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  • Hotel Brisas Covarrubias

    Brisas Covarrubias

    • Destination: Las Tunas
    • Address: Playa Covarrubias.Puerto Padre, Las Tunas, Cuba
    • Phone: (5331) 55-530
    • Accept child:Yes
  •    Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
  • Brisas Covarrubias Hotel Brief

    The historic Cadillac Hotel was rescued and re-opened in late 2008, after languishing and idle for decades. Great care has been taked to restore it to its orginal state and with period style fixtures, fittings and furniture. The Hotel Cadillac was built in 1945 in the shape of a big ship and gives the impression of being anchored to the boulevard. Its central location allows easy access to the city’s historical, cultural and commercial centers such as the Jose Marti Plaza (with its sun clock and sea calendar), the Tunas Theatre, the Provincial Museum and the Major Gen. Vicente Garcia Gonzalez Memorial, a living memory of the leader who ordered the burning of the city on September 26, 1876 before turning it over to the Spanish enemy.

    • Current reservation summary
    • Reservation hotel: Brisas Covarrubias
    • Total pax: 2 Adults
    • Meal plan: All Inclusive
    • Total rooms by type: 1 Double-Standard
    • Night(s): 1 nts

    TOTAL PRICE: €92

    For dates from 01/27/2019to 01/28/2019

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  • Room facilities
    110 volt power
    220 volt power
    air conditioning
    balcony or terrace
    coffeemaker
    hairdryer
    handicap facilities
    hot and cold running water
    minibar
    private bath
    safety deposit box
    Satellite TV
    telephone
  • Facilities

    24 hrs. emergency medical service, babysitting, beauty salon, bell boy, board games, buffet, business centre, car parking, car rental, conference rooms, cyber cafe, disabled facilities, discotheque, grill, gym, hotel shop, laundry & dry cleaning service 24 hrs., luggage storage, massage, money exchange, motorized water sports, multi-language staff, no smoking rooms, Piano bar, post office, Reception 24 hrs., room services 24 hrs., safety deposit box in room, satellite tv, sauna, scuba diving center, Solarium, swimming pool, taxis, tennis courts, theme Restaurants, tourism bureau,

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      • birdsofafeather1
        Traveler102998
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “this is not 4 star ”
        Knowing in advance that this hotel was 2 1/2 hours from the airport, I was hoping this would be a great place. This was a disappointment! I have been to Cuba before and I know what to expect and this was the worse of the worse. First off the room was average however the shower handle for turning on the water was broken and I could not regulate the shower. We went to reception and told them but it didn't get fixed. The TV and Fridge were pluged into the outlet with wires only stuck in it. Can you say fire hazard? In the washroom there was a so called window...it was wooden slats with no screen.. and the smell that would come in the room was beyond the smell of sewer it was so foul that it would wake you from your sleep. The food...or should I say the left overs....was god awful. Every meal was the same every day...lunch was the same as dinner and the same food all the time. PORK!!! Bacon, Ham, pork chops, pork ribs,.....pork pork and more pork. It got to the point where we just couldn't eat anymore. Even the ice cream got nauseating.. Coconut and almond every day. NO ICE! What resort runs out of ice...warm water and pop for lunch and dinner ....cold tea and coffee for breakfast. Toilets in the common areas rarely worked and the toilet paper was non existent ... water was shut off on several times and the electricity kept shutting off. The Pool was cleaned once during our week stay and towards the end the water was so cloudy and dirty you couldn't see bottom. The beach was nice if it was cleaned. Garbage all over the place. However, the water was nice and you can walk out for a long distance no complaints there.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Katbenjamin
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Beautiful beach but... ”
        I will say the beach is beautiful -miles of sand and ocean. The grounds were pretty clean. We had the pleasure of meeting some good friends which made our trip Feb 11-18 enjoyable. The hotel is 2 hours away by bus from Holguin and feels very remote. We travelled via sunwing which states they provide a bottle of water per day in your room. We arrived around suppertime, got to our room and noticed there wasn't a bottle of drinking water. The bank at the hotel closes at around 2-3 p.m. ( please note they only accept cash). You may want to consider getting cuc's at the airport depending on your arrival time. I had a real moment of panic (first day of vacation) thinking I was without drinking water and without money to buy water. Thankfully, fellow travelers converted some cash for us. We went to the front desk to ask for a bottle and he was not helpful and suggested we ask the bartender. We stated that not having drinking water was unacceptable. We asked the bartender and she basically stated that the front desk would not say this. (she mentioned she only gets 7-8 bottles and cannot give out- funny how the next day I saw her give someone else a bottle of water). We went to the store and it was closed. Thankfully, it was only for her supper break. We finally managed to buy our own water. When speaking with sunwing rep, he stated he would make sure 2 bottles of water would be delivered the next day. This did not happen. In order to get free water as per sunwing advertising, you had to specifically ask your maid. The adventure gets better. As we settled into our room we noticed some lights didn't work and bedside table was coming off the wall. No problem, we can deal with that. During the night, our toilet stopped flushing. I pulled off the cover and adjusted the piece that controls water flow. Fixed! We mentioned to maintenance but I guess I had already fixed it! We went for breakfast, and spent most of day at the beach. After taking a shower, I look into our clothes closet and notice water dripping from the ceiling. Many of our clothes were soaked (and smelling moldy), I called for my husband who touched the ceiling and water streamed down like a waterfall. I sent my husband to the front desk to resolve this matter. Of course it was the same gentleman we spoke with about the water...The staff stated they would change our room and have our clothes washed. I ended up washing our clothes by hand in the sink (thank god I brought a gain sample) as we were advised the maid would have to take our clothes home to wash as the hotel did not have a clothes dryer. It took over 3 hours to change our room. When we received the keys to our new room, someone was already occupying. My husband was pretty frustrated but I have to say I kept my cool..There were several pairs of sparkly shoes and very fancy underclothes, some men's clothes. The staff took the other peoples items and put them in our old room, stating they had no idea what was happening and brought fresh towels. Staff appeared very apologetic, and stated they would be very creative in making it up to us. It is important to note that they did not make it up to us in any way. About 10 minutes of being in our new room, as expected, the old occupants came knocking as their key no longer worked in the door (thank god). They did not seem surprised at all, that we were now occupying the room...Anyways, we had a new room, toilet flushed, no leaky closet so we could get on with having fun. We kept getting "wake-up" calls at 3 a.m., 4:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. which we did not ask for....(easily solved by unplugging the phone) A couple of days later, many Cubans came to our hotel. I've been to Cuba twice before and never encountered this. It seemed to be a consensus among fellow travelers that getting (bar, snack) service became a challenge for us. My husband reported to me about a Cuban being right in his face at the pool bar trying to stare him down. He said he felt bad for his wife who was trying to get a handle on him and pull him away. He saw the Cuban gentleman be banned from buffet and we did not see him again. Most importantly, fellow travelers started discussing instances of theft such as purses and iphones. One couple stated to us that the hotel staff told them if they called the police and the police did not find anything on the "accused" that they would go to jail (scary). During our stay, travelers pointed out some colorful ladies (of the night?). I've never noticed this before on any other of my Cuba vacations. In regards to the food, my husband joked that it was first time on vacation we were losing weight. As we are staying in a very rural area, we considered the probability that shipping food to this area may be difficult. My understanding is that area's economy is based on sugar and bananas plantations...why no bananas at buffet??? (just wondering). We went to the A la carte on our last night...waited over 25 minutes and still didn't have drinks on our table. Having worked in the service industry this was unacceptable to us and we walked out. I will reiterate that we met some really good people , and did not let any of these "issues" stand in the way of having a fun, relaxing vacation. The beach is unbelievably beautiful and SOME of the staff have good people skills. My opinion is that I could not recommend this hotel in good faith as I know my friends and family would not find this suitable accommodation despite the low cost for 3.5 rating. Cuba is such a beautiful place, I dream of the beaches and sun...especially in the middle of Canadian winter. This was the first time, I felt relieved and happy to be safe at home even with tons of snow. Notes: Keep an eye on your stuff, have fun but be safe, bring bug spray, bring Kleenex and hand sanitizer for your purse, and maybe laundry detergent sample just in case, the store does accept non U.S. credit cards but bring passport for this service.

      • birdsofafeather1
        2keys1trip
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Buyer Beware! ”
        I recently travelled with a group of 14 women friends to this remote Cuban resort. We knew it would be a 2 hour (+) drive from Holguin airport to the Brisas Covarrubias, and we were aware that our tour company had nominally rated it a 3 star resort. We were, however, disappointed in the accommodations. Every one of our seven rooms had "something" that didn't work or was missing altogether. These ranged from no water, to cold water only, to no working lights, to no patio furniture, to broken and antiquated room furnishings and lack of electrical receptacles, to room safes with missing doors and key card door locks which refused to work, to shower heads so calcified that they couldn't run smooth. In my room, the door would not open more than half way, seriously hampering the ability to move luggage in and out. It also had cracks around it and through it big enough for various insects to roam freely. Those who endured cold showers for the entire week probably suffered the most. The people who had no water at all were moved (at their request) to a different room. For the most part the rooms were clean. Sheets and bedspreads were well-worn and the pillows flat but the mattresses were acceptable. It took me 3 days to have a second blanket delivered to the room. Only one blanket was in the twin bedded room on our arrival. It took 5 days to get chairs for our patio. The food and drink were acceptable. The buffet offerings were nicely presented. The a la carte restaurant offered less and lacked ambience. The beach grill offered lighter fare of the burgers and fries variety. All the bars were fairly well stocked and the bar tenders were generous with their shots. I especially enjoyed the specialty coffees available at each of the bars. The beach is fabulous. Pure white sand. Shallow water. No rocks. There is a good water sports facility on site with snorkelling, scuba, sailing and kayaking available. Lots of beach lounge chairs available but no upright chairs at the pool or beach. The salt water pool is shallow at about the 3 to 4 foot level. It appeared clean and well maintained. The women's public washroom in the pool area was a broken down disaster. It was often without toilet paper (carry your own!) and usually at least one of the three toilets didn't work. Soap was available sometimes. My biggest complaint with this resort was the bugs. The resort itself sits on the edge of a large swamp. After a heavy rain, there were huge puddles everywhere. I still don't know what it was that was biting me, but I came home covered in itchy red welts. My roommate, however, didn't have any. About half of our party had these same bug bites. The resort used a defogger of some sort which they would spray around the outside of the buffet hall every evening just as we were about to enter. It was choking! I also feel obligated to advise that we heard from other guests and also experienced a theft from one of our rooms. We do not feel it was staff involved in these thefts but rather other hotel "guests" of a less than desirable type. We cannot prove anything, however, and so I will leave it as is. There were various reported thefts of personal items and a woman's purse. What this resort lacks in amenities it gains in that famous Cuban hospitality. The staff tried to help us with all of our complaints, however, it was obvious that they simply had nothing more to give us when they ran out of blankets and patio chairs. You had to wait for another guest to leave before you could get your own. It was my sense that they just didn't have what they needed to properly run a large resort - including lights bulbs and other basic items. This is likely more a problem with Cuba than with the resort. Such a shame.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Katherine M
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Good Price....Terriable Bug Conditions!!!!! ”
        January 21, 2014 to February 1,2014. This is a beautiful spot. My husband and I took the 11 day package which we thought would be great, but, we will never, never ,never go to this hotel again!!!! First when they say the bus ride from the airport is 2hrs, trust me IT TAKES THEM 2HRS!!! The resort itself is gorgous, but the bugs are unbelievable, in Cuba they are called (Jegen) and they are a litlle bug that packs a wallup! My husband was bitten over 300 paces on his body, mostly his lower legs, it drove him crazy to the point where he cried because the itching was that bad! He went to the 24hr medical center to get help, they put cream on his legs and gave him a benedryl pill. Well only works for a litle while then guess what they start itiching again.... it got to the point where we were both taking shots in the rear to stop the itiching! It was a horriable experience, we even brought with us Muskol & Watkins bug spray & rub, but that did not slow these little bugs down one bit. The worst times were from 6:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m. then again a second feeding from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. We were so dissapointed, we could not go the 24hr bar to get a cappchino nor could we go have a drink before dinner without being eatin my these dam bugs! And to watch the show at night well you can just forget that, with all the lights attracting them to our table well you know what that meant... "Human Buffet Time"!!!!! So in closing, If you want to have a itching good time go there, but I suggest "STAY THE HELL AWAY FRROM THIS PLACE" !!!!

