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Brisas Sierra Mar

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Please note that hotel standards in Cuba tend to be lower than in other Sun Destinations. Unless travelers are familiar with the resort or Cuban hotels, we typically recommend that travelers book a minimum 4 star resort when traveling to Cuba. 

Overview
Set in the foothills of the dramatic Sierra Maestra mountains and overlooking a glorious 4 km blaze of golden brown beach, the Brisas Sierra Mar has a wide range of activities and entertainment for all ages.

Location: Hillside, overlooking Sevilla beach, approximately 60 minutes from Santiago de Cuba airport.
tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Antoine D :
Brisas sierra Mar / Santiago de cuba

With his 200 rooms the hotel is located on the caribbean sea surrounded by mountainsGreat staff, very friendly, good service. The resort is 1,15 minutes drive from dt Santiago de cuba, the 1 st capital of the island before Havana The sea is good, 'not the best, good for snorkeling and divingThe food is not bad always 3 or 4 varieties Desert is horrible ! ( sorry) The rooms are very good, flat tv, mini bars, AC, clean ......Almost every personnel in the hotel speaks English The sand is black with lots of palm trees Excellent view for photosBicycles are free !

  • Roger E :
wintering

have been coming to Sierra Mar for over 20 years, no place for perfectionists, still the same crew, justlike family, excellent service with genuine smiles, after more than 20 years some fatigue in buildingand facility is apparent, but who cares? it is located on Cuba's Riviera and you are guaranteed 30 Cel. inJanuary !!! while visitors to Varadero and Cayo Coco will suffer frostbites should the Wind turn northerly,guess I shall be coming back for many more years

  • Penny Y : Toronto, Canada
Going back despite a few problems

Brissas Sierra Mar 2017We keep returning to this hotel for the friendly staff and guests who have become like family and for the Scuba diving and the fabulous scenery. This year we felt that the hotel services themselves were slipping a bit though. The food was very bland and repetitive and there was a lack of fresh fruit many days during both our visits in November 2016 and in January 2017. This deficit did not make sense since we were able to buy fruit at roadside stands and in town. It got so that the wait staff were actually bringing fruit in for the people at their tables! The beds and pillows are in need of replacement too.This year was a write-off for Scuba diving. The dive boat was out of commission most of the time from October until the last report from a friend who was there in March. There we a couple of days that they struggled out with the boat which had two motors one of which was completely dead and the other which had some mechanical issues. Since about 2013, the availability of diving has been erratic. It is almost as though the Marlin Company has forsaken this location. Some of our family members with limited vacation time have decided that they will have to do their diving elsewhere. We too have gone elsewhere to dive this year. If your main interest in going here it to dive, sadly, it is not a sure bet. At Marea Del Portillo, 60 k to the west on the same coast, the dive shop is now run by the hotel and not by Marlin. The hotel is giving the dive operation its full support and it is thriving. It has a boat in good condition including shore communication, and 30 sets of newly purchased dive equipment and each dive has two dive guides plus boat driver. (easiest access to Marea Del Portillo from Canada is through Manzanillo airport.)We will continue to return to Sierra Mar Hotel because of the staff and friends we have made. To make our stay more pleasant, we, like many other guests, will continue to bring basic condiments –spices, pepper, catsup, jam, peanut butter etc. and next time I will make a point of bringing our pillows. I left them at home this year in order to squeeze in more gifts, but I regretted the decision! Where there is a will, there is a way.

  • philosIsleofMan : Isle of Man
Relaxing after busy touring days

We ended here as the Santiago city hotel was not available. It is 60km out of the city so not ideal for city visiting. There are two blocks of rooms- we were closer to the pool and beach with lovely views from our room. The beds were comfortable ( 2 doubles) and bathroom was good with plenty of hot water. We tried to book a speciality hotel- they said it was full but another passenger just walked in so clearly not willing to just upgrade a tour group member. They had also run out of internet cards. The group playing in the bar were enthusiastic. The evening entertainment was good fun- this included an acquatics show in the pool in the evening. Not wholly professional but it was different and they tried really hard. The food for breakfast and dinner pretty good- good omelette at breakfast. Staff not particularly friendly. The beach is not of the quality of the main resorts- there was quite a bit of weed in the sea water so not brilliant for swimming.

