Hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro Resort & Spa

Vacation spot: Holguin and Guardalavaca
Address: Playa Esmeralda, Crta. Guardalavaca, Holguín, Cuba.
Phone: (53 24) 430090/430094
Hotel themes:
Children Policy: Children younger than 18 are not allowed in the hotel.
Managed by: Sol Melia
Energy: 220/110 V, 60 Hz

In a wooded coastal area of Playa Esmeralda on the northern coast of Holguín province within the Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park stands this beautiful Ultra All-Inclusive Five-Star Eco-Resort.

Hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro is a low density resort with many small buildings spread around the hillside property. As a result, many of its 354 rooms offer stunning views of the marine landscape and impressive coral reef.

The staff is very friendly and helpful, the service is good and the beaches are heavenly.

There are three picturesque small coves called "Las Caleticas" with direct access from the complex.

The resort, although dated, is very cleanly kept up. The pool has a waterfall and is well supplied with chaise lounges and beach umbrellas.

The beach is only few steps away from the pool and also provides many lounge chairs.

There is a coral reef near the hotel gazebo area where snorkeling is really nice, since fish are usually abundant.

Hobie cats, canoes, pedaloes and more are usually available and included. Scuba diving lessons are also available.

It is best to book the à la carte restaurants on your arrival to avoid long waits later on (they are worth the visit).

Junior suites are airy and spotless and their furniture and decoration comfortable and clean, but for the very best rooms and service, book the Royal Service.

An adults-only hotel, the Paradisus Rio de Oro is a very good option for couples looking for a romantic Cuban vacation or just for a beach hotel with good service in which to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This is a great choice in Holguín and the best one in this beautiful and interesting area.

Recommended for weddings, honeymoons, and wellness/spa.

Hotel Highlights


2015 - Condé Nast Johansens: Awards for Excellence Winners Americas

The “Aguas de Oro” Yhi Spa at the Ultra All Inclusive resort won the 2015 Award for Excellence for Worldwide Luxury Spas, in the Condé Nast Johansens Readers' Award category. This centre, dedicated to wellness of the mind and body, offers a selection of natural treatments and therapies, in a setting full of tropical beauty and the magic of expert hands. Online votes, reviews from guests and the views of local experts were all taken into account by the prestigious firm when awarding Paradisus Río de Oro this annual acknowledgement of excellence within the luxury market.

2014 - TripAdvisor: Certificate of Excellence

Award for the hotel's hospitality and popularity on the world's largest travel website, granted for achieving the highest score from its clients on a regular basis.



Daily recreation and night entertainment for adults; informal atmosphere, peace and quiet; located near the beach; personalized and differentiated service; "Life-Enriching" experiences: (Paradisus Resorts) - Sushi- Wine and cheese tasting - Rum tasting- Palm-leaf crafts- Candles- Advanced Salsa lessons- Massages.



Bungalows located in a separate building with terraces; private access; personalized premium bar; free late check out until 14:00 hrs; separate building or floor; exclusive swimming pool; private transfers International Airport - hotel - International Airport; exclusive beach; LCD TV with USB in room; exclusive lobby-lounge-bar; exclusive gourmet restaurant; exclusive beach bar and poolside bar; diving reservation included; personalized tennis lessons; bathtub preparation with candles and salts; Wi-Fi connection in noble areas (free of charge).


HEALTH AND BEAUTY: spa (Fantastic Yhi Spa “Aguas de oro” with almost 2000 m2).

New Spa for the enjoyment of hotel clients with the most exclusive beauty treatments prepared with the exotic aromas and flavors of Cuba. Hydrothermal-steam circuit, hydro- massage, sensations shower, sauna, Balinese baths and relaxation lounge. Treatments administered by certified therapists (all SPA services have extra charge). Open: 7 days a week / 9:00 - 18:00hrs



Located 15 minutes from the hotel. Unlimited dives (prior reservation in the hotel required), diving initiation lessons (ACUC certified personnel) and diving programs.

Open: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday / 9:00 - 17:00hrs

Location Details


56 Km from Holguín city

72 Km from the international airport Frank País


Taxis available (24 x 7)

Car Rental Desk

Scooters rental


"La Ceiba", buffet-style restaurant.

A different theme night every evening: Cuban, Mexican, etc.

Location: Interior (spacious open-air salon)

Open: 7 days a week


Breakfast: 07:30 - 10:30

Lunch: 13:00 - 14:30

Dinner: 18:30 - 21:30


"La Laguna", pool restaurant.

With panoramic views of the lush tropical gardens and the swimming pool.

Serves grilled meat, Italian specialties, fresh seafood and snacks.

