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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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
A la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner with salad and dessert buffet at El Peñon restaurant. Snacks at El Peñon restaurant. 24-hour room service.
One bottle of rum per stay • Minibar filled daily with water, soft drinks and local beer. All drinks - domestic beer and cocktails, select international brands, house wine with meals.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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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 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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Move over Basil Fawlty
The rooms were clean, the pool good and a lot of things about the hotel were very nice. However, there were so many snags we encountered in this 'exclusive' hotel that weren't found in the larger family hotel on the same site. These included: A tepid shower for three days (finally sorted) A balcony door that locked us outside and yet couldn't be locked from the inside. A coffee machine but no coffee apart from 3 days when requested - and creamer that resembled chewing gum. Mini bar and water not restocked twice. Same menu of 4 options at the restaurant every day over 2 weeks. Restaurant service extremely slow and erratic, particularly at breakfast when you didn't always get what you ordered. The worst was a 30 minute wait to be served with only 4 other tables occupied. Getting into bed to find only bottom sheet and top cover- the missing sheet located in the morning still folded at the bottom of the bed. Ordering room service breakfast for 6.30 which arrived an hour later. Unhelpful attitude of reception staff. Exclusive fish restaurant with one option on menu. I could go on... The family hotel had a lovely buffet, bar and helpful reception. I really don't understand why the Libertad was so random and inefficient. More
Stocked mini fridge with complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and rum...adult only with no kids...it's own Cigar Bar much the same as a piano bar set up...all in all an excellent place to rest and relax!More
Bill B, 154915
No Sexy Dresses Required!
We just returned from this resort on Jan 1, 2017 and although I gave this resort an "Excellent" rating, an important note is that the "excellent" is only at the Privilege part of this resort. If the ladies reading this are like me, you think of a getaway for couples as a reason to dress in cute short, sexy dresses. This is not the case with this resort. Think long pants, long skirts and anything to cover up your arms and legs because the bugs are vicious! We came home with extremely itchy mosquito and/or sand fly bites and I even used OFF daily on my legs and arms. Make sure you take pants with you and long sleeves! I only brought a few long skirts with me and I ended up wearing them all week long for fear of being covered in itchy welts. I know what you're thinking. Where does the "Excellent" rating come from? We stayed in the 3000 block on the second level. We loved our room! We had a view of the beach, some shrubbery and the ocean. We spent the majority of our vacation tanning on our private deck and watching sailboats and catamarans glide by. It was so private that by day 2 we were naked in our lounge chairs and loving the freedom! We were approximately 100 steps from the pool bar and pool and a quick walk past the pool to the restaurant, and a quick trail from the beach! It was amazing! Basically the only time we left our deck was when we were hungry, wanted drinks, or when we knew the cleaning ladies were coming. It was a relaxing bit of paradise. If you want to venture out, its a call to the desk for a "taxi" and they send a golf cart, driven by super fun drivers (Gwyne was our favorite) and they drive you over to the main lobby area. What I recommend for a wonderful stay, that I will remember next time: > Long sleeves and long skirts/pants > Be sure to bring an electrical converter! This resort has only 220 plugins and I fried my hair straightener trying to use the bathroom outlets > Expect the "qualities and standards" of Cuba. We did not have a toilet seat on our toilet, which was a shocker at first, but it was a very clean room, and we got over it > ALWAYS have toilet paper with you! In the main lobby area it was a gamble as to whether they have paper, soap, running water, toilet seats etc, so be prepared. I ended up purchasing hand sanitizer at the gift shop > Be very careful at the MAIN BUFFET in the other end. We determined that the main buffet was good for breakfast (eggs made to order, toast, bacon etc) but when we tried to have supper there it was mayhem! Kids running everywhere, loud, busy with line ups and the food