      • birdsofafeather1
        Kristy G
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Average Average

        “First Timer ”
        I was a first timer to Cuba, staying at Cova.. We arrived at the Holguin Airport(10 pm) and jumped into a taxi for a 2 hour drive to the resort.. No big deal, we could handle the drive.. We arrived at the resort at midnight and got checked in.. When we got to our room, we found the sliding door open about 6 inches and would not close.. This was an issue, without a door that closed, and locked.. I wasn't sleeping.. I went to the washroom to find the door busted, and no shower head.. The water sprayed straight out of the wall.. We hadn't unpacked so we grabbed our luggage and back to the front desk we went to change rooms (1 am).. We got the key to our second room.. When we arrived to the room, the headboard was on the floor, we had no lights and no shower knob.. By this time we were exhausted.. We (barely) slept in the room for the night.. The next morning(9 am) we went to the front desk and told them that we wanted to pay extra money to be upgraded to a suite.. Unfortunately the resort on has 2 suites and both were already occupied, so we were put into another room (#3 for us in less than 12 hours).. Much to our surprise, the third room was fine.. Everything worked, AND it was ocean view!!! After finally getting settled, our week went okay. We met a few great people who made it hard to leave them behind at the end of our vacation.. If you can't keep yourself entertained, DO NOT come to this resort.. They don't have a lot of people or a lot of activities throughout the day.. The resort itself needs some major renovating (paint, new artwork, furniture, etc).. Beach was the best part, it was beautiful.. Personally if I travel to Cuba again, I will pay the money to stay at a better resort, in a better room.. If you don't mind a little need for cosmetic work, this is a nice, cheap place to stay!

      • birdsofafeather1
        laurentif
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Average Average

        “Tips:”
        We stayed at Brisas the first week of March. The staff couldn't be more helpful or friendly. The resort is tired, and being Cuba, parts for repairs are hard come by. The pathway lights are not burnt out, they are broken. While there the pool cleaner was broken making the pool unusable until the Saturday when we left. We had purchased the V.I.P. package on our trip (aprox $25 pp) and it is well worth it. We had a lobster dinner, a safe in our room, 4 beer in our fridge when we arrived, , a bottle of rum, juices and pop (pool towels were supposed to be there too), 1.5 litre bottle of water every day, an upgraded room (ours had a gorgeous ocean view and we used the balcony every evening) a late check out and a snorkelling trip. The beach is very nice, but if you walk past the "guards", you will be hassled by individuals trying to sell or wanting stuff. It is a 2 hour bus ride from the airport. EVERYTHING is using the road (bicycles, horses, pedestrians - plus on the way home, we made stops to drop off staff) and that's one reason it takes so long. Compared to the Canadian Pot-Hole roads, it was a lovely drive! The resort ran out of napkins that week, and used toilet paper to wrap sandwiches in, and for silverware placement on the tables. There were no French fries at the Beach Bar/Restaurant the whole week (sorry, was looking for them as we were told how good they were). There was mint for mojito's but no lime. If you aren't in line for dinner at 6:30, you will have to wait at least 30 minutes for a table to be emptied and bussed. Also, some things appear at the buffet, and when it's gone, it's gone. The butter in the a la carte was individually wrapped and perhaps lacking in salt, but great. The butter in the buffet had a rancid taste. There were numerous times when the water ran out/was turned off throughout the resort. Having your own "cup" ensures you don't need something "washed". Also, as there is no where to wash after using a toilet (that's been used many times and cannot be flushed) bring purell! We went to town and were hassled by locals ~ get your resort bracelet on a wrist to be covered by a watch! BRING: Bubba Cups, Face Clothes, a dumby card to leave in the A/C to ensure it's always ON (usually works on room key/safety deposit key, but who wants to leave that in there!), box of Tissues, a small "throw-away" water-bottle, bug repellant, anti-itch cream. Odd things I brought or should have: clothes line and pins to hang bathing suits on the balcony, 4 safety pins to hold the flat king-sized sheet to the mattress, pillows (theirs are really bad), night light, sweater, Canadian Flag to hang on balcony, beach towels you don't care about to leave on beach chairs. And for the buffet: becel, maple syrup and peanut butter. How I wish I knew prior to trips to Cuba, what the staff are short on. Imagine toothpaste, disposable razors, Ardene 10/$10 stockings, AA and AAA batteries, Underarm deodorant (that one amazed me). We took a load of toiletries into town and dropped it off at a church. It was well received. The staff is what makes this a fabulous resort and the fact that it's 3.5 star makes it a great price.

      • birdsofafeather1
        harley26
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Average Average

        “The beautiful beach is the only reason to go. ”
        This resort is a LONG way from the airport, about a 2hr bus ride, grab a couple of beers outside the airport for your ride. Check-in was really slow, as only one person was working the desk. The rooms really need of a face lift in a big big way, I know you are only there to sleep, but I am glad I had some lysol wipes with me to wipe down the counters etc,coming back to the room one night, we had a big cockroach waiting for us. There are no drawers to unpack your cloths so you live out of a suitcase for a week. The resort itself is ok, all rooms are located really close to the beach.We didn't spend much time at the pool, but it is run down as well. The food was good, although not a huge selection, but what was there was good. The Havana Club Bar was a really nice spot to sit after dinner, the bartender made awesome mojitos and lime daiquiris. All the staff at Covarrubias was very friendly and helpful from the housekeeping staff to the woman who worked at the towel exchange(she went over the top for us and always remembered our names). This resort represents itself as a 4*, but I would give a very low 3*, the beach gets a 5*, I'm not sure if I would return to this resort, the price would have to be really low, and I wouldn't recommend it to my friends or family. I have been to Cuba many times and stayed at 3, 4 and 5 star resorts and I would have to say this resort is at the bottom of my list. I can't comment on any of the excursions as we didn't do any.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Isabelle M
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Average Average

        “Great service from people; disappointment about what the resort offers ”
        My daughter and I took a trip to Covarrubias on March 15th for one week. We were the only two from Montreal with Sunwing going there so we had to take a taxi cab from the airport to the resort. Since it was 10h00 pm we could not see anything outside and the cab driver did not speak English or French and even got lost at one point in a deserted area....... After two hour drive we arrived at the resort and went straight to our room: balcony very nice; the room itself is the bare minimum but very clean. I read Sheldon63's review and I wish I had known I could ask for the VIP route and I also agree with him as far as Luis is concerned (Sunwing Rep at the resort). Beach and pool are great but to do activities is very difficult when there is never enough people to fill the boat or the excursions. During the week, only one excursion has been available to us. Activities on the board did not happen and when the entertainment was there at night or the afternoon it was everyday the same thing. Volleyball on the beach or in the pool was happening one day out of two and the team did not advertise any of the activities. It was great for relaxation and reading and the weather was great but if I go back to Cuba, I will choose a resort a bit better organized or go as a part of a self sufficient group.

      • birdsofafeather1
        30yearsofCuba
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Average Average

        “Happy Place ”
        This is the place I dream about and want to be! My husband and I travelled here often and it became very special to both of us. Sadly, 15 months ago he passed away. Our son and I travelled back to our special "Happy Place" last March to celebrate his life and the love and passion from our Covarrubias friends was comforting. Kenia made our stay fantastic as always! Tony and Yadira you are amazing friends and your big hearts overwhelm me. We will once again be travelling here in April and cannot wait to see everyone. There is something magical about this place for me and I will always feel the closeness to my husband as I walk the beach........................

      • birdsofafeather1
        CrunchyJ
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Average Average

        “Great beach. ”
        We stayed there from February 11th to the 18th. Overall, we had a pleasant experience. Now, I gotta say that the beach is absolutely gorgeous. The water was crystal clear, the beach isn't too crowded and the sand is beautiful. There was a few shells & corrals that were a bit hard on the feet but nothing dramatic. There could be some improvement by increasing the amount of shaded spots to make it perfect. The snack bar on the beach offers a nice selection of drinks & an "ok" lunch menu. The MAJOR con is the time you have to wait to be served. It seems that the staff lacks organization. Other con, it isn't nice to wait while the local Cubans are being served as a priority despite you being there first. Our room was "ok", I didn't expect any more or any less. It's dated, but clean. The phone did not work and on 1 occasion we didn't have water to shower (it only lasted about 2h). We had a little (HUGE) cockroach visiting us one morning but it is understandable considering the 2inch gap at the bottom of our front door (place a towel to block it at night!!). Our view was beautiful but the evening shows were VERY loud. Unfortunately, the resort wasn't able to accommodate us with a room farther from the entertainment because it was very busy. The buffet was eatable. Again, we didn't expect to eat at a Michelin star restaurant, we went for value. There seem to be a lack of variety as the days went by, the variety of choices available seemed to shrunk. The staff was very accommodating by reserving a table for our family to ensure we were comfortable & had enough room for our baby & stroller. Lines for pasta & breakfasts were slow. Again, a little organization would solve this issue. The staff were pretty much all very very nice. From the gardener who kept bringing us fresh coconuts to the sweetest lady at the towels, we were really treated nicely and felt special. During our stay, there was a lot of local Cubans staying at the resort, which is a wonderful idea until they look at you like you are an intruder and stare you down, not in a nice way. Stories of tourists having their purse stolen, personal belongings & towels stolen kept pouring in. Definitely not a nice feeling. Watch your stuff and make sure you use the safe. Make sure you pack bug spray because there is quite a few Mosquitos at night. Overall, this resort could use a little TLC, a bit more organization and work on the local Cuban theft & favoritism situation. It has SO MUCH potential. It's a nice, quiet spot with a beautiful beach. Be aware that the bus ride is long and bumpy but you get to see a bit of the country side, sugar & bananas plantation. We will not go back, simply because it didn't have a wow factor. It was cheap and we got what we paid for.

