Just got back from the Club Amigo Colares. Stayed March 10th to March 17th. on the Corales sde. They shut down the Carisol side for the season. travelled with 3 adults 50+ yrs and 1 ten yr old. We have been to the Riu in Ocho Rios, St. Lucia Coconut Bay, Cozumel-Allegro! Barbados in dec 2012 and many times to Punta Cana 4 & 5 starts and Varadero 2x.
Please rememer this is CUBA so set you expectations accordingly. I will be objective in my review.
Slow as there was only 2 people checking you in. We had drinks to chill with so no bother to us.
On average, the service was ok. NO one rushed to serve you, to put it that way.But you wont go thirsty. Julia at the swim up bar is a sweetheart. A tip each day goes a long way!!!! Servesa is great...they did not know many drinks, but if you told them, they would do it. NO BLENDERS THERE!!!! The pool bar tenders are friendly and fun!
The water is warm and the snorkeling is fabulous. We fed the fish, saw sea urchins and lots of other underwater sea life. The paddle boats are fun. Bar on the beach as well with basic drinks. Beach is full of coral from Sandy, but still fun to search for treasures. You could walk either side of the resort for a bit, BUT BRING WATER SHOES!!! they are a must. Many people cut their feet during our stay. Beach hut food..well..if your hungry it's ok. Otherwise...naa!
YES, THE FOOD IS BLAND! not much in the way of condiments. limited salad dressing and syrup and jam. You wont starve. Many nights they ran out of the fresh meat they did on the grill that nite. I will chalk that up to poor planning. Pasta was undercooked some nights! Breaky was always the same. They had omelets and eggs you can get cooked for you. Cold cuts and cheese! Every meal serving had beans and they wre good! This is standard at each meal serving. They had some fresh juice, limited cereal and NO BUTTER!!!! That was a tough one to take. OH well.....
HERE IS THE GOOD PART!! IF YOU leave the resort and walk past the security gate about 30 feet, on the left there is a lite blue or turquoise building with a bar and place the sit. Go into the restaurant. W\oW...the lobster is fabulous...first nite was $12 pecos then after that it was $10. They are all nice there. If you have extra clothes, take along and give it to the locals there. They will appreciate it. We had lobster and shrimp. really really good!!!
Much of the veg is the same at each meal. Shredded cabbages, beets, tomatoes and a few other things which changed up every second day or so. But always repetitive. Again, not much selection, BUT YOU WONT STARVE. THIS RESORT IS CUBAN OWNED, SO YOU GET TO EAT WHAT THE GOV GIVES THE RESORT TO SERVE!
Standard 3 star! 2 beds, AC was good, noisy but cool! Again, this is a 3 star! Horrible pillows, BRING YOUR OWN FROM WALMART AND LEAVE IT THERE!!! Maids are great! bring extra clothes for them and their kids and leave it there. Toothpaste, toothbrushes etc for them. They will appreciate it. They dont make much.
NICE AND COOL! a few activities in the afternoon if you wanted. If not, just chill! the pool looked clear and clean! No complaints there!!!
Nightly Entertainment: We did not see it as we were always bagged around 9pm from all the swimming and sun and drinks!!!
THIS IS IMPORTANT! TOWELS!
They give you towel cards that you exchange with your maid. Dont hang your towels on the railings as they will dissapear and you will pay 10 pecos. I hung a bath towel on the railing on our last day and the maid came running after us before we got on the bus, asking where it was. The maids have to have all bath towels accounted for each day or they will have to pay for it. Ours must have blown off, and reception was going to make her pay! I told them it was not her fault, so I gave them 4 pecos for that. fyi!!!
We did the swim with the dolphins! That was fun! $69 pecos for adults and $29 for kids and you get a good swim with the dolphins. Then they take you to the local artists! That was just ok. We got some cool pottery there. Then you go to an aligator farm and boat ride. That was not so much fun! Not much there. My sister and our friends went into Santiago for the historical tour and she said it was interesting. They went downtown and there are lots of people asking for soap and pens and clothes! If you have extra, take it down for them.
ALL IN ALL, IT WAS A GOOD TRIP, as we knew this was a 3 star! Go down to relax and enjoy the hot weather and remember this is CUBA>>>
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Resort consisting of two hotels (Carisol and Corales) with a total of 310 rooms, 4 swimming pools (2 for adults and 2 for children, beach, 2 lobby bar, 2 pool bar, one beach bar, pizzeria, 2 restaurants a la carte (Cuban and sailor), 2 buffet restaurants, serving food and drinks 24 hours, day and night entertainment ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Amigo Carisol Los Corales Hotel Santiago De Cuba
- Hotel Amigo Carisol Los Corales
- Amigo Carisol Los Corales Hotel
- Club Amigo Carisol Los Corales Santiago De Cuba