Blau Privilege Cayo Libertad
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We're rating this in comparison to a 4 star we recently stayed at in a different country. If I was rating based on what we paid I would give it an extra star, as it was certainly a cheap vacation for us.The rooms in the adults-only area are very spacious, the tub is huge, the patio is wonderful. As cons, they aren't particularly well maintained (the sheets were stained, the walls had stains) and the king bed was two twins pushed together. None of these were big deals for us, just just an FYI.I really didn't like the food. I skipped some meals. I had the Chicken Cordon Bleu one day and I couldn't cut through the chicken. My boyfriend didn't love the food but was more neutral. We stuck to pizzas at the Privilege restaurant and the made-to-order pasta in the buffet, which was okay. Both of us got food poisoning or some kind of stomach thing (Hot tip - bring your own pepto or you'll be walking to the marina to buy some kind of antibiotic at the pharmacy).The drinks :( I was soooo excited to have mojitos. But sometimes they didn't have mint, and even when they did it really just tasted like rum water (I thought maybe I was used to americanized mojitos, but when we had some in Havana they were like night and day). I wouldn't recommend ordering anything cocktail-y. I switched to rum and coke, the BF drank beers and he was happy enough.The staff were mostly nice. We had no particularly bad experiences. The only people we would call out for being great would be the busboys/golf cart drivers - they were very accommodating (but - understandably - sometimes late.). We also found the service to be friendlier in the buffet than the Privilege restaurant.THE BEACH! This is the reason to go. It really redeemed the place for me. It's white sand, turquoise post-card beach and bathwater-warm. There are some jellyfish and shells, but it's an ecosystem so ...if you can't deal with that then stick to the pool.It's about a km from the Privilege to the front reception, so if you have mobility issues it may not be a good fit, even with the golf carts. We liked the walk, but got some bug bites. Again, what happens when you're outside.Definitely check out Havana. The catamaran tours are okay. Scuba diving was my least favourite caribbean/atlantic dive I've done.Overall we had a nice vacation. I don't think we would go again, unless we got a crazy good deal.
Before reading my review, please remember you have booked a Cuba vacation. This is a country still affected by 60 years of USA embargo and the fall of the USSR ( a monetary supporter).We booked thru the Lucky 4 Star Adult. Once we knew our resort (about 1st of month that you are travelling) i contacted the resort to ask if something special could be done to celebrate my wifes birthday. It was arranged. As well, I found an email on their website and after including a google translated version in Spanish, our request for a second floor and king bed room was confirmed. Resort: The Blau Privilege Cayo Libertad was wonderful. The food was not always the best but it was good. It was extremely quiet the week we were there as the check in staff told us on the day we departed there were 368 of 1200 at the Blau Marina and only 44 of 170 at the Privilege. Very quiet resort with no music/games around pool, Very nice for relaxation. Pool chairs was never an issue. Rooms at the resort were huge. The deck had two wooden recliners as well as a pool type lounger. When we arrived the AC was set for 21. By the time we left we had increased to 24. 21 seemed too cold after being outside in 31+ temperatures. Staff: The Cuban people are wonderful. We did tip early in our trip and again nearer the end. We gave away lots of items to our maid, servers and bartender. The soccer ball I gave to our bartender (Rolando) for his 5 and 8 year only boys was great. With our resort as quiet as it was, we spent time talking with all we came across to learn more of them. I think it was appreciated. We got hugs from a multitude of staff members we talked with on our last day.Catholic Church in Varadero: We got to the Church to give away our bag of various items. The Church Secretary was appreciative and when we passed by when stopping at the market across the street, he saw me taking pictures of the church and waved. Secretary appears to work 9-2 so if you are donating items your resort can call to confirm someone will be there. Items donated are distributed to the less toured areas of the island.Havana: Are there really words to describe “Old” Havana!! The buildings are spectacular. Many many of 100’s of millions if not billions to repair all back to their glory. Heat: OMG, the 30+ temperature and very calm winds the last two days were deadly. Bugs: Yes, we encountered at the resort but when speaking with others on the bus tour and catamaran tours the other resorts had bugs too. We joked that the perfume my wife worn each evening was Eau du Off!
Stayed here for one night. The hotel was only open for half a dozen people and that meant must of the services were limited and a lot of maitenance going on (noise and people around)The room was big and the bathroom huge. But the noisy aircon and minibar made for a terrible night. The staff is not friendly or shows any joy in working.The food at the restaurant was bad.The pool is beautiful, but the private beach a disapointment.