      • birdsofafeather1
        andy l
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Average Average

        “Good Value”
        THE GOOD Amazing beach and ocean, great snorkeling and swimming. Weather was great. Quiet resort if thats what you are looking for. Nice friendly people. 2 hour bus ride is interesting!! Really close to beach and fresh coconuts!! NOT SO GOOD Airport really sucks one security machine! Rooms a little dated. Food situation really sucks as not much choice some days so the majority use the cook to order line ie pasta or eggs so it takes like 15 mins to get anything!! Same for the snack bar on the beach, cook to order and everyone is hungry at lunch time right??!!! Resort could be amazing but falls short. Also entertainment starts at 9pm usually the kids show first, problem is after a day on the beach and pool all the kids and some adults are in bed by then!! Also really loud till midnight!! Advice Closest town is 50km away and the resort doesn't exchange $$$ using a credit card so bring cash or change at the airport or before. Use the safe!! Again bring everything you need ie toiletries as there is little choice there! Internet is dial up and its yawn, really, really, really slow!!! We paid $1800 for a family of 4 with ocean view, wouldn't pay more.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Beach2005
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Average Average

        “Amazing Staff for a Three Star ”
        Two couples travelled for the first time to this resort the last week of January. One couple had the VIP Package - well worth it if you can get the right price and one had the standard room. Both of the rooms had a great view of the resort and were very close to the centre of the complex. The resort does need some up-grades in the rooms and the property needs a lot of work in regards to the sidewalks and the tiles around the pool but the beach and staff sure make up for the shortfalls encountered. The water was very good for swimming and was very safe as it gradually dropped off in depth. I would recommend bringing water shoes as there is coral patches in spots which need to be crossed to get to deeper water. You can walk to the left for miles on a white sand beach and we were only asked for items only once during our walks. We did the snorkelling trip to the reef once - part of the VIP package and really enjoyed the one hour spend there. I believe it is $15 per trip if you decide to do more. We always found something to eat in all the restaurants and were pleased with the variety. In other words we did not starve and found the food better than some of the four stars we have travelled to in Cuba. We really enjoyed the beach bar for lunch and the service provided. One minor downfall for us during our trip was the lack of Crystal Beer at the bars. So be prepared to drink Bucanero all week unless you buy it at the store. We only did one tour - a day trip to Las Tunas City in a van with four other couples and a guide named Abel. It was a hour and twenty minutes trip to the city but passed quickly with Abel who was wealth of information about his part of the country. We toured around the city and had a very good lunch at a local restaurant and walked around the downtown area. It is a very clean city compared to other cities we have visited. The trip cost $39 per person and we left around 9:00 AM and arrived back at the resort around 3:30 PM. The only negative was that the van had no air conditioning and it was very hot inside. The other item you should be aware of is that all the water has to be trucked to this resort by water tankers. In other words there will be times during the day when your water will be turned off. We found it was not at the same time of the day and was very random. The longest it was off was around two hours. There is a large vase in your room which you can fill up with water and use when needed . If you want to relax and enjoy the scenery this is a excellent spot for a vacation. The staff is fantastic and always were eager to help and assist with your vacation. The lady at the towel building is a real gem and has a good library if you need a book to read. Majority of guests were Canadians from Quebec or Ontario and some from the West coast. We met some great couples from Barrie and Kingston areas who also enjoyed their vacations. We normally don't go back to the same resort so soon but we are already looking at prices for our next visit to this area. Remember this resort is very isolated so you are paying for the peace and quiet and will have to make your own fun.

      • birdsofafeather1
        jomar200
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Average Average

        “Good deal ”
        January 26 2014 to February 2 2014. Beautiful spot far from new but renavated. Staff is friendly and are there to please. 2 reasons to not like the place, Bugs and sand fleas by millions and water supply interruptions daily are annoying. Otherwise very nice place and buffet is limited but good.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Thaqi1
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Average Average

        “Beautiful beach...Good service...Nice people, but....also a few issues too! ”
        January 18, to February 1, 2014. This was my third time to Covarrubias. The first time in 2007 and it was beautiful, second time 2010 and they had water problems big time, and 2014 and it seems that the water problems are not resolved as of yet. I really wouldn't mined having water reduction during the daytime because I would be on the beach, but night time it is a serious problem, no one wants to smell the toilet all night. Another thing is the sewer smell in the room at night is so strong it wakes you up at times. Now the hotel has pros and cons ! The pros: Beautiful beach, very nice people, good service, the food is delicious and plenty, and the fact that you eat indoors is nice, hate eating outdoors with cats and dogs running around here you eat indoors in an air conditioned room.....very nice little resort, grounds maintained and groomed nicely, rooms spacious and very clean, the pool nice salty water and very clean. Cons: Water problem not fixed yet and that is a big issue for this resort and to me that it is a hygiene issue, the beach was not cleaned the first week of our stay at all, but they cleaned it the second week so the beach is beautiful but not maintained well, lots of bugs and mosquitoes at this hotel and nothing works I mean no repellent or spray works for the bugs. Hotel: Pretty rundown... doors don't close properly, and I think the only hotel in Cuba that you have to pay for the room safe. I have been to Cuba more than 15 times and the only hotel I ever paid for the safe is this one. All in all a very beautiful resort with a few repairs could be a place you would want to go and relax. Will I go back ? If the water issue is fixed and they spray the bugs, I mean the itch from these little things is unbearable.I will keep an eye on trip advisory reviews about water and the the little bugs ( Jegen ) or what ever the Cubans call them.

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        Leatitia T
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Hard not to tell everyone about this out of the way gem.”
        My very first visit to Brisas Covarrubias was April 15/14, it will definitely not be my last. My traveling partner had been there in February of 2014 and said that it was worth going back. The staff were phenomenal and very friendly. They knew our names after our first introduction, I was impressed. I did not mind the two hour bus ride to the hotel at all. I like the small and intimate setting of this place. The rooms were clean, had food that was tasty and the best lobster that I have had in a very long time. I could go to a five star with 500+ rooms, however, the feeling of belonging to a small, close knit community will not happen. The beach, oh the beach, it is spectacular!!! Did not mind the gecko and two frogs that visited our room, it added to the ambience of the place.....this is Cuba, a country in the tropics after all. I could go on and on and on about Covarrubias, however, you need to experience it. Next visit back is going to be for at least ten days and hopefully sooner than later.

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        MecaLuna
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Awesome beach and staff ”
        I loved Brisas Covarrubias. It was quiet and clean, the staff were amazingly friendly and the beach.... oh, the beach! Absolutely gorgeous! I went there with my husband and 2 children for one week and we had a wonderful time. Granted, Brisas Covarrubias is not for people looking for a party hotel nor for luxuries. It is quaint and it is modest. The rooms are clean, the beds are ok (I have to say, they could use a revamping here), the grounds are well kept, the food is varied and definitely tasty. The AC is loud but gets the job done. We had water and power every single time we were in our room, so no complaints there. The mosquitoes were like themselves, active at sunset, nothing new. Bring mosquito repellent and you will be just peachy. OK, so that pretty much sums up all the boring stuff about a hotel you should now, now unto the real treat: the BEACH! A long, long beach of white coral sand so soft your feet feel like they are walking on velvet. Perfect for kids, it stays shallow for meters and meters on end. I never quite got to the deep part. If you walk to your right, the beach runs into a mangrove and makes a shallow inlet where you feel quite like in a natural pool. Covarrubias is a great place to go diving and the diving staff are very knowledgeable and have very good equipment. The catamaran trip is also very amusing. If you like arts and crafts, the artisans on display at Covarrubias sell excellent wood carvings, we brought home a whole collection. The lady at the Kids Club is great and my boys loved the experience. If you have kids, I recommend to bring their life jackets, the ones at the resort are not children sized and they do go on the catamaran when at the Kids Club. The rest of the staff were very friendly, always willing to help if we had a problem or some whimsical request (Can I have a coconut from that palm tree?).The shows at the end of the night were very good, specially Kereya, a young band with quite an amazing sound. In short, if you are looking for a place to enjoy the simple pleasures of life away from the hustle then Covarrubias is for you.

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        cubanhoover1
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Hola! Come find the real taste of Cuba! ”
        Well this review is long overdue but I promised a dear new friend at the resort we would write a review once we got home lol so here goes! With out a doubt this is not the resort to come to if u are looking for hustle and bustle! No bright lights, big city at Brisas Corvubias but in my humble opinion it offers so much more! The staff and people of Cuba have so little, but give so much!! It appears they live for life, love and laughter and share it with you through dance and music. We got off the plane to a bright hot sun filled Cuban day. We were immediately offered cold can's of Cuban beer from locals in the bus staging area 2 for 5 bucks and they were the most expensive drinks we saw in Cuba lol The bus ride is much improved from reviews of year's past the roads have been improved the ride is down to 2 and a half hours the bus was a comfortable air conditioned full size coach. Upon arrival check in was busy some people stood in line for an hour or more waiting to get checked in I decided to immediately go in to Cuban mode abondoned my luggage and relaxed in the open air lobby lounge to some of those free all inclusive cocktails and proceeded to check in after the rush of our full bus load of pale skinned vacationers came to an end haha! We were brought to our room a huge 2 room suite with a soaker tub,wicker bar, 2nd bathroom and shower, 2 balconies and a beauty view of the beach. Thanks Kenya but now I am spoiled and expect nothing less will do lol . The resort was far from lavish but the staff was awesome and the quaint little resort was kept clean minus the lack of toilet paper in the lobby bathrooms! Awesome beach you can walk off the resort along the ocean and walk along dried coral and natural beach shorelines for miles(wear shoes with soles along the dry coral reef) we did so and We meet a family of about 20 and they gave us a ride back on their tractor complete with large benched farm trailer and an unlimited magic refilling bottle of Cuban moonshine! Once we got back to the edge of the resort property we partied with this family for hours til the sun went down. They prepared stewed lamb on a beachfront fire curbside to the beautiful Cuban sea side!! I ran back to my room and filled our gym bag with shirts, shoes, pencils, crayons, candy and note pads for the children it was the best day ever. They spoke no more then 10 words of English and I even less Spanish but it didn't matter we ate drank and danced on the beach all day long (I forgot to mention the tractor and farm trailer came complete with a boom box and Mark Henry's latest Latino anthem!) We shared each others kindness, good food, good drink, respect and became "Familia" that day. The food in the 1 and only buffet was really pretty good lots of fresh fruit and veggies beets, mangos, papaya, pineapple,crepes, shredded cabbage &carrots, cold cuts cheese, loaves of baked bread, pastas,chicken,fish pork and on occasion even some tender beef. Pamela loves the yogurt! Lots of fresh juices and I didn't mind a little champagne in my OJ each day for breakie! Met some great people my brother from another motha Charlie and his crazy gf Played flip cup with the teachers and even got along with an ex cop, Fred was an awesome guy, only in Cuba can a biker and a cop share a drink! We spent New Years eve in a little town a couple hours off the resort staued at a locals house a sort of bread & breakfast with Cuban cigars ! lol We rented a car and driver to take us in his 55Chevy! There I met my Cuban Family we danced through the night with all the towns family and neighbors spent 8 hours roasting a pig over two beds of hot coals!! Love and miss you Mama and Poppi now I am a Cuban-Canadian son of immigration we wil be coming home soon! Back to the resort enjoyed the little humid and sparse version of a fitness room if u go there u better want to train and not be there to look pretty its rough and a little hardcore lol The poolside bar and outdoor cabana open 24 hours offers the greatest little grilled ham amd cheese between 11pm and 6am nothin better then one of those sandwiches at 2 in the morning after a lonely night at the lame disco but if u can hook up with some good guests and new friendslike we did u can be the life of the party too! Awesome beach free kayaks and 10minute Hobie catamaran rides in the bay Lunchtime al a carte fries burgers and chicken fingers from the beach bar The a la carte restaurant is cute and the chefs add a little Cuban flair to their simple fare! Kenya was made interim Resort Director while we were at Brisas and she definitely arranged for a full smorgasbord a la carte with a delicious shrimp beef and pork sampler main course, awesome soup too! The resort makes awesome cappuccino/lattes and since everything was free at this bargain priced bang for your buck all inclusive resort I made sure I always passed a peso or two across the bar and to the wait staff. All in all I guess a vacation is what u make of it, this resort is a 3 to 3 1/2 star at best based on its ammenities but the staff is 10 star and if u want a great place to relax and are willing to reach out and embrace the culture the people of Cuba will embrace you back! I will return to Brisas Corvubias many more times and who knows I might just find a way to retire in a little sea side Puerto Padre Shanty! Hope you can be lucky enough to find what we found if u too venture to Brisas Corvubias Puerto Padre If u decide to come between Christmas and New Years then you will no doubtebly see us there! Roy and Pamela Ontario Canada

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        Jan S
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Thanks AGAIN Cova!!!:) ”
        This is truly a special place for my partner and me, this has been my 5th trip back to Cova and have never been disappointed. The beach is one in a million in my opinion as is the staff, we really feel like family when we are there. From the moment we arrive they all are happy to see you and make you feel so welcome. This trip was to celebrate my partner's 50th birthday and they really made him feel special, right from the arrival, to the special lunch, the birthday cake and well the only thing I had to do was buy his favourite lobster dinner. Even our favourite band Kereya remembered us and dedicated our favourite song by them to us. Our days are always filled with smiles and special memories. Yes, the rooms are a little tired, but we are only there to sleep and shower (we never ran out of water or hydro), there is way to much to enjoy outside of the room. Next year we plan to marry there in January 2015, the only thing we will NOT do is fly Sunwing!!! I am not going to bash the airline but we were not happy with their service or their hotel rep. As for the rest of the fantastic people, beach, service, friends we have made....we cannot wait to return to our second home!

