Just got back from the PCV late Wednesday night (April 24th) after an amazing week. After reading the reviews about this resort we went with an open mind not knowing what to expect. After being there for only a few hours we realized just how beautiful and amazing this resort was. Sure there are a few little things to complain about but why let something so little spoil your vacation!!
The buffet is just like every other resort you'd find in Cuba, a lot of choices but same day after day for the most part. For breakfast you can have omelets, eggs made the way you want, fresh juices (freshly squeezed orange juice was delicious) and you had plenty of variety of breads and other breakfast food to choose from. For lunch and supper you have the freshly cooked stations that are fish, meat, or pasta/pizza and you have your buffet style food set up to choose what you want. For me the meat station was great because I mostly ate beef and chicken for the week, with a little pasta. The 24hr snack bar is great because they have pizzas, fries, burgers, hot dogs, calamari ect. served around the clock. So if you get tired of the buffet or a la carts you can just head to the snack bar and get a quick fill. We went to 2 a la carts while there the Japanese and Cuban. The Japanese was amazing and had great tasting food. Our cook started off by mixing together everything for the rice, then went on to preparing the chicken, beef, shrimp and fish. The food was extremely tasty and the rice was delicious. While cooking the food the cook does different tricks with the food and then asks everyone who want to join in to do so and have pictures taken while doing so. I would suggest going to this at least 1 time!!! The Cuban a la cart was ok. We had pork which tasted good but that was really the only thing good about the meal.
The pool and the grounds of this resort are truly beautiful!! The gardeners can be seen from 5am right through till 5pm working non stop to keep the flowers, trees ect. looking the way they do. I would often bring 2 or 3 beer to them as they do not get anything to drink unless on break. it is much appreciated by them!)
The beach is fairly big and is beautiful. Sure there are a few rocks here and there and not all of the beach is sandy like you see in Jamaica and other areas, but it is still very nice. The water is a nice light blue/green color and looks beautiful. You have to go though about 10-20 feet of rough rocks/seaweed to get to the clear water but once your past that its amazing. There are thousands of fish that will swim around you without bringing any food to feed them (bring a banana or bread with you if you want more fish to come).
We went on the catamaran / dolphin tour and the jeep adventure. The dolphin tour is worth every penny and more!! First we went on a catamaran (all drinks included on board) and snorkeled at a coral reef for roughly 45min, then went to the dolphin area and had lunch followed by swimming with the dolphins. If you want to do tricks with the dolphins it is 10$ each trick or when you buy 2 you get the 3rd free (very worth it). after you have swam with the dolphins you get back on the catamaran and head back to the Marina where your bus will be waiting to take you back to the resort. The jeep tour was also a lot of fun. We took the jeeps and went through the country side and then to a farm where we went horse back riding. Following horseback riding we went for lunch on top of a beautiful hill overlooking the bay where Christopher Columbus first landed in Cuba. After lunch we went to the monuments where Columbus landed and later seen a reenactment of how the natives lived. This was a very long day but well worth seeing.
The rooms are dated like others have said but in no way at all bad. The water in the shower is really hot and tends to get hotter as you shower so watch out not to burn yourself!! We had room 1526 which was in the first building on your left as you enter the resort by the pool. I requested for a 2nd floor room and received it (not one bug found in room). Room was right next to the pool, buffet and lobby and only a very short distance from the beach.
The only negative thing I have to say about this resort is the nightly entertainment. Some of the shows are great, but there is a lot of just Cuban music played which gets boring to hear and watch quick. The water ballet was beautiful and I would recommend seeing that!!
Over all I would return to this resort in a heartbeat!! its beautiful and has great friendly staff trying to make your vacation even better then it already is.
Hope this helps anyone debating to go here or not!! GO haha :)
- Also Known As:
- Playa Costa Verde Cuba
- Playa Costa Verde Rafael Freyre
- Playa Costa Verde Holguin
- Costa Playa Verde
- Playa Costa Verde
- Playa Costa Verde Hotel
- Hotel Playa Costa Verde Holguin Province, Cuba
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Accommodation, buffet meals, 4 a la carte restaurants, 6 bars, 24-hour snacks and Lobby, unlimited drinks, Mini Club, pools, Jacuzzis, day/night entertainment, water/land sports with equipment and instruction, gym, meeting facilities, air-conditioned rooms with bathroom, hair drier, telephone, safe, satellite TV, CD player, iron and ironing board, tea/coffee maker, mini fridge with welcome drinks, terrace or balcony. All Inclusive! Plus ($): Internet, tours, hairdresser, and shop. ... more less