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Blau Privilege Cayo Libertad Hotel
Ranked #35 of 64 Hotels in Varadero
Reviewed 31 May 2014

I'm a little behind on writing this review.
My Mom and my wife and I stayed at this very lovely resort April 7 to the 14th.
I can't say enough about how good the food was, how very friendly and helpful the staff is, how lovely and beautiful the grounds are and well their kept.
The guys driving the carts around that take you where ever you want to go in the resort are absolutely fantastic. They are completely professional with a great sense of humour and go out of there way to make sure your happy with everything.
We stayed in the Adult only section and it was so quiet at night you thought you were the only ones there. The rooms were large, the beds we found very,very comfortable. The bathroom was the biggest and nicest bathroom we've ever seen in a hotel/resort. IT'S FANTASTIC!!!
We mostly ate at the family part of the resort, just because there was more variety and the food there was just so good. The freshly made pizza at the the light house was our favourite place for lunch.
We ate at all the a la carts and they were all good, but I would have to say the dinners at the buffet were just as good.
If anyone complains about the food here i'm not sure where that would come from because I would be willing to guarantee they don't come even close to eating that well at home.
If there was any disappointment, it was with the request we made 2 weeks and then one week before our arrival that our room and Moms room be in the same building and on the top floor and we didn't get either one, but they did put us in buildings next to each other which was good.
Mom had a hard time with the card to get into her room, as did we sometimes, so be nice if something could be done about that.
Over all an absolutely fantastic resort that I would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We were originally booked at Blau marina ,the main resort. We were given this up grade to the private "island" due to overbooking. What a great surprise. This is the very last property on the Varadero strip, very private, very peaceful and very pretty. Our room was huge suite with a view of the ocean. Never had any issues with water, fridge, restocking or maid service. Our maid, Barbsie, made animal creations every day from towels and blankets. We ate half our meals at the restaurant but it did get repetitive so we also went to main resort buffet. The Beach area here is very quiet and secluded, beautiful and peacefull. Main resort section has alot of activities if thats what you want. As for comparing Cuba resorts to other countries, no its not as fancy, no the selection of food is not as good (we had no issues) and no your not as pampered. However i found the water and beach perfect , the weather was perfect and the people were amazing. went into Varadero many times as well as a trip to Havana. Never felt unsafe, never felt pressured. i will return to Cuba because of its people and this resort is a great upgrade for couples looking to relax, if you look for things to complain about then perhaps Cuba is not for you.

Room Tip: Ground floor facing ocean.Next to the Presidential home.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank EastTravels
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

An amazing area in Varadero. Nice poolside bars and lounge chairs. Beach was very good. Staff was friendly and the shuttle always ready to take you to the main building. Very confy rooms.

On the downside food was consistently very bad with the exception of breakfast which was excellent. Drinks always too strong if you did not specify that you want a tiny bit of alcohol. Cigar bar was the best! Best mojitos and a pool table :)

Wifi expensive 4,5USD/hour as is the case in Cuba..It is a new thing.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
3  Thank Gurumir
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Originally booked into main resort - not good. Managed to transfer into Blau privilege and had a fantastic holiday. The staff cannot do enough for you - food in restaurant was very good if a little repetitive but not a real problem and they would do anything you asked for. They were building a new beach while I was there and this will make it even better. The rooms are huge with lovely terraces. Because it is adult only - it is gloriously quiet and civilised. I just cannot recommend this part of the resort enough and will definitely be making a return visit.
I also want to specifically mention Kenia and Nancy (the guest relations managers) who were just so helpful and went above and beyond to ensure that we had an excellent holiday.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally good - if you want special there is a private villa with it's own pool.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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10  Thank 19putney
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

We have stayed at the Cayo Libertad two years in a row. The staff are amazing - remember you from the year before. Food amazing. Only ate at the Libertad side due to how great the food was there. Walks on the beach were wonderful. Rooms lovely - could use a style update but then again so could my own house. Room always clean. Only complaint is that the beds could be a little less hard - but they wont keep me from coming back. Cigar Bar a real treat. Wonderful service at the pool bar. Pool amazing - suntanned there more than the beach just because the bar was close at hand - but it you want more privacy the beach is great. The manager, Raul, and the front desk staff were so very accommodating. The balconies are huge and we spent many relaxing hours there having a drink or watching the sun come up or set. The grounds are kept immaculate. Ivan, will weave you an amazing hat and an assortment of birds, etc. The evening entertainment was good and just a short walk from the Libertad side to the main lobby. Good live music around the pool, in the main lobby, and at the Cigar Bar. If tired you could catch a golf cart to take you from the main lobby to your room or around the resort. Just remember you are in another country and your language is not the 1st language - If all you want is the same as you have at home - then stay there because no matter where you go you will be disappointed. The Cuban people are kind and fun - so enjoy your time in Cuba. I cannot strongly enough express how much we love this place and what wonderful memories we made here. We will be back!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you to the management and staff at the Cayo Libertad. See you January 2015.

