Average and dated resort with hardworking staff and a nice beach
Oct 16, 2022
The best part of this all-inclusive resort is the beach, with beautiful turquoise water and soft sand, perfect for my toddler to play under the sun! The water was warm and beach was clean. Another highlight of this resort is the nightly entertainment with a different performance every night during our 6 nights stay. The entertainment staff is very fun and enthusiastic to encourage guests to participate in different activities by the pool in the day. The resort itself is dated and it shows in our ground floor room that has one old queen bed and an old single bed (for my toddler). The bathroom is old and I wouldn't even call it a 3 stars in Canadian standard (this resort is equivalent to Mexico's 3 stars resort I would say). They didn't change our bath towels (and other towels) everyday so ended up we use the same bath towels the entire 6 night stay (which is ok as we support eco friendly way of traveling but it was a problem for my mom as she prefers to have a fresh clean bath towel every day). There were a few small cockroaches in our room. The housekeeping staff is very friendly and tried to help us with getting more bottles of water for us as we have a toddler who drinks quite a lot of water (we also tipped very well for her help). The pool is not too clean and water was a bit cold in the late afternoon when the sun set. Luckily Cuba was not that hot in January so it was nice to travel at that time. We booked our two day tours with the Air Canada tour desk (as we bought the Air Canada Vacation package for this trip). The check in in the evening took a while but luckily they have golf cart to drive us and the luggages to our room that is quite far away from the reception/ lobby area. The food in this resort (especially the buffet) is only average (really can't compared with resorts in Cancun), and I would strongly suggest to dine at the Italian restaurant for a-la-carte (but you can't get a reservation for every night of your entire trip). The reservation time was in the middle of the afternoon with a long line up so be sure to set your alarm and get there early to wait for the reservation desk to open. Another annoying thing is the towel booth that only opens at a certain time in the day and often they ran out of clean towels so you really have to be strategic to keep your beach towel and exchange for a fresh one as soon as the booth is open/ restocked. Such a bummer when you go without a fresh beach towel for 2 days in a row. Again I would emphasize that this resort is a dated 3-star all-inclusive resort so don't expect too much from it.
Resort in need of major renovations
Sep 10, 2022
Check-in - the front desk is situated close to the entrance of the resort. There were 8 guests checking in and it took 37 minutes for us to get our room key. Check-out was quite fast perhaps 7 min in line.
Rooms - the rooms are in poor shape. We had requested rooms adjoining rooms although we were given rooms far apart. We returned to the front desk and were told there were no changes for the 1st night. The change was effected the 2nd day. On the 2nd day we changed rooms to two rooms next to each other, not adjoining rooms. It was the best that they could do. These rooms were on the main floor. They had sliding doors leading to the outside. These doors did not lock! Again we asked for better rooms, adjoining rooms on the 2nd floor preferably. On the 3rd day we were changed to 2 rooms next to each other in the same building on the 2nd floor. The rooms were musty and after a few hours of having the sliding doors open the smell was less obvious.
Food - the meals in the buffet were good and had variety. I preferred the Italian a la carte.
Drinks - they offered simple options. I enjoyed the beer and rum mixed drinks.
Pool - it is a big pool and it was clean. The kids enjoyed it a great deal. We had to go early to get seating.
Beach - the best attraction of the trip. Most beautiful beach...
Staff - it was a hit and miss when it came to staff. Some understood what it meant to be in a customer service field while others seemed busy doing nothing. Those who were attentive were pleasant and ready to help while others seemed aloof and bothered when asked for something.