Overall? Good value for the money if you're looking for warm weather, quiet, nice pool and an okay beach. The rooms were lovely and the grounds were beautiful. It was very quiet which I appreciated however if you're looking for some nightlife this isn't the resort for you.Here were the negatives of the resort:1. The food. Yes, I know it's Cuba. That's no excuse. I'm not a picky eater, I just don't like horrible food. You can make cabbage taste good, or you can make cabbage taste bad. It was consistently horrible food.2. The mosquitos were thick. Bring a good quality deet repellant. Some of our fellow tourists were covered in bites. Bring long pants for the evenings and one's that you don't mind spraying with repellant.3. The customer service was horrific. Utterly horrific. We walked into the Cayo Libertad reception one afternoon and both desk attendants were actually sprawled out on the desks asleep. It is a long walk to the main resort and the hotel has carts that shuttle guests. It was more common for them to pass you by than for them to pick you up. Then you would see them talking to other staff. The whole vibe from most (and to be fair - 65%?) was that we were an inconvenience. The customer service really dampened our experience at Blau.4. The beach. The beach on the Libertad enclosure was poor. The beach at the main resort was nice, but just nice. If you want the beautiful beaches that Varadero is known for - head to a resort closer to Varadero proper. Quite frankly - the resorts are probably cheaper and have better customer service with the same poor food.5. The location is a LONG way from Varadero. It's a 50 CUC cab into town so heading out for an evening meal outside of the resort is pricey. You are the last drop off and the first ones picked up on the shuttle. If time is valuable to you, it's something to consider.I've been to Cuba 3 times and each time I say it's the last yet I keep returning. Cuba as a county is fantastic, Havana is spectacular. Blau really needs to pull up their proverbial socks and get a reign on their service and food.
We received this hotel when we booked the Lucky Deals package from Sunwing. The room was gorgeous and the terrace looked out over the harbour and it was a very large terrace. One negative was the wait for the golf carts - they were understaffed and the waits were long- the other negative was the mosquitoes.The hotel was fumigated every day so they were being proactive - the hotel is near sluggish water on the harbour so that probably explains their presence. Other than that - the beach was gorgeous, too and the food plentiful if somewhat repetitive- feast on salads, fresh fruits, fish, rice and pastries and ice cream - skip the meats - that is my recommendation. The entertainment was great - the Coffee Bar always head great service ( Madey - beautiful and kind ) and all types of coffees. We rented 2 classic cars into Varadero for an evening at the Beatles Club - fantastic! Ate at El Ranchon and had a wonderful Cuban meal ! Had another trip to Varadero on the hop on bus to the markets and a great Hobie Cat 2 hour trip to the snorkel site - rather than 20 CUC it costs 10CUC just for the 2,5 hours. Perfect weather for 7 straight days -hot and sunny. If you can get a room at the Blau Marina and not the Privilege you will be closer to buffets, restaurants and club activiities. Finished 2 books Would I go back? To Cuba? Certainly - it will be our 20th trip soon but not to the BLAU. Too many other sites to discover !
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- Daily buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Unlimited a la carte dinners (reservations required, based on availability)
- 24-hour unlimited domestic and selected international and premium brand drinks
- Daily activities program
- A variety of daily sports
- Nightly entertainment
- Selected non-motorized water sports (1 hour/day): Snorkeling,Aquacycle, Windsurfing, Kayaking
- 24-hour snacks
- Mini-bar (water, soft drinks and beer)
- 24-hour room service
- Turn-down service
- Bathrobe and slippers in room upon arrival
- Admission to the disco (drinks included)
- Introduction to scuba diving in pool (3 days/week)
- Access to the services and facilities of the Blau Marina Varadero
- 85 Junior Suites
- 1 a la carte restaurant
- 1 Bar
- 2 pools
- Tennis court
- Fitness centre
- Spa (fee)
- Tour desk
- Business centre (fee)
- Currency exchange
- Gift shop
- One king or two double beds
- Full bathroom satellite
- Hair dryer
- In-room safe
- Iron/ironing board
- Balcony or terrace
- Robe and slippers
- Pillow menu
- Turndown service
- Ocean view
- Maximum of 3 adults
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Blau Privilege Cayo LibertadVaradero,Cuba
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Autopista Sur Final, Punta Hicacos, Varadero 42200 Cuba
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