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        Mi Z
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Another Great Stay At Covarrubias ”
        The resort remains a great choice at one of the most amazing locations in Cuba. The staff is well trained and ofter go out of there way to ensure a great stay. The quality of staff is a reflection of the Hotel Manager, Commercial Manager and Public Relations Manager. Great Job. The hotel does need a little updating but I heard the improvements are coming soon. The beach, the staff and the natural preserve is worth visiting. If you travel here, please take care of this treasure.

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        cuabafan
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Amazing as always since 2002 ”
        We are repeat customers since 2002. We know what to expect and come back year after year. We are proud to be part of the Covarrubias family and it feels like coming home every time we arrive. We have observed the improvements over the years often based on recommendations from visitors. This year we noticed improvements in the food. The resort was at capacity during March Break and the food was good. Fresh cut fruit, ice cream, a variety of side dishes and meat or fish plus the additional menu at the beach restaurant warranted a good variety and choices. Cuba faces limitations in food supplies and try very hard to provide good quality food for tourists. For the first time ever we experienced a band coming to the beach providing entertainment. Plenty of garbage cans helped keeping the resort cleaner. The wind still blew some plastic cups around. We just picked them up and disposed of them. The designated 24-hour bar was at the pool and provided a great setting for a drink before lunch or dinner when there was a line-up. There were also snacks available, milk or juice for the youngest guests and always Cuban coffee. The Havanna Bar was a great addition with high end rum to enjoy or drinks really mixed in a blender. We know that Covarrubias is not for everybody. We like it because of the isolated nature setting (and accept the mosquitos), the magnicifent beach (a dream for anybody who likes the beach) but most of all for the staff. They deserve 5* going out of their way to make your vacation that bit better. Smiles, hugs, thank you and friendly conversation, genuine interest in you and your family are demonstrating the culture of the Cuban people. We will be back, that is a given.

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        Sheldon63
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Brisas Covarrubias, a rising star in Cuban resorts ”
        Brisas Covarrubias, a rising star in Cuban resorts: Overall ratings are at the bottom if you prefer not to read about our story. Airport arrival and the trip to the resort: I?ll start from our arrival at the airport. My wife and I arrived at around 08:30 pm. The weather was beautiful and warm and the air moist. The Cubans were very friendly and helpful. Our baggage pick-up and customs experience was quick, easy and pleasant. Spotting our Sunwing representative was even easier and he directed us to our shuttle right away. While waiting for others you can get 2 beers for $5.00 Canadian or convertible Cuban pesos (CUC) from the shuttle parking lot vender to drink or to take with you for the 2 hour ride to the resort. There was also a bank there where you could exchange some money for CUC?s if so desired although, it is not necessary as they have a bank at the resort. We had a couple of no shows so at about 09:00 pm we all boarded the shuttle and we were on our way. Our Sunwing rep was Luis. I have to say that we have had much better. Basically all he did was explain that the trip to the resort would take about 2 hours because the roads were so bad. Other than point out the children?s hospital about half way through the trip he simply chatted non-stop to the driver in Spanish until the last fifteen minutes before we arrived at the resort when he finally became quiet. Oh yes, he did say that they would have some sandwiches for a snack soon after we arrived. That is all. This being my first trip to Cuba I would have liked to have been told a little about Cuban history, culture, money etc., there was none of this. My wife and I were not impressed with his lack of service or seemingly indifference to his passengers. Resort arrival and check-in: First, let me give you a bit of background information. Before we had left I had read many reviews and a couple of them had suggested to go the VIP route for the stay. I had already booked the Garden view room through Sunwing and could not change it without a whole lot of head-ache and $$$, so I sent the resort an email asking if I could book VIP directly with them (perks such as a bottle of Cuban rum, stocked mini-fridge, late check-out, beach towels in room, free safe use and more with an ocean view). Iliana, acting Director of the resort at the time was more than accommodating and said yes to my request for only 140 CUC?s (half of what Sunwing would charge)and she booked us into 3228. She stated that I could take care of payment the next morning after arrival. OK, so all is good right? Read on. On our arrival at the reception desk I explained what Iliana and I had arranged and the clerk passed me an envelope with a message from her. The note basically said that she would not try to offer excuses but, someone on her staff had given away our room. She apologized professionally and in a dignified manner and booked us another room (garden-view) 1228 with all of the aforementioned perks for a VIP (complimentary for our troubles) and asked that we come see her the next day. Our room that night: We found our room relatively easily but, the door was catching, I gave it a hard push, the door opened but, the bottom panel fell out. I sat on the floor and re-inserted the panel and you couldn?t even tell that it had fallen out. This worried my wife though for security reasons. After talking to Iliana the next day, the door panel and door catching as well as a clogged sink were fixed within an hour or two. Now THAT, is excellent client service. They were short on access cards that night so we only had one. Problem is you need to put your access card into the wall card reader to activate the unit?s power, AC, the safe and the unit?s door. We were told we could get another card the next day so no big deal (we did). Tired from the trip we settled in to what was actually a very nice unit with all of Iliana?s complimentary VIP perks as well. After settling in for the night we decided to go to the 24 hour pool bar for a drink and to see if we could get something to eat. I talked to the bartender Tony (damned nice guy, of all he was my favorite) and he said that there would be sandwiches soon. About a ½ hour later there were ham and cheese grilled Panini?s. Kind of bland but, they filled the tummy, my wife liked them. Shortly after we retired back to our bungalow for the night. The next day: We went to see Iliana after eating a plentiful and delicious breakfast at the buffet. There are tons of food choices for everyone. Very nice dining area and the staff are super friendly, simply ask and you shall receive with a smile. Again, Iliana apologized for the errors over and over again but, always professionally. She wanted to make it up to us so much she offered us a full suite room 2225 with a living room, bar, bedroom with a whirlpool bath, two full baths and two balconies; one off of the living room and the other off of the bedroom for our last three days there. After some hesitation, simply because we were not sure that we wanted to pack everything up and move again for a short stay and after a complimentary fantastic massage (worth 16 CUC for 1 hour) for my wife, we agreed. Wow, are we glad we did. The suite was beautiful and spacious and it definitely removed any doubts that may have lingered about Brisas Covarrubias that we may have had due to our problems at the beginning. Iliana, you have won us over. The rest of our stay: The rest of our stay was excellent and problem free thanks to Iliana and the fabulous, hard-working staff at the resort. The resort is well manicured by the gardeners and very attractive to the eye. The maintenance guys are fast and efficient. The beach is beautiful and stretches for miles. And guess what? No annoying beach vendors. There are craft vendors among the main buildings with beautiful work and at the main bar and they don?t bother you either. The little convenience shop has some really great prices on snacks, booze, cigarettes, souvenirs, clothes, soft drinks and so on. By the way, there are NO matches or lighters to be purchased anywhere so if you need them, bring them. The bank is open every day and the conversion at the time was $100.00 CAD for 87.50 CUCS, decent. The main bank teller (Janet) was such a breath of fresh air that instead of converting a large amount of money all at once, my wife visited her several times for smaller amounts just so she could chat with her. Bartenders will also exchange a twenty for 17 CUC?s if you need some small cash for tipping etc. which is especially handy when the Bank is closed. I haven?t told you everything otherwise, where would be the adventure? Our final ratings: Rooms: 3.5 to 4.5 stars. They need some minor maintenance, nothing major. Resort property: 4 stars Activities: 3.5 stars. Most seem to be at the beach during the day. It would be nice to have a few more at the bar stage. My wife won a bottle of rum at the main bar playing a putting golf game. She had a lot of fun. They gave her the nickname ?Tiger Woods? Disco: Unrated, we never went but, newly acquired friend had a blast EVERY night. Staff: 5 stars. I cannot say more about them other than they are extremely friendly, hard-working and always responsive to your needs. Treat them with respect and appreciation as you should do anyone and you will receive it in return. Beach: 4.5 stars Food: Buffet - 4 stars; Beach bar/snack station - unrated; A La Carte ? 3 stars. A la cart needs revamping, it?s small which is ok but, the fine dining experience is not there and the food, for us anyways was OK. If the occasion is a special day such as it was for us being Valentine?s Day, don?t bring in a musical group where the volume is louder than the individual conversations or ask to join in the singing, since this is supposed to be a day of intimacy and romance. The violin player from the band playing at the cafeteria would have been an ideal choice. Hints: 1. If you leave something on the bed it is intended as a gift for the cleaning staff, they appreciate this. It can be anything otherwise; don?t leave it on the bed. We left something every day. 2. It is an all-inclusive resort but, these people work very hard for the small salary they earn by our standards so if you like your service a small tip, a convertible Cuban Peso will not hurt and it will go a long way for them. 3. If you have a problem, don?t just gripe and stew about it, report it, chances are it will be taken care of immediately. We did and it was. 4. Bring bug repellant, lots of mosquitos and no see-ums during the early morning and evening hours. 5. Remember, you are in Cuba. Enjoy the culture, the people and your surroundings. Above all, show respect and discretion. Our overall rating for Brisas Covarrubias is 4 stars and moving on up. They are working very hard to better your vacation experience every day. Now you decide, just keep an open mind and everything will work out.

