Valentin Perla Blanca
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Location: Beachfront, approximately 130 km from the Santa Clara airport.
We recently returned from a weeks stay at Valentin Perla Blanca and had a wonderful stay. It is a sprawling resort (over 1000 rooms), however it did not seem that large after getting used to getting around.There are 2 main sides to the resort. Although I read earlier one was 'Air Canada' and the other side 'Sunwing' the rooms were being distributed on both sides to our group upon check in.Here are some key points on the area/resort. -Airport. It is a nice airport. It wasn't too hot inside while waiting. Sunwing did have a 'Privilege' line.Arrivals went smoothly. There was a bank outside but it was not opened before noon. There is a small duty free shop in the airport.-transfer to hotel went well. The buses were quite nice. It is 90 min to get through the towns and across and causeway (2 lane traffic), bumpy at times. We were offered to buy beer on board (2 for 5$ CDN). They did stop once halfway through for a restroom break. It is a bonus going over during the day as you will see the small towns along the way, and may see livestock (cows, horses, chickens, goats), people on horse back or horse drawn carriages, people on bikes, school kids in uniform. So it was a mini tour it's own. In the dark it would seem like a longer ride!Hotel grounds-the grounds were kept well maintained by the gardening staff. If you meet Angel he will always greet you warmly (and he gives a good weather prediction!).The flowers were pretty and grounds well manicured.Hotel lobby and bar areas- the check in went well. We did get Oceanview as requested and Bungalow 26 was in a convenient area close to the pool and the beach (there was a short cut by B25). The view of the water was on an angle. You won't see sand from the balcony (just water) as there is foliage that lines the beach. Main bar was a fun spot at night. There was nightly entertainment either from piano or a band or performer. Most nights there were 2 different performances. It was a great area to mingle and chat and have a drink. Very popular. Smoking and non smoking tables available. From there some people went to the theatre for the show. We saw 2 and they were decent (and there is a separate bar for the theatre). We got a few bites sitting outside.There was a disco but we didn't go.Pools-there are 2 pools (east and west). The west side is the Relax pool, the east side has activities and was popular. Saturday was Cuban Day and they had poolside food, coconuts with rum, etc. The chicken wings and the chicken fingers were good at the pool. One day they had chicken sandwiches on homemade bread, some days it was regular bread.The bar at the pool was good to get a drink on the way to the beach.There are 2 beach areas (east and west). To navigate between the 2 you have to go to higher ground as the beach has areas of coral. We did not take the main stairs down to the beach-we liked the shortcut path by B25 better as it comes out by the bar area.The bar on the east side was ok-they did not have Cristal beer there only Buccaneer & it ran out. The sand is white and 'cakey' and there was some seaweed further east. I'd walk to the far end (about 15 min) until I reached some rocks and turned and back. There were some neat little thatched tents for 2 in that area. You can also walk the beach on the west side quite a distance-there is construction of a new resort in the distance. The water is pretty blue and some days there were waves-very easy to navigate and you can walk out a long distance ! We loved it.The beach areas have cabanas on 2 levels. One 1 day we got bit by no seeums on the upper cabanas so we brought spray jic. We went down early and the lower ones were often already taken which happens a lot of resorts. The blue cloth chairs were more comfy than the plastic white ones. Never saw chairs run out. On the west beach there was a warning not to leave towels on chairs unattended-but I never saw anyone police it. On the west side was beach volleyball and music. The beach itself is narrow and long-when the tide comes it gets narrow but we didn't mind at all as the water was so beautiful!The bar off the boardwalk by the west side beach had the best Cristal on tap.We didn't use the pool on the west side-we found we had everything we needed on the east side.Buffet-better than I expected for Cuba. Had fried eggs or omelettes, yogurt, mini muffins and jam. Had homemade fruit smoothies. Bacon was good (they can cook it more on the grill).We dined at the pool bar, or the Tobacco restaurant by the other beach for lunch, occasionally at the buffet.Buffet for supper was good. One night they had stir fry. We liked the shrimp they fried on the grill and the chicken dishes, rice, grilled veggies and cheese selection. They had a pasta section and a pizza section.Lots of choices-we only scratched the surface. A la Cartes were ok-a nice quiet change from the buffet. We tried several out. Internet is spotty. 2$ card for 60 min. It was trickier logging out of my phone. It is slow! We used the computers a few times.There isn't much of a store there-a few souvenirs. A small tobacco and rum shop around the corner.Overall we give the resort a solid 4. We really enjoyed the experience!
