You get the best of both worlds at this adults-only hotel. As well as an infinity pool and private beach, you can check out the activity scene at its sister hotel.
What’s great about this place is the private beach right on your doorstep. The hotel’s in a secluded spot, tucked away at the foot of the Varadero peninsula – with the largest marina in the Caribbean, Marina Gaviota, on one side and sister hotel Blau Marina Vardero on the other.
There’s a real spacious set-up here – inside and out. The Caribbean-style properties are scattered around well-kept gardens and rooms come with dark wood furniture and big balconies for checking out sunsets.
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El Peñon restaurant
This place is an international and Caribbean restaurant serving up à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner with a salad and dessert buffet on offer. You'll also be able to get snacks here.
Evening entertainment programme
Over at the sister hotel next door, Blau Marina Varadero, there's evening entertainment every night. It's easy to get to via the bridge or shuttle bus.
Outdoor infinity pool
A curvy pool with views of the sea. There's plenty of sunloungers and the swim-up bar provides the drinks. Pool towels and showers on also on hand to use.
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deluxe double room with sea view and balcony or terrace
deluxe double room with balcony or terrace
These deluxe double rooms are a good base for exploring. You’ll have bathrobes, slippers, minibar plus air-con and ceiling fan. And outside there’s a balcony or terrace for that extra bit of space.
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First of all this is Cuba which is still a third world country and one must take this into account .The people are very poorly paid yet are happy ,helpful and in my experience extremely nice .Whilst it is not necessary to tip the odd peso is gratefully received . We arrived at the hotel in late afternoon and were provided with all the relevant information by a lovely young lady and then taken to our room by golf buggy .We had requested an upper floor which had a view of the sea which was provided .On arrival were given a bottle of Champagne and a large bottle of rum .gratefully received . The room was very large with a huge double bed ,sofa and 2 chairs .Large flat screen TV and mini bar plus coffee maker all in the same unit .Huge bathroom with one of the biggest baths I have ever seen and separate dressing room .There was also a large balcony with 2 chairs but no cushions . Turning now to the food ,no it is not as good as Mexico but they do the best they can which in my estimation is in the main good .There is a limited menu but if you ask they will provide alternatives such as soup ,pasta etc .On several occasions we were asked what we would like the chef to prepare for us and were cooked paella and several Cuban dishes which were very tasty .The standard menu also included lobster and various other fish dishes which were excellent. In the evenings in the dining room there was a string quartet playing who were excellent . The waiters and waitresses were all very accommodating and always ready to have a laugh and joke with you .Treat them with courtesy and respect and you will always receive the service you expect . The ground of the hotel are well looked after although the beach is not over large and appears to be man made .There are a limited number of parasols deck chairs although as the hotel was not full we never had a problem in finding somewhere to sit . The beach for the sister hotel is not far away and was a much better sand . The sister hotels facilities were available to us which included all their restaurants which we did go to on occasion for a change but did not like the buffet as it was a bit like a school canteen .The food however was fine with a good choice .Of the speciality restaurants we preferred the Spanish . We travelled with First Choice holidays and I must mention that both their Reps ,Mario and Frank were very helpful and informative . We stayed for 3 weeks in January and were sad to leave the friends which we made and would like to make special mention of Yenifer,Yisleydis,Udelmys,Arianna,Araelys and Yamisleydis whose lovely smile made my day .More
Garry R, 658254
Welcome to Faulty Towers
Welcome to Faulty Towers. The service was engaging. However, despite numerous efforts I never achieved getting staff to : Repair the broken lock on my balcony door Make my internal telephone work Make the floor standing light work and replace the broken bathroom light We found getting into the shower was like an assault course. I've attached pic. You have hop up onto a wooden stand and from there leg over into the bath. There was a reported fall while I was there. It was not helped by the floor having tiles which you could easily slip over on when wet. I did find the beach interesting. Having noted the sign on the beach, by the main entrance, showing the flag system for safe swimming . I did not in my entire stay see a flag displayed on any flagpole. I did meet one lifeguard who patrolled the mile or so of beach. He had no observation tower and was keen to sell me coconuts and cigars. There was no roped off bathing area for swimming and the beach was never raked to clear weed and other debris as my pic shows. I was keen to sail the 3 hobie cats on the beach for guests. You are only allowed to go out with the boat boy for 20 mins per day. Which I did a couple of times. He was keen to arrange to take me snorkelling on a nearby reef. It would only cost a 20cuc per person payable to him. Using the hotel hobies. Nice little earner! The restaurant staff were engaging and funny. We were saved from complications of food ordering that you will have read by other guest by my partners grasp of Spanish. The airplane food on the way back was delicious which gives you an idea how we suffered with the food at the hotel. Finally the tip culture which is fully understood on the other Caribbean islands is not here. Here it is expected and not realised that it is for that little extra, which sadly is often lacking. More
Rex H, 652380
Great location, distinctly average staff and food.
