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IN A NUTSHELLWe recommend this small, quiet, peaceful, simple, uncomplicated, not crowded resort if you want some R & R, read, sunbath by the pool or beach, go for long walks by the beach, swim in shallow clear waters with blue and turquoise hues.Aesthetically, this resort has so much potential…a diamond in the rough. Needless to say, the Cova did provide what we needed for our stay.We were at the Brisas Covarrubias, the Cova for short, from November 23rd and left on November 30th, 2016.This review is based on our own experience which is subjective.When we booked our trip with Sunwing, we were both aware that there was a bus ride of 2 to 2½ hours because the resort is 186 km from Frank País Airport – Holguin, so we did enjoy the ride which permitted us to have a glimpse at some activities of the Cuban daily living: children in their red tunics and white shirt going to school, vendors selling their products…We purchased the VIP package. Our room was an ocean view room on the second level: room # 3228At the time we were at the resort we were a total of 46 guests at the resort.During our stay, President Fidel Castro passed away on November 25th at 10:29 pm which initiated our resort to respect the nine days of mourning.ROOMRoom 3228 is an ocean view room and the view is spectacular. Yes the overall décor is outdated but most importantly for us the room was clean and we were comfortable. The AC was noisy at the highest but softer at the middle to low output, otherwise, it was functioning well. The white noise didn’t bother us. We had a king size bed with 4 tiny pillows. We both slept well, no complaints!The bathroom is with a large shower, toilet and a bidet. There is a section with a sink and a large mirror (no magnifying mirror) for grooming and you can use the hair blower that is provided. Shampoo, body wash, mini bars of soap and body lotion also are provided. The safe operated with the key card and is found inside the closet. We recommend that you bring your own umbrella, facial tissue, clothe iron if you use or need these items because they are not provided. There is a TV, bar fridge, a small table (with glasses and a carafe) with 2 chairs and a 2 seat sofa/chair in the room, on the balcony 2 Adirondack type chairs and a small table. If you need to charge your cell, tablet or anything else, there is 110 V available at the front desk otherwise 220 V is found in the room. Towels were provided and changed every day but no facecloth (just in case you are wondering)We can tell you that the shower faucets and the shower head are new in room 3228. All have been replaced on our second day after reporting that none stop leak that wasted water.One safety issue – the patio doors can’t be locked, the lock is broken…reason more to put all the valuables and legal documents in the safety deposit box. Extra features with our VIP package:• Welcome cocktail – we both don’t remember getting anything but maybe we got to the room too fast.• Upgrade to ocean view room• Express check-in • Different bracelet• Fully stocked mini bar on arrival – 2 beer, 2 colas, 2 sparkling water bottles and 1 bottled water• In-room beach towels• Free use of safety deposit box• 1 bottle of Cuban rum• Nightly turn-down service – don’t recall receiving this service and what it entailed.• 1 snorkeling per stay with maritime transfer included – to explain later• 1 Gala dinner per stay with lobster and wine (reservation required) - crayfish or langouste – not the lobster as we know it in Canada, there are no claws…to explain later.• Free late check-out (to 15:00 hrs) –this time we didn’t need this feature because we left at 10h30 am.WATER (quality and availability)The tap water is potable so is safe to brush our teeth but the salty taste makes it not pleasant to drink. On the resort, food, drinks, water served at the restaurants and ice is safe to drink.During our stay, having water as needed was an issue because they had trouble with the pump. In the middle of the night, except for our last night, there was never water so we had to flush in the morning when water became available, so to wash our hands and for other needs I filled the pitcher of water and left it at the sink for us to use as needed. During the day, sometimes we had water sometimes not but later during the day we always had hot and cold water, so we never went a day without showering. Just be patient with the hot water, after approx. 5 min the hot water kicks in. FOODI am a ovo-lacto vegetarian (I do not eat any meat, fish/seafood, or poultry but my diet includes fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy and egg products) and my husband is a caveman type carnivore. Being vegetarian usually I have no problems and adapt very well but this time it was a bit challenging but I managed to eat my daily proteins at breakfast with eggs and beans in tomato sauce and cheese. What we found odd is the lack of fresh vegetables. Yes there were potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, onions, plantain but every day we had canned diced carrots, beets, green beans and peas but we did have fresh fruits like papaya, mini bananas, oranges, grapefruits, watermelon and honeydew melon. No, it will not be cooked and taste like home because you are not at home! If you criticize the food then you are extremely fussy and if you went hungry it is your fault. There was more than plenty of food. What we both had was good food. At every meal you have everything you need to reflect the Canadian Food Guide and more.Back at the airport for departure, people we previously met on our way to Cuba shared that they too had the same experience with fruits and canned vegetables so it is not only at the Cova. Please let me tell you that we both didn’t loose weigh!RESORT (and services) We wanted peace and quiet because we needed some R & R…well, we got it.This resort has 180 rooms. That is what I like. No need for a map to get around. No fuss, nothing