Playa Costa Verde
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We are traveled with our grandson for a week. If you want to lineup for food, beach chairs, to book alacarte,it"s a place for you. First day we arrived (buffet was closed) we waited 45 min. for the hot dog. Next day lay on the sand on the beach (no chairs available after 8am), Pizza restaurant never used it because 40min line up just to enter.Omlet station, pasta station 30-45 min wait). If you combine a waiting times ,you spend half of your day just to be served.The best swim 5 min away in playa pesquero beach. You could hurt yourself on blau beach'
My husband and I spent 4 weeks at the Blau, from the end of January to the end of February and had a great time. The main reasons we chose this resort were because of the reviews indicating the good food and the snorkeling right off the beach, and we greatly enjoyed both! We generally prefer smaller resorts and still do, but we found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful here, including the front desk. We also had beautiful hot weather every day of our stay and met lots of interesting people to talk to.We were originally put in building 27 on the 3rd floor, which was supposed to be an Oceanview room but all you could see was a sliver of ocean above the trees which separate the grounds from the ocean, and nothing much else but trees. We spend time on our balcony and enjoy a nice view, so the next day we changed to building 16 on the 2nd floor which overlooked the Plus pool, and really had about as much ocean visible from there as in the previous room and there was a much nicer view all in all. The room was great, always clean, supplies always refreshed, air conditioner worked well, hot water always available and the beds were firm but comfortable.The grounds are clean and well maintained, with nice paved pathways, perfect for walking those excess calories off each evening. This is a large property but nothing is more than a pleasant few minute walk away. We enjoyed the snorkeling and were even lucky enough to see an octopus on our first time out. We prefer the beach to the pool but the ‘no-seeums/sand flies’ took a real liking to me and I was soon covered in hundreds of itchy bites. That earned me a trip to the nurse and a move up to poolside.Having booked the Plus section, which we highly recommend, we were entitled to 5 a la carte restaurants per week: the Gourmet, Spanish, Italian, Cuban and the Lobster dinner (also held at the Cuban). Although the Gourmet was by far our favorite, all of the restaurants were very, very good and we took full advantage of our reservations. The food in the Buffet was also very good. There are numerous bars, so you never go thirsty and the drinks are generally very good. We enjoyed the VIP bar each evening and watching Eduardo and Adam entertain with their antics. Best Spanish coffee came from here! Best mojito maker was Yodonis at the Plus swim-up bar. The white wine was also very good, as was the sparkling wine (except for about a week when they got a new kind in, which was horrible).The first two weeks we were at the resort there were no lineups at the bars or Buffet, and no problems getting a chair on the beach or poolside. The third week everything took a turn for the worse. Spring breakers came in in droves and suddenly there were long lineups at the Buffet and absolutely no chairs to be found on the beach or poolside by 9:00 a.m. Being on holidays, you shouldn’t have to get up at daybreak to reserve a chair. More chairs are definitely needed! That being said, some people would selfishly reserve chairs at the beach and poolside, and sometimes never show up at the pool until late in the afternoon, if at all. There was a lot of grumbling about this issue our last two weeks. As for the Buffet, if we didn’t have a la carte reservations, we just would go and eat later when the lineups had died down, and at the bars you just wait your turn. The bartenders do their best to serve you in order.Be sure and get out and see the countryside and meet the people. Cubans are some of the nicest people on earth! We did the ‘Cuba Inside Plus’ tour, the Jeep Safari to the Mayari waterfall, went into Guardalavaca by taxi and on the double-decker bus. One day we hired a horse and buggy to visit Melilla; where we handed out school supplies, candy, and toys to the kids; and toiletries to the Moms. Then we stopped at a local farm house where we enjoyed coconut water and fresh fruit; and also stopped at a little petting zoo and a local home for coffee. That was a most enjoyable experience!To wrap up, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this resort to anyone. My advice would be to book the Plus section though, as the rooms are newer and quieter, you get more a la carte dinners, and the use of the Plus pool and VIP bar. I would hope that the lack of chairs issue would be resolved and maybe more staff hired when the hotel is at capacity. A tip for the tourists would be to take along an insulated mug for your drinks. It’s sad to see hundreds of plastic glasses tossed into the garbage every day, when at home we are striving to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. And remember to be generous and tip!The positives:1) The food and drinks 2) The snorkeling3) The Plus rooms4) The peopleThe negatives: 1) there is a strong sewage smell as you walk between the Buffet restaurant and the Italian a la carte, which is a little off-putting as you head over to eat. 2) The public bathrooms are in need of repair, especially in the VIP bar/restaurant building. 3) Several evenings just after 6:00 (supper time) when everyone is out and about on the grounds, they went around fogging/spraying for bugs! 4) A big lack of beach and poolside chairs. 5) Poor internet service. Remember to log out! (This isn’t the resort’s fault though)
The staff at the resort are awesome. Especially the entertainment staff. They make everyone smile and work long hours. The staff on the beach handing out towels,chairs and dance lessons etc are constantly working and do not get enough thanks.
