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This is a perfect place for those looking to enjoy the splendid combination of sun, beach and culture that Havana, a city full of history and tradition, has in store.
Location: Directly on Playa del Este beach, in Playa Santa Maria del Mar; approximately 27 km from Havana and 100 km from the Varadero airport.

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  • LyndaAukino : Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Nice setting

Quite nice cafe sited right in middle of town. Unfortunately lost our bookingbut quickly seated us anyway. Roast pumpkin,blue cheese and walnut salad was delicious. Staff worked out quickly how our entertainment book discount could be shared by all. Thanks. Nice meal, very friendly staff.

  • Borja G : London, United Kingdom
Good hotel close to Havana

A great and calm choice if you want to visit Havana without being in the chaotic city centre. They have a free shuttle service few times per week to Havana Vieja, departing at 9am returning to the hotel at 5pm. Rooms are big, renovated, clean and very confortable. Gym is new and the swimming pool is great. Few seconds from the main beach and just 5 minutes away from Mi Cayito beach. Food is ok. It could be a bit better or perhaps being more cuban/international. They have lots of Italian guests so most of the food in the buffet is Italian. However, cocktails at the bar are delicious. Friendly staff that will make you feel very welcome.

  • Steve_Tiss : Toronto, Canada
Brava Arenal: Beach, great food, clean rooms and a free 20-minute shuttle to Havana!

This was my fourth visit to Cuba, having been to Havana three times before and Varadero once. The Bravo Arenal, a short 20-minute ride on the coast outside Havana, was the first part of a split vacation between Havana and Varadero where my son Ari and I stayed at the SuperBreezes Varadero a dated poorly maintained resort (review will follow), complete with bad food and poorer service.The Bravo Arenal was the complete opposite to that of the SuperBreezes. We often hear about the food in Cuba, how awful it can be. But this was not the case at this Italian tourist destination. The food met the standards of good Italian home cooking. While the chef provides a limited menu it is a pleasure on all counts. You have to ask yourself, at least I did, why is it possible for one property, the Bravo Arenal provide good fresh ingredients well prepared whereas the second hotel on our trip, the SuperBreezes Varadero served poorly prepared dishes with questionable ingredients? If one property can get it so right why not the other?The positive food experience at Bravo Arenal was coupled with excellent service throughout the property. The rooms appeared modern and were quite clean and a pleasure to come back to at the end of the well attended professionally prepared nightly entertainment.I would highly recommend that you reserve your Havana stay here if you would like to have both the ocean experience with Havana visits. The Arenal offers a free shuttle to Havana on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 10am departure with a 4:30pm return.While the beach may not be as glamorous as those in Varadero it is still quite beautiful and hold its own.So… a beautiful beach, great food with an Italian influence, a clean modern room and excellent service throughout; all at an affordable price. Go for it.

  • Adrian S : Toronto, Canada
Third Time Already

Ever since we' ve found this place we keep going back: it' s relatively close to Havana, it' s on the beach, it' s been recently restored and upgraded, staff is helpful and friendly and, better still, it is all inclusive. I don' t want to get into the 'staff only caters to the Italian tourists' rant. It is an European chain that runs the place and it happens the majority of tourists are from Italy. When we last visited, July 22- 29, 2016, my wife and I, we were the only Ontarians present. Still we had no problem at all to interact and communicate with the staff and other people.A big plus: one could buy wi- fi cards 1 hour= 2 CUC. Make sure you turn off your device, otherwise the clock will keep ticking. Will also work in other hotels, just in case.On the minus side:- due to the relatively low number of guests, the A/C wasn' t always on, in the restaurant- the car rental sign, in the hotel lobby, it' s just a sign. As a matter of fact you cannot get a rental car, anywhere in Havana. We tried many places, we have agreed to pay ridiculous rates, we have even tried bribery, but were still unable to get a hold of a vehicle.If you must get a car, rent it ahead of time, on the Internet and don't be surprised at the rates charged.Our aim was to visit Vinales, but I guess it' ll have to wait.We have arrived early Saturday morning, on an extended Cuban holiday, that lasted until July 26.That brought a lot of local people on the hotel beach. I have no problem with mingling with them, however, at the end of the day, they left their mark behind: garbage and more garbage, all over.As a matter of fact, there was a young Italian Girl, age 10- 12, who would dive and collect beer and pop cans flushed into the ocean. I have witnessed her effort to help clean the waters several times. Wish I had the camera on me, that day: I could have made her an youtube sensation.To summarize, go there without any preconceived ideas. Take Cuba as it is and try to get the best of it.

  • jorgelodon : Miami, Florida

Its a very good hotel, the staff is very nice and the food is excellent. The rooms are clean and have a nice decoration. Its a calm place excellent to rest, far from the city, exuberant wildlife, and a beautiful beach. Lots of Italians 0.0

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 breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Snack bar 
  • Domestic drinks (24-hour) 
  • Daily activities 
  • Evening entertainment 
  • Disco (admission and drinks included)
  • Non-motorized water sports (Selected)
  • Dancing lessons 
  • Beach volleyball 
  • Aerobics 
  • Service of a representative at destination
  • 149 rooms
  • 1 Buffet & Snack bar
  • 1 a la carte restaurant for dinner service (extra charge and reservations required)
  • 4 Bars 
  • Disco
  • 1 Pool  
  • Tennis courts
  • Fitness center
  • Spa (fee)
  • Motorized water sports (fee)
  • Shops  
  • Medical services (fee) 
  • Laundry services (fee)
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Currency exchange
Hotel room includes:
  • 1 king or 1 double or 2 Twin Beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Mini-bar 
  • In room safe
  • Bathroom with shower only 
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
Kids Club - Ages 3 to 12.

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Bravo Arenal
Playa Santa Maria del Mar, Havana Cuba

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

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