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Maritim Costa Verde

We returned from the Maritim Costa Verde on Monday 5th April.

We had a fantastic time and would love to return. We only visited for a week, which was a long way to travel for just 7 nights but it was well worth it.

The hotel is lovely, with all the facilities you need, the lobby is spacious and it's easy to get served at any of the bars.

We thoroughly enjoyed the food, in fact it was far better than we were expecting. As Cuba is developing we thought the food would be bland but it was far from that. Some of the soups in the Italian and Cuban restaurants were strange but apart from that we always enjoyed our meals. The service was impeccable and friendly every time.Don't forget to tip when you eat or travel, the Cubans need the tips to boost their poor income.

The beach at the bottom of the garden (2 mins from main block of hotel) is lovely, a little more crowded than they show you in the holiday brochure (Thomas Cook) but still beautiful white sand and clear blue water. There are not enough sun beds by the pool so unless you put your towel out at 8.30am you are stuffed! The beach and pool towels are always clean and look new.

The weather was out of this world, sunny all the time and too hot between 12 - 3pm!There is lots to do at the hotel, we had a go at most things - kayaking, tennis, water polo, beach volley ball and salsa dancing lessons at 5pm every day! The entertainment team are so enthusiastic and very good at their jobs. Evening entertainment is ok, the shows are not bad, the dancers are excellent so those shows were the best out of everything.

The area round the hotel needs to be explored but getting transport can be diffcilut. Book a taxi early or you'll never get one. The orgainsed trips are great, they give you a chance to see real Cuba. The speedboat trip was so much fun, you must try it.

The only thing we'd pick up on would be that the rooms do need attention. I found the room a little musty and the bed covers need freshening up. The sheets were clean every day so there wasn't a real problem and the musty smell went as soon as we opened the balcony door for a while. The bathroom and room needs painting to bring it up to the standard of the rest of the hotel to make it 4 star.There are mosquitos so beware! I got attacked in the evenings and no amount of repellent kept them away!

If you are thinking about a winter escape from the UK, don't go to the Canaries, they are boring and dirty, it is better value for money to go long haul and spend the extra £100 each (We only paid £600 all inclusive) and sit on a plane for a further 4/5 hours. You cannot compare the Caribbean with the Canary Islands, especially Cuba.

We plan to return to the other side of the island to see Havana very soon.I would definitely return and recommend the Costa Verde.

Thanks to Sally (Cardiff, South Wales, UK) for this trip report ...
April 2004

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