I travelled to Cuba on September 26, 2009 till October 3 , 2009. I had never been to Cuba and was in fact a little leery, as I had been to the Dominican Republic 3 times prior, and loved it. So I decided with my friend Christina to try Cuba.
We left Montreal with Air Transat and flew to Cayo Coco, and then took a shuttle bus to our final destination, the Iberostar Daiquiri. The trip on the shuttle bus was well done, with Jose as our guide. A very polite, good looking man, speaking well in English, smiling and friendly. A very good start to a week from heaven.
We arrived at our hotel about an hour after we left the airport, as we had to stop at several hotels on the way. Then we went to check in, the keys were given to us immediately and we went to our room. We unpacked and then stepped outside. We were disappointed with the view, which consisted of a palm tree and the roof of the main building. I was not happy, and we went down to the main desk and asked them to change our room if possible to a room with an ocean view. We were told not tonite but tomorrow. We said no problem and went to eat our dinner at the buffet. This was a nice variety, with fresh fish, pasta, salads, rice, etc....and we ate and were filled. We also had excellent service with the waiters bringing us wine and water as we dined. We then walked outside after dinner, felt the water in the pool and really wanted to jump right in. We didnt attempt going to the beach, as we were not sure if it was safe at night.
We went and watched the show, and had drinks starting to relax and really take in the paradise in which we had landed.
We went to bed fairly late, happy we were in Cuba.
The next morning we had breakfast at the buffet, nice spread of food again, lots of choices.
We went and had our briefing of all the activities available, and booked our spa day which would take place on the following Tuesday. We then booked our a la carte meals, and then got the key to our new room a bit later.
We went to check out our new room which was located in La Guardalavaca building, and climbed up to the top floor which was the third floor. We walked out onto the main balcony and just about screamed with joy. It was paradise, and almost brought tears to my eyes.
We unloaded our stuff which was brought up to our room quickly by Yudi, and we were very pleased by this quick friendly service.
We ate in the buffet that night, and saw the show.
The next day Monday we spent on the gorgeous beach again, which was guarded by security, which were very nice and helped us with our beach lounge chairs.
On Tuesday we went to the spa, had a head to toe massage, facial which was amazing and so relaxing. Then we had a mud bath, and had some relaxing therapeutic baths, and a Cuba Libre drink while soaking in the pool. We returned and went in the ocean, floating and just enjoying our time, we realized, "We are here, we are really here". The ocean was the temperature of a jacuzzi bath, so warm and so therapeutic.
Tuesday night we ate at the Cuban a la carte restaurant, I had fish which was delicious. We spent time on the beach in the evening, and met the security guards who assured us that we were safe and we realized that indeed Cuba is safe and a wonderful place to visit. I wanted to go swimming. It was so nice and warm, and the water temperature was so appealing. The moon was bright and about half. What a paradise! I didnt go swimming though, but was very tempted.
Wednesday we went to see Cuba. First of all, we went on a speedboat ride and went into the mangroves, saw termite hills, which resembled a large gorilla, and then on the way back my friend Christina and two other english friends drove the boat back. Then we went on our tour bus,to Ciego de Avila, saw a cigar factory, walked around the city, went into a museum (boring) and then went into some shops. The security was again helpful and very nice. Guillermo. Then we boarded the bus and went to have lunch at the beginning of the train ride which took us to the sugar factory. There was a play there, first of all how the slaves were treated, in the past. Then we went inside and saw another play, which we were asked to join in the end to dance and have some fun.
Then we went through Moron again, and on the way back on the bus, met Jose our first guide actually at the sugar factory and he was a great accompaniment on the way back. On the causeway all of a sudden the busdriver stopped and we got out and watched a pod of about 6 to 8 dolphins swimming and jumping in the ocean.
Then we got back on the bus and drove home, which both of us slept quite a way back.
We got back and after swimming, went to shower and go to the buffet for dinner, and then joined our english friends at the lobby bar and had fun talking and sharing stories.
On Thursday it was overcast, so we decided to go horsebackriding. We met up with Juan Carlos, who helped us book our ride which would consist of a 2 hour ride including lunch on the beach. It was so nice, and we loved it. Juan Carlos took care of everything, and we thank him for his great service and fun time. We ate at the mexican a la carte restaurant, and had wonderful service and food once again.
On Friday, we were booked to go on the speedboats, and do snorkeling. We got early to the beach, and spent some time there, and then went to the speedboats which really wasnt far away. We were in a two person speedboat which Christina drove and was lots of fun. The water was shallow, so we followed in a single file line, and went out in the ocean. We finally ended up at a snorkelling site, and went snorkelling. I purchased an underwater camera, and our guide offered kindly to take the pics for me. There were all types of fish swimming close underneath, a most awesome experience. There was such a strong current, they have a rope so you can pull yourself back. Thankfully that was there, even with flippers you get very tired.
We finally got back to the dock and had some juice and got back in our boats and drove back to the main dock. We then loaded our bus, and went back to Iberostar. We swam till dark, and then had a light supper. We missed our Italian a la carte. We didnt mind because we had so much fun that day.
Saturday we were up fairly early, after such a fun evening, we were sad that this was the day we had to leave. After speaking with some fellow canadians, they suggested that we take a taxi instead of the shuttle which would buy us time at the resort. We did book the taxi, and went down to the beach for our final afternoon. Swimming, pedalboats, Felice grande, new friends, we were indeed very sad to be leaving. We went and changed and then brought our bags down with the help of the wonderful staff. We went down to the beach after that for a few more minutes, said goodbye to the boardwalk, the view, our new friends, the security guards who made us feel very safe, who kept the beach secure, and thanked everyone we had met for the most memorable wonderful paradise of a week. We waved and felt pangs of sadness, but we will return.
The only thing we would recommend is that you bring insect repellant for evenings, and also that hopefully they will get Cuban music playing in the disco, so we can dance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the long, fine, sandy beach of Cayo Guillermo (Cuba). An oasis of relaxation. Elegant luxury. Pure water sports. Unspoilt Caribbean nature. Pleasant, modern construction style. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Daiquiri Hotel Cayo Guillermo
- Iberostar Cayo Guillermo
- Iberostar Daiquiri Cuba
- Iberostar Hotel Cayo Guillermo
- Iberostar Daiquiri Cayo Guillermo