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    Construction on going in many areas of the main hotel and pool.

    Not recommended

    Reviewed by Blau on Aug 09, 2012

    Date of stay: August 2012

    Trip type: Family

    I would not go to Blau Costa Verde until all construction is finished. There is machinery on the path to the beach and lobby area and pool area. Very dangerous and noisy. There was 1 bar open with very ...

    I would not go to Blau Costa Verde until all construction is finished. There is machinery on the path to the beach and lobby area and pool area. Very dangerous and noisy. There was 1 bar open with very little to offer. The buffet was moved the the beach area. It is a total mess right now and really should not be open.

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    Swim with the dolphins

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by Margie on Sep 06, 2011

    Date of stay: April 2011

    Trip type: Couple

    We took a side trip to Swim with the Dolphins. You go by boat to this secluded inlet/cove that is closed off and have dolphins, seals, etc. living in their natural environment. To swim with the dolphins was ...

    We took a side trip to Swim with the Dolphins. You go by boat to this secluded inlet/cove that is closed off and have dolphins, seals, etc. living in their natural environment. To swim with the dolphins was truly amazing and something I will always remember.

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    voyage holguin

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by Richard on Aug 25, 2011

    Date of stay: October 2010

    Trip type: Couple

    Tres belle endroit pour de la plongé en ...

    Tres belle endroit pour de la plongé en hapné.

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    Awesome Family Vacation Spot

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by Sarah on Jul 22, 2011

    Date of stay: February 2010

    Trip type: Family

    Holguin was a very awesome place to go...We loved it and we would go back in a heart beat. It is very family friendly and the kids always had a little kids club that they could do at night. ...

    Holguin was a very awesome place to go...We loved it and we would go back in a heart beat. It is very family friendly and the kids always had a little kids club that they could do at night. They had a little market that you can go to by shuttle that was very cool also..Eating wise it was just the ala cartes, They were excellant expecially the italian one with the pizza it was awesome...definetly i would go back

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        Enjoyed our stay

        Reviewed by shining_star_59(Timmins, Canada) on Mar 30, 2015

        We recently returned from staying two weeks from feb 15 to March 1. We flew with Air Canada Rouge. I have nothing good to say about this flight, you are squished in seats, and you must pay for...

        We recently returned from staying two weeks from feb 15 to March 1. We flew with Air Canada Rouge. I have nothing good to say about this flight, you are squished in seats, and you must pay for everything besides pop and coffee. We had absolutely no complaints about the resort. Our bed was very comfortable, room was cleaned daily, fridge was restocked daily, usually around 4/5 pm. we were in building 16 and loved this location. Our room faced toward the pathway, but there are trees/bushes, so you hads lots of privacy. As far as noise from animation from the nightly show or music from the main pools When we were in our room with the door closed you could barely hear the entertainment. We ate at all the ala carte and our favorite was the French restaurant, which overall the service, presentation of food, atmosphere was far superior to the other restaurants. If you must have peanut butter, bring some because I didn't see any. We ate the majority of breakfast and lunches at the small buffet near the ocean. There is also a small restaurant that is open for lunch and you order off the menu, the chicken leg was very good, so was the club sandwich. The main buffet was extremely busy, we never had to wait more then a few minutes, while they reset tables as people left, it looked like they had hired extra staff to help with the bussing of the tables, etc. which was really needed. General info, They do post the main evening entertainment 9:30 shows, by the elevators and outside the buffet dining. there is also entertainment in the main lobby at 7p.m. every night as well as some type of entertainment from 9 - 9:30 each night on the main stage. The kids club stuff happens around 8:30 p.m. on the stage. The beach party was on Thursday night each week we were there. (posted on the sign), due to the cold front,that blew through when we were there, I do believe it was cancelled, at least we never heard a thing coming from that area in the evening.The pig roast was Friday's both times and is part of their "Cuban" day, Pig Roast takes place around the main pool around 3 .p.m. (Cuban day is posted on their sign). There are other activity taking place ...coffee demonstration etc. The Pueblo is about a mile away from the resort, there was about 20 stalls, the usual tourist items. There is also a bowling alley (bus driver told us this) and a restaurant. We took the horse and buggy, $3 a head, it was a nice little jaunt to pass an hour. The snorkeling was ok, you could see small signs of life on the coral in deeper water, alot of different small fish, black sea urchins, We went for long walks on the beach daily, you can walk on a paved pathway walking through the bush and behind the resorts and then come back walking along the beach, there is also a path through the bush, after the resorts, which leads to a small bay..there are people working here, thinning out the brush. On our last day, we met a person there, wanting to trade a shell for shampoo and toothpaste, unfortunately we didn't have time to go get the stuff we were leaving with the maid, if anyone is walking in this area, and you have extra, please bring it and hopefully you see this person. All in all, we would not hesitate to recommend this resort to family and friends,

