Oasisi Varadero 1920
Travel Blogs from Varadero
Before I get to Havana, I want to show you how different publicity is in Cuba. There are no outdoor billboards advertising Coca Cola or Havana Club rum along the highways. In their place are signs advertising the glories of the revolution. It is as if the only signs you see on U.S. highways are praise for Barack Obama.
You will smile at some of the examples of the advertising arts that I have discovered along the way with my ...
Never having gone into the town itself we picked Wednesday to do this. It was a 5 peso trip per person return and you could hop on or off whenever you wanted.
The town is neat; lots of old cars and people and once we'd done a tour of the market stalls and purchased a few cool souvenirs we spotted this amazing patch of two colours of blue ...
... Coldplay records are not designed to accompany an upbeat dance routine. There’s the nerdy fourteen year old guy that doesn’t have the courage to go near these girls so instead air drums against the side of his chair for the entirety of each and every show. The twenty year old that falls in love with the thirty year old rep, who has a week long relationship with said girl and then clone of said girl. There are the old sixty year old women, who get steaming drunk ...
... this tour, couple jeeps, and sometimes we used to lost them, and going where we want to go. So all day, the jeep driver been our guide. He was friendly and was talking in English. During the day he told a lot about the life in Cuba, and same time driving like crazy.
After some kilometers we stopped somewhere to meet others and eat some fresh fruits. They been so delicious, bananas, watermelons, pineapples and coconuts. ...
... was quite big and our breakfast been very full. But basically same like everywhere in the world, some toasts, omelets, vegetables, fruits and coffees. Finally we are ready to go to the beach today, and for the first time swim in the Atlantic Ocean, but on the other side. I grabbed my mask, snorkel and fins, prepared the waterproof case for my camera and ran to the beach. On the way we met a gardener, who was very friendly, and gave us ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Oasisi Varadero 1920
Beautiful hotel - would go again
Stayed at the Bahia Principe Varadero for 2 weeks from November to December of 2003. Had a great time and would go again. The ground are beautiful but beware - if you're a sunbaby, it's near impossible to get a decent spot by the pool unless you wake up before 7 a.m. It's easier to get a spot on the beach though since not only is it gorgeous but it's huge. The food was typical Cuban hotel quality (which I don't mind) but the service in all the restaurants was quite poor. I believe this is because they were understaffed and they are still adapting to being at full capacity. Something I don't think they ever had when they were Club Med. About half way through my trip, the service got a lot better. The staff were a little brash at first, but I found once you got to know them, this changed completely!!! As for partying, it's pretty quiet at this hotel (most people go to bed around 1:00 a.m.) but if you find the right people - the clubs in Varadero rock - even the hotel disco had a few nights I will never forget. This was my third trip to Cuba and I will go back to this hotel.
My boyfriend and I recently returned from a trip to Varadero where we stayed at the Bahia Principe resort. I would like to say that the highlight of the trip was the resort itself. I would recommend this resort without any hesitation.The following is an assessment by category:Service: Excellent. The staff was friendly, helpful and very accommodating. We had a couple requests for service that were attended to promptly and efficiently.Food: Very good. Lots of selection that varied daily. We enjoyed the buffet more so than the A la Carte restaurants, but it was a personal preference as we liked the livelier experience afforded by the buffet than the intimacy of the A la Carte. There was also a magician who entertained diners daily at the buffet restaurant. He entertained us one night and it was the highlight of our dinner that night.Rooms: Beautifully decorated, freshly painted with the resorts motif. We had a wonderful ocean view, with a balcony and an additional side room with a day bed.Beach: Wonderful, white sands, clear waters. Bar close by that served drinks, hamburgers and hotdogs. Try the Cuban Libre.Grounds: The resort was very expansive, beautifully landscaped and maintained. It was scenic and we took some wonderful photographs as a result. All shops, bars and complexes were very spread out and not centralized in one location at this resort. We enjoyed exploring the resort because of this and we were always amazed when we encountered little side shops and piano bars, on our walks.Entertainment: Very good. The resort had shows at 10 AM every night, with professional dancers and well choreographed shows. There is late night (after 11PM) entertainment in the Pueblo Cabana with shows, Jazz Bar, Disco, etc.Excursions: Dont hesitate to venture out of the resort to Varadero, Havana. It is quite an experience and shouldnt be missed. Take the mopeds they are fun.All in all, I would give the resort a 5 out of 5.Rhona & Brian
Five star grounds
The hotel is beautiful and and very clean. The grounds are huge and
spread out enough that it doesn't appear that the is full. The staff is
very friendly and always very quick to say hello.
Culturally, Cuba doesn't use alot of spices so don't expect it to have alot of flavor. I would advise bringing a jar of garlic for the pasta station in the buffet restaurant. As well the plates and glasses are not the cleanest (greasy) you may have to pull off a few before you find a clean one.
