Sol Cayo Santa Maria
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Sol Cayo Santa Maria is a quaint older resort, not a bad choice as far as budget options in Cayo Santa Maria. Although the bungalow style resort is the oldest in the area, the rooms are being renovated. They have a restaurant on the beach and lobster dinner is included. Great mojitos here. A kid's club is available for ages 0-12.
the place itself is a little on the older side but they fixed everything up well and really did a good job with it. ac worked well and the rooms were clean. the staff put alot of effort into what they did. the food could have used a little work for variety, and if you are having things like cheese and such put out...put a lid on them to cover from flies or something, especially when it comes to the desserts. the rest was a pretty decent. i would advise in the future to allow changing vendors to take up residence there to sell stuff, makes it a little more touristy.Food wise the fish was not impressive, which was sad. i would have loved some shrimp or other stuff but the same fish over and over again got boring. meats were also very similar but dark meat chicken really was a good choice. what made it for me was the wonderful lady who cooked the FRIED RICE, it was absolutely delicious, though you have to ask for less soy sauce...but that's just my preference. also for the pasta, use bigger noodles...spaghetti not spaghettini. The sauce was a bit lackluster, you need more flavor in that, it's the sauce that makes or breaks the pasta, i would suggest seasoning it a bit more heavily...and making the sauce thicker. for breakfast it was literally the same thing every morning, it's breakfast and i get that you can't really change it up, but may i suggest having more pastries such as croissant (make it well cause if it is half-assed you're just wasting your time) for breakfast. simply because we are very much used to a fluffier bread that isn't so hard. also the butter, i have no clue which it is you are using. but please change it it is nothing like the ones in canada and that's your market demographics. the huge plus is the fresh juices were AMAZINGLY good so good job for that.beach itself was nice though a bit wavy. on certain times you can't go out at all, can't fix that that's just nature. the pool was also nice and kept clean for the most part. drinks were good also. and staff was super friendly and nice.
The hotel was overall fine other than on our second night after dinner we went back to our room to find our entire luggages torn open with all our money and some clothes stolen. The workers then told us it wasn't there fault and wouldn't let us go back into the room until the next day after the "police investigation". So we were given another room but none of our clothing, toothbrush, or even passports.... and did not have access to them until the next day at 3pm when the police were done looking. The police then basically interrogated us and told us that we were making the entire story up. Eventually we just gave up and went home empty handed from our trip, Will not return.
I would recommend Cayo Santa Maria to anyone who would like to spend a holiday swimming, snorkeling, boating, and relaxing on the beach. It’s a beautiful, tranquil place for water lovers. As for the Sol, I read the reviews before booking our trip and understood that the decor of the resort was dated compared to other Santa Maria resorts. That’s not a deal breaker for me, and often I prefer it. (Take the Dhawa for instance. Its modern decor is lovely, but not what I personally look for in the Caribbean.) I also understood from the reviews that the Sol has: 1. A spectacular beach2. Great off-shore snorkeling west of the resort, all the way to the Buenavista3. Friendly, attentive staff4. Clean, comfortable rooms5. Lush landscaping with mature trees 6. Decent food, with fresh vegetables, fruit and fish always availableWe chose the Sol for these reasons and also for the value (a two week vacation at the Buenavista would have been triple the cost). And we were not disappointed. In fact, the vacation surpassed our expectations. As one fellow traveler put it, the Sol feels like home. This traveler had stayed in nearly all the Santa Maria resorts. According to him, none of the other resorts had the Caribbean feel, the picturesque tropical beach bar and lunch restaurant, the "deeper turquoise water that draws you in," and the incredibly friendly staff. Or as general manager Alejandro put it when we first met him (and assumed he was a fellow vacationer), the Sol has soul. And I have to agree. What sets this resort apart from others in beautiful Caribbean locations is the staff. From the moment we arrived, the staff welcomed and embraced us as though we were old friends. Everyone went out of their way to make sure we were happy. Even the gardeners took a moment each day to say hola and ask how we were. Special thanks to Lizdanny, Yoendi, Luis and other servers at the lobby bar; Ada-e and Maria at the buffet; Yanko, Ada and Chef Loco ;-) at La Picua beach restaurant; Martha and Valentin at the beach bar; Jorge at the beach who was so kind to our friend; the bartenders and cook at the pool snack bar, the bellmen and many others whose names I wish I could remember. You are the heart and soul of the Sol. Your professional service was exceptional and your many kindnesses and personal touches will never be forgotten. Muchas gracias a todos por la excelente servicio profesional (y para la atención personal, las sonrisas, risas, abrazos y besos, diversión y buenas conversaciones, baile de salsa, flores, cocos, regalos de recuerdo, gran presentación de alimentos y bebidas, remedios digestivos, paseos en taxi a la habitación, y clases de español!). Muchas gracias por hacer nuestras vacaciones una experiencia más feliz y memorable. Nunca te olvidaremos.
Stayed for a week. The only thing that tainted my experience was the long wait for check-in. You are after a long travel, need to shower and to change clothes, and they make you wait until 4 pm until rooms are available. The hotel should think of how to accommodate new arrivals so that their very first day is not ruined by this wait. The rest of the experience was absolutely amazing. The beach is beautiful and very clean; the sea warm and so relaxing - stayed in the water for a few hours every day, did not want to get out! The room was very clean and very comfortable. The personnel was amazing - very welcoming, very friendly, very helpful. I am sorry now that I did not take more names, but these are the three that I wrote down - Miguel Angel, the waiter in the main restaurant; Janicet and Yoendi (lovely husband and wife) in the patio bar. Always smiling and cheerful, really added to the general feeling of being on a very relaxing vacation. Thank you to all!
The beach and the sea is amazing. On the other hand this hotel is average. The rooms are cosy with big bed but the couver lit a little dirty. The food is good. Some of the stuff a bit arrogant. It lack organisation.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner plus snacks
- A la carte dinner with reservations
- Unlimited domestic drinks 24 hours a day
- Daytime tennis
- Daily activities & nightly entertainment
- 300 rooms
- 1 Buffet restaurant (International)
- 2 a la carte restaurants (Italian, Cuban)
- Snack bar
- 3 bars, including: Pool bar
- 2 pools
- Fitness Centre
- Tennis court
- Beauty salon
- Games room
- Gift shop
- Meeting facilities
- Water sports centre
- Outdoor whirlpool
Standard Room with balcony or terrace:
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- 1 full bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Satellite television
- Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
Kids Deal - Special all-inclusive rate for kids 3-12, when sharing with 2 full paying adults. Max 2 kids. Maximum room occupancy restrictions apply.
For the Kids - Supervised kid's club for 4-12 years, Children's playground, and Babysitting available for a fee.
Honeymoon Bonus - Receive a welcome cocktail, an upgrade to an Oceanview Room (based on availability at check-in), a bottle of champagne & welcome letter in your room on arrival, special reservation for dinner at specialty restaurant, and superior bathroom amenities. Please request at time of booking. Proof of marriage required.
Weddings - Free wedding package available, inquire for details.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
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