Club Amigo Mayanabo
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My blog chapters will cover the major cities we visit along the way, so I've decided to include at least one chapter on the countryside we pass by between population centres.
Cuba is a long island, in fact 1,199 km (745 mi) long and 200 km (124 mi) across at its widest points and 35 km (22 mi) across at its narrowest point.
We are driving from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, a total of 967 km (600 mi). The trip ...
... winding streets leading to squares of different sizes, unlike most other Spanish cities in the new world that were laid out in chess-board fashion.
Large earthenware jars (Tinajónes), used in the past to store rainwater in the patios of many houses, are a distinguishing feature of the ...
Today we start our traverse of the island, passing the village of El Cobre to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Charity, then continue through the lush green countryside to the town of Bayamo, where we'll have lunch and then take a horse and carriage ride and visit the workshop where these unique carriages are still made.
Here is an interesting comment is on standard of living in Cuba. ...
Today we have another long drive, but worse than yesterday's as the roads are much worse. Breakfast at the Gran Hotel is indescribable so I'll skip it. We drive past endless fields of sugar cane and bananas. The Latvians take pictures of everything. We are sure they are spies. Either that or they work for the Latvian tourist bureau and are doing a comparison report! We have to stop to take pictures of a sugarcane harvester. It doesn't look too bad actually, I've seen similar ...
... of those typical Cuba hotels which has an internal atrium, open to the sky and rooms on 5 floors all around it. Probably built in the late 19th century. The dining room is on the 5th floor and there is a cocktail bar on the roof. We have a beer and a Piña Colada for 5 CUCs ( $6) and watch a storm cell pass across the outskirts of the town. The room is tiny but we get the air conditioning working and if you run the shower long enough eventually you get ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
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Historical Traveler Reviews Club Amigo Mayanabo Playa Santa Lucia
Great Value for your hard earned money!!!
If you want sunshine and awesome beach, go to CUBA! I love Cuba more everytime I go. This time my husband and I took 3 of our sons aged 13, 9, and 6. I think they already want to go back. We got an awesome deal with go travel direct. Hope to get another one next year, so we can take the children. Now, as someone has already said in their review, if you need 5 star accomadations, Club Amigo Mayanabo will most likely not be for you. But if you need sunshine, nice beach, relaxation, great pool, nice staff and adequate food, this place will suit you and even your family perfectly. The rooms were not fancy by any stretch of the imagination but were perfectly clean and comfortable. If I have any complaints at all about the room, it would just have to do with the disco next door. You see, it was really loud and went almost all night long. We turned on our air conditioner to about 21 degrees to help get us to sleep. It drowned out the sound pretty good. Our children were not bothered by it very much. I think after their day of sun and lots of pool volleyball they likely could have slept through anything. The food was not too great. I like vegetables alot (carrots, brocolli etc.) and only saw carrots once. Our children enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs and french at the snack bar daily. In the dining room we enjoyed a lot of pasta and fresh bread. Enjoyed it too much, so says my scales back here at home!!!!! The ice-cream was the very best we have ever had. If you should choose this place try the coffee and the maple. Yummy! Good luck trying to get a glass of wine for lunch! But you might once or twice if you can be persuasive! As far as the entertainment at night, none of us could stay awake!!! We had too much fun during the day. One word of advice. Be careful around the pool, as it is very slippy. But the pool was beautiful and the cleanest pool we have been to. The man who took care of it was there every single morning. One morning we were up at 6:30 and he was cleaning it. Would we go back again to the same resort? This will be the first time I have ever said yes to this question. Yes, Yes, Yes.
Made lots of cuban friends/very relaxed
I just came back from this resort. It was my first trip to Cuba so I don't have any other resorts to compare it to. I have to say the weather was absolutely beautiful, the sun was very hot. No cloudy days!
The staff was absolutely amazing. If you speak a little Spanish it does help. The bartenders are little slow but you're on vacation. The rooms below average and not soundproof but that didn't bother us. We travelled with our four year old daughter and the cubans love children.
Very friendly, it felt like home to us. If you want to do something a little different take a horse and carriage to Coco Beach and see the sunset. You can probably hook up with someone there that will offer you a dinner in their "casa". We did it and it was the best meal we had all week and the hospitality was great. If you can bring along some clothes for kids and families it's very much appreciated. We made some great friends and will certainly go back. Beach is beautiful! Very relaxed atmosphere. Hasta annee proxima!
