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Club Valtur Los Corales – Santiago de Cuba
All-inclusive – 144 rooms
Description from resort website: 3 Restaurants – 1 Pool
Club Valtur Los Corales Reviews Posted on this page ~ 3
~ Cuba Resorts Review Index
|Los Corales||Two ladies from Northern Ontario|
I would first like to start off by saying that Los Corales and Carisol are one resort and you can take advantage of facilities at both. I was a little leery about booking this resort, due to reviews I had read, but I am very happy that we went ahead, as we had a wonderful vacation.
Rooms: Our room was in the Los Corales section and we were happy to be on this side. I have no idea what the rooms are like on the Carisol side. Our room was in the last section just before the tennis courts and could not have asked for a better location. Our front door was steps to the pool and swim up bar and our patio had a view of the ocean (although not real close). Our room was not huge, and the beds were only about a foot apart, but we did not spend much time there. The bathroom had a walk in shower with a hand held shower. We never ran out of hot water. The water pressure was always great and never any problems with the plumbing (although they could use some new toilet seats. They were those cheap plastic ones). This is not a complaint, just an observation. Our shower door did not close properly, so had a little puddle each time you got out of the shower, but already wet, so didn’t really care. Just cleaned it up with the towel when done drying off. Only 3 drawers in a dresser under the safe on one side of the closet, but made do. Night tables and desk each had a drawer. Air conditioner worked superbly, almost too well and had to shut it off most nights.
Pool: Pool was wonderful. Water not heated so sometimes seemed a little cool, but if you got out for 5 minutes you were ready to go back in. Pool was cleaned every morning. I can vouch for that as I am an early riser and I met him each morning. Pool bar was excellent. Never had to wait long for a drink. Pool is huge. End with the swim up bar was fairly quiet, as activities took place at the other end.
Beach: I cannot make too many comments about the beach, as I did not spend any time there. We did walk along it a few times. You have to wear shoes, unless you have really tough feet. There appeared to be abundant chairs, and there was section with a whole lot of hammocks strung between the trees for guests to use. Others told us the snorkelling right off the beach was great.
Entertainment: We only saw 3 shows while we were there. One was synchronized swimming group which was absolutely excellent. It was made up of guys and girls. Only the Cubans could make synchro swimming sexy!!!. The second show we saw was the Comedy Night, put on by the entertainment staff (just the guys). It was kind of cheesy, but it was funny. They had a magician as well, and he was very good and very funny. The third show we saw was a ballet group they brought in from Santiago. I don’t know much about ballet, so cannot comment on whether it was good or not, but there were a couple of dances that were pretty risque!!. Again only Cubans could make ballet sexy!! Loved it.
I should also mention that at no time did we feel pressured by the entertainment staff to join in the group activities. They would let you know what was going on and if you wanted to join, you could. I should mention that as this resort is an hour from Santiago, most of the entertainment staff lived at the resort, so they were always around to be your dancing partners at the disco. We certainly took advantage of that perk!!
Disco: open every night until 2:00 or whenever the last person left!! Music was almost exclusively Cuban, which was fine with us. We did not go to Cuba to listen to Canadian/American music. They did run out of beer at the disco bar one night (hope it was not our fault), and it did sometimes take a little while to get served, but who cared. I did not have anywhere else to go!!. On a side note, the washrooms at the disco were very clean and only ran out of toilet paper once. The entertainment people were willing to stay as long as we did.
Tours: We only did one tour, and it was not one that I would do again. We did the boat trip into Santiago. It was about a 3 hours trip, with a stop to snorkel. We were also provided a very good meal at a waterside restaurant. We then took a bus to a fort, toured that and went on to the city. The problem with the trip, is that it took so long to get there by boat that we had very little time in the city and did not get to see any sights except the city centre park. Even the shopping was not great. I would in the future book the bus trip to Santiago as they had a chance to see some historical sites. The boat trip did include your meal and drinks, but for 65 CUC it should have. Think the next time we will also do the nightclub trip to Santiago.
We also took a horse and buggy into the little village, and brought school supplies to the little school house there. If you do this trip, please bring as much for the school kids as you can. They were so appreciative for the little things we brought. There is also a medical clinic there. The others ladies we shared our buggy ride with had brought all kinds of medical supplies to deliver there. Unfortunately it did not open on the day we went, so they had to bring them back and go another day. You never know when it will open. If the doctor/nurse comes on the bus it opens, if they don’t make it it doesn’t. If anyone is thinking of making the trip into the village and has room in their suitcase, the children in the village are in bad need of shoes.
Food: Well I would not recommend if you are a picky eater that this is the place for you. We are not, so we did not have a problem. The food can be bland. Just use lots of pepper. We always had a little game going to see if we could find anything at the buffet that was actually hot. The grill and pasta bar food was always hot, but the dishes in the buffet never got above lukewarm. Oh well, no one starved and we kind of got used to warm roasted potatoes. The al la carte restaurants were quite good. We only did the grill and the Italian, but both were good. The buffet also had a different meat dish each night, one night turkey, then roast beef, then roast pork, then ribs. Al very good, but again never really very hot. Who cares. I didn’t have to cook it!! The soups were very good at supper and bread was always fresh and plentiful. There was always a band playing at every restaurant.
The hamburgers, hot dogs and deep fried banana chips at the lunch buffet at Carisol were to die for, so make sure you try them.
