Sol Rio de Luna y Mares
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I booked this as a last minute trip on my own. The resort itself is a bit dated however the amazing staff and facilities makes up for that. Entertainment during the day is great. The spa was amazing as the full body massage I had was so worth it. There is also the hot tub. Both pools were juts great. One quiet and the other had the entertainment. The 24 hour restaurant had a full menu of good options. The food was great always different options. The a la cartes we perfect as well. Beaches wore amazing. Take the time and walk down the beach all the way to your right where the beach ends and there is a cliff as the snorkelling there is awesome and free. Also take the to go to the Eco park next door (when your leaving the resort it's to your right). It cost a fee cuc but it's worth the sights. And this is how you can access the lookout point you can see from the beach. Resort is super clean with no issue whatsoever. Amazing staff all around. Can't wait to return for another amazing vacation.
This hotel is the best place if you want to relax on holidays. White sand beach, sun, delicious food. Mostly we were eating in the beach restaurant, there you can get seafood. I sincerely recommended you to try coconut pie, taste is amazing. Coffee bar is one of the best place in this hotel and here you can get delicious Spanish coffee.Employees are very polite, always smiling, they will always help you if you need something. They make this place special. THANK YOU!!!! You all made our first time in Cuba special.
Staff very polite and always ready to serve youBeach excellent and cleaned every dayNever ran out of chair on the beachMassage: one of the best massage received ever.Resort clean and safeOverall, I would go back anytime
To start the vacation off right we were welcomed in the lobby with a cold slushy drink and a welcome smile. We arrived about 3pm and had no wait to checkin or for the room. the lobby has a total change since last year and as we were there you could see all the work they are doing(painting and construction). the entrance to the buffet has a lot of posters of things going on and some excursions. the lobby bathrooms were finally finished after a few days into our vacation which was nice. this was about the only major inconvienence i found to me.it was great to see that they are now serving food at lunch again on the beach at la nina. we missed this option last year. great going!just in case you have never been there, there is a restaurant on each end of the beach and they both have a washroom which is convenient. we stayed on the Luna side of the resort(as the last two times). I find it takes about 5 minutes to walk from one side of the resort to the other, so its not bad if you forget something in your room. if you don't like stairs stay on the Luna side which only has a couple steps to the beach compared to a couple flights of stairs on the Mares side. every day they have vendors come in both lobbies but don't worry they are not aggressive. very friendly and just want to show you their crafts. the market at the guardalavaca beach is totally torn apart. no market or restaurants. the market is now moved between the brisas and club amigo resort but was not open yet when i was there. going to miss the old market.we went to the Pesquero market which was the first i heard of it. they had a bowling alley there and a liquor store and a couple other shops with a small section of craft sellers. worth a visit but not the same as the old market.back to the resort.we booked two a la cartes and also attended the VIP return supper(choice of lobster or chicken, let them know what you prefer before the evening or if you have allergies). we also tried the steak lobster which has an additional charge of $15 CUC PP. I would say that the buffet is good but the meals here are a step up with more flavor and quality. the steak at the steak n lobster was very tender and a thicker cut than the buffet. on our last full day the buffet had an amazing setup of a salad station with different mixes and also a large table of cheese. they should do this all the time!! hint hintfor those picky eaters like me there is always a cook station with choices of pork, beef, or chicken at lunch and supper. would love it if you could request a custom pizza at the pizza station hint hint. they have a lot of choices of rice, rice and beans, fries, bread, burgers, dogs, fish, pasta, fruit and some greens to name a few. one evening was a nice pork roast they were carving. yumthe rooms before i forget. good condition and very clean as usual but still have a hard time with the bed. its too firm for us(reason for the average comfort score). o, bring ear plugs if you want to sleep past 4 or 5 am as the birds go nuts around this time and once i woke up i just tossed and turned on the firm mattress. i like the sounds but not at that time.I know a lot of people say the rooms are old and need reno but i like the way they look. it has that classic look and feel. yes they are worn. they get a lot of use all year round, to be expected. if you have a problem give the desk a call as i did since i had a safe problem. I was told they would be there in and hour to fix it. not… they were there in less than 15 min… great service again!!they have done some of the rooms in the mares side but i didn't see them. should of asked. our room did have a new lcd tv if any one cares. lolEntertainment: the shows were good. pretty much the same as last year. favourite is the water ballot and white nights but no fire dancer this year. sad as i missed that two years ago. darn.they did a pig roast on friday. don't waste your time wanting all day for it. it will be done around 4:30. go enjoy the sun but be there when its done as it goes quick.we did the information session on the cigars and thought that was good, also the spanish lessons for the wife but they didn't show up to teach?? Rum tasting session was fun. she had good information and had a good selection to try. i was very happy after trying them all :)!! hobby cat ride was great as well. nice long ride. they have other entertainment as well but didn't attend them all. tip: if they setup a table with cigars and rum they normally have a deal on some. it will save you money. i bought 12 year santiago for 34 and was 50 at the store and airport.Beach/pools: beach is simply the best. we did have a lot of wind most of the week which was nice to keep you cool but not one day when it was sand blasting us. if you want to feel the heat head up to the pools. less wind and feels much hotter. pool water is a great temperature. music on the mares side and