Club Amigo Guardalavaca
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Location: On Guardalavaca Beach and 60 minutes from the airport.
We have been to a variety of places in Cuba, but this was the first time to Holguin. It was also the first time that we brought our children (ages 8 and 5).It was about a one hour bus ride from the airport in Holguin to the resort.Rooms The resort is divided into 4 sections: Atlantico, Guardalavaca (gardenview rooms), Bungalow and Villa. We stayed in a Villa. The room is not overly extravagant. It is dated, but was fine considering the price and how little time we spent in our room. The room had ample space for four people. It included two double beds and we had a cot as well. The beds looked low, but were actually reasonably comfortable. The room had a mini-fridge for us to use. There was a safe in the room, however, there is an extra charge in order to use it. Our room was clean and housekeeping was great. You are not provided with bottled water, but it can be purchased at the store or we brought extra water bottles and filled up at the distillation centre in the lobby of the Atlantico section. Everything worked well in our room including the air conditioning. FoodPeople frequently complain about the food in Cuba, however we have never had a problem finding something that we like. A few recommendations- the Atlantico buffet has a kids section- handy. The Guardalavaca buffet had a spaghetti section- also great for kids. We found that it was best to go to this buffet shortly after opening because we avoided the line-ups. We ate at two of the A La Carte's as well: Las Espadas and Benny More. Both meals were very good. We love Cuban ice cream and may have consumed way too much! On the edge of the resort there is a pizza place- Rico's Pizza. You have to pay but it is well worth it. Our family ate and had drinks and it costed less than 10 pesos. Highly recommend eating there. Pools and BeachesThe beaches were beautiful. We spent time at the Pirate Beach. It is small, but has a bar right there. We had no diffculty getting a chair. It was a perfect area to keep the children somewhat contained and be able to supervise them. We spent our time at the Villa pool because it was closest to our room and Kids Club. The pool is reasonably quiet. We never had a problem finding a chair regardless of the time of day. Snorkelling and Scuba DivingClose to the Pirate Beach there are stairs that head straight down into the water. If you go about 50m from shore there is a reef. Some people did take boats our to the reef but it wasn't a bad swim. There was lots to see (corals, puffer fish, sting rays). At the far end from the resort on Guardalavaca beach is the Eagle Ray Scuba Diving. The diving was good with lots of good sites. Well maintained equipment and very professional dive masters.Kids ClubMyrtle is an absolutely wonderful lady. She is caring, kind and welcoming. The facility is clean. Our kids had a blast, not wanting to leave. Some activities included: horseback riding, Uno tournaments, colouring, Spanish lessons... ExcursionsWe did the Catamaran with the dolphins. We have done this tour in a couple different places and have found it to be better. The dolphin enclosure was not as nice, but we still had a great time. You do get to be in the water with the dolphins which is pretty neat. The snorkelling on the tour was good as well. They brought food into the water to attract a lot of small fish. The lunch was enjoyable. The catamaran ride itself seemed shorter than some others. GiftsWe have always brought smaller things with us as gifts. I have never really asked what was specifically needed. After speaking to a few people, gifts are appreciated if you are looking to go that route. Access and high cost for items makes it difficult for some people in the area especially in the mountain areas. Clothing, sheets, shoes are some of the bigger things that were expressed to me. Some smaller things included flashlights, brushes, and toys.We enjoyed our trip. The Cuban people are one of the main reasons we keep going back. They are very kind and welcoming. They also treated our children really well. We have always felt safe while in Cuba, whether on or off the resort. Club Amigo was different from some of our other experiences in Cuba. In our previous experiences, our resorts were very secluded from Cuban life. Club Amigo is very close to the town of Guardalavaca. The main beach is a public beach. Some Cubans come to the resort for their own holidays. It depends what you are looking for in your holiday. We enjoyed talking to the many people at the resort.Club Amigo is not a five star resort and we did notice some differences. Firstly, the price is much lower. Cheaper vacation! Secondly, the little things like having a stocked mini-fridge including bottled water, having a safe included with the room. Thirdly, the resort is dated. It functions fine, but it is dated. You get what you pay for, but we feel that it was a good value. We would definitely return to Club Amigo.
