View of main pool at Playa Pilar Hotel Cayo Coco Cuba

Cuban Luxury at Iberostar Playa Pilar Hotel, Cayo Coco

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I finally got to see the more elegant side of Cuba and I wish I had a camera on my face when I first walked into my hotel room. I didn’t know there were hotels like this in Cuba and it has me thinking what else have I been missing. The Iberostar Playa Pilar is rated number one in the Cayo Guillermo region, and after my stay here I can see why.

Sunrise over Playa Pilar Resort Cayo Coco Cuba

Iberostar Playa Pilar Location in Cayo Coco

We flew into the Cayo Coco Jardines del Ray airport, and 40 minutes later we were at the hotel. The hotel is situated in Cayo Guillermo in the Ciego de Avila Region of Cuba.

Living space with modern couch and table Iberostar Playa Pilar Cayo Coco Cuba

Iberostar Playa Pilar Junior Suite Room

I stayed in a Junior Suite which I loved very much. It was a spacious room with more modern Cuban furnishings than I am used to seeing in the country. Here is a video walkthrough of the room as I first entered.

Junior suite room with kin bed at Iberostar Playa Pillar Cayo Coco Cuba

The Junior Suite Room included:

  • King Bed
  • One night stand
  • Sofa
  • Chair
  • Coffee Table
  • Patio with lounger and two chairs
  • Plenty of lighting
  • Refrigerator (stocked with water daily)
  • Coffee machine
  • Toiletries
  • Walk-in closet
  • Safe (large)
  • Shower with rain head
  • Bathtub

Here is a video walkthrough of the room during the day.


luxury bathroom at Playa Pilar Cayo Coco Cuba

The bathroom had modern amenities including these deep sinks, a shower and a bathtub for relaxing in. Toiletries are provided, but I recommend bringing your own.

Standard double room at Playa Pilar Cayo Coco Cuba

Iberostar Playa Pilar Standard Room

The majority of the rooms at the hotel are standard rooms. I got a quick tour of this type of the room so you can see the difference. The furnishings and amenities still had that modern touch, keeping it in that 5-star rating. Standard rooms are a bit smaller and have all the basic needs. They come in double beds or king bed options.

sushi at Japanese restaurant Playa Pilar Cayo Coco

Iberostar Playa Pilar Dining Options

The Main Buffet

I was happy to see a lot of selection at the buffet for breakfast. There was plenty to choose from, including fruit, cereal, cheese, deli meats, yogurt, juices and hot items like prepared eggs, bacon and more.

There were two egg and pancake stations in the buffet where eggs could be made to order in an omelette, or however you like. They also made French toast and pancakes here. For kids, I watched as the chef made little fish-shaped pancakes with dyed pancake batter.

Tepanyaki Japanese dinner at Iberostar Playa Pilar Cuba

Japanese A la Carte Restaurant

This restaurant was a fabulous and fun experience as the chef entertained us throughout the night as he prepared the food before our very eyes.

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Rocky beach with boardwalk at Playa Pilar Hotel Cayo Coco

Iberostar Playa Pilar Cayo Coco Resort Beach

If you are a lover of long white sand beaches, this hotel may disappoint you. It is located on a rocky shore. The sanded area is broken up by a massive boardwalk that ran along the water over the rocky areas.

Large boardwalk at beach area Playa Pilar resort

There is some beach access in front of the water sports facilities, and you can walk along the beach up to Playa Pillar Beach, a popular tourist attraction located 5 minutes away (or 25 minutes walk along the beach).

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Beach chairs in sand at Playa Pilar Resort Cuba

Beach has plenty of umbrellas for shade and a few beds. However, these were reserved early, so make sure to get out there before 7 AM if you plan on getting one of the shaded beds on the boardwalk. Otherwise, there is plenty of shade behind the boardwalk (as featured in the pic above).

A look at the Iberostar Playa Pilar Resort in Cayo Coco Cuba.

Iberostar Playa Pilar Pool

There is one large pool in the centre of the resort. I found this unfortunate as I often like to sit at a quieter pool. They had loud music playing at the pool all day, and the animation team was also running activities throughout the day.

Large main pool with buildings around Playa Pilar resort CubaIt would have been nice to have an adult pool that was quieter than the main one. That said, the resort does have a spa, so if you have a spa room or get a spa treatment, there is an adult’s only spa pool available.

Spa entrance at Iberostar Playa Pilar Cayo Coco Cuba

Other Resort Amenities

Spa (additional cost)

There are some rooms called spa-swim out suites that have a private swim out pool in front of them and include a spa treatment, but you can book individual treatments if you like upon arrival.

spa pool at Iberostar Playa Pilar Cayo Coco CubaFor guests of the spa or the swim-out suites, there is access to this private spa pool. I tried to see a spa suite, but they were all booked, so I was unable to photograph one.

The spa building also was home to the salon and fitness facilities.

The fitness room is open to all guests of the Playa Pilar resort and featured several cardio machines and loose weights.

Kids club at Iberostar Playa Pilar Cayo Coco Cuba

This Iberostar hotel had a kids club area, but not the new big kid’s water park like some of their more modern hotels.

Dancers on stage at showtime in Iberostar Playa Pilar Cayo Coco Resort

Showtime and Resort Activites

The animation team is around all day to entertain you around the pool and at the beach too. The beach had a water activity area with ocean access despite the rocky shore.

Each night the animation team put on a different themed show. This photo was from their Cuba Night, where they featured some fantastic costumes and Cuban dancing.

A look at the Iberostar Playa Pilar Resort in Cayo Coco Cuba.

Disclosure: Travel assistance provided by Iberostar Hotels during a media FAM trip; however, the opinions in this post are my own.

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