A british perspective!
After reading some of the reviews I was very open minded about what to expect.
All I can say is I don't know what people want from a holiday a butler? 24/7 attention? to click your fingers and get what you want when you want it? Be realistic and please read about the culture before you go. Cubans earn around 25 pesos a month and get very little so just keep that in mind ! I have treavelled through europe, asia,carribean australia malaysia etc etc etc and I WOULD GO BACK TO BLUE BAY TOMORROW if I could, infact my sister and I were praying for a delay of a week!
Right where do I start WOW WOW WOW! This was my second time to cayo coco and 9th time to cuba and I was not dissapointed with Blue bay! The grounds are maturing nicely at a rate the grass is now long, ok you won't get huge palm trees but the ups certainly outweigh the down points.
When we arrived we were greeted with very friendly staff who took us on a golfcart/van with our bags to our room. The guy driving gave us a quick tour of where everything was and explained about times and openings of buffet etc.
The room was large and very nicely decorated, I would say the best I have experienced, you get coffee machine, fridge t.v. and the aircon was extremely efficient.
The bathroom was really nice, water piping hot and the bath and shower worked well.
you get supplies of shampoo and conditioner and bath gel in the room and can ask for more when needed.
The public areas are well maintained and are linked by water ways with flamingos and birds. The site is not too big and it is easy to access everything quickly! Brilliant for disabled people. The pool is largeand very clean it has a swim up bar and it has a good friendly atmosphere during the day with activities going on but not overly so.
The beach is to die for, it is sole food for definate! when you arrive you can just sit for hours staring at the pure beauty of the place. There is a beach bar and activities such as volley and water aerobics and games during the day. But alternatively if your like me and you want relax during the day and not get too involved you arn't pushed to get involved.
There is a very nice childrens club/ creiche with many activities for kids. There is a games room gym and spa.
The buffet is pretty good, ok you wont get the variety of food you would get at home but then we live in a money obsessed society where anything is accessible if you want it. Cuba does not have an endless pot of the most exciting food. there is plenty of fish fresh grilled meats steak, chicken pork ..salad of varying types daily. People did complain they got sick of the same food but I always found something good to eat. The fresh baked cakes are particularly fantastic mmm mmm mmm:-)
The 24 hour snack bar keeps you fed and water all night long if you want it. There is also a piano bar and shops and stalls. The drinks are international brands and there is a wide variety of alcohol and soft drinks coffe and teas.
I would rate this hotel a 4 star cuban hotel any person who has been to turkey and greece will realise that this is a true 4 star. I think peoples expectations are just unrealistic this hotel was awesome!
Ok now to the entertainment! this deserves its own section as it made our holiday. The animation team are truly amazing! the last review said they were bored all I can say is HA!! Unfortunate for you! The animation staff do everything to keep your holiday exciting. We spent many nights in the disco with like minded crazy people of all ages and nationalities having great fun! Tuesday and Wednesday nights you can go with the animation staff to the cave disco which is a sweat pit but awesome. Thursday nights are beach party at the oasis hotel next door. All the other nights in between we didnt go to bed before 3.30 am. I need a holiday to rest from the holiday lets just say!
The hotel entertainment runs all day with the animation team keeping things fresh, the shows are great and very entertaining with dance shows, public participation shows and then acrobatic type shows, daily at 9.30 pm. Our favourite adorable Ery, Nick , Dany and Orly made our holiday the best it could have possibly been, they truly go all out to make your holiday! when you go you will see exactly what I mean.
Don't hesitate to go to this hotel! I have stayed at tryp cayo and I prefered bluebay. Its all on one level and the staff rooms and overall friendlyness of the place makes your holiday.
Please please please when you go take extra items like shampoo toileteries if you can, the staff really do need it desperately, they are very proud people but don't have very much at all, for axample most things the animation staff wear to look decent are given by tourists but they defianately could do with quite a lot more. the bar staff maids buffet staff always get tips and goods which is great but we noticed the people who are with you 24/7 and become friends get very little so if you can please address the balance, anything we have can be used. Please do a little reading about cuba before you go its vital to the enjoyment of your holiday.
this place is amazing! there are also plenty of tours on offer to havana, catamaran cruises, swimming with dolphins, trip to the local town moron. There is also a local acuavida spa which we planned to go to but had so much fun we forgot! If you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Memories Caribe Beach Resort offers 328 rooms in different categories, including 280 rooms in deluxe category, 48 junior suites and 56 connecting rooms (deluxe category, 4 of them handicapped accessible). For your convenience, our facilities also have rooms for smokers and non-smokers. RESTAURANTS: International buffet "Las Arcadas" (air conditioned), Breakfast, lunch and dinner service; Italian restaurant "Arenas Blancas" (fan aired), Dinner service; Seafood restaurant "El Coral"Dinner service; International restaurant "El Coral" Dinner service. BARS: Lobby bar "Oceano Atlantico" (9:00 to 23:00 hrs)Selection of national and international drinks included Premium beverages offered at an additional cost; Snack bar "La Estrella" (24-hour service) Selection of national and international drinks included; Aqua bar "Los Delfines" (9:00 to 17:00 hrs) Selection of national and international drinks included; Beach bar "Uva Caleta" (9:00 to 17:00 hrs) Specialized in Cuban cocktails. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Memories Caribe Beach Resort 4* Hotel Cayo Coco