wasn't very good. I ended up sick after eating fish off the "fresh grill" >We stuck to the restaurant on the Privilege end for suppers and a couple of the a la cartes. The Italian is pretty good. The menu at the restaurant on the Privilege end is limited but the salmon and Fish steaks were absolutely delicious > The staff at the Privilege end are all very friendly, kind, welcoming and they remember you. They treated us like royalty throughout our stay. > The reception area at the privilege end was also very kind, warm and accommodating. they even allowed us to keep our room until 9:00 pm on our check out day! Checkout time is normally noon, but because our flight wasn't until after midnight they let us keep our room for one last FULL Day! > We didn't swim in the ocean this time, as we were walking and saw a couple jelly fish washed up on the beach. i have a fear of jelly fish stings, so I avoided the water. We did go ankle deep and it was very warm and clear. Not many people occupied the beach during our stay. >The pool was beautiful and very clean! We went in the pool on a daily basis and we saw them testing the water regularly. >The pool bartender, Orlando is very nice, funny and friendly. We asked him if we could take a pool lounger to our room and he allowed it with a smile, just asking that we return it to the pool when we check out. Overall, this was an amazing stay. Next time I will avoid the main lobby area. The magic show was good, and the Italian restaurant was pretty good, but overall, its noisy, takes a while to get drinks, and not overly relaxing. We went on vacation to have a break from children and there were children running around (toddlers with no supervision etc) and it was just a totally different environment there. Also the lobby seemed to be teaming with mosquitoes and during our wait for our bus to the airport we got attacked! The cigar bar is very nice, classy, clean and relaxing. The pool in the privilege end is very quiet, with maybe 12 people around it at its busiest. When we checked in we were told that the Privilege end had 35 people checked in. If quiet is what you are looking for, then I highly recommend this resort! You can catch the double decker bus starting at 9 am right outside the hotel to go into Verodero for the day if you want to get out and shop. There is no night life on resort, and really, except for the night show in the main lobby, not much to do after supper. We went to bed by 9:30-10 pm nightly and awoke to watch the sun rise. It was the perfect relaxing getaway from the Christmas madness at home. Our King size bed was two twins pushed together and not soft at all, but we managed to have naps and good night sleeps while we were there. Our room was cleaned daily with beautiful towel and blanket designs. The cleaning ladies stocked the fridge with 2 beer and a fresh large bottle of water daily. It is difficult to get drinking water from the bars, restaurants etc, unless its water from their "guns" behind the bar. We purchased bottled water from the gift shop so we would have more water during the nights. The evenings were cool enough for a sweater but not cold. The breezes were always welcomed to keep the mosquitoes away. This was our 3rd trip to Cuba and 3 different resorts. i would return to this resort, but like I said, I would avoid the main lobby and the main buffet at supper time. With the Privilege bracelet you have access to the entire resort, so you can choose to explore and take advantage or just relax and avoid the mayhem. The grounds are beautifully kept and there is a lot of areas to walk around and explore. We found a whole wing of the resort that was under construction and not being used, we also walked around to see where the other restaurants were located, but in the end, settled for our quiet days, laying on our deck reading, sipping cervesa and enjoying our private peace of tranquility.More
Christina H, 181808
Blau Cayo Libertad
Coles Notes: the good - the pool was beautiful, calm and empty and the cigar bar was classy and the weather (mid-December) was perfect (~29C and sunny every day); the bad - mosquitos were terrible once the sun set and the food was low quality (see specifically below). Basics: I travelled to this resort December 2016 with my boyfriend. We stayed in Block 30 - very close to the pool and restaurant - stayed on main level of the block. The staff told us only king beds were available on the main floor and queen beds on the second floor of each block. I suspect the second floor had views of the ocean. We only could see the ocean through a break in the bushes. The room was clean and sufficient and quite large - king bed, chairs, TV, table, large bathroom, safe. We had access to Blau Marina next door. Pool: the pool was mostly empty every day - between 4 to 10 people (at very max) each day. So it was quiet. The pool was