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“Amazing Cuba” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Autopista Sur Final, Punta Hicacos, Varadero 42200, Cuba (Formerly Blau Cayo Libertad Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #14 of 59 Hotels in Varadero
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Amazing Cuba”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We stayed here over Christmas with friends and it was great. Food was very good and had plenty of taste. Not very busy so we had no trouble getting chairs at the pool and it was very relaxing and quiet. Took a trip into Havana with a wonderful guide named Blexie. His tour was very good and his command of English was also very good.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Marbella, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

My family and I stayed here for Christmas. The location is beautiful with a private beach. This part of the resort is for adults only and is very quiet. However the privilege guests can use all the facilities of the adjoining Marina resort, such as nightly entertainment, beach games, exercise classes etc. we found all the staff extremely friendly and very efficient. Our suites were lovely with huge terraces looking over the beach. Our mini bars were replenished daily. The buffet was well stocked and even as a vegetarian I never managed to taste all the dishes on display. Christmas eve dinner was a special one and done beautifully. All in all a lovely experience. Would love to go again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

My wife and I stayed for a week for some R&R, and couldn't be happier. Upon our arrival we noticed that our fridge wasn't stocked and reported it to our bellhop. He immediately brought us some water and we assumed they would stock it later that day. After 3 phone calls and a visit to the front desk we finally got it resolved. We were originally worried that this was the way our whole trip was going to be. We then met the manager Raul who completely changed our vacation! He not only apologized but upgraded our room and personally ensured our holiday was everything we hoped it would be. The resort only has one al la carte restaurant but the food was very good, remembering it is Cuba.
We hired a car and tour guide for our day trip to Havana, and it was perfect. Our taxi driver Armando had a 1956 Dodge Coronet which made the day fun. Out tour guide was a lovely young lady named Yundray Rodriguez who was very knowledgeable on Havana's history and took us to all the historical areas. We HIGHLY recommend this dual for a day trip.
If you want a quiet place to relax, this resort is it. If you want the night life you have access to the larger resort next door.This resort is clean, quiet, friendly, and we will happily stay again if visiting Varadero.
Thanks again to Raul for making our trip so perfect.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gatineau, Canada
2 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Excellent hotel for adults only. Beautiful landscaped grounds. Large, clean suites with free bar fridge filled every day.. Beautiful, spotless pool and nearly private beach. Quiet, but for more action the guests have access to the facilities of the 4 star hotel next door: free a la carte restaurants, discotheque, nightly shows, catamarans, kayaks, etc...The hotel is a five minute free cart ride away or about 10 minutes walking distance. Imperial buses bring you to downtown Varadero for a fee of $5.00 with unlimited rides for the day.
But the best feature of this hotel is its warm, friendly staff starting with Raul Ariza, the resident manager, who will gladly do his outmost to make sure that your needs ate met to your full satisfaction. The El Peon's restaurant staff from the chefs ( Lanier and Lazarro, among others) Armando, one of the Capitan and the servers Araelys, Leo, Dania, Karina, Yarmi, etc...are all there to make your dining as pleasurable and memorable as possible. Two excellent musicians ( a violinist and a guitarist) are there every night during supper. A pianist follows at the rotunda where you can take your after dinner drinks. All the staff from the gardners to the housemaids will great you with a smile and nice words.
Finally, but not the least, the food is excellent, especially the seafood. You can eat lobster twice a day if you want. There is a cold buffet for appetizers, salads and deserts. The meals are a la carte. At the buffet, I've had ceviche, smoked salmon, beef tartare, seafood salad,etc...The presentation is always carefully done and a feast for the eyes. Although the menu seems limited, it isn't because the chefs will prepare you whatever you like, if they have it, and the way you like it. That's service!!!
If you like to be pampered and enjoy nice food, this is the place!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

