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#3 Iberostar Coral Ensenachos
#3 Iberostar Coral Ensenachos
Cayo Santa Maria
Cuba
62 reviews
One Cayo, 3 Beaches, Many Hearts
We are back from another vacation at this luscious tropical haven on Cayo Ensenachos, Cuba, which is surrounded by white, powdery sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. We arrived on Wednesday evening, April 10, and just so you know, even if you are a guest of the Coral Level you do have to check in at the front lobby desk at the main building. The staff that were on duty Brian and Zulma, gave a warm welcome to all of us as we Checked In. The check in was fast and we were then taken to the Coral level where we were met with refreshing cocktails served by Augustine, my favorite person and bartender, and Alberto, another bartender at the Coral lobby and pool. A light snack was in our Villa, arranged by the Jacobo, who I met in November on our girls trip and is one of the new Spanish management team. His focus is bringing the best that is available at the hotel to the Coral Level. He is an eloquent young man. You will notice there is now premium alcohol available at the Coral level, and we can thank him for these excellent liquors that are now available at the Coral. I think that he is doing a fantastic job with what is available for food and beverages at the resort and keeping the Guest happy. Everything went off beautifully as we immersed ourselves in the beauty and life of laid back vacation mode. Breakfast was great, a few of our usual servers were still there, yay! Livan, and Yasmany, who are wonderful servers and their were also some new faces. Everything was available on the breakfast menu with the exception of salmon but there were many other choices. Fresh pastries and cookies were always available on the table in the middle of the dining area. Lunch is always my favorite at the resort and I usually just have the homemade soup that Jaime the Chef and Loady, his right hand Chef, prepare daily. If you have not had the daily soup you have no idea what you are missing, sometimes I have two bowls. At dinner we were so happy to see our favorite young ladies, Betty, Giselle and Yaquenia, who rush around to make everyone happy and keep the beverages and food flowing. The food was deliciously seasoned and cooked to perfection. Those of us on the Beach on Friday experienced a moment of serendipity. Two little dolphins swam down the beach between guests and just a foot to three feet away from some of us. They swam slowly and were not afraid of people around them. Everyone was just fascinated by these two baby dolphins. In all the years we have vacationed here this was a first. Saturday is White Night where dinner is set up out by the pool. When darkness sets in, the lights around the pool make the whole area look magical. Do not forget to bring your white outfits. There was a sumptuous selection of fresh baked goods, salads, meats, smoked BBQ and various choices of delicious desserts and cocktails of your choosing. Sunday I became ill and was not able to attend dinner for the next few nights but between my Spouse, Jacobo and the amazing staff of Butlers who I treasure dearly, Yandry, Diana, Dismar and Roberto, I wanted for nothing. And thank you Michel. I was amazed that Jacobo actually took time out of the dinner service and went to the main buffet to get me something bland and soft to eat. The Selecion side of the Resort caters to families with children of all ages. So there is a variety of choices available at the Buffet there. On Tuesday morning I went to the doctor who is available 24/7 on the Resort, for those of us who do not or did not know. A cart came right to the room and by 7:30 am I was being checked over by the nurse Lucia, such a very caring lady who speaks English fluently, so it was less stressful,and Dr. Maria Victoria who was so thorough in her assessment and extremely knowledgeable. There is International Medical Centre, located nearby, where they can access medication that is not available readily at the Hotel, so they went there to get the antibiotics that I needed. We were shocked that our charge for everything was $83.00 CAD, $50.00 of which was the consultation fee. The only problem we did have was the lack of toilet paper, and having to ask for more several times as we opted not to have the room refreshed while I was ill. The last few days when I was on the mend I made sure and made up for the lack of tan by relaxing on the beautiful beach. The weather in Cuba always cooperates. If you have to be sick what a beautiful place to be sick surrounded by stunning scenery, in a well equipped Villa and with caring individuals. My heart goes out to Diana and Milexis, the two main Coral building and Beach Restaurant cleaners. I commend you for what you do, I could not do what you do and still always have a smile on my face. They kept the common areas immaculate. Yuniely, a very busy and talented bartender made delicious, yummy, chocolate martinis and Appletini's on our last night. I also have to say the new staff at the Coral Restaurants…Amanda, Gasket, Yahimi and Dario were all great and I wish them the best in their new jobs. And in the background there is Esther, who keeps the kitchen clean all day. They are all a great team. On the last morning before we left, I called at the last minute and asked Yandry, one of the Butlers, if it was possible for us to have a private breakfast down at Casa de Botas. A quiet more private beach. He called back to say it was a go and that Luis stepped up to do it. By the time we got there, the table was set and there was a basket filled with sweet pastries to eat while Luis went and got our order. He was the best. We were so happy to be able to share a meal alone at my most favorite hang out at the Coral. And last but not least the Hotel Managers Luis Angel and Javier, I think that it is great that they make themselves available and accessible to the HoteI Guests. I think your hands on approach brings positive vibes to the experience at the Resort Till the next time. Hasta Pronto!
