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    We were surprised and found nothing to complain about

    Would recommend

    Reviewed by Udo and Ursula on Oct 30, 2015

    Date of stay: April 2015

    Trip type: Couple

    We would like to go back in March ...

    We would like to go back in March 2016

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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 plongᅢᄅ en ...

    Tres belle endroit pour de la plongᅢᄅ en hapnᅢᄅ.

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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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        We love the Blau!

        Reviewed by lauralaswick(Brampton, Canada) on Aug 28, 2016

        This was our 6th visit to the Blau and I am finally getting around to writing a review. We LOVE this resort for a number of reasons. First, the people are wonderful. They are so friendly and helpful...

        This was our 6th visit to the Blau and I am finally getting around to writing a review. We LOVE this resort for a number of reasons. First, the people are wonderful. They are so friendly and helpful whether you tip or not. However, with that said...TIP - they earn it! Second, the beach. I know some people complain about the stones at the beginning but this is a small price to pay for beautiful turquoise waters and amazing snorkelling so close to shore that even children who don't swim well can enjoy the beauty of caribbean fish! Third, the food is great and is getting better. We noticed that it is not as bland as when we first came and the freshly made omelettes and smoothies in the morning are first rate. We had a wonderful 'welcome back' dinner that included Spanish paella which my husband thoroughly enjoyed, whilst they prepared a special beef dinner for my sister and I who don't eat seafood. Thanks Barbra for organizing that. Speaking of seafood...there was shrimp available at the buffet most days and i could see how much that was appreciated. Dont forget to visit the Italian restaurant for pizza. It is wonderful! The rooms are basic but fit our needs -who spends any time in the room anyway - you are on vacation...that being said they were spotless, the beds were fine and the minibar was stocked daily! And while we are definitely visiting Cuba for the ocean, The pool on the Plus side was wonderful - much deeper than at other resorts we have been to. We did a couple of excursions - we went to the Native village Taina Aldea. The location was amazing and our guide Felix was great, however, i found that they tried too hard to entertain rather than educate which was disappointing. We also went horseback riding to a cave (booked through the animation staff) and we loved this. On earlier trips, we have visited Holguin which we loved and did the catamaran and dolphin excursion which was also amazing. Sorry for the long review, but I read some of the complaints and wonder what they were expecting so I figured I would try to prepare you. If you want a resort with wonderful people who will remember you even after years, snorkelling right off the beach, decent rooms and above average food. Go to the Blau - I know we will be back!

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            Perfect vacation November 2014

            Reviewed by Victoria B() on Aug 24, 2016

            We stayed at the hotel 11 nights. Payed a little extra to get plus section and were happy with this desition. Everything was perfect. A lot of different very good quality food at the buffet. We...

            We stayed at the hotel 11 nights. Payed a little extra to get plus section and were happy with this desition. Everything was perfect. A lot of different very good quality food at the buffet. We usually do not go to a la carte restaurants because they are not good enough at all resorts. At a la carter it was the same food that was available at main buffet, only with limited selection. The beach was very nice, we did a lot of snorkeling and it is beautiful coral reefs in this place. At the restaurant we took bread, put it into a plastic bottle with water and feed fishes near the scuba diving center. Kids were happy. This place inspired me to get a scuba diving licence and I am returning to this place to dive this year

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            Very good value for the money! Loved it!

            Reviewed by teamstef(Montreal) on Aug 23, 2016

            Was there in March and it was probably my best visit to Cuba. Granted I've only gone 4 times in my life but you have to start somewhere! The site is very nice. The hotel is a little old but still...

            Was there in March and it was probably my best visit to Cuba. Granted I've only gone 4 times in my life but you have to start somewhere! The site is very nice. The hotel is a little old but still in good condition. It's worth it to be the little extra to get the "plus" experience. And if you don't, avoid getting a room in the main building (near all the animation) if you don't like noise when trying to sleep. My big positive was the food! A lot of variety, fresh fruits and vegetables and very good food, which is a rare thing in Cuba, especially in those prices! It's not like a great restaurant in NYC but it's very good and you can always find some things to eat and be happy with. There is also a great spot at the beach with corals and good snorkeling. So, no real negatives other than the fact that the beach is not necessarily the most beautiful in Cuba (It's in a bay) but it's very nice. Nice site, good service, very good food and nice accomodations.

