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Location: Beachfront, 50 min from Varadero Airport, 60 min from Varadero.
a great place for the diver/snorkeler. beautiful reef just 100 meters off the beach. 25 cuc a tank at the dive centre, a bargain, if you want to go farther out, next door the memories dive shop charges 45 cuc. the grounds are well kept and my bungalow was clean with lots of hot water and ice cold ac. the resort fills up with families from havana on the weekends, nice people, my feeble attempts at spanish were allways met with smiles and good humour. its also good location for trips to havana, I shared a cab with two others and stayed in the old city for 2 days. for the adventurous take the electric train from casablanca station in havana to canasi, the closest station to the resort. its about a 5 km walk back from there to jibacoa be prepared to walk for like cops the cabs never appear when you want one. I had a great time at villa tropico but its not for everyone! if you want a chance to meet more cuban people, eat cuban food and chill out this is the place to go. if not go next door to memories and hang out with the all tourist all adult crowd
The place is nice for relaxing and literally doing nothing... I was completely disconnected, and that is what I was looking for.Food was fine, but It could be better... same for cocktails, and the weather what week was amazing. It was what I need!Sometimes I felt that people who work there were not very nice. I wasn't expecting a special attention, but I felt a bit uncomfortable for asking about some things.A/C worked very well.
I’ve been travelling Cuba since 1988. This is my 4th trip to the Villas since 2008. The cost was $729 for 2 weeks in the bungalows. The travel times of Sundays 11:30 departure and return of 3:15 p.m. from Varadero. The check in was smooth and my air flite review will be posted under TA flite reviews.The Villas were built in 1962 so they are of a unique design and structure. Like many 2 or 3 star small resorts they are in need of an infusion of money from the ministry which is not forthcoming so they do the best with what they get. Many of the units are in dire need of new furniture and renovations. My last bungalow for the 2nd week was in good condition but the 2 others I had were not.The staff were struggling to accommodate everyone’s wishes. They only know after 10:30 each day what will be available so don’t hassle them when you arrive. The also have a plethora of paper work to wade thru to get you settled in.While there I also inspected the newer units on the hillside. They are fully refurbished with air condition but have louvred wooden doors to the balconies and are a mosquito haven. Such a shame as they are quite lovely and several have a spectacular view of the playa and bay. All other units have glass patio doors. There are lots of pictures of the un its available. The small ones facing the beach are not in the best of condition. They were looking at some renos hopefully soon. Some of the air conditioners have an attitude! We had to turn them off at times before we froze to death. Lol. They are kept clean by the chamber maids but I’m sure it’s a challenge. The higher the unit number the closer you are to the pool and animation which can be quite noisy at time.The food and buffet is basic but I didn’t lose any weight an always had a good breakfast, lots of in season fruit and veggies. The cappucci’no was quite good in the restaurant. Also beer, tea, coffee and pop were available there too. And the pastries, cookies and bread were fine. The a la carte was a pleasant change and well served by the wait staff who work a shift of 17 hours on and one day off. Brutal!! The bar staffs worked long hours too. Only had wine in the dining rooms but were happy to fill up a mug for us on a regular basis. The lobby bar closed at 10:30. The pool bar after 1 p.m. The snack bar there was never open on time and closed in your face promptly at 5 p.m. Hope you have better service than we did. I always carry plastic containers so keep a supply sealed in my room.A lot of people had bites and ants in their rooms. No problems for me with my home made bug repellent and always keep everything sealed in zip locks etc. The little boogers will even eat toothpaste and attack your tooth brushes.Every room has a file folder with info on meals, snorkeling etc. kept in a drawer. It would be better handed out on check in because no one seems to have found it. A steady stream at the front for information is the last thing they need.AH THE SNORKELING!!!! It was fantastic. All the species you could hope for from blue tangs the size of dinner plates in schools of 50 or more on the edge of the reef. Octopus, flat fish, parrot fish..the list is endless. The drop off is magnificent but be careful. I somehow snorkeled off the 1st reef onto the next one out and found myself in deep water literally and figuratively. As I swim 20 minutes continuously daily at home I just re-orientated myself and got the heck back to my comfort zone. Joel takes the new hobbies out for 5 pesos per person to snorkel well off Memories daily. Snorkel equipment is no longer available for guests except for these little excursions. Best to bring your own. The resort asks that you DON’T FEED THE FISH! And they explain why. The centre channel is in rough condition but the end of the reef off the snack bar is excellent and easily accessed.The small pool is closed for renovations but the big pool was in good condition and cleaned daily. It was well used on the weekends when the Cubanos come in for 2 or 3 days. The families were very nice for the most part. Ugly touristas are known everywhere. Some of the off shores ones were a pain too.The grounds are lovely. We had 2 bbques the 2nd week that were a nice change. Lots of birds and lizards. There was a small blue heron that came up into the resort between 10 to 11 p.m. in front of my unit. Animation is trying there best to get things going but it’s an up hill battle. If there’s enough people at the nitely show they do have a disco afterwards. The hill climb is a challenge. You need runners for that expedition. Volleyball, hobbie sailing, paddle boats, kayaks are all there. We even had some parasailors come off the cliffs beyond us and land at the Villas. No room at Memories as they are packed in like sardines under palapas on a shingle beach with small stones to access the water. The best beach is at the Villas as well as the snorkeling.It would be nice to have wine at the lobby bar. And the chefs should make sure the hot and cold tables are turned on. All new furniture is needed in the rooms. The front reception and lobby area as well as the bar needs ceiling fans. Best to get your A la cartes for the weekends as it is very crowded at the buffet.This is a small resort. Just 100 rooms. It's a great way to meet all the rest of the touristas. Had a lot of fun with mes amis francais and others from all over the world accessing Havana and environs.All in all it was a lovely nostalgic trip on my own this time. Very well taken care of and remembered after 6 years by much of the staff. I’ll be back in the late spring to snorkel again.
