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  • Hotel Club Amigo Marea del Portillo

    Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel Cuba

    • Destination: Granma
    • Address: Carretera Granma, Km 12
    • Phone: (5323) 59-7081 al 83, 59
    • Accept child:Yes
  • Description: Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel Cuba

    The Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel, which is made up of the Sierra Maestra Grand National Park, is an excellent option for those who want to enjoy the environment amid the harmonious conjunction of the sea and the mountains. The hotel is 100 kilometers away from Manzanillo's international airport, on a beach that stands out for its brown fine sand. It is located in a cove that is protected by the hills and surrounded by coconut and palm trees. Among the hotel's options for its guests are horse-riding, trekking on ecological trails that lead to the waterfalls of the Cilantro and Las Yaguas rivers, boat rides, visits to neighboring keys and even the possibility of practicing nautical sports.

    • Current reservation summary
    • Reservation hotel: Club Amigo Marea del Portillo
    • Total pax: 2 Adults
    • Meal plan: All Inclusive
    • Total rooms by type: 1 Double-Standard
    • Night(s): 1 nts

    TOTAL PRICE: €66

    For dates from 06/20/2019 to 06/21/2019

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  • Room facilities
    110 volt power
    220 volt power
    air conditioning
    balcony or terrace
    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,

    • Airports next to Club Amigo Marea del Portillo
    • Airports: Manzanillo  Airport

      Manzanillo Airport

      Sierra Maestra Airport (IATA: MZO, ICAO: MUMZ) is a regional airport that serves the town of Manzanillo in Cuba.

    • Car rental offices next to Club Amigo Marea del Portillo
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      023597005 745m

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      • birdsofafeather1
        Michael_Diver
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Awfull Awfull

        “Trouble getting drinking water - don't bring your kids ”
        I have visited this hotel twice with my spouse and loved it. Last visit we took along our 1 year old son, and trip turned into nightmare. Both my souse and son got bad diarrhea from kitchen's food (or water?). We were unable to get bottled water in the store and had to beg for it in the bar, since they would claim they don't have but still find a bottle every time we approach management. Sunwing rep was unable to organize water for us on regular basis. Diarrhea can be very dangerous for kids, Medical help we received was very poor and I don't know what would happen if we wouldn't take antibiotics with us from Canada. So, if you plan to come to this hotel with kids: - Call ahead make sure bottled water is available - Visit Travel Clinic at home to get right antibiotics with you Or, select better and safer destination for your trip with kids.

      • birdsofafeather1
        KarinS435
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “Disappointed! ”
        The price was not too bad, but very high for what you're getting at this resort! I travelled with my oldest daughter. This was our fourth time to Cuba,first time at this area. First the good things: the beach is very nice,overlooking the mountains,beautiful! The people,the reason why we keep coming back to Cuba!! But I must say,although most people were very friendly, this was actually the first time I didn't feel completely safe. We love to take walks at the beach after supper. We did this only twice during our stay, because we were approached several times with questions. People wanted,money,clothes,gifts....not staff of the resort but locals. This felt very uncomfortable and wasn't appreciated at all,because of the rude way it was asked. Every time we go to Cuba,we bring lots of much needed things to give away,but we'd like to do so when we choose to do so,not when 'forced' to do so! Another good thing was the cleanliness of the room! Rosmelis is a sweetheart,she's the one who cleaned our room,and she's doing all she can to keep your room as clean as possible. Very appreciative of the gifts and tips we left her. The beds were okay,we didn't like the plastic mattress covers,but we just took them of ,no problem. Our window was broken and being held together with duct tape,which was kind of horrible,but well,it made us laugh too,what can you do? We basically only slept in the room so it was not the most horrible thing that week. What was horrible was the food. We are not snobs,believe me! We absolutely loved the food at the other resorts in Cuba were we went to before we took this trip. But the choices you had here were very,very limited!! The same food for lunch and diner the whole week! Not fresh,not nicely presented! Not even the fish,that was the most disappointing thing of it all. We could live of fish if we had too,but there was only tilapia,nothing else. The leftovers were served over and over again. No fries or pizzas, there was rice,pasta and sometimes boiled potatoes. But the food was usually not warm,so overall pretty upsetting. Also no pineapple,only the first day and the second last day. And being that there was no pineapple that also meant no piña colladas! Ramon at the pool bar is a very friendly guy,he always put a smile on our face!! We bought our first bottle of water in the store and after that we could exchange it for a full one at the bar,but only if Ramon was there. The other bartenders would just fill it up with 'regular' water,which is not recommended to drink. That was another disappointment , it was stated that we would receive a bottle of water in the fridge in our room every day,well that is not happening unfortunately. When I asked Kenia, the supposedly Sunwing rep., at the meeting right after we arrived,she said no that is not included. Overall we didn't see much of Kenia or Ahmed,who was to take over from Kenia,who was away for a few days. They weren't very helpfull or friendly at all. The most upsetting thing was this, Canadian ( single?) men ranging from age 35-65 traveling by themself. Meeting up with young,very young Cuban girls ( voluntarily or not?) and having them acoompany them everywhere. There were at least six guys at the time we were there! This was not a pleasant sight and the resort is small,with only one pool,one restaurant,one beach,so it was very hard to not see this. We were actually quite upset by this!! This was still a special week for my daughter and I,and we did enjoy ourself. But we would not return or recommend this resort. If this would have been our first time to Cuba,we would have been totally turned of,but we are going back for sure,just not to this area unfortunately!