a beautiful infinity pool, open to the ocean which brought in a lovely sea breeze. The pool was, by far, the best part of the holiday. There were plenty of deck chairs to choose from. The pool bar was quiet - consistently staffed with one gentleman for the week who I imagine was very bored (unfortunate for him) but no wait for your drink. There were other pools on the Blau Marina resort but it was not necessary to visit them. I heard the closest one to us on that resort was also quiet. Drinks/Night Life: after dinner, there were a few places to get drinks, or sit with friends/people watch: 1) The Lobby Bar: busy and always a long wait for drinks - also open to the outdoors where our friends (that we met on the plane) and ourselves were eaten by mosquitos the first couple of nights (I had over 80 bites after two nights). Because of the mosquitos we stopped staying out after dinner. 2) The Disco: we never went here - popped our head in twice and there was nobody there. It was depressing. 3) Snack Bar at the Lighthouse: was more breezy and therefore less mosquitos were able to harass you there but the service was slow and the bathrooms at the lighthouse were worse than some bathrooms I've had camping without water...really bad - check for toilet paper and you may not have a toilet seat (not that you'd sit on it anyways) 4) The Cigar Bar - this is exclusive for the Cayo Libertad and it was very nice - not smoky like I expected. There was live music sometimes (the pianist is great) and the service was very good for Cuban standards. No waiting at the bar for 10 minutes for someone just to notice you like at the lobby bar. This was the best place to go after dinner but our friends from Blau Marina could not join us here. Food: the Cayo Libertad had a "a la carte" restaurant and no buffet. The food at the restaurant offered at breakfast was continental (breads, fruits, cheese slices) or you could order an omelet (i.e. limited but not bad). Lunch was also basic (salads, burgers) - of a low quality though (i.e. my burger came on bread slices, not a burger bun). I don't remember having a good dinner at this restaurant and it was hard to make a choice that was palatable. It would be difficult to have dinner here regularly. The Blau Marina had the buffet - it was smaller than the buffets we have had at comparable resorts in Mexico, but it sufficed. There were THREE other "a la carte" restaurants at Blau Marina (not four as advertised) AND they were not open every night. We did not get to go to the Italian restaurant as the one night it was open, we were in Havana. The Spanish restaurant was better than the one at Cayo Libertad. The Fish restaurant was disappointing considering you are sitting 100m from the ocean (and made 4/7 of us at dinner that night sick). If you have looked into travelling to Cuba, you have likely heard the food will be bland. Bland is an understatement - it is mostly low quality at the resort AND bland. We did not have any food on the resort that was "good". To Do: there were no activities at Cayo Libertad. That was fine as the resort was quiet and peaceful and there certainly wasn't enough people to bother offering activities. There were activities offered through our travel company (we travelled with Transat - such as caving, Havana, boating etc.) which we chose not to pay for. There were activities advertised at Blau Marina - snorkeling, aqua-aerobics, catamaran, water/beach volleyball, yoga...I did not go check any of these advertised activities so I am not sure if they stuck to the advertised schedule. There was also a spa but I didn't see anyone attend it and personally I wouldn't pay based on my impressions of it. There was a gym that was empty every time I went by and air conditioned. It seemed small but I only ever saw one or two people in it. Havana: we booked a private car ("modern" sedan with a/c) to go to Havana. It cost us 120CUC ($160CAD) plus tip, plus lunch. Havana was a very interesting city and the drive is about 2 hours each way. It is interesting to see the country side and see how other people live along the way. There was great architecture and the place we had lunch (our driver chose it, I don't know what it was called) was amazing food and great service (~$75 for 3 people). I strongly recommend travelling to Havana for a day.More
Disappointing! Sold by First Choice as 5 Star & Premier - it is neither
Could list many faults but here are a few, A la carte restaurant food was very limited selection and food is often served cold. No sun shades around pool. Plenty of mosquitos and sand flies. Room Interiors were very tired, especially the plumbing. Public area toilets were appalling, lacking flushes, seats,soap, towels. The staff really tried hard to overcome all this by being as helpful and friendly as they could.More
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