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We spent a very enjoyable week at Blau Colonial from Feb. 28 to Mar. 7 and would return there again and again. We found plenty of choice in food and gained 5 lbs. as we had to try everything. The service and food at the specialty restaurants were excellent especially the Seafood Restaurant. The only problem we had was the maid in building 22 - she wasn't very friendly which was very unusual compared to the rest of the staff. We never received a word of thanks from her for the gifts and money we gave her. We didn't even have toilet paper for the last two days - luckily we brought our own kleenex. Word soon got around that we had some baseball caps to give away so the ground workers started bringing us flowers everyday which was very nice.
We wanted to see something of Cuba and took a day tour which included city of *** and Ciego de Avila (very interesting), boat cruise on La Redonda lake, train ride to sugar cane fields, lunch at an experimental farm. The all day trip was a little tiring because of the heat away from the ocean.
We would recommed Blau Colonial to anybody.
Not worth the time or effort
I must agree not a 4*, the whole Island was a sad place. What they refer to as jungle is little more than bush and standing dirty water. Caya Coco
is only for tourists, workers are bused in for up to 2 hours each way and sometimes not alowed to go home for days at a time. There is absolutely nothing in or on Cayo Coco and the Blau Colonial Resort reflects this. However lots of food, the bar rum was raw & harsh ask for the 7 yr old good stuff kept under the bar. Nice beach but nothing to do on it. Pool was very cold and full of splashing kids. No bycles as advertised, no hot tubs as advertised. The tours are very expensive - & 65 to $80 (US) for snorkling and 1 beer. Did not even get to keep the mouht pc, they reuse them!! Our return flight was diverted to Holguin adding 4 hrs. to flying time. The security at airport, on the road and at Blau are very peranoid. Checking everyting, asking questions not their business be prepared. The town of Moran not woth the cab fare $ 80. US (their tourist paso is worth more then our Canadian dollar - go figure! Most resort staff tried hard but it was obvious that they were resentful at being there working 100 hrs / week for about $ 27 US pay per month. I do not want to give up on Cuba based on Cayo Coco or this resort but may not return.
Had a great time!!!
We have just got back from a week at the Blau Colonial (Feb 13th-20th 2005) and we had a great time...... We'd read some of the reviews - good and bad- before we left so were a little apprehensive, but remained open-minded and decided to get our own take on the hotel. So here it is.......
The hotel itself is beautiful. It's well established as it's an older resort so there are lots of flowers in bloom and trees, etc and there were new plantings everywhere. The staff are friendly and helpful.
The buildings have been repainted and are fresh and clean, and very pretty. Our room was big, spacious and clean, and the bathroom was huge. There was a large closet for clothes - could have benefited from a chest of drawers too however. The shower doors (which seemed to be cause for a few comments on this site) were actually like saloon doors into the shower and toilet area (separate from the basin and mirror area), and yes, they were definitely squeeky - so we just left them open all the time. No big deal!
There were four of us in the room (2 kids of 10 and 7) so the two double beds were a bit of a squeeze - but the first day our maid noticed there were four of us and put in an extra small single cot bed. So, if that's your situation too, ask the maid and they are very happy to cater to everything you need. Towels are clean daily and sheets were changed too.
The beach was long and had all the activities like boating, kayaks, catamarans, snorkeling (go off the rocky point to the left of the resort for good snorkeling). It was windy on a couple of days so the boats couldn't go out..... so we did other things. The main pool is beautiful and huge. The salt water pool is still not open and doesn't look like it will be any time soon. Renovations are still going on, slowly, but you don't hear any noise (more just painting of rooms, etc), so you don't even notice it at all. The salt water pool is fenced off, but again, we had to go specifically looking for it as it wasn't just there out in the open and an eyesore.
Other things to do - beach volleyball, soccer games, tennis courts with lessons, basketball court.....
The food..... well, we certainly didn't go hungry. Of course it is different from what we are used to but there was beef, chicken, pork, seafood, fish, salads, rice, potatoes .... so plenty of choice. The only thing we can say is TRY IT, don't just look and dismiss it. Some of the meat and fish was really well prepared and tasty. The veggies looked a bit odd, but ask the servers what it is and you might just like it. Bread is baked fresh daily and is great. And the desserts were OK - again, they didn't look much but were quite nice, plus ice cream and fruit.
