Check in at the resort was very quick and easy, usually is at this resort. Concierge service was right there to take us to our room.
The rooms on the plus side are modern and clean, non-plus side they are dated but this is why we stay on the plus side. While we were at the lobby bar a few days into our vacation we seen the staff taking new mattresses to the rooms on the non-plus side by the truck loads. As the biggest complaint we had about that side when we stayed there was the hard mattresses, we were glad to see them being replaced for the patrons now staying there.
The only real difference in our recent visit verses past visits was the food. It was a very limited selection, we did notice a lot of leftovers from the previous night’s dinner at breakfast and lunch, but we did expect this as the hurricanes devastated most of the island and surrounding islands making supplies short in demand. As long as visitors understand this it shouldn’t hinder their vacation
Maid service in the room, as with all service at this resort, was great! They were there during lunch every day! We left a note asking for more coffee and sugar in our room, and it was provided generously. There was always a display made of blankets left for us, and occasionally a towel display in the bathroom too! As we were returning guest, celebrating an anniversary, we arrived to a bottle of rum and a bottle of champagne in our room. We were as well given a first floor room as requested at booking. Mid week we returned to our room to find an additional bottle of dark rum left for us... a nice surprise! Water pressure/temperature and air conditioning was good, had no issues there!
Pools and amenities were excellent! Pools were very clean and welcoming. This resort is very clean and well maintained. The ambiance is beautiful! Walking paths everywhere and it’s surrounded by forest and gardens! There is a bit of walking to get from one side to the other, but there are bars and restaurants throughout, so if need be you can grab a drink or two along the way. They don’t have poolside or beach service, although there is a beach bar and bar in every pool, you have to go to the bar to get service. That is the only complaint I could see anyone having, although it’s not a big deal for us.
They have many activities daily at both the pool and beach, although I can’t really comment on them because we don’t attend them. They do provide snorkel equipment at the beach, but we bring our own with us. This resort is set on a beautiful cove, and the snorkeling here is better than the excursions (we know this from experience) not just the excursions offered here, but other places we visited too! There are an amazing amount and variety of fish here! The beach is gorgeous and mostly fine sand, but there are some rocky areas in the water, but its corral that provide the fish! If you bring water shoes, you’ll have no complaints!! By far my favorite beach!
We do go on excursions every time we visit Cuba, and they are both informative and fun! Our favorite excursions were the safari (done this one twice!) and the VIP Departure with Holguin tour. If you have to opportunity to do this one take it, it’s well worth the pesos! It is only offered to those with a late departure, who travel with Air Canada or Sunwing vacations. We highly recommend doing the excursions, but you’ll need more than one trip to do them all lol.
The weather here is amazing! The weather network forecasts rain every day, but that is only because of the high temperatures and humidity. It did rain for about 5 minutes here and there, but was mainly at night. Not once did we get caught in the rain! This area of Cuba was barely affected by the hurricanes, the limitation on food selection was the biggest affect we seen. The staff did an amazing job of cleaning it up and restoring its glory post hurricane.
I also want to mention that reviews we read from others on Tripadvisor complained about the resort being busy on the weekends due to the locals that come in. Yes it does get a little busier, but the locals are just as courteous and friendly as the staff! If you really want to know where to go and what to do in Cuba... well who best to ask then those locals! I don’t really understand why there are those complaints, seriously, where else do you expect them to go for a weekend getaway, we love it there why wouldn’t the locals love it too!
We have been to this resort 3 times, and we love it! However, like most of the resorts in Cuba, this resort is recently under new management, and we were informed by the locals and some staff that it will soon have a new name to go with the new management... although no one knows what it will be called yet. Hopefully the management and name are all that change here!
We definitely will, and do, recommend this resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blau Costa Verde Plus Beach Resort **** is a Resort complex located in Playa Pesquero, Holguin (Cuba), near to the Blau Costa Verde Resort**** Situated right on the beach with spectacular views of the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, surrounded by beautiful gardens and lush tropical vegetation. The Resort is 55 kilometres from the centre of Holguin and 70 kilometres from the Airport in the same city (on the eastern side of the island of Cuba). Blau Costa Verde Plus Beach Resort**** provides the very best in service and attention to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable holiday. ... more less