Marea Del Portillo
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Aug 2 - Aug 9, 2017 - This is my third trip to this bay side resort since 7 years ago. Why repeat? My dive shop goes there on a regular basis, and I just go again to meet my fellow divers and the staffs. I had been to Cuba about 6 times before...Compare to my first trip there in 2010, there are visible improvements on the resort. They really keep the beach in good shape, nice& clean. However, the dark sand is not as appealing. Staffs are as before, some friendly, some stone-faced, but generally helpful. Food is the same, a lot of re-cooked items... but Beef there taste much better after re-cooking(s)! Ample Chicken, Pork & Beef served everyday; along with fresh Papaya, Pineapple, Water Melon, Guava, & Grapefruit. They do serve Tilapia Fillets and fresh Snappers, but somehow, they don't cook very well as far as taste is concerned.My room at the Cabana side is cleaned daily, and I am quite happy with the maid. Furniture is old and not in good shape, but given, this is Cuba. Resort ground is kept clean and tidy. Despite the low season with low number of guests, they manage to provide entertainment during days and nights.Tips: bringing extra personal toiletry items with you if you are fussy; if you get the Cabana side, take 2nd level to avoid little pests that come through the door on beach level; after bite is always a help since you will be bitten.Recommend: Visit Marea village, a mere 15 minute horse buggy ride; Meet the locals on Friday at Pilon by Taxi; Horseback riding up the hill and into the local areas.Overall: This part of Cuba is still very original, you can experience the real Cuban living. For the money, it is very good as long as you lower your expectation, after all, it is still Cuba!
We stayed at club amigo Marea on our first trip to Cuba back in August 2010 to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. We chose the VIP package with a sea view Cabana which was very nice. Included in VIP package was a sunset Cruise which was great, a day trip to Playa Blanca island with nice beach and Crystal clear water and lobster/chicken lunch all drinks included. Main resort had 1 small pool, with 1 bar near by, also 1 small buffet restaurant which was ok, did not starve. No food or snacks after 9pm, really hungry at night. Entertainment was ok , played bingo by the pool every afternoon, won a few bottles of rum, night entertainment was ok, same house band every night. Beach was dark volcanic sand and water deep with sand dollar bottom. Met some wonderful life long friends, who we still visit with, 7 years later. For our first time to Cuba it was nice, but being back to Cuba 6 more times to all different Resort's and locations, we realized that for a bit more money, you can get alot more. It's all about what you want, Manzanillo is the poorest part of Cuba and the Long bus ride to the resort was interesting and also heartbreaking to see the poverty. The people are very nice. The Sierra maestra mountains are beautiful. You can go to this resort for less than $500 all inclusive, in off season, if you get that price, I recommend trying it out, more review is 7 years in the making, I apologise for being so late. We love Cuba and it's people, and will continue to go back year after year, we like to try something different each time,we did see people that had gone to this resort for over 20 years in a row, so they are doing something right. Thanks for listening.
Good things :*The cabana rooms were nice and clean. *Located right on the beach*Beach was super quiet. Most people stayed by the pool*Music did not blast all night*The folks who cleaned the rooms were friendly*The excursion to playa banca was worth the money. White sand beach.Not so Good:*Resort was full of prostitutes. The police actually came. Some of the girls looked under age. *Garbage on the beach.*The majority of the serving people and the bar tenders were not friendly at all. We were ignored most of the time(and would get mad if you got your own water). The front desk people were nice though.*The gentleman who worked the store was completely rude. *The food even for Cuba was subpar and made me super sick. * Purchased the excursion to playa banca. Was two hours late because the boat wouldn't work. Still came back at the same time though. This is my 4th trip to Cuba so I know what to expect and am thus pretty easy to please. However, because of this trip I wont be going back for awhile if ever.
The Resort and Staff Were average, the amount of time getting around on the bus seemed uncoordinated for people that do this week in and week out.The food at the Resort itself was sub-par but if you take a cab 5 minutes into the nearest town there's a restaurant called "Dany's". The self titled restaurant has great food and great service. You may meet Dany himself on some of the excursions but the trip to his restaurant is worth the mini adventure.Overall the place is decent enough for the price you're paying.
We chose a VIP Cabana after we were recommended to do so and were not disappointed although the room was dated housekeeping kept it very clean tidy. There was 2 bottles of Havana Rum and 2 bottles of wine plus beer and soft drinks including water nice surprise. We had Cabana 6 which was facing the sea only a few steps to the beach. There are 2 reclining chairs with a small table to put your drinks on. It was just a 30 second walk to the pool and pool bar the water was beautiful and warm and they constantly cleaned the pool, snacks ie hamburgers, ham and cheese rolls and fries available by the pool. Coffees around the pool were excellent. Towels are available upon request with housekeeping and a deposit is required but refunded on return of the towel.The buffet restaurant was air conditioned and although the food is basic there was always something available and check out the chef corner for carvery and fish at lunch and dinner this does change but the eggs and bacon in the mornings was really good. We tried the a la carte was very nice the shrimp awesome along with the service well worth a try. There is nothing around this hotel except up a hill to the farajon del caribe hotel which is only open certain times of the year. We did the 3 village tour and visited a school ( ideal time to take school supplies) we also did cayo blanco trip to a beautiful island with lobster and chicken BBQ excellent along with the bar which is included. We stayed 2 weeks and enjoyed every bit of it and would return no problem.
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- 1 Buffet & 1¬†a la carte restaurant
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- Two 3/4 beds
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- 110v or 220v (adaptors/transformers required) available
- Max occupancy 3 persons
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Resort Location Map
Marea Del PortilloManzanillo De Cuba,Cuba
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Carretera Granma, km. 12 1/2 Marea del Portillo, Pilon 87900 Cuba
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