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        Lucas900
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great place for the price! ”
        I traveled to Hotel Brisas Covarrubias with my sister. We left from Ottawa, Canada on January 22 and returned on January 29th, 2014. It was my 3rd time visiting Cuba and the 2nd time for my sister. I had stayed at 4.5 or 5 star all inclusives in Cuba the 2 previous times (Varadero and Cayo Santa Maria). Hotel Brisas is rated as a 3 star. So you have to temper your expectations somewhat. Overall we really enjoyed this resort, with a few minor reservations. Read on for more details.... Travelling / getting there... ==================== We flew Sunwing Airlines. No problems with the flight. It was about 3.5 hours flight time from Ottawa. Sunwing serves you a hot meal and free Champagne! You also need to fill out your Cuba tourist card on the plane. You need to do this carefully, there are 2 copies of the card, they take one when you arrive and you keep the other one for when you leave the country. You arrive at Holguin airport. Going through immigration was no problem. The airport is fairly modern, no problems here. Meet our agent and get on the bus. It was about 8pm or so. Our bus was smaller. Maybe 8 or 10 people on it. There was a small beer fridge on the bus but no bathroom! Our agent 'Luis' was very nice and spoke excellent English. The resort is a 2 hour bus ride from the airport. You pass through many small towns along the way. But of course, at night time, there are few lights and you don't get to see that much. Parts of the road are very bumpy and narrow, but this is Cuba, you just have to roll with it! We arrived at the hotel safe and sound. It was amazing to step of the bus and smell the warm air, and the smell of the Ocean! Front desk, check-in, rooms... ======================= It was about 10:30pm or so when we checked in at the front desk. This went very well, it was quick and we got our room right away. Room # 7326. It was a bit further away from the main lobby, a bellboy brought our bags for us. This is a 3 star hotel, I think it is about 15 years old. So it's in decent shape. Many buildings, all 2 story. Our room was on the 2nd floor. We had 3 single beds in our room. Which was fine for us as we are brother/sister! We had a bed in the middle to give us a buffer zone! The room was clean but not fancy. The bathroom was fine, it had a slightly 'used' look, but was clean. However, we checked the water, and there was water, but no HOT water....went back to the front desk to inquire about this and the young man told us straight up that we would not have any hot water in that room/building for the entire week!? We asked if we could change rooms, and he said 'sure...come back tomorrow morning and speak with 'Ramon'....(the hotel manager). So that was fine, we had a good sleep and went to the front desk the next morning... Here is where it gets a bit interesting. We finally met 'Ramon', he was nice enough, but his style was a bit strange. He said, oh yes, we can change your room, but come back in 2 hours....'Ok, we said...we did that and then he gave us some different choices. We were hoping for a 2nd floor Ocean view room upgrade, but finally opted for a ground floor room, very close to the beach, but this room would only be ready Friday! (we arrived on a Wednesday night) so this is Thursday... There was some more confusion, and again the manager was a bit strange with us, you could not seem to get a straight answer from him, like' ...oh yes, yes, it's possible...but come back in 1 or 2 hours'....etc...we were really not that upset about it, we were being reasonable and not angry or anything, but we just wanted him to tell us one way or another straight up....finally our Sunwing agent 'Luis' asked us how things were going and we mentioned about the room. He said he would go talk to the manager. Well, then we got some action! The manager came back to us right after that and offered us that room, but only the next morning. We said ok...good. By now we just wanted to go to the beach! So we did....that night, we had to clean ourselves up as best we could with no hot water....a cold shower! It was not that bad....But not being able to settle in and unpack our stuff was a bit of a pain....that is what bothered me the most actually. Not the lack of hot water but not being able to unpack properly! Finally, the next day, Friday. We changed rooms! We had hot water! We finally unpacked and showered. The A/C unit was working fine (sometimes too cold at night! Only 2 beds in this room, but we pushed them apart a bit, no problem. (again to create a buffer zone) Ha ha. Nice big balcony with beautiful view of palm trees and a little path leading to the beach super close! It was really nice.....but.....our room safe stopped working! These are older safes that you open with your room key. (and not a code you choose for yourself) All our important documents were inside the safe and then we could not open the door anymore (a bit of a panic started to settle in)....Back we went to the hotel manager, he quickly got maintenance to come by and it was fixed in 20min. So that was good. After that, everything was fine with the room except for a few minor water shortages later on....The resort relies on solar power for heating some of the water I guess, so when it' really cloudy, you don't get hot water in some buildings! Or sometimes no water at all! They are trying to deal with their water system apparently, lack of spare parts as well..I think. The maid service was always excellent, really friendly and you if you got to know your maid, you could simply ask for extra blankets or pillow etc... Orientation and other info... ===================== We attended our Sunwing orientation the next day after our arrival. I think it's important to attend these as you get some good info. (and it was at 10am, which is not too early!) - the room safe is not included, it's $2 a day extra (remember, this is a 3 star!) - the nearest town is 'Puerto Padre' about 45min away, you can do a tour of it and a real organic Cuban farm for $32CUC per person - there is a bank onsite, you can change your Canadian money into CUC (Cuban convertible peso) this is the money the tourists use, it is different from the national currency, and it's exchanged at the same rate as the $US dollar! Our Canadian dollar was valued slightly less at the time! Which I don't agree with...but oh well - this is Cuba! - the beach towels are free and obtained at the beach house near the main pool area, but don't lose them or else it's a $25CUC fee! - there is only one main pool, it is a salt water pool (but we never went in it, we are more beach people) - you can book the a la carte restaurant with the hotel public relations person in the main lobby, we booked 2 nights , this restaurant is located at the same location as the beach restaurant. - make sure to keep $25CUC for when you exit the country! - there is Internet at the resort, but it's very slow. You can purchase an Internet access card from the front desk for $6 CUC per hour. They used to have 2 computers, but now only have 1 available. it works, but it's very, very slow! Good to quickly send a message that you have arrived safe or if your return is delayed or something like that...there is NO wireless at this resort! But really, just leave your phone at home! you are on vacation... - you can order lobster for dinner, but it's extra, you can do this at the lobby I think...(we never did) I think it was $15CUC and probably well worth it! - the area is isolated and surrounded by mangrove swampy area, so apparently the mosquitoes can get quite bad depending on the time of year. the mosquitoes never bothered us, but theare are this really, really small other bugs that bite you and leave a small mark. for some reason, these only ever bothered us on the balcony of our room! (ground floor) - there is a doctor and nurse onsite at the infirmary (free) - My sister visited to get some ointment for her small bug bites... - you should only drink water from bottled water - you can book all your excursions with your agent at the main lobby, we paid cash...I don't think you can pay with credit cards for the tours here.... - they have nightly shows at the main pool bar theatre area at 09:30pm (the disco opens at 11pm) - there is a beach nautical shop where you can rent snorkeling gear (free), pedal boat (free), go for catamaran or fishing / snorkeling expeditions etc...some of the activities/equipment are free but not all...please check before... - You will also get your return flight info from the orientation, there are also books at the lobby showing all the tours, flight info etc... - there are some small gift shops at the hotel setup every day, there are some nice handmade items here, small statues, trinkets, bracelets...but this is not setup for serious shopping. - there is a nice store onsite where you can purchase, beer, water, rum, cigars, coffee, some clothing items and other necessities, also chips and snacks...all very inexpensive. One thing we found out of course, is that again, it's a 3 star resort, so they don't re-fill your room fridge everyday with beer! They re-fill it with bottled water only. So no problem, we would simply purchase extra water and beer / chips from the store. No problema! Food...buffet, restaurants, drinks... =============================== This is a smaller resort, there is one main buffet, one a la carte restaurant and one beach restaurant. The main buffet is fairly big. Decent service, really friendly staff by the way....it's an intimate feeling here...Food at the main buffet does get repetitive, but we are not here for the good, we are here for the beach, sun, booze and just the general vibe of the Cuban people! We would have breakfast at the buffet, they have scrambled eggs, but only every other day, however you can get a fresh made omelet everyday, the line ups for this were not bad. They have hotcakes, bread, cheese, french toast, fruit, juice, coffee....but there was not really bacon available, I think at the omelet station some days you could get some...there is some other 'mystery meat' at times (ha ha, sorry).... Dinner at the buffet was ok, again, it's a lot of the same stuff every day, but we were ok with it. One night, we did feel a bit 'off' with some (loose bowel movements) - sorry ......but it was really mild and not the end of the world, it passed fairly quickly. Both my sister and I were affected, maybe something we ate the night before. I have been to all inclusives 5 times now, twice in Mexico and twice in Cuba and this was the first time I ever felt a bit 'off'....but again, it passed quickly and my sister had anti-diarrhea pills, which I took and that helped. I had breakfast that morning, then went to the beach for a while, but then went back to the room for a nap. My lovely sister then brought me a big plate of pasta and bread and that settled my stomach and I was good to go! I then also had a mojito later (mint helps with tummy troubles - ha ha) I also think that for me, I simply got too much sun as well......otherwise we were fine the rest of the trip... We would always have lunch at the beach restaurant...Here you could order from the menu, we did that one day, I had fried fish, rice and salad, it was good! The rest of the time though, I would have a ham and cheese bun with fries. You could also get hamburgers and pizza here. So that was fine for us. It was just a quick and easy way to get some carbs and protein in your system! The A la carte restaurant was ok. A bit too brightly lit for my taste. But the service was good. Our first night there was seafood/caribbean night. I had some fish (sea bass) with a bit of lobster, salad, mash potatoes and rice. I really enjoyed it. My sister had pork/chicken skewers with rice, which was also good. I also had shrimp cocktail, and we had vegetable soup which was really good. The house wine was not the greatest was very drinkable, we did not mind it at all. You could always purchase other wine for $8 to $10 a bottle. Our second night here, I did not think it was as good, it was Cuban night, I had some fish and rice...it was just OK...whatever. Again, we were not that particular or fussy about the food, it's not the main reason we go on vacation... We found the drinks to be quite good. The mojitos were really good and they mostly always had mint! The Cuban beer is fine 'Cristal' (light) and 'Bucanero' (stronger). We got really good coffee (cappuccinos) as well. They also have a higher end bar onsite, the 'Havana Club' bar. Here you can get nice rum drinks, we had some here and they were very good indeed. Beach, hotel grounds, activities... ========================== The beach and ocean are really nice here. We had some cloudy/windy/rainy weather the first few days, with also big waves on the Ocean. But then it got really nice , sunny and hot! The beach is quite long and a bit narrow in some spots, but it's fine. The water is mostly shallow (depending on the tide) and you can walk out a long ways safely. Mostly nice sandy bottom, but there are some rocks in spots. We were fine though and you don't really need water shoes. The last few days there for us, it got really, really nice and sunny..and hot. It was amazing to be at the beach and go swimming in the calm waters of the Atlantic Ocean! There is river on the right side of the beach, when it rains, and depending on the tide, a portion of the ocean will turn yellowish/brown...but this is just because of the rain/river runoff...no worries. Otherwise the ocean is your typical amazing blue colours...really nice. Never a real problem finding beach chairs, but if you want a really good spot you can go earlier. We are not big believers in the 'reserve a chair with a beach towel game', but we did do it one morning. and only for about 30min. We just wanted to secure a good shady spot. Also interesting. Again, at the right side of the beach (towards the east) there is the mouth of the small river here, and then mangrove plants (the area is swampy). And there are some Cubans hanging out, kind of hidden among the mangroves. Hotel guests wade across here to explore around the rocky point (bring sandals!) And these Cubans come talk to you. These are not hotel staff, they are general Cuban people just off the hotel grounds. They are nice, but they want to trade for clothes and other items. They gave me some bracelets and necklaces, apparently hand made from sea shells and beads. (they were actually quite nice and good quality) I ended up returning later and giving them a sun hat, a shirt, a beer and a pack of smokes and a few pesos. They were very appreciative and seemed harmless...But be prepared to talk to them... The hotel grounds are well kept, lots of nice interesting trees and plants. There are also a few cute cats roaming about. We would feed them a bit of food from the buffet. The staff are hard working and we would sneak them a beer now and again. They appreciate it. However, it's Cuba...and some small things (or bigger ones) never seem to get fixed. We noticed a few burned out lights, some light fixtures not attached properly (missing screws). The bathrooms in the common areas are not always working (water being shut off during the day at times). There is not always toilet paper available. Broken toilet seats, doors that won't close properly or lock. Some of the sidewalks are crumbling, a large area around the pool is cement/patio that is very rough on your feet....etc....mostly smaller things, but maybe there is no incentive for staff (who don't get paid very much) , or they are lacking spare parts, or tools? It's kind of puzzling... There is a discotheque onsite. We went a couple of times. The first night was a lot of fun, we went with a lady (tourist) we met at the hotel, she was travelling alone. It was a quiet night at the disco, only about 15 people and all Cubans except us! A couple of young gay Cuban guys were there and they were really nice and fun. They taught us how to dance Cuban style! The music was loud and good. Some Cubans really know how to move! I would say it's almost impossible to replicate! The drinks were flowing! It got very hot in there however, and then started pouring rain outside. Water from the rains was coming into the disco under the doors! LOL. Also to get to the disco bathrooms you have to travel on an open air balcony, so it would rain on top of you for a bit! These bathrooms were also very sketchy. Broken toilet seats, broken doors that would not lock, maybe there was some toilet paper, leaking water all over the place. Again, it should not take much to fix this...not sure why it's not! But again, for me/(us), it was more of an observation....it really should be fixed but it was more puzzling to me than bothersome. We ended up closing the place down at 2am! We had a lot of fun that night. We went a second night with other Canadian tourists we met and it was ok, but not as fun as the first night. They have a show every night at the main theatre. This is at the main pool bar area. Everyone meets there after dinner for a cappuccino and some drinks and the show. The disco opens at 11pm... The shows were good. The dancers are professional and we always enjoyed them. (The dancers are quite sexy indeed). Sure, it can get a bit repetitive, but they have different themes and some night they do games on the stage for guests to participate in. We quite enjoyed it. Tours... ====== We did one off-resort tour. (but there are others...remember though, the hotel is fairly isolated, so it will take a while to get anywhere) They have lots of information at the lobby about the tours and your agent will also help you. We visited an organic farm and then the small town of Puerto Padre. About 45 min away by van...This was a nice little tour. The farm was very interesting. A family runs it. They grow fruit, sugar cane, other crops, they have some chickens, ducks and other small animals etc...They offered us fruit to eat right there. - Plantains, Bananas, oranges, starfruit, something called 'meldor' I think (Which was very good) etc... The family/farmers did not speak a word of English so our guide would translate and my sister and I communicated with them with our broken Spanish...it was not bad we were actually able to communicate! We also offered them a few smokes/cigars and a few pesos. They were very nice and welcoming, we visited their small house. It was very well kept and tidy, I was impressed. They are very proud and hard working. We also saw amazing plants and flowers here. The grounds were quite muddy in spots (recent rains) so we did not get to venture too far out in the fields. We then continued to the town of Puerto Padre...a small coastal / fishing town. We had about 1 hour of free time to walk around. We felt very safe here. We looked liked tourists though and we were approached a few times, my sister was looking for jewelery...there are some stands setup here for shopping. We bought a few beers in the small stores. There are a few department stores here with clothes and other stuff. It's quite expensive for the Cubans though, they only make about $10 or $12 a month...and a shirt can cost $6! It was very cool to walk around though, this is an authentic Cuban town! The people were busy walking round about their business, Everyone was dressed well and all seemed very relaxed. No one was staring at us either....(well not too much). We enjoyed just sitting on a bench in the warm sunshine, sipping our beer, smoking a cigar and watching the people go by. We continued our tour with the guide, walking around learning about the history of the place. Some very cool old buildings, neat architecture. Some buildings crumbling, others under repair...old cars everywhere, and horse/donkey pulled carts! We then went for lunch at a seafood restaurant near the water. It was good, we had beer/wine/water, pineapple to start, then I had salad, rice, fish and fried plantain chips. My sister had pasta. It was all good. We met the owner/chef of the place. The waiter was also very nice. We then got back in the van and back to the hotel! Our guide was very good as well as the driver (they speak German, Italian, French, English , Spanish! whoa!) Talking to the guide (Abel) and driver (Daniel) and asking questions was very interesting, you get to discover the 'real' Cuba and how they actually live their lives and what they think.... Other tips... ========== - bring a small flashlight (and spare batteries), it gets dark at night! Not all areas of the hotel are lit up very well, even in the main lobby! One night we were trying to look at some of the tour brochures at the main lobby, but not enough light! Luckily we had our flashlights... - bring a larger insulated mug for drinks on the beach, they serve drinks for the beach in your typical small plastic cups...however at the lobby bar, you get real glasses and cups! - remember to keep your Cuban tourist card, password and other valuables in your room safe! - remember to keep $25CUC for when you leave the country! - bring some toilet paper and some hand sanitizer with you! (You will need it at times on and off resort!) - if you have spare clothes (baseball caps, sunhats, shirts, shoes, work gloves) that you don't wear anymore, leave them for your maid / gardeners - it appears this is what they are looking for the most. We did bring small bathroom items, pencils, crayons, batteries etc..to leave for staff as well. Also, you can bring some MP3 music on a USB key and also leave it, they really want music! - you can extend your check-out time. Ours was for noon, but we extended until 2pm (max) and it was fine. We locked up our suitcases near the lobby as we waited for our pickup for the airport (the pickup was delayed a bit) no problem, just have another drink! Final thoughts... ============== Tipping - we like to tip and we did, but not all the time. Use your judgement. The tips you give I believe they actually keep for themselves so they appreciate it very much. We are not overly fussy about anything so we enjoyed everything! You are on vacation remember! But keep an open mind, this is Cuba...just roll with it! Was cool to practice our Spanish, most staff speak fairly good English but not all... There were lots of Canadians here (a lot from Quebec! ha ha) and Europeans as well. Everyone really nice... This hotel is small, quiet and fairly intimate, it's far away from everything. If you are looking for that, then you will be well served. The staff are super friendly. Yes there are some problems with water at times in the rooms, but you can just change your room. (not always convenient, but)...remember what you are paying for. All food, all drinks included right?...so you just roll with it. Relax and have a good time! Thanks for reading!

