Our family (2 adults 5 yo, 7yo) stayed here for March Break 2013. We met my parents and nephew there because it would cost the same amount to travel across Canada and we would still be cold. We asked ahead of time to have rooms close to each other and when we got there our rooms were side by side.
Once we added two cots there wasn't much room left in the room and we were all in a row. On the second night a water main broke, so we went to reception and they had already put us in a new room. We ended up in a family suite. This was the best thing that could have happened to us. The family suite has two rooms. In the living room there is a double bed and then we asked for another cot. This is where the kids stayed. In the living room there was plenty of space, a table, a couch, sink, fridge and probably some other stuff. My wife and I slept in the bedroom, this was separated by the bathroom and a closet. Having the separate rooms was great; we could put the kids to bed and then stay up and watch tv, talk or read with the lights on. If I had of known the difference between the rooms I would have requested one from the start.
This was our first visit to Cuba. I found Cuba, Varadero and our resort very safe. The weather was beautiful and the people were very friendly.
We loved the beach. A couple days we were not allowed to swim because of the waves, so we went to the pool which is also nice with a bar that serves up tasty drinks and lemonade for the kids or other virgin cocktails. There was one problem, not enough chairs. If you were allowed swimming in the ocean then there weren't enough chairs at the beach and if the waves were up the pool chairs filled up quickly. And there are some people who reserve their chair with a towel for the whole day and hardly use it. We caught on after a few days and sent my Dad (the early bird) down to reserve chairs.
The restaurant was good. My daughter had pasta every night, she is picky at home too. My son, the not-so-picky one had a great time trying out all kinds of foods. After 4-5 days the food gets a tad bland, but you can always find something to eat. The breads are awesome. You can have omelettes everyday and there is always ice cream at night.
We went in to Varadero a few times. It is a quick bus ride in. We took a regular bus one time and the double decker another time. Both cheap and easy to access.
The guys running the catamarans took us out. It was cheap and a lot of fun. We left right from the beach. They took us out to the reef and showed us all the pretty fish. It was 20 pesos for me and my Dad and 10 Pesos for my son and nephew. Great deal. Doesn't take the whole day either.
I would definitely go back to this resort. I think it was a great value. My whole family had a great time.
If you have kids, get the Family Suite!
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- Also Known As:
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