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Blau Costa Verde

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Our Opinion
The new "PLUS" section of Blau Costa Verde offers superior room categories, new bars, new restaurants, new swimming pool and full access to services of the entire resort. 
Please note that hotel standards in Cuba tend to be lower than in other Sun Destinations. Unless travelers are familiar with the resort or Cuban hotels, we typically recommend that travelers book a minimum 4 star resort when traveling to Cuba.

Overview
The Blau Costa Verde is set on Playa Pesquero, an absolutely stunning white sand beach. The hotel offers European flair, impeccable service and a multilingual staff who are eager to please. If you're seeking a secluded stretch of beach with calm waters for sailing, swimming and snorkeling, this hotel is ideal.
 
Location: Situated directly on Playa Pesquero. 60 minutes from Holguin airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Olga P : Halifax, Canada
Expanded rooms but forgot to add the other things travellers needs

Well just returned , was recommended by other people they go three times a year , lets I feel that just to say they go down south , I always travel with a open mind knowing I'm not in Canada , I had been to this place years ago and was looking forword to going back BIG mistake , the plus rooms where great smelled clean our maid was a sweet women and when I gave her a new purse she cried ,I love to talk to the workers I don't litter I don't snob them but I noticed they where hard to approach seems like they where scared to make contact. I read the reviews about beach chairs and pool chairs and they are telling the truth it is unreal people tie them together with luggage straps beach chairs the same way and life guards at the pool telling you they have gone to lunch and the where keeping the chairs for them hahahaha this made the beach seems and pool area look like messy and unkept . pools where clean and you could smell the chemicals which makes me know they are clean . So to something I I never seen at any other resort line ups waiting for food at the door waiting for them to open , most times the food starts to repeat its self in a week BUT day two I could see food would be a problem. Grounds where clean lots of crabs running in the lobby which was great and on our last morning these white butterflies took over the place it was amazing to see. Great pool for kids club house drinks where not up to par ran out of glasses a lot and I found that they had no idea what you where saying and would just mix something together and hand it to you !!! more filled glasses sitting not touched. Front desk people where nice . One thing I missed was the Cuban music playing makes you relaxed and ready for vk people with wifi speakers screaming music over the other music was a lot of noise and it was hard to find a place to just sit and talk ,not enough seating in the lobby , would I return no would I say I enjoyed my trip yes because I got yo get away will my feet return no no no no needs lots of love and someone to help them realize they good have a great place and don't both paying for ocean view its soooooooo not like other place where you can hear the ocean . The reviews are true not just first time travellers not knowing what Cuba is like .

  • Michelle G : Halifax, Canada
Meh...

The first time I went to Cuba, 2 years ago, I said I'd never go back. Then I went back this year and now I'm saying it again, for real.. I am DONE with sub-standard Cuba.It was everything it claimed to be. The price was right, and like everything in life, you get what you pay for. The resort was huge, well manicured and fairly clean. The food was meh, the rooms were meh....nothing to write home about. This is the second resort in Cuba, 2 different areas, that I've been to and they just seem to have no...life, no pizzazz, no spirit. And don't even get me started on that airport. DO NOT upgrade to ocean view. For our extra money, we could see a sliver of ocean, far away, if you leaned out over the balcony far enough. My vertically challenged friend couldn't see it at all. Honestly, the trip was fine, we had fun and enjoyed a week in the sun but if you want that extra something, this is not the place for it. The food was bland and the sanitary conditions were not great. Flies were everywhere. I kid you not, I walked by a fish tray and there had to be 50 flies on it. I waved my hand over it and it was awful. Cross contamination was also an issue. After waiting in line for fresh fish (because who was going to eat that other?) the cook had 2-3 pieces of cooked fish and then proceeded to surround it with raw fish on all sides, touching. She then tried to flip a piece of the cooked and it landed on the raw. She scooped it up and tried to serve this to me. Seriously folks, this is scary stuff. The pasta bar was good and many of the other usual's were also good, if somewhat bland. It is 90 degrees in the buffet. Not kidding. My eyes were sweating in there.Line up's were atrocious. For everything you wanted, you had to stand in line. I kid you not, we stood 50 minutes in the pasta line up. 50. Yes, we wanted pasta bad enough to do it. We never did try the a la cartes either, because neither one of us was going to wait in that line up. The beach looked nice, but after the first 2 days of being out there at 8:30 and 8:00 am, we gave up. There were NO beach chairs available. Not one. And I'll be darned if I'm getting up at 5am to save a beach chair. (or the night before?) So we ended up by the pool all week and I never did get to enjoy a day at the beach. And nope, I'm not laying on the sand either. So this is a serious issue this resort needs to look at. The staff was friendly and the drinks were fine, no issues there. Everyone was really nice and having a good time. Again, for me, I prefer Mexico, and even DR PC and will continue to frequent those places. I will indeed pay higher prices, but the return makes me happier.

