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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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        excellent upgrade

        Reviewed by Myssi G(Niagara Falls, Canada) on Aug 22, 2014

        we started at hotel amigo guardalavaca and it was so disgusting we had to move to blau, which was 100 times better. clean rooms, nice friendly staff. food was good, not great but after the last...

        we started at hotel amigo guardalavaca and it was so disgusting we had to move to blau, which was 100 times better. clean rooms, nice friendly staff. food was good, not great but after the last place it was fabulous! the grounds were beautiful the beach was gorgeous. we couldnt use a snorkel til the last day, there werent enough ever. our room was very nice and clean. had a fridge, and safe. lots of pools to choose from. ok, the food at the snack bar was blah but still heads above the other resort. the sunwing agents were friendly and helpful. we couldnt get our a/c to work and the staff came over right away and fixed it. there were 'sand stairs' that needed a repair when we arrived, it was fixed and finished in two days. so i would guess they would be quick to fix any issues you have. there was a bus every day to go to the local market about 10-15 mins away. guest service was very helpful. had a locked luggage room for the day you left so you could enjoy the day after check out without sitting in the lobby watching your bags. i would go again, def recommend.

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        Wonderful holiday!

        Reviewed by Bexton2012(Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on Aug 21, 2014

        We returned from the Blau Costa Verde resort in Holguin, Cuba yesterday morning and are desperately sad to be back. Our holiday flew by so quickly. The facilities were very good, the staff extremely...

        We returned from the Blau Costa Verde resort in Holguin, Cuba yesterday morning and are desperately sad to be back. Our holiday flew by so quickly. The facilities were very good, the staff extremely polite, friendly and quick to help in any way they could. While we did tip, the staff did not seem to be waiting around for it or only giving good service on the basis that they believed they would get tipped. There was no pressure and the service was great. The pool area was clean, the bar areas were tidy and service was always pretty quick. There were plenty of sun loungers and chairs and enough shade as well, which we found very important as most of the time the daytime temperature never dropped below 33 degrees. The beach was absolutely gorgeous and again very clean and well maintained. The gentlemen who provided the sun loungers were lovely and the entertainment team were constantly keeping us amused with volley ball, aqua gym, games and competitions. There were plenty of pedal boats, sailing boats, kayaks and wind surfing boards, which were all free and easy to use. The beach bar and towel shack were always staffed with pleasant, good humoured and well spoken employees. The hotel itself is very nice, clean and well laid out. The walk from the lobby to the beach we timed at 6 minutes so it really didn't take us long to get from one end of the complex to the other. There were a few bugs about, bats, lizards, toads and some crabs too but that's just all part of the natural Cuban wildlife knocking about. All harmless and pretty. Our room was not that great. It was in the old part and just above the lobby facing out towards the main entrance of the hotel. Because of this, our balcony was completely swamped with trees, tall bushes as shrubs and it allowed no natural light into the room what so ever. It also made the balcony unusable and it would have been nice to be able to sit out. We also had two lightbulbs that kept blowing and the door on our fridge was broken so it leaked a little. HOWEVER, I am absolutely positive that if we had asked to be moved they would have done so right away. We chose to stay in that room because 1) we were out most days from dawn until dark and really only returned to shower, change and sleep and 2) because it was one of the most convenient rooms in the whole complex literally two minutes from reception, lobby, food hall, pool and entertainment. That sort of made up for the short comings for us so we were fine with it. The food was nice but, as is apparently usual for Cuba, a little bland and samey. There was mostly the same things on offer every day for breakfast lunch and dinner but much of it was nice and it got the job done. The a la carte restaurants were very nice but the menus also never changed. A lot of the soft drinks came from pumps and not bottles so were watered down. This is common practice all over the world but due to the high level of chlorine in the water (we couldn't even use it to brush our teeth) we could not stomach it. All the drinking water in the bars and restaurants also came from pumps so we pretty much had to stick to juice, milk and alcohol, though the pool and beach bars always used bottles so were fine. There were icy slushy drinks on offer at all the bars and they were perfectly fine and tasty. Lovely in the hot 36 degree weather! All our trips and tours were absolutely wonderful. Our guides were brilliant, funny and incredibly intelligent people. The country is very safe in general but they still provided faultless support and constant interesting facts and good humour. We saw so much of this beautiful country and met so many wonderful people, we really couldn't have asked for more. In general, besides the food/drink and some aspects of our room, our holiday was marvellous and the resort was gorgeous. The classification system of how many stars the hotels are rated are, we reminded ourselves, on a different level to what we are used to so while we would have maybe expected more from four star accommodation at home, it is a fair class in Cuba. We would definitely return again!