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        560Jen
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “No Surprises. One of the Best Vacations Ever! ”
        Travelled with a friend from Feb. 9 - Feb. 16. This place quickly became one of my favorites. This was the first time here for my friend and me. Two women travelling together - without our men. I had been to Brisas Guardalavca three times and now I'm faced with the decision about whether to come back to the "Cova" or continue my visits to Guardalavaca. In all honesty, I would return to the Cova in a second - except for one thing - the mosquitos. This is seriously the only thing that separates my wonderful experiences with both Brisas's. My friend and I had an absolutely wonderful week. Due to the size of the resort, we met many wonderful people whom I'm sure we may not have met at a larger resort. The food was so-so, but I've never chosen my destination based on the quality of food. I never left the buffet hungry - sometimes perhaps wishing it could have been tastier - but satisfied that the food I consumed would last me until the next time I was hungry....... As many others have mentioned, the beach was breathtaking. The employees were people I would have been close friends with had I met them at home (shout outs to Julio at the lobby bar, Tony at the pool bar, Yoanna - one of my favorites - just because... and many more). Just about every person we came in contact with couldn't do enough for us! If there was one reason I wouldn't re-visit the Cova - it's the mosquitos. I came home with over 100 bites. I had to see my family doctor because the itching was so bad it drove me crazy and had to get two injections of Benadryl just so I could sleep at night. This has since subsided - but I still have the red spots on my arms and legs where the bites were. I'm sure they will go away sometime soon - but I've been home for at least two weeks now. No mosquito in Canada has had that effect on me. Now, I have to mention that my friend only received about 4 bites in total - and we never left each other's side. Both of us wore bug spray every night (not during the day).. In closing - I would definitely go back to the Cova, but not until the bug issue has been dealt with.. The memories of those sleepless nights with the insanely itchy whelts on my arms and legs (and elsewhere) comes to the forefront when anyone asks about my stay at Brisas Covarrubias. Sad, really. Because I think with little expense and effort - it can be done.

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        brew24
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Nice beach, decent food”
        Travelled March 2013 I loved the beach and lagoon here. It was nice to wade into the lagoon and see the fishes and birds. The beach was awesome for walking and if you go east you can loop back and walk along the road about an hour and a half total. The beach is in a sheltered cove and the swimming provides for a sandy bottom. I would consider it kid friendly as it stays shallow for quite a way. Check in was a little tedious and I believe some may have had to wait for up to two hours. What complicated that was that it appeared that the bus at the airport waited for a flight from Montreal to accompany the people from Toronto. That is to fill the bus. Breakfasts were good with omelettes and bacon, tomatoes and nice white beans in a tomato sauce. The mango juice and yogurt were good. Great grapefruit too. There was always a line for the fresh fruit though and I believe this could have been avoided for the most part by having some of the fruit prepared beforehand. There seemed to be a lack of papaya(our favourite) during our visit. Hopefully next time it will be plentiful as papaya is everywhere in Cuba. My favourite lunches were at the beach bar where you could have fish, chicken and pork, rice and beans, fries etc. There seemed to be a lack of ketchup which seems to happen in Cuba occasionally. When I had lunch at the buffet the chicken noodle soup was good and the lightly battered fish nuggets were a hit. For dinner Monday was Cuban day where they had a roasted pig at the buffet. In the afternoon on that day they had very good cuban soup by the 24 hour bar. The ala carte had different theme days. Tuesday was Cuban with good soup, fish, chicken and rice. Wednesday was international with shrimp cocktail, shrimp soup, pork, chicken and beef with potatoes. Chilean wine and ice cream sandwich. Thursday was seafood day with shrimp cocktail, shrimp soup, excellent fish fillet and shrimps, salad, ice cream sundae. Friday was lobster(extra cost) with oil pesto, smoked pork chop, calamari, beef, and pasta penne. There were no seeums early in the morning because there were no winds. The water was shut off strategically a few times throughout the day but it did not prove to be an inconvenience for us. I thought the pool could have been cleaned a little more frequently. We enjoyed several wonderful cocktails at the new Havana Club bar. Overall we enjoyed Brisas Covarrubias and will be returning very soon.

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        Sherkstondan
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great Vacation ”
        We returned once again the last two weeks of January for a warm and restful vacation. We enjoy the beach and the clean and spacious rooms. The staff as usual are amazing and they are the reason we keep returning year after year. This is a small and secluded resort and is exactly the right place for a restful vacation. It is a great place for families with young children and those of us who are older to get away and enjoy the warm weather, beautiful beach and caring staff.

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        Brenda D
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Fantastic vacation!! ”
        We stayed from Feb.13 to the 20th. This was our first time at Covarrubias and we loved the beach, the amazing staff and our ocean view spacious room. The staff who made our stay so enjoyable were many and we don't remember everyone's names but William in maintenance who first took us and our luggage to our room was very friendly and helpful, Pedro and many of the other servers in the Buffet always friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make us feel special, Estrella (not sure of the spelling) in the towel room aka library was also extremely friendly and pleasant to deal with, Janet at the bank always remembered our names, Yolanda (Yoli) who cleaned our room was very efficient and also very nice to talk to when we saw her. All the others I wish I could remember the names but they all were good to us. Our favorite spot was the Beach restaurant/bar and the service was extremely good and great staff working there. We made good friends during our stay and got an interesting day trip with Renee who also was extremely informative and the entertainment was enjoyable especially the group Kereya. The only problem we saw was terrible lighting at night and the sidewalks are in need of some work. Otherwise it was extremely enjoyable and we would definitely go back!

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        Nora Angela Man... G
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Paradise place and great people ”
        Great place, the people are friendly and accommodating. Missed my friend Donia that introduced the Mud therapy. My husband's buddy Diro not sure with his name's spelling. But anyways the place is paradise.

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        Coxy56
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Enjoyable Vacation ”
        Five of us stayed here at the Brisas Jan 22nd to Jan 29th and must say it was a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation, only problem one week was too short. All staffing went out of thier way to make sure you where part of their close family. We found the rooms very clean and roomy. They even upgraded our boys rooms to ocean front so that they could be on the same block. We where just steps away from one of the most nicest beaches we have been to so far. Lots of kayaking, snorkling was very good, as was the fishing and cataram rides. If you are a beech person this is a resort to enjoy. The food was fine, not as bland as some in Cuba and of course the drinks were aplenty. The gardens were nice and well groomed. The ocean view at night from our belcony was very tranquil. Shows for the young where a bit lacking compared to other resorts but the pool was great for kids. Did notice small repairs that needed to be done, but all in all it was not run down by no means. I would and probably go back for the price that is offered between $700 and $800, taxes in. Thanks to all the hard working staff of Brisas the extra effort made a difference!