I would also advise that you make reservations for your a l'carte meals
as soon as you get there or you may be stuck eating at nine or nine
fifteen. And for some reason, for a full hotel all three a l'carte
restaurants are not open at the same time. Lastly, they offer a lobster
meal for 18.50 usd which really pissed me off since I paid for an all
inclusive package. Boycott the lobster!!!
Lastly check out is at noon and you will probably have a few hours
before your transfer picks you up and you probably want to go back to
the beach. make sure you keep your beach towel so that you can shower
in the gym. The hotel will not supply you with one and they guard them
as if they were the hope diamond. I ended up having to rush around from
floor to floor to begging a housekeepers to give me two towels for me
and my girlfriend. I had to see four before I got them...undue stress.
No is not a word that a hotel staff should tell a guest especially over
a towel. Speaking to the other guest who have been there before they
said that this is the best facility that they have been to... scary.
Don't get me wrong we did enjoy our stay otherwise maybe I am just
spoiled frequently staying at fairmont hotel which are ranked four
stars. If I were going to compare the two hotels to canadian standards
the bahia would be a one star for customer service. The fault of which
lies on the shoulders of the management because the staff does try hard
with the training that they have.
Great for a Honeymoon!!!
Well, what a week!! My husband and I booked our honeymoon and first trip to Varadero and just happened to be lucky enough to pick Bahia Principe as our resort. We were there the week after Thanksgiving and the resort wasnt too full, maybe like 40% and the service was great!!
it was nice since it was just redone in August, everything was freshly painted and the grounds were impecable!! Everyone was super friendly and even could speak some english to us which was great, although we tried to speak some spanish as well to try it out. there were three a la carte restaurants: Seafood , Italian and Gourmet. We didnt get a chance to eat at the Seafood restaurant but the Italian was our favouite by far! We ate two meals at the gourmet restaurant as they had a special dinner one night for all the honeymooners at the resort (Filet mignon and jumbo garlic shrimp) and most of the meals were 3 or 4 courses. I dont think I ever was able to finsih my meals and the food was pretty good for Cuba from what I heard form other travellers. Even picky eaters could never go hungry as there was quite an assortment at the buffet restaurant that changed daily if not with every meal. The restaurants always had people playing music and they took requests as well. The night life was good as well. There was always a show at 10pm and then everyone would head over to another area of the resort where there was the Pueblo Cabana ( a new area built with a couple of piano bars and some small shops as well as a large stage however not all was open yet when we were there) and the disco was not too far away either.
El Mojito was nice and air conditioned to sit in and have some drinks at night if you arent into the disco thing. There was usually someone playing music for entertainment.There was a 24 hour snack bar close to there which also happened to be close to the beach (handy during the day for snacks and alcohol or non alcohic drinks). Lots of water activities both in the ocean and in the pool. We chose to relax all week as we had just had all the excitement of our wedding but there were numerous day trips and lots of options to keep yourself busy on the resort during the day as well. The weather was great and we didnt get one mosquito bite all week! The beach was beautiful so we spent most of our time there as opposed to the pool. There is no swim up bar in the pool but it is right beside the pool so it is very close (and arent swim up bars just giant urinals anyways???)We made sure to bring lots of $1 american bills to tip with but they also love to get clothes such as ties, jeans, dress shirts.....basically if you can bring some extra clothes in your luggage you dont want to return with it is very much appreciated. We also went to the dollar store before travelling and bought nylons and hair stuff and anything we could think of to leave the maid every day. They do some neat things with your towels when you leave them gifts! Sometimes the mini fridge to be stocked in our room was forgotten (maybe twice all week) but it wasnt the end of the world. It was very safe to go into Varadero and go to the flea markets and no one bothers you. The odd person wants to sell you cigars or braid your hair but if you say no thanks they leave you alone. We even ate at a restaurant in this amazing park in the middle of the town (apparently it is only for tourists to enjoy) and it was pretty good food as well. It is pretty cheap to get from your resort into town just remember to arrange your price before you get into your cab. As well if you are adventurous, when you go into town, ride in one of the giant yellow helmet-looking taxi's! They are a hoot! We also rode in the trolley train a couple of times, just sit in it as far back as you can so you dont inhale all the gas fumes. It takes you around town and then drops people off a their resorts so you get a good look at the scenery around town. Overall, we had a great time at the Bahia Principe and if we could we would go back tomorrow, but maybe for our first anniversary we will make it back for another amazing week!!!!