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            Best holiday evet

            Reviewed by nadster_10(Thrapston, United Kingdom) on Aug 20, 2014

            Well this was the best two weeks ever.The hotel was first class reception staff were very helpful. We upgraded to vip service. Was £125 for both of us for two weeks. Extra al carte restaurants.Better...

            Well this was the best two weeks ever.The hotel was first class reception staff were very helpful. We upgraded to vip service. Was £125 for both of us for two weeks. Extra al carte restaurants.Better room minibar.Vip bar and own use of swimming pool with swim up bar which sadly wasn't open due to pool repairs but we got waiter service from Joe J,he was great. Rooms were cleaned everyday and Mia was lovely. Beach towels provided and you can get fresh ones at beachbar.Beach amazing wear beachshoes as may be the odd sea urchin that would nip.Also rocks here and there but you can find a clear pathway snorkeling brilliant. Excursions with dolphins brilliant dream come true. Nature trail was amazing too horse riding and boat trip to fish.Very cheap a must.Food was fantastic variety all the time and service excellent. Always remember you and always helpful. Bars good too drink for everyone entertainment was worth watching and different every night. Sycronised swimming very good. All I can say is Cuba is wonderful and would definitely recommend this hotel and we will return again.

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                Pleasantly surprised!

                Reviewed by Sparky0331(Ottawa, Canada) on Aug 15, 2014

                We just returned from this hotel yesterday. Over all, a very nice holiday. After reading reviews, I was a bit nervous but we were very happy after all. You must upgrade to the VIP, it is around...

                We just returned from this hotel yesterday. Over all, a very nice holiday. After reading reviews, I was a bit nervous but we were very happy after all. You must upgrade to the VIP, it is around $100 can for two people. The rooms are fine, nothing fancy but nice. Ask for blocks 16-17-18, they are a two minute walk to VIP pool, bar, and café. The beach is about 5 minutes max and not crowded. The main area was a bit hectic and loud during the day with music, games and a lot of locals. The culture is different in Cuba, and personal space and certain politeness we enjoy in Canada are not their strength. Over all the food was fine, the drinks and service very good if you tip and are polite. We never waited, always had a full glass of wine and were pleasantly surprised by the selection. However, remember you are in Cuba, and food is different. Don't expect north American taste on a island that is very poor. My 15 year old son loved the place! He was able to participate in all the activities with ease and was safe running around the resort. I would go back! One final note, the tours were very reasonable. I have been down south before and the cost was high for things such as deep sea fishing, in Cuba very inexpensive which makes it possible to do lots of things if you want.

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                Great honeymoon at The Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort

                Reviewed by LPettitt(Soham, United Kingdom) on Aug 05, 2014

                My wife and I have literally just returned from our honeymoon here. This was our first time in Cuba and being our honeymoon we wanted something special. After the long flight (9.5 hours) and 1 hour...

                My wife and I have literally just returned from our honeymoon here. This was our first time in Cuba and being our honeymoon we wanted something special. After the long flight (9.5 hours) and 1 hour coach transfer we arrived in Playa Pesquero. The coach stopped at a few other hotels to drop off other travellers, first impressions of those hotels were 'a bit rough' but when the coach pulled up outside the huge royal blue facade of Blau Resort you could see the difference. We booked through Thomas Cook who rated them 3 stars they were certainly a 4 star Hotel, among the local Hotels. There was some confusion between the Hotel's honeymoon package and what had been quoted by Thomas Cook's brochure of which was not resolved during our stay but is subsequently an issue I am raising with TC. Blau booked us onto a table in their Italian restaurant, the food was excellent everywhere and there was always plenty of choice in their restaurants. Their Cuban speciality restaurant was fantastic, a great insight into Cuba's cuisine. The staff were always polite, friendly and approachable, I would tip a few Pesos in the morning and they were never to far away in the restaurant, the staff at the snack and drinks bar be slow. Great hard workers and curtious. The Hotel had a few rough edges namely the basketball court fence, but the rest of the resort was great family pools, adult pool, snack bars and day and night time activities. Just be cautious of the food if you suffer with your stomach. I suffer with IBS and sometimes the food did irritate my stomach. It can sometimes prove difficult to find the cause. Eventually, I put it down to the milk based products, (a lot of their desserts, scrambled eggs etc) and the oil which the food can be cooked in. Chicken, burgers and sausage at the grill area and some other dishes. The water has a very high metal content and you can taste in with the tap water. A lot of the time I had to pass on the iced water because of this tainted taste, try to stick to the bottled water. The Thomas Cook Rep was great, very knowledgable. The excursions are a must! Cuba Inside: shows the true behind the scenes of Cuban Life, time in Holguin, a small fishing village and a cigar factory. But the Hotel is great for just relaxing by the pool with a book. All inclusive, just great.

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