we ventured out with Sun wing, on Feb 16, to Feb 23, 2017. fantastic price, so we were expecting issues, but... It was an awesome resort. Our room needed to be changed, as two single beds would not work, lol. we did not upgrade, so the room was definitely not a palace, but did nicely. bed looked low and rough, but was clean and quite comfortable. Ac worked great, housekeeping was great. The food was also something we were nervous about, but found a good selection of foods, and none of it was bland, as others have written about Cuban foods. The people were fabulous, and we never felt safer. No skimping of booze here, in fact we had to get them to cut down the alcohol... it seems a Cuban party consists of a ton of rum and little mix, so the standard Cuban party ends early! Horse and buggy was a blast... Thanks to Alex with a older rougher buggy, and great personality. He supplied and opened a couple of coconuts on a beach for us, and a few days later he brought us fresh bananas. fruits were from his home. we got a personal tour of Alex's aunts home, including some home made Cuban coffee. You might think it was a money grab, but when trying to give him and his aunt something, there was felt some genuine feelings of no tip asked for or required from both..... The mountain jeep tour, (Suzuki jimmy's) with Carlos, and his dad Carlos was just as awesome. we did the tour of the mountain country, including the Castro family home, and a waterfall, including a cool swim, mountain resort meal, visit to a Cuban farm and handed out gifts on our tour, to the mountain people, who, by the way, don't get as much help as the resort people, Stopping and going, Driving like hell to keep up with the group while doing so, sometimes even just slowing down enough to drop out some balls to kids playing around the roadside... we got the jeep exclusive and drove the tour with 4 other jeeps! Fishing was a bust as on two tours, the boat broke down both times. Marlin tours in Sama was the culprit. Our Nexus rep was prepared to do something about our dissatisfaction, but we did get some fishing in over two tours, no fish tho, but decided it was still worth the rate and left it alone... Nexus tours were great!! The resort itself was beachside, with great beaches, snorkeling, and activities. No complaints. even lost ourselves in the events of the beach party at the pirate bar... Bartender there is an award winning bartender in cuba, and the quality of drinks showed it! Kiko drove us to Holguin city in his 57 chevy diesel converted taxi, Dated but very cool, and a fantastic outing. The little train tour departing from the front of the main hotel daily was also a great value tour. 10 cuc! Taking us to a farm, enjoying the company of a Cuban farmer, quaintly sucking on his cigar, while offering us all tastes of his farm... banana, almond, papaya, coconut... and Cuban coffee. we visited an ancient cemetery museum, Chorro de Malta, preserved as it was found, and were able to enter a school, where we had the teachers distribute more toys we had. again, the people of Cuba were fantastic, and love us Canadians! Don't hesitate on this trip to Cuba. Yes it is not 5 star, but I tell you, you can feel like it is anywhere. We will return to Cuba again, especially with the great price we got ours for from Sunwing. We cannot say enough about this trip, and if we missed something, Just ask, and we will try to help...
WOW! Pleasantly surprised! We went with a group of 10 and were not expecting much so had our sock blown off! This resort and beach is beautiful and we got way more than we paid for. My husband and I upgraded to the Bungalow section and I would recommend the upgrade for sure. I had some friends stay in the basic rooms in the Guardalavaca Section and another in the Villa section which were all fine. The pool wasn't ready yet in the bungalow section so it was quiet during our stay but can see how it would be such a fun section once the pool is open. We spent most of the day in the Tropical section with the swim up bar, right on the beach and nights at the 24 hour bar in the villa section. The resort is very large and there are no trolleys driving people from here to there so prepare to walk. LOTS!Food was good and always seemed fresh. We ate lunch at the Snack bar in the tropical section most days. Hot dogs a fries! The staff were all amazing and definitely appreciated if you could have a basic conversation in Spanish with them. We even went off resort at night to a local party/club next door and had a great time. Just be prepared to see a much different culture. Age of majority/consent must be very young or not enforced.... A few cons: If you ask for a hamburger, I'm pretty sure it is actually ham, not beef and tastes a little odd. lol We met a family staying in the tropical rooms who were eaten alive by bed bugs. Bungalow, villa and basic hotel rooms did not seem to have this problem. Front desk staff at the Guardalavaca section seemed a little unorganized but they did help us as much at they could. We paid for the upgraded seafood platter at the Benny Moore restaurant for supper and we all ended up staying around the toilets for the next 12 hours.. There is only one place to get filtered water and that is at the Atlantico section by the front desk. Last thing, make sure you carry some toilet paper around with you. At the airport you would be lucky to find toilet paper or toilet seats for that matter. Even at the resort, public washrooms would often be missing toilet seats and toilet paper depending on the time of day. All in all, it was a great trip and while I have told friends and family I wont visit the same place twice, I actually would go back to this resort.
