Brisas Guardalavaca

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Brisas Guradalavaca is a solid 4 star resort by Cuban standards. It is one of the more popular resorts in Holguin because it offers good service and clean rooms. The food isn't the greatest, but that is common in Cuba. The beach its self is nice, but the ocean can sometimes have lots of seaweed.

Overview
Situated on Guardalavaca Beach, this attractive hotel is ideal for families, single parents, couples and honeymooners. The children's club features a fun-filled daily activities programs with lunch, snacks and soft drinks, watersports, movie and cartoon programs. The hotel features 24-hour snacks, a unique local historical excursion and inviting accommodations are split between the hotel section and the villa area with spacious bungalow-style units.
 
Location: Directy on the beach, 45 minutes to downtown Holguin, 1 hr from the airport.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Tom D : Niagara
Really enjoyed this very good resort and its outstanding staff!

We’ve been to Cuba (pretty much all over) fifteen times and this was our first stay at Brisas Guardalavaca. It was truly a great week! The resort has two distinct sections. One is the main hotel (231 rooms), which is the houses the lobby and buffet restaurant. It’s the centre as far as most activities are concerned and here many activities going on during the day and evening. The other is the Villas area (206 rooms), which is considerably less active and is much more quiet. Each section has its own swimming pools. There are four in total, including a childrens' pool.We had the pleasure of being in a second level Villas section room, which was spacious, well appointed, kept very clean and had both garden and ocean views. It had a comfortable king size bed, mini refrigerator and was spotlessly clean, thanks to Sonia from housekeeping doing an excellent job! We very much enjoyed the food in all restaurants there. We have high standards as far as food preparation and presentation are concerned and the and variety of well-prepared fresh food in the buffet was a pleasant surprise. Breakfast featured a diversity of prepared hot and cold foods, as well as fresh fried egg, omelette and crêpe stations, along with a wide array of foods, such as cereals, pancakes, French toast, sausages, cheeses, cold cuts, fresh fruits, juices and yogurt. Lunch and dinner were comparably good. We enjoyed our allowance of three of the à la carte restaurants (Seafood, International and Italian), with the Seafood and its singing service staff being our favourite. The beachside (Patio) restaurant, El Guayabero near the snack bar and the snack bar itself were good to. No complaints whatsoever! Bars are plentiful and we especially enjoyed going with others to the Martini and Havana Club bars during the evening.The beautiful grounds and gardens were very well maintained by the ever hard working crew. The beach is long, wide, has nice white sand as well as some rocky areas. There is a nice walkway that runs parallel to the beach between the beach itself and the hotel and goes well beyond the resort and the neighbouring one right to the Guardalavaca market. Aquatic activities include Hobie catamarans, which a staff member took us out on and the view of the coastline was beautiful. The beach wasn’t crowded and there were plenty of palapas and lounge chairs, as was the case with the pools. Entertainment and recreation staff are constantly running activities throughout the resort in the day. Although there are live shows each evening, we only took in a couple, which were both quite good.Although we didn’t take part in any organized day or overnight excursions, there are several available. We did hire a taxi driver to take us to a baseball game at the Calixto Garcia stadium in the City of Holguin. Thoroughly enjoyed it!Each and every staff member we encountered at Brisas Guardalavaca during our stay was extremely and genuinely polite, friendly and helpful! They give the place a very soulful atmosphere and truly made a good holiday great!We were pleased to see that the resort encourages its guests to reuse their disposable plastic drinking cups and refill their water bottles at the bars. We recommend that you bring a reusable cup or mug for getting drinks at the beach and pool bars. From an environmental standpoint, I invite you to think about the amount of plastic waste that disposables produce. We are talking about a relatively small (compared with some) resort of approximately 437 rooms. At full capacity, if everyone there (at two persons per room) used just six plastic cups each daily (and they probably use more), it would amount to 5244 cups per day, or 1,914,060 (yes! one million, nine hundred and fourteen thousand and sixty) cups per year. That’s just the cups, not including bottles! Pretty alarming, when you consider that they are derived from petroleum and end up in a landfill site or burned after only just one use!!! We went to Brisas Guardalavaca with realistic expectations, open minds and had a wonderful week. It’s now on our “must return” list!

