My wife and I stayed at the Caribe late March 2013. It was an excellent experience. 25 minutes from the airport. The white sandy beach stretches for miles so you don't have to worry about being among other guests. The water is crystal clear, mirror smooth and you can walk out 200 metres and still only be waist deep. We were in the water till 6pm. Beach is well tended. Credit for an extremely well managed property goes to the Manager, Mr. Valerio Lanzarotti, who can be seen walking around from morning till way after dark. His staff is great - smiling, attentive, always helpful, always working hard to make a guest stay a great experience. Every day we saw outdoor staff working to maintain the facility and the gardens. Our room was clean, quiet, well maintained, and had a spectacular view of the sun rise - the weather was 30+c, cloudless skies for the week. For those complainers who are disappointed and looking for a fantasy, North American vacation, I suggest you try Orlando. For those who complain about the food, I suggest you consider dining with celebrity chefs in Las Vegas. With regard to tipping - While we did tip with pesos or gifts, we never felt obligated to do this in order to receive good service. The service was delivered irrespective of the tip or absence thereof. We did include the less visible staff who are often forgotten - gardeners, public area housekeepers and other maintenance staff. To the complainers in general - This is Cuba. They have limited and restricted access to resources and do the best with what is available. Yes some of the a la carte chefs need skills training, but I guarantee you won't lose weight during your stay at the Caribe. The piles of fresh fruit at the buffet were a real treat - guava, papaya, pineapple - as were the breakfast smoothies. The grilling stations offered a selection of fresh eggs to order at breakfast and meats and fish at other meals. The crepes, pastas and stir fry add to the calorie count. The buffet was very well maintained by dining room staff and, even as seasoned international travelers and very cautious eaters in foreign lands. we dined well on many of the different buffet offerings. Value for money - good. Just how much did you pay for your return flight/hotel/unlimited food/unlimited/bar? We have been coming to Cuba for 10 years and have tried resorts all over the island - without a doubt this is the best beach, best waters and best managed resort we have stayed at.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Memories Caribe Beach Resort 4* Hotel Cayo Coco