      • birdsofafeather1
        Nigel G
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Poor Poor

        “The truth...from my perspective. ”
        I am an experienced traveller (have visited over 25 Caribbean islands, including ten times in Cuba: Cayo Santa Maria, Varadero, Havana, Holguin and Santiago de Cuba). This Club Amigo resort is comprised of 3 sections: The Farallon, a four floor building which is terraced into a hillside with superior rooms facing the ocean and offering a spectacular view of the bay (and a few rooms with a lagoon view) and the surrounding mountains ; the Marea, which offers beach side cabanas and standard rooms located on the beach about 500 meters from the Farallon; and the Piedra, a cut-rate not-inclusive motel type location about 5 kms away. I stayed for 2 weeks in March, 2014. I had a room on the 4th floor of the Farallon building. The room was large, airconditioned (noisy),clean and offered amazing views (there is no bathtub, but the shower is very generous). The water was never hot, but warm enough for me. Housekeeping was excellent (kudos to Sandee?), the room had an in-room safe, minifridge, small t.v. which offered CNN, Canadian CTV, and an excellent movie channel, as well as several Spanish channels, and a Chinese station which offered martial arts instruction. The food was typically Cuban...plentiful and varied. (beef, chicken, rabbit, pork, fish, lots of carbs, fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, soup, etc)and there were omelet and grill stations. There is a lovely pool/poolbar and easy access to the beach and water sports equipment. Music is played incessantly and loudly...it is hard to escape. Horses and goats wander at liberty through the property....nice but their excrement is every where. A buffet restaurant with an outdoor section overlooking a lagoon, an poolside barbecue, a specialty restaurant, and a beach snack bar provide the food...and ALL guests have access to all the facilities at the Marea as well (and vice versa). I found the staff to be less well-trained here; some of them (the men) seemed more interested in socializing than serving, but overall the service was acceptable. While the resort advertises tennis courts and a gym, they are both derelict and unserviceable...even dangerous. The VIP package includes a boat trip to an island for snorkelling and a barbecue, free in-room safe, and a minifridge stocked with bottled water, a bottle of rum, beer and pop on arrival It is NOT replenished, but there are stores onsite from which additional restocking can be purchased. WARNING 1: There was an outbreak of food poisoning there during my stay and many were affected.. I contracted it from eating the fish at the beach snack bar on my 10th day there(poor food-handling hygiene, cross-contamination and just plain carelessness). WARNING 2: I have never been bitten so much on any trip to the Caribbean before. The mosquitoes here are voracious stealth bombers. I had at least 15 ongoing bites which cleared up only a week after leaving. WARNING 3: Some of the most ignorant smokers visit here. They smoke, spit and generally make one ashamed to be a french-Canadian. Cigars seems to dwell comfortably in the hands of those most obese. WARNING 4: It is a 2 hour bus ride from the Manzanillo airport (our bus ran out of gas, so the trip took 5 hours). The airport is very small and very disorganized. Still this place offers an inexpensive vacation, great weather, and wonderful scenery. FULL DISCLOSURE: I met many guests who were repeat guests (as many as 12 times or more)....which just goes to prove that you can please some of the people all of the time.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Jodie S
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “A basic resort but we had a great time regardless”
        I waffled quite a bit between giving this resort a 3 or 4 star. First, the accommodations are fairly basic. The rooms are in need of an upgrade but the beds are comfortable and we never lacked hot water. The water in the room is not potable and the minifridge is empty. If you want water to brush your teeth, you can either go to the bar and get it by the cupful or hit the gift shop and buy and $3 bottle and have the bar fill that up. We chose the latter option. The food is hit or miss, but you learn fairly quickly what is good and what just isn't. This is Cuba. They try to accommodate all tastes but, realistically, some foods are in abundance because they are grown nearby and others, well, like I said, they try. With that in mind, skip the beef, and stick to the pork or chicken. At one point they roasted a pig on a spit just off the beach - the pork that night was mind-blowingly good. Don't even bother with the poolside snack bar. The pool was good, the animation staff wonderful, and the drinks plentiful. If they run out of something at the bar, grab another drink and check back later - they're constantly restocking. Personally, I loved the beach but bear in mind that it's volcanic sand. This means that you need to bring some shoes or you will burn the bottoms of your feet. We were lucky that there was a full moon while we were there, making the body surfing an extreme sport. As others have said, there does seem to be a booming sex-trade in the area. My suggestion is to try your best to overlook the throngs of middle-aged men who, one day, will be talking about their wives at home and, the next, be making out with a barely of age local girl in the pool. Now, when rating this resort, I didn't take into account the onsite dive operation. I figured most visitors aren't there for the diving so it didn't make sense to include it in my rating. That being said, the dive staff brought this experience up to 4-4.5 stars. The conditions were rough, but the reef is very healthy and the dive staff went out of their way in every aspect. While other resort goers were soaking up the sun on Cayo Blanco, we dived the local marine reserve, and came back to the island for another pig roast that was just for us divers. Fresh mangos, fresh avocados and conch ceviche, all picked and prepared by the dive masters. My husband, at one point during the trip, asked them where he should go to buy whole bean coffee and they not only got 5lbs for us but had it roasted and in our hands the following morning. They truly treated us like gold and made for a really fantastic trip overall.

      • birdsofafeather1
        Linda D
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “A very basic resort ”
        I went in July with my father. Beautiful weather. This is my second time staying. Basic food. Good, but repetitive. Bring your own reusable water bottle or cup. I was told if it is possible to get a room on the second floor as crabs like to climb up into the toilets. Also the first time I was there, we had a room on the first floor, and someone walked up onto our balcony and helped themselves to all our stuff. We stayed in a cabana. The a/c worked, the tv worked, the mini fridge was rusty and did not work, the toilet worked at first, but then my dad had to fix it. There were ants crawling all over in the room. Some of the women's toilets (not in the room) either did not have toilet paper (bring your own), a toilet lid, the door would not close, or did not work at all. The beach is not private. Anyone can walk on the beach. (The first time i was there, there were some men who were right in front of the patio doors looking into the room at me.) I was stopped by someone who would not leave me alone. He insisted I go back to my room and get toiletries. It is very windy on the beach, and the waves make it hard to swim. When we were there, everyone was at the small swimming pool instead of the beach. The staff were wonderful. I would not recommend this trip to young women or families. I was made uncomfortable by the inappropriate comments made by older gentlemen. There were many older men there with young local girls.