  • garry a : Barnsley, United Kingdom
first time in cuba

hotel very big with separate villas 9 bars , could not fault the hotel but the food at breakfast was a bit strange brussel sprouts ,chips mixed veg as well as normal food ,the drinks was very good branded spirits if you asked , the staff were very friendly nice people ,entertainment was very good 4 different shows a night the only downside was there is nothing outside the hotel apart from a small craft market , ideal if you just want to relax

  • northern_prairie : Calgary
Best coral reef so far, actually they are 3 in front of the resort!

We booked a villa and were put in a villa with an ocean front. One cannot see the ocean because the palms hide it, but the room was the biggest one yet (bigger than the suites of GBP or Iberostar; see pics). It was cleaned to perfection by Nuria.We arrived after 10pm. The check in was a breeze, but the buffet was closed. We had to rely on the non-stop place which served only hot dogs, burgers and french fries. We survived :-) .Entertainment: Wednesday night there is a beach party. We went there during the rain season – this meant for us that around 6pm there could be a rain and there usually was no evening show, because of the wet scene. The scene is an outdoor one. But we caught an amazing water show. All of us loved it and thought that it was the best yet, comparing it with the two that we had seen before at Melia in Cayo Santa Maria and in Cayo Coco. On Saturdays there is a party in the market area after Club Amigo (a neighbouring resort). Comparing the two we were happy that we chose Las Brisas – it had a better beach, had a strategic location with respect to the reefs and seemed newer. Both resorts had some renovation work done. I have to note that there is no dancing in the evening as in Melia or GBP, but there is a disco, which I did not like to visit – it was almost empty every time we went there.The food was tasty. You probably have read that there is a lady (Maria) that makes very tasty pancakes in the morning. Every day there was mango, guava, melons, watermelons and pineapple in the fresh fruit section on which I can survive, not that I had to. This resort has the biggest selection of fresh fruit I have ever seen. One day we were lucky to find in the buffet “veal” tongue. It was exquisite as my grandmother used to prepare it! On the last floor of the hotel to the left (looking from the hotel towards the ocean) there is a nice rum bar overlooking the area. There are a lot of food “things” happening around the resort: tea in the morning in the garden off the buffet, churros and ice cream in front of the buffet in the afternoon, a Tea Garden with tea around 4-6pm, café bar till late.The beach has a rocky part (look for fish living in shallow waters) and two sandy parts, but we did not stay a long time there – we were exploring the reefs “all the time”. The reefs are 3 and very accessible! One is to the left of the Brisas towards Club Amigo. Swim 100m from the rocks that somewhat show the border between the two resorts and then start looking for corals. The reef continues probably most of the length of Club Amigo resort. The second reef is just off of the fishing pier to the right of Brisas max 30-50m. And the 3rd is relatively far away – from the biggest houses on the shore, after you pass the pier (you may see a catamaran stopped at that place). I will post pics from the area under tag "other" so you can get an idea how to get there if you want. We got a pedal boat for 1h and pedaled really fast to get to the spot, dive and come back. It was amazing as well! The spot is marked by 4 tied bottles, which were serving as a buoy. The 3 coral reefs are deeper ones so one can appreciate the different niches the colorful fishes live in. They portray my new perception of paradise. You can find some of the pics posted under "pool/beach".As everywhere in Cuba, so far, the pedal boats, kayaks and catamarans are in perfect working order. This gives a reason to ponder why this is not the case for Dominican Republic and Mexico. They are multiple, by the way, so we could get whatever we wanted from the first two types of vesels. The beach in Cuba is a public property. This one is close to a town so there are a lot of locals – they stay, talk, and laugh till sunset soaked in the water, as in a hot tub. No problem there! Knowing that there are people that ask for things, I brought school supplies, toiletries, etc. I am told they do not have hair conditioners and the clothes and shoes are very expensive. Also I gave away my kids’ and mine outgrown clothes. The people were very appreciative and this is an excellent way to reuse still good clothes. On our last day a woman whom I gave some clothes for her children brought us handmade bracelets to thank us. There is a bank in the hotel so people can exchange money to CUCs during 9 to 5 without a need to bring their passport. I never saw any lines there.Unfortunately the bus leaves for the airport too early, so we preferred to go there by taxi.Why do I take 1 point - the food in the 24-hour bar is very limited, no dancing in the evening and there was a nasty smell close to the outside stairs of the hotel that lead to the rum bar. Also, there should be a machine for water on the grounds, not to have to ask staff to fill up the only bottle we get. The bar staff sometimes touch the neck of the bottle and this can lead to spread of disease. Overall we had a very pleasant vacation. We plan to return to Guradalavaca region, where there are so many coral reefs. That time we plan to take taxis to the other beaches and explore them.

