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icon 4.5-star Grand Memories Santa Maria & Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria
(formerly the Azul section of the Memories Paraiso Azul / Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria Caribe Tropical)

Hotel Grand Memories Santa Maria | Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

• Rating : 4½-stars
• Type : All-Inclusive Beach Resort
• Sanctuary section : Adults only
• Rooms (Grand Memories): 342
• Rooms (Sanctuary at Grand Memories): 378
• Buildings : 11 (3-storey)
• Opening date: Dec. 2011
• Owner : Gaviota S.A. (Cuba)
• Management : Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts (Canada)
• Beach : Playa La Estrella
• Neighbor hotel - East : Hotel Cayo Santa Maria
• Neighbor hotel - West : Memories Paraiso Beach Resort
• Check-in 15:00 / Check-out 12:00 (Late checkout $ available)

All-Inclusive Plan :
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (24h)
- Snacks (24h)
- A variety of daily activities
- Non-motorized water sports
- Evening entertainment
- Optional VIP package: Diamond Club

• Note that guests staying at Grand Memories Santa Maria have full access to Memories Paraiso, including restaurants and bars.
• Note that guests staying at the Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria have full access to Grand Memories Santa Maria and Memories Paraiso, including all restaurants and bars.


Aerial view of Grand Memories Santa Maria and surrounding areas

Resort map (hotel's layout)

This hotel is located on Cayo Santa Maria, a small island off the north coast of Cuba, in the province of Villa Clara. Along with its two neighbors, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Las Brujas, they together forms a group of keys called "Cayos de Villa Clara" (aka Cayos de la Herradura or Cayeria del Norte); and this little group of islands is part of a larger archipelago called "Jardines del Rey" (King's Gardens).

• Distance from the hotel to:
- Santa Clara International Airport (SNU): 110 km (± 90 min.)
- Las Brujas National Airport (MUBR): 13.6 km (± 15 min.)
- International Clinic: 2.7 km (± 5 min.)
- Delfinario (Dolphinarium): 7.8 km (± 10 min.)


Aerial view of Cayo Santa Maria showing every hotel and services

Grand Memories Santa Maria Rooms

Grand Memories Santa Maria
• Junior Suite (gardens or pool view)
• Superior Junior Suite (ocean view)
• Deluxe Suite (Extra amenities, see below)
Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria (adults only)
• Deluxe Junior Suite

The Diamond Club optional Vip package can be added to every room category (at extra cost).

Additional amenities with a Deluxe Suite: Separate bedroom and living room, King size bed, 2 TVs.

• Handicapped rooms available
• Connecting rooms available

• Air conditioning
• Balcony or terrace
• One King or two 3/4 beds
• Complete bathroom
• Electricity: 220 Volts (see link below)
• Safety deposit box (see link below)
• Minibar (restocked daily)
• Telephone
• Satellite TV
• Hairdryer
• Coffee / Tea maker
• Iron and Ironing board
• Chairs and table on the terrace/balcony


Aerial view of the hotel showing the block numbers

Picture of the in-room safe and its dimensions   How to operate the electronic in-room safe

Learn more about electrical current and outlets

Grand Memories Santa Maria Restaurants

* Buffet / À-la-carte "Flavors" | Hours: 07:30-10:00 (Buffet) / 13:00-15:00 (Buffet) / 18:30-21:30 (À-la-carte)
* À-la-carte Mexican "Mexicana Cantina" | Hours: 18:30-21:30
* À-la-carte Continental "Emporium" | Hours: 18:30-21:30
* À-la-carte Italian "Grazie" | Hours: 18:30-22:30
** À-la-carte Mediterranean "Tesico" | Hours: 18:00-22:00
** Bar & Grill "La Parranda" | Hours: Snacks 24h / Dinner 18:00-22:00

(*) Located at Grand Memories Santa Maria (**) Located at Memories Paraiso

• Note that guests staying at the Grand Memories Santa Maria have full access to Memories Paraiso, including restaurants and bars.
• Note that guests staying at the Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria have full access to both the Grand Memories Santa Maria and the Memories Paraiso, including all restaurants and bars.

Booking in advance and dress code required for dinners at à-la-carte restaurants. Sanctuary guests receive preferred reservations.

Grand Memories Santa Maria Bars

Lobby Bar "El Louvre", hours: 24 hours
Pool Aqua Bar "Santiago" hours: 10:00-17:00
Pool Aqua Bar "Remedios" hours: 10:00-17:00
Pool Aqua Bar "El Morro" hours: 10:00-17:00
Theater Bar "La Parranda" hours: 18:00-23:00
Beach Bar "Balcon del Caribe", hours: 10:00-18:00
Beach Bar "Jinaguayabo", hours: 10:30-18:00
Rumba Bar (section Sanctuary), hours: 24hrs

• Note that guests staying at the Grand Memories Santa Maria have full access to Memories Paraiso, including restaurants and bars.
• Note that guests staying at the Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria have full access to both the Grand Memories Santa Maria and the Memories Paraiso, including all restaurants and bars.

