Marea Del Portillo
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We visited in March 2017 for 14 days. The reason I've waited almost a year to review is we left during the mega storm in Montreal which started the whole vacation off on a stressful note. There is nothing seriously wrong with this hotel, it's just the potential for so much more is right there, with a little tweaking.We stayed at the Marea del Portillo in the VIP Cabana section right on the beach. The location is absolutely beautiful with the mountain backdrop and beachfront. It is an interesting bus ride with a hotel rep provided to explain things. It is a desert area, so there is very little precipitation, always sunny, animals running free but do not come near or bother you. The staff is great, friendly and attentive, keeps everything very clean. The food is always Chicken, Fish, Beef & pasta. So what's the problem??The problem is it feels like a retirement home rather than a resort. There is the same assortment of food at lunch and supper, cooked and presented in the exact same way, cooked with little to no spices, marinate, salt or pepper. A whole pig was roasted and within 30 minutes, it totally disappeared - people are dying for variety. I don't know how the Cuban people make bread but they sure do it well - the breads are amazing. The desserts were simple and good with the ingredients they have to work with, but again, if they had access to more variety of ingredients ......Tomato juice, crystal beer and sealed bottled water = all in short supply. It became a running joke to get half a bloody mary at one bar, the tomato juice at another. You can visit one of the two stores on the resort and purchase these items, which we figured out mid vacation. However the one thing which freaked us out was reusing the litre water bottles. If you go to the bar, you must ask for a 'new' bottle of water or again purchase it at the store yourself. This hotel would be great for ecotourism. You can do an amazing 4 hr hike up the mountain (above the clouds), through the jungle to Fidel Castro's camp where he hid for years from capture, you can jog, fish, walk, bicycle. They have a pool and ping pong table, game boards, etc There is very little traffic in the area so you are really free to move around safely. It is really a hidden gem at the end of the island. Mia (lead) and the entertainment staff work hard to give the atmosphere a positive vibe. The entertainment quality is on the higher side than even more expensive resorts. There was water ballet, excellent singers, dancers, magicians. If you are planning to visit, Apple Cider Vinegar would be a great gift. It's medicinal properties are well known, but not available in Cuba. Mia in particular is very well educated and knowledgeable. There is a night disco right on the beach, which again, is not used by the guests so it's usually empty.This is one of those places that has all the ingredients to be a super special place but doesn't use them correctly to be outstanding. I feel bad pointing out stuff we take for granted in Canada but as Cuba is Canada's winter playground, I believe this location is real hidden gem. If they would simply charge $100-$200 per week more and invest in some goods and services upgrades, this could be an amazing place, as it is Always hot and sunny !We were a group of 6, aged 55. Would we go back, yes in 10 years, sooner if there were upgrades.For the price we paid, it was very good value. It would be a great Spring Break resort as there are lots of rooms, perfect weather, and you've brought the crowd to make your own fun.
We normally would not book a three star resort in Cuba, but friends had visited this resort in past years and recommended it. What can I say, it is a very good choice!The resort is a solid three star; clean, comfortable, and friendly. The rooms are pleasant, air conditioning works quietly, and the mattress, while thin, was firm and comfortable. We upgraded to a cabana that had us at the more desirable lower Marea part rather the the upper Farillon. This was close to the beach and very quiet.The beach is dark sand and has some stones, but is neither too hot nor hard to walk on. The water is shallow and very pleasant for swimming. There were enough lounges when you wanted one.Food was good for Cuba. While not gourmet, it was tasty and plentiful. The buffet and a la carte at Farillon was better than Marea, but the shuttle was not running at night and as long as you can walk 15 minutes up or down hill, it is worth going. There were salads available at the restaurants ( often not available in Cuba) as very good cappuccino and espresso at the Marea pool bar. At the end of our week we were not tired of the food, a pleasant change from other Cuban resorts.A day trip with snorkelling and a lobster lunch at Cayo Blanco was well worth the 45 CUC. The Saturday night bus to the party in Pilon was a waste of time. We took a horse buggy to the local falls and enjoyed it. The lobster dinner in Marea via horse buggy was excellent and, at 8 CUC for lobster, was good value. Be careful. Those of us that drank water at dinner had the runs for a couple of days. A very inexpensive trip to the resort doctor (30 CUC) took care of that quickly.In summary this is a very solid three star resort that you should visit. We understand why there are so many repeat guests and will return.
dont go there no hotwater 1 a la carte 1 restaurant with the same food everyday hard to get water entertainment poor no inside lock for main door to are room tile floor uneven lifgting at nite is very bad power outage every day
I had food poisoning the second day! I lost 17 pounds in 4 days! Mold all over the room! Huge cracks and gaping holes in the ceiling. Very unstable foundations. The beds were terrible. Same food every day. Cubans coming from Pillon stripping the buffet of all meat and fish which was never replenished. New Years eve was full of Cubans, male and female prostitutes ready to service Canadians. No room for resort patrons to eat dinner. We had to stand and wait to eat. They did not even have the sense to offer two dinner sittings. Difficulty accessing the buffet from all angles. The VIP at airport was dry hard crackers ham cheese olives and pickles with old smelly couches to sit on. Not worth it.
For the 1st time in my 10 years going to Cuba, I decided to 'repeat' at a favorite Resort - Club Amigo Marea del Portillo & Farallon. My 1st trip to Marea was in December 2016 for 1 week. This time around, I decided to try 2 weeks. ( Nov 29 - Dec 13 ).A No issue flight with Sunwing. Everything on time and a good flight. Processing at Manzanillo airport was good .. a little slower than last time as EACH piece of luggage ahad to be taken off the luggage carousel and put thru the Xray scanner one at a time. This turned out to be about 30-40 min of waiting at the Airport. No issue. Bus ride from airport to Marea was 1 hr and 45 min .. the norm. I upgraded to Superior room at Farallon ( I prefer the Farallon resort over the Marea ). Check in was less than 2 min. Bell boy took my luggage to my room ( 308 ). Room was clean with no issues. See my 1st review ( Dec 2016 ) for all the details as nothing has changed in the 1 year. Food was fine, no issues ... but I did finid that for a 2 week stay, the food selection did get repetitive. I purchased a VIP package again on this trip ( 88 cuc at the resort ) and made use of all the priviages. I had 2 Ala Cartes each week plus I went to Dany's in Marea Village for an AMAZING dinner ( less than $15 total and I ate like a King ).This is a very quiet resort so if you are the 'partiy' type, you may be disappointed in the lack of 'noise'. But if you want a R & R vacation at a CLEAN resort with decent food, Great Staff that go out of there way to assist you, then Club Amigo Marea or Farallon is a great choice. The scenic surroundings are just BEAUTIFUL. ENJOY
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- 3 Meals daily plus snacks
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- SCUBA lesson
- Non-motorized water sports
- 1 Buffet & 1¬†a la carte restaurant
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- Beauty salon (fee)
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- Two 3/4 beds
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- 110v or 220v (adaptors/transformers required) available
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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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