complicated… simple! This resort is mobility friendly meaning besides being an intimate resort, there are ramps to accommodate strollers, wheelchairs and those with reduced/impaired mobility. Surrounding the gardens the ground is covered with tiles, interlock or stamped concrete. We saw gardeners planting more plants and shrubs. There is a pool but I can’t inform you on it since we spent our time at the spectacular beach every day and too busy exploring the area walking the dirt road beyond the ranchon. On that dirt road, you will find many kinds of flowers and fruits. At one point we were surrounded by a tornado of white, yellow and mini Monarch type of butterflies…this is priceless. At another time, at low tide, we found ourselves crossing over the creek near the disco to check out the other secret beach which is also accessible and much easier by going on the main road on the left when you get out of the resort and at the end just follow the dirt road and ‘voilà’…kilometres and kilometres of untouched virgin beach with exotic flowers, birds, butterflies, shells, crabs and etc.. We were told by Cubans that maybe in 2 years there will build a resort on that beach.On the premises of the resort you will find a small shop, medical services clinic and more.The staff members are friendly and accommodating. On my birthday (November 24th) I was given a rose and at supper I had a birthday cake…this made my birthday a special day….thank you!Having purchased the VIP package we were entitled to the lobster (in French – 'langouste' not 'homard') but because with some issues with the 'langouste' (scampi) we got only 1 'langouste' but were compensated with shrimp and octopus to replace the 2nd one…calamari and octopus being my husband’s favourite anyways.BEACH – ‘pièce de résistance’The sand is eggshell white and fine. Near the water it is hard enough to make walking or jogging pleasant. You will find palapas if you want shade. As previously mentioned, we were only 46 guests in the whole resort and not more than 10 on the beach…one day we were only 6 on the beach, therefore you can say that at the time of our stay it was a very very quiet beach. People were on the beach mainly for resting, sun bathing and reading. We didn’t see any flag system indicating the water safety but there were 2 lifeguards. At low tide, you can go at 500 feet into the water and the water will be at your mid-thighs.EXCURSIONSunfortunately, we didn’t attend to our snorkelling excursion because of a few reasons. At first because of the waves but later to find out that they need permission from the coast guards in Havana to use a motorized boat and this permission by letter was pending. Again we were compensated for services not received.SUNWING/NEXUS REPRené Brito is a very dedicated and efficient rep. He was on premises on daily basis and easily accessible either in person or by phone. He wanted to make sure that we were well served and satisfied. During our stay, he did follow up on issues and concerns that were rectified appropriately. ROOM TIP: 3228 is ocean view
I like to let everyone know that I have been following "Yenny", the general manager of Brisas Covarrubias on face book, their many improvements to this resort. The biggest one is they now have their own water plant, so no more water being trucked in. The pool is now redone, fresh paint to the whole place, lots of repairs to the rooms, new scuba gear and much more. Yenny is making sure that you will have a great time and if not let her know. This resort prides itself of mostly repeat guests, and they will go the whole nine yards to make sure you will return. I'm returning January 3rd out of Ottawa. Anyone else?
First off like to say I have travelled to Cuba before, this was my 4th time.It was a 2 week vacation. There were water issues during the first 5 days of our stay which impended our enjoyment of the place. It was difficult for staff to do their jobs too. Cleanliness was a problem during this time. That being said after this was solved the place has it positives. It was not a busy resort and we like that. Cubans also go to this resort which is fine they were on vacation like us. The staff was very good. The Sunwing rep was fantastic. The manager was friendly. The beach is long and some good snorkeling way off shore, if you ask the boat staff to guide you were to go you have to take a paddle boat out to the reef. The beach restaurant and bar was not operational the whole time we were there as it was being constructed/repaired. But we went up to the top and the view was lovely.CONS. The place is 45 min taxi ride to the nearest town. Excursions the drive to get to them was long and costly, 3 hour drive just to do the catamaran excursion, crammed into a taxi with ourselves (2) and 2 other guests at the hotel. We split the taxi fair to keep costs down but unpleasant to have to wake up in the wee hours of the morning for the excursion and pretty lousy after a long day on a boat to be smushed into 3 hour ride back to the hotel. This put a damper on going on further excursions. The food was monotonous but what I have come to expect of all inclusives. There were no a la carte restaurants so just the buffet every meal or the snack bar which was ham sandwiches most days so the buffet for every meal was like I said monotonous. I would suggest they turn the disco into an a la carte just to offer a little bit more variety. There was no pizza at this resort. We didn't get sick at all though. The pool lining is coming off in multiple places and needs repair.The rooms were fine. Beds a bit hard and sheets not fitted but rooms were kept clean, We also tried the VIP room with the jacuzzi. We thought it was absolutely worth it to upgrade to this room. Two balconies, jacuzzi worked - two bathrooms - a sitting room with bar. If I was to book again I would do this room for the whole stay.Would I go back? That would be a no, there are too many other places in Cuba that are more interesting. We just felt is was a bit boring there.