Open: 7 days a week / 10:30 - 18:00hrs


"El Bohío"

Location: Interior (with views to the surrounding natural lakes and islets).

Specialty: Cuban food

Open: 7 days a week / 18:30 - 21:30hrs


"El Patio", à la carte restaurant.

Reminiscent of colonials days, is the ideal setting for a romantic dinner.

Location: Interior

Specialty: International food

Open: 7 days a week / 18:30 - 21:30hrs


"Santa María", à la carte restaurant.

Serves grilled meats and seafood + snacks.

Location: Beach

Open: 7 days a week / 10:00 - 17:00hrs


"Mediterráneo", new haute cuisine restaurant.

Location: Interior (set in a wonderfully romantic colonial ambience).

Speciality: Mediterranean food

Open: 7 days a week / 18:30 - 21:30hrs


"Tsuru", à la carte restaurant.

Location: Interior

Speciality: Oriental

Open: 7 days a week / 18:30 - 21:30hrs


"Los Helechos", à la carte restaurant.

Exclusively for Royal Service guests.

With air-conditioning and an outdoor area offering a beautiful view of the Royal Service swimming pool and the sea.

Speciality: International food

Open: 7 days a week


Breakfast: 07:30 - 10:30

Lunch: 13:00 - 14:30

Dinner: 18:30 - 21:30


- Booking in advance and dress code required for dinners at specialized restaurants

- Diet and vegetarian dishes (on request)

- Live entertainment at some restaurants

- Opening and closing times may be subject to change (prior notice given).

- Continental breakfast and tea time service

Bars, Cabarets and Discos

"Palma Real", lobby bar

With an attractive mural allegorical to cuba's national tree.

Specialty: Drinks and liquors

Open: Seven days a week / 24 hours


"El Saltón", pool bar.

Specialty: Cocktails

Open: Seven days a week

Hours: 10:00 - 18:00


"El Patio de los Naranjos"

Location: Exterior, by the lobby.

Open: Seven days a week

Hours: 18:30 - 23:00


"Santa María", beach bar.

Located on Playa Esmeralda, beverages served to guests in the bar and on sun loungers.

Speciality: Drinks and liquors

Open: 7 days a week

Schedule: 10:00 - 17:00


"Conga", disco / karaoke

Open: 7 days a week

Hours: 20:30 - 02:00h

Facilities & Amenities
Sports and Fitness
  • Gym
  • Tennis courts (night-lit)
  • Tennis lessons
  • Kayak
  • Catamarans
  • Scuba diving
  • Starting diving
  • Pedal boat
  • Sailing boats
  • Beach volleyball
  • Archery
  • Darts
  • Soccer
  • Water aerobics
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Aerobics
  • Basketball
  • Shooting
  • Shuffleboard
  • Yoga / Meditation / Taichi
  • Horseback riding
  • Bicycles
Fun and Entertainment
  • Daytime entertainment program
  • Night entertainment program
  • Dancing lessons
  • Swimming pool (s)
  • Cuban parties
  • Spanish lessons
  • Books lending
  • Ecological excursions
  • Karaoke
  • Pool table
  • Giant chess
  • Dominoes
  • Room games
Weddings and Honeymoons
  • Wedding ceremony locations
  • Personal wedding coordinator
  • Welcome cocktail for the couple
  • Wedding cake and cava for the toast
  • Flowers in the room upon arrival
  • Romantic honeymoon dinner for couples
  • Honeymoon breakfast in the room the day after arrival
  • Gift for the bridal couple in the room upon arrival
  • Guaranteed private check in and late check out
  • Room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • Legal service for weddings and renewal of vows
  • Gazebo
  • Best Man, maid of honor and witnesses (if necessary)
  • Bouquet for the bride and a buttonhole for the groom
Health and Beauty
  • SPA
  • Sauna
  • Solarium
  • Whirlpool
  • Cardiovascular equipment
  • Steam bath
  • Mud therapy
  • Massage
  • Beauty parlor
  • Hydrotherapy / Hydromassage
Internet Access ( Internet Café or Wifi in hotel areas)
  • Internet connection (Wi-Fi)
  • Internet Café
Events and Incentives
  • Group coordinator
  • Customized and private check in express
  • Welcome cocktail at check in
  • Reserved spaces sign-posted in restaurants
  • Meeting rooms equipped with modern audiovisual aids for events and banquets
  • Welcome sign
  • Discounts or gratuities in meeting rooms (as negotiated)
  • Groups and Event planner / Professional Convention organizers
  • Special late check out rates
  • Medical services
  • Currency exchange
  • Parking
  • Trips and optionals desk
  • Car rental
  • Beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Specialty restaurants
  • Hammocks
  • Craftwork/souvenir shop
  • Concierge
  • Towel service
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