luna is the quiet side. this is where the 24hr bar and restaurant is as well as the ice cream bar. a bit of jack hammer noise on the luna pool side this week but not all day. didn't bother too much.Service: one of the reasons everyone loves coming here. these people are friendly and work hard to keep you happy. i found table service was improved in the lobby even though it wasn't a problem last year. if you see the line too long at the coffee bar just grab a seat and they will get to you. Drinks: I'm no expert on brands of booze but it seemed to me that there was a larger selection of rum and whiskey. they had this amazing whiskey creme. yum. wish i found a bottle to bring back. wife likes the sparkling wine which they only have at the lobby bar and some ala cartes. Pablo makes a great pina colada. not the slushy one.some small details: they have two stores on the resort. if you want to head to guardalavaca where more stores are its about 20 cud for the buggy. they have mini golf there but wish it was open to get clubs after five. don't want to play in the afternoon when its super hot. paddles boats are also available on the beach. always had towels on the beach hut for exchange. same place to get the clubs for mini golf.they have tennis courts(not sure about rackets and ball).wellness center has massage and ti chi, and a full air conditioned gym. some renos happening there. i could keep going on but will just say a great resort and experience once again! I thank all the staff and we will be back, but for two weeks next time!Gracious Sol Rio De Luna Y Maresps: i have stayed at the following in the past:Brisas Guardalavaca twicePlaya Costa Verde HolguinMemories Varadero
Flew out from England (Gatwick) with Thomas Cook, and although this review is about the hotel I feel it appropriate to warn UK holidaymakers about Thomas Cook's (new?) policy about trying to take every penny they can from you whilst on board. You are expected to pay for the headphones for the in-flight entertainment, which is bad enough on a long haul flight but to then have to pay extra for any sort of quality TV or movies is taking the proverbial! Advice: Yes, you can't take liquids through airport security but you can take tubes of Pringles, bags of nuts, headphones and tablets/smartphones so save yourself £100 (if you're a family of four) but buying your food in Tesco and pickup some cheap headphones from Poundland before your leave for the airport!So - back to the hotel, and I'll make this brief:1) The beach is amazing. We didn't once see it littered and the 'hired hands' will (within about 15 minutes) remove any unoccupied sunloungers so there were always free ones available to collect. There's no point in leaving your towels on them whilst you go to lunch - come on people, this isn't the 1990s in Benidorm!2) The food was good. Not great, not poor, but certainly edible and nothing to complain about. It's an all-inclusive and so after two weeks you've pretty much had a taste of everything without any real monotony. There are a la carte restaurants to choose from (French was AMAZING, and if you're nice to the staff they're more then happy for you to 'break the rules' and let you eat there more than once) so if you do get bored with the buffet just break it up with a few trips to the 'Cuban', 'Mediterranean', etc.3) Staff. In the most part, really friendly and gracious. The odd one or two were less than hospitable, and even regular tipping didn't seem to change their attitude. That said, at the end of the day they all work exceptionally hard, have to put up with a lot of things that they shouldn't have to, and so I guess people are going to have their off-days.4) Pool. Okay, honesty here. Used only one pool and only on a few days. The water was warm and clean, and the lifeguards visible and friendly.5) Accommodation. Free use of the safe (in each room), which was nice after the $3US a day charge last year in the Dominican Republic. Rooms were totally adequate and being refurbished whilst we were there - without ANY inconvenience to us. On day two we went to the beach at 7am, and when we came back at 1pm our 'old-skool' TV had been replaced by a 32" LCD flatscreen. A week later, our mirror has replaced whilst we were out having lunch. If you want quiet, then simply ask for a room that's not near a pool or a bar. Upon booking, we asked for a quiet room, on an upper floor, with a bath. Upon arrival that's exactly what we got! The patio door locked properly and we had no cause to complain about the room at all.6) Hotel itself. It was having a facelift, and the works were being carried out very respectfully. If I had to complain, not having a working restroom near the buffet was a bit of a pain but other than that I considered the whole experience pretty good value for money. You have to pay for the Wi-Fi (2CUC for an hour) but you can log on and log off (if you know you're way around Captive Portal technology and browser caches) so an hour voucher can last you a fair few days if you're a Social Media addict! Advice:Tip the staff (not huge amounts, perhaps just 50c/1CUC per visit to the bar and your maid 2CUC a day) and you'll mostly be treated with complete courtesy and given generous measure of drinks.Take gifts instead of tips. Things like make-up, colouring books/crayons. batteries, etc. The stuff your get from Poundland. They can't buy them in Cuba and really appreciate these as tips, more than money in some instances.
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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
- 1 Introductory scuba diving lesson at pool/person/week
- Daytime tennis
- Use of mountain bikes
- Board games
- Pool table
- Horseback riding (1 hour per day, subject to availability)
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- Free admission to the Disco, drinks included
- 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)
- Exercise room
- A range of non-motorized watersports available
- Beauty salon
- Massage services (fee)
- Car and moped rental
- Internet access (fee)
- Medical services (fee)
- 1 queen or 2 single beds
- Cable/Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom 220V (converter & adapter required)
- Max occupancy 3 persons
- Same as Hotel Rooms but with 1 king size bed
- Living room
For the Kids - Kids 4 to 12 enjoy supervised activities at the Kids' club, Playground and Wading pool. Babysitting service subject to availability. (fee)
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 MaresHolguin,Cuba
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Ctra. de Guardalavaca Playa Esmeralda, Guardalavaca 84170 Cuba
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