This hotel was ok... For the price it was a good vacation. Beaches are fantastic, and thats what we travel to Cuba for. The food choices were pretty bad, but I know this going to Cuba so we were prepared. I bring breakfast bars and lots of snacks... Zero fruit selection on a daily basis, and I mean ZERO! Eggs at breakfast were fine, dinner buffet was pretty much the same every night. We were able to find enough that we didnt starve. The couple we went with had no hot water for 4 days.. Our room was fine. One thing I noticed was the garbage everywhere. This hotel would be smart to put some receptacles out. Its actually hard to find a bin to put trash in. The other thing is the locals... They would have very large groups of 20 or more, and they would literally take over a space. Super pushy, and made you feel like you werent welcome. I have been to Cuba 7 or 8 times and never had that experience. Over all, for what we paid it was a good experience. As I said earlier, the beaches are superb and thats what you go for!
My review is far overdue, I stayed at Brisas Covarrubias April 23rd - April 30th 2016. This was my first time in Cuba and it will not be my last as I had a magnificent time. The ride from the airport to the resort was a little over 2 hours but we were able to see many sites during the travel. There was a total of 8 passengers on the air conditioned bus from the airport to the resort, two of whom were from Cuba so, along with the driver, we had our own tour guides on the bus giving us information about where we were and what we were seeing. We were able to see how many of the locals lived, the government buildings, hospital and army facility. At the resort, we were greeted with sparkling wine, the check-in process was quite fast and we were able to be on the beach or poolside within a very short period of time. I had read in advance that this resort needed repairs and some reviews had me reconsidering my decision to visit this location but, after this experience, I will definitely be back at this resort. Yes, some repairs are needed but I knew going into this, that the resort was not a 5 star, the food and staff are well above 5 star which helped make this a wonderful vacation. Some of the rooms are in need of updates and minor repairs but nothing that cannot be overlooked with the natural beauty of the beach and island . Over time, I am sure that the necessary repairs will be done but you can will still enjoy your stay if you come with an open mind and are looking for relaxation in what I call a "lost paradise". There was lots of excellent food so you will not go hungry unless you choose not to eat. Everyone was very friendly and always made you feel as you were the only ones that mattered. The shows each evening were entertaining, some bands were more experienced than others. You get a taste of how some local bands start out. I enjoyed every show from local musicians to dancers performing to love songs without words being spoken. There was even an opportunity for guests to be part of performances which were also entertaining. The beach was beautiful, with the white sand that stretched as far as you could see. You could walk off the resort and along beaches on either side of the resort and feel safe, I kayaked almost daily, used peddle boats, went snorkeling and watched as local fishermen spear fished. This was the best trip that I have ever taken, I met some wonderful people that I can call friends. I would recommend this resort to anyone that is looking to "live in the moment" and enjoy a hidden "lost paradise". Thank you to all the wonderful staff at Brisas Covarrubias, thank you to Renee from Sunwing. And thank you to the wonderful friends that I met during this vacation. DR London ON
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
- Unlimited Domestic drinks and selected International drinks from 9am-11pm
- Wine with meals
- Selected non-motorized watersports (1 hour per day)
- Scuba diving lesson at pool
- Beach volleyball
- Game room
- Dance lessons
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Admission to the Disco, drinks included from 11pm-2am
- 180 rooms in 29 two-storey bungalows
- 1 Buffet & 1 A la carte Restaurant
- Snack Bar
- Bars including a swim-up pool bar
- 1 large free-form pool
- Lounge chair and towels (beach/pool)
- Non-motorized watersports (Snorkelling - fee)
- Dive centre with equipment and certification programs
- Tennis court
- Fitness facilities
- Mud therapy (fee)
- Massage services (fee)
- Laundry service (fee)
- Car and moped rentals
- Internet access & fax services (fee)
- Medical services available
- 1 king or two 3/4 beds
- Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Mini-fridge (water only)
- Bathroom with shower
- Balcony or patio (garden or ocean view)
- Max occupancy 3 persons
For the Kids - Kids' Club (ages 2 to 12) plus the Playground.
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Playa Covarrubias, Puerto Padre 77200 Cuba
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