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        Was just Ok....

        Reviewed by Dakota1978(Muskoka District, Canada) on Mar 28, 2015

        We just returned from a week's vacation at the Blau and I have to say, it was just OK. If this was my first time in Cuba then perhaps I would give a higher rating but having been to Cayo Coco 5 times...

        We just returned from a week's vacation at the Blau and I have to say, it was just OK. If this was my first time in Cuba then perhaps I would give a higher rating but having been to Cayo Coco 5 times prior to Holguin, I was slightly disappointed by this resort. It started off as an hour long bus ride from the airport, which wasn't so bad except it was so hot on the bus, not sure if the air was turned off or not working but at least we got to see the real Cuba. Staying in Cayo coco, you don't get to see residents or how they live etc. We were offered a welcome juice drink upon arrival, which was nice. We booked an Ocean view room on the plus side, which didn't have the best view of the Ocean as there's so many trees in the way. Not sure if it was worth the extra money. We were put in building 48, which is the farthest building away from everything. For those who say it's a 5 minute walk, it is not, closer to 10 to walk to the beach which may not seem so bad except you have to remember, you are walking in +30-something temps on hot pavement and If you need to run back to your room for whatever reason, it's a pain. It was very quiet at night though and the maid did a great job cleaning our room. The things I liked about this resort are, our room was nice, we had a real king sized bed and not 2 double beds pushed together, they had a cot made up for my daughter to sleep on, which was hard as a rock but she slept anyway. As I said, the maid was great and the security guards that worked our building were very nice too. They work such long hours, remember to offer them a drink! I also enjoyed most of the food at this resort. We went to 3 A la cart's, which were: the Italian one, the Spanish one and the Gourmet one. The Spanish and Italian were very good, the Gourmet in my opinion, was not, In fact, there was a dead bug in my starter meal so I ended up going to the buffet after to eat. I liked the plus side pool and the Aqua bar there is good with awesome staff. The beach snack bar was good, I enjoyed the burgers and fries. I found the staff at this resort to be very friendly and nice and no one hassles you for anything. Some of the resorts in Cayo coco are bad for being asked to buy coconut men and jewellery etc. every time you walked past a Gardener, but not once were we asked at this resort. I didn't get her name but the lady that grills up our meat at supper time is a sweet heart, say Hello to her!! We only watched a few of the nightly shows as we were so tired from swimming and being in the sun all day but we enjoyed what we saw. The resort itself is nice and the lobby has lots of comfy chairs to relax in and enjoy a cappuccino. We took a horse and buggy ride down to the market which is only a few minutes away and bought some trinkets and spoke with the locals, who were all really nice. I like to bring toys and colouring books to hand out to the locals for their kids, who really appreciate it. Bring lots of Disney's "Frozen" stuff and "Cars". My husband exchanged a pack of wrenches he brought down for a taxi ride in one of the old 50's cars, and the driver was really appreciative for the tools. What I didn't like: Many of the public washrooms didn't have toilet seats, had broken door locks and no toilet paper. I know they are small things but we wait all year to go on vacation and little things like this, just make our stay not as enjoyable. Also, on our second day we did not get a bottle of water in our fridge and we called down to reception twice and were told they would send someone and no one came. We ended up taking our old bottle down to the bar to get filled. This resort is also short staffed. Many times, you sat and waited a long time for someone to offer you a drink with your meal at the buffet or they didn't come to your table at all. We ended up finding some great servers on the far left side of the main buffet so we always sat in that section. As I said before, I didn't like how our room was so far from everything. We didn't try the VIP bar, went there once and was ignored forever so I just left and didn't try to go back so I can't comment on the drinks there. The beach: I hate to say it but this beach was disappointing to say the least! We chose Cuba because of the beaches, we normally spend most of our time there but this beach, well, it wasn't impressive. The beach is so crowded and there is so much coral in the water which makes it difficult to get in an out of the Ocean. You have to walk in so far and then swim over the coral until you get to a sandy part where you can step down without hurting your feet but careful of low tide or you'll scrape your stomach swimming over the coral. As I said, having been to Cayo Coco 5 times, this beach doesn't even compare! The beaches there are truly breath-taking and big and long and clear to walk in the water. I never felt crowded or had problems getting a good spot in Cayo Coco. The IGNORANT, selfish people who get up early and head down to the beach and pool and reserve chairs and then leave for hours or half the day!! This is no fault of the resort but they shouldn't allow this. It should be first come, first serve. Staff should come around and collect their towels that they leave there for half the day, unattended and charge them the 15 pesos to get them back. I'm glad that we tried Holguin and the resort over-all was nice but our vacation was just OK and we won't be back. Happy Travels!

