- 8 years ago
– bring a facecloth. (We usually buy some to bring and give away, but I didn’t this time and there was none provided.)
– bring a bottle of ketchup. Every time we’ve been they had ketchup, but they had none this time. The fries in the Cafe da Vinci are yummy, but would have been better with ketchup.
– Osbiel at the pool bar should become your new best friend. Every day he gave us a bottle of bubbly to take to our room, until I had to tell him to stop because we had too much (if I was smart, i would have taken it to the beach with us).
– If, by any chance, you are going for 2 weeks, take an extra $500 and talk to Ernesto (the entertainment guy, does the tai chi by the pool in the mornings) about perhaps taking a private excursion to Trinidad. We weren’t there long enough, and I hadn’t brought enough cash anyway, but for about 300 CUC he can arrange a 2 day trip to Trinidad (the oldest city in Cuba, if I recall) where you stay at someone’s home, ride horses, visit a waterfall, whatever you want. We are most interested in going for 2 weeks next March, and doing this. You get to experience the “real Cuba” this way.
– visit the Yhi Spa and book your complimentary water treatment. 3 times there, and this was the first time we did it. It was very nice. I’ve heard the massages are great too.
– If there is a lineup at the check in desk, leave your Fiance and wander over to the bar and bring him back a mojito. He’ll appreciate it. (No need to have your bracelet first, and no reason to go thirsty while you wait).
– The beer at the airport is 1/2 the price as the beer on the bus.
– The bathroom on the bus probably won’t have toilet paper. Take some with you in your purse, or grab a bit from the airport restroom. (It was a yucky discovery to make 4 beers into a 90 minute bus ride.lol)
– Buy as much coffee as you can (whole beans, not ground that is sometimes cut with peas if there’s been a poor crop). It is seriously the best coffee I’ve ever had, and every coffee I drank today was shit compared to the 4 I drank while waiting to leave on the bus.
– Pay the 20CUC/ea to upgrade to VIP at the airport on your return. Free drinks, and food, and very comfy chairs. You’ll be there about 3 hours before your departure, so it’s well worthwhile.
– Have fun! I love that resort, and I adore the people. Can’t wait to go back next year. Bought 2 bottles of rum, and came home with 5. Tell Nestor at the beach bar that the “princesca de playa” sends her love. 🙂
I may have mentioned some of this before, so apologies if I have. Just got back yesterday, so it’s all fresh in my mind.