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Brisas Covarrubias 6th to 13th April 2017This area of Cuba has a rich history, well worth reading about it There is raw beauty in this coastal area. For me, it was my 20th visit to Cuba and my wife’s 23rd, so this place was very fitting to celebrate for both of us.Bus Ride: This ride took just over 2 hrs driving past farm land and villages to arrive at the doorstep of this resort. I found it was very interesting to see first hand how this part of Cuba make their living. Its amazing what one may see on the road and within the traffic. There really is allot to take in, so bring your camera. One could look at the bus ride as added value which, includes a bus tour.Room: The Oceanview room (3212) was decent size with two twin beds pulled together, side tables, a phone, a double chest of draws, TV with remote, two sitting chairs and round table, a fridge, A/C, safe in closet (Note the safe key activation is 2 CUC’s a day. The door key is the safe key), Washroom, shower, toilet and sink area. We had hot water, bottled water and towels daily. There was also deck with a small table and two chairs. Yes, the fixtures are looking dated and the place could use some T.L.C. hopefully soon. We did experience the water being turned off a couple of times and the electricity was turned off one night.Service: Staff are very laid back. Generally, in our experience were pleasant and friendly.Food: I am not a fan of scheduling my meals, so we pretty much eat all meals at the main Buffet, except one which we eat a lunch at the Ranchon. I found there was good variety and selection. The staff did replace serving trays throughout the meal time. One will not go hungry unless by choice. Beach: This was the main reason for traveling a full day to get there. When getting to this very beautiful ocean vista, I was so not disappointed. It can be described as a play ground for real ocean lovers. The sea life is within reach as the fish will swim all around you. For those loving to go snorkeling there is a reef a short distance off shore. Walking the shore line in either direction is an adventure as discovering shells, and the prehistoric fossils within the very old sandstone. For our return, we would wear a good pair of water shoes or a combination running shoe/water shoe. This is a wonderful place to really experience an ocean front resort, with shallow depths in respect to tide waters. The water temperature was cool but one can get used to it.Entertainment: Each night there was a live performance on stage. This variety show, had various talented Cuban artists. The music was the real thing and was very good! Also, during meals a set of 3 to 4 musicians walked around the buffet and the Ranchon, playing requests. And there is a disco being held over at the Ranchon, until they fix the electricity in the actual disco building. We still had a blast, with many people getting into the groove. Arts/Crafts: There are three small outdoor shops that have great pieces created by local Artists. Well worth having a look and finding something to bring home from your vacation.Return Guests: During our stay, we talked to many people who have been coming to the Brisas, in some cases over a decade. A number of guests staying at the resort came from Europe, Cuba and Canada. It was great to talk to Eastern Canadians as they were very friendly and had some great advice. I did notice that some guests have established friendships with the staff and when they returned, were handing over shopping bags of goods from the dollar store.
I had a great week at Brisas Covarubbias. The staff are fantastic and always go out of their way to make my stay very comfortable. The beach is one of the better ones in Cuba in MHO, and because BC is the only resort here it is never overcrowded. Time to start planning trip #6 to Cova!
We travelled as a couple in February to spend 2 weeks that Brisas. The resort is very well laid out and very easy to navigate. We look for small resorts for friendly staff even though we know that there may not be other amenities. If you look in the forum section some has posted a link to a resort map. I always look to have the lay of the land before I arrive. I emailed the resort (Maria - I think in PR) to request a second floor ocean view. When we arrived we had a second floor ocean view in block 91 which is the last building on the resort--very quiet and an amazing view of the ocean!!! Room: Our room had 2 double beds. It was cleaned daily and restocked with water when we left a note and the bottle on the bed. We had absolutely no issues with air conditioning, water pressure or water temperature (all issues we had experienced before). We did have a problem closing our door and we reported this and it was fixed the same day. Excellent service. Beach: This is probably in my humble opinion one of the nicest beaches we have encountered. I can't really swim and like a nice calm ocean that you can walk for miles in before it gets too deep--this is it. It is in a little cove so I think this keeps the waves down--plus we had little wind when we stayed. Food: We did not eat the a la carte. We had no issues with the buffet. Always have something on the grill and the pasta bar was always available. Most often we ate at the Beach bar. You can order from a menu --great pork chops and chicken. Or you can order from a grill that included sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza. Fries are the best!!!There is a gym--we didn't use it but it available. You can borrow bikes and as other reviews mention if you turn left at the end the hotel road and keep going to can actually bike to the unspoiled beach. The staff were friendly enough....we did not experience any stand out staff but had no problems with anyone either. Wi-Fi cards are available sometimes at the front desk--need to ensure that you log off your session. I found the Wi-Fi difficult to navigate sometimes--but it could have just been me. Biggest issue: The biggest issue by far at the resort--is that there seemed to be a lot of noseeums......bugs that bite...Lots of people had welts from the bites. I had insect repellent but it did not seem to impress these bugs. So beware. A friend went later in the season (early April) and noted that there was less bugs but also no wind. No sure what the resort could do about this --I think they sprayed sometimes and it is part of nature. But if you are not prepared could ruin your time. Some guests had to see Dr. while we were there and get antibiotic cream..Also beware that you are at least 45 minutes from civilization. There are few tours available from here. If you want to connect to a larger tour you have to pay more. We did a local tour of Puerto Padre and it is definitely worth the money. Overall, I would likely return to this resort..mostly because I loved the beach. Also while we were there one of the resort cats had a litter of kittens. We helped ensure that she was fed.
