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Our family of 4 just returned from Brisas Covarrubias, staying there from Dec 30 to Jan 6th. We had never been to Cuba before, and My wife and I only have limited experience at all inclusive resorts. We were told not to have high expectations in Cuba of resort quality and especially food quality.We had 2 rooms, and they were all we needed in terms of size and amenities. The A/C worked well, and hot water was sufficient, and was only unavailable once for a short time (15 minutes?). Only one room had a toilet seat! We never asked for one for the other room, we just adapted! The food was good. Our last resort stay was at a Mexican resort that is known for it's fine dining, and Brisas Covarrubias does not compare that way, but we all enjoyed the food. The other patrons we spoke with were in agreement, the food was good, though not spectacular, and if you couldn't find something you liked, you probably are very picky. We ate at the a la carte once, and it was a very nice experience, and the rest of the time at the buffet. The beach is excellent! The beach extends past the resort as far as the eye can see, and the water is quite shallow, with a very gradual slope to deeper water. The first couple days there were some pretty good waves, but this is apparently the exception to the rule, and the rest of our stay saw calm water. This is a very secluded resort, and anyone looking to book here should keep that in mind. There is no other building along the shore for miles, and the closest town is probably close to an hour away. Almost nobody does excursions off the resort because of this. The flip side to this is that you have lots of room and never feel crowded. There are lots of beach chairs, and nobody has to take a towel down early to try to reserve a spot.Fishing. One reason we chose this resort is because we have a teenager who loves to fish, and the lack of crowds with no neighboring resorts makes this a possibility at Brisas Covarrubias. The first day there, we went to try fishing in the stream at the east end of the resort, and met up with another family with fishing teenagers. Through the week, my son and theirs did some fishing almost every day either on our own or as an excursion booked through the resort. Most resorts will have an option to book a fishing trip, but fishing on your own is usually impossible or impractical on the crowded beaches. Not the case here, where options for no cost fishing abound. For those interested in fishing here, there are 2 main types of fishing; bottom fishing and trolling. Bottom fishing is bait fishing for fish usually under about 3 pounds, and includes fish like snappers, parrotfish and jacks. Locals use hand lines, and visitors can too, or use a rod and reel set up that you might use for perch or walleye back home. Going for bigger fish like barracuda, sailfish and tuna is usually a trolling proposition, though casting from shore might pay a dividend if you are persistent enough. Anglers after these fish would want a rod and reel set up that would handle good size pike or perhaps even a bigger set up. We took 2 pretty big 8' spinning rods and some big lures, and nothing really for the smaller fish. If I had it to do over, I would have included a set up for the smaller fish. The highlight of our trip was the one hour trolling excursion where we landed 2 barracuda and lost another fish. The bottom fishing excursion we took was productive (about 10 fish) as well, and the other angling family probably matched this one morning by taking the free peddle boats out to bottom fish on their own. To sum up, this is a nice resort with an amazing beach and perfectly adequate food. The staff is very friendly, and never seemed to be scrounging for a tip. We booked and flew through Sunwing, and their representative Rene was easily available and very personable. People who I would say shouldn't look to come here is if they want local shopping and other excursions, or if they are looking for fine dining.
This is my 5th time to Cuba and first time at this little resort. Yes, its a long drive from the airport, but we knew that gong in. We had no problem with that as we were able to enjoy seeing more of this beautiful country. I might not have enjoyed the trip if we'd arrived during the evening, but we didn't mind it at all.It is a very small resort compared to others I've been to, and thats what we were looking for. We never had a problem finding a chair, whether it was at the bar, or the beach or the dinner table. The beach was beautiful, lots of boardwalks leading down to the beach, life guards and lots of activities at poolside. It wouldn't hurt if the towel hut had longer hours , but she was a lovely friendly lady who encouraged us to help ourselves to the large book collection. The pool was beautiful and cleaned daily. We never saw or smelled any sewage anywhere. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Buffet is regular Cuban fare. Its simple food, but it was good and there was plenty of it.There was enough variety for us, and we never went hungry. Lots of fresh bread and butter, pastas, and fish. There was a chocolate fountain and fresh fruit every night at dinner. Oranges, grapefruit, bananas, pineapple, papaya. Cakes, custards and ice cream. Beds were comfy, pillows were small but fluffy! Lol.We were very impressed at how clean everything was kept! They were planting new baskets of flowers and teams of gardeners everywhere. Anything that we encountered that was broken, was repaired within a day or two. This is a great place to go if it isn't your first time to Cuba. There isn't many vendors for souvenirs, but if you've been there before, you have enough of those anyhow. If you just want to relax in the sunshine and enjoy the beach, and the booze...I'd recommend ths place.
