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Wednesday,  June 12, 2024 11:16 PM 

Melia Hotels International Cuba ready for visitors


Melia Hotels International Cuba ready for visitors
Brenda Bradley, sales executive, Melia Hotels International Cuba
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch: christine@paxglobalmedia.com.

Last night, Melia Hotels International Cuba welcomed tour operators, suppliers, and members of the media to a special cocktail and dinner reception at St. George's Golf & Country Club, to recognize the efforts of those involved with the brand before and after the affects of Hurricane Irma in Cuba.

“I thought maybe this year it wouldn’t happen because of the hurricane,” Brenda Bradley, sales executive, Melia Hotels International Cuba Resorts said to those in attendance last night. “On the first week of september as that hurricane was moving from the south to the north and they put Cuba in its path, I thought, now what happens, and when the hurricane hit Sept. 9th and we lost contact with Cuba for a little while, I don’t think I was breathing very well, and I was thinking, what are we going to do now?”

Bradley continued, “I’ve been with Melia Cuba for 14 years and I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with so many Cuban friends, and gotten to know their families. We work with wonderful people, and we are truly a really good family. Once upon a time, we were told by Eloy [Govea], that we would be open by November. And, with the help of the Cuban people and their love of their country, and having the Canadian tourists back, it happened.”

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The room cheered as Brenda continued, “I get a little teary-eyed, because I really didn’t know how my friends were doing in Cuba, they came first in my mind, and then I thought, what about the hotels? But it’s all good! I’ve been to Cayo Santa Maria, Havana, Varadero, and everything is amazing. It is absolutely fantastic. I’ve never been more happy to land in Cuba and walk through and see my friends and our hotels, and get the reception that we received from the Cuban people and those involved with us.”

Sharing a video presentation with the audience, Brenda showcased the absolutely inspiring recovery of Cuba’s beaches and resorts. Despite some of the properties having their lobby entrances destroyed, or entire roofs ripped off, all of the four and five-star resorts by Melia Hotels International Cuba Resorts are open and ready for visitors.

In total, there are 31 hotels by Melia Hotels International Cuba:

Cayo Coco:

Melia Cayo Coco Tryp Cayo Coco Sol Cayo Coco Melia Jardines del Rey

Cayo Santa Maria:

Melia Buenavista Paradisus Los Cayos Melia Cayo Santa Maria Sol Cayo Santa Maria Melia las Dunas

Holguin:

Sol Río De Luna y Mares Paradisus Río de Oro Resort & Spa

Cayo Guillermo:

Sol Cayo Guillermo Melia Cayo Guillermo

Cienfuegos:

LA UNIÓN HOTEL managed by Meliá Hotels International JAGUA managed by Meliá Hotels International Melia San Carlos

Santiago de Cuba:

Melia Santiago de Cuba

Cayo Largo:

Sol Cayo Largo

Havana:

Melia Cohiba Melia Habana Tryp Habana Libre

Varadero:

Meliá Las Américas Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort & Spa Meliá Marina Varadero Apartments Sol Sirens Coral Melia Marina Varadero Sol Palmeras Melia Peninsula Varadero Melia Varadero Melia Las Antillas Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

All properties and their respective ammenities are completely open, trees and grass have been re-planted, and the golf courses are ready for visitors to tee off. "We're ready to roll, it's been open for the last four weeks, so let's go golf!" Bradley said.

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While Cayo Coco and Varadero remain popular destinations, as Bradley explains, Cayo Largo is quickly becoming a hot destination. "A little while ago, this destination wasn't so popular amongst the Ontario market," Bradley said. "Sol Cayo Largo is coming up quick, and there are three flights a week coming into Cayo Largo, and we hope that many clients will go to Sol Cayo Largo, which is absolutely beautiful and ecological as a sought-after destination in Cuba."

To learn more about the Melia Hotels International Cuba and the new ammenities available at its properties, visit: https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/cuba/home.htm.

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