Brisas Guardalavaca

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The numbers really add up at this place. You’ve got 6 restaurants to choose from, including Cuban, seafood and Italian à la cartes, 10 bars – pick from the likes of disco, lobby and swim-up varieties – and 2 huge palm-fringed swimming pools. There’s loads going on activity-wise, too – you’ve got things like dancing lessons, watersports and bingo to dip in and out of during the day. Best of all, this place is pulled up against a white-sand beach that’s dotted with hammocks and coconut palms. And it’s around a 10-minute walk from Guardalavaca’s town centre for when you want to explore.

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Based on 2413 reviews

  • Official Rating
  • 9Buildings
  • 5Floors
  • 437Rooms
  • 2Lifts

All Inclusive - Here's what you get

Food

Buffet meals. 1 visit per week to 3 of the à la carte restaurant for dinner, Snacks.

Drink

National and selected international drinks.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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El Guayabero Cuban à la carte restaurant

In the main hotel building, offering a selection of Cuban à la carte dishes. Dress code and reservations required, a total of 3 reservations per week between all of the à la carte restaurants.

La Turquesa buffet restaurant

In the main part of the hotel offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with a separate corner for the kids. Special themed nights are on tap every evening. Dress code is required at dinner.

Scuba diving lesson

One free introductory lesson for adults takes place in the pool.

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double room with sea view

Double room with sea view sleeps up to 3, with a double and single bed. This room comes with a coffee-maker, TV and mini-fridge.

double room with garden view

Double room with garden view sleeps up to 3, with a double and single bed. This room comes with a coffee-maker, TV and mini-fridge.

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hooked on cuba

We were six from a never ending ontario winter, travelled Apr. 2-9/14 Nothing negative to say about brisas. 1st time to cuba. loved it. some real positives over our previous trips to dominican. Everything great about the resort, trip, whole experience. Any sour memories would be perhaps some of the other travellers. Learn to kick into Carribean time people. The pizza guy was great, as north americans we should know the concept of a lineup, this is not rush hour. The donut lady was also exceptional, what patience. Would certainly return to Brisas, and probably will. (the palace of the peculiar gang}More

Steve S, Prescott, Canada

Not Great Not Bad

I have to say that after reading all the marvelous reviews for this hotel we were extremely excited about coming here. We stayed from April 11 to April 21 When we arrived our room was not ready. Our entire busload was immediately checked in and off to their rooms. My wife and I sat in the Lobby for nearly an hour before finally getting to our room. The hotel is older but well maintained and very clean. Once getting to our room the AC was on and was nice and cool. The room was a good size and very clean. The only downside was twin beds instead of a single queen. The buffet we found was hit and miss. Alot of the same things day in and day out. Lots of food was kinda weird and a little out of our comfort zone. I was generally able to find a mix of foods to constitute a meal but my wife pretty much lived at the omelet and pasta stations. We found that the breakfast were extremely greasy. For the A' la cartes... Our first meal was at El Zaguan and it was horrible. The "salad" was far from expectations. ( plate with 2 slices of tomato, 3 slice of cucumber and some cabbage).The beef was stringy, chewy, and tasted like we had bought the worst cut steak at home and pan fried it well overdone. Our second was La Trottia. We had the mignon and again it was far less than expected. We have been to Cuba many many times and have had far far better at resorts of the same category. We ended up cancelling our final 2 A' la cartes as we found the buffet far better quality. Drinks were ok but we found that ordering anything that took more effort than pouring rum and 1 mix in a glass we got dirty looks from the bartenders. We also searched the resort and found we were unable to get a true Spanish coffee at any of the bars. The grounds of the hotel were very nice and clean. The pool and pool bar were very good. The beach was absolutely beautiful. The weather there was phenomenal. Snorkeling off the beach was nowhere near what we expected or were led to believe by previous reviews. We did one excursion. The Island Paradise tour and it was worth every penny. The cameraman was great. The snorkeling at Cayo Saetia was amazing. The lunch there was by far the best food we had in the 10 days. The beach there is beautiful. We also chose to do the jeep safari there and it was great! All in all it was an ok resort, however I don't think we will be returningMore

Cantstopspinning, Edmonton, Canada

Home Away From Home!!! XOXO

I LOVE BRISAS!!!! We are returning guest and will be returning many more times for sure. We have made so many friends not only with other guests but with staff as well. The staff are just amazing, we just can't get over how they can remember us and be so happy to see us when we return, we just feel like we're going home...Brisas has become our "Home Away From Home". The food is amazing at this resort, I try really hard not to put on weight during my stay of course but it's not possible, all the restaurants are so yummy and of course you have to enjoy a Roberto's Pizza...WOW...We stay in the hotel as we love to be close to everything but I have seen the Villa's and they are very nice...the disco is right in the hotel and it's proven to always be a great time....yahoo!!! I also love to watch a wedding or two while I'm there, actually that's how I first came to know and love Brisas, it was for a wedding of some friends and I've heard that the price is right if you're interested in getting married tropical...I do know that they sure put on a beautiful ceremony and the meal afterwards was out of this world!!! We use to go for just one week but now have graduated to two if we can manage it as one week goes by way too fast and we don't ever want to leave :( I can't wait to see all of your smiling faces again next year and the year after and the year after....love ya and miss you all!!! xoxoxoMore

