Flight: Skyservice. Uneventful.
Check in: Quick and easy. We had requested a quiet location, preferably upstairs in building one, and got exactly what we asked for.
Room: Pleasant and clean, twin beds, mini fridge kept stocked, programmable safe, adequate closet space. I had read about the hard beds, which concerned me a bit since I am sensitive to this problem, but I had no difficulty and slept fine. There was some noise from neighbours and from the hallway from time to time…..inevitable in this type of layout. It is a hotel style place, with hallways and 3 to 5 floors per building.
Weather: The first day and a half was wet. Lots of showers, often heavy. Blau was the perfect resort to be at, since you can access most areas without dodging raindrops. The main areas are enclosed, with some walkways that are covered but exposed to blowing rain so they can be wet and slippery…..water shoes work well here! There was some problem with flooding, notably in the lobby bar area, and the computer was out of service for a short time. We really appreciated not having to make our way through heavy rain to get to the buffet!
Restaurants: We ate at both a la cartes and enjoyed them, particularly the Italian, which is also a Pizza restaurant at lunch. The buffet was good, with the usual made to order eggs and omelets in the morning, and pasta bar in the evening. Lots of variety at all meals. Fresh fruit was always available, (make sure you look for the table….it is a bit to one side and could be missed) and the breads were very good (and often warm if you got there early). We usually sat in the outside section, and often we were served coffee in the morning and wine at night while waiting for the buffet to open…..a nice touch! We didn’t try the beach restaurant……we were hooked on the Pizza and ate lunch there every day. We also didn’t bother with the snack bar until the last morning when they set out a continental breakfast for our early departure. Room service is also available, although we didn’t use it.
Bars: The lobby bar was fine for an after dinner drink in the evening, although service here was spotty. Sometimes there was table service, sometimes not. Seemed to depend on the mood of the waitress. Drinks were fine. Some nights there was a young woman playing a keyboard. She was very good and we enjoyed listening to her. The beach bar was conveniently located for anyone wanting drinks at the beach. We didn’t use the swim up bar or the snack bar.
Grounds: Well maintained and attractive. There is a kid’s club, a spa, a gym, a games room, two sets of tennis courts, a badminton court, shooting range, and of course swimming pools, including one with a swim up bar.
Beach: Shallow with coral and rocks in the water. Water shoes are a good idea. A short beach for walking…about 12 minutes end to end, and crowded in the afternoon. Fine in the morning, which is when I usually walk. Not a good swimmer’s beach, in my opinion, but great for snorkelling. I saw many varieties of fish. Unfortunately people often feed them, so they are quite habituated…..when you pause you are soon surrounded by the usual common reef fish looking for handouts, which can make spotting the more shy, interesting species difficult. That said, I saw many although it took some patience and some diving down, but there is a lot to see here. Sailing was good at this location as well. I had many fast, fun rides on the Hobie Cat. Because of the orientation of the beach, it is possible to get out sailing when it is really windy!
Activities: There seems to be quite a bit to do, but we make our own fun so we didn’t participate in the organized activities.
Around the neighbourhood: There is a walkway that runs along between the beach and the resorts, which makes for a nice stroll. You can continue on a trail at the west end, although I opted to return via the beach. At the east end, a trail leads quite some way through the vegetation. You can access the shore at numerous points and walk along the rocks. There is also a small beach here where I saw people fishing. It was fun exploring. Bikes are available and there is a village nearby. Some intrepid souls rode bikes to Guardalavaca! That’s further than I wanted to go on a hot day.
Excursions: The usual offerings…..catamaran snorkel tours, swim with dolphins, various city tours. We didn’t bother.
Entertainment: The usual shows at night. Again, we didn’t indulge. There was a very good string quartet at the buffet restaurant one night, and another group on a night we were at the a la carte, so we unfortunately missed hearing them.
Internet: Good internet service for 3 CUC per 30 minutes. The only problem is that it is popular and often there was a line up to use the computer. Part way through the week they added another computer, which helped somewhat. I sent an email daily, but I’m an early riser. No lines at 6 a.m.!
Staff: Excellent, attentive staff at this resort. Everyone was friendly and helpful.
Overall: A very pleasant resort experience. I would definitely return. One cautionary: there were a lot of families with young children the week we were there. Whether this is the norm, or just the time of year, I don’t know. I think all of the resorts on this beach had quite a few youngsters, so if you don’t like being around kids this might not be the place for you. On the other hand, if you are bringing your kids there seemed to be lots for them to do.