The HOG airport is a 45min-1hr drive to the resort.FOODThe food isn't bad as some people mentioned. I actually never wanted to visit Cuba because I heard that the food was subpar but this resort had a food which ranged from really good to mediocre. There is something for everyone. -Have breakfast at BENNY MORE for a great view or LOS PANCHITOS by the GUARDALAVACA section for a less of a line up. The main buffet can get really packed which is in the main lobby of atlantico section.-there is a place that serves poutine by guardalavaca section-I didnt even know that one huge section of the hotel existed because it is quite big-Make sure you have coffee, espresso, cappuccino, whatever it may be from ASHLEYS CAFE. The servers Delgado and Miguel are super nice. -Jessica's patio in the lobby of atlantico has fresh herbal teas and if you ask them for fresh fruit juices they can make them too for example mango+banana - Pacho is really entertaining there-Alcoholic drinks are not watered down and bartenders are greatBEACHThe beach is really beautiful - clear water , white sands. The weather was great and the water temperature was warm when I went. I did see a lot of broken glass from beer bottles by one of the resort beaches which was sad because people should really clean up after themselves.There is a public beach there too which is nice if you want to meet some of the locals. Paddle boats and other water activities available there. I think its free of cost but don't quote me on that.ROOMSI stayed in the standard room and they just look really old but they are SUPER CLEAN. The maids do a great job of cleaning them up. You can opt to stay in better rooms for a more expensive price but I don't really care too much about the look of the room. The old looking rooms kind of shocked me at first but I got used to in a few days. I had no hair dryer or iron in my room which really threw me off. The safe had no batteries in it which shocked me but later I realized they did that on purpose so they can change $2CUC per day for the safe.There is a nice bazar beside the hotel- make sure you buy whatever you really like because the vendors change everyday. Had to learn the hard way - I set my eyes on this beautiful decoration and was not able to get it because the vendor would not be returning until after I had left Cuba.There is a pizza place called RICOS Pizza by the public beach and its nice to go there and try out some Cuban pizza - I got a large cheese pizza + 2 apple juice and it was less than $5CUCPeople just smoke everywhere (I don't care about this but some people do).Every night mosquitoes just bit my legs and ankles like crazy - bring mosquito repellant!!! If you have items you can donate, bring them to Cuba and give them to some of the workers. They will really appreciate your genorisity. I thought that the hospitality and kindness of a lot of the staff members was really memorable and they still worked hard for you even if you didn't tip but if you did tip, they did truly appreciate it! Don't come to this place with really high expectations its a simple place with a lot of great things to offer. I just got back from Holguin about a week ago and I already miss it so much!!! Honestly, this is like a home away from home. It leaves an impression on you even though its not the fanciest resort and I have been to 5 star resorts before. I was so sad to leave and I am planning to try to go back in April. Cant wait. @sasha0808
We went during the Christmas break from December 20th - 27th. There were a lot of things organized. The food was excellent. We had a lot of choices. Great food was served like turkey, sea food, etc. Drinks was also excellent. Pina colada was always made fresh (shoutout to Dariel), cappuccino was great, red wine and beer was very tasty. Every night there was live entertainment. There was a lot of shows for Christmas. We also liked how there are extra restaurants like the 24 hour snack bar, ashlee cafe and ala carte. A big thanks to the manager Barbara for her great service and professionalism. I recommend this hotel and I would definitely go back.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- A la carte dining w/reservations
- Unlimited Domestic beer and drinks (10am-11pm)
- Pedal boats
- 1 Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool per stay
- Daytime tennis
- Use of bicycles
- Exercise room
- Games room
- Pool table
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Hotel complex is composed of 4 sections; the Standard section (Club Amigo Guardalavaca - Guest rooms have recently been refurbished), the Villa section (Club Amigo Guardalavaca Village), the Bungalow section, and the Tropical section.
- 3 buffet restaurants
- 3 a la carte restaurants: International, Italian & Cuban (reservations required by 10am same day, dress code in effect)
- 6 bars including swim-up pool bar
- Snack bars
- 4 outdoor pools
- Kids pool
- Sauna (fee)
- 2 tennis courts (not lit)
- Gift shops
- Fitness facilities
- Scuba diving on-site (fee)
- A range of non-motorized watersports
- Beauty salon
- Massage services (fee)
- Laundry service (fee)
- Medical serives (fee)
- Internet access (fee)
- Car rental (fee)
- Disco (fee)
- 2 single beds or 1 double bed
- Cable/Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Bathroom with shower only - 220V converter & adaptor required
- Balcony with garden view
- Max occupancy 3 persons
- Same as above but recently built and more spacious
- Two 3/4 beds
- Bathrooms with tub and shower
- Located in the villa section
- Max occupancy 2 adults & 2 children
- Same as Hotel Rooms but with 2 twin beds
- Located in the building closest to the beach
- Exclusive to Sunquest Vacations bookings
For the Kids - Kids 4-12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' Club, Kids' pool and Playground. Babysitting service. (fee)
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Club Amigo GuardalavacaHolguin,Cuba
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Playa Guardalavaca, Guardalavaca 84170 Cuba
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