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        coconutHamilton
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “I love this gem ”
        I consider The Cova our special place to meet both our Canadian and Cuban friends. The staff led by the very competent Lady "Kenia" are always trying their to make our stay so pleasant that we have to come back. So far it has been ten tines already and hopefully many more to come. The rooms are fine with us and the food is good also. We love those deserts and the ice creams. After a few visits you get to know all the wonderful people working hard to make your visit a memorable one and for us they are our extended family. To sum up our experience we will be back at the end of March to enjoy another week in this little oasis.

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        Sirena100
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “COVA II ”
        COVA II A shout out to all the great people at Cova, who again made my time in the Cuban sun even warmer. The special dinner for returning guests was appreciated. Nightly shows were entertaining, the beach was still beautiful, the water clear and warm with wonderful snorkeling offshore by boat or catamaran. High tide seems to provide the clearest vision for this. This time there was hardly a trace of mosquitoes, but after a few days the jejens (aka noseeums) were out in full force. They are influenced by moon phases and tides. The most effective defense is long sleeves and long pants, and maybe planning my next trip during dark night skies. I hope to build immunity soon. I took advantage of some cooler days to finally tear myself away from the ocean for a bit, making a trip into Puerto Padre just to check it out and try a seafood restaurant located on the malecon. It's a quiet little town, but during my lobster dinner I was invited to join the locals at the outdoor club next door for some salsa dancing. I plan on another sun vacay soon since two weeks was not enough getaway time from the worst winter I can recall. For those complaining about the long drive from Holguin, do us all a favour and just head to Varadero. Cova remains at the top of my list since it has what I'm looking for - warm and friendly people with a beautiful beach and ocean far away from the tourist traps.

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        gerri l
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Can't wait to go back! ”
        This little resort is classed as a 3 star struggling to become a 4 star. We loved it, we usually stay at breezes jibacoa in varadero and found Cova to be just as nice for the price we paid ($600 each VIP) Yes the grounds arnt as lush and the sidewalks need some TLC but the friendly staff far out way any material downfalls. The staff actually make you feel like they are happy to have you there. Food was average, variety was a bit lacking but we never went hungry, loved the restaurant at the beach where you could sit by the ocean and eat your plate of fries. Fresh fruit was cut to order at the breakfast buffet, usual eggs, bacon, pancakes etc. Lobster was fantastic! Our room was a 2nd floor ocean view, beautiful! spacious and clean. Beds are hard and pillows are awful although we just used a rolled up blanket to raise us up a little. Disappointing there were no coffee makers in the room. We went on the snorkel trip ($12) and loved it, my husband did scuba twice ($30 a dive)and was impressed with the new and modern equipment. No bug problems for us although I have read other people did... that's what bug spray is for, the area is surrounded by mango groves, its to be expected. Beach was incredible and clean with tons of room and no annoying sellers on the beach, yay! Shallow at certain times of day with lifeguards on duty which was nice to see. Pool was always clean and salt water (very mild) it was refreshing on some days, lots of room with private areas to sit and always lots of chairs under shade. Pool is open 24 hours although they do not recommend swimming at night time they didn't say you couldn't, love an evening dip before bedtime. lifeguard on duty during daytime hours. Loved this resort, small, friendly, clean and affordable. We will be back

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        bcundari
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “A wonderful break from Canadian winter !!!”
        My sister and I have just returned from a really lovely stay at Covarubbias. This was our first visit, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The beach was absolutely gorgeous, and apart from a few rocks at the water`s edge, the ocean is just perfect for swimming. One thing that I have not seen mentioned much is that there is a BIG difference in the depth of the water, depending on whether the tide is in or out (apparently it comes in every five hours). When we first arrived, the tide was out, and we had to walk a long way out before it was deep enough to swim, which was initially a bit disappointing, until we returned the next morning to a full tide, and a lot more water !! Since the times of the tides varies each day, it would be really nice to have those times posted somewhere. Our room was clean and spacious, although it was on the first floor rather than the second (which we had requested)....it was an Oceanview room, and although we could indeed see a bit of the ocean from our balcony, I would probably not bother with an Oceanview room again, unless we were assured of one on the second floor. We spent so little time in our room, anyway, that it just did not seem worth paying the extra amount for a small glimpse of the ocean !! Having said that, our room (2212) WAS very conveniently located between the Pool and the ocean, and only a short walk to the dining room. The food was quite good, and certainly plentiful. Breakfasts are always great, and we never had any trouble at any time in finding something that we could enjoy. Fries at the Beach Bar are great, too!! The staff at this resort are absolutely lovely !! Really can`t say enough about how nice they are, especially the girl who provides the towels, and also runs the library( which is in the same building)....there is a REALLY good selection of books in every language, so if you are short of space, or finish your book before the end of your trip, you can be sure of finding something to read. Just sign it out, and return it before you go. We had no bugs at all , for some reason, for the first few days that we were there, but after that they appeared with a vengeance. The resort is on the edge of a mangrove swamp, which provides an excellent breeding ground for mosquitos !! We just sprayed ourselves with ``Off``, which seemed to keep them at bay, and I would say that , apart from sunscreen, that is the most useful thing we brought with us !! My only criticism of the resort, really, is the poor lighting at night. The walkways are rather uneven in places, which makes walking a bit hazardous, and although we were travelling together, and had a room that was fairly ``central``, I would not want to be travelling alone, and find myself in one of the more distant buildings.....spooky !!! I noticed that people who had been to the resort before had all brought flashlights with them, which is a good idea, but shouldn`t really be necessary.....there ARE lights in place, but for some reason are not working, or not switched on. The water supply was rather unreliable at times, but not a big issue. The water is brought in by truck every day, and the water is turned off whilst it is being pumped in. The water pressure in the shower was fine, and the water always nice and hot. We usually had a shower just before supper, and never had any problems. The two hour ride to and from the hotel was really interesting , and on the return trip we had a really knowledgeable tour guide, who was happy to share a wealth of information about the places we were passing through, and Cuban life in general.......very informative!! The bus is air conditioned, and quite comfortable, and the two hours passed very quickly. All in all we had a lovely holiday, and hope to return again.....coming back to a cold Canadian winter was NOT the best part of the trip !!

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        conchesdojump
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Covarrubias: a relaxing and laid back resort. ”
        After doing our research on Cova, we didn?t think we?d have too many surprises when we arrived late at night after the 2-hour bus trip from Holguin. The check- in went smoothly and we were escorted to our second floor ocean-view room that we had upgraded to. We were pleasantly surprised to see how spacious and clean the room was, although we had not particularly wanted two double beds and one three-quarter bed with extremely flat pillows. Overall, not a big deal. Then we noticed a three inch gap down our sliding patio door, we couldn?t close it and were more concerned about the bugs than the security issue. So, back to the front desk. Within 10 minutes a kindly maintenance repair man came to our room to secure the patio door for the night, promising to come back the next morning to fix it properly. We soon found that the room and bathroom had recently been renovated, but somehow the closet was totally forgotten. There was a half mirror panel door that had totally lost its silver backing on a deeply encrusted rusted metal track. The next morning ? not only was our patio door fixed but the once-mirrored slider and track were removed upon our request. Excellent client service and now our room was ready for us to call our home for two weeks, although unbeknownst to us, a huge cricket had also moved in and kept us awake most of the next night, until my partner encouraged it to find another home. LOL. The view from the balcony was beautiful and the air con, when needed, was quiet. The fridge contained one bottle of water on our arrival (which you could have refilled) and the safe for 2 cucs per day worked with the room card. We found that you had to run the shower water for about 5 minutes to get hot water and then it became extremely hot, so caution and common sense are advised. Our linens were changed regularly and towels on request. We had ample TP, the softest we have ever encountered in a Cuban hotel, clean towels as well as a bath mat. Wash cloths are not provided in Cuba, so this should not come as a surprise. There is also a 220V hairdryer in the bathroom, although we never tried it. Our telephone did not work, so there was a prompt and personal knock on the door if you wanted wake-up service. A travel clock is a good idea, for sure. Fortunately for us, the water shut offs were never in effect for our morning or afternoon showers. One afternoon, when we returned from Las Tunas with some sunflowers that we bought at the market, we only had scalding hot water; another afternoon the water was shut off from 3 to 5 pm. It was definitely not a daily occurrence. We found the food to be good and varied. Fabulous light & fluffy omelettes for breakfast with a good array of fruit, juices and smoothies. The toaster is more of a warming oven and one has to run the bread through two or three times. As in most buffet restaurants that we have frequented, the coffee wasn?t to our liking, so the waiters would offer to go to the pool bar and get you a good coffee if they weren?t too busy. Nice touch! It is also important to note that all the water served is bottled water and on many occasions we actually cracked the seal ourselves in the buffet. It is lettuce and tomato season in Cuba so there was always a good selection at the buffet restaurant as well as a selection of fish, meats and veggies for lunch and dinner. Not a large buffet by Dominican or Mexican standards, but good food and varied. Lunch at the Ranchon was a daily pleasure, not only because of the view of the expansive and clean beach and the multi-hued turquoise ocean but for the good but limited menu offered there. Good soup, fish, chicken or pork, served with rice or papas fritas. The rest of the day you can obtain snacks there. Someone recently mentioned the large number of cats and dogs they encountered at other resorts in al fresco dining as we have? never once did we see an animal roaming the Ranchon. Yes, there are a few cats and dogs on the property ? but they were unobtrusive unless they were being fed by tourists outside of the enclosed buffet restaurant. The a la carte restaurant was a bit of a disappointment mostly because of the atmosphere which was non existent. Very harsh lighting and tables very close together, so if your neighbours were gregarious it made for a less than pleasant dining experience. The drinks varied depending on who made them. Once you find your preferred brand of alcohol or wine, do ask for it because there can be a great difference in quality and taste. No shortage of tomato juice or tonic water while we were there. And, yes, there was mint. Just a minor point: the plastic glasses are very flimsy and on more than one occasion the wind would knock the drink right off the table ? so you might consider bringing a more suitable drinking container. The evening entertainment was very good and some of the choreography was excellently executed with the live singing and dancing in total sync. Hearing ?Crazy? by Patsy Cline in Spanish was a treat. The best entertainment was the dynamic band, Kereya who played twice a week. Incredible music and energy. Wow! There was also a fashion show one evening by a local Puerto Padre designer and my partner was fortunate enough to win a very nice cotton shirt. Professional stage presentation by the models and their timing was right on cue. The grounds are very clean and the gardeners do a stellar job. They are also extremely respectful, stopping their grass cutting with their machetes to let you walk by even though they are a distance away. There is an issue with the bugs and one morning we had an insecta cocktail on our balcony ? it was so bad that we couldn?t read outside. Mosquitoes, black flies and no see-ums all at the same time. In the rainy season it would be quite daunting. The bonus on that morning was the flight of approx 15 flamingos overhead and then seeing an emerald hummingbird from 2-feet away sitting on a branch on the way to get morning coffee. We didn?t experience sand fleas, thankfully, but we made a point not to be on the beach for sunrise or sunset. There is no deposit for your beach towels and these can be exchanged at the towel hut except over the lunch-hour period. Floaties are also available there. Kayaks, pedallos and catamaran rides can be booked on the beach. There are also fishing and diving outings that can be booked at an extra charge. This hotel may not suit everyone ? in fact a couple of people found it too tranquillo and wanted to be moved to Guardalavaca for a more active night life. This is also an older Cuban hotel so there will be some shortcomings as there always are. You are also isolated as the wonderful and peaceful seaside town of Puerto Padre is approx 45 minutes away at a cost of 50 cucs return by taxi. Conversely, the accommodation is clean, the food is good, the staff is friendly, service is excellent, add to that a beautiful beach and sea and good value for the dollar, then the Cova may be the right choice for you. For us it was a great holiday experience and we hope that we won?t be newbies at Brisas Covarrubias for too long. P.S. The walkways are a poorly lit at night, so a small flashlight is recommended.

