Holguin is located 680 km East from the capital, Havana. This is the third largest city in Cuba with 1,5 million inhabitants.

Columbus discovered Cuba in Gibara (Holguin) on October 27th, 1492. The international airport is located about 1 hour drive from the hotels in Guardalavaca and 2½ hours from Playa Covarrubias.

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Paradisus Rio de Oro - YHI-SPA

Of all the health centers we visited in Cuba, the Paradisus Rio de Oro is undoubtedly the most impressive. It offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean with terraces and massage pavilion on stilts. The ideal place to undergo treatment or simply relax in a casual atmosphere.

YHI SPA is the tradename of Melia Hotels International.

It is located between the Paradisus Rio de Oro and the new Royal Service area, adjacent to the gymnasium. There is no direct access from outside the resort; therefore it is only for guests who reside at the hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro.

All hotels in Holguin offer health care. However, the range of services offered may vary a lot from one hotel to the other.

In Cuba, the cost of treatment is always based on the number of stars of the hotel. The cost of treatments at the hotel Paradisus is the highest in Holguin. The price of one hour massage is 98 CUC! A similar massage in a 2 or 3-star will cost half. We already had a one-hour massage for 9 CUC in Manzanillo de Cuba and also in the beautiful valley of Vinales. It does not mean the massage is less professional nor of less quality!

Only few hotels Holguin have dedicated buildings to the health center, as is the case at the hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro. For the other hotels, massages are usually given in an air-conditioned room located in areas of the gymnasium. It is also possible to get a massage at the beach or pool. Ask when booking.

The spa at the Paradisus Rio de Oro is located in a property of 1,842 (m²)m² with access to the gymnasium and beauty salon. There is a reception area with a lounge with exclusive valet service.

It is suggested to arrive fifteen minutes before your treatment and book at least 24 hours in advance for your treatment. You may pay either in cash (CUC) or charge to your room (payable upon departure by cash or credit card).

You can book your treatments at the spa or in the gazebo located just few steps from the buffet restaurant. Treatments are provided by licensed professionals in comfortable air-conditioned rooms. If you liked what you received, you can give a tip to your therapist. This gesture is always appreciated with a smile and a « muchas gracias ». You will find at the YHI-SPA, beverages, fresh water, tonic water, teas, infusions, towel, bathrobe and slippers.

The Spa has private lockers for men and women, toiletries, outdoor palapas for couples, single and duplex cabañas for the treatment, swimming pool of natural sea water surrounded by tropical vegetation.

Spa includes: Sauna Steam, Scottish shower, jet shower, Jacuzzi contrast of cold and heat, lounge and tea service, beauty salon for men and women, gym with high-tech equipment and a wide variety of exercises. The health center is open from 9 am to 17 pm daily. Do not forget to read the rules in the event of cancellation, some fee may be charged if you did not inform in a timely manner.

You will find below all the services offered at the hotel Paradisus Rio de Oro including price list in CUC (2013). Click the thumbnails to see enlarged images.

Beauty parlor


Baths, scrubs & wrappings






Water journey

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