I had a very difficult time coming up with an overall rating for this resort. I was leaning towards four stars, but only because this is Cuba, and your expectations must not be too high. However, I have to agree with a former reviewer that there are absolutely no excuses for the failures of this resort, especially given the high cost differential between the Privilege and Marina sections of the resort. More on this later (and yes you guessed it - its about the food), but for now lets start with the positives.
The resort is on a beautiful peace of property, well maintained, and surrounded by a nice beach and breathtaking water views. It is very well landscaped, with gorgeous flowered hedges surrounding the walkways, and plenty of palm trees. The rooms are spacious, clean, and have a huge balcony with comfortable lounging chairs. Bathrooms are large and functional, only downside here is no walk in shower, it is accessed by getting into the large deep tub. While they do provide a stepping rack to get in, this could be an issue for people with mobility issues. Rooms are cleaned daily, and mini-bar replenished (No snacks are provided though, even though they advertise that they do, so if you have a craving for munchies suggest you bring your own). We lucked out with a second floor room in block 28 which provided a panoramic view of both sides of the water.
Great pool area, and good place to relax in a quiet peaceful atmosphere. Service could be better here, but usually I like to get up and go to the pool bar myself to order drinks so no major issue for me. We also enjoyed relaxing in the cigar bar for pre-dinner cocktails, and to watch the sunset from the wrap around deck, and going to the Hemingway bar at the Marina side in the evening - very friendly service and some great entertainment.
Now what really lets this resort down is the restaurant on site at the Privilege. Lets start with breakfast, which usually is never an issue, even in Cuba. First morning I ordered eggs with whole wheat toast, and my wife ordered pancakes. Well I got the eggs with one slice of stale untoasted white bread, something you might consider making into breadcumbs, but more likely giving to the birds or throwing in the trash. My wife got pancakes, but they had no syrup of any description to put on the pancakes. Second morning we tried again, and this time I kept it simple and asked for just plain toast, and again got one stale hard piece of white bread. The guy sitting next to me actually got what looked like real toast, so the 3rd morning we decided to try eating here one more time for breakfast, as we had an early start with our tour to Havana, and I actually got real toast, but believe it or not they had no butter or margarine to put on it, and this at 7:30 AM!!! From then on we ate breakfast at the Marina buffet - you can make your own toast there, and there is a very friendly omelette guy to make your favourite eggs. But the point is why should you have to go over to the Marina side for this, when they consider this the privilege section which you pay a premium for? This is simply unacceptable, and there is no excuse for it, Cuba or not. The lunch and dinner meals at the Privilege are hit and miss. One day you will get decent food, the next just plain awful, and it can be the same dish. I enjoyed the fish fillet most times, and my wife liked the pasta with cheese sauce. Avoid the beef and chicken as they are tough. You can have lobster anytime, which we did on two occasions, and it was just ok.
For excursions, we did the double decker bus trip to Varadero which was fun. Be sure if you go there to check out the beach in town, just walk down one of the side streets off of the main street towards the ocean. Absolutely gorgeous beach, far superior we thought to the beach by the resorts. The highlight of our trip by far was our day trip to Havana. We hired a private cab (56 Chevy) with a tour guide that was recommended by a previous reviewer. He is an English teacher with considerable knowledge of the history of Havana, and we saw all the must see spots in this time trapped historical city. Had a fabulous lunch, with a great Cuban band, and very reasonably priced. Again to my point, good food at a reasonable price is possible in Cuba if the owners of these resorts care about their customers. Contact me if you want the name of the
tour guide and/or the restaurant.
Sadly, this will likely be our last time in Cuba, as we can get better value elsewhere. We love the Cuban people, but I do feel that we tourists are being taken advantage of at the high end resorts that charge top dollars and do not deliver on providing decent food.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol,UK
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We stayed here for a full week after a busy tour of the top half of the island. Cuba is very big! We did over 1,000 miles with a private guide - seeing Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad.
Whilst I can recommend the tour, you really need a week to recover!
This hotel certainly ticks that box. It is the last hotel on this 20km strip of resorts and probably the best. Not really 5 star in European standards but they do try. The rooms are very spacious with a large bedroom, safe, TV, fridge etc plus a walk-in wardrobe and a large bathroom with twin sinks. We had a first storey room (recommended as you get a better view and less bugs!). We also had a large sun terrace - but owing to the circular design of the island, half of the "bungalows" don't get the sun on the terrace. Never mind the pool area more than makes up for this. The pool, swim up bar loungers etc are fantastic. There were probably only 30 or so guests around so not full by any means but you still felt a bit special and exclusive.
You are very remote . . . 5 minutes stroll to the cigar bar and reception . . 15 minute walk to the main hotel - a wander round here makes you appreciate the solitude of the Privilege hotel.
It's quirky . . . we had NO information at all in the room ( no emergency stuff, phone numbers, welcome pack, what's on, facilities etc), didn't really need it but usually you get tooooo much.
Food was great - a huge buffet choice at all meals as well as a dozen or so meals to order. Lobster available every night plus live music in the evenings (violin & guitar) - sublime.
They would often do a paella outside and even bring it round to you.
Ivan, the gardener (qualified engineer! but like most of Cubans earns more from this job) was great, OK he (like all Cubans) might be angling for a tip, and why not? On £4 a week, he could double his earnings from a few tips. He would chat happily and bring round fresh coconuts to all the sunbather - fantastic.
There were shows at the main hotel but we never bothered.
We had evening drinks (it does lack a central bar this hotel but they don't mind you sitting in the restaurant and having a pre-dinner drink), our main meal and then wander over to the cigar bar for a cigar and more drink! They had Chivas and all the rums available but it does vary.
Watch out for the mosi's! Cover up at night and take DEET in some form.
So, if you like solitude, serenity, a quiet evening but lots to eat & drink . . . this is the place for you.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

Have to say had a great week! Awesome staff! Cuban people are very friendly. Room was clean and always kept that way. Food was good for Cuba. Great beer and great rum. The cigar bar was very special! You can walk for literally miles on the beach! While we did get some rain, overall, very happy! Listened to a previous reviewer and used a local for an awesome tour in a vintage car to Havana. With out a doubt the highlight of the week was the tour. Very reasonable and actually think we saw everything worth seeing. Will give you the guide's contact info if you email me. Young professor of English, very personable, very knowledgeable! Tropicana show is a must see!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Autopista Sur Final, Punta Hicacos, Varadero 42200, Cuba (Formerly Blau Cayo Libertad Hotel)
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Matanzas Province > Varadero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 59 Hotels in Varadero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Blau Privilege Cayo Libertad Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This stunning 5-star hotel on the tip of the Varadero peninsula, Cuba's most famous tourist destination, is set on a small and exclusive island surrounded by the most beautiful and seductive fine white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters, offering guests luxury, privacy and rest. Barcelo Cayo Libertad Club Premium***** offers a total of 85 stunning Junior Suites and Suites in buildings over 2 floors noted for their incredible sea views and possibility of enjoying a personalised service. This romantic hotel set in beautiful gardens offers its guests a gourmet restaurant, cigar bar with piano during the evenings and an exclusive swimming pool, the edges of which seem to melt into the Caribbean. Guests can also enjoy the services and facilities as well as the "Barceló All-Inclusive" program of the hotel Barcelo Marina Palace, for which they will have preference. Welcome to the Barcelo Cayo Libertad Club Premium*****, a new concept in personalised and exclusive service for Adults Only ideal for couples, weddings, honeymoons, anniversary celebrations, conferences, groups and incentive and business trips. Enjoy this stunning setting of the Barcelo Cayo Libertad Club Premium*****, the perfect choice for your holiday in this Caribbean paradise. ... more   less 

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