      • birdsofafeather1
        bobca46
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Inexpensive but friendly resort ”
        This is not a luxury resort or a party place but if you want a break away from cities and a nice location close to the Sierra Maestra this is the place. The locals are friendly - you can hire horses (away from hotel) fro a pitance and explore the hills. Food was basic but good when I was there

      • birdsofafeather1
        MSMithgil
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Peaceful time in Cuba ”
        I have been to Marea del portillo about 5 or so times.. the hotel is wonderful, the staff are great.. however it is very calm and relaxing. if your younger theres not a whole lot to do there... the disco at night is fun.. but always gets shut down because it is between to resorts and there are always complaints by those who dont go to the disco. other than that.. great experience food is sub-par. as per... the ocean is wonderful.. the waves are beautiful. & i love the fries and sandwich spot... amazing

      • birdsofafeather1
        OntarioEskimopie
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “20th time- just got back- miss it already ”
        Tripadvisor- great way for people to express their likes and dislikes first two weeks of june- not many tourists- liked the extra attention the hotel staff gave me- no lineups etc watched a cuban artists do carvings near the restaurant- pool regularly cleaned bartenders always ready with a smile to please you- fresh salads- homemade soup- icecream- milk- canadian bacon - one night fresh pig roast- homemade buns and bread ample channels on the tv- patio chairs- ping pong- pool table- great beach for early morning walks- rented scooter for 3 days 80.00 50.00 deposit- ps. take lots of pictures of the damage to scooter before u leave with it- tax 10.00 into pillon - the mirador restaurant located side of mountain is so so cheap- i fed 14 friends for 20.00!! Now, some improvements and minor complaints: the local police man in marea needs to stop throwing his weight around and giving the local cubans frivilous tickets- eg for having two many tourists in his backyard?? cycling with a tourist through the village??? putting my friend 4 days in jail for playing his music two loud??? ridulous- cubans love their music- this marea cop needs his knuckles rapped by his boss also, dont tell anyone u have bicycle tires- or they will ask and ask and ask - bring them down if you can and give them off the resort to the poor cubans who have very little compared to the workers at the hotel who receive gifts and money ever time a canadian leaves the resort. Also, lock up your suitcases for any resort in cuba- i have lost many an item- you can buy 3 keyed alike at super low store- it only takes a minute to lock up before you leave your room. another secret- photocopy your passport and laminate it- so when you rent a scooter or go off the resort there is no risk of you loosing your original passport also. do not i say do not depend on the credit card machines working in cuban - always be backed up with ample pesos bills- and a money belt is a plus. the locals in marea and mota need the following flashlight battery charger dock shoes sandles baby cloth plus diaperrs sun tan lotion brushes and combs and mirrors- and jewlery tools- saws- electrical tape- cell phones ipods BACKPACKS!! used at thrift stores if u give them money always say it is for their kids not them- cubans are very proud people hope this helps wasaga beach ontario canada

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        TravelinFrog
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “For about CAD $450 a week - not bad ”
        We paid next to nothing for the week. Hotel is very basic (we stayed at Marea) Food is just ok. The "a la carte" restaurant was a joke. We are pretty sure they just brought us food from the buffet. The hotel is really old and needs work. Staff is trying hard to make it look presentable but there's only that much they can do. Not much to see or to do but if you want to vegitate on the beach for a week without spending too much give it a try. I would recommend the beach on the "island" if you want to spend extra $$. We won't be going back even at those prices and if you're charged more than $700 per week (incl. flight) you are overpaying.

      • birdsofafeather1
        TriciaNPete
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Good resort, not great... but the price was right!”
        We had a very relaxing vacation 7 days - May21-28 at the Marea del Portillo part of the Club Amigo Resort. (two adults and one 13year old) We were not aware that the Farallon del Caribe part of the resort was closed from April until September every year... That part of the resort is has the swim up bar. (that was one of my wants in a resort) We made the best of the pool we got. :) This is a VERY rural area - if you are interested in Farming, riding, walking, outdoors... this is a great place!! The price was VERY VERY low for a week vacation at an all inclusive... my expectations were very low... BUS TO THE RESORT - bring your prepto pills with you on the bus... OMG ... bumpy, rocking rolling, fast then slow, left then right, 1.5 - 2 hours of bus roller coaster hell... ROOM - rattley air conditioner and basic everything... very clean! Beds are firm firm firm RESTAURANT(s) - we were not far from the buffet - service was a bit touch and go for anyone who was not a repeater (didn't eat in the sit down restaurant) FOOD - currently in season mango, papaya, guava - so that was available every day. food selection was ok, but good. fresh fish every lunch and dinner. rice and potatoes every day also. some things were available only sometimes... mustard, hot sauce, salsa only available 2 days, no ketchup at all. SUN - lots of it!! it was supposed to be the rainy season, we got thunder clouds over the mountains almost everyday, but no rain during the day.. just a couple of nights after bed there was rain. (we talked to a couple who was there the week before and they had just had 3 days of rain) 220V \ 110V plugs - a well marked selection of both were available in our room that made charging the ipad, iphone, Ipod & the camera. VIP - we did not get that - a lot of excursions were included ... (go to the sunwing briefing, it was helpful) Need to bring---- bug spray, aloe, sunscreen SPF30!!, ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, gifts for staff, a couple pairs for jeans instead of just one for horse riding, toilet paper (the paper is nasty), face cloths, no irons (so do not bring anything that needs ironing), games of cards, blow-up beach ball for the pool. Overall - we would go back... (with condiments)

      • birdsofafeather1
        bicycleman69
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “sunwing needs to improve ”
        anyone else used friends and family to book with sunwing- don't!! unless you like being ignored - have mixups - and like being on hold for 45 minutes- and the 3 members of staff will not return your email or call. I spend 8,000.00 per year with sunwing and expect a certain level of professionalism. I am NOT TALKING about elana- she is the best- and the service on the plane is very good except for their pizza- rubber! you might save 50.00 with the 3 staff if friends and family but trust me after dealing with them for the last 2 yrs- I will pay sell off vacations that 50.00 who will get back to me with any concerns. p.s. DO NOT PARK AT SKYPARK in feb I had things missing- and in april- they flipped every switch on inside my suv even the bull low 4 wheel drive - unti which I had to go to a transmission place to repair- park at park n fly that way no stranger is inside your vehicle. good things about the marea good food good cycling good bar service wasaga beach ontatio canada