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        Amazing time

        Reviewed by meldeu() on Mar 28, 2015

        Just returned last night from the blau costa and it was fabulous. I dont understand all the negative reviews. The staff was amazing and so friendly. We left gifts for the maids...highly recommend...

        Just returned last night from the blau costa and it was fabulous. I dont understand all the negative reviews. The staff was amazing and so friendly. We left gifts for the maids...highly recommend doing that..and our room was always clean and a cute bed design. The first night a staff member came to our room and have us a full bottle of rum for free with two cervesas (beer lol) and some pop. The food was great... some things like the meat looked undercooked so i avoided that. I loved the Italian a la carte. We booked two.excursions and loved them... we went into holguin and toured around and then we dod the cigar factory. We also took a taxi on our own into holguin for a day and enjoyed it. Beware because they will swarm you asking for money or toiletries..but they mean no harm and if u say no they leave you a lone . I always had a few trinkets in my bag like tooth brush and soap. They loved it. I cannot say enough good things about this resort it was wonderful. I didn't stay on the plus side but didn't see the point other than they had a separate pool with less kids. The beach was very nice and so was the nightly entertainment. There is a market just up from the resort that we went to ever day.. walking distance but we always took the horse carriage. Great price .. if u go with a great attitude then u will have a great time i will be going back

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            Blau Costa Verde is the place to stay in Holguin

            Reviewed by Sheri B(Toronto, Canada) on Mar 23, 2015

            We went during March Break- Sun Wing flight- provided light meal -offered option to purchase excursions on the flight- do so as it is in Canadian and you save some money instead of paying there...

