First off let me start by saying that when reading Trip Advisor reviews, you need to be able to weed out the whiners. I read a ton of reviews before going here, and I can honestly say that this resort had terrific value and was not poor or disappointing in any way. The people who say so maybe should have forked over extra money and gone to a luxury hotel instead of whining about the tiniest things. There were small things that could have been improved, yes.... but nothing that would actually change my perception about the resort. The people who complain about things like shower pressure are hilarious to me.
If you're looking to get away from Canadian winter to a clean resort with perfect weather, plentiful drinks and accommodating staff for a decent price - then I would say you can't go wrong here.
We traveled in a group of 6.... all in our mid 20's.
Unreal. I've been to Jamaica, Mexico, Dominican... and the beach here probably blew them all away. It really is that nice. The water is amazingly clear, and you can walk about 100 feet in the water and it is still only up to your waist or lower. The resort has FREE snorkel rentals (they have about 10 sets which go quick, but keep checking back as people return them). Don't waste money on a snorkelling day trip. The snorkelling just off the beach at the Blau is comparable if not better to the snorkelling I have done in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Mexico.
None of us got sick. Both a-la-carte restaurants are good... we enjoyed the Italian better but they are both tasty. During the day the Italian place also has thin crust pizzas/Calzones which are awesome. The buffet had a lot of variety... the omelette bar in the morning and pasta bar at night are sure bets. The 24/7 lobby bar is a great feature. Especially if you get hungry at random times... or arrive late, etc.... they make great burgers, sandwiches and the fries are addicting. I head Cuba had bad food.... I definitely did not see that here.
Yes the rooms are old. Did you come to Cuba to spend all your time in your room? It has a bed, it has a balcony, it has a TV, it has a maid who cleans it for you and it has a bathroom (with a decent shower). What else do you need? The beds are hard, yes. But, I seriously had the best sleeps I've had in a while. Maybe it was all the hours in the sun... and the drinks.... but I didnt really notice it too much.
Excellent. Not much else to say. They smile and make conversation. They act like they want to be there. The manager walks around checking on things and talking to people. Couldn't have been better.
The best I've seen at an all-inclusive. Usually resorts have an entertainment team who does all the night shows... which are mostly lame. The Blau hires different acts from the city who all do something different on various nights. A couple nights were so-so.... but some were awesome. Sunday night's water show was impressive... the magician who did tricks for our table while we had drinks in the snack bar was seriously talented... and the cover band was ridiculous. I usually think night shows at all-inclusives are "meh" but some of the nights here were good. This coming from a group of 25 year olds.
Lots of them. And good. Mojitos in the lobby bar are awesome. Cappuccinos anywhere on this resort are terrific. Go to Canadian Tire and buy a Bubba Mug, it will save you going back and forth to the bar, and will keep your drink cold.
Overall the resort had everything I wanted, and it was small which gave it a nice quaint feel. It has charm considering it's age, and it would be hard to beat the value here for the price point. It would be hard to have a bad time here. Have fun!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort is located on the seafront next to the fine white sandy beach of Playa Pesquero in eastern Cuba. Our Holguin resort is surrounded by luscious tropical vegetation. At Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort the natural environment is fully incorporated into the resort. Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort offers spectacular views from our rooms over 36 000 m2 of gardens and natural vegetation. Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort offers (with extra charge): Souvenir shops. Car and moped rental. Taxi service. Parking. Laundry service. Medical services: nursing service in the hotel and medical visits on request. Bureau de change in reception. Massage services. Hairdressers. Special dinner. Weddings. Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort ALL INCLUSIVE: Breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner. 2 á la carte restaurants per week, reservations are required. *Dress code long trousers. Local beverages and select international brands. Non-motor water sports. Sporting activities: volleyball, basketball, tennis, aerobics and snorkelling, daytime and evening entertainment programme including Spanish lessons, dance classes, and nightly shows. Minibar. Teatime. Discotheque. Fitness Center. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blau Costa Verde Beach Hotel Holguin
- Blau Costa Verde Cuba