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            First time in Holguin, checking out the hyped Blau Costa Verde

            Reviewed by eset2016(Brampton, Canada) on Aug 19, 2016

            Blau CV Holguin seems to have a legend of fans, since I heard about this place long before my family started our love affair with Cuba. We have been in Cuba countless numbers of time but never in...

            Blau CV Holguin seems to have a legend of fans, since I heard about this place long before my family started our love affair with Cuba. We have been in Cuba countless numbers of time but never in Holguin so we decided to give it a try, and chose BCV due to good flight time, date etc... BEACH: it is the most disappointing one. We read review and people said about the rocks, once you go past them, it is fine etc... We found the beach so docile and small. It is ok, but it is a bay, and exactly like lake Ontario, and who needs to see construction on the horizon while lounging on the beach? The water is surprisingly cool for July, you cannot jump right into it, which we did in Cayo Coco in DECEMBER! This stretch of beach (Pesquero) has 3 resorts, and the beach further away is not much better. For the best beach, only Varadero, Santa Maria and Cayo Coco will do. FACILITY: A bit run down, like a 3.5 stars. The building number is so weird, all building connects but has different block numbers, plus the floor numbers. We gave up trying to make sense of it, just know how to get to our rooms. The room is very small in size, they want you to pay more for the plus to get better room. RESTAURANT/FOOD: Good! The restaurant is spacious and the food is GOOD even with Cuban standard. The lineup is not exceptionally long as some other places. Love the ice cream and BBQ pork, all those arteries blocking food! The only thing is the table mat, not the paper type so they do not change after serving, only wipe off a bit, you will have to put up with that when come in right after other people. The a la carte restaurant has the strange "policy" that men have to wear trousers to come in, no exception, but boys are ok. Talking about the pain of being old! Who bring trousers to Cuba in July? ENTERTAINMENT: show is really good, innovative and outside the box, such as fashion show, black light, water show (dance in the pool). We did not have much interaction with the entertainment staff, only once to join the beach volley ball game but the guy seems favoring some guests so much. He let them form the team and pick up players which is the worst way to make fun of people! Other places just let people come in as they wish and still have lots of fun, this is not the Olympics, they should know that. Overall, the experience is good, but may be for different reasons for us (had special family members joining). We may not think of coming back because of the beach and also due to the oddly bad bus route: not very long but so slow due to so much horse carriages blocking the road. I almost had motion sickness due to the stop and go traffic! For the longer bus ride to Santa Maria, I was all smile! So folks, it is up to you!

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            Third visit

            Reviewed by Elizabethsch(Winnipeg, Manitoba) on Aug 18, 2016

            This was our third visit to the Blau. We visited when the resort was called LTI Coste Verde, then visited when it was the Maritim Coste Verde. We enjoyed this visit as much as the other two. We...

            This was our third visit to the Blau. We visited when the resort was called LTI Coste Verde, then visited when it was the Maritim Coste Verde. We enjoyed this visit as much as the other two. We arrived late evening 29 July, the service at the desk was good,got our key, dropped off our luggage and went to Laguna Azul for hamburgers and drinks. Excellent service. The food was good at the buffet, the service excellent. My biggest complaint is; the plastic cups and drink straws left around the pool, The air canada reps were excellent, however our departure at the Holguin airport was a farce. Huge lineups for check in, more lineups for passport, pictures taken upon entering and leaving Cuba, and then the security lines. Everyone,babies, children, handicapped were patted down, babies were swabbed, huge lineups, shoes, flip- flops, belts, watches and even glasses were checked. Since I am dependant on my glasses to see, with limited vision, this was ridiculous. Others we spoke to afterwards will not be returning to Cuba, they do not want to subject their children and babies to this. We do hope to return to the Blau next year, but will be aware of the security situation at the Holguin airport.

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