The staff at this resort is second to none. We have visited Cuba 15 times and all parts of the island. This was our 7th time to this resort (no rum or incentive as past guest) and most times we stay 2 weeks.Major issues this trip. Long long line ups for everything, be prepared. We waited just over 2 hrs to register for our room which was not because the staff were not great but because 3 busses arrived at the same time.Yendry and Elizabeth at the front desk managed to keep a smile regardless of angry guests. While waiting for our room check in my daughter in law waited and I went to reserve restaurants ( 45 min wait) for the week. This was Friday, the girl told me too early to book past Sunday plus I didn't have a room number. She came back to the line up for check in and told me to bring my room number tomorrow and she would have my restaurants for me, so very helpful. Which I did another 1 hr plus wait. Went to the beach at 8:00am to be told by the guy that the chairs had all been taken. He was being cussed out by guest, not like it's his fault. Management needs to hire someone to assure chairs are not reserved at 6 am or earlier and not used until noon. More chairs would be nice but very crowded now with amount of chairs that are there. Breakfast wait at the buffet was bad 30 mins for a omelette. Some said they waited up to an hour. Two toasters for 1000 people. Pasta at lunch was a long wait not sure but I'm guessing 45 mins. If you like your food at all warm you have to get pasta as everything in the buffet was not warm. Line up for drinks could sometimes be painfully long Yennis and Alex at the beach bar were amazing but way too many people. As in past years the VIP bar is our favourite place to enjoy a drink before supper Eduardo is so pleasant even though guest are sometimes rude because of the wait he always smiles. This is the first time I have ever had to wait in line for washrooms. Which should be staffed ever hour just to check toilet tissue and the fact some guest don't quite get how to flush. Junior and Suenellie (spelling?) at the piano bar were fast and practically running to serve people but always friendly and smiling.The rooms in the plus section were great, well stocked fridge, clean and our maid was amazing. Restaurants were good, no waits once you had reservations. Snorkelling is very good it doesn't cost anything and you can do it anytime. Where most places you have to do a day trip and it's expensive. We will probably be back but never in peak season , I am a pretty relaxed person but found the waits this year and no chairs on the beach very very frustrating. I know your on vacation and have lots of time but seems way too much was wasted in line. Hotel was over booked . Perhaps they should close a few of the older rooms so the people that do love this resort will continue to love it.
My wife and I spent a week at Blau Costa Verde Plus Beach Resort arriving March 26 and departing April 2. We booked through Red Tag and travelled with Air Canada Vacations. This was our fifth time in Cuba, but first time in Holguin.We arrived in Holguin in the evening and it was relatively quick clearing customs, picking up our luggage and getting settled on the bus. Coincidentally, this airport provided the best departure experience we have had in Cuba. The bus trip to the resort took about an hour, but the travel time passed quickly as the tour guide was good, providing lots of interesting information and sold beer and water as well. Check-inWe arrived at the hotel at about 11:00 pm and stood in a long line for about 45 minutes waiting to check in. This was the most frustrating part of our whole week waiting to check in after a long day of airports and flights. The young man working the registration desk was by himself and to his credit he was quick and courteous. Once we finally were checked in we were directed back to the main entrance where the bell hops would take us by cart to our room. The line of people waiting to be taken to their rooms was just about as long as the one we had just escaped and with no bell hops in sight we took a look at the map of the resort and decided to take our chances and walk to our room. Most resorts in Cuba are dark and poorly lit and BCVP is no different, but I have to say that it is well signed and we quickly found our building, Block 36, the farthest one away from the lobby, and moved in for the week.The RoomWhen we booked we had requested a room on a higher floor with a king sized bed. We got the king sized bed, but it was on the ground floor. I wanted to go back to the lobby to try to change the room , but my wife felt that it was after midnight and it was time for bed and we could always change rooms in the morning. The room itself was nice, in good shape with a stocked fridge, electronic safe, good sized deck, flat screen tv, complimentary bottle of rum, closet with lots of hangers and three drawers, and a large bathroom with a walk in shower, toiletries, and a hair drier. In the morning we decided that our block was very quiet and while we were on the ground floor which we usually don't care for because we like our balcony to be off the ground for both privacy and security reasons we found that our balcony overlooked a recessed grassy area kind of like a dry moat and thus it was good enough. The patio door didn't lock, but we decided that it probably didn't matter and sure enough we survived and did not experience a break in. The room was always well cleaned and the fridge was stocked every day. We were well pleased with the room. I think a room on the third floor of Block 36 would offer a beautiful ocean view as well. Restaurants/BarsIn our previous trips to Cuba we almost exclusively ate in the buffets, but BCVP seems to be designed to get people out to the al a carte restaurants and I recommend that you take the time to book them. The first day we found at breakfast that the buffet wasn't super terrific although the food was good with a nice variety of options. We found that there were huge lineups at the 2 