  • Anna S :
Most amazing week

My boyfriend and I traveled to Cuba in early September 2016, I'm just now writing this as school has finally wound down. We loved Brisas. Personally having never left Toronto before this I was blown away at the sheer paradise. The staff were friendly and helpful, our Sunwing rep was incredibly accomidating, we received a room change and some minor medical attention and all was handled beautifully. The food was soso, I'm a bit picky but he always found something to eat, the breakfasts and the pizzas but the pool were by far my favorite, we brought our own refillable cups with lids as the tiny plastic cups can be a pain, the bartenders were lovely. The resort was clean and well maintained, the pool is large and quiet with beautiful clear clean water, the pool bar is a nice touch and there a shaded kiddy pool off to the side that's a few degrees cooler, its usually unoccupied. My favorite part by far was the beach, the beach was amazing, he said it was the nicest beach he's ever been on (and he's been to Jamaica, Dominican, Portugal and Italy). The water was warm and calm, the sand was pristine. The only con's I can mention were the very pushy horse and buggy rides, you couldn't leave the resort and walk to the nearby shops for snacks or suvinirs without being harassed the whole way, although this isn't necessarily the fault of the hotel and we understood they were just trying to male a living. Also one day on the beach we were harassed in the ocean by a group of men trying to sell souvenirs, again not the fault of the hotel.Overall an amazing stay, we will be returning next year, I have recommended this hotel to everyone I know.

  • Andy B : Hull East Yorkshire
1st and Last Visit ' Sorry'

Looking forward to Holiday, after a difficult couple months. Checkin was swift, room was large/clean good. NOT so good, no warm water, room was dark due to forest otherside of balcony, but main issue was trying to enter/leave room using keycard could not open door, and door did not lock. But thanks to Theresa on reception bless her, we were given another room. FOOD!! Warm Plates, Luke warm or Cold food, no fresh veg only TINNED, no real choice if vegetarian (wife), Breakfast for me was best, I normally eat anything including meat. All Staff polite/friendly thankyou, other than that we enjoyed our holiday in Cuba.

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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • 24 hr snacks
  • 24 hr Domestic & select International brand drinks, House Wine included
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Catamarans
  • Pedal boats
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis
  • Use of bicycles 9am-5pm
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Game room
  • Ping-pong
  • Pool table
  • Exercise classes
  • Dance lessons
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Free admission to the Disco, drinks included
  • 437 rooms in 9 villas and one 5-storey building
  • 2 buffet restaurants
  • 2 a la carte restaurants: Italian and Seafood, dress code & reservations required
  • Snack bar
  • 8 bars including Swim-up bar, Coffee bar 
  • Disco
  • 4 pools, including 2 children's
  • Jacuzzis
  • Sauna
  • 2 lit tennis courts on-site
  • Gift shop
  • Exercise room
  • Beauty salon
  • Scuba diving (fee)
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Car rental
  • Laundry service (fee)
  • Medical services (fee)
  • Horseback riding nearby (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 1 king or two 3/4 beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini-fridge
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Full bathroom
  • Hairdryer 220V (converter & adaptor required)
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Max occupancy 3 persons
Oceanview Rooms:
  • Same as above with ocean view
Villas:
  • Same as above, located adjacent to the hotel block in 2 & 3-storey villas
  • Larger room w/garden or pool view
  • Max occupancy 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 kids
Villa Mini-Suites:
  • Same as above, larger than Villa
  • Sitting area and sofa bed
Kids Stay Free - Kids 2-12 stay & eat free when sharing a room with 2 adults. Max 2 kids.

For the Kids - Kids 4-12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' Club. Babysitting service subject to availability (fee).
Honeymooners - Receive a room upgrade, (based on availability at check-in) a bottle of sparkling wine, and flowers. Request at time of booking. Requires proof of marriage certificate at time of check-in.

Wedding Packages - 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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  • Brisas Guardalavaca
    Holguin,Cuba

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Brisas Guardalavaca Hotel
Calle 2, Playa, Guardalavaca 84170 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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