Blau Costa Verde
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We went to this resort during the first two weeks of October, so our observations are more applicable to people travelling during low season.Hurricane damage: If there was any, it was all fixed up by the time we go there. From what we could tell, the hurricane did not significantly effect the resort guests in this area except that people were stuck not going outside for 3 days during the hurricane itself.Restaurants: The buffet was lacking similar to other 4 star buffets in Cuba. The selection was almost the same every day and for those who care, there was bacon almost everyday. The good part was that the Italian Restaurant was open every day for lunch serving pizza and pasta. Also, since we were in the Plus section, we a la cart restaurants most days for supper. They were pretty good...I would say a little better than 4 star.Wifi: There is no free wifi. You need to pay 1.50 CUC per hour (around CAD$2 or USD$1.75). You need to go to the lobby and use the entire hour all at once.Room: Plus rooms were newer, larger, and nicer. Given that we had 2 adults and 2 kids, it was a blessing. A/C was very strong and adjustable. The safe in the room was free and larger than average.Voltage: The electric outlets took 220V and some 110V electronics. If you have a little black box in the middle of your cord (like most laptop cords), then your 110V laptop should recharge. Take a look at each electronic device and look for it to say "Input 100-240V". If so, you should be fine. 110V electronics should have 2 prongs, not 3.Pools: Blau excels in this area. The main pool has a typical pool with a swim up bar, a kids pool, and a super shallow area for babies. There are games, pool exercises, and related activities planned each day, but only a few of them occurred because there were not many people interested (partly because it was low season). The Plus sections gives you access to a larger quieter pool area with a swim up bar, hottub, another kids pool. The pools were open 9am-5pm. You could swim longer if you wished. Lifeguards were always present from 9-5pm. There was no trouble getting a lounger or drinks at the pool bar because it was low season.Reception: They were able to answer each questions and did the minimum required. If you have a serious problem, lower your expectations. Resort grounds: They have a lot of people taking care of the grounds and landscaping. The resort was compact enough so that you could walk end-to-end in 5 minutes. The layout design was very good. Because of this, it doesn't really matter which building you are assigned for your room. There were very few stairs and when there was, ramps were present for wheelchair access. There were lots of mosquitoes every night, so bring lots of bug spray and After Bite. There were lots of lizards and crabs walking around. The few cats that were there were cute.Beach: The beach was nice. If you are picky and want perfect white sand, I didn't see much of this. There were enough loungers, but I'm not sure if this is the case outside of low season.People: The staff were great and were always nice. They did not expect tips, but if you do tip them, they are very happy, even if only a dollar. Tipping in US$ is just fine. The people at the resort were very friendly. There was an even split of Spanish (locals), English (Canadians and Brits), and French (Canadian) speakers. Everyone seemed to get along just fine.Nightly entertainment: This included a fashion show, carnival at a neighbouring resort (Playa Pequero), glow in the dark show, magic show, and water ballet. Some of the shows were catered more towards kids. There is usually an early show for kids only, then the preshow with music of some sort, and then the main entertainment starting around 9:30pm.Kids Club: The kids club is supposed to be open every day from 10am-noon and 3-5pm. For our first week, the main person was away so we had substitute staff who were great. When the regular person returned, they didn't show up most of the time, so the kids club was unavailable.Flight: We flew with Cubana Airlines. They rerouted us to the Santiago de Cuba airport instead of the Holguin airport, presumably to adjust to less people travelling after the hurricane. Note that this meant that we had a 3 hour transfer to the resort instead of 1 hour. This, of course, is not the fault of the resort. Just make sure that your flight goes to the Holguin airport because the Santiago airport is not a nice place to wait. Note that the rum at the duty free shop is very inexpensive.Overall we had a great time. I would rate our stay 4.5 out of 5 stars. The main areas to improve were the buffet and the lack of kids club for a portion of our stay. Also note that the upgrade to the plus section was inexpensive. I don't think that we would be been as happy if we didn't have this upgrade.
