Hotel Be Live Las Morlas
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 ...
... having conversations, playing small games like dominoes or chess, smoking cigars or sharing a bottle of rum. Iconic I know, but hands-down fact. An output of this gusto is an incessant, boisterous banter. The Spanish spoken here is by far the loudest and fastest I’ve ever heard. It might as well be Greek. Oh wow, what a lovely cultural anomaly I hear you say, well yes, but you try sleeping at 1am in the morning, or conducting a conversation at normal volume ...
... experience to chill out in a kayak on Halong Bay, definitely one.
Dinner was a lot more seafood and we just drank away the rest of the evening on the boat. We drank with the Danish couple for most of the evening who were really nice people.
When they went to bed we ended up playing a drinking game called Kings with the American lads which was goodcraic. The whole pack of cards is laid out on the table face down and ...
... go ahead through some villages by the coast, and stopped to take some pictures of the coats and sea. Then we moved to the place by the river, and took a speed boat ride. They gave us to drive speed boats down the river and come back. those boats been simple and not that fast as I expected, but still got some adrenalin. After the boats, we watched local poeple dance, probably they been original Taino people or descendant. But ...
... a taxi, not old car, ordinary one, and said to the driver to take us to the best night club. But when we got there, the place was closed, and he said, that probably club has problems with electricity. OK, we sai let's go somewhere in town center. So he let us go, by the one place and he advised to watch for the street dances as well. On the street we been walking, we saw a crowd of people standing in the street by the noisy bar. A ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Be Live Las Morlas Varadero
Well my girlfriend and I recently syayed at the riu and we were not impressed.From the moment we got there we had problems from check in to the way they do there buffet restaurant.We stayed for 2 weeks and every night we got questioned if were supposed to be there because they have 2 diffrent seating times.Also the food was very good but after 7 or 8 days it starts to taste the same.I must say the beach is the best I have ever seen its so big and clean and theres lots of room to sun tan.Also when they say clouds and rain dont believe the forecast because it is always warm even when there are a few clouds.The entertainment was not bad and be prepared to go on stage because they will force you to.
My husband and I spend a wonderful week at Riu Las Morlas, let me start by saying that the staff is wonderful from bartenders to maids to entertainment. For those who like small resorts this is the perfect place. As far as the food goes we had no complaints. The lobby bar is opened till 1am. There are daily activities throughout the day eg. volleyball, dance lessons, ping pong and lots more, they sure keep you busy. The beach of course is beautiful. Nightly entertaiment was good and the staff really go out of their way to make sure that everyone has a fantastic time. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. If anyone goes down in the near future please send Alex, Josvani and Alain our regards.
Jen & Mark
Loved RUI Las Morlas
We have just returned from a one week vacation at the Rui Las Morlas. What a wonderful time we had. The resort is wonderful! It was exactly what I was looking for and expected.
The resort is as I had been reading - not too big / not too small - a close/community feeling kind of resort. You got to know the other people at the resort as well as the staff. The rooms were fine, we were in a third floor room with a balcony overlooking the pool area - it was fine, clean, two beds together making one king size bed, large tub and shower unit and cleaned each day with a new surprise awaiting your return - you never knew how the towels were going to look and what flowers might appear. There was fridge in each room - filled every two days, water was available anytime upon request.
Meals were the great. I have been to Cuba a couple of other times and usually found the food quite bland - not this time. The only downside is all meals are buffet style - there are a couple of eating areas. The main dining room for breakfast and dinner, another area beside the beach for lunch. The food was very good and well labeled - that is a big thing for a picky/fussy eater like me! There were always many choices at each meal.
Activities were plentiful if you wished to participate. Alexis and Allain were very good at getting people to participate - they were good sports and a lot of fun!
The beach was wonderful and the location perfect -we were a short walk into Varadero. We enjoyed ourselves very much and had a wonderful/relaxing vacation. I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone in a second.
The Riu was absolutely amazing! My sister and I (18 and 22 years old) went there for 2 glorious weeks in the sun and we had an absolute blast. The hotel was beautiful and the service was excellent, from the housekeepers to the servers. Giving a dollar tip here and there doesn't hurt either. The room was great, the mini-fridge was always stocked with water and pop. Our only complaint was that the floor felt perpetually gritty from sand. For all the warnings we received about Cuba having bland food we were pleasantly surprised by the variety, there were several chioces of meats, lots of vegetables and the fruit was amazing. However, be forwarned, bring peptobismal or some such product as it will be necessary at some point in your trip. The hotel was amazingly close to the beach. It was absolutely gorgeous, one of the best on the strip, as we walked around and saw what each had to offer. The umbrellas were a bit difficult to get, but being there by 8:15am you were pretty much guaranteed to get one. The entertainment staff were great constantly trying to get people to participate in all the activities, from water volleyball to dancing to spanish lessons. the resort itself is quite small, which I loved, compared to the others surrounding it. A quick note to any younger women, if you are travelling without a male, wear a ring. We were constantly hit on left right and center which did become irritating. Overall, it was a great experience, and a place that I would recommend to anyone wanting to travel to Cuba.
This was our third stay at RIU Las Morlas. As previously, the service in all cases was very good. Rooms are clean. There is one restaurant, and the food is expertly prepared and very tasty, with good variety of meats, fish, vegetables, salads and desserts. There are an assortment of activities during the day and entertaining evening performances. The bar service is excellent. There is a nurse on duty and a massage service. All employees, in every area, are very pleasant and helpful.
