By Jessica Ashley Merkley
Cayo Coco, Cuba, the breathtaking paradise that remains a relatively untouched expanse of beaches and beauty, beckons travelers to its many resorts on the most crystal clear waters imaginable. Deciding on the best accommodations for a relaxing vacation that will likely involve basking in the sunshine and snorkeling in the gorgeous waters, can be a tricky task. However, my recent journey to this welcoming and breathtaking peninsula involved a stay at one remarkable resort that easily rivals the other five I have visited over my years vacationing in Cuba. Melia Jardines del Rey was unexpectedly luxurious with wonderful service and amenities that made it clear why this Caribbean retreat has earned a 5-star rating across the board.
The elegance that greets guests as they make their way through the marble lobby outfitted with a champagne bar and breezing fabric dividers between lounge areas and a babbling water feature to complement, allows individuals to be set at ease and assured that their choice destination was appropriate.
The Hotel Melia Jardines del Rey is recommended for families or couples who are looking for a place next to the most beautiful beaches, in a quiet and peaceful environment with all the facilities and services for a comfortable holiday. As Melia proudly states, “The hotel is a unique alternative for lovers of relaxation and tranquility.” Guests are spoiled, as they should be, with the choice of numerous buffets, offering a variety of fresh eats, which introduce some Cuban flavor while ensuring to include dishes that are more familiar to the North American traveler. Additionally, guests are welcome to dine at five a- la-carte restaurants which each serve delicious 5-star dining experiences and the foods represent authentic flavors from various nations such as Italy , France and Japan. This all-inclusive resort completely measures up to that very description as guests are welcome to indulge to their heart’s content in the cuisine, Caribbean cocktails, specialty coffees and spirits as well as an array of water activities like catamaran excursions and snorkeling.
In addition to all of the little luxuries that make your stay memorable at this remarkable resort, there is also no shortage of organized fun and fun to be sought out in the various corners of its expansive borders. Pool parties, discos, fitness sessions in the inviting pools, scuba diving instruction and evening shows which immerse audience members in Latin music and dazzle all in attendance with spectacular dance moves that are of a truly professional caliber, are all on the menu at Melia Jardines del Rey.
The white sand beaches stretch for miles and make a morning walk or jog one to remember. Lovely trails weave off of the shore line and beg to be discovered. Returning to a lounge chair for a bit of sun- bathing where you’ll also be treated to a drink of choice by helpful beach staff, will remind you as to the pampered paradise you are VIP at. The Melia Jardines del Rey is suitable for lovers seeking romance and also accommodates family fun. Each room is tastefully decorated and immaculately kept by the friendly staff.
The resort is also sure to please the adventure-seeker in you by offering a number of enticing excursions. Swimming with the dolphins , boat excursions, deep -sea fishing, Jeep safaris, city tours, cave parties and more will be enough to keep guests enthused about each day and will result in memories that will last a lifetime.
For those who are planning a family trip to this oasis, parents can be assured that they can spend a bit of time on their own, as there are kids activities and a kids clubhouse where attentive staff will entertain and care for your little ones.
As an adventure-seeker myself, I found Melia Jardines del Rey to be the perfect destination to achieve rejuvenation and relaxation while also offering a healthy balance of adventure and fun. I can truly share that I had a fabulous time and met some of the most remarkable individuals from various corners of the world. There was no shortage of fun to be had and the perfect tan was not difficult to acquire.
A luxurious and affordable chic getaway, makes Melia Jardines del Rey in Cayo Coco a must-visit in the still-chilly spring months.
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