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Location: Beachfront, 50 min from Varadero Airport, 60 min from Varadero.
My husband and I recently visited Villa Jibacoa for the second time. We brought along our two adult daughters as we loved it so much the first time, we wanted to share it with them. It was all that we hoped for, a week of hanging out together on the beach, playing games in the bar in the evenings, clapping and dancing along with the entertainment at night. The rooms were clean. The food was acceptable. Two of us are vegetarian so that was a bit limited but we expected that. The staff are friendly and helpful, and many are long time (25 and 29 years!) employees, so that says something. The beach is beautiful. The pool was clear and clean. We look forward to returning again and would recommend it highly.
My husband, 12 yr old daughter and I arrived on Dec 17, 2016 and spent 2 weeks here in Bungalow 81. At first when we arrived after midnight and for a couple days I wondered what we had done. BUT, after 3 days I realized it was almost perfect. True one pool was under renovation, true there are sand fleas and portuguese man o war, true the buffet is repetitive. But if you open your eyes and let it happen, it's just fine. The resort is one of 2 set in front of the mountain range, so the views are breathtaking. The water is gorgeous, although it was cold. PMOW prevented us from snorkeling the fabulous reef. Next time. The grounds are immaculate. The entertainment staff works hard. The bartenders are attentive. And frankly I honestly believe this was the most genuine and friendliest staff I have ever come across in 20 vacations around Mexico and the Caribbean. The food was good, resembling a more paleo diet. You can get creative like add a little rice and onions to your chicken soup, etc. You won't starve. And the pork sandwiches at the pool were also very good. Weekly lunch buffet was a change. We did not eat at the A La Carte...We got off the resort a few times. We did the hike with Yoander(from entertainment staff) up the mountain. Awesome views. We went into Havana with a guide named Gretchen ( firstname.lastname@example.org) We got to see old Havana, new Havana, the fort, had an incredible lunch of lobster cooked with mango and papaya. YUM!!! We also had Yoander take us into Pinar Del Rio and Vinales for the day. He arranged the driver and we took the 3.5 hr drive westbound. We visited Los Jasmines lookout, Cueva Del Indio, El Palenque, the Prehistoric Mural, tobacco farm, ate a great local restaurant recommended by our driver, on the way back we toured at night old and new Havana and did the giant statue to see Havana from across the bay. Perfect day! We ate at The Tower (El Mirador). A literal tower, climbed 30 steps and had pristine views. 5pm arrival ensured a spectacular sunset. I had lobster, hubby had shrimp and daughter had the pork. All amazing at 15 CUCs. We also went horseback riding along a path following the beach. The east beach was rugged and sexy!! Cost was 10 CUCs, kids free, although we paid him for our daughter. I would return here. I was coming off finishing cancer treatment, and was also 15 weeks post op. This place allowed me to rest really. I felt comfortable. Greats base of operations if you're looking to explore. If you want fancy, a waiter to pick up after you, or gourmet, go somewhere else. Bring bug spray and peanut butter. Maybe BBQ sauce.
Staying there was big mistake. Me and my boyfriend were travelled around Cuba for 16 days and this was most horrible accommodation. Every casa (five casas) where we stayed was far away better than this all included hotel. - there was no water in swimming pool, it was Christmas, high season and swimming pool is out of order, great- no toilet paper in lobby washroom (never)- food was awful (again, in every casa we had better meal)- our bed lines smelled - towels looked like floorcloth- we had to buy drinking water in shop to have some in our room- we were there for three days and all time was red flag on the beach. I know it is not hotel mistake but think about it before you plan vacation on this placeThere was only one positive - very quiet AC in our room.Do not waste your time and money in this hotel, choose other one.
I have reviewed this resort before and keep returning - so you can assume I like this place, but here are some updates: Part of the pool is under renovation. One half is still open. Expected opening is Feb 2017...There is a lovely addition (covered patio) to the a la carte/pool-bar building. It was used for some daytime games (ping pong), and some wonderful local music at night when it rained. I didn't see any entertainment offered at the disco building - might be under repair. Take note if you're a late-night partier.More sun-shelters were being built on the beach close to the lobby. Rooms now have flat-screen tvs - picture was clear, multiple Englishchannels including HBO. I still recommend the bungalows. I had a "mountain-facing" room this time - didn't notice much difference from the "ocean-facing" rooms except for a smaller patio, with no table. I enjoyed the view a bit more, it felt more private and there was a tree that was great for bird-watching. There have been changes to the food - there are more meat options available, mostly braised meats but some nice fish options. Being a vegetarian proved to be a bit more difficult - but was ok, . It would be great if they offered a rice/bean/veg station that had no pork/fish/chicken - only plant-based. It would be helpful for vegetarians, vegans, kosher and halal eaters (seriously - pork is big in Cuba!)Looking forward to return!
The week was fantastic....full sunshine and a most wonderful location....beautifully landscaped....... the whole area looked like it had been nurtured and lovingly cared for and there were only 100 little villa type rooms spread out so that you felt like you had the whole place to yourself.The beach was very pretty and clean and the area is known for snorkelling....I bought myself a new snorkel mask and never used it.....just lazed in the sun enjoying ice cold waterfrom my Tims thermos mug and the occasional spanish coffee.......Proximity to the lobby bar, buffet restaurant and our room......they had everything that we needed and it was handy........The staff were the most friendly and gracious people...but then, it is very rare for the staff at a resort such as this one to be anything but.....plus when you have a good attitude and are friendly that goes a long way....spoke very little english and the staff spoke very little spanish......we taught each other....a family kind of feeling and I have nothing but good things to say.The food, for me was good.....I am not a person who enjoys junk food or fast food and loves home made meals......there was always plenty of beans and rice and several choices of meat or poultry to accompany.....the soups were excellent and I never went hungry....the ice cream was also very delicious.......I discovered the best spanish coffee in Cuba so far......they make it very boozy here....wish I had discovered how it helped get me to sleep early in our vacation though.....slept like a baby after 3 of those delicious spanish coffee..We took a 1961 air conditioned chevy to see Havana and had a great driver and tour guide......after at least 40 trips to this lovely island, I had never visited Havana....It was just a whirlwind tour....to see Havana properly would most likely take a week or so staying in a hotel located in Havana and focusing on just learning about the city...for me, laying flat out in the sun with loads of sunscreen and enjoying the nature around me is what I love....I will learn about Havana from the books.The weather was unseasonably hot for this time of year....it was more like the summer weather that they experience in Cuba and luckily there was a lovely breeze at the beach or it would not have been tolerable......The ac worked well in the rooms and so we were always comfortable.....my daughter and I each had our own room as there was no single supplement at this time of year.....We had one a la carte during the week and that was good.....nice , friendly service and the food again , though nothing to write home about, was quite tasty.....My daughter did the mountain hike as we were located nestled between the mountains and the ocean......she said it was a good thing that I did not go as it was very hot and the ascent was very almost straight up....she did get some nice photos from the top and will be sending them to me soon.......people actually do paragliding from atop and land on the beach...quite neat...Would I go again.....yes and no....the vacation itself was wonderful as were all the elements of it.....however, for us to get to spend a week it takes almost 12 hours of travelling and waiting etc. and that can be long....coming and going.......and to spend more than one week there would be very boring and I happened to be on prednisone for bronchitis which made me extremely hyperactive so you get the idea.....as far as being there, an overwheling yes......I will miss the lovely people that I befriended there....And it was great to arrive safely back home to hubby and our furbabies.....
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- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
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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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