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May 1, 2007
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 to the restaurant.
We observed the antics of a long-legged kingfisher-type bird as it balanced on the model of a flamingo and dipped into one of the hotel’s fish ponds for its breakfast. We couldn’t help but be amused when it over stretched, presumably for a tastier morsel, and toppled into the water. Unconcerned it assumed its former position and lay in wait yet again. A lone egret strutted around the grounds whilst its compatriots flew over the Caribbean Sea alongside a number of pelicans in search of fish.
The grounds were awash with colour of the local flora: red, pink, orange bougainvillea, purples, and blues with the odd splash of yellow. Interspersed, were the perfectly formed bird lillies and the odd wild orchid in the woodland. Coconut trees, palms, and rubber plants were in evidence. Gardenias were plentiful and tall and strong in contrast to the small house plants that we have back home in the UK.
For the more energetic, there were tennis courts and one day we stumbled on an archery range. I had several goes but despite some expert coaching I proved to be verging on inadequate. A few steps away from here in a courtyard area was a small beer garden and an ice-cream parlour. These didn’t seem to be that busy. Indeed, on the occasion that we partook of ice-cream sundaes, we were the only customers for the duration of our sojourn.
Early afternoon, we always returned to the comfort of the wicker chairs outside the Piano Bar to enjoy Pina Colado, a cappuccino or two, and to enjoy the relative calm and shade of the tranquil environment overlooking a large pond with it’s islands of palms and the flash of orange as the waters move with the energetic movements of the resident carp.
The resort has a couple of swimming pools and "inland" from our apartment, we could just see the smaller of the two. This was relatively quiet and we preferred it; very relaxing, indeed, it was early afternoon on the first day when we decided we better head back to the apartment, just as well because we were glowing a nice shade of pink by the time we showered!
From journal All-inclusive in Varadero
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 resort with a balcony that looked in three directions. Straight out of our bedroom, through the double French windows, we had an uninterrupted view of the sea complete with pelicans soaring past us en route to their meal. I’m always amazed how graceful they seem and how quickly they plummet like lead weights from the sky to the sea. A queen-sized bed occupied the centre of the room with a radio, CD player, and TV, coffee maker and a small fridge and plenty of chairs for both inside and outside use. There was a small dressing room with ample space to hang our clothes, an iron (if we fancied doing any washing or our clothes needed pressing) and free access to a safe.
Certainly, we were well equipped and the large bathroom, elegantly tiled, was amply provided with shower gel, shampoo, and body lotion.
Being at the end was, however, a mixed blessing because we picked up the sea breezes that whipped across the peninsula, though I’m not sure that anywhere was particularly protected from the wind. It actually gave a false sense of coolness and you could sit out in the full sunshine without getting too hot. It was good for the tanning but we needed to remind ourselves that the sun’s rays were working even though we weren’t dripping perspiration. From our apartment, we had fantastic views of sunrise and sunset and it was interesting to note how many people came to see and photograph the sun. We could just sit there and enjoy it!
The room’s décor is a 70s rag roll design with what my wife described as a prison stripe across the wall. There’s all the colours you can imagine with yellows, oranges and blues, green and turquoise and light brown—a cacophony of colour that shouldn’t work but does. That’s the Caribbean for you.
The only problem with being "out on a limb" was that the water pressure was low and the shower was often on the chilly side of warm. We did notify reception of the pressure and surprisingly it improved, but showering at peak time usually meant a "refreshing shower".
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Afghanistan
March 29, 2005
The food at this hotel was terrible. There was very little selection, and the selection was of things that most of us would not eat! But we found that each night the dinner would get a little better. There is a restaurant straight across the way from the buffet hall. You must make reservations here, and I recommend that you pick a night and do it as soon as possible. The food in this restaurant is a little better.
The staff was typically very friendly! There was one woman behind the front desk (a younger woman) who expected a tip to get anything done for you. There was also one barman that would pour your drink based on the tip you gave. Stand your ground and demand that he put more in. You are not expected to tip every time you go to the bar as was explained by our vacation rep. Tip is based on the service provided to you, and that is what we followed.
The beach was fairly nice. Get there early if you want to get one of the grass-umbrella things or a beach chair. They go fast! The sand is really nice and soft, the water is great, and the bar is close, too!
There is a bar in the lobby. This bar is for the guests who are not on an all-inclusive package. You can purchase drinks there if you’d like. There items at this bar the other bars do not provide for you. You can get an espresso or cappuccino there as well.
If you feel that your room attendant is doing a fine job, leave her a tip on the TV. Generally, we were leaving a couple of pesos a day, and sometimes things like candy and hair accessories.
The entertainment was nonexistent most nights. There were 3 nights we knew there was a show. The first started with a fashion show and led to what was described as something worse than the first-grade musical at your child’s school. The second was a really good magic show. The third, and final, show was really just a night to pull guests up on the stage and embarrass the heck out of them.
From journal Sunny Varadero Gataway