Me & my friend booked Blau for 2 weeks from March 19th & paid £800 p/p via JLM Travel which I thought was a bargain! When we arrived at the hotel we were pleasantly surprised :) Check in was a little slow but nothing to worry about as they bring you welcome cocktails which were DE-LICIOUS! As we were predominantly traveling for my birthday we decided to upgrade to the VIP section of the hotel which cost roughly 80 peso p/p for the duration of the stay. They originally tried putting us far out as we requested somewhere quiet but before they did we requested somewhere a little closer - we ended up in block 17, room number 102 which was 2 mins to the VIP pool & disco room, 5 mins to the beach, 5 mins to the beach restaurant & just over 5 mins to the main lobby / restaurants. The room we stayed in was ''ok'', nothing special but nevertheless it was spacious & clean which are 2 vital points for most holiday-makers. All facilities worked & we only experienced 2 power cuts which didn't even last 15 seconds, the beds aren't the most comfortable but that won't stop you from getting a good night sleep. If you do like to get early nights whilst you're away i probably wouldn't recommend block 17 as the disco room starts from 11:15pm & finished at 2am - you can hear the disco from the block (it's not too loud).
Our first week at the hotel was amazing as the occupancy wasn't full. No queues & no overcrowding :) Our second week changed slightly as the hotel was fully booked! There were a few occasions where we had to queue for breakfast, lunch & tea but it was never much more than a 5 min wait so we didn't mind. The staff seemed to be on top of everything in terms of managing seating & replenishing food too which is brilliant.
We spent everyday at the beach & it's advisable you pop down there around 6:45am if you want to get a good spot.Take your blue beach towels & tie them round the palopa - We did this every morning as we loved the beach so much & was bloody worth it! The one time we had a lie in we sat further away from the sea & a french lady plonked her chair right next to mine & started chatting away to her family. I literally could, without stretching, touched her if i wanted which i felt was a bit weird - too close really, but she seemed to like it! LOL! There are a few pebbles as you walk in but that didn't stop anybody from entering the clear warm sea! There are parts where there are less pebbles than others. If you take a walk up the beach you'll find parts where there are no pebbles at all - looks amazing, picturesque.
The food was extremely repetitive which got boring - fast! There is plenty of choice though so i guess you could mix it up to make it different. On holiday i try to be as healthy as possible so i had fruit & cereal most mornings. I did try the naughty food a few times though but i felt bloated afterwards :/ This is just me though, my friend had more of the naughty food than me & really enjoyed it :) We had lobster twice which was surprisingly nice & we had the italian one night too - that was amazing! They even made me a cake for my birthday at the end of the italian which was great!
The drinks are beautiful, the cappuccinos from the 24 hour bar are to die for & i don't even like coffee! Cocktails are delicious & they don't skimp on the alcohol either. I'd go as far as saying they give you too much as found myself drunk fast which I'm sure annoyed the life out of my friend :') I had a great time though!
Disco room is fun, it's not a big place but can hold a fair few party goers. They played the same music every night which was fine as it was all fun to sing & dance along to - the DJ takes requests too so feel free to walk around the back of the disco room & walk up the stairs which is where the DJ is.
Evening entertainment was mainly good. The water ballet was good but you have to get there early to get a good spot as the seats are limited around the pool. The opera singers were fantastic along with another lady singer & dancers.
I found myself a little bored at times as the show would start at 9:30pm, finish at 10:30pm then theres nothing to do except drink in the lobby or 24 hour bar OR wait for the disco to start at 11:15pm.
We didn't do many excursions as my friend isn't keen on watersports which was a big shame as the atlantic ocean is absolutely breathtaking!!!!!! We did Holguin by night which was ok, nothing special. They give you a litre of rum per couple, meat & cheese to snack on, chocolates & a cigar. Did horse riding too which was fun but gave me a sore bum for 4 days - and i mean i couldnt sit down because Einstein here was trying to be a boss & said to the guy who was with me I want to go fast! Big bloody mistake - that horse ran for bloody miles & boy did i feel every step! :''') Fun though - just down gallop like I did :')
Tipping - we had read about tipping before we went & was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. Not that we're tight but we like to give tips on our terms as opposed to theirs however, the Canadians tip every time they the staff do something for them which i felt was too much. We tipped 40 pesos whilst we were there which we felt was more than enough. Usually 1 peso although we did give the guy who filled our fridge a 3 peso note on day as we hadn't tipped him in a while & his face was priceless - he said ''for me??????? :O'', i was like yes!!! That made our day & i'm sure made his. So yeah, we didn't tip everyone for everything so don't feel like you have to.
I snorkeled almost every day which was amazing - take bread from the canteen & swim up past the stair entrance into the sea & that's where you'll strike gold! Don;t forget your underwater camera :)
Would i go back to Cuba - yes
Would i recommend Blau - yes to those who need a 100% relaxing vaca
**TAKE A BIG THERMAL CUP WITH YOU AS THEY APPRECIATE THAT**
One last thing - i bought 2 paintings from the vendors at the hotel - make sure you ask for a full receipt or an official stamp on the back of it as i got stopped on the way home & had to pay 6 peso & was entered into some book :/ that was annoying.
Think it had something to do with people export them.... i dunno!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Es un completo Resort de 4 estrellas.Esta situado en primera linea de playa con unas espectaculares vistas a las aguas cristalinas del Caribe. Un servicio PLUS en regimen de todo Incluido. Amplias habitaciones, acceso directo a la playa, esectacular piscina, restaurnates tematicos... Todo pensado para el ocio y el descanso. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blau Costa Verde Beach Hotel Holguin
- Blau Costa Verde Cuba
- Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort Cuba/Holguin