Weather was terrific 30-40'c. Just got back yesterday March 6-13, 2014
...rain only 1 night..downpour for 2 hours...after midnight..
Switched rooms (312) as too close to pool-faced it and its noisy...til 11pm and didn't want to be on the first floor. Staff was great at the desk as we finally found a room on a second floor (1622)
they also added an extra bed as they are a bit smaller than a double in size.
BEACH was great...shallow so you can walk out..yes there was seaweed. Great snorkelling off beach...hubby and daughter saw several squids...kids caught a puffer fish at shore line in a bucket...
Daughter did get stung by a jelly fish around 5 pm but they don't look like a jelly fish...pee on the sting...then wash it off and no issues.
***NOTE**** bring bug spray...I was bitten by sand flies...first day..thought it was my suntan lotion-Hawaiian Tropic...so switched to Wal-mart Equate... I did spray my chair before I lay my towel on it..worked for the most part. Also when we went to the Cuban Party (Pig Roast) near beach they had on the lawn...bites again...so be careful in the chair sitting. I wasn't the only person with bites..spoke to a lot of other guests..them as well...One older senior coveredd from the waist down..
.mosquitoes a bit at night but the odd one..its the sand flies....I was the only one in my family who got the bites...
You need to get a chair at the beach early...people were even saving chairs that go in the water...hogging them and not even using them...leave them at the water where every one can enjoy them...its not like your in it for more than an hour. Don't leave them by your loungers...all day incase you go in the water!!!!!!!!!!!
Lots of vendors coming to the beach up and down...bothering you.-yes at first they didn't come up to you then they did.....then the last 4 days hotel staff and police were around so nobody really hanging out...great..I think some people complained...So many guys asking you to book a horse riding trip seem to be the concern and other vendors became bolder too.
FOOD..its Cuba...I have been to Cuba before . Variety was good but the same all the time. I didn't enjoy that as much as before. Thank goodness for the Smoothie lady...
Rice was good, pasta bar...fine...would love to see them add shrimp or chicken to pasta bar to change it up a bit..I brought over my shrimp for them to put in the pasta dishes...for a change.
Omelets great...2 egg or if you want 3 like me!...French toast good..some days it was pinkish...not sure if they use strawberry milk but it didn't taste as good those days..they also have pancakes my 10 yr old enjoyed.
Juices were in the powder form (they add it to water to make them up) except for the pineapple juice. I saw that some people brought their own ketchup and peanut butter...
Their ketchup there was fine.
I was surprise to find the service not too good at the tables when we sat down at Buffet. We always had to ask someone for drinks-water, etc..They seem to want to chat with older Italians in groups.
We tried switching tables some days to see if we could get better service....finally one lady was good so we I gave her stuff.
ENTERTAINMENT at night...we didn't bother with it ...kids show was same every night...
They tried to bring entertainment to beach one day but no body was interested...for exercising.
The music was loud so eventually they turned it down and then off at the beach.
You could hear the pool entertainment from the beach. We went up to the pool later in the day..
Entertainment there was fine..music is always so loud.
BAR SERVICE..was okay...we brought 24 oz bubba cups...Snack Bar and pool bar seems to run out of pineapple juice...Lobby Bar was always great for that.
Hubby loved the Coffee Bar...nice...wish they would put a rock or something under the tables..very wobbly...spilling your drink sometime..
MAID SERVICE was great...we brought loads of clothes..left her something daily and the room was very clean...extra towel when needed. She left us a lovely thank you note for the gifts saying how much her and her family appreciated it.
I also gave clothing to gardener, smoothie lady and some other cooking staff.
We also tipped pesos but not as much this trip which was nice.
LIQUOR taking home...if you buy it at the resort you need to pack it in your luggage like we did...NO CARRY ON...rules were changed year ago...Liquor at airport is the same price at the resort..once you pass customs you can purchase it and carry it on...Duty Free
ie..Pineapple liquor 26% proof...3.10 pesos...same at both places..next time I would buy my liquor at the airport....nervous about it packed in my luggage but it arrived safely home wrapped in clothing.
$$...We went 2 years ago and it was 1 peso=1 Cdn $ ..this time for $100 you get only 80 pesos...
We were booked with Nolitours Plus..great..beach towels in room upon arrival, along with free bottle of rum, 2 cans of pop in fridge with 2 large water bottles..(you get the water bottles refilled at the bars)
They have a Nolitours BBQ on the beach..where the volley ball is played..We had 8 pm reservations. We ate at buffet as kids couldn't wait...glad we did .not much food left then..you want 6:30 or 7pm reservations...chicken and ribs...was good we heard that night
ROOM: Very tired looking but fine. Our phone didn't work so when we had to have a wake up call for our flight they came and knocked on the door....
Hot water sometimes...no biggy...
Patio doors are so heavy to move and slide along...our girls 14 /10 couldn't move them.
Nolitours usually have the best rooms near everything- rooms 1-9 but it will also be noisier...we moved from 312 bottom floor to 1622 second floor and farther away..didn't mind the 2 min. walk.
Glad we did as the next night it poured...I would have worried about it flooding the room as it was a bit lower than the ground.
We had nice weather and a good time , safe resort.
..We printed off a map of the layout of hotel before we left which was good as we didn't receive one there. We didn't leave the resort or do any trips this time.
Nice place but I am not enticed to go back....we really loved Hotel Riu Playa Turquesa in Holguin
and hope to go back there...or try somewhere else in CUBA
- Also Known As:
- Brisas Santa Lucia Hotel Playa Santa Lucia
- Staybridge Suites Camaguey
- Brisa Santa Lucia
- Camaguey Staybridge Suites
- Santa Lucia Cuba
- Brisas Santa Lucia Playa Santa Lucia, Cuba - Camaguey Province