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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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        Nice resort

        Reviewed by taylaboo(Great Yarmouth) on Sep 24, 2014

        The arrival and transfer from Holguin airport were very good thanks to Daniel the Thomas Cook rep who is a fountain of knowledge. I would still prefer to fly Virgin if they were to take up this...

        The arrival and transfer from Holguin airport were very good thanks to Daniel the Thomas Cook rep who is a fountain of knowledge. I would still prefer to fly Virgin if they were to take up this destination. The IFE was on a loop and not very good. A choice of 3 or 4 movies and you had to buy headphones and drinks, another rip off! We decided to upgrade on arrival, well worth it for the extra a la carte meals and the lobster dinner. The buffet can be very samey and very busy with the influx of Cuban families at the weekends from Friday mid morning till Sunday evening (and older men with very young Cuban girls, although they are discreet). The Cubans need to learn to queue and not waste so much food! I must admit I wasn't that taken with the food but there again they can only cook what they are given. They ran out of orange juice twice and they don't do chips, and tomatoes are not plentiful. Very little lettuce, usually shredded cabbage and cucumber on offer. I can live on salad and chips if I can't find anything I like but not at this resort. You do have to queue for eggs and omelettes at breakfast but not for long. Our room (19101) was on the ground floor and the patio doors wouldn't lock, even though they sent someone over twice. There is a free safe in the wardrobe. Take extra coat hangers as they don't provide enough. The coffee machine was also replaced twice as it didn't work. The bed/pillows were ok, not the best I have had but not the worst either. Our housekeeper Nivia did a brilliant job and was very friendly, as were all the other staff. Half of the VIP pool was closed for the full two weeks we were there, but the half that was open was lovely. The beach is very good with plenty of loungers. Take swim shoes as there are rocky patches to get over before you get to to the nice sand. The water is lovely and warm and I highly recommend the hobie cats, all included in the price of the package and great fun along with the pedaloes. We did do the Paradise Island trip but the snorkelling was no better than what we experienced off the beach at the resort. The meal was ok but only one drink included with the lunch, but a free bar on the catamaran all day. There is also very little shade where you sit on the beach after lunch. The guide for the day was Habier and was entertaining and willing to answer any questions about Cuba. The nightly entertainment was quite good. We saw and operatic couple, a magic show, a fashion show and a water show in the pool. I used 50 plus deet mosquito spray and still got bitten. There are land crabs around the gardens and hermit crabs on the beach. We saw a bullfrog at the side of the pool while waiting for the water show to start, and the crickets are quite big too, and along with the bull frogs are quite noisy at night. Be warned the spiders are BIG! I only saw one cockroach and that was in the bar, and the lizzards come in all sizes. Be sure to change your pool/beach towels at the hut by the beach or you will be taking the sand fleas into your room. Take plentyof sun cream too, we got thru 2 large bottles each. I left extra toiletries for our housekeeper and tipped her and other staff regularly. They are very appreciative and lovely friendly people. All in all it is a lovely resort and we did have a lovely holiday. Would we go again, I doubt it. Its a great 3 star resort and if they improved the food and a few other things it would be a good 4 star.

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          Love this beach!

          Reviewed by LISETTE155004(Ottawa, Canada) on Sep 24, 2014

          We are two couples who just returned from a week at the Blau and it was a great holiday! We really enjoyed snorkeling off the beach last year when we stayed next door at the Playa Costa Verde but...

          We are two couples who just returned from a week at the Blau and it was a great holiday! We really enjoyed snorkeling off the beach last year when we stayed next door at the Playa Costa Verde but did not like the entertainment there (can't stand these fashion shows every second night as well as the chamber music??). We decided to try the Blau as we were told the entertainment was much better there and we were not disappointed. The shows were very good. Our only complaint is that they should have some dancing music after dinner until show time like they have at most resorts. It would be nice to dance under the stars as we have very little chance to do that at home! We did not upgrade our rooms but they were fine, the maid service was excellent and the location was ideal as we like to be close to everything and the VIP buildings were far from the beach and buffet. One concern though was how dark the hallway was - we could hardly read our room no. in the evening - it could be a safety issue - most of the lights were turned off (to save money??). The lobby and public bathrooms do need renovations - they are in bad disrepair - broken door locks, missing toilet seats. The food at the buffet and the a la carte restaurants was tasty and there was lots of variety. On the weekend though - the line-ups at the buffet were long because of the local Cuban families visiting. It was also much noisier at the shows. It must be very crowded in the winter. We would not stay there at the busy season. All in all it was a great stay and good value for our money!

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          Love it ?

          Reviewed by jessieengland2(jessieengland2) on Sep 23, 2014

          My son and his girlfriend has ask me to do a review for them, for this hotel. They loved the place the staff and people, is girlfriend is a diabetic and her insulin got pushed to the back of the...

          My son and his girlfriend has ask me to do a review for them, for this hotel. They loved the place the staff and people, is girlfriend is a diabetic and her insulin got pushed to the back of the mini fridge by mistake, before they new that had organized transport for her to go to the doctors and then they delivered her insulin. then she got a ear infection and help them again. This was there first long haul holiday with out parents, and they felt safe and very well look after. So on behalf of my son and his girlfriend Thank you, and from worried parents back in England thank you for looking after them x

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          Great Resort

          Reviewed by Sianandzoe(Essex, United Kingdom) on Sep 22, 2014

          This was my 2nd visit to the Blau Costa Verde resort, after thoroughly enjoying our first visit in 2013 we decided to return for another 2 weeks this September, bringing with us the entire family...