  • canadavacationer199 : Cambridge, Canada
A Wonderful Cuban Vacation

We (couple) stayed at the Sierra Mar Mar.1-8, 2017. We have been to Cuba numerous times but this was our first visit to the Santiago De Cuba region.The resort is smaller than others that we have stayed at, which has its benefits. You get to know the staff (and they get to know you) and it doesn't take long to understand the layout of the resort. There are a lot of different levels as the resort is built into a hill. The pool, lobby, buffet, etc. are on the 5th floor, while the beach is accessed from the first floor. One of two elevators were working during our entire stay, but we never had to wait long for the elevator.The views are the best we've seen in Cuba. The resort is surrounded by ocean and mountains. It's breathtaking.We did not use the pool, as we prefer the beach. This beach doesn't compare to others in Cuba. It's a little rocky going into the water and there is a lot of grass bottom under the water. The sand gets VERY hot in the afternoon, so bring water shoes or other footwear.We enjoyed the snorkeling. You have to swim out a fair ways to get to the reef, but we saw beautiful sea life including lion fish and an eel.We never had a problem finding nice beach chairs no matter what time of day.The food at the resort was fine. If you're not a picky eater you'll be happy. We ate at the buffet and at both al a cartes. All served good food. The ecological restaurant cost five pesos pp but is definitely worth it.Our room was on the second floor and it was perfect. It was clean, quiet, and about half way between the lobby area and the beach area. We recommend the second or third floor. Do not go above the fourth floor or you will have longer walks.We upgraded to the ViP through Sunwing. In hindsight we don't think it was worth the moneyOnce again we saw some fabulous talent at the resort. Some of the musicians in the lobby bar (between 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM) were incredibly talented and a joy to listen to.All staff at the resort were friendly and helpful. Excellent customer service.A NOTE OF CAUTION!! - no credit cards are accepted at the resort including by Nexus for any tours. This is the first time that we've run into this. We usually pay for organized excursions by credit card but they weren't accepted here. We were told that the credit card machines wouldn't work because of the mountain. So bring cash for whatever you plan to do.There was no mention of the drinking water in the orientation. We have always been told to not drink the water in the room, however we heard that the drinking water is fine at this resort. Use your own discretion.One of the real highlights of this area is the ability to walk into small villages or down the beach and visit with local families. They are an absolute joy and wonderful people. They greet you warmly and with a smile. They don't expect anything in return. Having said that, we brought down toiletries, clothes, footwear, etc. and distributed it as we could. They especially appreciate clothing and footwear for children.We read reviews about the Oceana Restaurant located just outside of the entrance to the resort. We tried it, and ended up going back for a second dinner. The food and service was superbRather than take an organized tour into Santiago de Cuba, we hired a taxi and driver for the day. It cost 70 pesos in total, whereas the tour cost 70 pesos pp. The driver stayed with us the whole day, showed us all of the sights we wanted to see and more, and let us set our own pace. It was well worth it. As a bonus, the driver took us to a wonderful little restaurant for lunch.We also took a taxi into Chevirico. We spent two hours on our own exploring the town on foot, and then the driver met us at a predetermined location for the drive back. We had a great lunch at a restaurant called "Restaurant De Sol" which is located at the far left end of the public beach.We're glad we chose this resort.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
  • Items of a personal nature

  • 3 Meals daily plus snacks 
  • All drinks (domestic beer & cocktails, house wine with meals)
  • Daily activities 
  • Nightly entertainment 
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Introductory Scuba Lesson in pool (One per stay)
  • Nature tour
  • 200 rooms in four, 3 & 4 storey buildings
  • 1 Buffet & 2 a la carte restaurants (reservations required, dress code in effect, extra charge for shrimp and lobster) 
  • 3 Bars including piano bar
  • Snack bar 
  • Disco (fee)
  • 1 Pool (with children's area) 
  • Jacuzzi 
  • 2 Tennis courts (lit) 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Massages (fee) 
  • Shops (fee) 
  • Beauty salon (fee)
Garden View room:
  • 1 Queen or 2 Twin beds 
  • Air-conditioning
  • Satellite TV 
  • Safety deposit box 
  • Bathroom with shower only 
  • Balcony or terrace 
  • Max occupants 4, up to 3 adults
Kids Stay Free - A max of 2 children ages 2 - 12 are free when sharing with 2 adults. A separate child room is available for children up to 14 yrs of age when travelling with 2 adults, max of 2 children allowed in this room.

For the Kids - Kids club for ages 5-12.
Honeymoon Bonus - Upgrade to Sea view room, a bottle of sparkling wine, flowers and an invitation to an a la carte restaurant. Based on availability and subject to change. Request at time of booking.

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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  • Brisas Sierra Mar
    Santiago De Cuba,Cuba

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Brisas Sierra Mar Hotel
Chivirico Road Km 60, Guama 92800 Cuba

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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