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Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort  

Playa Esmeralda, Carretera Guardalavaca, Holguin
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"Arriving up to the hotel was fabulous"

Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort
User Rating:  Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Julie from Ottawa, ON  on Jan 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2009
183 people found this review helpful

In April of 2006, my roommate and I (from Ottawa) visited Cuba for the first time. Yep, just us girls looking to relax and also have some fun. We were definitely not disappointed! We flew out of Toronto Airport and within 3 ½ hours or so we landed in Holguin Cuba.

We booked online with “redtag.ca”. The package ended up being supplied to us through “Hola Sun Vacations”. There was a giant mix-up at the Toronto Airport (where we were to pick up our tickets) and they actually let us go through to get on the plane, without even giving us the tickets back at check-in! It wasn’t the travel wholesaler’s fault, but that’s what we get for being newbies with the online booking thing. Long story long…we delayed the plane a little, but got our tickets and headed off. Mind you…we had a few stares on the plane for holding it up. Oh well, something frustrating always has to happen when you travel…so we were happy to get it out of the way before we were actually on vacation!

The flight into Frank Pais International airport (Holguin Cuba) was spectacular. We could feel the temperature hit us as soon as we landed before we were even off the plane. We were presented with an amazing lush climate, even though there were a heck of a lot of farmer’s fields and skinny livestock too.

The airport is small, yet well laid out. It was quite easy to get through check-in. The buses and tour guides were waiting for us with signs stating what travel company they were with. We were approached by gentlemen selling cold beer as the buses were waiting to be filled. I nice treat for someone like me who is still wearing a sweater from the cold Canadian climate.

The bus took about an hour, but the hour flew by as we had so much beauty to look and the sight of a different culture shock to take in. It felt like the old saying “Is this what Heaven is like? If I’m dreaming, don’t pinch me just yet!”

Arriving up to the hotel was fabulous. We went from a drive through poverty (but beauty), to a paradise in the middle of nowhere! This resort is “Stay at One, Play at Two”. Hence the hotel name, “Sol Rio Luna y Mares”. Luna is one complex, Mares is the other. We checked into the Mares side upon arriving. The bus will let you off at one or the other, depending on your tour package. If you find out later that you got off at the wrong side…no worries…just walk through the one complex to the other. They are attached.

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"Arriving up to the hotel was fabulous"

Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort
User Rating:  Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Julie from Ottawa, ON  on Jan 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2009
183 people found this review helpful

In April of 2006, my roommate and I (from Ottawa) visited Cuba for the first time. Yep, just us girls looking to relax and also have some fun. We were definitely not disappointed! We flew out of Toronto Airport and within 3 ½ hours or so we landed in Holguin Cuba.

We booked online with “redtag.ca”. The package ended up being supplied to us through “Hola Sun Vacations”. There was a giant mix-up at the Toronto Airport (where we were to pick up our tickets) and they actually let us go through to get on the plane, without even giving us the tickets back at check-in! It wasn’t the travel wholesaler’s fault, but that’s what we get for being newbies with the online booking thing. Long story long…we delayed the plane a little, but got our tickets and headed off. Mind you…we had a few stares on the plane for holding it up. Oh well, something frustrating always has to happen when you travel…so we were happy to get it out of the way before we were actually on vacation!

The flight into Frank Pais International airport (Holguin Cuba) was spectacular. We could feel the temperature hit us as soon as we landed before we were even off the plane. We were presented with an amazing lush climate, even though there were a heck of a lot of farmer’s fields and skinny livestock too.

The airport is small, yet well laid out. It was quite easy to get through check-in. The buses and tour guides were waiting for us with signs stating what travel company they were with. We were approached by gentlemen selling cold beer as the buses were waiting to be filled. I nice treat for someone like me who is still wearing a sweater from the cold Canadian climate.

The bus took about an hour, but the hour flew by as we had so much beauty to look and the sight of a different culture shock to take in. It felt like the old saying “Is this what Heaven is like? If I’m dreaming, don’t pinch me just yet!”

Arriving up to the hotel was fabulous. We went from a drive through poverty (but beauty), to a paradise in the middle of nowhere! This resort is “Stay at One, Play at Two”. Hence the hotel name, “Sol Rio Luna y Mares”. Luna is one complex, Mares is the other. We checked into the Mares side upon arriving. The bus will let you off at one or the other, depending on your tour package. If you find out later that you got off at the wrong side…no worries…just walk through the one complex to the other. They are attached.

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"Arriving up to the hotel was fabulous"

Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort
User Rating:  Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Julie from Ottawa, ON  on Jan 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2009
183 people found this review helpful

In April of 2006, my roommate and I (from Ottawa) visited Cuba for the first time. Yep, just us girls looking to relax and also have some fun. We were definitely not disappointed! We flew out of Toronto Airport and within 3 ½ hours or so we landed in Holguin Cuba.