It's my first trip to this resort, even though I've been to Cuba many times: Cayo Coco, Cayo Santa Maria, Havana, and different hotels in Varadero. Here's my 2 cents:The Good:Gorgeous scenery, very well-maintained grounds, against a backdrop of a mountain; Free hiking tours to the top of the mountain (Mon. and Fri only), the view is magnificent;Beautiful beach with stunning coral reef for snorkeling and scuba diving, just 30 meters from the land, this beach is my favorite so far:) Very Clean and functional room: hot water comes on whenever I hit the shower, toilet works well, just needs one flush;Very attentive and efficient staff: cleaning maids and waiters/waitresses;Abundant food: I like the grilled fish, chicken, beef, oxtail, pork and rabbit meats. While I never tried their bread, some of fellow guests commented they love their bread.The Bad:Very few activities if any. During my 2 weeks, I have yet to do the AquaGym, dance lesson, Spanish lesson on their activity board;No evening entertainments: during my 2 weeks stay, they never had the typical dance show you'd see in all other resorts in Cuba; not once. A guest said they used to have the evening shows when the resort was opened, but not anymore;Food: they need 3 things: 1) better presentation, 2) labels to say what they are instead of our guessing, 3) ice cream is supposed to be somewhat firm, not sloshy, liquidy like melting snow;Little safe in the room: should be free, like other resorts, not charging 2 pesos per day;The ugly:Not safe - thefts, not experience elsewhere: 3 guests' (including mine) swimming trunks have been stolen from the little porch in front of our rooms at night;I brought this up to their PR staff: Sordette (?) She was sympathetic, but said the resort was not responsible for thefts. Recommendation to the management: Put a sign at the reception area to alert guests not to leave their clothings out on the porch overnight.
I travelled with my daughter and we stayed for a week. This resort was great for the beach, snorkelling, atmosphere, staff and drinks. Their downfall was definitely on the food. Having been to Cuba nine times, this was definitely the worst. Having said that, it would help if the hotel at least identified dishes served with a label. For any snorkelling or diving tips be sure to ask for Joel at the dive shack. Louis at the lobby bar has an awesome sense of humour. Staff go out of their way to assist in any way they can and are super friendly.The first restaurant within five minutes walking distance from the hotel is phenomenal. At $15 CUC they give a combination of lobster and shrimp, or lobster and fish. Way too much food and can be split between two people. Before the 2 lobster tails and bowl full of shrimp, beans and rice and potato is served, they will serve a plate of fried plantain, a plate of mixed fruit (mango, papaya, guava and pineapple), as well as a plate of cucumber and avocado, along with a glass of wine or a beer. The service from Gino is impeccable.We went on this trip purely for R&R and that is exactly what we go at an excellent price.
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- Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- 1 a la carte dinner/specialty restaurant per week (dress code & reservations may be required)
- Snacks daily
- Unlimited International brand drinks, domestic beer, wine/lunch
- Hobie Cats
- Pedal Boat
- Use of bicycles
- Exercise classes (Aerobics)
- Daily activities
- Nightly entertainment
- 110 rooms in bungalow style villas
- 1 buffet restaurant
- 1 International a la carte restaurant (dress code & reservations may be required)
- 2 bars including Lobby bar & Pool bar
- 1 outdoor pool
- Sun lounges & towels
- 2 lit tennis courts
- Sundries shop
- Exercise classes
- Scuba diving on-site (fee)
- Dive shop on-site
- A range of watersports available
- Internet (fee)
- 1 queen or 2 twin beds
- Sitting area
- Cable/Satellite TV
- Full bathroom
- 220V (converters needed)
- Balcony or Patio
- Max occupancy 3 persons
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Via Blanca km 60, Jibacoa Beach, Santa Cruz Norte, Jibacoa Cuba
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