We have just returned from a wonderful two weeks in this charming place. Don't listen to the moaners who are complaining on this site, not sure what they expect! I have never posted a review on Trip Advisor before but feel obliged to tell you about this lovely resort, which is large enough to feel like a resort but small enough to be able to access anything within a couple of minutes.
ACCOMMODATION: the accommodation is perfectly adequate, just not luxury - you still get satellite tv, balcony and everything is really clean.
BEACH: The beach is perfect -white sand and turquoise sea which is great for snorkelling just off the jetty (for even better snorkelling you can visit the small Phillips Island which is visible from the beach - great fish just in front of the island and a coral reef just behind the island - just speak with the guys who run the pedalo/kayak/catamaran shack on the beach as this is a fraction of the price of a scheduled excursion. You can also take fishing trips on the catamarans but you must speak with them to arrange availability and cost (ask for Thomas who is really helpful, a really nice guy who took my partner out for a more personal fishing trip a couple of times)
POOL: A pool with a swim-up bar that is large enough and deep enough to have a swim around (but don't expect to be able to do workout lengths!), a kiddie's pool next to it and another pool with a water polo net on the other side.
FOOD: The food at the a la cartes are admittedly average but the service is top notch so we enjoyed the experience. The buffet is excellent and provided an array of choice for our group and satisfied our 14 year old's appetite - it is also more of a restaurant environment, with excellent waiter drinks service (special mention to Jose but all staff are fantastic). There is always somewhere to eat 24/7 - breakfast at buffet Guillermo til 1000hrs followed breakfast at the beach bar from 1000 to 1200hrs. Then lunch at buffet Guillermo from 1300 to 1500hrs and dinner again in the buffet from 1830 to 2100hrs (maybe later, cant remember!!). Outside of these times you can get burgers, hot dogs and salads at the pool bar and from 2300hrs through the night you can have snacks in the buffet. You can get drinks at all of these places, plus the lobby bar which is a nice place to spend the evening.
ENTERTAINMENT: The Star Friends team are the most talented group of entertainers I have ever come across on a package holiday and they totally ensured my teenage son had a great time. They are all professionally trained and truly enjoy what they are doing. How do they remember everyone's names?!!! There is an eclectic mix of pool and beach games throughout the day in which you are encouraged (but not bullied) into participating. There are 2 pool tables and table tennis under shelter which is an ideal place to take a break from the sun. There is also football (soccer) from 1700 to 1800hrs (Didi we hope you are practising because Connor is returning next year and will bring you another football!). Aqua aerobics in the pool and the sea and an array of sedate games, some of which you can even play from the comfort of your sunbed! There is a gym which is a little tired and sparse but if you are desperate to workout you can make use of it. The spa is by the gym but we did not use this. Bicycles are free for the first hour and a small charge after this - the dolphinarium, speedboat marina and Hemingway bridge are a few minutes cycle down the road and you can pay a small charge to view the dolphins if you don't want to do the official excursion. Evening Entertainment is fantastic and caters for all ages - the dance shows are top class and the fun shows are hilarious.
BUG BITES - yes, we had a few but if you stay out late at night or walk on the beach after dark then what else would you expect?! The hotel take the necessary precautionary measures to minimise bugs such as regular fumigation.
GARDENERS - these guys keep the grounds neat and tidy and also cleverly handcraft little gifts of birds and hats from the palm leaves that they clean up.
CLEANERS - lovely, friendly and always do a good job.
SHOPS - there are a few small shops here selling mementos and some stalls that sell handcrafted wooden items such as ornaments, baseball bats etc at very reasonable prices. There is also a cigar and rum shop and you can also buy small snacks such as crisps and biscuits..
MEDICAL - there is an onsite 24hrs doctor and a pharmacy
SUMMARY: We are definitely returning to this resort next year. Any minor negatives that other people may comment on are far outweighed by the many positives of the beautiful people that work so hard to make your holiday special. Thank you to all the staff at the Iberostar Daiquiri for giving us a holiday to remember x
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the long, fine, sandy beach of Cayo Guillermo (Cuba). An oasis of relaxation. Elegant luxury. Pure water sports. Unspoilt Caribbean nature. Pleasant, modern construction style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Daiquiri Hotel Cayo Guillermo
- Iberostar Cayo Guillermo
- Iberostar Daiquiri Cuba
- Iberostar Hotel Cayo Guillermo
- Iberostar Daiquiri Cayo Guillermo