Yes the beach was perfect, clear, warm and clean. We just got back from 2 weeks there, i have to say that 2 weeks is a little too long 10 days would have been ideal. The food was good but the last days due to an incresed amount of people in the hotel, the food wasnt as interesting, it seemed they did big quantity but less quality. the " à la carte" were good, the service there was better than in the buffet restaurant where the service could be kind of disorganized, it was quite difficult to get a coffee at breakfast...We had to pay a little $ extra to get a better room because we could hear the road and a dog barking all night, we were then moved to a nice oceanview room where the maid did a perfect job ( we brought her presents for every day). Have to also say that the pool is small for all that people and as soon as there is a special activity in it there is not much space left for us. Our " coup de coeur" was for the piano bar close to the main hall, there was a pianist everynight and the barmaids there were very nice and professionnal! We were very happy with our vacation there but we had the feeling that not everything was yet into control, they didnt have much shops open in the"pueblo cubano" , only 2 shops open on a possibility of much more and they didnt have the internet connection they said they would have...If you ever do the catamaran excursion , be sure its a sunny day or else you will be deceived and won't see much of what they call a coral reef!!!
T's Not Heaven, But You Can See It From There!!
My rating 4.5 starsBooked last minute due to World Bicycling Championships being held in Hamilton and all schools closed. Booked two families (4 adults and three teenage girls) for week of October 5th with travellastminute Happy with the service. Flew AIRTransat. OK, full flight and tight seating but no problems. We had difficulty finding seating together. Arrival in Varradero in just under 3 hours from Toronto. Airport, passport control - everything OK. You can buy a beer for 2 bucks for the short 30 minute ride to the Hotel. I had e-mailed the PR department at Bahia Pricipe requesting ocean rooms, 3 adjoining rooms not on the first floor. We told them it was our 20th wedding anniversary. They replied and told us they would do their best. We'll they did. We had three magnificent rooms on the fourth floor (top floor) rooms 4315,16,17 with high ceilings. Beautiful ocean view. A nice touch was the fresh fruit and bottle of dark rum waiting for us. The place was the former CLUB MED and has had a major refurbishing. They have spruced things up but not totally renovated so it is a combination of the old and new. No problem. The rooms were freshly painted, very clean but had the original plumbing, toilets and shower. No problem for us. The grounds were fantastic. Lots of trees, very private, lots of space and very well kept. I'll talk about the beach later. The building itself is very beautiful, very relaxing colours and airy. Beautiful pastel colours, murals on the walls and clean, clean - they had people cleaning the place 24x7. Food was good. The buffet had something for everyone. Remember this is CUBA. Fruits and vegetables were mostly local. Lots of chicken, pork, usually two or three fish choices for lunch and dinner. Breakfast - fresh orange juice and get the omlette made to your liking. Get your coffee (expresso) at the pool bar. Strong and excellent. We tried all three ala carte restaurants. All were enjoyable and had a few things not found at the buffet. The house wine served in the restaurants and alla carte was Spanish and drinkable. A nice touch was the entertainment. Classical and Cuban. Buy their CD for $15 if you like the music. Service everywhere was very good. They don't expect tips but if you do they really appreciate it. I carried with me several $1 US bills and gave them out spontaneously including the gardner and the woman cleaning the toilets so I suggest not just tipping the bartenders and waiters. We left the maid a big bag of makeup, creams, chocolates, pens etc. She was very happy. Now the beach - magnificent. Private 1km+ of white sand on a crescent beach. Lots of chairs and lots of quiet places. Water was crystal clean and sand everywhere. One of the nicest beaches I have seen. The girls took the banana boat ride, kayaks and catamaran. All included. Take one of their bicycles for a ride to the tip of Varradero - about 20 minutes. The club has an area which has several shops and nightly entertainment and shows which is great for night owls. See Luis Guerra Mena in the piano bar to hear one of the best jazz saxaphonists I have heard. The hotel bars close at 10:00 p.m. but you can drink here until 2-3:00 a.m. Other entertainment was good, local Cuban dancing and they put everything into it. It was not club staff but professional dancers and entertainers. Lots of activity around the pool bar. Good selection of drinks. The dark rum is great. Try a "Cayparina" (fresh lime juice, sugar and rum). They even had Canadian Club and Dubonnet. We chose not to take any of the tours so I can't recommend any but there seemed to be several interesting ones - like the trip to Havanna. The town of Varradero has a few bazarrs to buy souvenirs. Most of the prices are similar. There is a decent cigar store at Plazas Americanos - about a 2$ cab ride from the Hotel. It is recommended that you buy cigars with a hologram on the box and insist on a receipt otherwise you are taking a chance on the quality. Both my brother-in-law and I were closely scrutinized at the airport and all cigars were ex-rayed and ourreceipts checked. Buyer beware.I would highly recommed the Bahia Principe Varradero for a relaxing and wonderful getaway. The weather was P E R F E C T. We estimate that the hotel was about 30-40% occupied so there were no lineups, very few children and excellent service. I am not sure what it would be like at full occupancy. I am sure the pool would be full by early morning since it is not huge and they only have one. For our visit it was perfect. As I said earlier, it's not heaven, but you can see it from there. We would not hesitate to go back.... Ola! (ps: remember that you have to pay a $25USD departure fee per person at the airport)