Booked 3 days before departure to Brisas Corvarrubias for Xmas holiday with my family, and would like to give my honest opinion about this 3 stars hotel.BEACH -An average beach with sea weeds and Littles Rocks, you have to find a clear spot to enter to the water, there were always a brownish water coming from the lagoon next to the beach.FOODS - The worst of my 20 times in Cuba, barely any fruits and vegetables, most of it was canned veggies and sour grapefruit, sour orange, and only 2 days of papayas and even no bananas for 3 days, no precut fruits so you have to request at the fruit station every single time and most of the time you have to wait for someone to come and serve you.Very limited varieties.ROOMS - A bit dated but spacious , clean and comfortable with a balcony with ocean view.RESORT - Always an unpleasant sewage smell in the resort next to some building.STAFFS - We know Cuban people are very nice and that the main reason we go to Cuba for more than 20 times.Most of the reviews that give 4 to 5 stars are base on theirs feelings and attachments to the staffs and not a trueful and honest review about The RESORT, FOODS, and BEACH... or it's their 1st and only time to Cuba.Just read the recent review about this resort and don't agree with (2 thumbs up) and read all theirs 31 reviews and I was right, it's their 1st and only times in Cuba and this is a friendly reminder for those people that TRIPADVISOR is a site to help people to have an honest opinion about the resort and not theirs feeling towards the staffs, and really don't understand their comparison to Toronto hotel in their review.I do not recommend this resort for theirs poors foods and an very average beach.
Truly hard to reviewThe negativesFirst the distance, man is it far from the airport. 2-2.5 hours away of a boring drive. The hotel also needs renovations. The rooms are badly outdated not everything works properly. Lights at night to and from rooms are burnt. Only one buffet and one a-la-carte. Only 3 bars for drinks. Long line-ups at times for the buffet. Entertainment was limited but our kids loved it (age 8 and 6).The PositivesPerfect for a family. Quiet beaches where chairs and huts are readily available. Amazing sand and beautiful turquoise water. Best buffet food I have ever had in Cuba (A-la-carte however was horrible). Amazing people everywhere. From Chamber maid to waiters to bar tenders, all were a pleasure, especially Dunia from Customer Service who was a delight. Went out of her way to make you feel at home. Especially for my son who has allergy issues.With that said, I would definitely go back because the beach, the people and the food. We were there to spend time as a family and the room was really the only negative where we spent limited time anyway.
I have been to Cuba many, times without submitting a review but I had to come to the defense of this small out of the way resort and its people. This place is not perfect but what's perfect?Lets put things into perspective. The cost to stay in a room at a Holiday Inn in Toronto is $135 - $175 per night plus hst. The cost of this seven night vacation is less than $120 per night and that includes over $300 in airport taxes, your flight, ground transportation, accommodation and food and drinks.Next... If you’re looking for a fine dining/north american like vacation, don’t come to Cuba. This is a poor country. Come for the people and the beaches, the culture and the weather. This is their home and their cuisine not yours.I enjoyed the food at the Cova. I found it plentiful and tasty. (frequent travelers know to bring their favourite hot sauces if they like spicier food). What I don’t like is people coming up to me in the buffet line to complain about everything and then arguing with me when I disagree with them. Don’t tell me what to like and what not to like. I don't care how much better you think Santa Maria is.Its all about what you’re looking for in a holiday and whats important to you.For me, one thing is being able to get a lounger without getting up at 5am.If you can’t stand a long bus ride stay somewhere closer or decide if it’s worth it but don't complain about it after. Look at the many pictures online and decide if the beach is up to your standards or not. If it’s not then go to somewhere else.The water at the beach was not crystal clear Christmas week because it had rained hard in the night for 2 nights in a row and it was windy. Waves tend to churn up the sand and the sea grass. There was never any sewage in the water by the beach or lagoon. My family of 7 was met with nothing but kindness from all the staff there. If you show Cuban people one ounce of kindness it will be returned 10 times. There were many Cuban tourists there, but don't confuse these Cubans with the locals or the resort workers. These are American Cubans visiting from the United States. They’re easy enough to differentiate by their behavior.Finally, when my mother fell and was seriously hurt the staff couldn't do enough to help her. When she was unable to fly home with the rest of us I knew I was leaving her in good hands. They kept in touch with me and kept me updated on her condition . Thank you again Dunia. Upon returning home my mother reassured me that they tended to her as if she was their own mother.For me and my family these things are more important than having a fish station at the buffet. Never base your decision on one persons experience. Make an educated decision, go with an open mind and have fun. You’re on vacation...Don’t sweat the small stuff
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 & 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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