I've been to Don Lino many times, both by myself and with my family and have seen many changes. The food this year is much improved in quality and there was quite a lot more fresh fruit to be had. It is a calm, quiet family resort with many older people there as well as multi-generational family groups and young families with well behaved small children and babies. I love it there and will definately return.
I do not like the new buildings as they will double the number of visitors and I am afraid will permanently change the feeling of Don Lino being a large family but I understand why it is necessary. The problem with the new buildings is also that the plumbing leaks and there is no sound barriers in the walls or floors. This is something that must be remedied quickly.
My preferential accomodation is the cabins behind the dining room, just across from the pool. They are clean (but basic), have plenty of hot water and a mini patio where you can sit and listen nightly to the Cuban band playing. My other choice would be the older cabins on the ocean front. They have a little sitting room in front and a bedroom behind a divider.
If you are coming for night life, don't. This is a quiet resort where reading, swimming, horseback riding and day trips are the norm. Bring your googles to look at the fish and your water shoes so you do not cut your feet on the coral. There are decent coaster bikes available and lots of places to ride them.
Do not count on the listed activities taking place. I did not see any Spanish lessons or aquafit classes but there were dance classes at 5:00 PM 3 or 4 times.
Most of the staff treats you like family, especially if you have been there before. You might even get a towel sculpture on your bed, if you are lucky!
Both the bar in the reception area and by the dining room is open until 10 pm and there is plenty of seating available at both.
Make sure that you check with your travel agent before you go, that you are going to Don Lino, as all the tour groups overbooked while I was down there and many people were forced to spend a night or two elsewhere. One woman at the airport told me she and her husband never even got to Don Lono although that was where they had booked. That is not Don Lino's fault but it does give bad optics.
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- Villa Islazul Don Lino Hotel Rafael Freyre
- Hotel Islazul Don Lino
- Islazul Don Lino Hotel
- Islazul Villa Don Lino Holguin Province, Cuba