If you've booked here, relax! You've made a good choice! First of all, anyone who books this resort is clearly looking for a cheap holiday. If you want all the glitz and glamour of a top notch resort, then book there! Don't complain about this place. You get what you pay for, but in this case, I actually believe we got more than what we paid for. My husband, son and I paid $1705 (taxes included!!) for a week at this resort. I went here thinking that we might be in trouble. I'm the type who pretty much always insisted I'd never go to Cuba because I had heard too many complaints about the food. If you couldn't find something to eat on this resort, then you're just a whiner. Breakfast each day offered freshly made donuts, omelets, hard boiled eggs, bacon, toast (make a toasted bacon and tomato sandwich for breakfast! yummy!) cereals, yogurt, pancakes, fresh fruit and a variety of different smoothies that they'd make you. At lunch and dinner, there was always pork chops or beef they'd grill you, a variety of fresh seafood (including crab, muscles and shrimp), the pasta bar (although I wasn't a fan, my husband, son and his little friend certainly were), rices (s), chicken, salad, veggies (one night they had grilled bacon wrapped asparagus that were to die for!), roast beef...the list goes on and on. Oh, and don't forget the bread! The bread is absolutely wonderful! Often we'd get bread that was still steaming from the oven. Very delicious! I'm not saying that all of the food was as good as some of the other resorts we've been to, but I am most definitely saying you will find something to fill your tummy at every meal. And the red wine in the buffet restaurant was good. Ask for Yanet for your waitress! She's an absolute doll! She's there each evening for dinners. You can also get grilled cheese, or grilled ham and cheese, pizza and fries at the pool restaurant from noon until about 4:00pm. The line ups move slowly though, so get a couple of drinks (try the blue daquiries at the pool bar!!! Delicious!) in your hand to get you through the wait. Cappuccino's are amazing as well!!
Check in was fast, we got a drink while waiting, and were given a ground floor room (1904). The rooms are out dated, but who cares!? They're clean, the maids do a great job and are wonderful with the towel art each day (which thrilled the kids!). There was a bottle of rum on our table after her first cleaning (which we brought home). We tipped her 2 - 3 peso's a day with a couple of gifts that we brought from the dollar store here.
The night shows always began with involving the crowd (the kids just loved that!) and although they weren't the best shows we've ever seen, they certainly tried their best. I have no complaints there. If you don't want to watch the shows, don't watch them. Go sit at the beautiful piano lounge and have some drinks instead.
There's a bank at the resort ($100 Canadian only gets you $88 peso's) and a gift store. We didn't go to our "orientation meeting" and I regret that. We would have found out a lot more about the place and what it offers had we gone. We did one day excursion called "Moron Plus" which took us to a Crocodile breeding farm, and the city of Moron, where we rode horse and buggy through the streets (it really is something to see, makes me extremely proud and blessed to be Canadian) and to a little restaurant to have a drink and banana chips with mustard (and it was good! Don't be shy, try their foods! Everyone was asking for more!) and then off to Lake Redonda for boat rides and a "typical Cuban lunch" that was delicious! They had roasted pig, Yucca (looks like a long white vegetable and tasted better than potato!) and salad and rice with beans. Everyone had a free cocktail here as well. When we got on the bus to head back to the resort, we were all given a small bottle (mickey) of rum as well. Great day overall and broke up the trip nicely.
The beach...I can't say anything more about the beach other than it was pure heaven on earth!!! You can walk out very far in the ocean and only be to your chest deep at the most. This was, without a doubt, was the most beautiful water I've even been in. Pure sandy bottom and no matter how deep you were, you could seen your feet clear as day. I spent hours in there each day.
Anyway, please ignore the whiners! If you want a $1500 per person resort, then go pay for it! If you want a bargain holiday, this is your place. If I was a negative person, I'm sure I could find somethings to whine about, but I just can't justify doing that at the price we paid. Keep an open mind, go enjoy the beautiful Cuban people, their glorious beaches, their music, their food and their beverages! Stay positive! I met a couple of whiners when I was there, and I met a ton of people who'd say "What a glorious day!", with a positive attitude. This place was well worth the money we paid. We've been to Mexico (x3) Dominican (x3) Jamaica, and Florida, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back here. This was our cheapest holiday yet and worth every penny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Memories Caribe Beach Resort offers 328 rooms in different categories, including 280 rooms in deluxe category, 48 junior suites and 56 connecting rooms (deluxe category, 4 of them handicapped accessible). For your convenience, our facilities also have rooms for smokers and non-smokers. RESTAURANTS: International buffet "Las Arcadas" (air conditioned), Breakfast, lunch and dinner service; Italian restaurant "Arenas Blancas" (fan aired), Dinner service; Seafood restaurant "El Coral"Dinner service; International restaurant "El Coral" Dinner service. BARS: Lobby bar "Oceano Atlantico" (9:00 to 23:00 hrs)Selection of national and international drinks included Premium beverages offered at an additional cost; Snack bar "La Estrella" (24-hour service) Selection of national and international drinks included; Aqua bar "Los Delfines" (9:00 to 17:00 hrs) Selection of national and international drinks included; Beach bar "Uva Caleta" (9:00 to 17:00 hrs) Specialized in Cuban cocktails. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Memories Caribe Beach Resort 4* Hotel Cayo Coco