We had a great time at the MBV. Previously we have been to Paradisus Rio d'Oro in Holguin once, Breezes Jibacoa once and Royal Hideaway (now Iberostar Ensenachos) four times. MBV is right up there as a premium adults-only Cuban resort.
We arrrived late on November 11th and check-in took all of 10 minutes. Our butler was showing us our room within minutes of arriving. Awesome. The best thing about this resort is the staff. The location and property are very nice and modern, but the staff make is so special. Our butlers Geraldo and Edel were awesome. They took care of everything and were very polite and efficient. Even the gardeners were fantastic. Honestly, I would love to hire Armando the gardener to do customer service work. He is so friendly and kind, with a big warm smile and laugh.
The property was hit by Hurricane Sandy before our arrival so the "after" state of the beaches was not the same as the "before" photos that we saw. This is no fault whatsoever of MBV, and they no doubt spent many long days cleaning up afterwards.
The food ... good. The breakfast and lunch got a bit tired but the a-la-cartes for dinner mixed things up so it was nice. We went to the Japanese restaurant at Melia Cayo Santa Maria one evening and it was great. We also went to MCSM for lunch at the beach restaurant one day and I highly recommend it. The food from the outdooor wood barbeque is spectacular.
We met a bunch of other people from Canada and we rented 8 scooters ($30 CUC per day each) and drove to the nature reserve at the end of the casueway, We found a beautiful deserted spot where a shrimp boat was hard at work. Don't be scared by the gate with the guard ... he's very friendly and there to help. Just make sure that you leave by 4:30pm so that you don't get locked into the nature reserve.
The outdoor showers were a nice feature but don't have a shower on at night with the outdoor light on. They're not quite as private as you might think. All of the bars (beach, pool, lobby) were great and serving decent imported liquor if that's your thing. It does get quiet at night. Around 10pm, most people go to bed. We stayed up at the lobby bar (it is 24hrs) once until 3:15am and it is very quiet. There is no disco on-site.
The pools are nice and the staff will serve drinks and food there as well. The cleanliness was good. The bed nice and comfortable (we have been on hard beds in Cuba before). Try a walk on the beach to the next resort, it's only about 45 minutes. Suggestion - bring Polysporin Itch Relief for the no-see-ums. DEET-based products don't work so well too repel them, but rum actually does work. Inevitably you will get bitten and when you do, the Polysporin Itch Relief is worth it's weight in gold.
Well-done, Melia Buenavista. We will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located west of Cayo Santa Maria in a privileged ecological environment, and surrounded by beaches and coves. All-Inclusive five-star resort with 105 junior suites and suites, and the Villa "Zaida del Rio." Designed for adults over 18 years. An entire hotel featuring Royal Service. Recommended for couples, weddings, honeymoons and wellness/spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Buenavista Hotel Cayo Santa Maria