The Oceans opened Oct 31 .There was quite a bit of damage done to parts of the beach due to the hurricane but they rebuilt it very quickly by dredging sand from almost a km. out to sea.
It was a fascinating process done by a Spanish company. The only real inconvenience (which was really minor) was having part of the beach roped off for 3 days. When you got beyond the roped area, the beach was huge.We walked over 1 hour east and could have gone further.
The sailboats, kayaks and paddle boats were only out a few days because of the wind. It was sunny most days so it was still nice to walk along the beach.
THe restaurants (a la cartes) were closed every 3 days which seemed strange. The food was OK (but hey-it's CUBA!) The Cubans tend to fry or stew so if you are expecting roasted chicken or beef it is not available. The beek was pretty tough-avoid that.
The buffet was almost a carbon copy of the Barcelo Marina Palace (which is under construction and bought by BLAU) The buffet had a fish fry bar, a pizza bar, a pasta bar and a chicken/beef fry. In addition there were cold pasta type salads and cold cuts/cheese.
(No lettuce, rarely tomatoes, a bit of chopped spinach) The bread products were fantastic. Soup good as well. Desserts fantastic!
There was a snack bar (hamburgers, fries, sandwiches) but the service was quite slow.
Lunch was served at a separate buffet-soup, hot foods, cold salads (beets, pickled carrots, seafood pasta, lentils) desserts and breads. I tend to get tourista wherever I go but I didn't get it here!
The staff was amazing-very friendly and helpful. The dining staff really worked as a team and were well trained.
Leave a couple of pesos(CUC) at each meal or in your room and you will be spoiled!
We had 2 double (I don't think they were queen) beds which were really comfortable. The bath had a separate shower and tub
The room was cleaned well daily-no complaints. The frig was stocked as needed.
There were several areas that they were still working on (probably 3 blocks with about 120 rooms in each) Most of the work was either gardening or interior work so it was not disruptive.
The pool was lovely with several arbors for those who wished shade.
The entertainment was typical Cuban style-lots of color, dancing and Spanish music. It was so loud hardly anyone went. It was also hard to sleep but fortunately we brought ear plugs.
I really think this is something that needs to be addressed as the decibal level was unbelievable and more importantly unhealthy.
The piano bar on the other hand had an excellent multicultural group. The trios in the lobby at night were also very talented. Both these venues were well attended.
The entertainment at the pool and beach included dance, aerobics, polo, competitions, Spanish classes etc. The young organizers were enthusiastic. It was very loud though.
However we found that they were at the beach in the morning and the pool in the afternoon so if you didn't want the noise it could be avoided.
There were a lot more people there our second week.
Although this resort is in its infancy we both agreed it was a good choice and will improve with time.
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- Prime oceanfront property stretching more than 200 meters wide, Ocean Varadero El Patriarca is a five-star resort reflecting the 40’s and 50’s Varadero historic architecture. Complete with 420 deluxe rooms, Privilege Deluxe and Privilege Junior Suites; an array of thematic restaurants; a Despacio Spa Centre; Privilege Exclusive Rooms and Services, Privilege Lounge and upgraded amenities. ... more less
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