We stayed at the Husa Feb 25-Mar 4, and travelled with Sunwing. Overall, we had a great time, and couldn't have asked for better weather!
Although it was long travel days (to and from), our experience with Sunwing was positive. The bus ride to the resort was long, but it was a very comfortable bus with AC, plenty of beer, a great guide, and the sights were very interesting.
Upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised to get exactly what we requested for a room (I emailed prior, but they made no promises). Bldg 27 was a perfect location. The resort was a bit of a maze to navigate, with poor signage. Even by the end of the week I often felt a little lost.
Again, our room was set up with what we asked for- a king and a single. The room was dated, but relatively clean. The room smelled of mildew, but we let some fresh air in, and you get used to it. We understand that with the humidity, this is typical.
The king bed was very firm- but I must say that my back felt better than ever! The single bed was like concrete. We had to lay an extra blanket under the sheet, helped a bit.
Speaking of maid service, we had Yosmani and Dayli- and they were lovely! Great service. My daughter loved the towel designs they left, as well as the very sweet notes. My husband bumped into the bar refill guy (I wish we had his name), and he gave us extra of everything, as well as 2 bottles of rum over the week! He was amazing.
The first full day, we went straight to the beach. It was a green flag day- and it was breathtaking!! The softest sand I have ever seen. You could walk out into the calm crystal clear water forever. My daughter was snorkling and even saw some fish.
We visited the beach every morning after breakfast, and spent the afternoon at the pool. Although the rest of the week we had either yellow or red flags. You could still swim and jump in the waves, but the lifeguards were diligent about keeping people close to shore.
The Husa resort is most definitely on the best stretch of beach. It's the widest area. The pools were awesome as well. Very clean, and very well laid out. Never too busy, you could always find loungers. There was a swim up bar at both pools, and the bartenders were great.
Now about the food...
We didn't starve, and it by no means ruined our trip. The buffet was not good. After a few days, we figured out where to go and what to avoid. For breakfast- the made-to-order omeletes, grilled sandwhiches and crepes were good. Be prepared to wait in line though. The fresh bread was always nice. For lunch, we stuck with the Ancon Grill by the pool. The buffet was basically the same, but the grilled fish and hamburgers were pretty good.
We booked 4 a-la-cartes, and they were hit and miss. The Cuban and Spanish were at the resort, and were so-so. Our favorite was the Romantico at the market, quite a nice meal actually. Our least favorite was the Italian- really bad food and bad service. Not coincidentally, we all got slightly sick afterwards as well.
For one lunch, we ate at the Trattoria at the market. It was well worth it- great pizza!
We only did one excursion- the speedboats/snorking. I avoid the booze cruise type, so was not interested in the Catamaran or dolpins. The speedboats were for 1 hour, lots of fun, and snorkling 1 hour, perfect.
Lastly, the service at the resort was fantastic. There were several staff who stood out, always greeted you enthusiastically, remembered your name. Heriberto in the lobby lounge was our favorite! He is an amazing fellow.
Overall, I would go back to the CSM area, it was SO beautiful. But I would try another resort, mainly for the food.
Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about the resort!
- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria Beach & Colonial Hotel
- Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria Beach & Colonial Hotel Cayo Santa Maria
- Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria Beach And Colonial Resort
- Cayo Santa Maria Barcelo