Ole Villa Marinera
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Our OpinionPlease note that hotel standards in Cuba tend to be lower than in other Sun Destinations. Unless travelers are familiar with the resort or Cuban hotels, we typically recommend that travelers book a minimum 4 star resort when traveling to Cuba.
Friendly staff, great drinks, music and beaches. This resort is small and budget priced with many repeat visitors. Guests tend to be younger tourists enjoying a week in Cuba. The food is good and I enjoy the dancers entertainment team.
This was my second trip to Cuba, first time to Cayo Largo... Stayed at the Iberostar Playa Blanca, travelled with my 21 year old daughter. We were looking for somewhere to relax and take a short break between completing her university exams and starting work for the summer. We decided on this hotel for a five day stay, and we were pleasantly surprised.The Hotel,It was in decent shape, we stayed in an ocean view bungalow, and would choose a bungalow again. The beds and pillows were very good, the room and bathroom were spotless! There is a safe in the closet. The common areas were also extremely clean. The pool was in need of having the liner changed. The restaurants and bars were also kept very clean. The hotel was closing for renovations the week after we were there, apparently correcting the problem with pool and redoing all the bathrooms etc...Food & BeverageBreakfast was decent, cheeses, deli meats, sweet rolls, fruit, omelet station and more. Expresso is available at all the bars.The Ranchon for lunch was closed while we were there so there was only the snack bar open at midday, hot dogs, chicken, salads, cheese, deli meats, etc pretty basic but easy to find something to eat. We were visited by the resort cats and 1 very large iguana.Ranchon for dinner once, a la carte, the food was good, but felt rushed.Buffet for dinner, was very good, pasta bar, pizza bar, we had excellent turkey, fish...Bar service, I wish the bartenders were trained on how to mix a drink, and that they were consistent throughout the resort. The bar staff and restaurant were always friendly and eager to please, a small tip goes a long way!My biggest concern would be the flies in the buffet restaurant, they really need to address this!BeachOk, we all know that there is no beach at the hotel, wasn't an issue for us. Shuttle is provided to the Beach or you can take a cab for 2 pesos per person each way, and travel on your own schedule. They have bars at both beaches. The beaches are gorgeous, a must visit! The beaches are clothing optional. General, there is wifi in the lobby for a small price, we couldn't seem to get on in afternoon, but mornings and evenings were fine. The shows at night are worth a look-see, you have to admire the enthusiasm! The staff resort wide is to be commended! Be warned if you are looking for an activity packed vacation this is not the destination for you. The island is small! The village consists of 1 store, 1 bank (if you to buy pesos you will need to do a cash advance), 1 bar, (that is open during the day), marina, some souvenir shacks, dive shop and the turtle rescue. Go and see the turtle rescue they rescue and release thousand of sea turtles every year! Please make a donation while you are there!Overall this was a much better destination than our previous experience. We would return!
The stay at the Playa Blanca was a nice one, and I want to go back! The staff was nice and the location was ok. Despite its name, there is no direct beach to this hotel which is the downer! The clothing-optional is really what makes this resort a good one!
Our Cubana Air plane was unable to fly out on time due to 'failure messages in the cock pit" so we were sent back to our hotels overnight. Sadly for us, we were not able to go back to the Villa Iguana. Instead we had to go to the Playa Blanca.We had been there on a previous visit to Cayo Largo and thought we'd know what to expect. Yikes! It's so badly deteriorated, with musty smelling rooms and water gushed from our ceiling-mounted air conditioner. Maybe I should have stood underneath it to take a shower because there wasn't a drop of water to be found in our bathroom. The hotel is in desperate need of upgrading. The beach is minimal and the pool looks like a health-hazard. We have been to the Sol Cayo Largo, the Pelicano, the Villagi Bravo Coral and the Villa Iguana. The food at the Playa Blanca is not at the same standard as the other hotels. Its as if they've given up.Renovations are slated to start soon. We heard sometime in the fall. For all those who love the Playa Blanca and the lovely people that work there, I hope they don't have to wait to long. We just prefer a resort with a nice beach and up-to-date rooms and facilities.
This is our second time at this resort. This time we took our daughter. We arrived on Cubana Airlines with no issues. Checked in..everything is going smooth. Went into our room 4311 and than it started. Our air conditioning and toilet were not working. We had taking our daughter for a bite to eat and logged the issue with the front desk. Went to a room we were already in bed and then the maintenance man came. Said it will be fine tomorrow...that's it. Air will work too tomorrow. In the middle of the night the air came on. thank goodness the room was hot it was a 30 degree day. In a nutshell the air didn't work 3 out of 6 days...unacceptable. The buffet restaurant inside the restaurant was ok..lots of flies at times but we always find something that we can eat..lots of bread...their bread is awesome. The grill/pasta guys along with the young man on pizza were great. They were given pesos for their excellent service. My daughter said she was going to miss the pizza guy. The service in there was totally not worth the headache. The girls were horrible. We got our own water about 90% of the time only then were lucky if they came to see if we wanted any else to drink. Of course we are getting up and they are right there. NO peso for them... On occasions the female servers were filling up cups with the juice in the morning and going to the back window in restaurant and calling workers over to have a drink even took them food. We have never experienced this or saw before. The snack bar food was good. Fries every day. Edwardo was awesome. remembered exactly what we had. Wonderful after buffet sucking most of the time. The only thing again we never experienced was that there was a few workers that were helping themselves prior to rush. Also that there was many staff on days in white & blue sitting down to eat however the entertainers weren't allowed unless asked by a tourist. The bartenders were wonderful. They were there our whole stay. Although we seldom drink they had no problem making the coffee. Kudos to those that made the trip a little more memorable. Finally, the pool needs to be cleaned more frequently and have it running. It seldom ran. Dead crabs in the lower pool. The pool equipment leaning in the pool for most of a few days. Never removed. The beach which was to be there and still listed on Holasun no longer is there. You walked 15 minutes. Check out was smooth. Flight delayed 45 mins than told it was coming at 730. No rep present until 430. Making us a snack..guess what..ham & cheese sandwich when a Cubastar rep came and advised they were shipping us back to the hotel. Day wasted. Told to check at 9 pm in the lobby. So after a long day we trucked back to the desk to be told between 8-9. Didn't sleep that night. Went to lobby for 830. We were leaving for 10:30. Yah we get to go home. All good. Cubana stewardesses were pleasant and glad due to the fact thought they were going to have to deal with irate customers. Other than that we will return to Cuba just not this place- this was our 7th time to Cuba second time to this resort. First time was better.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- Buffet restaurant
- A la carte dinner restaurant (reservations required)
- Selection of national drinks
- Free shuttle service to Sirena Beach
- Games room
- Guests can enjoy services from Hotel Playa Blanca
- Daily round trip tansfers to Hotel Playa Blanca
- Daily boat transfer to Sirena beach
- One gala dinner by the pool at Villa Marinera
- Night time round trip transfers to Hotel Playa Blanca to enjoy the shows (twice per week)
- 22 rooms in a wooden cabin style
- 1 Swimming pool
- Lounge chairs
- Beach towels
- 1 Buffet restaurant
- 1 a la carte restaurant
- Access to Hotel Playa Blanca services
- Air conditioned
- Private bathroom
- Safety box
- 200 voltage
Resort Location Map
Ole Villa MarineraCayo Largo,Cuba
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- Extra Info
Cayo Largo del Sur, Cayo Largo 10300 Cuba
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