#13 Blau Varadero
#13 Blau Varadero
Varadero
Cuba
745 reviews
Relaxing, enjoyable week
This was our second time to Blau Varadero, last time was a year ago. The check in was very quick and efficient, the room was clean and spacious, we purchased the upgrade to ocean view which was fabulous. Always had hot water, great water pressure, tub, shower with 2 shower heads. The staff are just amazing and hardworking. The beach is one of the best we've ever visited, and we've been to, and we've been to many. No seaweed, just a few pebbles and small sea shells on edge of water, perfect for long walks in either direction. Always felt very safe, no one hassled or harassed anyone on the beach. This is the number one reason for returning to Varadero. There are shortages, worsened at the moment. No eggs two days, no problem for us and everyone was kind and understanding, there were lots of other things, like ham, cheese, croissants, and other breads, lots of papaya, guava, pineapple. There was even chicken and vegetable, always sweet potatoes, sausages, even liver in gravy. Anyone going to Cuba will have read about these shortages and should make their decision with no expectations. Lunch and dinner, had lots of braised meats, salads, tomatoes, cucumbers etc Small selection of desserts, home style squares and cookies. Some food is over cooked, the grilled beef is very chewy and they don't have a lot of spices, but always found choices we liked. And their ice cream is delicious. Also, grilled hamburgers, chicken and fish, by the pool. Next time we will bring our own oil & vinegar for salad. Also, no ketchup, mayo or mustard if it's your thing, we don't use it. The drinks we had were good. Pina coladas were the best at the piano bar. One day there was no coke, also not a problem for us. Any tips are so greatly appreciated by the staff. We tipped one us$ when we were served our drinks, and in the morning at the beach for beach chair setup.And $5 Canadian daily for room cleaning lady. We did not buy any pesos, as we didn't buy anything there, and they accept US$, just have the correct amount. There is a hop on hop off bus that takes you to Varadero. We took some used, good condition T-shirts and other clothing, bandaids, nail polish and hair elastic and asked one of the servers if she could use it. She was thrilled, and said they will accept anything and would share with the people in her village. Also take any meds you think you might need, they have shortages in the pharmacies too. We are already planning our next visit next year.
