BRAND NEW RESORT
Tuesday December 7 to Tuesday December 14, 2010
As we were looking for a week getaway spot with hopefully a little sunshine and to celebrate our "39th" Wedding Anniversary, we picked Varadero, Cuba. We had been there three years ago and really liked the beaches there. We chose the brand new five star RIU VARADERO.
When completed, the resort will offer 1110 guestrooms.
The Beach area was smaller than the resorts either side of us, but had loungers and some parasols with bamboo thatched roofs. The staff at the beach are very helpful and bring a lounger to the spot you like on the beach.
The swimming pool area was huge, also with lots of loungers and comfortable pads. There are some sheltered areas (I counted about ten and they were snatched up by the early birds in the morning). There is a swim-up bar in the middle.
There were five bars open when we were there:
Lobby Bar "Mariposa" - also a Cappuccino Bar was opened up here
Theater Bar "Azahar"
Poolside Snack Bar "Adelfa"
Swim-up Bar "Ortencia"
Our room - #21128 in Pod #21 - was on the first floor as we requested at check-in. We had a huge king-size bed, 2 comfy chairs, one small table, a desk, mini fridge, stocked with 2 cans of beer, 4 cans of soda and a bottle of water. As we were on the ground floor, we had a small patio with garden view and 2 chairs with one small table.
Other amenities included, a coffee-maker, radio/CD player, Satellite TV, Large closets with safe (no charge), iron and ironing board, bathroom with hairdryer and supplies- shampoo, bath gel, soap bars & body lotion. Towels are exchanged daily.
A few nights there was entertainment in the Theatre. The "Animation Team" consisted of about a dozen amazing young local dancers who put on shows such as "Michael Jackson Night" and "International Night".
In the Lobby Bar, there was an awesome guitar player/singer. And there was also a wonderful lady singer, accompanied by a piano player.
Our package was 7 night all-inclusive with Signature Tours. Included was flight - room - all meals - all drinks - taxes. Our all-inclusive price was $555.00 + 240.00 airport fees for a total of $795.00 CDN per person.
LOVELY VARADERO CUBA
Sunday, November 11 to Sunday 18, 2007
Varadero began to be developed as a vacation Resort in the 1940's, but in the last ten years, its network of hotels and facilities have diversified and grown. Its main attraction has always been its marvelous beaches and has exceptionally good conditions for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports.
VARADERO is part of a peninsula that juts out into the calm waters of the Atlantic. It's a 21 kilometre strip of fine white sand and is constantly cooled by tropical breezes. Average year-round water temperature is 24 - 26 degrees C.
Tuesday December 7 to Tuesday 14, 2010
Hans and I again spent a week in Varadero, staying this time at the brand new RIU Varadero.
Entrance to RIU Varadero
Native dance which involved the tourists
Amy & Hansi
Has anyone heard how the plan for the opening of the Riu Varadero are going? WE are booked for January and wondering what are the chances? Sure hope it is a go!
Re: Riu Varadero
It is supposed to open in "summer 2010". I know they were taking bookings for May 2010, but that has already come and gone. According to TripAdvisor, top review, states that they received a E-Mail from the hoterl back in January stating that first phase will open in March 2010 and the second in June 2010. Did not happen. Looks like they are looking at October now.....
Here is the discussion in over 200 responses. It is quite illuminating. The responses start in February and the last one was today.
Re: Riu Varadero
I have just returned from Varadero with a Cdn travel agent. Both she and her Cuban contacts don't even know where they are building this hotel, let alone when it will open. You are booked for January? What year?
Check out your agent.
I stayed at Breezes Superclub (no kids) and the staff were terrific. Food was not what I would serve. Wherever you stay, bring your comfort goodies/tastes of democracy: tea bags, soups, cookies, candies, Mrs.dash spice, whatever you can pack.
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hello i have booked the riu varadero for may 2011 does ne1 know if it will be open?