We choose this resort based on the positive reviews about the friendliness of the staff, as that has been our experience the past 17 years of visiting various resorts in Cuba. First 30 minutes started off better than advertised we were so impressed, however it didn't last.We spent over an hour running back and forth between the front desk and the towel hut trying to get our beach towels. Finally went to Dunia the PR manager and she got us towels but is was as if we were now CANCER for all of the staff.With the exception of three staff we have never been treated so terrible by service staff at any place we had visited in Cuba. It was as if we had painfully interrupted their drinking, eating and socializing with each other. Because of our past experience engaging with staff we kept going above and beyond to connect, and yes we tipped. They seem to have no time for us, with a couple of exceptions.Yunetzi the waitress in the a la carte restaurant was the highlight of our week. She is passionate about her work and it shows. She was funny passionate engaging and always had a smile on her face. She should be put in charge of the staff!Louisa in the lobby bar was also very special, engaging friendly, professional and a wonderful person, as was Isabelle and her team in the buffet.Here are the other things to know1) Don't pay for VIP unless you want to spend the whole time in your room looking at the ocean. Promised nightly turndown service, beach towel exchange in our room, restocked minibar daily, none of which ever happened!2) Expect you to use the same water bottle all week just keep getting in refilled at the bars. Not very convenient or sanitary if you drink a lot of water like we do.3) They put the fear of God in you about leaving your beach towel anywhere as they routinely get stolen and you have to pay $25CUC or about $30CDN. We were told this by our REP, front desk, PR, and towel service all in the first day so we just left the towels in our room. Never had to feel like that at a resort before.4) As reported a nice beach with quite a few areas of rock and coral which are extremely hard on your feet.5) If you go out the front driveway and turn left and follow the road about 1km it leads you to a dirt road and finally a beautiful wild unspoiled beach. We walked this beach form tip to tip and it took us over an hour. Spectacular. Not sure why the resort was not built on this beach. At the far end of the beach to the right facing the water there is a little cove with lots and lots of beautiful conch shells! Well worth the walk. you can also get to this beach by walking to the right facing the beach from the resort, crossing the tidal river and walking around the point. It is a beautiful walk as discussed by other reviewers and yes you do need beach shoes or sandals as it is rocky.6) As advertised this was a quite resort, small easy to get around it has super potential, but need a lot of work.7) In the buffet, plates were never removed, water or wine glasses were never refilled unless asked.8) Hesitate to review food as everyone has different taste but for us this was the worse food in our 17 years of travel to Cuba. We ate mostly chicken and rice for lunch and dinner. I had the lobster dinner twice and the lobster was anything but fresh. The protein every day at the buffet seemed to be fish and hamburgers. They had hamburgers at the Rancheron everyday, don't need them in the buffet everyday9) We went numerous times to take part in beach volleyball, water aerobics but they never seem to happen. Bingo was the only activity that seem to happen everyday.10) Three days we had no hot water, Our first night and the last two days!We were really disappointed as we were looking for a resort to come back to year after year and based on the reviews about the staff this had everything we were looking for. Their loss we will continue to look.
We have been going to the Covarrubius for the past 3 years now and this year was the best yet. It is apparent that Yenny is doing an outstanding job listening to the customers and improving the hotel. The new water system and heating tanks ensured all our showers were hot! The new garbage bins on the beach and throughout the walking paths on the resort are a great idea, please use them! The staff at this resort are second to none. They really make the resort the special place that it is. They remember names and are always there to great you with a big hug. We have found Dunia and Elizabeth very friendly and helpful when we have gone to see them if we have a concern or even just come and ask how everything is going for us. The bartenders are all very friendly and quick. The maids keep the rooms very clean, and the maintenance crew work hard. When our air conditioner stopped working William Simpson came right over to have a look at it and when he couldn't fix it he made sure someone else did. The beach is literally the best. We can walk right in put on our masks and snorkel from the beach. If you want an even better reef to snorkel at just hit up the dive shack and take out the catamaran. It is simply beautiful. If people would use the garbage containers provided the beach would be spectacular. We ate at the ala carte once this time, and I have to say it was the best turkey and fish I have ever had in my life. The buffet is alright, but we got to speak to the chef and he listened to what we had to say and took the advice on how to prepare the shrimp and was quite upset to learn that is was over cooked. The omlettes in the morning are very tasty, and if you love fresh fruit totally go for the smoothie bar! If you prefer a nice quiet evening with little noise I suggest heading to the Havana Club where Pavel will make you one excellent mojito! He has a warm winning personality and always has a smile for everyone. We loved the 2 bands we saw play there this year. The large band with Sabina the singer was truly amazing! They had everyone up dancing. Alma Libre was the other band, and they were excellent too! The guy who was lacking a drum set literally played a box and cymbal with his bare hands! I would be totally remiss if I did not mention the horse rides by Juan Carlos. Although he is not a part of the resort you will find him sitting just outside the fence line with his 3 horses, if he hasn't gone to water them, and you will have the best horse ride of your life. These horses are so in tune with him that even if you have never been on a horse you will love it. We rode out and came back on part of the beach past the resort. We stopped and just marveled at the beautiful ocean, and picked up a ton of amazing seashells and even a few sand dollars. I have to say this is like a second home to me now. We are always greeted so warmly and with open arms. Oh and if you get the chance to get to the new beach bar Yandy will greet you with the biggest hello ever! AND if you want the best Pina Colda make sure you find Luisa at the lobby bar. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to chill and just relax. There are wi-fi cards available in the lobby, but unplug and rest. Take in the amazing breeze and scenery. Just relax and enjoy, we all deserve that don't we?!
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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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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