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Tuesday,  June 18, 2024 10:01 PM 

Exploring Cuba's Iberostar Ensenachos

Exploring Cuba's Iberostar Ensenachos
Blake Wolfe

Blake Wolfe is an award-winning journalist and editor, who joined PAX after nearly 10 years in Canada’s newspaper industry. In addition to PAX, his work has been featured in publications such as the Metroland Media group of newspapers and the Toronto Sun.

Located on Cayo Santa Maria off the northern coast of Cuba and in the middle of a protected nature reserve, the upscale Iberostar Ensenachos has something for everyone, from families to couples in search of nature, rest and idyllic beaches.

At the heart of the cays

Located 90 minutes from Santa Clara Airport, this is the first hotel found after crossing the Pedraplen, a 48 km dike bordered by the sea on each side and giving access to the islands of Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Las Brujas and Cayo Ensenachos. This bridge, which took ten years to build, was rebuilt in the space of two months after Hurricane Irma. While there are far fewer flowers than before around the property, the abundant vegetation has not lost its luxuriance.

Opened in 2005 and taken over by Iberostar in 2011, this vast complex of 20 buildings, completed by refined decoration and gardens embellished with fountains and statues, includes three sections: families, adults only (14 years old and over at the Grand Village) and Deluxe. There are 260 Park Suites, 10 Duplex and Spa Suites, 180 Suites and 10 Duplex Suites. Each section is self-contained with its own pool and outdoor jacuzzi.

On the restaurant side, there are two buffet options, nine bars and seven restaurants on the site, including four a la carte eateries: Italian, Asian, snack and Mediterranean style with an abundance of seafood.


An adult village

Like a resort within a resort, the Grand Village section has its own lobby which houses a gourmet restaurant and concierge service.

Guests are immediately surrounded by opulence, with the sections quilted armchairs, its large white-shuttered windows overlooking the gardens and pool and a trio of musicians playing classical or jazz in the evening.

Pretty corn yellow bungalows dot the site with 32 grand village suites and 32 family suites (with kitchenette, closed bedroom, living room, dining room, terrace with whirlpool) overlooking the vegetation and the sea in the distance.

12B.jpgThe Grand Village


Kids are king

Kids can enjoy a water park and parents can even safely leave them a few hours at the mini-club, where they will be supervised by instructors offering plenty of activities, including the creation of a 30-minute show which they will present in the big theater the same evening.

An enchanting site

The site is surrounded by two idyllic beaches (Playa Ensenachos and Megano) offering three to four kilometres of fine white sand. With the sunsets on its mangroves, its fauna (pelicans, flamingos) and its unique flora, this part of Cuba has it all!