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Our OpinionA clean but basic hotel located in town on the beach. No elevators. 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.
Many times to Cuba in "All inclusives". When I arrived early morning, no one helped with my luggage, 3 flights of stairs and no elevator. Breakfast was very disappointing, was disappointed in the food and waiters kept walking by me; the place wasn't busy. The bar had a very limited selection, no tequila till tomorrow and out of this and that. You had to actually leave a large deposit for a beach towel and the room safe was extra. The standard for me was much below what I was used to in Cuba. My advice, go with a 4 star.
23rd time in Cuba, all over the Island. All-inclusives, casa particulares, friend's homes. 3rd time to Barlovento. A solid, mid-range AI resort. Perfect for my wife and I for 2 weeks: price was right, it's an older, smaller property at the south end of the peninsula near everything we want, and the staff are fantastic. Especially Raphael at Fusion Restaurant. In January I'm bringing a saxaphone from Canada for his daughter who plays flute in the Matanzas Symphony. Her first love is the sax, but impossible for her to buy one in Cuba. My kid says, "give it to someone who will love and cherish it." PROS: 1) The a la carte restaurants. Only ate in the buffet 2 nights out of 14. We prefer a quiet, semi-elegant atmosphere at the end of the day, with candle, decent wine and table service. Very easy to get into a la cartes at any Cuban resort more than one or twice if you know "la machanica" (how things work). And no, it does NOT involve tips, bribery,booking lots or subterfuge, 2) All the staff. Guy at the egg station in the morning, lady at the beach bar, girl at the towel/games/book station, front desk staff, buffet staff at breakfast, bar people, BBQ people, maids... everyone is wonderful. HINT to those who seem to have difficulties with Cuban AI staff: to get respect, you give respect. A smile, a handshake, a "buenas dias", "par favor", gracias" ... all go a long way. Monetary tips are appreciated, but even more so is the common everyday courtisies that Cubans practise from birth, but which many of us either have never learned or have forgotten. CONS: Not many, and those I do have are regarding my fellow travellers. a) Guys: don't try to get into the a la cartes wearing torn shorts and a "wife-beater" shirt. Actually, don't go out in public like that at all. Cubans are mystifyed as to why you, who are way richer than they are, would not dress up a bit when you can. b) the non-smoking area in the lobby is just that: non-smoking. I like a cigar, but do not sit amongst non-smokers in a clearlt marked area puffing away without regard. c) Quebecois: Spanish is a Latin language very similar to French in many ways (I speak both, so know). Learn a few basic words, and don't expect all Cubans to understand your very bad English. Aside from that, ROC Barlovento is a tried-and-true adult-only old timer that is for those who want a simple. low-key vacation in the sun. Cheers!
I stayed for a week and it was great. Lobby is welcoming and well kept. Housekeeping keeps the rooms spotless. Glasses, the bathroom, towels, sheets, and even the balcony was very well clean. The pool and the beach were amazing as well. The buffet great with lot of varieties. I work in a hotel and I know how hard this job is. General Manager, please keep doing the great job with your staff. I will be back next year!!!!!!
We just returned from our 4th trip to Cuba and have always stayed at our home away from home the Roc Barlovento. What we love most is the staff. They all work so hard and do everything they can to make sure you have the best vacation possible. I don't think there is anyone who works harder than Jose. He deserves a raise. We are so happy to see all the improvements that are being made. Nice to see all the new lounge chairs, umbrellas and palapas everywhere. Love the new beach bar and the prefect person is working in it!!! Thank you Iris for all the great service. the only thing we wish we could still have is coffee in the buffet at supper. We Canadians are coffee drinkers. Thank you all for making us feel so welcome and for ensuring we had a great vacation. God willing we hope to be back in April . We love Cuba and especially the Cuban people!!!!
I recently returned from the Barlovento on Nov 12th after another great week there. I was pleasantly pleased with the upgrades - buffet has more variety, beach bar up and going again, although it just opened the day I left so didn't get a chance to try it out :( ,upgrades to the rooms and more and better loungers at the beach.Yes, there are mosquitoes - more than there were years ago but I have learned to take repellent so they don't bother me the same. Why do I keep coming back? Because of ...:...the people in the resort - always so welcoming and make me feel like I've come home each time I come - I wish I could repay them for their kindness..To name a few- Hilda, Joel, Josep, Miguel, Teo, Lazaro (Darrien),Leo, Ernesto, Sergio, the great staff at the front desk and in the buffet (incluiding the friendly chef!), the masseuse, the entertainers - Regla and Hanoi (sorry not sure of that spelling)....feeling of safety - I can walk off the resort on my own and feel completely safe at all times....the size of the resort - few steps to beach, lobby, pools etc. Size also makes it easy to connect with others that I may have met earlierSuggestions for change - minor - bring back Ramon and the "old" Mexican restaurant, have Spanish music piped in the bar -especially after the shows, advertise the evening grill. Also for those new to the resort, it would probably be helpful if there was a page inside the room explaining how you can refill your water, where the catamaran is located, the restaurant and store times, how you exchange your towel, Cuban day etc.We also took the little catamaran out and did some snorkeling - good amount of time and the price was right AND didn't have to leave the resort to do it!I travel on my own but through past visits, met a couple of great women from the other side of Canada and this time planned it to be there with them!If you want to be waited on hand and foot with a mint on your pillow and haute cuisine, go to a 5 star +. If you want to go somewhere that feels comfortable, where you feel welcome, where you can meet MANY fellow Canadians, where there are no strangers - just friends you haven't met yet - then the Roc Barlovento is the place for you.Maybe we'll meet up next year!
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
- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- A la carte dining w/reservations
- Christmas & New Year's Gala dinners
- Unlimited Domestic drinks & select International brand drinks from 9am-1am
- House wine w/meals
- Introductory scuba diving lesson in pool once/week
- Beach volleyball
- Air rifle shooting
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 274 rooms in three 3-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 2 a la carte restaurants: Mexican and International, dress code & reservations required
- 3 bars including Beach bar
- 3 free-form pools
- 1 tennis court
- Watersports centre
- Shopping on-site
- Internet (fee)
- Car rental
- 18-hole golf course 12 km away
- 1 king or 2 twin beds
- Satellite TV
- Mini-bar (fee)
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom
- Small balcony or patio
- Max occupancy 3 persons
For the Kids - Kids 4-12 can enjoy supervised activities daily at the Mini Club, playground, and kid's section of main pool. Babysitting services available (fee).
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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Ave 1ra e/ 9 y 12, Varadero 42200 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.
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