      • birdsofafeather1
        Victoria T
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Club Amigo - Marea del Portillo ”
        We enjoyed our trip to Club Amigo del Portillo and stayed in a room at the Marea. The Farallon was closed for the season. (We travelled from Toronto on April 30th - May 7th) We travelled with our university aged daughters who stayed in the room next to us. Our rooms were very clean and simple. Our room had a few rough spots?mold and cracked walls and the bathroom has a small shower stall. Warm water in the morning only - no hot water but that was ok because you don't really want hot water on burned skin. The people we travelled with were all very nice and the young adults were very pleasant and great company for our girls. We were not impressed when the hotel opened their doors to the locals to stay. The cubans staying at the resort were loud and pushy and loaded up their plates with sandwiches. The staff really catered to them. There was also a problem with the locals who came in to hook up with other tourists. A disgusting pattern of old men with young cuban girls made our stomachs turn. Exploitation of a poor culture. Everyone knew it yet no one said anything. We saw two old guys boasting about the quality of the girls that had for hire. Makes me sick to see this in an otherwise lovely spot that could be good for families. The hotel staff turn a blind eye. One man stood outside in his underwear as we approached with our daughters and seemed to think this was ok to do. Not sure where they come from - Germany or Canada but they need to be punished for what they do to innocent young people. I wish the hotel would stop that because it was really the most disgusting thing I have every seen - I would go back if not for that. The beach was quiet and the scenery is beautiful for sure. The food was bland however, we could always find something to fill our stomachs! The trip to Caya Blanco was lovely and the lobster lunch was worth it. Horseback riding by the hour was great and Chi Chi was a wonderful guide. The horse and buggy ride into Marea is a nice was to see the local culture. Don't forget your sunscreen for sure as no one sells it. Don't take the Saturday night trip into Pilon as the group that went ended up coming home early because the locals made them feel uncomfortable. Also don't forget your antibiotics and your immodium!!!! The 2 hour bus ride to and from the airport is also a little too long but at least you get to see the lovely countryside - if you are not car sick.

      • birdsofafeather1
        blondedivemaster
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Decent value for money ”
        Just got back from Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Cuba. April 16-23, 2014. It was very clean friendly nice resort. Enjoyed the beach facing room and listening to the waves at night. The bar staff are expert drink mixologists lol & the booze runs freely lol. Entertainment was good & interactive disco was good too. Enjoyed use of both resorts. Farallon located up above has the best pizza & hash browns at swim up pool snack bar. Food was good & lots of it. By the end of the week the lack of variety got to be too much & I craved a Big Mac lol. Highly recommend the day trip to Cayo blanco well worth it. Lobster on the beach mmm. Highly recommend horseback riding and a trip up the mountain is beautiful. Didn't like going into pilion on Saturday night for "their" festival. Felt unsafe and like I was intruding. Didn't like that they let locals in. These twenty something year olds hanging out with old ugly guys was ridiculously obvious. Didn't appreciate waiting for the local girl stocking up with 10 burgers & 10 ham & cheese sandwiches in bags to take home while I waited for one burger! Watch out for the muscular local guy that will try his best to sell you fake cigars!! Yes you know who you are!

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        blondedivemaster
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Interesting country ”
        Just got back from Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Cuba. April 16-23, 2014. It was very clean friendly nice resort. Enjoyed the beach facing room and listening to the waves at night. The bar staff are expert drink mixologists lol & the booze runs freely lol. Entertainment was good & interactive disco was good too. Enjoyed use of both resorts. Farallon located up above has the best pizza & hash browns at swim up pool snack bar. Food was good & lots of it. By the end of the week the lack of variety got to be too much & I craved a Big Mac lol. Highly recommend the day trip to Cayo blanco well worth it. Lobster on the beach mmm. Highly recommend horseback riding and a trip up the mountain is beautiful. Didn't like going into pilion on Saturday night for "their" festival. Felt unsafe and like I was intruding. Didn't like that they let locals in. These twenty something year olds hanging out with old ugly guys was ridiculously obvious. Didn't appreciate waiting for the local girl stocking up with 10 burgers & 10 ham & cheese sandwiches in bags to take home while I waited for one burger! Watch out for the muscular local guy that will try his best to sell you fake cigars!! Yes you know who you are!

      • birdsofafeather1
        buterriple
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “YOU CAN GET BETTER ”
        Fourth time to Cuba, first time at Marea Del Portillo. Was there from the 9th to 16th. Was nice having a room close to the beach and listening to the waves, liked having use of both hotels. The mountains and views were spectacular. beach was OK and the waves were great really enjoyed the beach. The people were great but all Cubans are nice people. Now the not so nice. Ours and my parents rooms were full of mold and smelled of it bad. Changed rooms right away, with no problems. I'm use to Cuban food but this was bland..real bland..and the same stuff every meal all week. No change up at all.Not much on the way of deserts. One type of cake and pudding that's it..same every day. Every lunch and dinner was pasta, chicken.pork. always cooked the same way. No shrimp (only at ala carte). The snack bar tends to run out of food. Lots of sofas around the lobby with open area to sit and relax and chat but NO LOBBY BAR OR COFFEE BAR. What is with that? Every other resort we have been to has had a cafe bar in the lobby. They have the room for one so put one in,,,geesh. You have to go over to the pool or beach bar to get any kind of a drink located at the end of the resort. DUMB! The bars close at 11pm so now you have to walk 15 min down the beach to the disco and bar there to get any type of drink. Once again really DUMB! I don't drink alcohol but a coffee would have been nice in the evening. You can use both hotels but if you cant do the walk between them they do have a electric cart and driver to take you, however he stops at 10pm DUMB! and waiting for him most of the time is brutal. 30 to 60 min waiting time for a 3 min drive. He likes to stop and chat with his local friends around the resort. There were lots of repeat guest there. Let me tell you it shows.From reserving the best tables in the buffet. The hotel and or Sun wing staff plays favorites. Right down to they don't have to stand in line waiting for the bus to take you back to the airport. They sit in the lobby while the rest of the people stand waiting in line only to get on the bus and be told the first two rows of seats are taken. You guessed it reserved for the favorites by the staff. So if your handicapped or 6feet tall (long legs) the front seats have more leg room your out of luck, even if your the first on the bus because you waited in line for your chance to have a better seat for yourself and the handicapped person with you. So all and all loved the views and the local people, but will not return to this resort. There is much better in Cuba that's cheap and enjoyable.

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        danderson65
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Marea del Portillo - Manzanillo, Cuba”
        I stayed here in September 2013 with my husband, niece and nephew. My husband and I generally prefer small resorts and this was a little larger than what we normally would choose but overall we enjoyed the trip. Definitely book the VIP package - it includes 1 Sunset tour 2 excursions to Cayo Blanco as well as some other pluses and definitely worth it. Trip Central is offering a VIP Cabana May 21, 2014 for 7 days at $680 AI and I am considering it. The beach at the hotel is great - you can walk out quite a ways before it gets too deep. In Sept the water was warm and the waves were rolling in just perfectly some body surfing. I'm a little late in writing this review so specifics are not detailed but the rooms were acceptable and the food not bad. We never went hungry or thirsty. If you are looking for shore snorkeling or diving not the best place but you can do both on your excursion to Cayo Blanco. I would definitely go again if the price was right.

