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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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  • gcdarbyson : Montreal, Canada
Best Food & Accomodations experienced to date in Cuba

We spent two weeks at this resort in late November of 2016, and were very pleased both with our accommodations, the food and the fact that it is near to Havana. The resort has well under 200 rooms so it is small, and features only one restaurant, in addition to an off hour snack bar. There are basically two bars, the lobby bar which closes at 10:00 pm, but the pool bar is open 24 hours. Managed by an Italian company, 80% of the guests are from Italy, with most of the staff speaking Spanish and Italian. In terms of food it is predominately Mediterranean flavoured but of all the resorts (6/7) visited in Cuba over the years this had the best food. Remodeled some 5 years ago the rooms and buildings are in better shape than many others. The real beauty of this resort is that it is a 20 minute ride into downtown old Havana (a must see city). The hotel runs a free shuttle from Thursday to Sunday, and it is next to impossible to get lost in old Havana. The resort has a nice beach, although not as nice as Veradero, it is by far the best beach near Havana and it can be walked for good distances in either direction, free from vendors etc. There is also a small town to the south of the resort about 15 to 20 minute away on foot if you are looking for authentic Cuban food or crafts. Resort staff despite the language barrier are very helpful and really friendly. Because of its size and the composition of the resort cliental it would not be considered a party type resort although there is a small Discothèque, and on some evening’s entertainment is organized in the pool area. I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone who is going to spend time in or around Havana.

  • RedcliffCathy : Redcliff
Best of both worlds

We spent 8 days at this resort. What we liked the best was the beautiful beach, and the proximity to Havana so we were able to enjoy 2 holidays. Short walk through the mangroves to the beach, which had beautiful sand. Though the resort beach is small, it was part of a long stroll-able beach in both directions. We went to Havana 4 times, (twice on the shuttle, twice with taxis), and felt the trip was easy and lots to see. The hotel room was clean, spacious, and a short walk to all areas of the resort. The dining area food was better than average, except for the fresh made pasta station, which was exceptional! The large pool was never crowded, and there were always lots of deck loungers available.Be prepared that this is a Italian destination, and most of the activities were focused on that. It did not bother us as we do our own thing, but if you want to be involved, Italian is a must!Our only real complaint was absolutely no hot water in the room! Not warm, not tepid, just cold showers!

  • BOPOHA : San Francisco, California
Average all-inclusive place

First of all I have to say that I’m not a big fan of all-inclusive and we only stayed there for one night due to necessity.If you like all-inclusive resort – you probably will like this one.During our stay it was full of older crowd from Italy - not sure if this is always like that.Food was OK, nothing amazing. Some people from the stuff are very friendly and helpful.Room was nice – facing away from the pool. Small private beach was also pretty nice.Overall though for the money we paid – I think it was not worth it.Taxi to airport cost us 40 CUC. They have shuttle around 10am in the morning – which fills our very quickly.One important recommendation: kiteboarding rent and lessons on the beach at a nearby Hotel Tropicoco.

  • Mrivro : Tampa, Florida

we stayed at the hotel for a week, excellent price and service. food was great. the staff was amazing, specially those at the lobby. Excellent location near the beach and not too far from Old Havana. I was able to enjoy both the beach and the city.

  • WorldGal7 : Canada
Remote, Average

Hotel is further out than we expected, 30 minutes by taxi into Havana city ($25 one-way) and the hotel shuttle only runs Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun. We had no real complaints with the room except that we had no hot water during our entire stay. The food was good, the service was good. But the location is remote, with nothing at all nearby, and the hotel is geared mostly to Italian visitors (music, activities) which can leave others feeling isolated. Next time will stay in Havana central.

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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
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  • 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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