Arrival: Sept 5-12 Love love loved it! A million times better than where we stayed in March (NH Eden Real, Punta Cana). We are in our mid-twenties, and don’t have super high expectations. We had an AMAZING week, it was a super good deal, we decided to go and booked just a week prior, and it’s not so so busy at this time of year. It was very hot and sunny every day, most nights it rained a bit.
Very basic, but clean. I emailed ahead to ask for a room close to the beach, upper floor with a king bed, and got two of the three, as there are no king beds at all. Our building was named Varadero, an amazing location (close to beach, pool and main building). No musty smell at all. I did bring a scented candle just in case, but didn’t need to use it. Our a/c was a little weak, they did offer to switch us, but we just stayed, as we had already settled in.
Restaurants and Bars:
You don’t travel to Cuba for 5* food, for us it was totally fine, always something to eat (and we don’t eat fish or seafood), good burgers at the snack bar for lunch. Buffet was good, we tried the mexican and italian a la cartes which were very good. The beer was great and always cold, the red & white wines were very good. Amazing cafe con leches served at bars too, we looked forward to those every morning.
Nicest beach we’ve ever seen, amazing white sand, always able to find a spot under a palapa on the beach. Pool was great too. Ground were lush and lots of palm trees, gardeners come around to give you coconuts to eat or drink. Offer then a beer or a cold drink, as they work very hard in the sweltering heat, they will be very thankful. We brought insulated mugs for our drinks, saves you trips to the bar and keeps your beverages cold… the bartenders never minded serving you drinks in them.
Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Always lots to do, but only if you want to. Volleyball, bocce on the beach, archery, bingo, the usual. Some shows were very good, others were kind of cheesy. We did the boat adventure morning excursion, took a 5 minute bus ride to the marina nearby, and took 2 person motor boats to a channel for snorkeling and back. Very fun, recommend this for sure. Make sure to check out Killer darts in the lobby at 8pm – sooo much fun. Applauso!!
Sometimes they ran out of towels, so i would suggest bringing your own just in case. But, we can’t wait to go back, the beach, water and service were all amazing, we were pleasantly surprised. We will go back for sure.