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“A LandLocked Titanic! World Renowned Spa for $28pr night including breakfast”

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Hotel Islazul Elguea
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Santa Clara
Sutton, Canada
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“A LandLocked Titanic! World Renowned Spa for $28pr night including breakfast”
Reviewed 6 May 2012

On our Cuban driving Adventure- we happened on to this Gem that time seemed to have forgotten. we were driving from a 5 star in Cayo Santa Maria to a 5 star in Varadero (1 night in each) and this was the only hotel on the map in our direction- so off we head off- after being directed down the dead end road by the military police and following a convoy of green army trucks-{theres an army training station very nearby.} We arrived- cross over a cattle gate and as we pull up to the front door- A half dozen cattle go running by on the front lawn- Very cool!
As we walk in the lobby-it is virtually empty! it looks like we have stepped back to the turn of the century . As it turns out it is a famous world wide Spa with Healing Mud and 45* Hot springs found by a sugar plantation slave in the 1800's that was banned from the plantation because of his scorriosis. The water healed him and the plantation owner saw $ signs in his eyes, welcomed him back and started a business. The waters were so successful in healing skin afflictions that the Cuban goverment subsidized the cuban people for medicinal purposes.
So imagine our pleasant shock when we were told it was $28 pr night for us both including breakfast!! Our room was old/dated with only warm water to shower by and terribly flat pillows but these were our only complaints as it was clean, staff was more than great and the manage speaks better english than alot of North Americans . The next morning before heading off on our journey- We decided to get the royal treatment that the spa is known for and although we thought we were alone- a dozen people from Spain, Venezula and Cuba joined us and we were painted in Very Black and Cold Mud and sent off to walk around in the Hot Sun to dry . The language barrier transends as we all laughed at the sight of All us Black people walking like Zombies in the sun.Lol!
After that we washed off the sticky mud and were sent to the pool which is filled each morning with the healing 45* Salt water
Wow! It is an experience you will Never forget!
Floating in this massive 100 yr old indoor hot tub like a Turkish bath! I could see Hollywood stars paying Thousands of dollars for this 6 Star treatment. that we both paid $42. for including an hour and half massage.
With this Spa only a 2 hr drive from Varadero- I'm stunned no-one does a day trip there.
In fact the only way tourists go is if they happen along it like we did!
If you read the guest book - It is mainly Central,South American and Cubans that go there. Don't miss this trip to the country side. 2 hours in a rent a car taking you through so many villages where chickens rein supreme- don't hit any!
Drive slow to avoid cattle and horse grazing by the roadside and learn a little spanish for your driving adventure- as you will have to ask directions roads are not marked well if at all. Just ask for Hotel Eguea which is Spanish for water

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2011

A great place to stay when you really need to relax. The staff pampers you from the minute you get there till the minute you leave. The thermal pool really works for relaxing and for the first time my bones don't ache. The only heated swimming pool If I would have only known about this place earlier I would have it a place that I would put on my list as a home away from my home.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Islazul Elguea
Address: Balneario Elguea. Corralillo, Santa Clara 50100, Cuba
Region: Caribbean > Cuba > Villa Clara Province > Santa Clara
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Santa Clara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Islazul Elguea 2.5*
Number of rooms: 135
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