This was my second stay at the M.C.G. I travelled March 29-April 5 in a group of 19, ages 18-50. Travel from the airport took about 35-40 minutes with no stops. Beer was available for purchase on the bus (you can pay with Canadian money). The check in process was a bit lengthy as there were only two staff checking in three bus-loads of people. It helped that we were given check-in paperwork on the bus to complete in advance. While waiting, we just made a trip to the lobby bar for a drink!
The rooms were well equipped with a firm but comfy bed, safe, fridge (replenished daily with water, beer and pop), iron/ironing board, umbrella, coffee maker, decent hair dryer, TV (I can’t comment on channels available as I didn’t turn it on once), and a full bathroom with great shower water pressure and hot water. We were in room 2210 which is on the second floor, above the main building. We had a large shared balcony which was nice to sit on but we were unable to put things out to dry for fear of them growing legs.
The food here was excellent! We enjoyed the buffet, snack bar, Italian and Beach Grill for lunch and both a la carte restaurants. Buffet choices included fresh fish/seafood and meat grills, pizza station, pasta station, fresh breads and fruit, rice, ice cream, and an omelette station at breakfast. The snack bar had fries, burgers, hot dogs, ham/cheese sandwiches, and during the afternoon there was an ice cream station. The pizza at the Italian restaurant was awesome as was the shrimp and fried cheese appetizers. We also enjoyed the soup and shrimp meal at the Seafood a la carte. There was a lobby bar, beach bar and a bar by the pool that also serviced the swim up bar. There wasn’t a bartender stationed at the swim up bar, but they did keep an eye on it. At times we found it quicker to get out of the pool and go to the pool bar ourselves. No biggie. Lots of drink variety and they have two ready-made slushie machines. They also have a waterfall over the swim up area that would deter anyone from sitting there for a long time. Someone in our group would ask them to turn it off (surprising how loud the water can be). At the lobby bar they could make blender drinks like pina coladas and daiquiris. Try the “Traffic Light” – our group enjoyed those.
The beach was beautiful but I seemed to spend most of my time at the pool. Bring a floatie if you are so inclined.
The evening entertainment was the usual performances but the visiting water ballet troupe was quite good – get your seat early to get a decent view. The disco opened after the entertainment ended and was decent. Sometimes no one was there but we made our own party. The beach party night was rained out which we were disappointed about.
Some of us did the Jeep safari (well, Kia safari). I had planned on doing some of the driving but after seeing how aggressive you needed to be going around various things, I quickly changed my mind. If you have brought items to give away, this was a great time to do so as you stop across the street from a school in Florencia; while driving slowly through Moron we handed out a couple bag full of items to teens. I found the vendors in Moron to be quite aggressive. Others in our group did the catamaran which they enjoyed. The Cave disco is a must see if you like to dance and aren’t claustrophobic. $25 CUC covered your transportation (30-40 minutes), entrance and drinks. Great music and dancing in an actual cave (that has an open roof above the dance floor). Definitely bring tissue and hand wash for bathroom trips. You can visit sister resorts – just get a bracelet from the front desk before you go. We visited the Sol next door and had churros (yum!). We also went to the TRYP in Cayo Coco. You can rent scooters at the Iberostar next door. You will need your driver’s license and passport to do so. Note – check your gas levels before you venture off. A couple in our group ran out of gas. Lol
Late checkout is available on departure day for $7 CUC/hour. That morning you check with the front desk. We could only keep the room until 4:00 and a group of us shared it – a safe place to store luggage and we took turns going up for a shower. You can keep your beach towels if you wish but you need to pay a $25 CUC deposit that you get back once you’ve returned your towels prior to departure. Because it was our room that we kept, we kept our beach towels until the later check out time. At the airport, there is a bank wicket where you can exchange any CUC back to Canadian dollars. I didn’t lose much in the process. The biggest thing: you can no longer carry alcohol that you’ve purchased prior to going to the airport in your carry on. It must be checked in your luggage – we had a mad scramble at the airport switching things around. Anything you purchase at Duty Free will be sealed in a bag and that’s ok to take on board in your carry on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Meliá Cayo Guillermo is located one of the most beautiful and white-sandy beaches with more than 1300 palm trees, and swept by very transparent waters. The area was an inspiration for Ernest Hemingway, and fishing the great blue river, always on his Pilar Yacht, he created part of his work. The hotel is perfect for couples and families but also for diving, fishing. We also organize the wedding of your dreams in this paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Cayo Guillermo Hotel Cayo Guillermo
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