Eggs and pankcakes for breakfast are cooked to your liking, plus fresh bread, fruit, cereal, bacon, sausage and veggies/salads. Try the milk shakes too if you get the chance!!
There is also a restaurant and bar by the pool which has a small buffet but you can get burgers and fries from the menu if you are desperate!!!! The ketchup is not the same - it's more like a BBQ sauce, so take those little packets of ketchup from KFC with you - in the end our kids were doing without and didn't seem to mind at all considering they usually have ketchup with everything!
Outside of restaurant hours you can only get ham and cheese sandwiches so don't expect the 24-hour snack bars as advertised.
Our only disappointment was the kids program. It is there, but they don't do alot. Our kids were fine however and being a bit older probably wouldn't have spent too much time in it anyway - seemed to be OK for younger ones. It is located close to the pool where the other activity centre is (ping pong, dance lessons, pool side bingo). There's a disco, and evening entertainment maybe four or five times a week. The entertainment team try really hard, putting on song and dance routines, and some of the comedy sketches involving the audience were quite funny. The local band playing in the Piazza bar were great and alot of fun to sit and listen to with a drink in the evening.
The evenings are still chilly so make sure you take a light jacket or something to stay warm.
Tipping is very much appreciated by all the staff - restaurant, bar, maids, etc - they actually earn very little so it all makes a difference.
Check-in and out is a bit of a challenge with so many people all there at the same time - but that's no different from any other hotel we've been to. Expect to wait in line for some things.
We would definitely recommend this hotel as there was really very little we could find fault with. So go with a totally open mind and be positive - you'll enjoy it!
A place to go!
We arrived at the Blau Colonial on Feb 3rd for one week. It was our third experience with all inclusive resorts (We had previously been to Occidental Gran Flaminco in Punta Cana and Playa Pesquero in Holguin) and the first one with our kids (3 and 4.5 year old). We read many reviews "positive and negative" and now understand some of the concerns that people had... however, We would say that like many other resorts, it is all about what you want your vacations to be more the what your vacations will be....
If you are in the wrong mind set, you could be in paradise and not realize it....
The grounds are beautiful with lots of vegetation, the look is rustic and is nothing like a typical Florida Hotel. The beach is great and not too crowed, however we found that you could not always find long chairs by the beach unless you go and mark your territory early in the morning (again its been our experience at other places as well, but the amount of chairs for this hotel is pretty limited). There are water sports available where you can rent Kayaks and peddle boats and also go for Catamaran rides however the temperature was such that it was open for a single day during the week (very windy week). The place is not completely finished but we where so busy doing other things that we have not even noticed where the construction sites are and we were obviously not bothered by the work. The kids club is as other reviewers mentioned very deceiving (it is quasi in-existant). There is a small disco every night at 8:30 for kids which our kids loved but frankly it could have been better. Given that, they have great, I mean great kids deal and the place was packed with kids. Our kids made lots of friends and guess what: who needs a kids club if your kids have other kids to play with... If you are looking to leave your child unattended at the kids club and go to the beach (which was not our case) you are definitively looking at the wrong place.
The personnel is extremely kind, they where nice, professional and did their best all week long. The service we found was excellent and exceeded our expectations. (it was definitively up a notch from previous experience as far as conviviality goes). It's better to bring a folding high chair as they have but a few... The food was good but lacked a bit in variety at the buffet restaurants. It's better to have good limited choices then awful large varietty ;-) We had good experiences with all the "a la carte" restaurants and found the food to be good there as well. The food is definitively fine for a week but I would find it quite repetitive for a two week stay. One note: sometimes the El Dorado (sea food a la carte) is opened for lunch... you have sandwiches at the beach bar and of course there is the buffet. There is also theYarey which has a small buffet and a la carte for lunch... their pizza, especially the sea food one, is quite excellent.
There are many excursions available through the tour operators.... if you are looking for deep sea fishing, which we were, it is 210conc. pesos/USD for the boat for 4.... you'll need to find other people to go if you want to share the price.... we did not go on any excursions with them as they are very expensive for young kids..... and even adults sometimes....
