Stayed here at the Tryp for two weeks at Easter 22nd March to 6th April.
This hotel is like two in one! There is a noisy half - with games and booming music around the large pool area and you know when it's 10am as the music starts up and they have Zumba! Not that we don't like loud music but a full two weeks of this would be too much for us!
So alternatively there is a quiet pool and bar a couple of blocks over between blocks 10 and 11 (we were in block 10). Here there is always a sunbed, a quiet bar to get a drink from (although don't serve coffees here), and you can't hear the music from the large pool (the odd announcement maybe).
In the evening early on there is a singer/group to entertain you in the main lobby bar which were quite good, but come 8.30pm the junior disco starts followed by the entertainment which is usually loud and full of people! So an alternative is the lovely quiet bar between the Italian and Asian restaurant, where you can have real glass glasses and sit on a comfy bar stool/couch and enjoy a chat with quiet music and water fountain. As you can probably guess we spent every nigh (except the first two), here at this bar. Just our preference. Also worth a mention although we didn't try it was the stands in the lobby in an evening (mainly serving the children), but making pancakes, doughnuts and candy floss etc. Kids seemed to love this and they didn't appear to charge - just tips?
The resort is large, but not too large and the beach is beautiful. The hotel itself is in need of some tlc especially the rooms, but they do seem to be addressing this, and the food is better than a previous trip to Cuba three years ago. Not sure the location is the best, the Cayo islands are linked to the mainland via a causeway which takes approx. 45 minutes to cross over, and nobody lives on these islands, staff are bussed in and out for their shifts. There really isn't much to see outside of the resort - the hotels are purpose built for tourism, and life revolves around this. Some of the people we met went on the tour bus which took 3-4 hours to do the complete circle, and they said nothing to see, and got ripped off for drinks and the toilets were disgusting! Needless to say we didn't bother.
We did do a few trips, we went to the Health Spa - had a massage and mud pack for 49 pesos (although went up to 54 the week after)? We also went to the mainland and did a horse and carriage, bicycle taxi and listened to a band in a bar which was a nice change. Twice we went pony trekking which was only 10 pesos for an hour. The lady organising this waits outside the buffet restaurant at breakfast and you can usually book for the same day. Well worth the money, and we did slightly different routes each time.
The a la carte restaurants - were really good (all of them), and very different. We ate in them all (except the sea food), which closed for a few days during our second week. We like service in restaurants, so only ate at the buffet on one evening. We bought wine which entitled us to a further booking, and the offer of larger tips say 10 pesos usually gets you in any of the restaurants. They always tell you on booking they are full - but when you walk past they are usually quite empty - I believe this is because they have to reserve a number of tables for the people that have upgraded, as they have guaranteed bookings? Anyway, they are all worth a visit and we enjoyed them all, the International is probably the best - we went three times!
At lunchtime there is a choice of the buffet (obviously), a barbecue grill place serving chicken, ribs, fish all with chips, and a small salad bar, soup etc. This is right in the centre on the beach and is really quite nice. There is also a pizza place at lunchtime further over to the left which again was nice enough for a change, and didn't charge as some people seemed to think? Down by the pool is a burger/hot dog van serving well burgers and hot dogs which was always very popular and ok if you didn't fancy going in getting changed etc. to go for lunch.
Drinks are mainly local - but they do sometimes have international brands etc. Being diabetic I can only drink diet mixers and the only one here is the usual 'diet coke'. A good tip for the management would be get more diet options in mixers as they seemed to run out all the time! You could 'sometimes' get diet coke from the local on site shop but nothing is guaranteed as this is Cuba!
All in all the resort is good - not sure we would go back as like to try different places - but at the right price would definitely visit Cuba again. Met some great people and had a thoroughly good time!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star All-Inclusive Tryp Cayo Coco hotel (508 rooms) offers select gastronomic service and an exciting day and night recreation program. The property is located in one of the pristine keys off the coast of the central region of Cuba.Built over a natural lagoon, facing and wide stretch of sugar-white beach. Ideal for families, diving lovers, fishing and nautical activities.Guest Rooms508 rooms: 343 Standard, 57 Standard Ocean View, 102 Standard Superior Ocean View, 6 SuiteDining9 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet, Barbeque, Gourmet), 3 Bars ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel Cayo Coco
- Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel Ciego De Avila
- Tryp Cayo Coco Cuba
- Cayo Coco Tryp
- Trip Cayo Coco