This hotel is really 'two in one' set in stunning gardens with the most amazing 'icing- sugar- soft' white beach and turquoise sea right on your doorstep. There is an Eco Trail that leads you through the bush within walking distance of the hotel and it's really easy to just follow the signs by yourself after paying three pesos at the little bar where the entrance is . The views from the look-out point are well worth the walk, 'though I would recommend wearing 'proper' shoes instead of the flip-flops which I was silly enough to wear....great photo opportunities, especially when you come across the plaster 'native indians' in all their glory and the 'burial cave'.
The food was well cooked and well presented despite the fact that U.S. sanctions prevent the import of a wider variety of items and the different themed restaurants did a super job of making themselves 'different' and 'special'. We particularly enjoyed eating at the beach bar restaurant at lunchtime as we could go in 'just as we were' and could see the food being freshly cooked to order. The staff, (although lovely all over the complex), were particularly happy and friendly here and just couldn't do enough for you and when we returned from a two -day trip to Havana, they welcomed us like long-lost friends.
The nightly entertainment, (live music in the reception bars of both parts of the complex, plus a regular theatre presentation), was professional and colourful and kids were given their own entertainment slot each evening. The emphasis throughout was on fun and more fun and despite our advancing years, my husband and I enjoyed ourselves just as much as the young people there.
Guardalavaca is really small, but the little market is worth a visit and the beach cafes are lively and atmospheric fronted by a lovely white beach which is popular with locals and tourists alike. Everyone we met exuded friendliness without being over pushy and all demonstrated a great sense of humour. As well as our trip to Havana, we did a local trip called 'Cuba Life' which was informative, entertaining and included a really good lunch. We thought it was good value for money as we got to see what life is like for the 'real people' and got a good insight into Cuban politics and how they work.....Everyone we met appeared to be happy and content. All in all, a fabulous holiday in a fabulous location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four -Star All Inclusive Resort with 464 rooms. Located beachfront in Playa Esmeralda, on the northern coast of Holguin province, where visitors will be amazed by the dazzling superposition of blues and greens from the sea, sky and costal shrubbery. This hotel complex is surrounded by extensive green areas and offers a wide variety of services and attractions. Recommended for families, weddings, honeymoons and tourist groups.Guest Rooms464 rooms: 308 Standard, 108 Standard Ocean View, 30 Standard Superior Ocean View, 6 Junior Suite, 4 Suite, 8 Family Suite Ocean ViewDining7 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet), 6 Bars ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sol Rio De Luna y Mares Hotel Guardalavaca
- Sol Rio De Luna y Mares Resort
- Sol Rio De Luna y Mares Guardalavaca, Cuba - Holguin Province