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Club Amigo Varadero Awsome Place Would Go Back
My husband & Myself Stayed At Club Amigo From Jan.24-Feb.1/04 We Had A Great Holiday, Resort A Beautiful Place;We Could Not Believe What we Were Getting For A 3*. Rooms Spacious& Clean. Staff Friendly, Very Nice Beach.There Is No Problem With Transportation, Went To Varadero, Also Took A Day Trip To Havanah Which We Enjoyed. Buffet Dinner Not The Best, 2 A La Cart Resturants Food Is Good.Buy No Means Did We Go Hungary.We Would Go Back To Club Amigo Again. Before I 'Forget' Our Maid 'Reina' Did A Great Job. A Vacation In Cuba Is Much More Relaxing Then Mexico, The Reason Being No 'Timeshare' Scams
Fantastic holiday at Club Amigo Varadero 21st March till 28th March
We have just returned back from Club Amigo Varadero ,we went 21st March till 28th March o4 and we had a fantastic time,We are a family of 4 with 2 young children age 7 & 5 and the kids had a great time,We are Brits who live in Canada and this was our 1st time to Cuba,We were a bit worry about going after reading some negative reviews however we were very pleasantly surprised, We had a fantastic holiday We had a large very clean family room with 3 double beds and a balcony, and the room would be cleaned spotless everyday,The Hotel complex was very nice and we would love to sit by the piano bar after dinner sipping tea listening to the music,The beach was amazing the sand is beautiful and the colour of the sea amazing ,fantastic for kids, We felt very safe and my kids could quite happily go up to the bar by themselves and order wanted ever juice they wanted,The pool area was great too and my kids had hours of fun in the pool whilst I sat on the pool side watching,The Entertainment staff are so full of energy there were activities going on the whole time for all ages, We liked the dance lessons best,We didn't find the food half as bad as people were complaining about, we always got a no smoking table and staff would love talking with our girls and our drinks were always refilled as soon as they were empty, We new this was only a 3 star resort so were not expecting much However There was so much choice you could always find something to eat, The food was nice but not 5 star and we still managed to pile our plates up , Breakfast was the best with bacon, pancakes eggs cooked to order, fresh fruit croissants and mini cakes and freshly squeezed orange juice,The walk to the beach was through really nice landscaped gardens and my kids would enjoy feeding the fish on the way,We found the staff all very friendly,We had a fantastic week and I would go there again ,At the time we went most of the guests were Canadian & German mainly couples in there 40's&50's there were few people in there early 20's and only 5 young kids on the resort the whole week we were there 2 of which were ours,We stayed on the resort for the whole week got what we wanted from the holiday, a beautiful beach, lovely sea, great swimming pool and hot sun at a price we could afford :o)Our only complaint was that the supervised children's club was closed for the whole week we were there
Great Stay at Club Amigo
We had a great stay at Club Amigo (March 6 to 20th), altough we had been hestitant after reading the misleading reviews before we left for Cuba. The food was excellent, always enough and always a good selection. Couldn't ask for friendlier staff, everyone from the maid to the waiters/waitresses, entertainment crew and the security guards, tried their hardest to make us feel right at home.
The idea to going to a foreign country is to learn about the people and to meet people from other countries. If you are looking for a party place where everyone speaks english, stay at home and go to your local pub!
Loved Club Amigo
Just came back from 2 weeks in Varadero, Cuba. Stayed at the Club Amigo. Rated as a 3 - 31/2 star but I would rate it as a 4- 4 1/2. Nice large clean rooms, with a mini fridge, safety deposit box,large bathroom with a tub and shower, excelent air conditioning unit, comfortable beds ( 3/4 bed but very easily joined together), patio door and some rooms have a balcony and good locks on door. The grounds were terrific. Actually the grounds were like you own private park, with ponds (complete with gold fish to feed, geese and turtles too), paths, palm groves, stores, hammocks, benches, a boardwalk to the beach, tropical dune walk and Cuban a la carte restaurant ( food was excellent there too). Also a very nice area for the evening shows. Beautiful white fine sand beach with a bar and snack canteen with activities center and beach towel hut and a life guard. Two bars on main floor, both staffed with friendly bartenders. The 'Cuba' Bar open 24 hours and from 11pm to 7 am sandwiches are served for those wishing a snack. The buffet restaurant serves a great variety of food. Anyone not finding something they like to eat there must be dinning on lobster and cavier or macaroni and cheese all the time at home. The pool area is beautiful. Two large pools, one kiddy pool and a whirlpool. There is a fitness center, sauna, and you can even get a massage. Pool Bar also serves snacks (hamburgers, fries, hotdogs, sandwiches). There is also a small post office to buy post cards and stamps and mail them too. There are 2 pool tables, 2 ping pong tables and an assortment of games at the entertainment center, along with a very large chess board near the pools. Downtown Varadero is only a short bus ride away. I would reccomend this property very highly and we plan to go there again next year ourselves!
Nice hotel for great price.
The people in Cuba are very friendly and go above and beyond their jobs to provide you assistance. This hotel offers a great price with amazing beach and views, good food and great entertainment. Amazing beach!
Club Amigo Good and not so Good
Returned from one week at Club Amigo Varadero on March 29. This hotel is beautiful, a spectacular beach with beach bar and grill, large comfortable rooms, beautiful pool and grounds.Everything is well maintained and extremely clean. The staff in general is polite and friendly with the exception of the general store and reception where they tend to be indifferent. Not a big issue.
Maintenance service was prompt in areas of importance (toilet).