            We went during March Break- Sun Wing flight- provided light meal -offered option to purchase excursions on the flight- do so as it is in Canadian and you save some money instead of paying there with the exchange- once you buy on the plane you get a receipt with the excursion name- you then bring this the next day to the Sun Wing rep who you have to meet the following morning for the brief down -they have some of the excursion choices in a booklet in the slot on the back of the seats -Iook up the weather for Holguin for the week before you go so you can plan when to book the trips -arrived late- main dinner buffet closes at 9:30pm. The only place open for food at 10pm was the main pool bar which has fries, hamburgers and hotdogs -icecubes are apparently from filtered water -many types of drinks which with alcohol are VERY strong lol the best Pina colata is made at the small bar by the kiddie club near the kiddie pool -the sex on the beach drinks are awesome at the bar where you get towels on the beach -you are not able to get CUC convertible peso until you arrive in Cuba. You can tell the bus driver you need the bank quickly when you arrive at the airport and run into the second building- you will need your passport to do so here. Check the conversion rate online before you go to have a basic idea of how much per Canadian dollar. The hotel also has someone exchanging money 24 hours. For every $100 I think we got around $70 Cuc. You will want to ask for small change- $5, $10, $3 and $1 for tipping. They will initially give larger bills but if you go throughout the day they will change again for you. Don't change huge amounts- the CUC can't be converted back after leaving Cuba. Change what you need daily. There are guards at different stations around the property. The more remote sections are not well lit so bring a small flashlight or use your iphone light. You can also go to the front lobby if far and ask for a golf cart type vehicle to take you. Orello, one of the drivers is awesome! We asked for a quiet area with an ocean view- plus- extra fee and got building 48 also upper level. This building is the most remote- however about a 10 minute walk with young kids to most things. The room in plus- large bathroom- only stand up shower, no tub- aim the shower head away from the door. Towels changed daily. Each room gets four HUGE blue beach towels. These can be changed at your leisure at the beach for fresh ones. If you lose one it is $15 pesos. It was a pain to have to lug the towels everywhere as they are big. We had to bring two back packs in order to bring them all over- excursions, to the different pools and the beach. When wet, they are heavy! Last day you leave in the room. They leave a larger travel shampoo- no conditioner, lotion and body wash- musk scent. There is a small clothes line in the washroom. We did see tiny ants in this room. Dollarstore has ant traps. There is a hair dryer. You will get 4 room cards- upon entry one is used to insert into the wall slot to make the lights work. It remains in all week. The closet is large- has ironing board, iron, shoe rack, two blankets, small four drawer dresser with space on top and the safe. We had a brief problem with the safe but a call to reception #203 and a technician came within 15 minutes to fix the problem. There was room in the closet for a large suitcase. There is a bench for the luggage with a lower area for items. There is another table for the tv and it has 3 or 4 small drawers to hold small items. Our room had two double sized beds pushed together and two small single beds for our two kids. Each bed had a sheet so you may want to request another blanket. There was a small round table with two chairs also inside. On the balcony there are two chairs. It is a fair size. Ocean view was okay. There were tons of bushes and trees closer and the ocean in the distance. There was no easy access to the beach from this building. A security guard often stood out back. House cleaning service was good. If the bed is too firm you can request a pillow top mattress foam. Tip for this. As a guest you will receive a bottle of rum. Was told this was for plus guests. Fridge was stocked with large bottles of water and pop. The cleaner would create neat designs with our blankets so it was always an exciting surprise for our kids when they came in- flower, heart, elephant. As soon as you arrive- you will want to book your ala cart dining- it gets busy- opening at 10 I believe to do so- the desk is in the lobby behind the Sun Wing desk, lower level. Plus gets an extra dining. The main buffet is near the lobby for three meals a day. Opening at 7:30am which made it hard when you had an excursion that started at 8am. I had wished they opened at least at 7am to give people a chance to grab a meal before heading out for the day. There is another buffet closer to the second pool (apparently this pool is only for the Plus guests- contrary to what I have read, children of plus guests can go here also, and have lots of fun- there is a kiddie pool here too)- this buffet serves only breakfast and lunch, not dinner. Buffets separated shellfish from other foods which I appreciated as I have severe allergies. What I did was make a small card, business card size, translated into