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La Marina, Cayo Largo 10200 Cuba
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#2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cayo Largo
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Siko wrote a review Jul 2020
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada568 contributions66 helpful votes
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This review has been a long time coming, but now that I have the time, I’d like to share my thoughts. We have had our eye on Cayo Largo for some time and finally decided to visit this past January (12th through 19th), 2020, in part to celebrate my 50th birthday (now anyone else who was at the Villa that week will know who I am as it seemed everyone there knew it was my birthday). Which brings me to this point. It is such a small, quaint spot, that you can’t help but get to know the other guests on a personal level. There were a total of (I believe) 26 of us staying at the Villa that week, and it had a bit of a family feel to it. Everyone seemed to get a long very well. Some of us would inadvertently meet before dinner and share a few drinks and laughs, talked about our day and what we did. We loved this about the place. Now, we absolutely did our research before booking here. We knew the shortcomings reported by previous visitors. We knew there is no swimmable beach here. We knew pretty much what to expect when we stepped off the bus. We requested one of the older log cabins facing the water and they were able to honor our request, which was so nice. We packed a small travel coffee maker and bought a bag of coffee at the tienda, which is a 5 minute stroll away on our first day. This allowed us the luxury of not leaving the room after we first awoke and sitting on the deck with a coffee in hand, enjoying the sunrise and watching the boats head out for the day. This was priceless to us. If you’re not into doing a few things for yourself to make your vacation enjoyable and need to be tended to for every need or want, don’t come here, you won’t have a good time. Case in point - along with the coffee, we also bought a flat of Cristal cerveza at the tienda for 24 pesos to keep in the room fridge. But alas, the fridge did not get cold. No problem. I had a cooler bag with me and the building by the pool had a great ice machine with lots of ice all week long. Our room was very spacious, newly renovated bathroom with a huge tiled shower, AC was super cold all week, and the housekeeping was spot on. Sitting on the deck overlooking the water in the mornings and evenings was one of our favourite things to do. The pool was immaculately clean and refreshing. Cayo Largo is such a small spit of land but has so much charm and natural beauty, I wish we had come here years ago. There is a shuttle boat that brings people to and from the beautiful and large beaches of Playa Sirena and Playa Paraiso. There are restaurant and facilities there and it gets busy during the day as people can come to the marina by bus from every hotel to visit the beaches. We went once…not really our thing, to each their own. The shuttle is free for Villa Marinera guests only, as there is no beach there. More our speed was when a few of us at the Villa got together and hired a private boat to take us to Iguana Island to stroll around in the natural wonder and visit the many iguanas that come down to the beach and greet you. Another day we took the bus and visited the nursery where they grow plants for the resorts, and they also had iguanas to visit and some crocodiles in their natural environment. Another day we rented an ATV and toured the island and visited some more secluded beaches and sandy trails. It is so small; it is impossible to get lost. On one trail, we came out right beside the airport runway where workers were working on a fence. They stopped working and looked at us and we thought “oh-oh, probably not supposed to be here”. But they all just waved and smiled at us as we went by. Everyone there is so friendly and hospitable. So, there are things to do there (there is also a sea turtle hatchery in the village, but we will save that for another visit), but if you want to do nothing at all, this is the place. The food at Villa Marinera was minimal, but we didn’t starve. There was always a nice soup on (the black bean was delicious!), and breads and cheese and pickles and cold cut meats, plus hot entrees of fish, pork, beef, etc. The restaurant and bar right next door at the marina called “El Pirata” was a nice change of pace a few nights of the week where we would go and spend a few pesos on a few drinks and meals of pizza, or fish and shrimp and lobster. Some nights they had a small band there to where guests would sing and dance along. As others have mentioned, they have some party nights in the village square at the bandstand where locals and guests from all the other hotels would come and eat barbecued chicken, drink, sing and dance. It has been said that it is very loud and goes late into the night, but we must have been so tired from and sleeping heavy, we never heard a thing! All in all, this is a quiet, quaint and charming spot and we can’t wait to get back here some day when the world regains some normalcy. Thank you Villa Marinera for providing us exactly what we expected.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Kelli C wrote a review Mar 2020
Paris, Canada24 contributions6 helpful votes
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We had a great, relaxing week (Mar 1-8, 2020) at Villa Marinera. We were looking for an economical, small resort, just to unwind and enjoy some warmer weather. This place provided exactly what we were looking for. Pros: - distance from airport (about 3 min drive) - rustic little cottage, clean and comfortable - a/c worked great - water temp and pressure was excellent - small resort, very little walking (although would not really be suitable for anyone with mobility issues requiring a wheelchair or walker, stairs to access cottages) - very few people, no line ups - free boat shuttle to gorgeous Playa Sirena beach - nice salt water pool, no need to play the towel reservation game for chairs by the pool - bathrooms in pool house and buffet/bar area always clean and stocked. - food was decent, both in taste and selection (soup each day was my fav) - good coffee in buffet/bar - marina steps away, could buy a pizza