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        trudy k
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Marea del Portillo ”
        I stayed at the Marea del Portillo from March 26 - April 2, 2014. I was pleased with the cabana I stayed in as it was clean and comfortable. I opted to buy the VIP which gave me use of the room safe, bottle of rum & wine, two trips to Cayo Blanco, the sunset cruise, and late check out. Now that I'ved booked the VIP once, I wouldn't do it again - but was worth it the first time. The beach is grey sand, which is fine, and the sea was clean and refreshing. Never had to reserve a spot on the beach or anywhere else. It's not crowded and the food was fine - not high end cuisine - but you'll survive:) There is a hotdog and hamburger bar by the pool during the day. Did not like the Saturday night in Pilon as I felt on display and the bothered by some of the local men. Wasn't worth the trip. Cayo Blanco is white 'sand' but really made of crushed shells for the most part...it's an okay way to spend the day. I enjoyed the 3 village tour but particularly when we stopped at a local farmer's place. The view of the mountains and the sea is beautiful - loved watching the sunrise. Staff are friendly and helpful. Lots of people from Ontario which was nice - most from Quebec ignored us Ontarians, but that was okay. you can visit between the Marea del Portillo and the Farallon del Caribe which is approx a 5 minute walk up the hill. I would bring some snacks as they don't appear to be available for purchase (chocolates, chips, etc). It's not a 'rocking' place, and that's exactly what I was looking for. There is entertainment at night but when I was ready for bed, it was quiet - didn't hear a thing. We were told we had to change in our pesos once we returned to the airport to end home - that wasn't necessary as no one asked us to do that...maybe I missed something there?? I had a few pesos left which enabled me to buy a few more things at the airport in the seating area upstairs. Upon arrival, a lot of people stood in line for a long time to exchange CDN currency into pesos. That also wasn't necessary as you can do that at the resort. There are a few fellas out front with horse drawn buggies who will take you for a ride for a fee....there were also a few taxis. Cigars are available - if you know the right people:) ask around...the ones in the store are not the same thing. I would definitely go back to this resort....

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        Lynn A
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Love Marea ”
        To be fair to the average traveler I rated the Marea a "3". For me it is a "5". I absolutely love the laid back style here - no pretense here as in so many other resorts. This was my 4th time here and hope to be returning again next year. I explain it to people as going to the farm. Yes, there are sheep and goats wandering around and everything is very simple but it is all part of the charm. We have made many friends here. In response to an earlier review, you may think the lifeguards are not paying attention but I know first hand they are after one of our group last year was stung by a jellyfish. It was also evident again this year with someone being stung and the lifeguard was right there. When people decide that they don't have to swim within the limits of the buoys, the lifeguards are there blowing their whistles calling them in! I have no qualms about their commitment to the safety of the guests. If you want a nice room and pool then stay up at the Farallon. If you prefer the beach and aren't so fussy about your room then the standard room is best choice. I haven't stayed in a Cabana but they are located at the end of the resort and not the nicest part of the beach. As for the bugs....it seems if you sit under the trees, that's where they seem to be. We did have some in our bathroom this year so sprayed bug spray around the baseboards and that took care of them! If you want a no-frills holiday, then I would highly recommend this place!

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        canadian069
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Average Average

        “Mostly good place ”
        NIce large clean room. Ok food. Wide beach...(light gray)...warm ocean. Water is wavy...great for the kids. (although few youngsters there). I loved sitting under the trees to stay cool. Ocean was warm in February. HOWEVER!! a warning at the beach. The LIFEGUARDS are always trying to chat up tourists to make contacts and get stuff. To the point where often there is little attention paid to swimmers. I sat behind lifeguards, on the beach , every day....so I saw this firsthand and am not exaggerating. I would think the resort would be worried about this. They didn't seem to be. The POOL was lovely, clean, warm....really a pretty good place. Just the lifeguard issue.

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        Layne B
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Nice hotel, cheap prices ”
        Great hotel if you're just looking for a cheap getaway. Friendly staff, decent service. Not the best place for kids or young adults, not very much to do. Bring your own condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, jam/peanut butter) as they don't normally have any. A travel mug is also a good item to bring as the cups from the bar are very small and get hot very quickly in the sun! Great spot to get away and relax,

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        Alex K
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “We loved the place and the experience there ”
        We read plenty of reviews before going there, and were baffled why some loved it, others hated it. I think the haters will complain anywhere. True: there are improvements made over the years. We loved it beyond expectation. Beautiful scenery, and the hotel is very clean. Very hot and humid in August, but not crowded, since its off season, so the resort is only at 30% capacity! Many guests stay for 2 weeks, many return 2,3, 10 times. There is a good reason to that. The resort is open to rich locals as guests, particularly on the weekends. They are noisy, unruly and a bit obnoxious sometimes, but it is manageable. Some mosquitos, so bring OFF. Bring sunscreen. Bring condiments: ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, if you like them. Bring your own travel mug, it pays off big time. Yes, most bartenders want to have tips all the time. But if you push them, they will give you drinks even without that. We didn't tip too much in money. Bring with you some used clothes, hats, shoes, backpacks, not wanted toiletry, soaps, creams, perfumes, toys, chocolates, if you can. They appreciate anything. We gave mostly to the locals outside the resort, who are dirt poor, but friendly, helpful and proud. The Sunwing representative is there to push expensive excursions only. Do side deals with locals, also use them, (and returning guests) to find out information about good snorkelling, hiking places and discover it on your own. (It doesn't hurt if you speak a few Spanish words...) It was a shame to see how much garbage the sea throws out every day (and I believe its the same all over the world now), but Rafael cleans it up every morning. If you are intelligent and love nature, you will enjoy it there.