One thing we recommend to everyone is to go to PLAYA PILAR. The tour operators will sell an excursion there for 50USD/pesos per person, this is a real rip off!!! Take a cab, they will take you there and back when you want to. We rented a mini-van/bus (we were 6 adultes 6 children) and it cost a total of 80 pesos/USD including the 10USD tip!!!! (we made him wait a past planned time as we did not want to leave) it is a haven!!!!! you can go catamaran and snorkeling for 11pesos the beach is pure white flour and almost deserted.... There is a little restaurant which serve beer and other non alcohol drinks all about 1peso ea. But THE BEST is the food, they have 4 things lobster tails, shrimps, fish (red snaper) and pork all cooked on a real charcoal and only with their own hint of seasoning!!! It is deeelicious and not too expensive (15-9-5 and 3.5) You can also rent a car (its real easy to get there) and its about 80pesos/USD 24hours.
Other is to go snorkelling at the resort but again NOT with the tour operators. Enquire at the water sports rental and they will book it for you it is 20 pesos/USd a person and worth every penny!!! Don't forget to take along either bananas or bread or eggs (fish favorite) and you will see the fish jump out of water to eat!!!!!
Conclusion: Although we would not go back to the same place as a principle (too many places to see in this world), we would recommend this place to anyone.
What an amazing place!!
The Blau Coloniel was a wonderful resort. Highly recommended for families. You had the option of the pool or the beach. Depending on how windy it was would dictate where we would spend our day. Both the beach and the pool were exceptional. Had no problems finding chairs by pool or beach as there was plenty to go around.
There was not alot of nightly entertainment. This was not a big deal for us as we were pretty tired by the end of the day and were in bed by 10:00 or so. There was the disco that held one show while we were there. There is the coffee bar right outside the La Fontanella where you can sit and drink cappucinos and listen to the Cuban band that played a few nights. You must visit the gentleman that makes "Chirros", like donuts. He is right beside the disco and coffee area. Yummy!!!!
The buffet was sufficient with enough choices that you always found something good to eat. There were three a la carte restaurants that you had to have reservations to eat at. One was seafood (El Dorado), Italian (La Fontanella), and Cuban (Yares Grill by the pool). All were great experiences, but my personal favourite was the seafood mostly because of the layout and ambiance as well as the food. You must make sure to say hello to Liber (bartender at Seafood Restaurant) and Augusto (runs the restaurant). Both are amazing characters. We hung out alot at the upstairs of the El Dorado and chatted with Liber, the bartender. He is great entertainment.
The weather we had while we were there was exceptional. Seven days of high 80's. The first two days were windy but we just hung out by the pool. Make sure to bring a light jacket for the evenings. There was a bar right by the pool and also one on the beach and we drank Banana Mamas, Daquiris and Pina Colados. The bartenders were great!!!
The resort property had a real Spanish appeal and the grounds were lovely and very picturesque. I cannot imagine anyone complaining about this resort as I have read several reviews where some did complain.
Go wtih an open mind, be kind to the Cuban staff who work really hard for you. Tip well, give gifts in appreciation for their hard work. The vacation is simply what you make it.
Go there and enjoy!!!
Fun but will Not recommend
WE JUST GOT BACK FROM THE BLAU.
We had agreat time,we were in Cuba,on a beach with our kids and it was sunny!!!Whta else can you ask for in the middle of February!!!
Unfortunately the Blau was not a huge reason in our enjoyment of the vacation.Alot that was advertised never transpired,it left us questioning our travel agents ability and the advertising of the resort???
Everything that I have read so far from other guests is 100% correct.A couple of left out points are the following....
-Kids club was not was promoted,however the one girl that was there gave 100%,and often was available for afew evenings to watch our kids so we had afew hours to ourselves.
-Staff were great,some impatient "bartenders"---not pleasant!!!
