Visited Blau Marina Varadero from January 24 to February 03 as a family with 2 children aged 9 and 5. Arrived to the hotel around 5am and got our rooms right away. We were told we were to have ocean view and we got two room facing the construction and street. After a few hours of sleep spoke with reception who told me there was nothing they could do for us so I spoke with my airline rep and she was very helpful in getting us moved into another block into two adjoining rooms that faced the ocean. The down side was that we had ants in our room and had to make sure that there was nothing sweet left out.
The beds were not the most comfortable but they worked for us. The room was kept clean although sometimes there were not enough towels or they were very small. i suggest you bring your own towels. The mini fridge was filled every morning with pop, water and beer.
The beach and water were beautiful and warm. The staff were attentive in getting us as many beach chairs as we required and there was always lots of room on the beach. Must say that we were not in the main area where the entertainment was but in the other part as it was closer to our room. The best part about the beach was that there was no one trying to sell you anything and there were no motorboats and we were able to snorkel far off the shore. The catamaran that we took off the beach to go snorkelling was great! The guide was amazing and as there was no wind he was ready to paddle all the way to the reef. He did not rush us and allowed us to take our time snorkelling. All the staff at the Blau Marina were very friendly and helpful. All of them spoke english very well. I read many reviews about the food in Cuba being bad but I had no complaints about the food at the Blau Marina. Every day we were able to find something we enjoyed. My children ate pasta and freshly grilled fish. Some of the food was a bit bland bit nothing a bit of salt and pepper could not fix. Our favourite were the omelettes and crepes in the morning and the fried bananas at supper.
The nightly entertainment was well organized and a lot of fun. Some shows could have been better set up (like the water ballet) but overall they were entertaining.
The resort itself was very beautiful. The swimming pools were great and not very packed. The negative about the resort is that it is very big and there is a lot of walking around so we stayed on the beach and in the pool closest to our block and all of the games and entertainment took place in pool 1. There was also no beach bar so you had to walk to get your drinks. The best bar was in the lobby and of course it was always packed.
Overall we had a great time at the resort and would be happy to go back there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blau Marina Varadero Resort***** All Inclusive, is a luxurious hotel surrounded by beautiful gardens and unforgettable views that offers its clients superb service and comfortable environment. The 548 rooms and all the installations of 5 star All Inclusive hotel Blau Marina Varadero Resort***** offer the perfect combination for memorable family vacations. Blau Marina Varadero Resort***** offers its clients: Complete Twin rooms, Twins with Sea View and Suites All Inclusive package 6 Restaurants 6 Bars Daily and night animation 2 tennis courts 1 universal court Beach volleyball Non-motorized water sports (catamaran, snorkelling, windsurf) Fitness and aerobics rooms Parking 3 pools for adults 1 pools for children Playground Sport Club (library, billiard, ping pong...) Conference hall with capacity of 300 seats Business centre Souvenirs and boutique Wifi (Looby and meeting room. With charge) Blau Marina Varadero Resort***** ALL INCLUSIVE: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Buffet restaurant Typical Cuban dinner once a week Selection of national and international drinks (top brands with extra cost) 2 tennis courts Courts reservation and necessary equipment 1 universal court Beach volleyball Petanca Non-motorized water sports (catamaran,water cycles, snorkelling, windsurf) Fitness and aerobics rooms Parking Access to all the shows in “La Senora de Atocha” every night Mini bar daily filled with 1 bottle of water, 2 soft drinks, 2 bottles of local beer 3 pools for adults 1 pool for children Area for children in main pool Playground 3 dinners per booking per week in our "a la carte" restaurants (reservation required) Snacks in Pool Bars ... more less
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