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        ChrisPinaColada
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Trip #4”
        Accommodation: I stayed in 224 room. Very noisy A/C, finally broke and I moved to 225. 224 had slow leaking toilet, a little bit enjoying but not a big deal. I would keep patio door closed to prevent some uninvited guests visiting your room. The 225 room was the room I had last year, it was nice quiet A/C. I liked it. The maid service was excellent, 5* hotel. Also, the maid arranged quickly room change when A/C broke. Food: The food was all right. No thrills and sometimes short on choices when more Cubans visited hotel. I gained 5 pounds :( Good wine, beer at restaurants and more choices at the bars. They were running short on plastic cups late night, so it is a good idea to have a backup cup of your own if you stay late. They promote reusing plastic cups you used, after all aren't we all big on recycling at home? I saw them washing some cups, but it looks like it was for their use and not for the tourists. I liked the only restaurant they have for bookings, nice service and a bit better food. Entertainment: They added 1 more dancer to the team, now 4. Unfortunately, I missed most of the shows, so cannot really comment here. But overall I heard good opinions. Misc.: Overall very relaxing and peaceful hotel during summer months. No long lineups at the bars, always free lounge chairs at the beach. Some people found the weather too hot, I loved it. I was there for 2 weeks and found that this time there was nice bunch of tourists each week. There is a store in the hotel, so if you forget or run out of the soap, shampoo, and so on there is no problem there. With the store, always take the receipt and checked if you not overcharged. Also, if you buy for Cubans a gift from the store, give them receipt too with the gift. It will save them a trouble. Trip from the airport to hotel and back is long (1.5 hrs) but pleasant. Finally the trip to Cuba: I used Sunwing flight from Toronto and next time this will be my last choice. The check in was terrible. They came out with all these rules for more less getting out of you as much money as possible. They charged 2 people for under 1 kg over the limit in Elite Plus check in. I had a bike and they charged me for spare tire $20, even though my packed bicycle weight was under the limit they set. For me it is a sign of a trouble or hiring I am sorry an idiot who does not know what he is doing. The plane departure was late 3 hrs, you can imagine feelings about Sunwing at that time. The return all good, but they run out of the snacks for people at the end of the plane. Again at this time, the last choice for me, It was very nice relaxing trip. Suggestions: read reviews before going there and do not be surprised. For more detailed info./questions drop me a line. Cheers, Chris

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        sjdevconex
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Marea del Portillo - Cabanas ”
        A stay at the Marea del Portillo in general and in the Cabanas in particular is an experience I will repeat. The Cabanas are in the old section of the resort and a bit rundown... but ... right on the beach and magical on a night of full moon. Otherwise, the hotel in general is not for first time travelers expecting 4 or 5 star service. Very down to earth, very cuban, very natural in all respect. This is what I like about Marea del Portillo. If people make the effort to get out of the bubble and avail themselves of the services offered, some at no charge; you will come to appreciate the place. The staff (all locals) do their best to keep the guests (some very obnoxious!) satisfied and do expect some consideration in return as salaries in Cuba are extremely low. Remember, you have to tip in Florida! The food is acceptable, the rooms are well kept and a lot of work goes into putting on shows that will entertain. Having visited the best hotels in Cuba and worldwide, Marea del Portillo is nonetheless one of my favorite, warts and all! Some regulars have been there 50 times (!) over 30 years.... so it must have something going for it.

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        SillyGrrrl
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Wonderful Vacation ”
        We went down in the middle of March. It was the best vacation we have ever had. The resort is very typically Cuban; don't have your expectations too high. But the location, people and atmosphere are all beautiful. We stayed in a Cabana and will do that again. It was steps out my back door to the beach, and steps out my front door to the pool. I don't think getting VIP was worth the money, as you could buy the upgrade once you are there for less, or only pay for the trips you will use. The town of Marea is a small rural community that is very close to the resourt. It is safe to go explore there and has many nice people. There is not much for shopping, but there is about 6-8 vendors that set up right off the resort property. It is not far to walk, but you can't see them from the front doors so unless you know or see them from a tour bus you might miss them. They are selling their crafts, carvings, jewellery, ext. it is cheaper than the vendors that come into the hotel, and have different options as well. It is hard for them to get things there, so all of them would prefer to trade thing for these items. Things most requested are baby/child items, child/adult medicines, razors, tools, shoes, clothing ?. We made friends we have already visited here in Ontario since we have been back, and Cuban friends we will go visit again there. What a great vacation!!!

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        Lou A
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Well worth the Price! ”
        Visited April 23-30. Other than maintenance issues, it was fine. Yes food was repetitive, but you won't go hungry. Great time on the horse adventure with our guides Nelson and ChiChi. Very safe and felt at ease everywhere. Never ran out of bottled water or beverages...always greeted with a smile and a "Hola"! I can see why there are so many repeat visitors and not just because of the low price!

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        livineasy4life
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Great Time...will go again... but definitely hide my $$ next time. ”
        I have been going to Cuba for 20 years.. 8 trips in all.. and this last time April 2014 I noticed a huge difference in the expentancy of the hotel staff to hand over the goods.. and entitlement mind set.. I was even asked to give my MP3 player, shoes, etc.. and I noticed some of the staff was kinda rude.. impatient and didn't seem too eager to serve with a smile.. unless I tipped.. But the natural beauty, the sun after this frigid winter in Canada I loved every minute.. I love the more intimate setting of this smaller resort... I will definetly go again.. livineasy.

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        Cenafan
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “WONDERFUL trip!”
        The staff and the people make this place way better than it's rated! The staff are friendly and outgoing and always smiling (except the one grumpy lady at the front desk...smile!!!!). The food is good but does get repetitive. Venture out and try some of the local restaurants (especially the on on the hill!). The excursions are great (upgrade to the VIP package to get a lot of them included). Rooms are basic (had a cabana in the Portillo section). Ask for rooms closer to the pool with an ocean view. I loved the free roaming horses and sheep!!! so cute. Long drive to the hotel from the airport. roads are bumpy, bring gravol if you have any issues. The pool has strange short hours, they should look at extending them. Shows are good. beach is nice, wavy some days. I will be back!!!!

