The island of Culebra was wonderful. We visited 6 days and loved our visit. Our 2 bedroom unit at Bahia Marina CondoHotel was not what we expected , however, and was disappointing to us. Here is what we liked best about the hotel: Shipwreck Bar is very attractive, ate 3 dinners there and the food was mostly excellent; used the lower swimming pool and found it beautiful, and very refreshing; housekeepers did a nice job of cleaning our unit each day., the beds were very comfortable, a washer and dryer in the unit, and the hotel van picked us up soon after arrival at the airport, and kindly stopped at the grocery store on the way to the hotel. And here are the features we liked least: there was no direct ocean view from our unit! I almost cried after being shown our third floor unit. Our view , overlooked the pool, and hills, covered in bushes.The was a wedge of the ocean if we looked over the adjacent balcony, it was not an unpleasant view, but extremely disappointing when we were looking forward to a view of the ocean. The balcony was in full sun most of the day, and had tattered plastic uncomfortable chairs so we did not use the balcony. We had two bedrooms, and all the windows looked directly into the adjacent unit. So, we kept the shades down at all times. The unit was dark and un-inviting. There was sparse and uncomfortable furnishings. In the living room was an armless futon, 2 ottomans, 4 barstools, and a TV. No tables at all. We asked for more chairs, and 2 patio chairs were brought immediately, which we appreciated. When on vacation, we usually love to spend a portion of each day in our unit, reading, playing games, enjoying the ambiance. We spent very little time in our unit at Bahia Marina. Another feature that was unexpected and disappointing, was that the nearest beach was not an easy walk from the hotel. Soldier Beach is a difficult 30 min walk on an unshaded, hilly ,rough road. We love to take walks, but found that from Bahia Marina ,walking was a challenge. And finally, another feature of the hotel that was disappointing, was expecting that there were 3 restaurants. While we were there, one restaurant was available for dinner each night, and the pool bar served food fro 12-4 on the weekend.. We were told that Dakiti is open when the Shipwreck bar is full, and that they both have the same menu. We had dinner at the Shipwreck Grill 3 nights, and it was mostly delicious. Our only challenge at that restaurant was an item not served as described on the menu. They took it back to fix that, and it too0 min to get it back , and it was cold. Other nights we had meals that were outstanding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All villas accommodations on the edge of a 100 acre nature preserve, a 15 minute walk to secluded beach and world class snorkeling. Less that 10 minutes to Flamenco Beach, voted in the top ten beaches in the world ,year- after-year. Caring experienced staff, first, second or third story villas, all two bedrooms, two bathrooms, private balcony or patio, full kitchen. Couples welcome, very romantic, dark sky with stars and moon. Staff to recommend and assist in booking snorkeling tours, day trips to Culebrita island and recommend local restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bahia Marina Condo Hotel
- Bahia Marina Condo Culebra