Great espresso drinks everywhere(we don't drink so can't judge bar service). Tours were well organized with exceptional tour guides, fluent in many languages with excellent presentations on history and culture of Cuba. We only attended two shows in the evening and found them to be mediocre so we didn't return.
The food is poor, but in speaking to tourists from other hotels and our own experience in Havanna, Cuban food is poor to average generally. A hint about the buffets - if you are a dessert fan, pick up your desserts first - they run out early and do not replenish the dessert bar. Hamburgers at the pool and beach were excellent.
Avoid purchasing anything in the hotel stores - prices are ridiculous - $10 US for a can of hairspray, $1 for a postcard. We paid $13 for a small package of cigarillos only to find it for $6 at the airport duty free. Rum is OK to purchase at the hotel (cheaper than duty free). No reasonably priced film anywhere in Cuba.
Make sure you remember you need $25 US per person for departure tax when you leave (cash) - payable at the airport. A few of our fellow travellers were not aware of this.
We found a week not enough unless you just want to stay at the beach.
Havana is a must see - we did the overnight with the Tropicana show - expensive, but the highlight of our trip. Also did a trip to Matanzas ( if you are interested in seeing a non-tourist city and how real Cuba lives).
Generally speaking, Club Amigo gave us full value for the money we spent - I would rate the hotel and beach a 4+ star and the food 2 star.
Cuba is definately a repeat experience. The appreciation and regard they have for Canada and Canadians is heartwarming. I can't recall a place I have felt safer.
Serene and scenic Marea del Portillo
On the southeast coast of Cuba there are two hotels nestled in the Sierra Maestra mountains on a beautiful bay.
The larger hotel, 140 rooms, is Farallon del Caribe, a Club Amigo (Cubanacan hotel) and smaller hotel, Marea del Portillo, consisting of a two-storey building with 130 rooms and separate Cabanas near the beach.
http://www.cnctv.islagrande.cu/inf_turnating.htm MAREA DEL PORTILLO, GRANMA PROVINCE
Located on the Southeast coast of Cuba, the Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Beach Club offers a truly relaxing and informal vacation. The foothills of the Sierra Maestra Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the exotic white sand beach that stretches for over 2 km on either side of this 2-storey 130- room resort. You can be as active (or inactive) as you wish. There are daily planned activities organized by the resort’s co-ordinators or you can go off on your own to explore the nearby villages and countryside either by rented car or by foot. A Club Amigo Marea del Portillo holiday is not complete without a trip to the beautiful island of Cayo Blanco, (minimal charge) which is about a 40 minute boat ride from the hotel. Here you will find a secluded small island surrounded by sparkling blue water rimmed with white sands. In the evenings you will be treated to live entertainment and fun-filled theme nights.
This website shows the room and pool at Marea del Portillo.
May 1 - July 14 $ 60.00 $ 95.00 $135.00
July 15 - August 24 $ 65.00 $ 105.00 $145.00
August 25 - Oct 31 $ 60.00 $ 95.00 $135.00
ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Children if in room with adults
3-12 50% FREE / 3-12 50% GRATIS
Farallon del Caribe Hotel, 4 Star
This is the second (and larger of the two hotels) at Marea, Granma Province in Sierra Mountains.
This impressive, 140-room resort sits on a small hill overlooking the beautiful bay of Marea del Portillo. Exclusive to ALBATours, the Club Amigo Farallon del Caribe is as popular now as when it was introduced 1993.
5 minutes to the beach and 1-1/2 hours from the airport.
photo from website, will be replaced by my own shortly Facilities:
Swimming pool with children’s area • Swim-up bar • Complimentary sun lounges • Restaurants • Bars • Pool table • Scuba diving • Ping pong • Safety deposit boxes at front desk (limited availability) • Beauty salon • Boutique • Medical services • Car rental • Tour desk • Taxi service • Babysitting services
Hotel Room, air-conditioned, 2 twin beds, telephone, satellite TV, bathroom with shower, balcony, 220 V (converters required) and 110V only in bathroom.
(Max. occ. 3.)
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily • Option to dine at Club Amigo Marea del Portillo (reserve 24 hours in advance at front desk) • Domestic drinks (10am-11pm) • Welcome cocktails • Snacks • Non-motorized watersports including snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaks and catamarans • Introductory scuba lesson in pool • Daytime tennis • Bicycles • Games • Theme nights • Daily activities and evening entertainment
Calling All Kids
Supervised children’s activities 9am-4pm for children 4-12 years. (Minimum number of children required).
Private dinner with wine. Date of last visit required at time of booking.
A La Carte Special
For an extra $15US per person, per meal you can enjoy dining at 4 à la carte restaurants: La Encenada, La Arboleda, Ole Ole and Cayo Portillito. Paid locally at front desk.
Special rates for children (12 years & under) in own room when travelling with 2 adults.
2 trips to Cayo Blanco per week $14CAD per person paid locally
Book 24 hours in advance at front desk.
Info on Granma Province
Club Amigo was an excellent resort, Very clean and the staff were amzing and friendly. The beaches were beautiful. I'm going back again.
Anyone going to Club Amigo, Maria del Portillo soon?
We spent Christmas at Maria del Portillo and met some lovely Cuban people. We would like to send some pictures and a letter to a special Cuban girl named Liliana. Would anyone be willing to take our letter to the front desk of the hotel? We have a Canadian gentleman who is staying there until March 20th and he would be thrilled if we sent him and Liliana some mail.
Wayne & Gayle (firstname.lastname@example.org)