First of all I must say the location and quiet, relaxing atmosphere was all we could have asked for. The hotel grounds and rooms met every expectation. The food was boring, tasteless and always cold. It was served by arrogant and uncaring staff. Meal times became a chore. Maybe our biggest complaint would be the language barrier. For a hotel that caters mainly to English and Canadian tourists, we found it quite difficult to make ourselves understood. It took a day and a half to get our broken toilet repaired because of the laissez-faire attitude at the reception and the uncomprehending house maids. My partner tipped ours generously because she was cheerful and helpful. My biggest tip would be to ask for everything. The hotel seems to run a " don't ask, don't get " policy, e.g. we didn't realise that there was yoghurt at breakfast or mayonnaise on your salad until just before we left. All in all, we had a lovely time though and were pleased we chose this hotel.More
Met our expectations of Cuban 5-star
This was our 2nd visit to Cuba. Went to Cayo Coco previously, some 12 years ago. Certainly Cuban tourism has improved since then, but we were not expecting European or Caribbean 5 star standards. The grounds around the 'island' were a delight and following 2 days of very strong winds the garden team were quick to clear up the inevitable damage. Most pleasing was the attitude and service of the staff in all areas, room servicing, restaurants, porters, reception. Always pleasant, smiling and eager to help where necessary. If there was a down-side it was the menu choices in the al-la-carte restaurant, where the menu choices were limited and were repeated each day. Would suggest that the menu was changed at least on a weekly basis, possibly being rotated week by week. We used the main hotel buffet for breakfast and lunch on most days. The speciality Italian and Spanish were both very good and provided a change from the al-la-carte. Looking at other reviews there appeared to be a problem with mosquitos, no such problem while we were there; not a single bite! The only downside to the stay was the need to move rooms during the 2nd week due to some very unpleasant, noisy and extremely rude Canadian males who were drinking /partying next door until 3/4 a.m. on 2 occasions. They had no respect for the other guests and should have bene thrown out. They were particularly loud throughout the day also. If it wasn't for the fact that U.S. citizens are not allowed into Cuba I would have thought it was them. I always thought Canadians were more refined in language and behaviour. I was quite disappointed by their general attitude to others. Overall we were not disappointed with our stay, it mostly came up to our expectations. We are glad to have visited Cuba again, and overall enjoyed our stay; certainly before any U.S. influence overtakes the country.More
An excellent place to relax and enjoy the sunshine
All inclusive resorts are not our preference for vacationing, but we needed a quick break from the winter's cold and a place to soak up some warm Caribbean sunshine - Cayo Libertad was the perfect place to visit. Located at the very east end of the Varadero peninsula, this quiet resort was small, well kept and secluded enough from the busy beaches usually found at other Varadero resorts. The front desk staff were polite and quick to respond to any request or need - although to be fair, we wanted for very little during our stay. The infinity pool was beautiful, and pretty chilly - a great refreshing experience if you were brave enough to take a dip in cool January. There was a hot tub, but it was not heated - possibly the heater was broken however the warmth of the weather didn't leave us wanting. Our room was beautifully decorated, and our balcony was private (ask for a 2nd floor room in the middle of a complex to allow full privacy for naked sunbathing). The room was always kept clean by the housekeeping staff and the mini bar was restocked everyday. The staff at the a la carte restaurant on site were the absolute best. I am vegetarian but my husband is not. There were not many choices on the menu for vegetarians, however I wouldn't have minded going to the buffet at the main resort Blau Marina to have more variety. I mentioned it to the Public Relations desk on our first day, and she contacted the chef at our restaurant, and advised I would have a vegetarian option available to me at every meal. The chef's name is Francesco and he was wonderful at providing me with a number of different vegetarian dishes, including Vegetarian Lasagna, Stuffed Peppers, homemade tomato soup and one of the best veggie burgers I have ever tried. While we were down in Cuba, my husband celebrated his birthday - the staff at the restaurant sang him Happy Birthday, and the Executive Chef at Blau Marina made him a special birthday cake that was delicious and very unexpected. The 3 piece band that played during the dinner hour Monday to Friday were exceptionally talented and a pleasure to listen to every night we dined at the restaurant. For great cocktails and more live music, we visited the Cigar Bar in the evening on site. The private beach was almost always empty, except at sunset where people would gather to watch the sun go down. There was always an available lounge chair by the pool and there were no activities either on the beach or by the pool - a serene place to read a book, have a good conversation with other guests and relax. If we wanted more activities or options for dining, it was an easy 20 minute walk (or 3 minute ride on a golf cart - available whenever we wanted it) to the main resort area, although we rarely wanted to leave our small little piece of paradise at Cayo Libertad. This resort may be more expensive than a typical Varadero resort, however if you are looking for an adults only, quiet, relaxing vacation with great food and service, this is worth every cent.More
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