Meliá Península Varadero

Resort in Varadero

Some may revel in this Meliá's 4½-star luxuries. A lavish plant-draped lobby leads to 580 rooms, with the recently added set of digs on 'The Level' raising the stakes with their own private concierge service. The hotel grows its own mint for the mojitos it serves, and facilities here are admittedly plush, but there's not much cross-fertilizing with the real Cuba.