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icon 4-star Starfish Cayo Santa Maria and Starfish Tropical Santa Maria
(formerly Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria, HUSA Cayo Santa Maria and Gaviota La Estrella)

Hotel Starfish Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

• Rating : 4-stars
• Type : All-Inclusive Beach Resort
• Rooms : Total 1368
  - Section Starfish CSM: 684 rooms
  - Section Starfish Tropical: 684 rooms
• Buildings : 22 (3-storey each)
• Opening dates : Dec. 2008 and Dec. 2009
• Owner : Gaviota S.A. (Cuba)
• Management : Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts (Canada)
• Beach : Playa La Estrella
• Neighbor hotel - East: Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
• Neighbor hotel - West: Playa Cayo Santa Maria
• Check-in 14:00 / 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 1 hr/day
- Evening entertainment
See the Facilities section for other services

This hotel is located on Cayo Santa Maria (107 km from the International Airport Santa Clara / SNU), 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).

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Aerial view image of the Cayos de Villa Clara (Cayo Las Brujas, Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Ensenachos)

Aerial view of Cayo Las Brujas showing the location of hotels and services

Aerial view of Cayo Ensenachos showing the location of hotel and services

Aerial view of Cayo Santa Maria showing the location of hotels and services

In the Starfish Cayo Santa Maria section:
• Junior Suites: 672
• Suites: 12

In the Starfish Tropical Santa Maria section:
• Junior Suites: 672
• Suites: 12

• Handicapped rooms available
• Connecting rooms available
• Air conditioning + Ceiling fan
• 1 King or 2 Twin beds

• Complete bathroom with bathub
• Hydromassage bathtub in the Suites • Telephone
• Satellite TV (24 channels)
• Minifridge
• Safety deposit box (see link below)
• Room key: Magnetic card
• Electricity: 220 Volts (see link below)
• Hairdryer
• Coffee maker
• Iron and Ironing board
• Chairs and table on the terrace/balcony
• Laundry service ($)

Aerial view of this hotel showing the block numbers - East side (Starfish CSM)

Aerial view of this hotel showing the block numbers - West side (Starfish Tropical)

Picture of the in-room safe and its dimensions   How to operate the safety deposit box

Learn more about electrical current and outlets

Buffet International "Matanzas" (air-conditioned), hours: 07:00-10:30 / 12:30-15:00 / 18:30-22:00
Buffet International "Trinidad" (air-conditioned), hours: 07:00-10:30 / 12:30-15:00 / 18:30-22:00
Snack Bar Grill "La Vigia" (open air)
Snack Bar Grill "Ancon" (open air)
A la carte Spanish "Don Quixote" hours: 18:30-22:30
A la carte Italian "Napoli" hours: 18:30-22:30
A la carte International "Ancon" hours: 18:30-22:30
A la carte Cuban "The countryside" hours: 18:30-22:30
A la carte Seafood "Bellamar" hours: 18:30-22:30

Booking in advance and dress code required for dinners at à-la-carte restaurants. Diet and vegetarian dishes (on request). Live entertainment at some restaurants

Aqua Bar hours: 09:00-18:00
Theater Bar hours: 16:00-22:30
Beach Bar, hours: 09:00-18:00
Lobby Bar "Matanzas", hours: 24hrs

• 2 freshwater pools
• Kids pool (freshwater)
• Jacuzzi
• Gym
• Spa "Renacer" (see link below)
• Mini-club (ages 4 to 12) / Baby-club($) (ages 0 to 3)
• Teen-club (ages 13 to 17)
• Internet and Wifi ($) (see link below)
• 4 Tennis court (with night lighting)
• Snorkeling equipment
• Non-motorized water sports
• Aqua gym and waterpolo
• Dancing and Spanish lessons
• Variety of land sports and games
• Evening shows

• Beach palapas / Pool Shades
• Lounge chairs (beach and pools)
• Nautical club
• Beach volleyball
• Beach towel service
• Club House
• Beauty salon ($) (at the publo)
• Currency exchange
• Gift Shop ($)
• Tour desks ($)
• Jeep, Car & Scooter Rental ($)
• Laundry service ($)
• Parking
• Business center and meeting rooms ($)
• Panoramic Bus service between hotels and pueblos ($)

• 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.

Aerial view of all the Blue Diamond Hotels (Starfish, Memories, and Royalton) and the Pueblo La Estrella

Services (and prices) available at the Spa Renacer in the Pueblo La Estrella

Learn more about Internet and WiFi access in Cayo Santa Maria

Hotel Starfish Cayo Santa Maria
Cayo Santa Maria, Cayeria del Norte, Caibarien, 52600, Villa Clara, Cuba
Phone: (53 42) 350 400
Fax: (53 42) 350 401
Email: /

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)

icon infoGood to know :

In November 2016, this hotel was divided in two sections sold separately, the East side keeps the name STARFISH CAYO SANTA MARIA, and the West side is now the STARFISH TROPICAL CAYO SANTA MARIA.

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.

See here a table of the number of rooms per hotel in the "Cayos de Villa Clara"
See here a chart that shows the growing number of hotel-rooms in the "Cayos de Villa Clara" from 1999 until today
Detailed chronology of the tourism development in the "Cayos of Villa Clara", from 1989 until today

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