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Sol Rio de Luna y Mares

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This resort complex is made up two sister hotels offering the use of both their facilities for double the enjoyment! It is perfect for beach lovers of all ages, set on one of the most beautiful beach areas of Playa Esmeralda. Try your luck on the driving range, take a pottery lesson, explore the area on an eco-tour of the superb gardens and outstanding natural environment of Bahia Naranjo National Park, play a round of mini-golf, take a dip in the large free-form pools or, at dinner time, try one of the two restaurants on the beach.
Location: Beachfront, 5 min from Guardalavaca, 53 min to Holguin, 60 min from the airport.

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  • sunandscreen : Canada
Fantastic vacation at an awesome resort

Large property with many pathways. I would not recommend this resort for the elderly or anyone with mobility issues. There are many paths that are very slippery when wet and uneven. Also, due to many paths, stairs and the depth and strength of the ocean at the beach, I would not recommend this resort for children.The food was good and always available any time of the day or night. The drinks are plenty, and the specialty coffees were incredible. We had reservations at the French a la carte. When I arrived, I gave them my name and to my surprise they greeted me with a happy birthday. How did they know it was my Birthday? (No one had said a word). They had put 2 and 2 together. How amazing was that! I was presented with a birthday cake and they sang Happy birthday to me. I cut the cake and distributed it to the other patrons in the restaurant. It was a great evening.We had a room in Building 6 which is renovated, and one of the closest buildings to the ocean on the Luna side (quiet). The pool and 24 hour restaurant were right there as well. We were on the third floor which offered a beautiful view of the ocean. Building 5 is in my opinion the best building (ocean front) and is directly between both sides (less walking). But I think they were just working on the renovations of that building when we left.We checked out the wellness center. Unfortunately, the Sauna was out of commission, however we did try the hot tub, and it was lukewarm at best. Disappointing.We had great weather every day except it rained hard the day we went for our Paradise Island tour. Don’t book this trip. Regardless of the weather, it is an hour drive by bus to the Marina, 1 ½ hour on the catamaran to the island. Large Russian army trucks pick you up and take you to the lunch area (approx. ½ hour) on a very bumpy road. Terrible lunch and only 1 drink. Then they take you on a safari to see wild animals that Castro would hunt back in the day. 1 zebra, 1 ostrich, wild horses, wild pigs, 3 types of antelope, (one of the specie looked so sick and thin, as its mate laid dead nearby, wild pigs were eating it.) Very sad in my opinion. We could not do the snorkeling due to the weather. Again, not worth the $80 cu pesos. And a very, very long day. The people of Cuba are friendly and respectful and we had no worries at the hotel or travelling around outside of the property. Disco was disappointing. It’s located down on the beach. Every song played, sounded the same.A few tips:Do your money exchange at the currency office in the hotel (bring your passport). Do not exchange at the lobby, they take an extra 10%. They will not stock your mini fridge, but will supply you with large water bottles. You can purchase juice/beer/alcohol in the hotel store if needed. You can barter with the vendors that are in the lobby selling their goods, but not in the stores of the hotel.Do not tip with Canadian coins, the Cubans cannot exchange this. They except Canadian bills or Cuban pesos.The shower is a tub and very tall and narrow. If you’re a very large person you will have a difficult time showering (not sure if all tubs in the hotel are the same).Bring a dollar store air mattress to lay on, as some lounge chairs were hard on the back. You can also use them to float in the ocean. Then give it to a child to use in the pool when you leave.We brought our own wine from the duty free, but no need as the wine there was rather good.(Nothing to do with the hotel, but beware of the Cuban airport customs. When we were leaving, I watched one man put his change and a gold pen in his shoe in the tray to go through x-ray. I watched the security personnel help himself and put the man’s change and the gold pen in his own pocket. I was always told; never take anything you can’t afford to lose.)On a happier note, enjoy this hotel as it is friendly and you will have no worries of any kind. It is one of the best and affordable in my opinion. ENJOY!

  • rmoer : Munich, Germany
Wonderful experience

Tidy room, extremely friendly staff in spite of the many guests. Lovely countrysite. Extraordiniary catering. Once playing loud music until 2.00 a.m. We stayed only 4nights and would have enjoyed to be able to stay for a longer period. I would redommend the resort to everybody.