for $2CUC, for a change from buffet. Cons: - no coffee maker in room - no juice of any kind available at any meal, unless you paid extra for a juice box - party in the square just in front of resort can get a little loud some nights (Wednesday and Friday seemed the loudest), earplugs did not help to reduce the noise or the bass tremors. Additional info: info: - Bring your own ketchup/mayo/jam/nutella etc if those are condiments you can't do without. - free open wifi at the marina bar - bank is just steps away from the front of the resort to exchange to CUC, we went first day, took about 5 mins. We went back on last day to exchange back what we did not use, and again only about a 5 min wait. (Although for straight exchange, some airport employees will be happy to trade your CUC for canadian) -ATV rentals $35CUC per day, cheaper with each additional day - $12CUC/per person/per day, plus $2CUC each for bus, to access a sister resort. (We asked Transat rep about access to any of the other resorts; which was stated in our trip information package; he told us this was not possible. We asked other travelers; family of 6; who did this during our stay with no issue.) - guests were able to request other food options not available at the buffet table, such as soup, omelets, or sandwich. - one large water bottle in room per day - extra pillows available upon request - does not have a useable beach area (which is why they offer the free boat shuttle), this wasn't a con for us, but if you are a beach person might be a little tedious to have to schedule your beach time between shuttles. Leaves at 10am, returns at 1pm, 3pm, or 5pm. There are washroom facilities at the beach, as well as a bar and restaurant (pay extra), the beach chairs are $2CUC per chair per day. They do beach bar service, extra $, for example $2 CUC for a beer. If you don't require all the extras, or the pretense of luxury, this place is truly a lovely little place to just relax, unwind, and enjoy the sun. We will consider returning in the future, based on the price we paid this time.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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pmorrow5490 wrote a review Jan 2020
Earltown, Canada9 contributions6 helpful votes
We made a comment for our trip to Villa Marinera back in Dec. 2019 after returning home. We have since removed this comment because we were told by our Agent that the problems will be investigated (?). (This doesn’t change the over all rating that we gave) We also deleted our original comment because we think that it may have made the employees of the resort look bad, that was defiantly not our intent. Our views of the resort has nothing to do with the employees, they were wonderful except for 1, the boss lady, Marilyn R. She was basically non-existent and without her direction much didn’t get done because that’s the way things work in Cuba. We did come face to face and spoke with her on our last morning at the resort and she asked us (in English) to sign the guest book. We did write a comment and also mentioned about the food. We understand food in Cuba is not as good as other countries we’ve travelled to and they do what they can but this food was, well let’s just say, not always fresh. (private message me and I will give more details on food) Now for the Employees…. Leonardo was Awesome to us, we loved him, he was always friendly and honest to us. Thank goodness for him as he tried his best to answer our questions and help where he could. We go to Cuba for the people and we met many wonderful people in Cayo Largo, Leonardo being one of them. Our room had the basics that Canadians would expect in Cuba and the girls kept our room very clean. We really liked the waitress/bartender that was there when we first arrived, but sadly she was only there a few days before they brought in someone else. The cook would make our coffee every morning (of course we made it worth his while $$) his smiling face would always brighten my morning. The comments by others that were at the resort Christmas week of 2019 are accurate, both good and bad. That is all comments except for Marilyn R.’s comment as she’s the Manager and posing as a guest to improve the ratings. People from one Canadian province seemed to have had a great time and others from another Canadian province were treated differently and as a result not such a great time. We’re from Nova Scotia (not Ontario or Quebec) We lost our 17-year-old son 7 years ago and have travelled places for Christmas for most of those years as we don’t like being home. We cannot fly from Halifax to Cayo Largo as an all inclusive so we decided to fly to Toronto before going to Cayo Largo but, unfortunately, I cannot explain completely why but I don’t think we would have had the same experience if we’d flown in on the Montreal flight (live and learn). There did seem to be a French-English conflict from the moment we arrived and we tried very hard not to be part of it as we were there to relax and grieve the loss that existed in our hearts. We tried to be friendly with everyone although since we were English we felt snubbed and for no reason. But this again may not have been the result of the resort but a preconditioned conflict that we don't understand being from NS. Bottom line is that we went for the quiet, the beaches, the Cuban people, the relaxation, and we got what we went for…. There were more positives than negatives…. If everything is working and running great it is a 3 star but if it’s not running great you just have to make the best with what you are dealt as we tried to do.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Brian K wrote a review Jan 2020
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Been on many vacations and this was the smallest resort & cheapest place I've ever been. After reading the crappy couple reviews below I had a lot of doubt before heading there Jan 12/2020. We had a great time, met a lot of great people and wouldn't hesitate to return. Food was decent, location was great, rooms were clean, & the drinks were free. If you want to brag about 5 pools & 6 restaurants, don't go here. If you want to socialize with friendly Canadians and enjoy strolling around off the resort without fear, this place will work just fine. Bring ear plugs if you wake easily (close to the town parties) and bug spray if you like to be out at sunset (mosquitoes come out for about an hour at dusk).
