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OJ ON LOCATION: The Three Resorts On Cayo Santa Maria Ready To Welcome Guests

Since Cuba began a gradual reopening of tourism activities in OCT, Cayo Santa Maria is the latest destination to welcome sun-seekers again. The first flight back to SNU took off on 18DEC with OWG carrying a plane full of Hola Sun (Caribe Sol in Quebec) passengers from YUL and YYZ.

Here’s a look at the three properties currently open on Cayo Santa Maria and neighbouring Cayo Las Brujas. A Gaviota Tours representative told Open Jaw additional resorts will reopen depending on demand and popularity. 

Playa Cayo Santa Maria

Open Jaw’s Anna Kroupina, on location in Cuba, was the very first guest to enter Playa Cayo Santa Maria since its closure nine months ago. The property, Open Jaw’s host resort for the press trip, has 768 standard rooms, 24 suites and one master suite. Additional amenities include four pools, a ramp to the beach for persons with reduced mobility and a renovated kid’s club.

The buffet is no longer self-serve; rather, resort staff serve guests at various food stations. There is virtually no lineup, except for at the very popular seafood grill.

Royalton Cayo Santa Maria

The adult-only Royalton Cayo Santa Maria has 120 rooms, all with 24-hour concierge and room service. The resort vibe is very calm, relaxed and serene.

Resort manager Alejandro Jaime showed us around.

Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria

Resort management at Dhawa, located on Cayo Las Brujas, says they work hard to strike a delicate balance between party vibes and relaxing ambiance. The Banyan Tree-owned property has 500 rooms across 11 bungalows.

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