We just returned Feb 23/12 from MBV. This is the place for you if you are looking to be pampered, snorkel (just watch out for the jelly fish) looking for piece and quiet to relax and enjoy the weather. This is not the place for you if you feel the need to bring your own "getto blaster" and interfere with the enjoyment of those around you, I would suggest then you look to going to one of the other resorts in the area if you need more action. The Melia Las Dunas and Melia Santa Clara were completely different resorts than the MBV-the great thing of staying at the MBV is that it gives you the opportunity to go to the other two resorts if you feel the need to change things up.
We did go to the Melia Santa Clara (3 minute bus ride) and I have to agree with one of the other reviews about the French restaurant at the Melia Santa Clara-not impressed. We tried the Japanese restaurant there and enjoyed that. We were told by a couple staying there not to bother with the Mediterranean restaurant there. Their buffet restaurant was just one big cafeteria and noisy -not our style. A couple staying at the MBV went to a restaurant at Las Dunas-think it was the Romantiq?? and said it was excellent-might be worth a try.
For the MBV, the previous reviews are accurate with respect to the staff, they are ALL extremely pleasant and helpful. Everyone was friendly, from the gardeners, the butlers,bar servers, reception, just everyone!! All the musicians were very talented. My most favorite were the piano player who played Wednesday nite Feb 22 in the 24 hour bar and the Sunset Sax player. Don't miss going to see the sunset-where they serve champagne and orange juice and there's a sax player who has lots of personality-very romantic! We had a great room- 0612 right on Sunset Beach-main floor-shower was private. If you have trouble walking make sure you ask for a main floor room as it is a bit of a trek up the stairs. While we were there, they were just starting to fill in the slats of the showers to make them more private-we brought dollar store shower curtains and clips just in case. It is quite the experience having a shower under the stars!
With respect to the food-I would say it's very good-not quite excellent-they tried-the serving staff was excellent! I don't base my trips around the food-as long as it's reasonably good that's all that matters to moi.
Just a tip-if you want clean towels make sure you put yours on the floor-the towels were of very good quality
Thank you to our butlers Lucas & Edel who always followed up on any request we had. Loved our baths!
Thank you to the bar servers at the pool as well as those at the 24 hour bar-who made sure we never went dry!
Thank you to the gardeners who every morning had a flower and a smile for you.
Thank you MBV for a wonderful experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located west of Cayo Santa Maria in a privileged ecological environment, and surrounded by beaches and coves. All-Inclusive five-star resort with 105 junior suites and suites, and the Villa "Zaida del Rio." Designed for adults over 18 years. An entire hotel featuring Royal Service. Recommended for couples, weddings, honeymoons and wellness/spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melia Buenavista Hotel Cayo Santa Maria