Our stay March 25th to April 8th. Listen over 100 times to cuba staying almost everywhere including premium five stars and regular cuban five stars.Memories Cayo Santa Maria is one of the BEST resorts comparing great price verses hotel quality features...period !!! Come on people what do you want fabulous food and very low prices? Forget it this will not happen in Cuba like other caribbean destinations. The u.s. embargo and local production is simply not of
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A beautiful modern "five star" cuban junior suite. Great Satellite T.V. with more channels then I have ever seen in cuba. Over 45 channels. 8 spanish.Our electronic air conditioning worked great. Super cool if you like. Beds firms but good for sleeping posture for those heathly.Big soaking tub with plenty of hot water. Everything for us worked fine.Building NOT noisy!!!
Great service by ALL staff. Tip appropriately and you will rewarded.Beautiful grounds and maintenance standards outside.Yes if you have a problem you may have to notify front desk more than once.If not satisfied try your sunwing rep. ever day at front lobby.It works !!!!!!!!!!
Absolutely beautiful.Three distinct areas.There is a minclub for children 9 to 5PM with lots of toys,supervised great staff and even,1ST time ever in Cuba three playstation 3 game consules and X-Box with lots of games.Good lagoon pool for children beside mini club.Two other big adult pools with music on Paraiso and Azul sides. Magnificient beach with sand and water so Soft and powdery and do not know if there is better anywhere on earth. NOW LISTEN: About the difficulty getting loungers with shade every day??? OUR SOLUTION: We arrived 11AM every morning and simply moved our 3 loungers on to the grass by the pools and found plenty of palms with shady areas.Lots of privacy too! What you can't walk an additional 10 seconds to pools or drinks ???
Some absolutely delicious. A La Cartes : Remember food director is Italian. So Italian a la carte
is truly outstanding especially for Cuba.This is the BEST one. Good is Gourmet lobster,steakhouse ,mediterreanen and some items in TexMex. Asian just Ok.Now for some FOOD TIPS: Best grilled Hamburgers,Chicken Breasts and Hot Dogs are a Paraiso beach hut
grill on far west edge of beach.Super fresh Canadian style hamburg buns,great cheese,tomato
onions with plenty of ketchup and mustard. Also at Sports Bar 66 by Azul pool but not as good.
Delcious PIZZAS at PiZZA OVEN on Beach far east side of Azul section.Once a week but the day various FABULOUS freshly grilled large half lobster tails at Azul grill behind sports bar 66.
Lots for everyone who hits the right LUNCH day weekly for this great treat. lobster drizzled in butter,grilled hot and fresh,final drzzle of whitewine and fresh garlic if you wish.Eat two or more.
For the buffets you wait ten minutes plus for good grilled steaks (Ask medium rare) Chicken Breasts,Fish,Calamari,Pork Cops and great PASTA and FRIED RICE stations. Noticied now almost everything labelled. plenty of sauces,salad dressings,BBQ Etc.GREAT desserts,custards,Pies,and flambe of bananas,Pineapples and Pears in sugarly rum sauce with6/7 toppings.Limited fruit due to production restrictions in cuba.Also ONCE A WEEK at various dates FRESH GRILLED LOBSTER in Buffet AZUL side for dinner. So with a little planning and luck you can EAT really well while in CUBA.Gained five pounds !!!
IF YOU LIKE SNORKELLING:
Adults and teens only recommended. Go to end of beach Azul side by rocky outcrop. Do you
see the shady area of grass 100 feet out from beach about 600 feet long?? WOW!! an unbelievable concentration of four/five varieties of fish 20,000 to 30,000 fish...really!!! Please
be aware that circling these fish are 15/20 sometimes over 100 hundred Barracuda's 2 feet to
a huge 6 feet in length waitung to feed on the fish 'Buffet' The barracuda's avoid or move away from all snorkellers and never witnessed problems in 2 weeks of snorkelling. Also saw a school
of mini sharks 1 foot length. Dolphins in the early morning and some amazing duck like underwater birds really catching fish.
Pueblo Estrella beside far end of Paraiso section has 1 kilometre of street vendors selling their
wares on street and new ones every few days. Good bowling/pool tables and lively Disco at nights with ALL age groups observed. $2 cuc admission fee.Great Bands and music now at front of theatre every night from 7PM to 8:30PM then mini disco for children followed by GOOD evening shows 9:15 to 10:15 PM. Micheal Jackson Last 20 minutes Monday and Friday nights.
So plenty to do for evening/night owls.
MY ONLY RECOMMENDATION FOR BUFFET/RESTUARANT MANAGER:
Please consider a NIGHTLY fresh 'roast' OPTION for guests in the buffet to speed up a fresh
food selection.I.E. Turkey,Roast Pork,Roast Chicken,Roast Beef etc. EACH NIGHT not once a week. I believe this will satisfy the remaining buffet skeptics!!