-The "check-out" was a nightmare.If you had an evening flight,you were asked to leave your room at 12:00,and use a complimentary room later that day to get cleaned up for your flight back??Unfortunately so were about 60 other people waiting for the 3-4 rooms available.Plus there was no orderly way to get a key passed onto the next person who needed the room,you had to fend for yourself,with no help from the Desk??Imagine all this with two young kids by your side in the lobby on the last day of a holiday??Not pleasant way to end a wek and prepare for the 6 hrs of traveling ahead of you!!!(We ended up using the room of very nice couple we met from Toronto(Thanks Evan and Darren,s parents)
A fine time at the Blau
Just returned from Cuba and the Blau on Feb 24, 2005 and was overall pleased with the quality of the resort, the food, the beach and the rooms. There were a few windy days on the beach, but you can sit at the pool and enjoy the sun. Great weather for the most part--especially compared to -15.
The renovated rooms are just lovely and spotless, though the buildings facing the lagoon get traffic noise--ask for building 14, 15, 16, 17 instead and get an ocean view. I was looking for a place where there was nothing to do but sit on the beach and chill out, so I don't have the complaints some of the other visitors seem to have about animation. Animate yourselves people!! There are several tours that take you out of the resort, which can break up the lounging around on beach chairs if you so wish. The overnight to Havana is definitely worthwhile if you want to see something other than Cuban staff.
Sometimes admistrative issues are slow--on Cuban time--but otherwise, it was a great holiday. And I would say that the buffet is as good as the a la carte restaurants, with plenty of choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
And give your little gifts to the behind the scenes people. Kitchen staff, gardeners, etc. The waiters and chambermaids are very well taken care of.
It's what you make it.
I returned from the Blau January 16th 2005. I travelled alone and made incrediable friends. I hung out with The Entertainment staff. Which I know there were lack of. I found them during the day to be lazy and at night FUN. We always left the reort and went to other night clubs. That was fun. Our DICO was ok. I just couldn't get over all the kids in a smoke filled room.
The Bartender Danielle at the club was awesome. He never let my drink go dry. Tip and they will take care of you. You have to remember these people work for peanuts. I bought a whole lot of stuff from the dollar store. Crayons, books, razors, gel etc. Something that costs us a buck makes them smile from ear to ear.
The weather was nice, windy but hot. The beach was great alot of sand flying around but my tan was awesome. Very disappointed with the lack of the swim up bar. It looked Huge. I almost filled it with water myself. Advertising for this resort ----- you do not get what is advertised. I always bring a copy of the page and I was laughing at all the things that were not included.
Remember that your safe is free. But if you don't ask for it you wont get it. My room was great. I had it all to myself though so I doesn't count. I stayed in 16 and had ocean view and poolview. Jan 15th was my birthday and I found beautiful flowers in my room. It was lovely.
Be advised that changing money is a mission. The bank closed, Bank have no money. Exchange rates different everyday. Try to convert here.
FOOD what can I say iam a picky eater and I had no selection. I lost 10 pounds & iam not complaining. Seafood was excellent but I was at that restaurant when it was the tryp and they had whole lobsters....NOT anymore. I was looking forward to that.
Alll in all I met incrediable people and I made it fun. Go horse back riding and take cabs to different places Playa Pilar Awesome. Do not do a tour waste of money. Iam going back in June. Remember a 5 star in cuba is about a 2 here so don't complain they are doing there best
Had lots of fun
Visited the Blau the week of Feb 15 till Feb 22, 2005. Airport coming and going went smoothly, no delays, just dont care for the box lunch you get with Skyservice. Weather was great, a couple of windy days but still nice, no rain. Beach was nice, never had a problem with chairs as we were down by 9:00am. We never made it to the pool so cant comment on it. The grounds were kept very nice, our room was great, section 20 across from the disco, the noise was not loud. The room was very close to everything and on the main floor, nice inside and kept very clean. Food ok, not great but not bad either. Good service and food at buffet and restaurants. We searched information on this location and went there to relax so cant comment on trips as we never went on any. We found all the staff very helpful and attentive, I think you get back from them what you give. We had a great time, do bring stuff for other staff that work on the beach and maintenance, a sandwich and drink is really appreciated by them. Dont tip with loonies and toonies, the workers CANNOT change them, give them a US dollar, they only lose 10c, I came home with around $40 in loonies that I didnt take. We had a great time, if your not picky about food and understand that this is not Canada you can have a great time too.