My advice:1-Bring your own pillow2-Bring a yoga mat to put on the sunbeds3-Bring your Bubba Keg!4-Bring lots of snacks, Pringles, granola, protein bars etc. (Cant buy snacks here and trust me you will want to)5-Bring your own salad dressing6-Bring lots of money for tips. (Average wage in Cuba is $25 CUC a month (about $30 CAD) A doctor only makes $50CUC a month!!! These people depend on tips and they word hard to get them.This was an Air Canada Vacations holiday. We stayed at the Perla Blanca from Feb 10-18. Good a good deal, $2100 pp and 8 days of free parking at Parknfly. The flight was cancelled on the way home so they had to find spots for everyone then delayed the next day another 4 hours. Not fun but apparently Air Canada is famous for this, who knew?Drive from the airport was almost 2 hours but when we arrived check in was a breeze. ROOM:Our room #2107 was on the first floor beside the activity pool. Great location, near the theater, lobby and buffet (more on that later). Beds are quite firm, like other reviewers have said and the pillows are lumpy but I slept pretty well. Lots of hot water to shower and we had no power outage issues. Air conditioning worked well. The fan and the coffee maker in the room didn't work. We did tell the staff the first day and still not fixed by the end of the week, oh well, no biggie. The maid was excellent . We left her gifts everyday. Toys for kids, hair products, shampoo and soap. Apparently soap is very hard to get in Cuba so she was very grateful. The mini bar guy was inconsistent. Three out of of seven days we didn't get any restock and he was miserable. POOLS and BEACH:The activity pool was fun. The usual entertainment, games and aerobics, dance lessons etc. They say you can't reserve sun beds with towels but everyday it was the same. If you didn't get there by 8 am the beds were all reserved (with towels). We spent a couple of days at the Relax pool on the other side of the resort and had no problem getting sun beds there. Pools appeared to be clean but I know a lot of people were peeing in the pool, yes really !! They were laughing about it.The beach was beautiful. White sand, aqua water, like a postcard. The only issue here was they don't have enough shady places. If you like to be directly in the sun you would love it here. The beach on the activity pool side is rocky but if you go down near the relax pool you will find miles of beach to walk.FOOD:We couldn't get into any of the a la carte restaurants until 10 pm so we didn't book any. The buffet was gross. There are two buffets but only one was open. The dining room itself was smoky an smelled of burned food all the time. you can sit outside which is a lot better. I have to say I'm not an adventurous eater but I can usually find something to eat, not here. They had a few fresh vegetables but only oyster sauce for dressing eww. Pasta was undercooked (crunchy) and the sauce was like watered down ragu. Didn't eat the meat, it looked and smelled funky. The rice dishes were super dry. There is a made to order pizza station and the guy cooking there was hilarious. Pizza had burned crust and under cooked toppings but was by far the best option. There are two snack bars. One by each of the pools with identical menus. They were the saving grace. The ham and cheese omelettes were awesome and the fries were pretty good too. Tried the hamburger once but it tasted like mush. This was my 6th trip to Cuba and the food here is by far the worst I've ever had on holiday anywhere!!!!!SHOWS:The only one really worth watching was the Michael Jackson one. It was spectacular. The others are just ok. EXCURSIONS:Speed Boat-$44 CUCThis was so much fun. You get to drive your own speedboat and fast! This also includes about an hour of snorkeling from a bigger boat.Santa Clara/Remedios City Tours:-$75 CUCThis was all day and well worth it. You will learn a lot about the Cuban people, their culture, customs and lifestyle.
Nice and big resort, very new. less than two years old. 2 hours ride from the airport.Nice beach, saw a lot of people do kite boarding there, about 1 hour walk to the very end of the peninsula. Walk along the beach on the other side you can go to the different, the neighbour is Warwick, they were building a new hotel just in between. you can take a double decker go around the island for 2 CUC. There is a mall about 10 minutes away, nothing special, but worth to check it out. the path at night is a little dark. food is good. there is a good spot for snorkeling, when you face the ocean, on your left hand side, right where the first group of the rocks you see more fish there than you expected. good resort, won't go back soon, but recommended to others!
You get cold beer stocked daily in the fridge extensive nightly entertainment a coffee bar several restaurants and bars. The ocean is pretty but not swimmable huge waves. On the downside dont expect romantic walks together the golfcarts use all the paths constantly racing carring tourists and luggage back and forth. Many people are too lazy to walk and pay for this. The drvers are reckless and blast you with the horn if you dont get completely off the path. The constant throng and ratrace of a busy city with no city attractions. Nearby you can swim with dolphins and watch a show of dolphins and sea lions about a hundred bucks each its an exotic day out. Flamingos can be seen from the bus. If you like very big and always busy like rus hour in Toronto with little to see then this is for you. My next place is Havanna busy with lots to do enough to fill each day for two weeks.
staying only two nights we decided to go for the slightly more expensive sea view room. On arrival this type of room was not available, so we were offered instead the "PRIVILEGE PACKAGE", which we were told consisted of: a reserved bar with air conditioning with a private concierge; private/reserved beach and reastaurants areas; 30 min massage each; a welcoming complimentary bottle of rum and a plate of fresh fruit in the room, as well as robes and slippers; a free special dinner with lobster (while all the others would have to pay).the reality was a bit different: the reserved bar sure had a wider selection of drinks than the others, but it was a dark and cold place were the air conditioning was set at probably winter canadian settings, and once to speak to the concierge i had to wait 35 min as there was an endless queue; the massage was all booked and only my girlfriend manage to get her 30 min massage, sharing a room with an elderly gentleman (while i was queueing at -25 to speak to the concierge). we didn't receive the complimentary gifts on the first day, so we called three times to get them. first we manage to get the robes and the slippers, but being in caribbean our focus was on the rum, so the last time i called i said (joking, obviously from my voice) "we don't care about the robes we want the rum"; the day after they gave us the rum and the fruit and they took the robes and slippers :D :D :Dthe special dinner was on the first day of our stay and it was obviously fully booked.apparently what happened is that they oversold the sea view rooms, so they had to give out an unreasonable big number of privilege packages, so that almost half of the resort was granted it. we were disappointed because staying only two nights we were not looking for special services or choises of restaurants, we only wanted to soak in the caribbean sea. other than that, the resort is new and beautiful, the room was excellent, the beach and the pools are amazing and the personnel is mostly polite. the buffet restaurant had a vast choise but not everything was excellent. if we had the sea view room as we requested it would be a totally different review
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