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        cubalady
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Looking forward to returning- the great outweighed the not so great ”
        I travelled to Marea Del Portillio in early April- we stayed for 7 nights- it was not long enough. The grounds are beautiful, everything is super clean, the staff are very friendly and helpful and if you are a nature buff this is the place in Cuba to go to! From rock iguanas, Alison Anole (a beautiful bright blue and green lizard) to yellow Cuban tree frogs (which will turn up in your bathroom at the hotel- but we didn't mind) to geckos and Cuban curly tailed lizards. Goats and horses roamed free around the resort. We stayed in a regular room at Marea- I would choose this room again- the Farlon is at the top of a steep hill and personally I wouldn't want to make the trek to the beach from there. We had room 112- it was perfect- the only difference I could see from the Cabanas was the Cabanas had a flat screen TV and the bathrooms were bigger. I would suggest the "sea tour" excursion over the "cayo blanco" excursion- simply because the sea tour included deep sea fishing, snorkelling and a lobster lunch and swimming at Cayo Blanco Island- the Cayo Blanco trip is 5 hours on the Island with the lobster lunch... personally that would be too long for me. The food is typical of Cuba- rice, pork, chicken, fish, pumpkin and potatoes. Note: Book the A La Carte as soon as you arrive!! The food is good but they seem to "fill up" fast (see my "not so good notes"- for a break from the resort food there is a restaurant called "Ferlin" in the village of Marea (about ten minutes by carriage or 3 min by cab)- very, very, very worth it!!!!!! You can feed 4 people a delicious dinner or lunch for 15 pesos!!! The entertainment goes from 9-10 each evening and is really impressive- the Comedy show had us in stitches. The afternoon entertainment starts with Bingo and then had Golf, baseball, horse races and Salsa lessons. The not so great: The 24 hr snack bar is on the beach on the bottom of the Farlon- an 8-10 min walk from the Marea. We arrived late due to a delay at Pearson- the bar at the Marea closed at 11- to get a drink you have to walk, in the dark, down to the beach bar. (They do have golf carts and will transport you back and forth but we didn't know that when we arrived). FYI- the fresh fish at this beach bar is amazing!! The service is friendly- and there is a security guard down there who is very quick to help out. I had frustrating experiences (pending the cook) at the snack bar at the Marea (open 10-5)- I would be overlooked in the line up for the Cban's staying at the resort- no matter where in the line up they were they would be served before me - they would order large volumes of food (so the tourist was waiting forever) and then when I would order I would get half of what I ordered for- i.e. I was ordering lunch for 3 of us and would get one plate of fries or 2 sandwiches- and would have to get someone else in my travel party to go up and order the rest of the food. However, it really was minor, but by the end of the week tiresome. Money- the front desk regularly ran out of money to exchange and small bills. Ultimately it meant that I wasn't tipping as often as I would have- because I wasn't about to tip 20 pesos. What I started doing was going in to the store to buy something and getting the change from there. Tipping: I preferred to give my money to the security guards and the life guards- they do not work for the hotel, but for the Government. The lifeguards make 14 pesos a month. I don't think the security guards made much more and my personal feeling was that the hotel workers get enough (they are paid in a combination of Cuban pesos and tourist pesos) as well as receive tips and plenty of "things" from the tourists. The A La Carte: although they said they were full when we went in there was one other table of 3, I believe another table arrived as we were halfway through our meal- the remaining tables remained empty- perhaps it was a food availability issue. The snack bars and bar: you cannot get a drink and order a snack in the same place. To get a drink you have to be on one side of the pool- then walk to other side to get a sandwich - it was inconvenient. Especially as the buffet typically served the same thing for lunch as dinner so we preferred lunch at the snack bar. Overall it was an amazing vacation with amazing people :)

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        FrancesCanada
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “An inexpensive holiday with charm ”
        Went to Marea del Portillo for the second time and again was not disappointed. Sure it's a 3 star but the people and scenery are excellent. The rooms are clean and well maintained and the service from the helpful staff is better than any 4 or 5 star we have been to elsewhere in Cuba. Food is o.k. with the breakfast on the balcony at the farallon being a great start to every day. If you are looking for nightlife or glitz this is not the place for you. If you want a nice relaxing holiday with friendly people and nice walks in the countryside then this is the place for you. Be warned the two hour bus ride through the mountains is tiresome...the roads leave a lot to be desired...but once you get there it will be worth it. In my opinion we will always upgrade to the Farallon as the views and the balcony for the restaraunt are worth it

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        Devon M
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Loved it - Authentic experience ”
        We LOVED this resort. It's not fancy at all, but I like to think it's more authentic than the usual all inclusive. The location is beautiful, the staff so friendly, food was great too. We plan to go again without question and met people who had been back every year for 15 years. One guy had been there 45 times. Best value for money for sure. Do the Cabana VIP. there are actually two hotels (the Falleron is the other) and you can use the pool at both and walk between them easily. Marea is on the beach, Fallaron is up a hill so you need to walk to the beach a bit. Fallaron has a better pool and swim-up bar, but I liked the smaller community vibe of the Marea. All the night time shows happen at the Marea I'm pretty sure. Bring extra toilet paper, soap, face cloth, hand sanitizer. Soap isn't always in the public washrooms and TP is hard to come by sometimes! Also bring a watch!! The restaurant is only open certain hours for meals so you need to get there. But these are small things when you consider sitting on the beach and looking at mountains at the same time with a drink in your hand! Honestly loved it.

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        tralay2014
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “I would definitely go back ”
        i stayed at the marea del portillo from april 2-9. This was my first trip to cuba and i loved it. The scenery is amazing and the people are fantastic. I would recommend the 3 villa tour for 25 CUC it is a great way to see the area. You stop in Pillon to buy souvieners and go to a museum and the highlight is the farm, where you get to eat some of the food that is locally grown. The tour guide is very funny he made the trip amazing. I really enjoyed the horse back 25 CUC. The trip to Cayo Blanco was okay but i found it to be too long of a day. The lobster lunch was fantastic. The blue water and white sand is awesome. The rooms are standard nothing fancy, two double beds, table and chairs. We were in room 106 which had to doors which was great, one that goes to the hotel amenties and the other goes right on the beach. The food was okay, very repeative. For breakfast i had a omelet that was made to order on the grill. French toast everyday I WOULD RECOMMEND TO BRING MAPLE SYRUP, there syrup is not the greatest. The cheese is soooo good and so is the bread which is served at every meal. Dinner consists of chicken, beef and pork. One night they had rabbit. You can go the the grill and get fish. As for lunch i ate at the pool snack bar which has hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and ham and cheese sandwiches. BRING KETCHUP !!! It is very relaxing and quiet. Not much nightlife. The bar closes at 11 pm. But there is a disco at the the Farrillon which is the other hotel. They have a gift shop where you can get bottled water and souvieners. They also have locals who come in and set up by the pool so you can buy some there, they have more of a variety. ITS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND THE SCENERY IS FANTASTIC. I HAD A GREAT TRIP !!! AND I WOULD GO BACK !!!