CrazyJayne2014, Tillsonburg, Canada

Exceptional Service

My husband and I went to this resort in January 2013. We travel a few times a year down south- properties 4* and up only. We absolutely love Cuba for the beaches and this resort did not disappoint. We can see why most people we met were return customers - the service was excellent! Overall the facilities are dated but the hotel section seemed more updated then the villas we stayed in. Book it and know you will have a nice stay and a beautiful beach - below is my detailed review. Facilities Well the first villa room we were given was unacceptable - it backed onto a stagnant creek and did not have a balcony - just a door you could open and look out! It stunk badly of cigarette smoke! Although it was large and had a nice seating area we couldn't stay there as I am one to use the balcony to read and play cards with my husband - enjoy the warmth of the evening and have a drink. We went back to reception and were told there was nothing else - I was respectful and after discussing with the front desk for 5 mins was told that there was one other villa room..... the handicap room was not being used and it had a balcony - the bell hop took me out to look at it - the bed was on the floor and there was no bath tub - I said we will take it! We didn't mind the low lying bed or the walk in shower stall at all. Room was clean and a little dated - we had the opportunity to go to another couples room in the hotel section and their room was fully updated and much nicer but I prefer a villa atmosphere and after the move had no complaints. The pools and entire hotel was just a little dated - making it look somewhat dirty but for the price we paid we didn't expect luxury so were happy with our choice. The roof top martini bar was a nice touch - great views and drinks - sometimes a fight for a table but well worth getting there early to see the sun set. Beach Beautiful - lovely beach and ocean. Shade was hard to find. We were never early enough to grab one of the few palapas and there wasn't much else for shade. The beach was long and good for walks. The ocean was a nice walk out for long swims :) Food The food was OK - I am somewhat picky so although I found something to eat I wasn't raving about the food. Remember you are in cuba people - bring your own condiments - we always bring peanut butter but saw the return stay people also brought ketchup and other things. The service in the buffet was EXCELLENT! Actually all over the resort we were impressed - this resort aims to please. Excursions We were busy this trip - 3 excursions which we find a lot for a 1 week stay - but we enjoyed every one. First trip was to Holiquin for a baseball game - Now my husband is a baseball fanatic and enjoyed it immensely - I don't know if it was because it was a sunday but we were not allowed to drink beer in the stands - only at the bar downstairs. My suggestion would be to drink very little as the facilities at the park are not something you would want to use - think the movie saw and times that by 10 - enough said. The ball game was great and my husband was able to get a few things from the players that he really wanted like a signed hat and shirt. On the way back our tour guy was nice enough to take us out for a drink and to use the toilettes - everyone was happy :) Second was a Jeep tour - nice time - went on the lake on jet skis - went to a farm - did a little aboriginal show - it was OK - we just loved driving throughout the country - nice day. Third was the dolphin excursion and by far our favourite. My husband has been trying to get me to swim with the dolphins for years!!!! I finally agreed because there was a catamaran ride, snorkelling and lobster lunch - glad I did cause this was one of our all time favourite excursions ever! Everything was great and my husband got to swim and do tricks with the dolphins. I would if in the area do it again - enjoyed the day that much! Book it at the right price would be our overall review! We took a look at the kids club which looked good just in case we would like to return. People return to this resort for the beach and the staff - we met a lot of them.... the staff goes above and beyond and makes you overlook the negatives :)More

down_south2, Ottawa

Very Good Value

My wife and I have done cruises and we did 5 star resort in Punta Cana this resort was a better value for the dollar. Its not 5 star don't expect that, rooms dated, food not great but can not say enough about people and staff they make the difference. Could always find something to eat, not high quality but I went with that expectation. Entertainment was good and always around here again staff made difference Marla who was just new at job does great job organizing entertainment and very nice girl. Daniel at villa bar always had a smile and made good drinks.Lady running doughnut stand had great smile and made a very good doughnut . My wife and I stayed in Villa section would recommend it. We met lots of return people that says a lot for the place, met a nice couple from Oshawa want us to go back same time next year (wouldn't go anywhere else) In ending go there if you want good service, friendly people and very friendly staffMore

jsmnorris, Kitchener, Canada

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