We returned yesterday (Sunday March 12th) from Paradisus Rio de Oro. Ate at the a la cartes every night so not sure about the buffet at night but was VERY good. There were cancellations at the El Patio (international restaurant) so we got to go there three times for lobster - which we loved. Didn't get to the Cuban restaurant but the Japanese and Mediterranean were superb as well. Beach was amazing and clean, pool and swim up bars were great with drinks always flowing. William and Manuel at the lobby bar were awesome as always and definitely try a bahama mama, mojito and caipirinha from them if you're there. A capuccino from the lobby bar or the poolside restaurant are a must on a daily basis.
You may want to bring your own water bottle to breakfast as I found that this was not something that was normally requested. Ask for oj every morning as it is delicious. Walked the beach every day, put in a drink order at each end to thoroughly enjoy the walk, lol. Room was great, we were in 3418 which is a standard room on the second floor right beside the pool facing the pool/ocean - but didn't have a view because of the trees. Would request 3415 next time to have more view of the ocean. If going to a superior room, would request the ocean side closest to the pool and farthest from the lobby but that's just me. We only went to the lobby twice a day, for breakfast and dinner/drinks and was a five minute walk if you were at a steady clip. We did not want to be near the lobby but since the caleticas will have drink service in the future (May - November 2006 while the beach restaurant is being refurbished) this might not be a bad location actually.
Although some reviewers have said the pool was so cold it took your breath away, this is a bit exaggerated, most people got in somewhat slowly (as we did) but we stayed in for hours and then in the ocean for awhile with no issues, it's heavenly as every day except for one last week was 30 and sunny with very few clouds. It was pretty windy most days so usually a yellow flag (one day red flag and a couple of green flags days). Tried snorkelling around the reef near the Paradisus for the first time and loved it. We didn't do any excursions as this was a purely relaxing vacation but will likely do them when we return for a friend's wedding in November, can't wait, 8 months to go, lol.
Grounds are absolutely beautiful, gardeners constantly working on them. The new spa which will likely open early May will be amazing, the gym equipment is already in one of the rooms (although not set up). It will have a gorgeous view of the ocean and many treatment rooms for whatever you desire. Hasn't really affected the walk to the caleticas as the spa is quite close to the garden villas and once you walk past the spa it's a dirt path again. Truly a beautiful place, if you're friendly to the Cubans, you will find out what wonderful people they are. Please and thank you and positive attitudes were not in evidence with many guests we saw so when you find negative reviews you may want to consider this. We also found that when George at the pool bar would carry drinks to people around the pool who had requested them, many guests would not even acknowledge this great level of service. We experienced very few issues at this resort and absolutely none that I will comment on here as I will likely have more issues when i visit the food court downstairs for my late lunch today.
Happy vacationing everyone, i'm jealous if you're heading to PRDO soon.
Please treasure your moments at PRDO and be kind to the staff, sometimes things will take longer when in Cuba but there really is no rush.
Most cubans work six days a week in the heat, i doubt that many of us would rush if we worked for as little pay and for as many hours as they do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Bahia de Naranjo Natural Park, in Playa Esmeralda, on the northern coast of Holguin province. Five-Star Ultra All Inclusive Eco-Resort with 354 rooms. Conceived only for adults aged 18 years or more. Maximum comfort and perfection in its private Royal Service area for a fabulous experience in a world apart. Recommended for weddings, honeymoons, incentive trips and wellness/spa. Guest Rooms 354 rooms: 254 Junior Suites, 24 Luxury Junior Suites, 16 Luxury Junior Suites Ocean View, 2 Suites Deluxe, 36 Master Junior Suites Royal Service, 14 Master Junior Suites Ocean View Royal Service, 6 Master Junior Suites Luxury Royal Service, 2 Garden Villas Royal Service. Dining: 8 Restaurants (A la Carte, Buffet), 5 Bars. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradisus Rio De Oro Resort And Spa
- Paradisus Rio De Oro Hotel Holguin
- Paradisus Hotel Guardalavaca
- Rio De Oro Paradisus
- Paradisus Rio De Oro Cuba
- Hotel Paradisus Rio De Oro
- Paradisus Rio De Oro Resort & Spa Cuba/Holguin