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Numerous visits to cuba and most in 2-3 star hotels This hotel is rated on the hight side (3 star) but has several positive points. Food, pool, beach and front desk staff, excellent. Rooms, grounds and amenities average. Bar service,pillows,entertainment and piano bar, poor. Due to strong winds could not be on the beach for 4 out of seven days As anywhere in Cuba's 3 star hotels, bring your own mug (for larger drinks and coffee, keeps it hot/cold),face cloth and beach towels(no hassle) Boris the slowest bartender in cuba. Shows are very poorly done. Staff in general not as good and friendly as other hotels.(Hotels closes from April to November) Bars,discos and good shows outside hotel. Good tennis courts,excellent beach volley ball. Watch out:very slippery tiles around the pool. Good value for money if you get a "deal" Enjoyed my stay.
Club amigo mayanabo was more than i imagined it to be. I thought it would be cheasy. The pool was great, the drinks were standard, what more do you need anyway. The beach was so beautiful, water was very warm. I really really liked the entertainment staff and animation people, they were incredible. There was a variety of activities and water sports. As many mentioned the rooms wernt all that great, you dont spend time in them anyway, all you do is sleep there. The tv channels were good and the rooms were very clean. You always ended up having a swan made on your bed out of towels. very cute. there was also air conditioning.Food was very good. Maybe the breakfast wasnt very good, not much to pick from. The evening entertainment was wonderful. The music was too. Beautiful dances by the dancers. You also have dance lessons there . it was very hot( 28 29 degrees) when we went, March 04 - march 11. Consider bringing extra clothes you dont need for the poeple there. They dont have much. I will be going back there next year, can't wait to see everyone there again. I miss it very much. Can't wait to go there again!!
Worth the $$
We returned from Cuba on February 9th and had a great time. My travelling group of four (all late 20's and early 30's) were content with the atmosphere and the relaxation. The resort is not what I would consider "party ville" but there certainly were some off-site discos that will feed the party need! We really enjoyed the beach, the snorkelling and the friendly feeling the resort brought. The drinks were basic (lots of alcohol!), the food was good and the hotel was clean. Like many have mentioned - the rooms were not great but if you're not spending a lot of time in your room it's not a big concern.
The entertainment in the evenings was pretty boring - very simple and in need of a professional touch! The majority of the people at Mayanbo were retired and staying for 2+ weeks ... many were loyal returning guests. We paid a visit to a few of the other resorts - including Brisas down the road. We found it was VERY crowded there - and at Mayanabo we did not have difficulty getting a chair on the beach or poolside. Mayanabo has a quiet appeal and staff that are not pushy or loud. For a 3* and the money we paid ($750 w/ tax for 1 week) - we had no complaints. We rented scooters for $7.00 for an hour and went horsebackriding for $5/hour. It's affordable, fun and relaxing. One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever stayed at. We even arranged to have an AMAZING Lobster dinner at a local woman's place .... it was only $12 each. I can not wait to see other areas of Cuba ... if this is an indication of what the rest of the Country is like I think I've found my favourite travel destination! If you're comfortable with 3* resorts then Mayanabo should not dissapoint you!
A lot for your money
Feb.25th, 2004 Just got back from Cuba and I'm missing the beautiful weather and beach already. I was quite impressed by Club Amigo Mayanabo in the sense that I felt we got more than our fair share for our money.
The staff was very friendly and accomadating, the pool is magnificent, and the food was surprisingly good. There was quite a selection and at night there is a cook named Deysi who makes a great plate of pasta. My only problem with the hotel was our room. Although very clean, it was far from being luxurious. The worst part about it was that you can hear everything going on in the rooms beside you and outside. Definetely bring ear plugs! There wasn't always hot water in the morning either, but there are great T.V. channels which we enjoyed during the one day of rain that we endured. The beach is amazing, the water very warm, however there wasn't alot of shade provided and the chairs by the beach and pool are incredibly uncomfortable. The entertainment staff is pretty good, you should go early for dinner to have the singers perform for you at your table (ask them to sing song by four, gave me chills).
The band was very good and it's fun that the staff gets the audience up to dance. However, there is no discotheque, so don't expect to do all that much dancing, nor do you hear a lot of Salsa if that is what you are expecting. There isn't a whole lot to do at night, so unless you are with a group of people it might not be that fun. If you're looking for peace and quite and a lot of value for your money, then this is the place for you.
Nice place to relax
Enjoyable stay for the light hearted. If you love perfection maybe its
not for you.
The pool area is new, and looks great. As well as the dining area. The rooms have no sound proofing, I mean none. The queen bed we had was old, the springs where loose, a little hard on the back, and pillow was high for me. All was very clean and the AC worked fine.
I thought the food was very good for a 3 star. Lack of a verity of drinks, but thats to be expected. The expresso's machine was a nice touch.
Staff was friendly, and the entertainment was fun(lots of dance lessons).
The beech was great for walks. There was always a nice breeze, helped
cool the sting of the hot sun.
