Blau Marina Varadero Resort
Travel Blogs from Varadero
Yesterday, we drove from Trinidad to Santa Clara, the town which Che Guevara lead the takeover of during the revolution. We visited his mausoleum and monument. It was incredibly large and awesome in my opinion because it included his letter to Fidel which explained why he was leaving Cuba - to help other Latin American countries lead revolutions. Che was a cool guy and is revered all over Cuba.
There are also many posters of 5 men's faces that say "Volverán" ...
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 ...
... poke my head around the house like a giraffe. Judging from what I saw, Hemingway lived in a manner well-suited to his simple, frank writing style. Everything in his home was just as he left it. There were bullet shells and bottles of rum scattered across his desk. His walls were decorated with more hunting trophies than I have seen in my life, and my cousins are pretty emphatic hunters. Try and imagine ...
... home, and we enjoyed sitting there during mornings and evenings.
Most of our day was spent strolling the 22km beach, watching the kite surfers, swimming and exploring the small but busy town. Since our casa was just across the street from the beach, we could sit and watch the old American cars go by, spitting out black smoke and exhaust. Intermixed were horse and buggy taxies, bicycles, many Russian Lada's and more recently a few Kia's, Hyundai's ...
Varadero was the second part of our Cuban experience, and with a two-hour transfer from Cuba to our new resort – we were thrown into gorgeous white sand beaches, cocktails, good music, good food and complete chill out time!I’m not really a beach person. I would much prefer to be wandering around cities, cafe/bar hopping, with a map and in and out of the sights soaking up the culture ...
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.