This resort is what you make it. I would absolutely recommend it to ANYONE - Granted they have an open mind and a sense of adventure. This was our second time staying at the resort and it most definitely won't be the last. The week we stayed there were some difficulties with the water lines and we happened to be without water for a good three days. Sitting around the pool and talking to people, I heard many of them complaining and saying that "the resort was an absolute disaster and it was the worst trip they had ever been on and everything was ruined." Oh, PUH-LEASE. There was sunshine, there was still an all inclusive bar, and there was a beach. Now if two fifteen year old girls (myself and my friend) can survive a couple days without a shower, I think you can too. Everything was fixed by the end of the week and we had a fantastic vacation. Of course, being teenagers, we enjoy our regular modern comforts. Like internet, texting, etc, but I can honestly say that a week away from everything was absolutely perfect and allowed us to gain a different perspective.
Biggest recommendation - Get off the resort. We always bring some things in our luggage to give away, and a trip to the local school was an eye-opener. They were incredibly grateful for a pack of pencils or pens, and we ended up making some really good friends that we plan on visiting again in the near future. The Cubans will always try to hustle you, or sell you something, but they are just trying to survive. They understand if you give a simple "No" and are perfectly harmless. If you're a girl, expect to get the occasional "Ole beautiful chica" and the odd kiss blown at you. This is normal, and acceptable in their culture so just wave back and smile. They are not trying to harass you or anything.
The staff are amazing, even when people were giving them a hard time, they do everything in their power to make your stay as enjoyable as possible with their limited resources. Mistakes happen, that's Cuba for you, but treat the staff with respect. They will bend over backwards to help and treating them like crap isn't exactly appreciated.
The resort itself is fairly standard, lovely swim up bar over-looking the bay, fun beach disco at night, plenty of entertainment. If you're bored it's your own fault.
The food at the buffet is typical Cuba, fairly repetitive but nothing to really complain about... (I have a new found love for papaya.)
I went with my family, an aunt, and a close friend, and despite everything, we managed to make it an incredible vacation. My family and I have been going to Cuba for about six years now, and this trip was honestly one of the memorable experiences I've ever had.
- Also Known As:
- Club Amigo Farallon Del Caribe - Marea Del Portillo Hotel Pilon
- Hotel Amigo Farallon Del Caribe
- Resort Amigo Farallon Del Caribe
- Club Amigo Farallon Del Caribe - Marea Del Portillo Cuba/Pilon