My Wife and I just returned from here on our belated honeymoon. Despite the odd bad review we we anticipation a great getaway and we weren't disappointed. Upon arrival at Holguin airport we had a air conditioned coach journey of about an hour to the resort. There was an English speaking guide who talked about Cuba while we drove which we thought was great as apposed to yet another hour reading a book or listening to music.
We were greeted at the hotel (as honeymooners) in a special checkin with a glass of Champagne. We then jumped on a buggy which took us to our room. Bags were carried for us to our room. All very professional.
Our room was much better than expected. We were informed to expect some bad paintwork or dodgy lighting however none was present. The room was great, air conditioned and had a stocked fridge with beer, coke and water as well as cable TV and a radio. The bed was extremely good. I suffer with back pain and in the whole 2 week period i never suffered any problem due to a bad mattress.
Upon touring the grounds it seemed that everything was actually in much closer proportion than the map would have you believe. We stayed in apartment 54 which is mid ring on the west side. It was about 4 minutes walk to the lobby and 3 to the sea. Honestly you can't ask much better in a big resort like this.
The pool is probably the most impressive aspect of the complex. It will take you abou 5 minutes to walk it's circumference! It has 2/3 bars on its outskirts including a poolside bar where you can be in the pool and at the bar at the same time. Be warned, beds get stolen up very early in the morning by people. Laughably we even saw one family even add a couple of tables to their collection of furniture they were 'reserving' for the day.
Sadly this is one negative I have to say about PP. The reservation of beds is plagued both on the beach and at the pool. We had one occasion where we really wanted some shade on the beach. got down at 8.30 and found all spots taken and reseved and many were still unclaimed by 1pm that day. PP should have a rule about this in my opinion.
The beach was a real breath taker. White sand, Blue sea and some great snorkelling. For me this was a real highlight being able to snorkel off the beach. PP have snorkels and flippers available as part of your all inclusive package to rent. Mini catamarans, pedlows etc are also included.
Food is a bit of a mixed bag but generally you will find something for any taste. The buffet food is varied and in many cases good, however don't expect gourmet dining here! I would personally recommend queuing and getting something cooked in front of you as this you can guarantee is fresh. We had one or two gastric discomforts which you have to expect when visiting any foreign country, however the freshly cooked food seems to be a good way to avoid this. It is also worth noting that the wine in the buffet is table wine so don't expect it to set your world alight. Stick to beer, coke etc.
The a-la-carte restaurants are a delight. We visited nearly all of them. Our favorite was either the Carebino or the Italiano. Both had great food and good service. Wine here is better, you are also able to order (at additional cost) from a wine menu. Bothe seafood and meat are served, some vegetarian options are available but are limited.
Bars in the complex range from a beer garden to pool/beach side stalls to the lobby bar which seems to have every spirit known to man! They are invariably "unbranded" but the staff will happily guide you on what they think is best. The bar staff at the lobby bar were excellent.
Unless you bring a big wallet then the resort is all you will see of Cuba unfortunately. Placement of the hotel means that you will need to get a bus into the nearest town; Guardalavaca. Which even then this only has a small market, beach and hotels. To really see Cuba you need to purchase one of the various tours the hotel/government offers. We went on a 4x4 tour of Cuba (visiting a farmer's house, A mountain view and horse riding and native site) as well as a dolpin and dive excursion (catamaran journey, snorkelling on a reef and swimming with dolphins). Both on average cost about £100 per person. If you don't have money to throw at the holiday then be prepared to stay at the resort.
If you are staying in the resort for much of your time, you aren't just limited to the bar, beach and pool. There are other activities available from tennis to pool to basketball. There is a well equipped gym and Jacuzzi should you wish to do something a bit different. There is also activities through the day at the pool with volleyball and bingo being a favorite!
Every evening the team have a stage show of some kind. The production team are very talented and the theatre was surprisingly well equipped with lighting and sound. The music played is predominately Cuban so be prepared if you aren't a fan however the entertainment was something to look forward to every evening.
A big tip for anyone going, take a large thermos flask with you. Drinks are served in small plastic cups which last 5 minutes, we obviously didn't get this memo as it seemed everyone else had a keg sied mug which the bar staff will happily fill with your chosen tipple (one guy even poured half a bottle of vodka straight into this guy's cup!).
One last point (and this is no fault of the hotel) the internet is slow and expensive. Cuba does not have broadband and so internet connection is on dialup. Therefore speeds are painful. If you need to check your emails regularly then be prepared with money and patience.
All in all a great honeymoon which the memories will last a lifetime. We will no doubt return one day with little feet in tow as the resort caters for children too.
- Also Known As:
- Playa Pesquero Cuba
- Playa Pesquero Hotel Cuba
- Hotel Playa Pesquero Cuba
- Hotel Playa Pesquero Holguin Province, Cuba
- Playa Pesquero Holguin Cuba
- Playa Pesquera
- Pesquero Playa
- Playa Pasquero