Spanish with my allergies to give to the servers at the different places I ate- on site and off. This was very helpful. Most places had a good variety of foods. I found if you go at the opening, the meat is not overdone. Regarding food selection for those with food sensitivities or allergies- I basically had meat, pasta or fries. Regarding water- we were advised by our Sun Wing rep to not drink it but ask for the bottled water. It is ok to use the sink water for brushing teeth as long as not ingesting it. We got our hep a/b and dukerol shots just in case. Do this at least a month before. During the day there is a snack bar near the beach which served hamburgers, fries, hotdogs. You can eat there at tables or bring it to the beach upon request. The Italian restaurant was also open at lunch for pizza and pasta. Ala Carte dinners- in the Plus lounge- Spanish and French and the Italian. They were course dinners. Dress code at these places. Pool areas-are about 5 feet deep in the deepest areas I'd say. The pools do not have life jackets or guards for the kids. We brought our own. We also brought our own swim toys and snorkel set- you can get from Dollarama. the main pool by the lobby and entertainment stage- has a separate kiddie pool with splash umbrella. The larger pool is very close and has a gradual very shallow area which gets deeper. They play volleyball in the water mid day. There is a bar attached and several around the pool area. The temperature of the water initially feels chilly but as you swim, it's fine. There are several beach lounge chairs with canopy areas too. Bring a good book. The kiddie centre is right nearby also. hours 10-12 and 3-5pm. We did not use it but saw it had a tv which was being watched a lot along with face painting. One staff. There is an area around the corner from the entertainment area that has a pool table and air hockey as well, outdoors with a canopy. The second pool was closer to the beach- two large deeper swimming areas with bar attached to one end. lots of loungers with canopies and a separate kiddie pool. This is the only place I saw someone going around asking people if they want drinks - only using what they had on their cart- no slushy options- everywhere else during our stay- we had to go and get our own drinks- yes, bring a larger cup-even just for the purpose of making less waste- the cups are plastic and blowing all over because they are so light weight- they do recycle but I'd advise having more disposal/recycling containers around or having staff come around regularly to clean up the popular sections as it seemed like the patrons were not. The entertainment area- during the day they had dancing lessons and at night a great variety of very entertaining acts- the Illusions acrobatics one was awesome! The entertainers would show up outside of the main buffet at dinner to give a sneak peek as to what was to come that night. Most acts started around 9 and went until 11pm. Sometimes there was a kiddie disco at 8ish. Bug repellent- yes, bring it- they do spray the area at dusk, however, when we went every night to the beach at sun set around 7pm- worth doing nightly with a good camera- the bugs were crazy! They do a show mid week at the beach at night also- spray yourself. If you are worried about deet, you can get some natural alternatives from a health food store. The beach- yes, wear water shoes- however most areas in the water are clear water to see what is below however for kiddies worthwhile investing in. Giant Tiger sells them for under $10. If you want to sign up for a Hobie Kat with a skipper to sail you around for 30 minutes- it is beautiful! Be in line at the towel/activity bar at 9am to line up as spaces fill quickly. worth waiting 30 minutes in line to enjoy the experience. The chair guy is out at this time too to get a chair. By 9 am most of the shaders are taken. I bought a beach mat from Dollarama that spreads open big and folds up compact. The room also provides a beach umbrella you can take down to the beach and stick into the sand. Fun toys to bring- an inflatable mattress to use to hang on to when snorkeling- much easier- the snorkel area is deep- but not too far from the shallow area- however, you may need a break treading water or swimming, so it is good to lie over it and just look down with your mask in the water while floating. I did not need flippers. Nice selection of fish here and so close to the hotel. you don't need to pay to go on a snorkel trip. A water football or frisbee is fun too but if running in the water, get the shoes. A small net (Dollarama) to try and catch the minnows for catch and release- bring the bait of bread to toss in the very shallow water. Sand buckets that also have shapes in them (Dollarama) and shovels. There are a large variety of shells and corals along the shoreline to collect. There is aquafit in the ocean in the morning with an instructor and volleyball and games as well. Misc things to do- there are two tennis courts- a newer one close to the front of the resort. The older one is near the gym. It has a stick which holds up the net in the middle- we had to keep adjusting it as we played if we had a net ball lol Waking up early to go on the double decker bus ride to the next town is worth it- 5 peso per person- young