Marea Del Portillo
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We traveled in the off season and got a great price for this resort -$500 all in after taxes (CAD) . This was our 9th visit to Cuba and our first time at this resort. We stayed in one of the beachfront cabanas and really enjoyed the view from the balcony. Our room was very clean, as was the whole resort - the cleaning staff is excellent here. I'm not sure what all the complaints about the bus ride are all about - it was smooth and just like bus rides we've have throughout the Caribbean and Central America- we had no problems, and there was a bathroom on the bus which was good. There were very few people here this time of year, so never problems getting a chair on the beach or by the pool, the beach was nice and clean and the pool area very clean as well. As for the food, I've always stood up for the food in Cuba, but this place was pushing it even for me. It was the exact same 4 or 5 things every day for lunch and dinner. I'm always trying to be creative at these buffets but it was very hard here. We ended up leaving the resort on bicycles and going to Ferlin in the town which was excellent and easy to find just down the road. I'd imagine better selections in busy season when the Farallon side is open as well. Other than that we had a great time, just more variety in the buffet and air conditioning in the buffet room would have made a huge difference. All the staff was friendly and the scenery is beautiful. If you are someone who will be uncomfortable around elderly Canadian men with their young Cuban girlfriends, this may not be the place for you. We were largely outnumbered by them, something we've seen before on our trips to Cuba but not to this extent. All in all, it's worth checking out for the right price - great scenery and people and we had a great time!
As someone who has been traveling to Marea del Portillo for twenty-five years now, and to many other destinations in Cuba, I sometimes forget that there are tourists who do not know how to squeeze a good time out of a bad situation. So let me take this opportunity to help you get the most out of your next vacation to Cuba, and perhaps to Marea. First, search the internet for the least expensive, cheapest vacation that you can find, book it, spend three hours waiting in your hometown airport, four hours on the plane, and an almost two hour bus ride to your destination -then invest nothing more for the next six days. After all, you are special, (that is what your mommy tells you, right?) and wait for everyone in Cuba to show you a good time. You do not need to do anything more. Forget about swimming in the ocean, splashing in the pool, walking on the beach. The horseback riding is out, as are the hikes through the woods or up into the mountains. Forget about leaving the resort to discover a little (but only a little) of the "real" Cuba. You are a tourist, remember, and the hotel staff need to show you a good time. Heck, why not just sit back and drink a lot of those very popular tequila shooters, or perhaps some pina coladas? Maybe the bar staff should just bring them to you, after all, isn't your name Morgan, Chelsea, Dawson, Francisco? Don't take care of business at the front desk in the morning or evening, but wait until high noon to change your money or demand to change your room, (Didn't you just see an ant crawling along the windowsill?) If there are two or three people before you waiting at reception, show some impatience. You never get slow service in your home town, do you? Drum your fingers on the counter, let out a sigh of exasperation, - that should get those rude and so very slow Cuban women to brush off the dust, and move a little faster.Speaking of hometown, when you leave your room in the morning, do not look around the grounds or off into the distance. The mountain views, the ocean, the swaying palms, the manicured lawns of the hotel, are off-putting and vaguely anxiety- producing for those of us coming from such exotic locales as Windsor, Barrie, Belleville, and of course, Etobicoke.Rather, look for signs of wear and tear. The cement balustrades may be showing their age. A cracked floor tile here and there? Of Course! Make a list, and when your "vacation" finally ends (it seems like it went on forever didn't it?) be sure to tell others, both personally, and by social media, how run down your hotel really was. Do not take a walk along the road. You will inevitably have to cast your eyes on old men on horseback, farmers plowing still with oxen, herds of goats and flocks of sheep grazing at the roadsides. After all, that is not what you came to Cuba for. You came to Cuba to hang out with other really cool people, people like yourself who wear gold chains, and caps that say Blue Jays or Las Vegas. (What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Maybe you should have stayed too.) Travel in a group - that way you will be protected from those scary Cubans who you will see in towns and along the roads. You do not want to have to deal with these people, they might say hello - hola - and then what would you do? No, stay with your own kind, after all, there have to be others - maybe a few anyway - who are cool like you. And whatever you do, do not eat the food! Sure, the guy behind the grill in the morning makes great omelettes, fried eggs, and french toast, and the grillmaster at lunch and dinner does great pork chops, chicken, turkey, and of course fish, but don't let that fool you. Sure, there is enough good food to go around, from Cuban fresh bread, to enough fixins for a salad, to beef stew, but you know better. In Canada, your meals are taken at McDonalds, at Wendy's, and that great dining experience - Swiss Chalet! Bring some peanut butter and jam to Marea, or you will surely starve! Don't forget the ketchup, cause I hear that some people are even forced to skip their meals!At any rate, I hope that this has helped. It is obvious to me (and to others I think) just how special some people really are. They should not have to deal with the reality of buying really cheap vacations in rural Cuba, and then discovering that their $520.00 did not land them at a Sandals!
