Blau Marina Varadero Resort
Travel Blogs from Varadero
Cuba as a nation is absolutely fascinating, the whole country lives as if they are still in the 1950's; perhaps the only country I’ve ever visited not to have a MacDonald’s or Starbucks, Imagine that! So all those mad scientist keen to build machines that would able them to visit the past should just go to Cuba. It’s cheaper, saves you wasting time for years over something unnecessary, increases Star Trek time and you can even have some of the finest Cuban rum as ...
On our first journey outside Havana, we headed east to Varadero to see what are proclaimed to be some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Along the way, we planned to visit Matanzas and the caves of Bella Mar. Since we'd be going through farmlands, we planned to explore filling a special order from my Tia Carmen in Miami, to get aceite de majŠ. Apparently, this oil has healing powers for arthritis and other neurological ailments.
So as ...
After departing the hotel at a reasonable hour in the morning, the whole group headed back to our beloved bus for one last time. It is truly amazing how fast time went by, and I don't think that any of us were quite ready to leave the island of Cuba. We had the experience of a lifetime of exploring a culture that many of our counterparts may never be able to, and if they have the chance they will not be doing it with ...
Today, we visited the Hemingway estate in Cuba. On this isolated estate, where the Hemingways always set a third seat at the table for anybody who happened to wander in for a meal, Ernest Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea. We were able to see his home, but not go inside of it. Since I am abnormally tall, I was fortunately able to stick my head in between the window frames and the protective ...
... us because we could just pop round to each other when we need the after sun! The pool was right by our houses and the private beach was literally a minute walk behind us – it was definitely a place to relax and unwind after the miles of walking we did in Havana!
High lights of the trip:
- Finding a salsa bar where Cubans went to dance! We had been asking all holiday ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Blau Marina Varadero Resort
Well....after a much anticipated wait....we arrived at Barcelo Marina Palace on Friday April 1. Oh My! What a place! My husband and I travelled with our three daughters and another couple and their three daughters. There ages ranged from 12 to 7 years. All three of these girls cried on the way to airport to travel home as they wanted to stay another week. This pretty much says it all.
Alain, Daymelis, Jose Luis, and Yanet will make your stay everything you wanted it to be...
We were there february 25- march 4.Brand new hotel improving each day.The rooms are nice with mini-fridge refill each day with beers,sodas and water.The food is very good for Cuba and it is the first time in Carribean the red wine is tasty...The service is very good.Don't wait to go there,the price will rise up when phase 2 will be completed.
We just arrived back from Cuba on Friday, we were at this resort from March 4th - 11th. We had an excellent time and so did most of the people around us.
We travelled with Go Travel Direct out of Ottawa on Feb.12/05. We were expecting to fly Zoom Airlines with their new Air Bus but instead our carrier was an old 737 out of the UK, We weren't impressed but we didn't crash and got there so I guess that wasn't all that bad.
I was there from 24 Feb to 3 Mar. This was my fifth resort in Cuba and is the best so far. The resort is new and is experiencing some minor problems but overall we were extremely pleased with it. First the problems: the large fountain near the pool and the tube slide at the pool were not yet operating; the landscaping, while well underway is still quite sparce; there is not yet a bar at the beach. To us these were very minor problems. Now the good stuff. The staff were exceptional - most spoke some English and all were helpful and friendly, even the front desk staff. There was no problem exchanging currencies although sometimes there was a shortage of $1 CUC coins. The service at the bars was good with usually no waiting. At the busiest times there was maybe a 3-4 min. wait. Tipping was not an issue - service was good with or without a tip and no one ever asked or implied that a tip was wanted. The rooms were nice and kept very clean. The fridge was kept stocked with softdrinks, water & beer (2 per day). The food was the best we've had in Cuba. There was entertainment in the piano lounge from about 4 to 9 and live 3 pc bands in the à al carte restaurants. The nightly shows in the theater were also quite good. The beach is not as nice as those closer to Varadero but there was lots of shade and chairs. There were a couple of fellows at the beach (and the pool) to set up and clean-off the chairs for us. The water was clear and while there was some seaweed there was lots of clear areas. The pool is large but the deepest area is only about 4 ft deep.
My husband and I traveled to Varadero, Cuba between February 13-20, 2005. We booked with Signature Vacations and had booked at a 4 star plus closer to the town but upon arriving at the airport, we were informed that we had been "upgraded" to a brand new 5 star as our original choice was overbooked. We were offered a full refund but considering we were two hours from our departure time, we decided to go.
Like most of the people staying at the Barcelo Marina Palace for the week of Feb. 12- 19, my girlfriend and I were bumped from the Playa Varadero 1920. How a resort could make such a crucial error as overbooking 50 guests is very suspicious, but I digress.
We stayed at the Barcelo Marina Palace from Feb 7 - 21, 2005. We got there the day after it opened and they were still filling up the pool and planting trees, etc. The water slide never got started when we were there but the fountain was very cool for the kids and of course the beach was spectacular. We really didn't know what to expect when we booked our trip to Cuba and were apprehensive and I think that because of that, we ended up having an awesome time. The resort is the very last resort on the pennisula and they are still constructing about 1.5 km more buildings and facilities (such as a gym). The staff was friendly and helpfull. We also found them to be very loving and kindhearted. The quantity and quality of the food in the buffet was great. You would have to be a VERY picky person if you can't find something to eat there. I have a 6 and 8 year old and they did not live on burgers and hotdogs. Just a note though, the pizza was unbelievably good and the local dishes were delicous. There were 2 a-la-carte restaurants (one Italian, one Spanish)--both of which we enjoyed and there was a grill but they hadn't yet decided what they were really doing with that yet. The kids' club staff was great and, during our stay, spoke 2-5 languages depending on which girl it was (for our first week, my kids and one other were the only ones there so they were treated especially well). The only "construction" noise I remember was the building of the umbrellas on the beach. The staff worked very hard to keep the place clean. The only problem that we had was that the front desk kept running out of Convertable Pesos in the second week but I'm sure that has more to do with with resort being brand new and the fact that the number of guests went from about 50 to 600 in our second week. By the way, Havana is a must do (but shopping is cheaper is Varadero) and so is the Catamaran trip to Cayo Blanco (very cool since we had dolphins swimming with the boat while we were sailing back to the Marina).
To make this short and to the point, this Resort is brand new, just opened in February 2005, and phase two is still under construction. Phase one of the Resort is completed, and it shows that this Resort was built very quickly, with little thought going into it.