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms provide better ocean views - as long as trees do not obstruct.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Joan M
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Four of us stayed at the Cayo Libertad for a week in March. For my wife and I, it was the second time being there. The last time, was 5 years ago when it was a Barcelo. Now I don't know if the new ownership had anything to do with it or not, but the food availability and quality had slipped a bit in my opinion since our last visit. Also the wine selection I think has been paired down a bit. FYI, this is our 5th time in Varadero, so we know what to expect. If this is all I'm picking on, it's only for comparison.
Other than the above, I can't fault the place for anything. The service and people are fantastic and personable as with all of Cuba. The facilities are great. Any short-comings or repairs were taken care of in a timely fashion. The musicians at the resort are very talented. Check out the cigar bar, the talent is very good and it's just a nice place to have a drink.
If you need anything, Edel and Carlos can hook you up. They arranged for us to attend a baseball game in Matanzas that was one of the highlights of our trip. Also, Tuesday night, check out the Michael Jackson Tribute night in the main Marina Place theatre. This was also a good night out.
Also, I can't forget about Ivan at the Cayo Libertad pool who was serving us fresh coconut poolside and all the ladies and Leo in the restaurant who took care of our dining requirements and Armando the bartender. All these people are so nice and personable and want to help you have a great trip. Can't say enough.
We would definitely return to Cayo Libertad

Room Tip: Second floor rooms afford the best view Try the fried bananas for dessert especially at the Marina...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Wally42
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This would be our 8th or 9th trip to Cuba. First time to this resort and it is the best overall. The Cayo Libertade section is very nice and peaceful, every morning sitting by the pool sipping coffee was a delight. Yudier was the pool bartender and he is by far the best bartender I have ever experienced in Cuba, he took time time chat and teach me some Spanish while making drinks for everyone. I would go back to this resort just to see him again, on our last day on the resort we left him everything we had in the way of sunscreen and bug spray etc he was very thankful.
I was very lucky to not get one bug bit, my wife was not so lucky, she has about 12-15 on each leg and they are still very itchy and irritated.
The food was ok overall, I was never hungry but as always in Cuba nothing is very tasteful.
We did take a sunset catamaran cruise to a private island that included a lobster or chicken dinner (the best meal we had all week I might add) all booze included for $50 per person. This was by far the highlight of our week, highly recommend this cruise, book it at the main lobby.

Overall awesome trip, people of Cuba are the best in the world!!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Barry H
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Additional Information about Blau Privilege Cayo Libertad Hotel

Address: Autopista Sur Final, Punta Hicacos, Varadero 42200, Cuba (Formerly Blau Cayo Libertad Hotel)
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Matanzas Province > Varadero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #35 of 64 Hotels in Varadero
Price Range: £139 - £346 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Blau Privilege Cayo Libertad Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This stunning 5-star hotel on the tip of the Varadero peninsula, Cuba's most famous tourist destination, is set on a small and exclusive island surrounded by the most beautiful and seductive fine white sandy beach and crystal-clear waters, offering guests luxury, privacy and rest. Barcelo Cayo Libertad Club Premium***** offers a total of 85 stunning Junior Suites and Suites in buildings over 2 floors noted for their incredible sea views and possibility of enjoying a personalised service. This romantic hotel set in beautiful gardens offers its guests a gourmet restaurant, cigar bar with piano during the evenings and an exclusive swimming pool, the edges of which seem to melt into the Caribbean. Guests can also enjoy the services and facilities as well as the "Barcelo All-Inclusive" program of the hotel Barcelo Marina Palace, for which they will have preference. Welcome to the Barcelo Cayo Libertad Club Premium*****, a new concept in personalised and exclusive service for Adults Only ideal for couples, weddings, honeymoons, anniversary celebrations, conferences, groups and incentive and business trips. Enjoy this stunning setting of the Barcelo Cayo Libertad Club Premium*****, the perfect choice for your holiday in this Caribbean paradise. ... more   less 
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