First of all, to reiterate what others have also said, if you plan on partying and enjoying a night life scene, this is not the part of Cuba you want to visit. Go somewhere else like Varadero. This resort is for relaxation and forgetting about your problems back home.Ok, now for the Marea del Portillo resort itself...The food is terrible...but thats somewhat expected but, i mean, some people we met skipped meals. If you want to experience real Cuban cuisine, I suggest going to a Paladar. A Paladar is when a family opens their home to serve you real authentic Cuban food for a decent price. In the resort, you eat to survive.The service was generally very poor. The servers and bartenders would take our night snacks for themselves to bring home and a lot of guests in the resort noticed. The front desk would behave unprofessionally. Not to put the blame on the worker I am aware the place could be understaffed and they could be loaded with work, but they did not prioritise guests. Also, they often ran out of popular drinks like tequila shots, mojitos and pina coladas.The place looks run down and improperly maintained. Pool tables are in bad shape. Table tennis was good. The pool is ok, nothing special. Some events on the calendar never happened. I was looking forward to playing volleyball with everyone. Entertainment at night was pretty fun.The beach is a dark sand beach. Our family enjoyed it because the waves were lively. The beach could've been maintained better but all in all it was great for us.If it weren't for our open mindedness and having other cool guests to hang out with, we would have a completely terrible time. But luckily we are a family that makes the best out of a bad situation. My point is there are undoubtable problems with the resort, and if you come expecting something amazing, you are going to be disappointed.To be fair, there was supposed to be a whole other resort (10 minute walk) available for us to visit whenever but it was closed for renovations at the time. Ask around if this other resort will be available for you.Lets not kid ourselves, this is a bargain resort so expect it not to be amazing. This is the first time ive been on a trip that made me miss home at the end of the trip. If the planets align, I will consider visiting this resort again.Make sure you visit Cayo Blanco and the Pilon street party (go as a group)
A lot of Relaxation, if you want to be online move to the bar by the sea, it have WiFi and always is empty, the food is excellent also. And the service is great, maybe some discrimination with the Cubans like don't serve then the cafe in cups. etc
Three people visited from Aug 24, 2016 for a week. Resort is about 2 hours bus drive from the airport.I've visited 5 Star and 4.5 star hotels in Cuba within less than 2 years and this 3-star hotel was the only hotel who greeted us at 11 PM in the evening with live Cuban musicians and cocktails at arrival. The effort was appreciated. Musicians were talented and good.It is not a fanciest hotel for sure, but it had everything we needed and cannot complain much. Had a mall sized but good enough pool, lovely beach and relaxation.Food ran out early and they often did not replace the food once ran out, but we could manage with whatever was there. There aren't many kinds of foods compared to higher-end hotel, but good enough to enjoy all the time. We got bored of the food in 5th day or so, but hunger is the best appetite.Room is good, bed is uncomfortable, but with the money we paid, I wouldn't complain. We were just happy to enjoy such wonderful weather and worry-free vacation.I didn't see any bugs in the room or mosquitoes.Many big alive crabs are running around early in the days; you can see them if you are lucky.One bad thing is: A good sun-shirt got stolen in our room. We are certain that someone who had access to our room had taken it, as the shirt did not leave the room by itself, so it was a bit sour feeling that someone who works in the resort does not have professional mind and thinking we might not notice things missing in our room that we carefully packed to use in Cuba.For the sake of peace for all, we did not report this. I would like to visit this resort at least one more time in the future; this time, I would not be laying my stuff around too freely, but stuff should be tightly kept in closet or travel bags, hoping unprofessional workmanship cannot ruin the joy of travel.
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- 3 Meals daily plus snacks
- All drinks (domestic beer & cocktails daily from 10am-11pm)
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- Nightly entertainment
- SCUBA lesson
- Non-motorized water sports
- 1 Buffet & 1 a la carte restaurant
- 1 Snack bar
- 2 Bars Pool (with kids area)
- Beauty salon (fee)
- Day time tennis
- SCUBA Diving
- Shops (fee)
- Medical service (fee)
- Tour desk
- Two 3/4 beds
- Bathroom with shower only
- Satellite TV
- Safety deposit box (fee)
- Balcony or Terrace
- 110v or 220v (adaptors/transformers required) available
- Max occupancy 3 persons
For the Kids - Kids' area of pool.
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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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