Marea Del Portillo
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If you are staying at Marea del Portillo or at Club Amigo Farallon, you will be using an airport in Manzanillo. This is simply a heads up for everyone considering shopping at the Duty Free on the way home. Despite the information from our Sunwing rep at the resort, the airport does not take any type of credit card. All purchgases are
Travelled via Sunwing to Manzanillo De Cuba.Flight left Toronto on time and it was a beautiful smooth flight heading down to Cuba. Flight arrived in Cuba on time and passing through customs/immigration was slow but that is expected in Cuba ☺With luggage in hand we headed to exchange our CDN $ into CUC’s! Many of our fellow passengers kept coming up to their friends/spouses who were waiting in line stating that the busses are going to leave without us. This caused a lot of undue anxiety for those of us in line. Please don’t do this!!!! The busses did not leave without us!!!!!We had booked a weeklong stay at Club Amigo Marea Del Portillo – Superior Room!(Please note that there are two properties here – one older property and one newer property) We stayed in the newer one called the Farallon.Before I go any further just note that the clientele at this entire resort is on the older side, everyone was friendly and having a great time but if you are looking for a party place you won’t find it here.Hotel employees were extremely friendly and helpful. Most know a lot of English but I really must make an effort to learn Spanish for my next trip south!Weather was perfect all week long – only rained slightly one evening and was quite cool – otherwise it was hot and sunny.The room and VIP package:We stayed in room 107 – ground floor with a beautiful walled patio, new chairs and an amazing view of the mountains. The room was extremely clean (not one bug all week) and the air conditioning worked very well – almost too well. We found the rooms to be quiet at our hotel. The hotel provides shampoo, bath gel, and body lotion and bar soap – next time I won’t bring these items! Shower worked well and had hot water, toilet flushed well too. You may laugh but this is Cuba and sometimes these things don’t work as you would like. The only complaint we would have is that the ceiling in our bathroom leaked three times during our stay – not sure where the water came from – it was all over my husbands toiletries - gross!!!!On our second day we decided to upgrade to a VIP package, which cost us 88 CUC/person and included:Stocked bar (only once during stay) included 4 cans Cola, 4 cans Crystal beer, 2 fruit juice tetra packs, 2 x 500 ml bottles of water, 2 bottles red wine from Spain and 2 bottles of Havana Club 3 year Rum)Free unlimited use of in-room safe (2 CUC/day if not VIP)30 Minute massage each/stayReservations at each of the a la carte restaurants (2)1 Sunset Cruise with open bar2 excursions to Cayo Blanco including BBQ (Lobster/Pork/Chicken/Fish/etc…) and open bar (there is no longer organized snorkeling available on these trips) – if you cannot eat lobster just give it to someone with you or someone else in line – they will appreciate itLate Checkout on day of departureNo gala dinner for VIP’s it was for returning guests onlyWould be nice if Sunwing would mix up the excursions included in the VIP package for returning guests or allow them to choose which excursions they would like to do. The Upgrade to the VIP package at the resort was different from what was available when booking our trip and it originally was offered at $100.00/person through Sunwing but went up to $150.00/person about a week after our trip was booked. Either way we felt the dollars spent was well worth it as some of the included excursions in the VIP package are 45 CUC/person each if booked separately!!!Get your blue beach towels from the chambermaid (they can be exchanged as often as you wish through her) as soon as you see her and do not leave your towels on chairs around the pool if you expect them to still be there. We had one go missing. I heard other guests tell horror stories of their towels being picked up by hotel staff and then the front desk wanted to charge them for the loss of the towel. Take your towel with you and you won’t have any issues ☺Extra Info:SUNSCREEN – you need it and it is expensive in Cuba – bring a lot!No free water = 5 liter bottle at store for 2.5 CUCTake a Bubba!!!!!!! Indispensable for tea, beer, water…..All bars at this resort serve Cuban “Bar Rail” level of booze – no option for premium brandsA la carte at older hotel not as good as at our hotel – pork was delicious!Beach swimming was much better at resort down the hill – our end was quiet and not as well maintained – we did not swim at the beach – lots of bites too.Pool at Farallon was great with the swim up bar.Beach bar at our end of the beach was a nice quiet place to hang out. Bathrooms at the beach were spotless. They played country and classic rock. I believe it is a disco at night but we didn’t stay up that late.Get a cappuccino at the grill next to the pool – yum!If you want to bring the staff some gifts I hear they like to receive spices (cinnamon/cumin/etc. as it is hard to find there).One person said they brought seeds for herbs – not sure the rules for importing these but if they are allowed they are greatly appreciated!Pizza, fries, sandwiches all great at the grill but be prepared to line up and wait.Take tea if you wish – they will provide hot water in the buffet restaurant.Think comfort when packing as there is lots of walking and hot temps. I over packed and wish I had taken half as I lived mainly in my bathing suits.Water shoes are a must at Cayo Blanco. The sand is mixed with crushed shells – your feet will thank you. One guest hit an urchin with her leg and it looked quite painful. The staff took great care of her though and she was doing well.Don’t forget your snorkeling gear.Although salt and pepper is available in the buffet it is moist and doesn’t work very well – bring your own. Also bring peanut butter, jam, ketchup, vinegar, honey, and