I've been to this resort at Marea del Portillo 5 times in the past 3 years. While I agree it's not for everyone, I LOVE it and don't mind returning again and again, as so many others do. Beautifully situated next to the mountains, this is "real" Cuba that (I hear) you don't find in the bigger resort centres.
We find the staff here very friendly and helpful, and they welcome us back like family. The rooms (both at the Farallon and in the Cabanas) are clean but basic. The food in the dining room is varied and always good (that said, some people simply do not like Cuban food, which I find delicious. I actually look forward to the food, and have gained a few pounds every trip.) There are several really good excursions offered by the hotel, but you can also explore by hired taxi, horse & buggy, or on foot.
The pool is good and has a small swim-up bar. The beach is good for swimming, but not right in front of the Farallon - you need to walk past the pier towards the Cabanas section. There is a danger of jelly-fish stings (non-lethal but uncomfortable) if you swim in the evening (or even a cloudy late-afternoon) - treat with lemon juice, vinegar, or urine to reduce the stinging and swelling.
This is a quieter resort, at least it is when we go in the shoulder seasons (April/October.) There is a late-night bar by the beach, but other than that, partiers really need to go to Pilon, or preferably another resort altogether. The clientele is primarily mature adults, families, and lonely older singles looking for Cuban romance (with Cubans, I mean.)
I notice one reviewer mentioned theft from rooms - I have never heard of this happening during our stays. We of course take the same precautions as we do in any hotel room - keep valuables (passport, etc) in the safe, and use luggage locks. We always tip the maid early and often (pesos and small gifts like makeup, socks, toothpaste which we bring for this purpose.)
Reality check: this is Cuba. The roads to the resort are bad (part of the adventure is getting there), power outages happen (bring flashlight and/or candles), and everything is on "Cuba time", which means eventually. Relax, it's a vacation!
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- Also Known As:
- Club Amigo Farallon Del Caribe - Marea Del Portillo Hotel Pilon
- Hotel Amigo Farallon Del Caribe
- Resort Amigo Farallon Del Caribe
- Club Amigo Marea Del Portillo Cuba/Pilon