  • finnster2017 : Georgetown, Canada
Blau Sold Out to 400 Gr. 12 S-Trip

A couple of friends and I visited the Blau Costa Verde Plus resort from March 13-20. We had read a variety of reviews and were happy to hear that the Blau, although it was an older property, was known for its hospitable staff and repeat guests. While waiting for check-in we looked around to take in our surroundings and sadly noticed an 'S-Trip' banner set-up in the front lobby. If you're not familiar with these trips, it is a large group of pretty well unsupervised, under-age teenagers. There were S-Trip staff who were apparently 'supervising' these children, though by the evening, they were often witnessed with a bottle of rum in hand, while young girls were in the washroom - vomiting from excess alcohol and being tended to by their 'friends' who were encouraging them to drink tap water to feel better. Think you get the picture.Anyways, we were disappointed to say the least that our WestJet Reps and the Blau did not have the common courtesy to advise us of the over 400 S-Trip students who had taken over the hotel. We had booked our trip in August, so there was ample time to give us a 'heads-up' and to offer us the choice of changing resorts.All in all, many of the Blau Staff were overworked and grumbly. They too voiced that they had enough of the unruly, demanding teens. It's unfortunate that the Blau chose to host this group, especially when they already had a stellar reputation for customer service and guest satisfaction.Upon our arrival back home, we took the time to share our experience with the Blau team in Spain. Unfortunately, their response re: any form of compensation was disappointing. They did not assume any responsibility for the 'week from hell' that not only our group but many of the adults on the resort experienced.

  • LudvigKolozsvary : Toronto
Line ups ,clean resort

We are traveled with our grandson for a week. If you want to lineup for food, beach chairs, to book alacarte,it"s a place for you. First day we arrived (buffet was closed) we waited 45 min. for the hot dog. Next day lay on the sand on the beach (no chairs available after 8am), Pizza restaurant never used it because 40min line up just to enter.Omlet station, pasta station 30-45 min wait). If you combine a waiting times ,you spend half of your day just to be served.The best swim 5 min away in playa pesquero beach. You could hurt yourself on blau beach'

  • LJG : Winnipeg, Canada
Don't hesitate!