The lack of sound proofing was a problem when the outdoor clubs stayed open late(till 4:00). If your a light sleeper and like perfectly quiet room, something to consider, that was my biggest beef.
Beyond that all the tours are great. My first time in Cuba. I felt safe
off resort. I would consider going back and if money wasn't a problem
would pick more plush hotel just for the nicer room. But if your one
that doesn't spend time in his room, this may not be of concern.
Yesterday, 9 February we returned from Club Mayanabo. We were there 4 years ago and then it was so so. Now, I can tell you IT WAS FANTASTIC.
We booked last minute, one week before flying off and paid all iclusive taxes $795 Can. The rooms are simple but nothing to complain except there is no holder for your toilet paper roll. The food was for all 3 meals very good. A lot of variaty. so there is always something for your taste. The bar is omething else: if you come not back as an alcoholic you have a problem. They serve at each drink at least 2 ounces of liquor and a little bit juice or coke to fill up your plastic cup. The beach is only approx 150 metres from your room and very clean.
The pool is next to your room and large and clean. The staff is very accomadating and super friendly. The only thing not so good is the coffee in the diningroom. It taste not like coffee and is super bitter and more chicoree. It will for sure fgrow hair on your chest.....However you can get a great cappucino at the pool bar and if you stick to thta everyting is great. In one word this was a fantastic holiday. Oh ya. the temperature was on the coolest day a bare 27C.We will certainly go back there. It is not a 5 star hotel but with the temperature and the staff the rating is for sure a 4 star hotel. For single people between the age of 20 and 30 I can see that this is not the resort for you because there is no entertainment in the resort or even close by. If you want moer info do not hesitate to contact me
I will be back!
I had a wonderful experience at Mayanabo. I am a bit of a cruise addict and I was not sure if hanging around a resort for a week would be for me.
I decided to take my 2 girls (ages 10 and 14) on vacation, and I was fortunate enough to have my brother-in-law and sister-in-law decide to join us. This was now their fifth time to Mayanabo. They knew everyone that worked at the resort and they know quite a few of the local people. This enhances your experience to see how the people really live. We attended a birthday party in the village at Coca Beach for one of the local children. A wonderful experience.
The resort itself is not the fanciest, but very clean. The rooms are simple, clean and hot water was not always an option in the shower. The food was good most of the time(I was told very good for Cuba). The pool was great, the beach beautiful but it was the staff that really stand out. They are so friendly and helpful. You should remember that a 1 dollar tip makes a big difference to these people and they really appreciate it. The weather was perfect for the hole week.
I have decided that I want to go back again next year, I hope some of the Canadians I met down there will also return at the same time.
A fantastic place to go to have fun or just relax.
You may fall in love, but...
Room Quality: Well....this is where the fall down a little. Im certainly not a Marble/gopldplated 5 star accomidation traveller, but....well these rooms were anything but soundproof, although clean and comfortable otherwize. Ample hotwater (why would you want it?) and pressure in the shower. (Bring your own face cloth if you want one not supplied. Basic towels are though).
Staff: Friendly, efficent, and courteious. What was lacking: the qualty and variety of the beer, since I'm not a rum drinker; though I suffered through one day of rum drinking, much to my detremnet.
Weather: Terrific even beyond basic comparision to Monteral, January 2004, a brutally cold month to be certain. I saw a couple (2) of cloudy days at the beginning of my week there, but the remainder of the week was weather paradise. Sunny. Highs of about 28°C. Cooler after sundown, but I like the daytime hours for activities and the evenings and nights for sleep.Only on the last day was there any great rise in humidity.
Mosquitos: Present, more so during humod weather and in the early evenings after sundown.
Entertainment/Animation: Typical and I avoided most structured events because this isn't why I go away to a warm climate; I go for the daylight hours and warm weather. If you want to avoid the animation you won't be pesterd into joining in. Way cool.
The Beach: Excellent! Though there are spots that are rough to walk on due to some fragmented coral; changes with the tide.This is a tiny section of the beach and moves around with the tide, so it's no real detraction.
Alternate Activities: Tours to Camaguey are offered at 39,00$US. An interesting excursion for those of us who are too afraid to venture out on the Lonely Planet type excursions on our own. It's raw enough to give the average tourist a pretty clear idea of what Real life is like in Cuba. Other tours are available: Swim with Dolphins. Rodeo Tour (Camaguey Province is also serious ranch country) Deep Sea Fishing....and more for those of us who want to exaust ourselves without the help of the animation and bar staff, and actually see a piece of Cuba.
Food: Terrific! In fact much better than I had antcicpated. Many of my friends who have travelled to Cuba complained about the quality of the meals offered. I say they are dead wrong, if Mayanabo is anything of a baseline standard. Good kitchen, great resturant staff!
Value for money: Terrific!