(Closed) Has anyone been to these resorts in Cuba? Opinions? Reviews?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve been to Iberostar Laguna Azul and it was very nice. Staff was very nice, rooms were very clean and food was very good when comparing it to other resorts. If you’re going to go to Cuba that’s a resort I would really recommend.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper

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@jlc3:  It’s true there will always be complainers in any group LOL Luckily there were only  3 complainers out of our group of 67 so good odds. Everyone else loved it and had a great time!!

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I can’t remember exactly where I stayed in Holguin, but I loved it…and it’s my parent’s fave province (state?) in Cuba to stay in. Turquesa looks familiar. I would highly recommend Holguin.

Post # 24
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@jlc3:  Have you decided on a resort yet?

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have only ever been to one resort in Cuba (Sirenis La Salina) so my opinion may not be entirely accurate, but I was SO unhappy with the trip. It was for a destination wedding and all the guests were disappointed.

I have been to 5 Mexican all-inclusive resorts and never had the problems we had in Cuba. For one, the food was atrocious. It wasn’t just “slightly inedible” or “not that great”; it was burnt, over-salted, tasteless, and the worst offense…powdery. Every condiment, drink, or sauce had this powdery undertaste. And…let’s be honest, I’m not a picky eater. I eat snacks from the dollar store all the time. This was awful.

The service was just different than Mexican resorts too. It was like a “wanabee” Mexico. The bride told me they were completely disorganized for the wedding. The officiant was an hour late, the tide came up way too high (close to where they set up the arch) and splashed the bride’s dress, the food was awful, and the cake melted.

That’s just my two cents, but I am never returning to Cuba again.

Post # 27
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Bee Keeper

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@jlc3:  Awesome!!! you are going to have a great time im sure!!! Its a nice idea to go to a different resort for the honeymoon..we thought about that but we love our wedding resort so much and they treat us like gold there that we couldnt think of going anywhere else. The guests stayed 7 days and we stayed 10

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve only been to iberostar playa alameda and love it.   The reviews are very mixed But hubby and I only stay there because for us it’s great And we’ve become friends with the staff and love going back to visit them.  

Its definately not a resort for everyone’s taste but the beach is amazing!  

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@mscuppycake:  everyone knows Cuba is not known for their food.   i pretty much starve when I go because the food is horrible but the experience of Cuba overall outweighs the food.   Havana does have far better food though But we don’t stay in Havana longer then a day

Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Ive never been to any of these resorts but I have been to Tryp Cayo Coco (I am getting married there in February 2014) and to Briais Santa Lucia in December 2011. Both resorts are fantastic and the people in Cuba are so amazing. We got engaged at Tryp in August 2012 and that’s why we have decided to go back there but I love Santa Lucia too. The resort in Santa Lucia was probably more like the resorts you are looking at because it was very simple with not many activities but the beach was beautiful and for my first trip outside of N.A. I had a blast. Unlike many i LOVED LOVE LOVED the food in Cuba and honestly would go back just for it! Yes, its plain but I am a picky eater so plain is my thing! The resort in Santa Lucia had a beach bar with burgers and hotdogs and that’s where I ate lunch pretty much the whole week!

Wedding services are pretty simple in Cuba. We were told ours won’t be more than half an hour. I found a travel agent specializing in Destination Weddings who informed us that to make your life simple and less stressful you may want to consider signing legal documents before you go so that you are just doing a “renew your vows” package in Cuba vs the full legal ceremony as the legal ceremony takes a long time to get paper work back meaning you won’t be able to change your name as quickly as you want to if you are going to do that. It is just something to consider I am not sure if your current TA has told you about that or not. Also you may want to book ASAP as if your date is one that is popular or during a popular time in the season you may lose your chance at the date as many resorts only book 2 weddings per day and ceremonies don’t take place on Sundays the person at the resort told us. Feel Free to PM me if you wish for more details!

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