cooking stations and there was absolutely no table service unless you were a coffee drinker. Consequently, we decided to take the time after our orientation meeting to wait in line and book our 5 al a carte suppers. The wait took awhile, mostly because of a couple that was booking for a group of 10 or so, but luckily this resort has two ladies doing the bookings and slowly but surely we made our way to the front and got all 5 dinners booked. We were happy with all 5 and I don't think you can go wrong with any of them. For lunches there is the buffet, a snack bar by the Plus Pool, and best of all the Italian restaurant where you don't need lunch bookings and the pizza and especially the calzones are awesome. You shouldn't go hungry at BCVP! Lots of bars you won't go thirsty here. We mostly loaded up at Plus pool bar or the one by the Italian restaurant, but the lobby bar was pretty good too. We never went to the VIP bar but it looked lively and people we met swore by it.PoolsThere were 2 pool area, one by the main lobby and the Plus pool area. We exclusively went to the Plus pool and liked it very much. There were always chairs there and we enjoyed the atmosphere in the pool and at the bar where we would float over to the "mainland" on our floaties and fuel up. The Plus pool area was divided by a bridge creating two pools which was nice as the kids generally played and frolicked in the one farthest away from the pool bar. We met lots of people here and spent a big chunk of time in the pool.BeachIt has to be said that the beaches in Holguin are not like the ones in Varadero and Santa Maria. BCVP's stretch of beach is small and is rocky and has coral in places. The biggest complaint you will hear from anyone is the lack of beach chairs and the d-bags who reserve them by covering them with towels early in the morning while only showing up later in the day. We aren't lay on the beach folk so it wasn't personally an issue. We did often walk the beach and I would say that while not the best beach in Cuba it is still pretty good. If you follow the beach to the left it eventually comes to a secluded area where a river flows into the ocean. Like many have said before, you might want to bring some water shoes to protect your feet.The best part of the beach is the snorkeling! Off to the right there is a dive center where there is a boardwalk and a ladder down into the ocean. The snorkeling here is pretty good. We filled up a plastic pop bottle with bread and cereal and when you shake it into the ocean fish show up out of nowhere. It was awesome seeing all the different kinds of fish.If you follow the beach to the right it is much rockier with rock shelves and very little beach. There are a number of locals that fish along here and we met an interesting guy who fishes in the morning and works in a resort in the afternoon. ProvisionsThere is a small store/gift shop onsite where you can buy souvenirs, cigars, booze, and a very limited selection of snacks. If you are a snacker I would suggest you load up at home as there isn't a whole lot on offer here. There is a commercial center about a 10-15 minute walk away that has a bigger store, market, a couple of restaurants, and a bowling alley. On Wednesday nights they have an event there that has the entertainers from the areas resorts perform and there is food and dancing. It is kind of interesting as there are plenty of locals there as well.Overall BCVP is a big resort, really it is two resorts, an older one with a new one built around it. It is spread out over a wide area. The resort offers plenty of amenities, entertainment, good food and drink in a safe and pleasant environment. Would I come back? Yes, I would without hesitation provided the price is right. I certainly would recommend it to a friend.
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- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- 24 hour snacks
- Room service (Continental breakfast only)
- A la carte dining w/reservations (Kids 5-12 years are accepted at 1st seating only. Children under 5 are not accepted at the Japanese and Italian restaurants.)
- Unlimited International brand drinks, Domestic beer and House Wine, 24 hours
- Pedal Boats
- Banana boat
- Watersports listed above subject to availability & weather conditions
- Pool scuba clinic
- Scuba diving for certified divers
- Introductory scuba diving lesson
- Day & night tennis
- Basketball courts (lit)
- Badminton court
- Bicycles (helmets not included)
- Fitness centre
- Indoor games
- Entrance to Disco
- Spanish lessons
- Dance lessons
- Daily Activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 480 rooms divided into 31 two-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 4 a la carte restaurants: Japanese, Caribbean, Italian, Creole, dress code & reservations required
- Snack bar
- 8 bars including swim-up pool bar
- Live entertainment
- 1 large free-form pool
- 2 Jacuzzis
- Lounge chairs and towels (pool)
- 4 tennis courts on-site (4 lit)
- Fitness facilities
- Massages (fee)
- Beauty salon
- Shopping on-site
- Scuba diving on-site (fee)
- A range of watersports available
- Conference rooms (fee)
- Games room
- Laundry services (fee)
- Doctor & Nurse (24 hours)
- Internet access (fee)
- 1 king or two 3/4 beds
- Satellite TV
- CD Player
- Iron and ironing board
- Full Bathroom
- Hairdryer 220V and 110V (converter & adaptor required)
- Coffee/tea maker
- In-room safe (fee)
- Balcony or terrace w/garden view
- Max occupancy 3 persons up to 2 adults
- Poolview Guest Rooms also available
- Same as above plus full living room
- 2 TV's
- A second mini-fridge
- 2 balconies or patios
- Max occupancy 2 adults & 2 children
For the kids - Kids 4-11 years enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kid's Club, Games Room and Kids' pool.
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Playa Costa VerdeHolguin,Cuba
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Playa Pesquero Rafael Freyre Holguin, Holguin 80100 Cuba
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