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        dlee002
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Got more for my money then I expected. ”
        Its a four, has some glitches but over-all its a nice place to get away. If your looking for night life or party central this is not the place. If you want a relaxing time with the best people in Cuba serving your needs this is the place. Big shout out to Dayro one of the front desk clerks.

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        hydro1
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Cova 2014 ”
        We just returned to the snow from Cova,We had a wonderful trip again and thank all the wonderful staff for making our trip:)I would as I have said in previous reviews give Cova a 5 if the needed investment in the rooms,walkways,lighting ect.But they do the very very best they can for what they have,remember that and you will have a great time.I think the Brisas chain should allocate more money for infrastructure upkeep and upgrades to this resort. To all we love it there and always will. Cova is what you make it:):) after trip 6 there Jamie@Jan Ps a wedding there next January for us says it all:)

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        Shedevil68
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Shhhhh.... don't tell anyone.... ”
        I was here from April 9-16, 2014 and am somewhat hesitant to write a review and let this little secret out. The resort is small and not a luxury resort but the character it exudes far surpasses any resort I've been to so far. If you're looking for a Sandals level vacation, go to Sandals - I have, and I'll be coming back to this resort as soon as possible, but for 2 weeks next time. If you want to feel like you're in your own little paradise; to relax, recharge and unwind; this is the place to go. Things aren't perfect here but it's just surprising to me how little I noticed or cared. I checked in well after midnight after a 2 hour bus ride (which was entertaining, to say the least). The room was ground floor but ocean front - a perfect location for me because I didn't set foot in the pool the entire week. I was on the beach almost immediately and was not disappointed, even at night. This beach is simply one of the best I've been on and it was one of my most important criteria for a vacation. The room overlooked the beach bar/a la carte so it was an ideal location to be for the week. The staff were simply amazing here. The food was quite good - the fries at the beach restaurant were a daily staple. Even the house wine was good. I was thoroughly impressed by the nightly entertainment. No Michael Jackson impersonators here (thank goodness) but real live local entertainment every night. Check out a young group called Kereya - they were fantastic (I'm still listening to their cd as I drive in my car) and so fresh. I enjoyed that you didn't get the standard resort entertainment. I can't comment at all on the pool or the entertainment staff as I was on the beach from 8:30 in the morning until it was time to get ready for dinner. Isela in the towel hut is a treasure though - always smiling and friendly, even when she's busy. Also Yanet in the bank, William in maintenance and Horacio in the lobby bar (and disco) were shining examples of great hospitality. Our Canadian hospitality workers could take a lesson. Everyone was friendly though, even the gardeners and maintenance men. I didn't feel like I had to tip to get good service but I tipped because I got good service. We did go to the disco one night and it was fun even though there weren't a lot of people there. You can have as much or as little fun as you want - it just depends on your personality. I often read reviews and think that so much of a person's experience depends on the traveller and less on the resort. Yes, the public bathrooms weren't always spotlessly clean and there wasn't always toilet paper in them but the resort is small enough that it's never a long walk back to your room (which always had toilet paper) or you can throw a little packet of kleenex in your purse like I did and just be prepared. I didn't have any complaints about the food while here - I didn't go hungry at any meal but I didn't expect to eat at a Michelin star restaurant either. I think you need to go into your vacation knowing what your priorities are, with realistic expectations, and an open mind. If you want a fancy, luxurious vacation then you need to pay for it. This resort is not an expensive vacation but, to me, the experience I had was priceless. I would recommend this resort in a heart beat but only to like-minded travellers. In short - the beach is spectacular, the food is decent, the rooms are clean and livable, the staff are above-par and I can see why people return to this resort time after time. I think I've found my go-to resort. I'd go alone, with a group, or as a couple - no problems. If anyone has any questions that I didn't address, please message me. Oh, and the mosquitos were present but not unbearable in any way. 2 nights I put on repellant and didn't have any trouble - the rest of the week, no repellant and no issue. Relax - you're on vacation - enjoy yourself and don't sweat the small stuff - you'll enjoy your vacation so much more.

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        gadjet
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “2nd time to cova ”
        Well this review is long overdue, our first trip was in March 2009 to this resort, and then again the week of Feb.18 to 25 2014. We meet a lot of great people and made new friends.The staff there are the best you could ask for always willing to answer to your needs, always smiling and cheerful mood. BIG THANK YOU TO Fidel and the staff at the a la carte, the cleaning staff, beach guys,bar tenders, and the hard working grounds workers, and the nice lady working in the towel hut. The beach is amazing, a little rough getting in for the first 10 ft but after that nice sandy bottom you can walk out a long way out because of the last hurricane they had, with bringing in new sand and changing the depth of the water. Food was good a lot of choices,at the buffet an beach bar. Drinks were well made LOL. As for our room we had a ocean view on 2nd floor, but all rooms have a nice view. And the 30peso for lobster is well worth the money. TIPS for the first timers yes the bus ride is 2.5 hrs to get to the resort but grab some beers sit back and enjoy the ride and country side. Tipping for service is greatly appreciated they are hard working people trying to make a living as we do but, much longer hours. As returning guest we would recommend this place, we have traveled to different places, we must say this is the best place for some RR. And will be returning again soon.

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        gsabourin1
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “A Hidden Gem ”
        I was at the Cova week of Mar 23 with friends. A beautiful resort with equally beautiful beach! The staff is so friendly and our rep, Ariana was very helpful. If you get a chance, take the excursion to the organic farm,,,, it's worth it! 2 hour bus ride from the airport, but the scenery is breathtaking! Buffet - always plenty of food and different variety,,, food was good. The Rancho Bar (beach) pizza and fries wee great. We had reservation for the A la Carte restaurant and really enjoued it as well. Rooms - very spacious and so clean (Thanks Yolanda :-) ) I highly recommend the Brisas Covarubbias and I will certainly return! A beautiful hidden gem!!!

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        caribvibe
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “One of our best vacations ever! ”
        This was our first time staying at Brisas Covarrubias ? it was recommended to us by a friend whose family has stayed there numerous times over the last 15 years ? and I can tell you we were not disappointed. The resort is about a two hour bus ride from the hotel but we knew that before we booked so it wasn?t a surprise. I actually enjoyed the trip, as we picked up a couple of Cristal before we left the airport. The bus passes through several towns on the way. The resort itself is simple but more than adequate. The rooms, we had oceanview, are quite large. Our room had a wrap around deck, which on the side looked out on the resort grounds and from the back looked out directly at the beach ? fantastic. The television channel selection and reception left a little bit to be desired but honestly you are not travelling to Cuba to watch TV. The rooms are cleaned daily and are spotless ? the floors actually glistened. The resort makes sure you have bottled water every day but if you want soda or beer you will need to pick it up in the gift shop but beer is one peso (CUC) and soda is half that. There is one buffet restaurant, an al a carte and a beach restaurant. I didn?t try the al a carte but the buffet offered plenty of selection. Breakfast was great, made to order omelettes, fresh fruit and juices, something for everyone. We had lunch at the Beach restaurant a couple of times. They offered pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and French fries. We found the food very good but heard a few guests complaining.... We were able to go on a snorkeling trip about 1.5km off shore by Hobie Cat. It was a decent reef, with quite a few colourful fish. If you get a chance to go, I would recommend it. We made several trips off the resort to Puerto Padre and Chaparra. Both trips were great. We took a taxi for all our trips which was 60 CUC for Puerto Padre and 80 CUC for Chaparra ? round trip. The drivers will come back for you at a predetermined time. The staff at this resort are absolutely amazing will do their utmost to provide great service. We have been all over the Caribbean, we have stayed at 5 stars and I have to say this is the best service I have received, hands down. We can?t wait to come back to Covarrubias. We are booking for December, for sure and possibly another week this coming May (if we can work it into our schedule). We would highly recommend Covarrubias. If you get the chance give them a try. You certainly cannot beat value for the dollar spent.

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        lancha1
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Another great Family Vacation ”
        My wife two kids under 12 and I would like to thank TMR all the staff at Brisas Covarrubias & Puerto Padre for a very pleasant week you are 5* people and a great shout out to all the people we met from all over Canada vacationing their. This resort is small and secluded it is like living on your own private piece of Paradise, with great service. Thank You

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        Lynn B
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Wonderful week at Covarrubias! ”
        I stayed at this hotel from Feb. 26 to March 5. The service was fantastic, the beach unbelievable and the people were just wonderful. It is remote and perfect if you want a place to relax and not have to fight for a spot on the beach. Many thanks to Iliana, the Sales Manager who made our stay extra special. I recommend this hotel very highly to anyone who wants an exceptional, peaceful vacation.

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        Dallas P
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “a week of sunshine, booze, and great times! ”
        Myself and four friends just visited this resort for our Spring Break, and cannot say one bad word about it (ok, one bad thing, but I'll touch on that in a bit). THE ROOMS Clean, big, always hot water in the showers. Beauty view of the ocean from my room, my friends had views of the gardens from theirs. Rooms were well-cleaned daily, maids very friendly (and VERY appreciative if you left a gift or tip). THE FOOD Cuba isn't known for its food - that being said, I always left the buffet well-fed (and this is coming from a very picky eater!) Decent variety for a week's trip. The staff at all meals were very attentive, always ready to take empty plates and fill empty glasses for you. I've read some of the reviews complaining about the lines at supper - we never had this problem. I would suggest not waiting until 8:00pm to eat your supper to avoid this 'problem.' The one time we did have to wait in line was for about 5 minutes. There were also snack bars at the pool and beach bars, so you could have at least a snack any time of the day. THE GROUNDS VERY well-maintained and clean, never saw any garbage/cigarette butts/anything of the like lying around. The resort is well-laid out, so you're never too far of a walk from anything (except the disco, which is a good thing if you want to get some rest in your room!) THE BARS/DISCO Friendly bartenders & great variety of drinks available. Multiple bars around the grounds so you're never far from a drink - the 24hr one was by the pool/stage, so it was very central to the resort. The disco was a bit of a walk, but that's part of the fun! You got to walk down this long bridge to get there. Usually a decent crowd around, good music playing. THE STAFF Some of the nicest resort staff I've ever met! Always smiling, very competent in other languages besides Spanish. Like the maids, they were very happy if you tipped. THE ONLY BAD THING This is my only complaint, and it's not really that bad. The on-site gift shop had the most arbitrary hours possible, with no visible schedule. The store randomly closed at 3:00pm on Tuesday. The cashier was often on break - really a pain if you needed something. That being said, the prices were reasonable and selection good so when you could catch it open, you had everything you needed. OTHER Pool was great, paddle boats at the beach were awesome, excursions looked fun (though didn't do any), live shows at night were fantastic. Overall, awesome! TIPS - BUG SPRAY: this goes for anywhere in Cuba, the mosquitoes can get bad. You can buy a bottle in the elusive store for a little over 1CUC. - TRAVEL MUGS: if you want to save trips to visit the bartender, buy a travel mug to bring along. They'll fill it for you! - DISTANCE FROM AIRPORT: it's a 2-hour drive, though if you do it during the day you're not bored at all. Just a forewarning that your travelling doesn't end at the airport : ) I would 100% go back and recommend this resort, it was a fantastic week!

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        Maria Carla
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        Very Nice
        Covarrubias Hotel, Located right by the beach, on the north coast of the eastern province of Las Tunas. The resort is set up as a village where you can enjoy the privilege of being secluded from any tourist development; the ideal holiday getaway!.

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        Debra
        Review about Brisas Covarrubias Hotel
        Very good Very good

        A treasure
        I rebated a long time about writing a review for this resort as when I find a treasure like this one I want to keep it all to myself. The sun,