are several restaurants and bars that are part of the all-inclusive package, plus daily replenishment of drinks in the in-room minibars. There is a long list of activities and water sports that are included in the price, so this could be ideal for those without the means to stay at the overwater resorts costing several times more.

Location

The Hotel Meliá Cayo Coco is located on Cayo Coco Island (or key) just north of the central coast of Cuba.

Rooms/villas/suites

68 Overwater Rooms

  • Beds: 1 kingsize or 2 twin beds
  • Area: 344 sq ft (32 m²)
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Entertainment system: Satellite TV with intl. channels
  • Room service: 24 hours

Special room features

  • Balcony
  • Pillow menu
  • Free safe
  • Mini bar (replenished daily with soft drinks and national beers – no extra charge)
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone with direct dial line
  • Two ¾ size beds
  • Coffee and tea facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathtub – shower
  • Amenities
  • Magnifying mirror
  • Umbrella

Rates

US$185 per night and up, all-inclusive

NOTE: As of now, Americans are not able to visit Cuba without special arrangements. Please don’t try to book this hotel unless you are sure you are okay in doing so.

Restaurants and bars

  • De Sol Restaurant
  • Las Caletas Restaurant
  • La Terraza Restaruant
  • El Saladito Restaurant
  • Arena Real Restaurant
  • Los Flamencos Bar
  • Carambola Bar
  • Coco Sol Bar
  • Las Coloradas Bar
  • Music Bar

Resort features

  • Huge swimming-pool with hydromassage
  • Extensive daytime and evening entertainment programme for adults
  • Scuba diving
  • Windsurfing
  • Catamaran
  • Canoes
  • Water bikes
  • Tennis
  • Ping-pong
  • Pool tables
  • Darts
  • Archery
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Aerobics
  • Bicycles
  • Horseback riding (with charge)
  • Gym with sauna and steam bath
  • Waiter service in the pool area as well as on the beach

Spa

There is no separate spa at this resort

Nearby activities

  • Island tours

What the reviews say

Reviews for the Hotel Meliá Cayo Coco are generally quite good, which is a bit surprising considering it’s so affordable and also all-inclusive. Many guests state that rooms are clean, comfortable and well decorated. They also point out that the common areas are nice as well, which is an important detail as it’s best if the entire resort is nicely presented and not just one part or another.

One unusual thing that a few reviewers mention is that beach chairs and umbrellas seem to be all accounted for before the sun is even up, even though no one sits in them until hours later. Considering the price and what you get, this seems like a good value resort with unusual overwater rooms.

Getting there

To reach the Hotel Melia Cayo Coco you can fly to the Jardines del Rey Airport, which is located on the island, or you can fly to Havana and then take ground transportation over the causeway to the island.