Just retuued from a wonderfull week at the Rui Las Morlas. From the minute we checked in until the miunte we left this place was incrediable. Everyone from reception, cleaning staff, bartenders and entertainers were made us feel welcome. Food was alway fresh and plentifull. By the second day most of the staff knew our names making us feel as though we had been there forever. We will return but for more than one week the next time.
If you a looking for a smaller than average resort with a community feeling and lots of extras--Las Morlas is the place for you. The Las Morlas staff seem to make everyone's stay special in different ways.
The staff were excellent with children and with older residents, yet were aware of the special interests of the younger couples and singles.
There were constantly activities to participate in from stretching in the morning, to a beach party and barbacue one day, to volleyball and soccer. There are also kayaks, a catamaran (with sailor who you tip), and pedal boats included in the package. On the beach, it was difficult to secure an umbrella. The staff member in charge of the beach told me that you had to get up at 5 AM if you wanted to claim a space under one of the umbrellas. Since we preferred to sleep in, we would lie in the sun until lunch. At lunch time, usually one or two umbrellas would open up. The ratio of staff to guests at Las Morlas is exceptional. All of the staff appear to really enjoy their jobs. They are always helping you out and keep a genuinely happy attitude. The rooms are clean with a beautiful balcony (ours faced the ocean), air conditioning, satellite television, and a bar fridge that was kept full of drinks free of charge. We were surprised that we had two single beds rather than one double. You may have to specify that when you book your room--though I am not sure if it is a choice. When we had a small issue with our air conditioner, the problem was fixed within less than an hour. The food was buffet style. There was lots of choice, so we could always find something that we liked--though some of it was not that tasty (undercooked).--When the guava was ripe, it was out of this world!! The location is awesome. You can walk downtown to the flea market in 20 minutes. We also took mopeds out to the tip of the island, which was not included but was a definite highlight. Besides the staff at Las Morlas, the other huge selling point is the section of beach that belongs to the hotel--absolutely amazing--the beach and the water are perfect. Overall, it would be tough to complain about Varadero. The beaches really are so special. I would suggest Las Morlas to almost anyone without hesitation. However, I am not sure that it is the best place to be if you want to be surrounded by party animals. It has a more peaceful atmosphere. Certainly lots of people drank a lot, but I would say in general that the crowd was primarily composed of elderly couples (50 percent), families (25 percent), younger couples and singles (25 percent). Mind you, we were not there on spring break; it may be different then. Also, the staff organized trips to night clubs for the younger crowd. I will have fond memories of Las Morlas for the rest of my life!! This resort provided exactly what I was looking for--a beautiful beach and ocean setting with respectful and helpful staff who provided an atmosphere for fun and relaxation.
RIU Las Morlas is the best place ive been in, in my whole life..it was great..not only was it very clean but the best part was the people..WOW!! those people are all so fantastic..they made our stay the best..they are so polite and they all take the time to just sit down and talk to you personally and find out who u are as a person. The entertainment staff are excellent..the shows were awesome!! I loved it. The beaches there are beautiful and the food is something everyone should experience. the rooms were so great because u got to experience the cuban way of life. I did see thee other RIU hotel and i would recommend Las morlas not the other one because the other one was huge and it was just all so busy all the time..no one really got to know eachother there. Riu Las morlas is a place to definetly go with your kids. i being a kid myself enjoyed it and i plan on going back. if you want your kids to learn that this world is a big place and not everybody is as fortunate as they are go to Cuba. its beautiful and they will leave Cuba with friends and a life time of experiences that will never leave them. RIU LAS MORLAS IS THE PLACE TO GO..even my parents said it was the best
Las Morlas a Great place to stay
Las Morlas in Veradero Cuba was a great place to stay over the past 12 years we have stayed at many places in Cuba and this is the one that we are now going back to for the second time. The hotel was great the people were extremely helpfull the service was excellent. I love the country and had a great time staying at this hotel. I will be back again this winter for the 13th trip to Cuba.
Recently returned from Dec.2-16 holiday there. 2 weeks wears out the selection at the buffet. Even though it's A.I. a trip into Veradero every few days for a $12 lobster meal is worth it. Strange that the hotel says a recent hurricane makes it hard to get chicken but the short walk into town finds $3 chicken meals at every 2nd restaurant. Restaurant hrs. leave a bit to be desired as there is nowhere to get a coffee between 10 A.M. & 12:30 P.M. or 3P.M. & 6:30 P.M. altho you can drink rum from 10 A.M. til 1 A.M. The beach was one of the best in the area and the best I have seen in over 20 years of winter holidays. Beach is also closer to the hotel than a lot of the other resorts. Best way to see the town is take a cab ($4 one-way), stop & go (double-decker bus with on/off priveleges all day - $2) or rent a scooter ($18 - 9A.M. - 5 P.M.) Not a lot to see here but some historic buildings and a raft of flea markets as it was just an antiquated fishing village. A trip to a Havana is a must to see what (or what has not) been accomplished since Castro took over in '59. For old car buffs the whole counry is a sight to behold as there are cars from Model A's to '59 Ramblers around every corner & up and down every street. The staff at the hotel was great(altho a handful of $1 bills to hand out here & there doesn't hurt). If you're going there and have some outgrown clothes or small perfume, toothpaste, dis. razor samples, etc. the people are your friends for life or longer. Take yourself Immodium, pepto-bismol, etc. as very few people got thru their holidays without a little bit of stomach upset, self-induced & otherwise. All in all, we enjoyed our 2 weeks but I don't think I would go back as I'm dead-set against the regime. For all Fidel hates the Americans he runs on the U.S. dollar and I'm sure the country would ultimately collapse without tourists. One last thing, if you have no desire to see 50-70 yr. old, 200 lb. European women topless then this isn't the place for you. Happy