A Step Above
I recently traveled to the Bahia Principe resort in Varadero in the middle of October 2003 and I was pleasantly surprised with the establishment the minute I stepped off the bus. We traveled with Conquest on SkyService airlines which was also good. This resort was previously Club Med and reopened in August 2003 under new ownership. The building is open concept with 5 floors and has a wide staircase in the main lobby and two glass elevators for convenience. The rooms are located on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. My friend and I were given an ocean view room on the 5th floor (close to the elevators) and the view was spectacular!The weather was hot when we went down and I would suggest a lot of sunscreen (you'll still get a nice tan) and a hat. The beach was absolutely gorgeous and a lot cleaner than some of the other resorts around the area oh and the bar isn't too far away, which is an added bonus. The water is clear and you'll notice little fish swimming around your feet (harmless) and you will probably see a couple of barracudas in the water which apparently aren't into attacking humans. We went swimming in the ocean every day and didn't have any problems but it's good to know.The staff was very friendly and helpful. Mostly everyone could speak some English, which was helpful. We would leave little gifts for the housekeeping everyday and we were always stocked up on everything we needed. However, the stocking of drinks in our mini-bar fridge was forgotten for a couple of days, but if you're desperate you can usually see the cart on one of the other floors and go bug him. Please be aware that phone calls are very expensive from Cuba and collect calls, 1-800 numbers and calling cards are not accepted. I made an 11-minute call and it cost me $25 US.Reading some other reviews on this site, I've noticed that a lot of people have had trouble with the food at the resorts in Cuba and I'm sad to say I experienced the same problem with the buffet restaurant but my friend was fine. The a la carte restaurants, however, were very good but if I went again I would probably stay away from the seafood.I would definitely suggest taking a day trip to Havana if you get the chance. It's a two-hour drive, but it's worth it! We took a guided tour, which cost $63 US and included lunch at a great restaurant. You'll also get to go to a well-known cigar store and walk around old and new Havana where you'll see some of the hot spots. If you don't want to get harassed just don't answer when someone ask you where you're from or you'll end up having people trying to 'show you around' and they wont leave you alone unless you're firm with them.I would also suggest horseback riding at least once. A guide will go with you but you basically have free rein to do what you want and if you ask, you can go to the water and canter up and down the beach.And definitely go into Varadero and visit the flea market! Bartering with the merchants is fun, but they won't budge too much ( a couple of bucks), but you can find some interesting souvenirs. There's a double decker tourist bus that goes into the city and it will cost $2 US but you can use it for the whole day. Overall, Cuba is an excellent place to visit and if I went back to Varadero I would definitely stay at the Bahia again!
The hotel bahia principe is simply wonderful! It is new, nice and relly comfortable in particular if you have one family. You can find everything in the hotel...from courtesy to high professional standard level.
Friendly staff lovely beach excellent service
This was our first time in Cuba but I am sure not the last. The hotel was very spacious with a very nice varied buffet restaurant open three times a day. There is a nightclub/disco on site along with a piano cocktail bar with a live pianist who was excellent. Carlos and Johanis are very welcoming in the piano bar as were Yovasny,Daniul in the pool bar. The Hotel complex is spotless and there are a small number of areas waiting to open like the brand new shopping complex with more dining and bar areas to offer. There are two buffet restaurants and three al a carte restaurants. We only visited the Italian restaurant and were serenaded while we ate which just added to the atmosphere.
Salsa lessons and pool aerobics daily along with a fully equipped large gymnasium were there to enjoy. We enjoyed volleyball on the beach and the katamaran. Snorkels are provided if required. The beach was serene surrounded by palm trees and tropical gardens. The hotel has five floors with some grand beach and sea views.
The most beautifull beach ever
Before I start let me clarify that this was not my first trip to cuba, but my second. Tripadvisor helped me a lot so I will try to make this as detailed as possible.Let me start by the Beach Location: Because it was a ClubMed previously, it of course has the best location on the beach. This is one of the prettiest beaches I have seen in my entire life (and I have travelled)The resort is really beautifull and spacy, The rooms are very nice. Every room has a frige and everyday they put beer and water and soft drinksit does not have a bar in the pool therefore for those who love this, unfortunatly they don't have it.The food, is pretty good. The A la carte restaurants were also not bad (I personally didn't like the italian restaurant, but the international one had a nice lobster and fillet mignion)The one thing I didn't enjoy too much was that the entertainement was not as active as I wish they would have been. but dont' get me wrong they did a lot of stuff. The resort was more famillies and couples (please keep in mind that we went 2 weeks after its opening so that could be a factor)The service is honestly amazing and everyone there is really friendly. But the most thing that impressed me was the beauty of the beach. It was really the highlight of my vacation.Malak