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Date of stay: January 2020
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cleaver61 wrote a review Jan 2020
Toronto, Canada12 contributions13 helpful votes
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Just returned from a week at Villa Marinera in Cayo Largo. I wanted a week to read and lie in the sun, swim in the ocean and not much else. Upon arrival there was some confusion due to overbooking, but I ended up being assigned a single casita which had a full living room, dining area, sink and small fridge with a separate bedroom. Clean and comfortable...no complaints there.Hot water was good, and AC was efficient and quiet. I found the staff at this resort to be lively people...always a big smile and a good morning, despite working long hours. Leonardo, the young front desk manager, has a thankless job dealing with just about everything that comes up and I found him to be a welcoming and helpful person. Lovely guy who should have an assistant to handle all that is thrown his way. I had read complaints about him and was wary, but my experience was nothing but positive. Likewise the dining room manager, whose name I have forgotten..a very nice person who made me feel welcome. Same can be said of the 2 maids who cleaned my room. Big smiles and always had a clean room with fresh towels each day. Remember that these people work 20 days straight, separated from their families and that their days are 12 hours minimum. Yet they were consistently polite and friendly. Yes, the food was not great, but I did not expect a lot and they certainly did their best with very little resources. The resort is right beside the marina, where you caught a free ferry to one of the most spectacular beaches I have ever seen...easily 8-10 km of white powder beach..very broad in parts. People tended to cluster around where the ferry landed but I had brought a little popup tent which allowed me to park myself wherever I wanted so I spent many hours with literally no one within hundreds of yards. Low surf due to it being on the Caribbean side ...turquoise water and great swimming. Even on a quite windy day the waves were not high..(see pics). Took the 25 peso snorkelling trip that was offered by the ferry boat and had a full hour snorkelling on a vibrant and ALIVE reef..saw a large ray and a 5 ft nurse shark along with the usual suspects of yellowtails etc...the corals are in astonishingly good condition. Well worth it. There is not much else to do there...the resort does not have any entertainment which is a bonus for me and at night it was very quiet with the exception of the Suco Suco snackbar which played music for its mainly Cuban clientele late at night. Kind of annoying if were at that end of the resort, which I was, but I had headphones and was able to sleep well most nights. There is a small pool which I did not use, nor did many of the other guests but it was clean and had nice loungers with pads around it. Sunsets are spectacular from the resort as it faces west. The rest of the rooms consisted of 11 duplex wooden cabinas which were large with high ceilings. Quite like going to a Canadian cottage. I paid a ridiculously low price to go there. I have been to Cuba many times and have stayed at all-inclusives as well as renting air bnbs in Havana and one needs to have realistic expectations. Cayo Largo is an island so supplies are naturally a problem at times especially in Cuba. I went there expecting to have to compromise and was pleasantly surprised. I am an independent traveller and do not need luxury in a hotel. Rather, it is the surroundings and the local people that I go for and I was again impressed by the ability of the Cuban people to remain cheerful and friendly even when being overworked, underpaid, and at times treated badly by ignorant tourists who seem to have forgotten how hard these people are working for almost no pay. Tip them generously...bring extra shoes and leave stuff behind. Do not expect to be treated like royalty..waited on hand and foot. Take a few minutes to put yourself in their shoes and remember these people are working away from their homes and family. Remember you probably paid less than you would for a weekend at a Motel 6 on the side of some highway and have realistic expectations. I can't say enough about the lovely staff and their ability to make me feel welcome. Muchas gracias to my awesome amigo Leonardo and the whole staff at Villa Marinera. I hope to see you all again next year.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Marinera
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Marinera?
Nearby attractions include Playa Paraiso (1.7 miles), Playa Mal Tiempo (2.4 miles), and Sirena Beach (1.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Marinera?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Marinera?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Villa Marinera?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Villa Marinera have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Villa Marinera offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Villa Marinera have airport transportation?
Yes, Villa Marinera offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Villa Marinera have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the marina view available here.