We recently went to Gran Club with our girls aged 8 & 9 . Having travelled before, we're usually met with the usual " I'm bored". Let me tell you...there is nothing boring here.
The entertainment was absolutely the BEST!! Crowd participation was really fun and amusing . Hats off to Tico and his crew.. Pluto, Miguel, Junior and all the rest. Especially Froggy!!! Now this little frog really is a prince at heart! The whole dance crew..Beautiful.Xenece and all the rest I forgot really make an exceptional team and had us in stitches the whole time we were there.
Afternoons were spent by the pool watching our kids have fun and enjoying the darts, ring toss and other crowd pleasers. There is alot to be said by this team...they really go out of there way to have fun and make everyone happy.I never seen so many people laugh and really enjoy themselves.
Alot of people complain about foreign food...And yes, some people do get sick but don't blame it all on the resort.We found everything to be great. breakfasts ( when we made it to the buffet) consisted for ourselves of toast, eggs, fresh fruit and juices and some fine pastry. It doesn't get better than that. If you're unsure...pick something you like and feel safe with. There were never any long buffet lineups nor shortage of tables and the dinner had something great everynight. Afternoon snacks were even served by the pool and we happened to luck out and had the most wonderful pig roast and homemade soup I've evr had. Pizza, smokies, always something different to tide you away until dinner. The hamburger hut by the beach was equally great. many a day this was our breakfast ( but hey, we're on Holidays!!) I personally think that if people find compliant here..head off to a RIU in Mexico and go eat your roast beef!! The lobster at the seafood dinner was fantastic and soo much: really worth the money although I personally didn't care for the pasta paella. My tastebuds only.
The bars were NOT understaffed as stated before and there really is no favortism. Stand in line, betcha they serve faster than your local bar.Go visit Manuel at the pool bar, always happy and smiling as were ALL the staff. I think that maybe this bar could stay open a little longer as the only drinks to get after midnight were at the disco and some of the people getting off the bus seemed a little upset. Maybe this will be different when you go there.
Everyone at this resort takes the time to say Hola and treat you well. The sand is beautiful and the water was warm with many a starfish to be found. a greta place for snorkeling.There was a breeze but at a place this Hot you really enjot it. The grounds were coming along and it was just an overall great place to be.
The rooms were fine and always clean. If people want to complain about pillows, bring your own. I might suggest to bring bug spray if you really have a phobia because yes, there were a couple flies and mosquitoes but not enough to ruin our time. The toilet paper was always ample and there was never a shortage of anything.
When you travel to Cuba, have an open mind and have fun. Be curtious and respectful. You don't talk down to people in your home town do you or litter for that matter ? These people work extremely hard for US. I think we should be happy that we're allowed to come to their beautiful island.
Our most heartwarming and sad time was when some of our new friends came to the lobby to say goodbye as they said they would. Sad times were had but us Winnipeggers walked away with more happy memories than you can imagine.
Any regrets? Yep. That we didn't find this place sooner and that there are no more direct flights this year from here.
We're definately going back and telling our friends who will tell their friends and so on and so on..Until then...I'll just go look at my photo albulm and think of the beauty we found at this resort!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This All Inclusive Hotel is located right on Santa Lucia Beach, Camaguey Province, Cuba, just a few feet from the coral reef. Its well kept tropical gardens, professional and friendly staff, make this resort the perfect vacation choice for families, couples and honeymooners. Accommodation 252 air conditioned rooms: 12 coral suites, 8 Superior Junior Suites, 86 Junior Suites y 2 Junior Suites with special facilities for guests with disabilities and 144 Standard Rooms. Every room has private bath, mini - fridge, telephone, satellite TV, hair dryer, 110V & 220V. Each Junior suite has a living room and balcony or terrace. Included Services For food and beverage services there is a Buffet Restaurant, specialized in international cuisine; three "A la Carte" restaurants specialized in Cuban, Italian and Seafood cuisine. There are 5 bars: Lobby bar, beach bar, pool bar, coffee bar and a discotheque. A Snack bar is available. The hotel has a swimming pool with separate area for children; day and night entertainment with shows and live music; Mini club with varied daily and night activities for children from 4 to 12 years old. Dance lessons, Spanish lessons, table games, billiard, ping pong, bicycles, non motorized water sports and tennis courts. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gran Club Santa Lucia Hotel Playa Santa Lucia
- Gran Hotel Camaguey
- Gran Hotel Santa Lucia
- Santa Lucia Camaguey
- Gran Club Santa Lucia Playa Santa Lucia, Cuba - Camaguey Province