toddlers free- return price included- two times it goes are 9ish and 11ish. Get money for this- as there is a fleamarket there and a beautiful beach. Bring your towel, bottled water, mat, goggles, etc. The beach is part of a private resort which you are allowed to go to. However, beware of those wandering around asking for items. As well, do not get your hair braided here- we were warned that if you do so the police patrol and do not like it as it is private property and the people are not employed by the hotel. We brought a kite. Most days are windy. Visitors will not be allowed a beach chair. The last bus pickup for return is 1ish. The ride on the top of the double decker bus is fun- be careful not to be hit by a tree branch lol and hang on to your hats. Put your hair up or you will have a new hair do. A horse carriage ride to the nearby market is $3 per way. Fun. You can also walk it alongside the road. You will need pesos for here. They have an outdoor fleamarket and a few indoor stores. There is a bowling alley also which we tried. They charge $5 per person for one game. Includes shoe cost. However they have no toddler sized shoes so make sure if they play eg. a 5 year old sized 9-11 size shoe- they wear a running or closed toe shoe set to protect their feet as it is the large heavy ball- lightest being 7lbs. If your child opts out they have two video games and a pool table and nice tables to watch. There is a time limit on how long to get the ball down the lane- there are bumpers- once the time limit is up- about 30 seconds- the pins are swept away and the bar goes down and gets stuck. The attendant has to come over each time to get the ball. lol So if you have young kids playing have them go quickly and with force so the ball will roll down quicker rather than creep down. lol We went on two of the excursions- the catamaran with snorkelling, dolphin swim and lobster lunch- great time- all day- they give you a snorkel to keep- and a mask- not to keep- I'd advise bringing/taking gravol or sea bands- and go to the bathroom or have the kids go before you leave- going below deck into a tiny space and bathroom was not fun. If you have kids with you bring your life jackets as the ones they have are thin and not very secure. The water can be very rough. You may also want to bring a child sized snorkel. The ones they give are for adults and do not fit into the mouth of a child. Bring your towels. -bring your big cup and extra peso for tipping and if you want to participate in extra activities with the dolphins and an underwater camera if you have one for the snorkeling -The dolphin experience- doing the shallow water one was good because it was very interactive and less people were at that one. You are not allowed to bring any cameras in the water with you or wear anything sharp. You are allowed to give the camera person your camera. They have a good camera also and you can buy a shot at the end for $10 pesco. They were good shots. Lobster lunch gave alternative chicken or spaghetti. Came with ice cream and a drink. They send a tip jar around. You get back around 4-5pm. According to people who went to the half day dolphin trip they did not recommend it because they sat around for several hours waiting without anything to do after the show and this trip cost only $5 less per person than the full day. Excursion 2- Jeep Adventure- awesome- You may want to wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and wear repellant. Bring water. if you drive standard, bring your licence- you will get to drive a 4 door jeep through the countryside and offroad- our guide, Eric taught us a lot about different things. We stopped at the aquarium to do speed boating- two people per boat- this was fun! This was about 30 minutes. We got to the farm and we had home made coffee and took an oxen ride and then rode the horses. Children are not allowed to ride solo so be prepared to share a cramped saddle. The ride is about 30 minutes. It is hard to have the child sit directly on your lap so either you are sitting on the back lip of the saddle or they are squashed against the part you hold. The ride though is nice. Bring a tip for the horse guide. We arrived to a spot where Christopher Columbus first landed. They do a performance there and you can buy a drink. We drove the jeep to the lunch spot on a hill and ate and took photos. Another jeep tour took their group up a large set of stairs to see the area. After this we drove to a scenic spot with artifacts. We arrived back around 5pm. Although a bit pricey, both of the excursions we went on were jam packed full of fun. All of the staff were professional. The guides for the excursions as well and very funny and educational. Tidbits- Make sure you have $25 per person cuc for airport tax, your tourist card also. Your AC won't work if the balcony door is not shut properly. You can't take any liquids from the resort, water included or juice boxes, to the airports. On Thurs. afternoon around 4pm they do a pig roast near the booths by the gym. Make sure you go to this- it is delicious! They have the disney channel and a few English speaking channels. Bring an afterburn cream. Wifi is purchased and used in a little room in the lobby. Hope you find this review helpful. Cheers and happy Blauing! :)