My husband and I spent 4 weeks at the Blau, from the end of January to the end of February and had a great time. The main reasons we chose this resort were because of the reviews indicating the good food and the snorkeling right off the beach, and we greatly enjoyed both! We generally prefer smaller resorts and still do, but we found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful here, including the front desk. We also had beautiful hot weather every day of our stay and met lots of interesting people to talk to.We were originally put in building 27 on the 3rd floor, which was supposed to be an Oceanview room but all you could see was a sliver of ocean above the trees which separate the grounds from the ocean, and nothing much else but trees. We spend time on our balcony and enjoy a nice view, so the next day we changed to building 16 on the 2nd floor which overlooked the Plus pool, and really had about as much ocean visible from there as in the previous room and there was a much nicer view all in all. The room was great, always clean, supplies always refreshed, air conditioner worked well, hot water always available and the beds were firm but comfortable.The grounds are clean and well maintained, with nice paved pathways, perfect for walking those excess calories off each evening. This is a large property but nothing is more than a pleasant few minute walk away. We enjoyed the snorkeling and were even lucky enough to see an octopus on our first time out. We prefer the beach to the pool but the ‘no-seeums/sand flies’ took a real liking to me and I was soon covered in hundreds of itchy bites. That earned me a trip to the nurse and a move up to poolside.Having booked the Plus section, which we highly recommend, we were entitled to 5 a la carte restaurants per week: the Gourmet, Spanish, Italian, Cuban and the Lobster dinner (also held at the Cuban). Although the Gourmet was by far our favorite, all of the restaurants were very, very good and we took full advantage of our reservations. The food in the Buffet was also very good. There are numerous bars, so you never go thirsty and the drinks are generally very good. We enjoyed the VIP bar each evening and watching Eduardo and Adam entertain with their antics. Best Spanish coffee came from here! Best mojito maker was Yodonis at the Plus swim-up bar. The white wine was also very good, as was the sparkling wine (except for about a week when they got a new kind in, which was horrible).The first two weeks we were at the resort there were no lineups at the bars or Buffet, and no problems getting a chair on the beach or poolside. The third week everything took a turn for the worse. Spring breakers came in in droves and suddenly there were long lineups at the Buffet and absolutely no chairs to be found on the beach or poolside by 9:00 a.m. Being on holidays, you shouldn’t have to get up at daybreak to reserve a chair. More chairs are definitely needed! That being said, some people would selfishly reserve chairs at the beach and poolside, and sometimes never show up at the pool until late in the afternoon, if at all. There was a lot of grumbling about this issue our last two weeks. As for the Buffet, if we didn’t have a la carte reservations, we just would go and eat later when the lineups had died down, and at the bars you just wait your turn. The bartenders do their best to serve you in order.Be sure and get out and see the countryside and meet the people. Cubans are some of the nicest people on earth! We did the ‘Cuba Inside Plus’ tour, the Jeep Safari to the Mayari waterfall, went into Guardalavaca by taxi and on the double-decker bus. One day we hired a horse and buggy to visit Melilla; where we handed out school supplies, candy, and toys to the kids; and toiletries to the Moms. Then we stopped at a local farm house where we enjoyed coconut water and fresh fruit; and also stopped at a little petting zoo and a local home for coffee. That was a most enjoyable experience!To wrap up, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this resort to anyone. My advice would be to book the Plus section though, as the rooms are newer and quieter, you get more a la carte dinners, and the use of the Plus pool and VIP bar. I would hope that the lack of chairs issue would be resolved and maybe more staff hired when the hotel is at capacity. A tip for the tourists would be to take along an insulated mug for your drinks. It’s sad to see hundreds of plastic glasses tossed into the garbage every day, when at home we are striving to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. And remember to be generous and tip!The positives:1) The food and drinks 2) The snorkeling3) The Plus rooms4) The peopleThe negatives: 1) there is a strong sewage smell as you walk between the Buffet restaurant and the Italian a la carte, which is a little off-putting as you head over to eat. 2) The public bathrooms are in need of repair, especially in the VIP bar/restaurant building. 3) Several evenings just after 6:00 (supper time) when everyone is out and about on the grounds, they went around fogging/spraying for bugs! 4) A big lack of beach and poolside chairs. 5) Poor internet service. Remember to log out! (This isn’t the resort’s fault though)

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

  • 3 meals daily
  • Room service 7am-10pm
  • All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 10am-1am)
  • Drinks at disco
  • Sailing
  • Hobie Cats
  • Catamarans
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Pedal Boat
  • Snorkeling
  • Introductory scuba diving lesson
  • Tennis
  • Use of bicycles
  • Shuffleboard
  • Archery
  • Exercise classes (Aerobics, Water aerobics)
  • Spanish lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Evening entertainment
  • 309 rooms in four 3 & 4-storey buildings
  • 1 buffet restaurant and 2 la carte restaurants (Cuban, Italian, International)
  • 4 bars including Beach bar, Snack bar
  • Disco
  • 1 outdoor pool with free-form
  • 3 tennis courts (3 lit) on-site
  • Shopping plaza
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Fitness facilities
  • Scuba diving and Dive shop on-site (fee)
  • Beauty salon (fee)
Hotel Room has:
  • 1 double or 2 twin beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • In-room safe
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Full bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Max occ 3 up to 2 adults
Additional room categories available. Please inquire.
Kids Stay Free - Kids 3-14 stay and eat free when sharing room and existing beds with 2 adults. Max 1 kid.

For the Kids - Kids 4 to 10 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kid's club, Babysitting service (fee), Games room and Kid's pool.
Honeymooners Bonus - To be eligible for the honeymoon package, newlyweds must advise at the time of booking and present their proof of wedding, dated within the last month, upon arrival at the hotel.

Weddings - Wedding packages are available. Please 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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  • Blau Costa Verde
    Holguin,Cuba

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Blau Costa Verde Plus Beach Resort
Playa Pesquero Rafael Freyre Holguin, Holguin 80100 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.

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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.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

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