  • roadrunner340 : east sussex
not so happy this time

this was our 5th time at this hotel.while the hotel is good and the staff very friendly i cant say the same for the management. they ignored our room request -(-as they have done for the last four years) there was no welcome bottle of rum and no invite to the returning guests lobster dinner. in fact there was nothing different to 1st timers what made it even worse was all the other returners got their invites etc but we didnt. for three years now we have asked for block 5 or 6 and we have been given 8. while the rooms in 8 are very good we feel it is too close to the lake and we suffered lots of mozzys. it is that reason we requested 5 or 6.with that rant over i can honestly say its a lovely hotel in a good position. the beach is to die for the sand is so soft and pure white and with the blue sunbeds--heaventhe food was ok though they could have done with more choice in veg--the same ones every night get a bit boring. i ended up having salad. deserts were cakes cakes and more cakes oh and an ocasional banana fritterthe big prob with the dining room was the shortage of spoons--both tea and dessert.there never seems to be enough and we always had to hunt them down especially at breakfastthe lack of toilets was another big prob-apparently the builders have been repairing them for the last 3/4 months--could have built a house in that time. dont know what they are doingother than that the hotel is fine and we had a good time despite the awful weatherthe staff are all happy and work very hard especially the luna bar and the luna pool bar. dont know about the mares as we very rarely used a cartes were good --french italian and the med in particular. well worth going to

  • lizr1187 : Paris, Canada
Very good vacation minus the weather.

My husband and I and another couple went to this resort. For myself and my husband was our first time. For our friends it was their sixth time. We had a lot of fun, food was good, people were great. A special thanks to our bar tender/ waitress Jose Antonio, Sandra in the Mares lobby. Over all a very good experience.

  • finnmagee7 : Toronto, Canada
Awful stay all around

I stayed here for a week with my friends and had never been more excited to go home. Worst resort in cuba out of four I have stayed in there. The food was all either undercooked or overcooked while there was never any space to sit at the buffet. The bartenders were rude unless you tipped and always got the orders wrong. It was a resort for mostly seniors. On top of all this we got trapped in an elevator and our room was flooded with four inches of water on the last night. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND.

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
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  • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Snacks 24 hours
  • A la carte dining w/reservations
  • Unlimited House Wine with meals, Domestic beer and International brand drinks, 24 hours
  • Sailing
  • Catamarans
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • 1 Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool/person/week
  • Daytime tennis
  • Use of mountain bikes
  • Mini-golf
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Archery
  • Board games
  • Ping-pong
  • Darts
  • Pool table
  • Gym
  • Sauna
  • Aerobics
  • Horseback riding (1 hour per day, subject to availability)
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Free admission to the Disco, drinks included
All the facilities, restaurants & bars are shared between Sol Luna de Mares and Sol Rio de Luna, located next to each other.
  • 464 rooms in several 3 & 4-storey buildings with elevators
  • 2 buffet restaurants
  • 4 a la carte restaurants: Mexican, Italian, Creole and Mediterranean, dress code & reservations required
  • 2 snack bars
  • 24 hour Lobby bar
  • 7 bars including Beach bar, Pool bar, Piano bar
  • 2 outdoor pools
  • Beach towel & chair services
  • 2 tennis courts on-site (not lit)
  • Meeting facilities (fee)
  • Shopping on-site
  • Scuba diving on-site (fee)
  • Sauna
  • Exercise room
  • A range of non-motorized watersports available
  • Beauty salon
  • Massage services (fee)
  • Car and moped rental
  • Internet access (fee)
  • Medical services (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 1 queen or 2 single beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • In-room safe (fee)
  • Mini-bar
  • Full bathroom 220V (converter & adapter required)
  • Max occupancy 3 persons
  • Same as Hotel Rooms but with 1 king size bed
  • Living room
Kids Deal -First child 3-12 years stays and eats free. Date restrictions apply.

For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' club, Playground and Wading pool. Babysitting service subject to availability. (fee)
Exclusive to Air Transat Holidays - Guests will be accommodated exclusively in the resort's Luna section and will receive unique added privileges. These include a private dinner on the beach, 2 a la carte dinners per week guaranteed, a complimentary horseback riding excursion, a small bottle of rum and coffee pack, beach towels in the room, a special check-in area, the manager's cocktail once per week and a welcome letter by Sol Melia and Air Transat Holidays.

Honeymoon Bonus - Includes: Guaranteed Private Check-in, Guaranteed Private check out, Room Upgrade Guaranteed, Flowers in the room upon arrival, Fruit basket and bottle of Cava in the room upon arrival, Housekeeping service after 11:00 A.M and before 15:00, Turn-down service in room, Amenities put in room daily, Welcome cocktail, Honeymooners romantic dinner ( for 2 people) and Honeymooners breakfast in bed day after arrival. Reserve at time of booking. Marriage certificate required upon check-in. Valid up to 6 months after wedding. Minimum of 6 nights stay.

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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Sol Rio de Luna y Mares
Ctra. de Guardalavaca Playa Esmeralda, 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.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules. makes every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice. is not responsible for any changes, errors or omissions that may occur.