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Varadero's Sandals Royal Hicacos Hotel Wins World Travel Award

Sandals Royal Hicacos has been awarded by the 2011 World Travel Awards for the seventh time in a row. The hotel was recognised for the quality of services it offers to visitors taking luxury Cuba holidays, as well as the high quality of staff team spirit.

Varadero's Sandals Royal Hicacos Hotel Wins World Travel Award

The World Travel Awards has recognised the Sandals Royal Hicacos Hotel as a leading hotel in Cuba for the seventh time in a row.

Beautifully located on a tranquil and serene stretch of the famous Varadero Beach in the province of Matanzas, on the western coast of Cuba, the hotel offers a fantastic location for tourists enjoying beach Cuba holidays with the Varadero International Airport only 30 minutes away and downtown Varadero being just ten minutes away by car.

The luxury all inclusive hotel has 404 suites including one Presidential Suite and two Sandals Royal Suites, as well as an array of facilities including three freshwater swimming pools, four whirlpools, three tennis courts, squash courts, a mini basketball court, table tennis, a Sandals signature spa; and five gourmet restaurants.

During Cuba holidays at the Sandals Royal Hicacos, guests can relax and be pampered at the hotel spa; work out at the modern fitness centre; or choose from fun-packed watersports including water skiing, banana boating, scuba diving, kayaking, snorkelling, pedal paddle boats, windsurfing and sailboat excursions.

Sandals Royal Hicacos Hotel stood out from other Varadero hotels at the World travel Awards 2011 because of its quality of services offered to guests, staff training, high security, and the kindness and team spirit of staff members.

The Director, Business Processes and Administration of Sandals Resorts International, Wayne Cummings, congratulated staff at the hotel and added that 225 000 travel agencies and professionals in the tourism industry voted for Sandals Royal Hicacos out of a wide selection of Cuba hotels in an annual survey.

 Sandals Royal Hicacos resort
Image by: Jen44, on Flickr

Hailed as the “Oscars of the travel industry” by the global media, the World Travel Awards Caribbean & The Americas Ceremony honoured the destinations, hotels and organisations that have largely contributed to the Caribbean tourism industry sector over the past year.

Varadero looks set to welcome even more travellers who are visiting the coastal resort as American tourists are allowed to visit the Caribbean island legally for the first time in decades with the help of specialised tours and packages.

Earlier this year, President Obama relaxed restrictions on Cuba travel for American residents for religious, academic, educational, and cultural purposes or to conduct business within the medical and agricultural sectors.

 Varadero beach
Image by: poo dog, on Flickr

The new law has led to an increase in demand for charter flights to Cuba from U.S airports and new airports that are now allowed to operate charter flights to the communist nation include Tampa International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, O'Hare International in Chicago, Pittsburgh International, and San Juan Louis Munoz Marin International in Puerto Rico.

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