I’ve posted a TripAdvisor review of Sandals Royal Hicacos, where we stayed when we were in Cuba. We had a great time and if anyone is thinking about going to Cuba we would recommend this resort. The Iberostar Varadero is the #1 ranked Cuban Hotel on TripAdvisor right now so that is probably a good bet also. We were targetting Iberostar but we found that the Sandals Royal Hicacos was quite a bit cheaper (hundreds of Canadian dollars per couple). We also liked that Sandals is a couples only resort. So, given those factors we went with Sandals and we didn’t regret it. I think that the main difference in the ratings between those hotels is the consistency. With Sandals it seems that some people really disliked it while (most) others really liked it or loved it. I think this may come down to expectations. Especially with people familiar with the other Sandals properties that cost twice as much as Sandals Royal Hicacos.