My husband and I and our 2 daughters (ages 9 &12) spent Jan 23-30 at Husa. I strongly believe we got what we paid for. It was NOT a luxurious resort but it had everything we needed, it was clean, it was decently looked after.
A few tips/thoughts and observations:
The beach is breathtaking. Clean, clear turquoise water and white sand. Very little shells or seaweed on the beach. They will hang a flag out to let you know if it is safe to swim. ( red, green or yellow) There is shade if required. Paddle boats, kayaks and boats to use at no cost. Some entertainment too (cute contests for a prize that were fun) Bring loads of sunscreen. Not much to see for snorkelers here though.
The rooms are small and very basic. The lighting in the bathroom area is horrible. Don’t bother bringing your blow dryer or curling/straightening irons as the hydro there cannot handle them. In fact, there isn’t even an outlet near the mirror to use anyway. They have blow dryers……but be prepared; the wind will likely dry your hair quicker.
The pools are huge. They are very kid friendly ( shallow) and each pool has one bar that you can also swim up to. There is a pool on each side of the resort. The one near the kids club is less busy. There are plenty of chairs. Bring your insulated Bubba cups!
We took the catamaran excursion that included snorkeling, dolphin interaction, lobster lunch and a swim at a private beach. It was fantastic. $300 for the four of us. Bring your towels.
We were advised that the food in Cuba was not the greatest….and that was an understatement! The restaurants were better than the mystery buffet but still not great. (Two are offsite but a short distance by golf cart) Bring ketchup, peanut butter and salad dressing (there is a small fridge in the room).
Breakfast buffet: omelets, crepes and grilled cheese were tolerable. Lunch/dinner buffet: the only thing I would eat was the rice stir fry that they make right in front of you. Sadly you always had to wait in long lines for these things. They have a decent “salad bar” but the only dressing offered was a giant bowl of mayonnaise-like stuff that was awful.
Lastly, bring flashlights and carry them with you at night. The power goes out often and it’s DARK!
Staff was friendly and helpful !
- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria Beach And Colonial Resort
- Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria Beach & Colonial Hotel Cayo Santa Maria
- Cayo Santa Maria Barcelo