I was amazed at the discrepancies between reviews here: some folks loved the place, others hated it. Reality probably lies somewhere in the middle, because we found both pros and cons. I'll share a few of mine.
1. It's not work. Keep your eye on the big picture.
2. The beaches are beautiful, with deep turquoise water and white sand
3. Scooters are old and frail, but the service was reliable and they're fun. Inhale the perfume on the wind (from the flowers) as you drive up the long, winding road to the hotel.
4. Enjoyed the spaaah...massage, mud treatments, jacuzzi and gym all set back from the main drag. Good quality at a reasonable price. Gym was impressive, and apparently they have classes like yoga and tai chi daily that I planned to make but never did.
5. Consider the turtle-release and beach visit over two consecutive nights. Second part is a middle-of-the-night hike to see a sea turtle(s) lumber up from the beach, dig a hole, lay about 100 eggs and then lumber back to the sea. Tiring and physically demanding, but miraculous to see.
6. No effusive praise, no strong complaints. Food was ok, though it all seems to have a standard taste and smell across resorts. Rooms were fine; etc. A basic exchange of money for services.
1. The beach is, generally, too rough to be swimmable. You will have to take their little commuter train, or a cab, offsite to a public beach.
2. NOT ENOUGH, not enough, not enough. Not enough seats on the beach train. Not enough palapas at any of the beaches or around the pool. Not enough turkey at the buffet. I actually saw a grown woman take off in a sprint from the lineup when the beach train arrived -- very undignified. There`s constant anxiety about being left out or left befhind, constant competition with other patrons for scarce resources.
3. Surly staff -- the worst I`ve seen in Cuba, or anywhere else. Unless you`re a pretty young woman, in which case they`ll flirt and fawn like nobodoy`s business.
4. The mosquitos can eat you alive, and the buffet restaurant is open air. Food is covered with flies, and you are covered with mosquitos. Plus they make no attempt to shoo away the legions of cats who sit and stare up at you hungrily while you eat. One night, after eyeing us at length, a cat jumped up onto the table and knocked my plate over.
5. The resort is very spread out, requiring a great deal of walking - a bummer if you forget something somewhere and have to traipse all the way back. But more worrisome is the lack (absence) of lighting throughout the property at night -- very unnerving given the presence of snakes, lizards, giant crabs and all manner of nocturnal creatures on the island.
6. Poor communication, or lack of information. Little information is posted, and it is rare for anyone from the hotel to offer verbal assistance. You get on a bus that you deduce is the one you want -- and it is, except the driver doesn`t tell you he`s doing a circuit that will take you to every other hotel on the island. You`re confused: maybe you got on the wrong bus. Or you don`t get a spot on the last train leaving from the beach. Nobody tells you if another is coming...so you panic, fearing you`ll be stranded at the beach overnight.
We had a great vacation, but there were many small irritations we had to overlook. I doubt we`ll go back there again; there are places in Cuba we like a lot more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Cayo Largo del Sur, in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. All Inclusive Four-Star resort with 296 rooms. Ideal for enjoying its pristine environment and for exploring its idyllic landscape and crystal-clear ocean bottom. The resort faces 600 meters of beach renowned for its perennially cool white-sand. Recommended for couples, weddings, honeymoons and groups.Guest Rooms296 rooms: 244 Standard, 34 Standard Ocean View, 10 Standard Superior Ocean View, 8 Junior SuiteDining3 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet, A la carte and mini-buffet), 1 Cafeterias, 3 Bars ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Cayo Largo Hotel Cayo Largo
- Sol Hotel Cayo Largo
- Cayo Largo Cuba
- Cayo Largo Sol Hotel
- Sol Club Cayo Largo