We decided that since the kids are all in their 20's, the only way to spend time with them anymore is to have a holiday taken together - and with mom and dad paying they were more than happy to come.
This is a new resort (about 16 months old) and so everything is still shiny and new, although the beds are not very good to sleep on after a few nights. The food is typical Cuban food - not good but you can always find something to eat. I find it odd - they have all the right ingredients but cannot put it together right for some reason.
The bars were great especially our friends serving at the pool bar - just phenomenal people. That and the friends we made while playing in the pool - and of course Jenny - from entertainment, makes us want to go back again, regardless of the food.
Our kids enjoyed every bar and closed each one most nights there and we made so many friends that when we left, there were over 14 people in the lobby saying good bye and in our group photos. It was one of the most memorable vacations because of the people we met both locals and tourists.
The weather and the beach were also spectacular and never had any issues with chairs or loungers around at the pool or beach.
I know of others that have been to Cuba at other resorts, but I would recommend this place based on the great time we had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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