          This was my 2nd visit to the Blau Costa Verde resort, after thoroughly enjoying our first visit in 2013 we decided to return for another 2 weeks this September, bringing with us the entire family making us a party of 8. The hotel had changed it's structure a bit since our first visit as there were no 'VIP' services when we first visited and the plus rooms had only just been opened. However, as we booked as such a large group we were automatically upgraded into the plus rooms (by Thomas Cook) with VIP bands for no extra cost which was good, as most other guests had to pay to upgrade when checking in. I didn't think the standard of the plus room was much different to the standard room we stayed in last year. We had a cubicle shower rather than a bath tub and a flat screen TV but the rest of room was pretty much identical. There was a tea and coffee maker which didn't work and the room still looked a little worn out with one of the light fittings practically hanging off the wall and the door and ceiling panels held together by tape and nails! However, as we only used the room to sleep and shower so this didn't really bother us. The food itself was generally very good with lots of choice so everyone in our group (including 2 very fussy eaters and a vegetarian) were all able to find something to eat, although it did come a bit repetitive towards the end. Although as VIP guests we got free access to all of the a la carte restaurants (Cuban, Italian, Spanish and French) which were nice for something different. The only complaint we had was that there was not enough staff working in the main buffet, particularly on the weekend when the number of guests increased significantly with the local Cuban families visiting. You often had to queue for 10 minutes to get something cooked at the meat counter and trying to get ice cream was a joke. One member of our party queued for almost 10 minutes to get ice cream to then have a whole family cut in front and clear out what little was left! Also we often had to wait to almost the end of our meal to be served drinks and the table became stacked with dirty plates as there was simply not enough staff to cope! However, these were the only issues we had. We loved the beach and the VIP pool (although the smaller half of the pool with the swim up bar was broken for the entire 2 weeks) as there was always plenty of sunbeds and it was always clean and tidy with great weather. The staff were all very friendly and work very hard for very little money so we always tried to tip them or get them drinks from the bars. We loved the air conditioned VIP bar in the evening which does the best cocktails (I'd recommend the pina Colada) and we become friendly with the bar-man Adam who was lovely. We only watched a couple of the shows in the evening as they were the same as last year but the ones we did watch were very good as usual. We also went to the disco a couple of times which was a bit odd, playing a weird mix of Spanish/English music but not bad for laugh. As for the trips, we did the dolphins which was amazing and the island paradise which was good but was too much travelling for some people as it takes 2 hours on the coach to get to the dock and another 2 hours on the boat before you even get to the island. However, the food there was really tasty (a small buffet) and we paid the extra 9 peso's to do the "safari" (as it isn't recommended by Thomas Cook for insurance reasons) where we saw mainly wild horses, antelope, zebras and a giraffe which we stopped off to feed. The snrokelling part I thought was a bit of a let down as the fish were exactly the same as the ones you could see at the beach on the resort and I was also stun by a jellyfish so I personally didn't really enjoy it but we did all get a free bottle of rum at the end so that was good. We also went on the bus to the Guardalavaca market where you can pick up some cute little souvenir's and another day we went into Holguin City to look around but found it too hot and crowded to properly enjoy, although it is good if you want to see the 'real' Cuba. Overall everyone in our group (aged from 18 to 65) enjoyed their stay at Blau and although there were a couple of things we had to complain about I would still recommend this hotel. We paid around £840 per person for 2 weeks in September and thought it was great value for money.

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          jawsome time at the blau

          Reviewed by rajlister(leeds, west yorkshire, england) on Sep 20, 2014

          first thing tour operator.had to use airtours/thomas cook due to tui no longer flying to cuba which wasn't a bad thing as airttours were cheaper as were the add ons.the food was the best inflight...

          first thing tour operator.had to use airtours/thomas cook due to tui no longer flying to cuba which wasn't a bad thing as airttours were cheaper as were the add ons.the food was the best inflight meals we have ever had and will use airtours again.on arrival at the blau we paid the extra to upgrade to the plus which was far cheaper than the cost via tour operator,7cuc per person per night or £125.our room was in block 17 next to the pool and only a short walk to all the bars and restaurants.the beach restaurant was closed due to low season but the mar y sol was open for lunch which was a big bonus as it is next to the beach and nice and quiet.the food is cooked to order with a limited menu but very nice.the only down side was too many tables.the buffet restaurant next to reception was the main place for most meals where a good selection was served every day,always hot and always different unless you choose to eat the same every day.booked the spanish restaurant which was superb but only available to plus guests and was in the vip bar.the vip bar was a nice place to go due to its aircon and was never too busy.the shows at night were very good the best being aqua ballet.day time activities were entertaining to watch and the staff were not too pushy to get you to join in.most daywere spent on the beach which is the best of the hotels in the bay.even though it was low season people were still reserving a spot on the beach and disappearing for hours not really on.lots of new faces at the dive centre and the prices and diving are superb.got the chance to go dive with the bull sharks with the dive masters and was well worth the money.would we go back .you bet.stayed 23 june to 8 july a good time thats not too busy.all the staff work very hard and cant do enough for you and it was good to see all the familiar faces.

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