Great place read on
Just got back March 6, 2005 - need more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a great place, 15 minutes from airport and not Cuban time.
Check in was a little slow but it gives you time to meet everyone. Nice to the front desk - nice room. I had a great room in building 12 which is the building that has the internet, reception and close to the main buffet dinning room. Make sure to ask for a room on ground floor if you cannot walk up stairs.
Ocean view rooms - not too many as they have many palm trees. If you want oceam view you will have to ask for block 15 - 2nd or 3rd floor in that block or close to it.
Only one pool opened at this time - the second with the swim up bar only in December 2005 with other rooms close by.
No bathrobes in room - brochures indicate yes but they have not received them. Internet café ok but slow 5$ us for one hour.
Currency: cuban convertible pesos same rate as the US dollar but only changed in banks or hotel - bring canadian $$
Items that you may need: face cloth, junk food, insolated mug as the glasses are really small.
Have coffee at the pool bar or the 24 hour café as the coffee in the main buffet dining room not great
You got to remember you are in Cuba and service at times can be slow but who cares when you are on vacation. Great place for small kids not for older ones who want to have fun - then go to the Tyrp
Blau Colonial Cayo Coco
Im staying at the Blau Colonial in Cayo Coco. Was staying at the Villa Cojimar but they are under construction and was upgraded to The Blau.
Has anyone stayed here? What's it like?
RE: Blau Colonial Cayo Coco
Did you Google for 'Debbies Caribbean Resorts' http://www.debbiescaribbeanresortreviews.com/cuba/blau.html
RE: RE: Blau Colonial Cayo Coco
Thank you Dave. I have seen that website. I was just looking for VT-er's opinions. It's a great site though.
RE: RE: Blau Colonial Cayo Coco
Theoretically it is an upgrade but, I would wonder what you had before.
RE: RE: Blau Colonial Cayo Coco
Was staying at Villa Cojimar. A 3 star.
Coco or Guillermo? Iberostar Daquiri or Blau Colonial??! :-)
I hope you can help!
In December my partner and I are hoping to go on holiday to Cuba. We've decided on the Cayo's because we love gorgeous beaches, swimming, the occasional snorkel and the all round relaxing look of the place.
Now, we are deciding which Cayo to visit, well really I guess it's going to boil down to which hotel.
A bit about us : On a limited budget, found bargains and the two above mentioned resorts. We have travelled a lot, but backpacking so this is a treat (air con in rooms *wow* !) What we want is somewhere we can do excursions from that will not be too pricey; a nice beach with waters for swimming and the odd snorkel; a relaxing atmosphere; some evening entertainment as in shows or music in the bar - just quiet and chilled; good restaurants in the hotels to eat a nice meal at and relax.
Accommodation wise, I think either will be luxury compared to what we are used to when travelling, but we love a nice private balcony to sit and enjoy sunset drinks on, a spacious room and some character.
Really stuck on which hotel will suit us best. We've read through countless tips and reviews on trip advisor and the like to no conclusion of where to go!
Many Thanks in advance.
Re: Coco or Guillermo? Iberostar Daquiri or Blau Colonial??! :-)
Havn't tried Cayos but went to Cuba in june 08, stayed at Playa Coste Verde near
Guardalavaca. Great accomodation and facilities. Beautiful beaches, good snorkelling. All rooms spacious with ac and private terrace or balcony. Roads are not good we hired taxis for the day rather than risk driving, found this to be cheap and very convenient.
hope this helps.
Re: Coco or Guillermo? Iberostar Daquiri or Blau Colonial??! :-)
Coco and Blau.
tryp resort cayo coco cuba
my family of 5 inc 3 children 13,7,5 are due to visit cuba in october at the tryp hotel cayo coco and it would be nice to hear from anyone who has stayed there and how they found their stay and have any tips which would be useful to us.one of the main questions i would like to find out is as we have 3 very independent children how safe is the complex and are they safe to go wondering,also whilst we are there we would love to swim with the dolphins and we know there are excursions to holguin and varadero so any advice on those would be greatly appreciated or any other dolphin excursions