We booked online with “redtag.ca”. The package ended up being supplied to us through “Hola Sun Vacations”. There was a giant mix-up at the Toronto Airport (where we were to pick up our tickets) and they actually let us go through to get on the plane, without even giving us the tickets back at check-in! It wasn’t the travel wholesaler’s fault, but that’s what we get for being newbies with the online booking thing. Long story long…we delayed the plane a little, but got our tickets and headed off. Mind you…we had a few stares on the plane for holding it up. Oh well, something frustrating always has to happen when you travel…so we were happy to get it out of the way before we were actually on vacation!

The flight into Frank Pais International airport (Holguin Cuba) was spectacular. We could feel the temperature hit us as soon as we landed before we were even off the plane. We were presented with an amazing lush climate, even though there were a heck of a lot of farmer’s fields and skinny livestock too.

The airport is small, yet well laid out. It was quite easy to get through check-in. The buses and tour guides were waiting for us with signs stating what travel company they were with. We were approached by gentlemen selling cold beer as the buses were waiting to be filled. I nice treat for someone like me who is still wearing a sweater from the cold Canadian climate.

The bus took about an hour, but the hour flew by as we had so much beauty to look and the sight of a different culture shock to take in. It felt like the old saying “Is this what Heaven is like? If I’m dreaming, don’t pinch me just yet!”

Arriving up to the hotel was fabulous. We went from a drive through poverty (but beauty), to a paradise in the middle of nowhere! This resort is “Stay at One, Play at Two”. Hence the hotel name, “Sol Rio Luna y Mares”. Luna is one complex, Mares is the other. We checked into the Mares side upon arriving. The bus will let you off at one or the other, depending on your tour package. If you find out later that you got off at the wrong side…no worries…just walk through the one complex to the other. They are attached.

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"as good as it gets"

Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort
User Rating:  Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  I. Boldt  on Nov 16, 2007  >  1 contribution(s) GERMANY
Visited on: Nov, 2007
1116 people found this review helpful

After the individual tour, the hotel was the icing on the cake. For the first time, nothing was missing. The rooms were large and clean and everything was in working order. Horseback riding was offered free of charge. The traditional Cuban food served was good, in terms of variety, originality and authenticity. Live music and cats were a treat. Even though I was there during the high season, I had a choice between sun and many shaded areas beneath trees and parasols. The beach was at the disposal of the tourists and few residents exclusively. One felt no fear of thefts or disturbances. (Translated from Spanish)

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"Three visits, hoping for four!"

Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort
User Rating:  Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Gwen Chute  on Sep 1, 2006  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Sep, 2006
1600 people found this review helpful

I have been to the resort three times and can hardly wait to go again - it is the perfect holiday!

The staff, the beach, the ecological/historical walk, driving around the countryside practising my Spanish (everyone is very patient and helpful), the food (I'm mostly vegetarian), the music, the fabulous entertainment.......

I almost want to keep it a secret, so it won't get too busy! Whenever I get overstressed, I just remember my last visit (March 2005) and plan my next- hopefully New Years!

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"The Best"

Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort
User Rating:  Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Mrs. J. Barbara  on Sep 26, 2005  >  1 contribution(s) United Kingdom
Visited on: Sep, 2005
1720 people found this review helpful

I cannot say anything bad about this hotel. We had such a good time, the staff were lovely. Some people did not like the food but as far as we were concerned it was fine - the omelettes and "on the spot" prepared pasta dishes - out of this world! Entertainment ( day and night) = excellent. Some Europeans do not understand this is a poor country and expect far too much, everything clean, hardworking staff = what more can you ask? We will return!!!

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"one of my best holidays"

Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort
User Rating:  Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  adrian denney  on Sep 22, 2005  >  1 contribution(s) United Kingdom
Visited on: Sep, 2005
1872 people found this review helpful

2 weeks march 2005 . fantastic holiday stayed at Sol Rio de Luna y Mares Resort, swimming with dolphins is at the hotel even though they don't tell you. just walk round the corner and your there. food ok but staff fantastic nothing is too much trouble ./ lady who does rooms even helped when one of party was ill . The people of the area are sooooooooooo friendly. re bookin 2007 .

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"Overall Review of Sol Rio de Luna y Mares Resort"

Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort
User Rating:  Sol Río de Luna y Mares Resort Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Charles Johnston  on Sep 14, 2005  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Sep, 2005
1938 people found this review helpful

We spent 2 weeks a couple years ago, weather was awesome, staff extremely friendly. Lots to do and keep busy. You can just eat, sleep, drink and relax by the pool or beach or become involved in the daily activities and nightly entertainment. We just had a great time and would definitely make a return trip. As I indicated before the staff was just awesome.

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