I stayed at the Brisas Villas (5000 block) with my teenage son from March 10-24. Loved it so much I went back a week later with just my sister and stayed in the Main Hotel ocean view this time. I won't ramble on endlessly as I have been reading these reviews for months now and it has all been said. Some people complain about everything so I think it is just in our personalities and attitudes... I definitely got back what I gave at the Brisas... smiles and an Hola for everyone. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to go back. I had no problems with the hotel at all. I have traveled to Mexico and the Caribbean a fair amount and rarely have problems. I research lots to ensure that where I am going is what I want and then I take my good, friendly attitude and open mind with me.
The people in this area of Cuba are country people and are just good decent people - I met many people and families that were just so nice and helpful - and I have several families to visit when I return.
My only complaint is that I found the Nautical center a bit aloof if you did not give huge tips... your next Cat ride is cut very short as they do remember... which is not really fair as we have already paid for this. Front desk staff at resorts everywhere I have been for some reason are always borderline rude - but I found the Brisas front desk staff reasonable. The rest of the staff at the hotel go above and beyond in my opinion. I particularly loved: Enrique who did my pasta each night, the fish fillet guy, and the omelet guy in the main buffet, the grill/pizza guys were always friendly, the churro lady is a sweetheart, Freddy with the mopeds, Delvis on the grounds, Luis in the villas pool bar, excellent Security staff and many more. I travel alone with my son a lot so safety is always an issue for me. No problem here - we took a moped and went to Yaguajay, Boca de Sama, Sama, Canadon, and even to Banes 34 km away with no problems. Friendly good people everywhere we went!
Oh, and for you guys who like to go fishing - you don't always get lucky but the day I went with my boy we came across 2 Shark Whales with a school of Tuna and our 4 guys hauled in 10 Tuna between them - one of our best days ever!! Tuna on the grill at the main hotel that night was fresh!
I definitely have left my heart in Cuba - no more Mexico for me!! Oh I should point out that I have been to Cuba before: In 1989 to Cienfuegos/Trinidad, and 2009 to Varadero/Havana - really I left my heart in Guardalavaca !!!
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- Also Known As:
- Brisas Hotel Guardalavaca
- Guardalavaca Brisas Hotel
- Brisas Guardalavaca Hotel Cuba - Holguin Province