syrup if you cannot live without them!Take toilet paper with you (ladies get a PeeEZ!). Not all stalls/bathrooms have toilet seats or toilet paper.Lounge chairs poolside – most had broken supports – be careful!Activities at resort:Bingo everyday was popular and fun = chance to win a bottle of rum (Rico Rico/Botalo)Aqua fit was fun and impressively intense!There were shows every night but we elected to do other things (I believe the shows changed location each night too = one resort or the other).Dance lessons by the pool were funSpanish lessons turned into a lesson about Cuba, which was fascinating, and I wish we could have talked to Michael for days about Cuba!We played pool every day, which was a lot of fun – there is also a Ping-Pong tableA small market set up outside the other hotel. One stall owner was willing to trade shoes/clothes for her wares.Large iguanas were living right behind our room – they were nice to see every day.You will see lots of humming birds, sheep, horses, etc around the property.I bought a small gel foam pillow at Giant Tiger – it was the best thing I packed.The best experience we had was going to Dany’s for lunch one day.We took a horse and buggy ride about 4 kilometers into a small town and arrived at a gated home. Once inside the property its beauty awed us. It was stunning and nothing like we had ever seen before in Cuba. Treat yourself and head to Dany’s during your stay. The horse and buggy was 4 CUC/person for the round trip. I believe a taxi is 5 CUC round trip per car.Do not try to walk there as this is a private home in the middle of a small town – there is not sign and you will not find the property!The food was amazing – it smelled so great and tasted even better!Service was fantastic as well ☺Leaving Cuba on our last day was hard. We had enjoyed the week immensely and cannot wait to go back, not only to Cuba, but also to this resort. Our bus ride home was eventful as we hit a goat; nearly missed a sheep, a dog and some chickens were lucky to live another day. Flight home was great but even though the plane was newer the seats were not comfortable. Staff on flight was amazing!Hope this helps you and have a great trip!
I loved this place so much I am not even sure where to start! The check in took longer than I expected, but it was a chance to meet some new people before we even checked in. Since all the flights come and go on Wednesdays, you spend your whole trip with the same faces. It really makes for a nice atmosphere, like everyone knows each other. The room (we stayed in a superior lagoon view in the Faralon section) was nicer than I was expecting! the balcony was very nice, the room was clean, the beds were not he best (it is Cuba after all) but they were OK, The shower had great water pressure, and the water temp was good. Food.....It is Cuba.....I never went hungry. I always had some type of meat that I liked and rice. They did not have many veggies. just cucumber, tomato (they are green but they taste good)and cabbage. Breads were amazing, and so were the fries at the pool snack bar. The soup was VERY GOOD! make sure to book your a la cartes as soon as you can. because we waited until the second morning and there was no space left. Everyone said it was good though. Go to the taxis and look for a green car (i will post a pic) and ask for Juan. We spent 3 days with him!!!! the first day we went into Pilon and walked around. Do not go to the local pizza place. it was horrible and after we saw there was way better pizza at the gas station for way less money LOL Day 2 with Juan was the best, Since we had to go to Pilon for fuel, we stopped at the Cactus Garden on our way, It was amazing!!! The family that lives next door came out with us and showed us some edible plants, and invited us into their casa. Then we drove up the coast towards Santiago . The view was unbelievable!!! I strongly recommend seeing this coast line! We had dinner at Ferlins that night ( great place) Day 3 we met his family and did a bunch of other cool things, the best part was dinner at the restaurant on the hill. The Mirador I think it is called. The food was AMAZING!!!! the view is second to none, and 3 people ate and drank beers for DIRT CHEAP!!! It has a wonderful view of Cayo Blanco.We went to Cayo Banco and it was soooooooo nice! the smell of the wood burning (cooking our delish lunch) really added something nice to the atmosphere. If you do VIP you can go twice. The Sunset cruise was also really nice, even though it came in late. The Faralon was built with the view in mind, no matter which way you look, you can see the beautiful view. That made hanging out in the pool very nice.I really Loved my stay and I can not wait to come back and sign the repeaters wall!
we have been coming to Club Amigo Farallon del Caribe - Marea del Portillo for 4 years because of chi chi, he has treated us with such kindness not felt on any other vacations. the cost of riding is 8 cps. The riding is real, not some crapping experience, you almost never be told no, chi made are four vacations wonderful. we went all over the local mountains and the local village. most people are not aware of the great riding here. There almost no rules, except for securing your safety. You will never have this kind of experience in canada.. Renata, my girlfriend and I, glen would highly recommend the riding here. chi chi the cowboy is for real, best guy for riding, he wants you to have great time
Very quite hotel .Amazing people ,food locally grown so very fresh and tasty .Beach volcanic dark Sanchez Very quite hotel on the countryside of Cuba .Amazing people dark sand beach but warm amazing water .Food locally grown so very fresh and tasty . I would defenetly return .
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- 3 Meals daily plus snacks
- All drinks (domestic beer & cocktails daily from 10am-11pm)
- Daily activities
- 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.
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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