• Pool (Grand Memories)
• Pool adult-only (Sanctuary)
• kids pool + paddling pool (Grand Memories)
• Jacuzzi
• Baby-club (ages 0 to 3) (Grand Memories)
• Mini club (ages 4 to 12) (Grand Memories)
• Gym (at Plaza La Estrella)
• Spa "Renacer" at Plaza La Estrella (see link below)
• 2 Tennis courts (with night lighting)
• Variety of land sports and games
• Beach volleyball
• Non-motorized water sports
• Aqua gym and waterpolo
• Dancing and Spanish lessons
• Theatre (evening shows)
• Wedding and honeymoon packages ($)

• Beach palapas / Pool Shades
• Lounge chairs (beach and pools)
• Nautical center
• Beach towel service
• Club House
• Internet and Wifi ($) (see link below)
• Currency exchange
• Beauty salon (at Plaza la Estrella, $)
• Gift Shop ($)
• Tour desks ($)
• Jeep, Car & Scooter Rental ($)
• Laundry service ($)
• International medical clinic nearby (see link below)
• Parking
• Panoramic Bus service ($) between hotels and plazas (pueblos)


Stay at 1, Play at 2 : Guests staying at Grand Memories Santa Maria have full access to facilities and services of the neighbor hotel Memories Paraiso Beach Resort.
Stay at 1, Play at 3 : Guests staying at Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria have full access to facilities and services of the Grand Memories Santa Maria and the Memories Paraiso Beach Resort.
• Most services and facilities are accessible for people with restricted mobility.
• Motorized water sports ($) and scuba diving ($) available at the Marina.
• Medical services ($) are provided at the International Clinic Santa Maria, doctor on call 24/7.


Click to the daily activities program

Click for an aerial view of the Plaza (Pueblo) La Estrella and the 6 Blue Diamond Hotels (Grand Memories Santa Maria & Sanctuary, Memories Paraiso, Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, Starfish Cayo Santa Maria & Starfish Tropical)

Click to see the services (and prices) available at the Spa Renacer in Pueblo La Estrella

Learn more about Internet and WiFi access in Cayo Santa Maria

Grand Memories Santa Maria & Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria
Cayo Santa Maria, Cayeria del Norte, Caibarien, 52600, Villa Clara, Cuba
Phone: (53 42) 350 600
Fax: (53 42) 350 601
Email: jefe.ventas@memoriesparaisoazul.co.cu


Contact information for every hotel in the Cayos of Villa Clara (Cayo Santa Maria / Ensenachos / Las Brujas)

Other useful contact information (tourist services and assistance)

To learn more about the other hotels, click the links in the Hotels section of the Top Menu

Aerial view of Cayo Santa Maria showing hotels and services

Aerial view of Cayo Las Brujas showing hotels and services

Aerial view of Cayo Ensenachos showing hotel and services


Hotels « Cayos de Villa Clara » ...

• Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria
• Grand Memories Santa Maria
• Hotel Cayo Santa Maria
• Iberostar Ensenachos
• Melia Buenavista
• Melia Cayo Santa Maria

• Melia Las Dunas
• Memories Paraiso Beach Resort
• Ocean Casa del Mar by H10
• Playa Cayo Santa Maria
• Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
• Sercotel Cayo Santa Maria

• Sol Cayo Santa Maria
• Starfish Cayo Santa Maria
• Valentin Perla Blanca
• Villa Las Brujas
• Warwick Cayo Santa Maria


Chart of number of rooms per hotel in the Cayos de Villa Clara

Chart of the growing numbers of hotel-rooms in Cayo Santa Maria from 1999 until today

Detailed chronology of the tourism development in the Cayos of Villa Clara, from 1989 until today

icon infoGood to know :

THIS IS NOT A NEW HOTEL
It's the former Memories Paraiso Azul Beach Resort that was divided in three sections sold separately since January 2017
  • The West part of the former "Azul" section became the: Grand Memories Santa Maria
  • The East part of the former "Azul" section became the: Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria
  • The former "Paraiso" section became the: Memories Paraiso Beach Resort

The Canadian chain Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts now manages all hotels of the former Barcelo complex. The former Barcelo Beach is now the Starfish Cayo Santa Maria, the former Barcelo Colonial is now the Starfish Tropical Cayo Santa Maria, the former Barcelo Caribe is now the Memories Paraiso Beach Resort, the Barcelo Tropical is now the Grand Memories Santa Maria (+ Sanctuary), and the Barcelo Palace is now the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria; for a grand total of 2,828 rooms.

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