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All-inclusive in Varadero

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A March 2007 trip to Varadero by MichaelJM

Hotel Varadero Photo, Varadero, Cuba More Photos
Quote: Varadero is the all-inclusive capital of Cuba and it was here that we, as all-inclusive virgins, enjoyed the experience for the first time.

Oasis Hotel

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Hotel | "Oasis Varadero 1920 "

Oasis Hotel Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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This is the first time I’ve experienced ‘all inclusive’ and stayed in what felt like a total village. First impressions are all important and, as we piled out of the bus into the hotel lobby, we were immediately impressed with the scale of the place.Despite the numbers of visitors, we were attended to fairly quickly, given our room number, and then provided with a wristband to prove we were all inclusive, which was unceremoniously clipped onto our wrist and ‘must not be removed’. A map of the site was given to us and then we were driven to our apartment in a large golf buggy. Now, there was no way that we could complain about our accommodation. It was at the quieter end of the resor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2007

Oasis Hotel
First stop after leaving the airport
Varadero, Cuba

Oasis Hotel

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Hotel | "Hotel Varadero and its grounds"

Oasis Hotel Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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Oasis Panorama 1920 stands impressively back from the main road overlooking the sea and its extensive grounds. It’s not all hotel rooms and restaurants, and there are opportunities to find quiet spots in the lightly-wooded area towards the beach.These are a maze of footpaths weaving between local flora, some of which has been labelled so at least visitors can, if they’re interested enough, recognize the vegetation.Although there was a great variety of bird life, we felt privileged to see the frantic flapping of a green hummingbird as it sucked the nectar out of the bell-like red flowers. This was a creature of habit, as we often saw it around 7pm as we made our way ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2007

Oasis Hotel
First stop after leaving the airport
Varadero, Cuba

Matanzas

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Attraction | "Mantanza province "

Matanzas Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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We stopped off en route to Varadero at El Penon, a small wayside café, one and half hours east of Havana, just beyond one of the island’s main factories for Havana Club rum. We’d seen some spectacular views over the ocean with more shades of blue than I knew existed and then driven through the uninspiring countryside where ‘nodding donkeys’ were hard at work extracting oil from deep underground. This industrial zone is not something to seek out.After the stop at El Penon, we enjoyed a real tasty Piña Colada, with as much rum as you wanted to pour into it. This white rum was exceptionally young so had absorbed few flavours from the barrel. The taste of pineapple and coconut was, howe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 1, 2007

Matanzas
Between Varadero and Havana
Varadero, Cuba

Hotel Varadero

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Hotel Varadero Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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Each night, the resort had a show on at the theatre. It was mixed in quality, but the same troupe worked hard each time to entertain the visitors. Shows lasted about an hour and started promptly at 9:30pm, Cuban time, meaning around that time, give or take 15 minutes. Acoustically, this covered outdoor theatre was good and the seating arrangement allowed for a clear view of the stage for everyone. On our first visit, we only caught the end of a "round the world" musical extravaganza and were pleasantly surprised at the quality and enthusiasm of the troop. The theatre was packed and we had to stand right at the edege. Thereafter, we arrived a bit earlier with a couple of drinks from the nearby bar!...Read More

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Hotel Varadero
Ctra. de Las Morlas Varadero
Varadero, Cuba
+53 45 667013

Hotel Varadero

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Attraction | "Piano bar"

Hotel Varadero Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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This was one of our favorite haunts in Oasis Panorama 1920. The bar was a comfortable and nicely-arranged room with a superb ambience. Center stage, of course, was a beautiful grand piano that, most evenings, had its ivories tickled by the hotel’s resident pianist. She played a range of music from popular classical to classic pop, responding well when the room erupted into applause.A brief chat with her revealed that she had a couple of girls, the eldest eight years was already following in her mother’s footsteps and playing the piano, with aspirations (at her tender age) of becoming a classical pianist. Ambitions are important let’s hope she makes it. Although she had some tried-an...Read More

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Hotel Varadero
Ctra. de Las Morlas Varadero
Varadero, Cuba
+53 45 667013