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Avaliou em 11 de Fevereiro de 2021
I would like to discuss the bus ride between the Manzanillo Cuba airport to the Hotel Marea Del Portillo Resort. My wife and I have visited this resort many times and have enjoyed it most times. The resort is generally quite, friendly and clean and we both love the 🌞 . The food is not the greatest how ever you get what you pay for. However one big detriment to the Hotel is the bus ride. The ride from the airport to the resort is approximately two hours each way and although the bus drivers are referred to by the Hotel staff as Professional, most are certainly not. We have had rides that have scared the Hell out of both of us due to the drivers reckless unnecessary speed or crowding other traffic or in particular driving much to close to the road mountain edge. There are no guard rails nor any protection when you are either climbing or descending down the mountain and when you look over the road edge you cannot even see the bottom. Most drivers do not take the risk factors into consideration when they are going down the mountain and we know that we are completely dependent on working breaks and break lines to get us down safely but most drivers travel way too fast going down and then on the way up they speed to get the momentum to climb and now they are on the road edge in the event that meet another vehicle. One time we were returning to the airport and our driver decided to pass another sister bus which had also just left our resort. Our driver was litterly racing the bus ahead of us and traveling at the top speed the bus would go only to narrowly crawl last the sister bus just to be ahead of it by one bus length. Are you joking? Other oncoming traffic obviously slowed to allow our bus to get in. OMG. And why do the buses departing the airport and the resort, have to leave at the same exact time is ridiculous. All that does is cause the arriving tourists at either end to bunch up like a herd of cattle waiting to go on. Crazy. Other tourists we have met at the resort have told us that they would never return to this place simply because of the drivers. So sad. Also, drivers should not consume alcohol prior to operating the bus. We enjoy the scenery each way however are very nervous with the ride especially in light of the recent bus crash in Cuba in January 2021 where 10 lives were lost I believe all of their drivers need to take an updated driving course and any driver consuming alcohol prior to operating the bus should be immediately fired.
Best horseback riding!
Avaliou em 27 de Abril de 2020
Chi chi is an amazing person there! He made amazing tours for riding. My last time there was the best thing ever! He taught me how to really ride! Like he let my sister, my friend, and I to go galloping and cantering through the banana plantation! It was the best feeling ever. That time I was 11 and I didn’t use any stirrups nor helmet. I didn’t wear a helmet either nor did I fall once riding. It was my fist time cantering and galloping and it was truly the best experience ever. I recommend chi chi all the way. He is perfect with horses. I know that in Canada I wouldn’t be able to go riding without a helmet and gallop at the same time. I’m so happy for an amazing experience with chi chi! My horse even did a rear at the beginning and I got a bit scared but chi chi told me how to handle.
Below average beach but spectacular view
Avaliou em 9 de Março de 2020
First - landing in Manzanillo , the smallest airport in Cuba I have been so far, half of the passengers had to wait outside for customs check. Also, Club Amigo is the only resort served by this airport... so the road to the hotel is as it was 50 years ago - 100 kms in more than 2 and a half hours...no way you will be able to nap....:)) Now - there are two hotels in this Club Amigo resort, after one night we moved to the one on the hill - Farallon - about 300 metes uphill, that was a real 4 star stay, and with a million dollar view that reminded me Costa Rica on the Pacific side.
Food ? - average for 3 star as for variety but still : real yogurt, bread, meat, let alone fruits!
Beach? - below average - gray sand looked like a dirt...nothing beats Varadero, but water, shallow for the first 30 meters, good for kids
And once again - end of night entertainment at 3 star resorts.
Our home away from home!
Avaliou em 27 de Fevereiro de 2020
This will be cross posted. We have returned from yet another wonderful week at Marea. The food was the same and plentiful. The staff were awesome as usual. The bugs were only bad for an hour or so however the sand flees were awful late at night walking between resorts. The president is apparently coming to this part of the island early March to see what is happening as there are so many complaints about the condition of the roads. There is apparently money being put in to renovations at both hotels starting with Farallón. Customs was okay no real issues just slow. There were drinks available at the airport arrival and departure. Plane came from Montreal to Toronto and then Manzanillo. Gas is short however we had no difficulty arranging taxis if you plan ahead. They are not sitting and waiting for a possible trip. We went to Ferlin’s and food was amazing. Did not have the opportunity to get to Danny’s this time, however as per other guests food was great there too. Cuban people are finding times tougher and even if they have some means there is very little in the store. They are in need of personal items as previously stated. Shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste etc. Both hotel stores had some personal items that could be bought such as roll on deodorant. Vendors are down by the guard shack and all in nice little huts. Many horse and buggies available. Ice and beer every day at resort. Entertainment similar but new band at Marea. Excellent music. New Mariachi band from Media Luna for Cuban night and they received a standing ovation. There are many dancers both male and female. Some people have left for other countries to try and make a better life. Some have already returned unable to find work. There will always be someone unhappy with the resort or something that has happened. The only real issue we witnessed were a few unruly and disrespectful Canadians. The people in Cuba are doing the best they can with what they have. Enjoy your next trip, go with the flow and remain positive.
Best week of r+r I've had in years; extremely pleasant surprise!
Avaliou em 23 de Fevereiro de 2020
Super-bon vacation at the Marea Del Portillo! Stayed atop the hill, with a spectacular view of the bay and the mountains. Very very clean and quiet with a very comfortable bed, no crazy drunks or obnoxious kiddos in and around the pool (the few children around were super well-behaved, friendly and well-minded by their parents). No drunks sitting all day in the pool bar; yay!Ample choice of food, tasty and no tummy issues whatsoever! If you like spicy, do bring your own hot sauce, but otherwise, all good! Lots fresh veggies, choices of meat or fish, salads and FRESHLY baked bread products! All the staff were delightful and kind. Due to the isolated location, there isn't the turnover you see elsewhere, so staff know the repeat customers (there are MANY, making it easy to get info on things to do/things to miss. Excellent bargains on coffee and honey in the hotel shopsLots to do if you want to; activities by the pool, nightly events/shows in the lobby or on the beach, excursions, and a small town nearby that is accessible. Beach-black sand at one end, whiter at the other. Bicycles available, some folks with scooters as well.
Spa-very reasonably priced, great work. Dentist on-site; excellent prices,very modern facility/equipment.Drive to the resort is long (2 hrs), but the scenery is GREAT!
Protip: heading home, take snacks. Don't go to the departure lounge til you have to; very little up there and it's hot! I did the vip room and it was well worth the bit of extra money.