I've been back from Iberostar Daiquiri for more than a month now and I'm still going through withdrawal! What a great place! It was our second time there and we are already looking forward to a third visit.
We have two small children (4 and 6) and this resort is PERFECT for them! The ocean is not rough or deep so we can lounge while we watch the kids play in the water. The pool too is designed in such a way that makes it easy to watch the young ones play in the water while enjoying a cold drink by the pool. Very relaxing for us and fun for our kids.
When I want to be active, there is plenty to do. I play water-polo, water-volleyball, beach volleyball, water-Olympics, snorkel, archery (at the shooting range). In two trips (2 weeks each) I still haven't done everything that I wanted to do.
There is one activity that we do as a family that is very fun. We get a paddle boat then paddle out to the blue strip of ocean. It seems far, and I guess it is, but the water is only three or four feet deep! We all jump out and swim in the clear-blue water. It is so nice out there. Sometimes my son and I snorkel, sometimes my wife and daughter just swim around. To be safe, we do keep the life jackets on our kids while they swim but the water is shallow.
Snorkeling isn't bad there either. You'll see starfish and conch. I've only ever seen one urchin in my four weeks there. If you would like to see lots of fish, just walk over to the pier and snorkel around that. Lots of nice fish to see there! There's also snorkeling tours that I do recommend to see more.
There are some activities that you can pay for, if you wish. I would definitely suggest the flying boat. What a blast!!!! Also, the banana boat is fun too! The driver flips you on purpose. Very fun. Actually, I met some really nice people on there (fellow Canadians). We worked together really well, the driver couldn't flip us!
With regards to the food, we really enjoy the main buffet. We actually prefer that over the 'a la carte' restaurants. It can get a bit repetitive but we never go hungry and we are always happy with what we had to eat. Besides the regular buffet items, there is a fresh meat counter that changes everyday. Some days they will have turkey, some days they have roast beef, some days lobster, etc. It changes every day. There are days where I just want pasta and they have a great fresh pasta counter!
One of my favourite features of this resort is the music. There is always music playing somewhere. Even during dinner, there is a live band that plays while you eat. They are fantastic and I look forward to hearing them every night!
The rooms are a little tired but they are cool and clean. I didn't have any problems that the staff couldn't rectify quickly.
Most importantly, the staff at this resort are fantastic!!!! The first time that we came here, our youngest (16 months at the time) was a little difficult. Everywhere that we went, the staff was very fast to help and entertain our little one. They really love kids there and they really helped us have a great experience there.
Overall, the staff there are very attentive even if you don't tip. We don't usually start tipping until the end of our trip so we get a good idea of who we really like.
This is our 12th trip to a resort and this is still our favourite resort. I can't wait to return!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the long, fine, sandy beach of Cayo Guillermo (Cuba). An oasis of relaxation. Elegant luxury. Pure water sports. Unspoilt Caribbean nature. Pleasant, modern construction style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Daiquiri Hotel Cayo Guillermo
- Iberostar Cayo Guillermo
- Iberostar Daiquiri Cuba
- Iberostar Hotel Cayo Guillermo
- Iberostar Daiquiri Cayo Guillermo