The hotel was absolutely beautiful! I went September 3rd - Sep 6th (short trip due to hurricane) and i have to say, the 3 days spent were 100% worth it. We paid a little extra for the Plus resort and with no regrets. The VIP rooms are bigger and nicer. The beach was beautiful 10/10, the buffet i would rate 6/10, the a la carts 10/10, entertainments 10/10/. I would recommend paying extra for scuba diving - best part of the whole trip!As per the hurricane, i have the say...The hotel staff did an amazing job in keeping the resort calm. They were looked out for us and did everything they did to make sure we didn't feel scared. I hope everyone at the resort is safe and do wish them all of the best. <3
I hope everyone is safe as Hurricane Irma approaches Cuba. ..my thoughts are with you and your staff family & friends during this very trying time! I've been thinking of you all. ..looking forward to returning to my favourite resort in the not too distant future! Allan Brownridge
This was my first trip to Cuba. I had always been hesitant because of poor reviews indicating poor hotel/room conditions with very old facilities. There was always the issue of poor food quality and related food sickness. I usually stay in 5 star resorts in Mexico and DR. The Plus (VIP) section of this Blau resort was definitely worth the money. The rooms are only 4 years old compared to 25 on the regular side. The rooms have modern amenities and were quite comfortable. I had two adjoining rooms with a connecting door so my teens could have their own room. I was in building 27, it was super quiet with strong WiFin the rooms. Our fridges were stocked daily with beer, pop and water. The Plus side has its own VIP bar and a la carte restaurants which were fantastic. On the Plus side you get 4 a la carte dinners including a wonderful lobster dinner. The Plus side has a MASSIVE private pool with swim up bar. The pool is much larger than the main resort pool and is QUIET with an abundance of loungers. This pool alone was worth the upgrade.The rest of the resort itself is nice. The regular buffet food was good and they did their best to have some variety daily. There is a fitness center, unfortunately 2 of the 3 treadmills weren't working the entire week. Good thing I was always the only one their at 0730. The beach is very nice as well with lots of water sport activities available.I can't comment about the entertainment as I mainly stayed on the Plus side.I never had issues getting food or drink. The staff are AMAZING and very friendly. Despite other reviews I never saw a mosquito or was bitten by anything during my week. The flies were not bad, but I never ate anything that was left outdoors. I never had any stomach or bowel issues.So, if you are wanting a good 4 star experience, opt for the Plus side. The regular side with give you a 3 star experience.
Hotel was beautiful, big, but not too big. Walking from the room to the various restaurants and the beach/pools was not too far. Hotel rooms were cleaned consistently and very well. Room was spotless after cleaning. Stocking of fridge was consistent on a daily basis. Room size was average for two double beds and a cot for the third person. Beds were ok, cot sufferer complained that the bed was too hard. Grounds were well maintained and fairly well lit at night. Pools and pool areas were kept clean. Only issue, the people that didn't know about cleaning up after themselves and the kids that parents did not supervise. Throwing cups and straws in the pool when they were done with it. Buffet restaurant was well stocked and there were always place settings and tables were cleaned fairly quickly. Servers were very slow with coffee/tea, but it is Cuba, different time zone. The a la carte restaurants weren't bad, nothing extraordinary, but waiting between courses was a bit long. Weekenders were quite rude and wasted food and didn't supervise their kids at all. If you spoke spanish, you got service, if not, a lot of the servers pretended they didn't see you unless you called for their attention, doesn't matter if you tip or not. Another issue was the line ups at the buffet where they fried your fresh food, people butt in and the servers served them before all the people in the line up. The servers didn't ask them to move to the back of the line and wait like everyone else. Front desk was very helpful with everything, but the biggest issue was when the day trippers or weekenders were checking in, you could not get any service because the entire front counter was taken over and the wait for service was 1/2 hour to an hour to change money or just to answer a question. Would recommend they implement line ups so that the whole front desk isn't taken over and that they split the counter between checkins/questions/checkouts. Please note that this trip was during the low season.
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- 3 meals daily
- Room service 7am-10pm
- All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 10am-1am)
- Drinks at disco
- Hobie Cats
- Pedal Boat
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
- Use of bicycles
- Exercise classes (Aerobics, Water aerobics)
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- 309 rooms in four 3 & 4-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant and 2 ŗ la carte restaurants (Cuban, Italian, International)
- 4 bars including Beach bar, Snack bar
- 1 outdoor pool with free-form
- 3 tennis courts (3 lit) on-site
- Shopping plaza
- Fitness facilities
- Scuba diving and¬†Dive shop on-site (fee)
- Beauty salon (fee)
- 1 double or 2 twin beds
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe
- Balcony or Terrace
- Full bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Max occ 3 up to 2 adults
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.
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Blau Costa VerdeHolguin,Cuba
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Playa Pesquero Rafael Freyre Holguin, Holguin 80100 Cuba
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