The waiters and waitresses were very attentive and friendly, and the white wine was great. Only available at the restaurants though, and not at the bars.
The piano bar in the lobby was great and had a pianist every night. This was the reason we missed some of the shows, as we were enjoying the music here as well as some sing alongs.
I would recommend this resort to anyone who is willing to go with an open mind. Although there were some minor problems with our room, and the food was not the greatest, we had a wonderful time. What more could anyone ask for….7 days of sunshine, pool, ocean, drinks and the nicest people. No phones to answer, beds to make or dishes to do. Works for me. Go to Los Corales and enjoy!!
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|Los Corales||Keith ~ Stouffville, Ont.|
My wife and I just returned from Santiago de Cuba, we stayed at Club Valtur Los Corales. I have been on many packaged holidays throughout the Caribbean and South America. Staying at resorts from 3-5 Stars. I have been to Club Mayanabo in Santa Lucia and Club Amigo in Holguin. Firstly, I must say that we booked last minute and paid less than $700. /pp all-inclusive, taxes in. For the money we paid the place was great. It was clean, well maintained, (except that every lounge chair around the pool and at the beach are broken-bring your duct tape), food was ok (but you should never go to Cuba for the food), bar service and front desk service was average-good, all the staff was very friendly. The beach area was ok but nothing like Guardalavaca or Santa Lucia. If you love to take long walks up and down the beach you may want to consider another area of Cuba. We didn’t do any snorkeling this time but others said it was good. We went on one tour to swim with the dolphins, this shouldn’t be missed. About 50 convertible pesos you get a dolphin and sea lion show and then about 20-30 minutes in the water with the dolphins. There were about a dozen or more tourists there at the same time and everyone loved it. We were in Cancun last October and the dolphin tour there was over $200 U.S/pp –we didn’t do that one!! We hired a horse and buggy to take us to the village of Baconao to hand out some kids clothes, toothpaste, shoes, etc. This was a great experience and a chance to help others that you shouldn’t miss. Be prepared, however, to be overwhelmed by the need and the outstretched hands. Best to go there with a plan to distribute your gifts. We were not prepared and were quickly surrounded by many kids and moms hoping to get something. It was in no way a dangerous situation, but we knew that we did not have something for each child. Fortunately, one lady recognized our dilemma and took charge, leading us to the schoolhouse where she handed out the gifts to the children. This may be your best option. If you are there, say “hi” to Georgina for us!!! Our only disappointment with the resort was the lack of mopeds or bicycles, none at all in fact. The brochures said that they were available at an extra charge but in fact they were non-existent. Like I said earlier this resort was good value for the price we paid, but it is very, very isolated and taxis to get anywhere will cost you a bundle. If you are planning a first trip to Cuba I would suggest trying Holguin area, even if it costs you a bit more. The weather for the whole week was fantastic; apparently this is the norm for this area of Cuba. If you are looking for a “party” resort this is definitely not a good choice but if you want good sun and a quiet, relaxing holiday then it may be a good fit.
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|Los Corales||Nicole & Bob — Montreal|
We came back this morning 02/21 from Los Corales. We were among a group of more than 40 people that were supposed to go to Brisas Sierra Mar but this hotel overbooked so we were sent to Los Corales instead. So this review comes from someone that should have stayed at 4* but got a 3*. First, we would go back but there are too many problems with the rooms. Our room was OK except for a stained spreadsheet, but rooms in the 500 building had no hot water for many days and some no water at all. For a couple of days, the air conditioning just stopped in the middle of the night for a couple of hours and then suddenly came back. Bring some toilet paper, a couple of days the maids did not give us any and we ran out.
The food was not that great for the first 3 days but then they started offering Turkey, roast pork, chicken, salmon which was very good. My spouse got turista but I was fine. You have to be careful with what you eat, not sure some of the meat is kept at the right temperature at the buffet.
The pool is fine, there is a bar in the pool, enough chairs. The service was excellent, we never waited. We have been at 4* where we waited much longer. The Cuban personnel is so nice that this made our week there worthwhile.
We didn’t like the fact that since this is now an Italian owned hotel, the Manager is also Italian and only talks to the Italians. He ignores you if you are not.
There are many mosquitoes, bring insect repellent I didn’t get bit but a lot of people did. (and a piece of advice, if you like Bloody Cesars, bring your Clamato). No hair dryer or alarm clock in the rooms, bring your own.
Overall, what we liked: The service, the food was good after 3 days, pool is nice, weather is fantastic, no clouds, we had 2 minutes of rain in one week and sometimes you can get Cristal beer.
What we didn’t like: The Manager who only speaks to Italians, the show was mostly Italian. The beach was so, so, but we didn’t expect any better from Brisas Sierra Mar. The food the first few days at the Buffet, I was starving and dying for a Whopper and French fries. The fact that there is no A la Carte (they say there is, but you have to reserve for at least 6 and then they end up telling some people that they didn’t reserve)
All in all, if you don’t want to pay too much and are willing to take a chance, go ahead…but we won’t be back.
However, if you do decide to go and you are from Montreal, please let us know, we would like to give you something for Maytee who works at the lobby bar, she was very nice. She has a little baby girl and everyone there mostly needs shampoo, soap and toothpaste.
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Last updated: April 22, 2006
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