#15 Paradisus Los Cayos
#15 Paradisus Los Cayos
Cayo Santa Maria
Cuba
84 reviews
A Perfectly Relaxing Experience
Having just returned from a week at this beautiful resort, we want to return immediately! 6 trips to Cuba thus far, and this property exceeded our expectations with its modern esthetics, clean beyond clean environment, professional staff, welcoming bars and restaurants, and the beach! Our suite was so well appointed, loved the high quality bathroom amenities, comfy bed and such a zen feeling within. Our ocean view was so peaceful, with the warm ocean air coming through. We were in the royal section and it was just first class everywhere. The lounges were stunning with comfortable seating, the restaurant's vibe was upscale - with choice inside or outside for any of your meals. The violinist - such a beautiful talent! We really enjoyed the Japanese a la carte restaurant. The chicken and pork dishes throughout the week were excellent. Our favourite drinks were mimosas and mojitos, always cold and fresh. At the royal area pool, we so appreciated the orange and lemon slush mix for our rum! Having a delicious pizza on the royal side private beach was above and beyond! The beach brought us so much enjoyment to say the least. The coral reefs were close for snorkeling, the sand white and soft for walking. We suggest turning right once you get to the beach, walk about 30 mins (past 2 more resorts) to find the most gorgeous native beach in the caribbean...we were overwhelmed by the beauty. Go early in the morning to experience the sunrise and the sun's rays through the clouds. The sandbanks caused by the tide being out were amazing! Back to the resort! Anna Rosa was so pro as our maid, Junior and Gabriel at the royal reception were always helpful, Adonis, Otto and the entire wait/bartending team kept us so happy with their prompt and pro service levels. Ariseidy went above and beyond as our concierge. Ricky at the Reserve reception was so informative and knowledgeable about the resort and the area. Lizy from the marketing team was an absolute delight, we so enjoyed chatting and sharing photos from our week with her. We were greeted by the Director Philipp while we were walking around, he asked how our stay was and really listened to our comments...very personable and approachable. If traveling as a couple and you want some down time, book on the royal side! You can then go see the entertainment and different bars in reserve and the family side, returning to the quieter area as you lounge around the pool, beachcomb for shells on the beach or have a cold beverage in a calm environment. Gems: Be sure to have some cash with you for the 1.5hr bus ride to the resort - Crystal beer available on the bus only! Tips are the lifeline for the staff, choose USD or CND. School supplies are appreciated. Use 700 on the phone to reach customer service at the resort. The hour before the entertainment starts is for the kids to run and dance freely. Royal area will have purple towels, go early to the pool or beach to reserve your chairs! Sunscreen 3 times as much as you think you need - the sun will blast through it FAST! Water shoes are recommended around the reefs. Be sure to get to the beach at night to see the stars above. Take lots of pics and tag @paradisus_los_cayos in your IG stories!
#17 Sol Caribe Beach
#17 Sol Caribe Beach
Varadero
Cuba
25 reviews
Loved Sol Caribe Beach Varadero!
We had a great time at SOL Caribe Beach Varadero on March Break 2024. Overall we were happy with everything. It took a few days to find the food we liked but we eventually were able to. There was a ton of food selection but it wasn't very good! We finally learned that waiting for fresh cooked omelettes, pasta, chicken, or anything else you could see them make was decent! We didn't experience many shortages until our last day. They ran out of vodka at all the beach bars, no eggs, pasta, or cheese - but that was just 1 day for us. All the other days we had no issue. We also didn't think about the A La cartes until our 4th night and it was DELICIOUS! So thankfully we could get in to 3 different a la cartes for our last 3 nights! The beach was BEAUTIFUL. We went down to save chairs around 7:30 am to get front row chairs that was close to the beach bar boardwalk. No issues. Our last 2 days we sat in chairs by the other boardwalk. It was much quieter over there and tons of free chairs - didn't even go down to save any early on. This spot was just further from the bar but we didn't mind as we only stayed at the beach until 1 most days. The sand is SO soft and the entire beach is just so clean and wonderful. They always had music on the beach. We didn't use the catamarans or paddle boats this time. Entertainment on the beach was fun - aquafit and salsa dancing. People were always playing volleyball too. There was security in the section that is close to the beach bar area. The pool was great. Never felt packed. All the bartenders (beach and pool bar) were amazing. The kids loved when the beach bar staff rang the bell if they tipped. Pool always had entertainment going on and music. Fun atmosphere. There is a smaller “deeper” pool that was very quiet and away from most people. We tipped in American dollars because they don't like having the coins. Everyone was very friendly except for the front desk staff. A lot of the staff could speak some sort of little English - except the front desk staff which was interesting! I feel they should be able to speak English for if we need help with anything! It was very clean and everyone worked very hard at the resort! We had a wonderful time and definitely would go back again!!

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