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            Blau Costa Verde Holguin

            Reviewed by Peter I(Mississauga, Canada) on Mar 23, 2015

            Just returned from March Break at the Blau - March break with 3 kids. Third resort visited in Cuba - other two: Caya Santa Maria, and Guardalavaca .... some thoughts (in no order of...

            Just returned from March Break at the Blau - March break with 3 kids. Third resort visited in Cuba - other two: Caya Santa Maria, and Guardalavaca .... some thoughts (in no order of importance) Holguin airport - piece of cake - easy in and out (on way out we got VIP) air conditioned room, food, drinks included) Don't forget the 25 pesos per person to leave. About an hour to hotel - no biggie Exchange - seems worse then last year - about 75 per 100 Canadian. Food: It is fine - you can always find something - buffet or grill - (If you are going to Cuba for its cuisine, you need to reconsider. Stay home in the cold.) Plenty of fruit and fish etc. Pizza during the day by the pool bar. Sandwiches at pool bar and beach bar, when 2 buffets are not open. Fresh fruit juices and water out self serve all the time - best ever in my experience. They do not ration juice or water. Help yourself. Preferred beach buffet - open and easy access. Main buffet more selection but also spacious. Rarely stood in line. café late whenever you want. Booze - usual. lots (too much) - take a Bubba to cut down on trips Weather: Spectacular.... Beach : Busy closer to the bar and amenities. Lots of chairs - but ones in shade prized - so get up early are reserve . Sand is terrific. Water is calm and pristine. Lots of fish to see. Take water shoes and snorkel stuff. Entertainment - fine - no complaints. Tours - made our own by taking a taxi for the day to Holguin and another horseback to cool caves. Cheaper and more real. Have to say, Holguin on foot is something else - get out of the bus, or taxi, and walk. People - Full of Canadians, so feel at home. The staff is fine. Didn't see many locals use the beach - not harassed on beach to buy stuff Hotel - Not as big as people make out to seem. Yes, some walking , but 5 min most. If in the Plus, try for 16 - closest. Was in 46 and it took 2 min to the main section. Rooms in Plus nice, clean and lots of fresh towels - no issue. No issue with towel exchange at beach either. AC was fine - can turn up or down - or open door at night Wifi in lobby area - 7 pesos for an hour - worked fine on the Iphone If late departure - extend day to 5 pm 30 pesos. Only used the carts to take bags to room and on day of departure - no issues Gym clean and air-conditioned. a few machines and some weights. Usual few people used it every day. Easy to exchange money at hotel - reception - they never ran out. staff like coins (1 peso) or paper ( 3 up) If you forget to take converter - the hairdryer has 110 - but only enough to charge phone, or reception will charge your phone, laptop, etc. Tip - We did. Most didn't. The staff are considered wealthy and privileged by other Cubans. Avg wage 25 Pesos a month. Staff probably make that in tips in a day. Gardeners and others not tipped - they appreciated it, or cold drinks. Prices in Cuba same as in Canada for many things - shoes, electronics, etc. If you can buy it - so we took bags of toiletries, clothes, pencils, etc. handed them out with tip or in lieu of. We would go back.

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