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.
I started my stay at the Sol a little bit worried about the food, but I was blown away (in particular, the salad bar is top-notch especially at dinner time, the fried rice bar is Amazing, and the plantain fries are a must-try!)Our stay was plagued a bit by lots of water issues in our rooms causing the toilets not to flush, etc - I understand it was an issue for the whole island for a little while. There are a few dangerous areas of the resort - a boardwalk down to the beach with missing & rotting planks & railings posed a safety issue, and I had a friend step on the plastic grate surrounding the pool and fall through, hurting their leg. There is also one pathway to the beach that is very rocky underfoot and could be cleaned up with a bit of effort.This hotel has a lot of history and a lot of potential - I think if the Sol put some effort into repairing the boardwalk, clearing the rocky "staff" pathway, and ensuring the pool grating is safe, it could bounce back. Especially if the food stays as good!Be forewarned, there is a nude beach directly to the left of the beach on this resort.
Been there during the mourning week so there was no entertainment but our days were filled with quiet old cuban music, which was fantastic. Rooms are set up in bungalows spread out through lots of vegetation, good restaurants and very friendly staff.
I'm having my vacations on Cuba for 11th years . This time was the best time .We were on the beginning of the February in hotel Sol Cayo Santa Maria.This is old very well maintain hotel . What I really liked is very pleasant atmosphere .Young crew doing very well their duty .In the bar they are really pro .They know all popular drinks and serve it in glass , not plastic.Same with coffee in porcelain . You can even have teaspoons ,which is not popular.I don't mind Cuban music , but I prefer their relaxing background music ,which let you have conversation.In the evening they frequently had some life performance and even fashion show in the bar area .Each evening there was Cuban music dance show . Even piano bar is there with some classical or jazzy music.I liked food in this hotel .Except typical Cuban food . There was good choice of cheeses and some European diary products.Choice of fresh meat or fish to each meal prepared in front of you , and same for pasta lovers . Me personally I liked fresh local fruits to each meal and cakes made on the base of coconut syrup or honey . Also I enjoyed the way the prepare asparagus and discovered new fruit maracuya (new for me). Young well organized crew didn't let you wait ,same time being polite .They have few restaurants a la carte which I didn't try .But I was few time in pizza bar . There was good choice of them .I liked the place because it was on the way to the beach surrounded by the beautiful palm trees . And having tasty freshly from the four pizza there, with the cold beer was really a pleasure . We were leaving in small bungalow .Cleaned everyday. Everything was working and good shape .What I like in this hotel compare to the other I was is pleasant surrounding. Because hotel is old has big trees and a lot of bushes and flowers . Everything is trimmed it looks really beautiful .I'm not really for souvenirs but we went ones to the market not far away . Nice place with restaurants and souvenirs shops .Finally the beach . Place we spent most of time . They have well equipped Club Nautico with few strong man friendly helping you with kayaks , catamarans and even small sail boats.Beach chairs are in good condition and there are some kind of roofs made from palm trees leafs so it is possible hide from direct sun .
We keep returning to the same resort as we feel we are getting good value for our money. The staff are friendly and we love the resort property. At times it can be a little harder to find staff that speak very good English, but there are some and quite a few have some basic English. If not, pointing and smiling seems to work. There are reviews that focus a lot on the age of this resort and the need for updates and renovations. It is true that this is the oldest resort on the Cayo, and for a time it really did show its age and the need for repairs. Although it is not yet perfect we have seen big improvements over the last 3 years. Every year we see where work has been done. This year was even more active. Lighting on the walkways has improved. If you are from a city and used to bright street lights you may find the walkways a little darker than you are used to. We are country folks and had no trouble getting around. We did notice that the far eastern side of the resort (rooms beginning with a 6) seemed to be in the dark more than other areas, but just before we left even that area was reasonably well lit. Lots of things have been painted and repaired. Walkways may have the odd pothole but patching has been done in many places. Overall I was very pleased to see all the hard work that is being done to bring this resort back to life. Thank you to the manager and all the staff that are working so hard.Food: another big topic. I am happy to report that the bird issue around the food seems to be under control. Comments in the past referred to too many birds in the buffet building. They were gone. Even the pizza restaurant only had a half dozen flying around. The food is reasonable. Not like home, but then we are not home. With a little imagination there was no trouble to vary the meals from day to day. The buffet basics are there - several kinds of meat, fish, vegetables etc. Lots more potatoes than before. I do agree with other comments, food is not always as warm as it should be. Not sure if there is any heat under the serving area. Overall, I was happy with the food and the service. A special thank you to Yamilka. Not quite 5 feet tall she is a bundle of energy and always greets you with a smile. Also say hi to Kiki. He is lots of fun and provides great service. My favourite food is the marguerita pizza at the pizza bar. Again wonderful service from the ladies there (and the guys too)Everything worked well in our room. Air conditioning, safe, water etc. New tub had been installed. The bed is very firm and the pillows not quite the same as home, but I find that to be a standard hotel "thing". With a little imagination you can usually find a way to be comfy.Entertainment: we didn't stay up for many of the stage shows. Have seen them before and the sun and fresh air always send us to bed early. The band that comes in once a week and plays in the lobby is very good. The piano bar has some excellent musicians just wish they would learn more songs. Same thing every night..If you are looking for a 5 star, high end luxury vacation this may not your first choice. If you are looking for a nice vacation and a reasonable price I would suggest you give it a try. I know I am looking forward to our next visit and miss it already.On a side note, there are lots of updates and renovations happening on the Cayo itself. New sidewalks, walkways etc. Roundabouts being installed, trees and plants being put in along roadways. Overall improvements and beautification going on. Yeah.
This was my first time to Cayo Santa Maria. The drive from the airport went over a cause way thru the ocean to the island. The hotel was pleasant and the staff courteous, friendly and helpful. Buffet was average for Cuban fare but their Pizza restaurant that was open for lunch was exceptional. The Picua restaurant on the beach had a great view and served decent food... The Italian and Creole a la carte restaurants also served excellent food and service was excellent. It was a quiet week while we were there but if you go for spring break it will be filled with a lot of young people. This area is far from any city/town, and is great if you want to get away and relax, but there are tours available if you want to experience more. We definitely would go back to Sol Cayo Santa Maria.
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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
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- 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
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For the Kids - Supervised kid's club for 4-12 years, Children's playground, and Babysitting available for a fee.
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