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        Charles W
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Fantastic value,with a few minor quirks”
        We stayed at the Farallon section in the superior room from March 13-20 2014.We had a great time and received a great value even with a few minor quirks. The hotel is quite clean and staff is friendly.The rooms were nice and comfortable and most have good views. The pool at the Farallon and Marea section were nice and always warm.We never had a hard time getting chairs at the pools or beach.Even though our trip partially overlapped the March break the hotel didn't seem anywhere near capacity.The beach is unswimable at the Farallon but is ok at the Marea and is a relatively short walk.It is dark sand so gets quite hot. The restaurants are adequate though unspectacular.The spit roasted pig was great though.Snack bars are convenient and provide decent burgers ,fries,etc. If your into hiking the hills beside the hotel provide some decent trekking.We found the easiest access behind the tennis courts.I recomend going on windy days to help keep the bugs away. The evening shows were casual and fun.The entertainers genuinely seemed to be enjoying themselves.Our 8 year old girls had a blast dancing along. The VIP package is a definite no brainer.It includes a scenic sunset cruise,2 trips to cayo blanco,late checkout and in room safe as well as room upgrade. Cayo blanco is an island with a nice white sand beach and includes drinks and a delicous barbeque.Washroom facilities are the only negative here.Toilets have no water so no flush and there is no doors on stalls and no sinks.An outhouse with holding tank would be preferable.Pass on this trip if you have an upset stomach that day,trust me. Bugs at dusk and at night at the beach bar can be quite nasty.No-see-ums I guess they are and pack a mean bite.Bug repellent didn't really help us.The price we pay for this beautiful natural surroundings. Don't forget sunscreen or toothbrushes! I forgot both at our Toronto hotel.I guess it must be hard to import such things because neither of the hotel stores carry either and our Sunwing rep had no idea were we could obtain any,She didn't even think it would be available in town.Crazy that the store would have a large variety of shampoos,hair sprays and even dye but no sunscreen?! If you are a diver the prices are very reasonable and pretty scenic.$35 per dive including equipment and the gear we rented was actually pretty good and new. All in all I was glad we chose this hotel and will likely be coming back.

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        Kids M
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Very good Very good

        “Amazing! Safe, comfortable, fun...everything you need! ”
        My boyfriend and I just returned from a week long stay at Marea Del Portillo- Club Amigo (there is another hotel up the hill called the Farallon, which you can also visit and use; the third one called the Punta Piedra has apparently been shut down for tourists as of a couple of weeks ago). It was absolutely amazing. I felt extremely safe and comfortable the whole time I was there (which is something I don't experience in the Dominican or Mexico) and worried about the locals 0% of the time. One day a group of 6 of us actually went to a local's home for a big lobster and shrimp lunch (it was amazing!!). The culture and people who live in Cuba are so beautiful, it was such a great experience to go into town. There are a lot of older people at the resort, as we met some people who have been to the resort 60+ times (it has been open for 34 years). The average number for most of the older people we spoke with was around 20 times throughout the last 34 years. This is unbelievable to me, as I have never been to a resort that had such loyal guests. After our stay though it was clear why. The resort has absolutely everything you need. A pool, an amazing beach, buffet, snack bars, nightly entertainment, amazing room service and even a disco with a 24 hour bar and snack bar! Having said all of that, it is clear that the resort is clearly geared towards older citizens and couples. We were likely the youngest couple of the resort (21 years old) however we made friends with many of the locals, most of the regulars, the staff and plenty of other couples as well. We never had a dull moment! Service-AMAZING Value-UNREAL Sleep Quality- Rooms were all A/C, with extra blankets in case it was needed Cleanliness- very good, some rooms have open windows in the bathroom, sometimes little ants were present but this was not alarming for me Location- SO beautiful, the mountains and the whole area is absolutely stunning (many opportunities to hike and tour through them).. you also have the option to go on a boat and travel to Cayo Blano (white sand beach island close by) Rooms- We were in the very standard "Hotel" room, water was hot, room was A/C, room was clean, little ants sometimes were present but this was not too alarming to me Room Service- AMAZING! I did not even get a safe and I ALWAYS get a safe! We will 100% be back! REMEMBER TO TIP! These people make 10$ a month in wages, if even that

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        powell2765
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “The perfect get away ”
        So many people you meet here have been here many times before. Clean quiet and relaxing,lots to keep you busy. The food is good and lots of it, nothing special like the rest of Cube.We have been here 3 times and are going back this month. For the money this is one of the best deals or destinations any where you could go. its 3 star but its perfect. The bad reviews must be done by snots or people wouldn't keep going back. its one of the safest places we have been

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        nicolo_10
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Breathtaking,Tropical Paradise ”
        It is March 01, 2014, SUNRISE BREAKS over this quaint ocean BAY like an explosive kaleidoscope of colours, glistening and sparkle as the waves roll in time with every breathe you take, an amazing serenity in a landscape that time forgot, it seemed that time stood still for a MOMENT to reflect, while absorbing the radiant natural beauty that surrounds me! Then Showtime, a front row seat with a Cuba cupacino on your private balcony, beyond expectation on this Beautiful elevated mountainous landscape with a private view of all God's finest natural Tropical wonders, unfolding before you! Do it all or nothing at all, exciting topical drinks from our swim up pool, invigorating harmonious Cuban Mariachi players around the resort and at mealtime.The WONDERFUL night shows with dance and cultural interaction, very enticing at every turn, to say the least! We have frequented many a tropical resorts, Are you kidding me? This place is like, Heaven on Earth with Cuban flare and style, it is plain & simple but not without with a few perk's, we truly fell in love with the place! A perfect mix of MODEST Cuba Culture served upon a open air terrace, truly an amazing resort with superb services, al cart cuisine & amenities, catering extremely well to Traveling CANADIAN'S on a very modest Budget! An Oasis Get-away Adventure for all, at it's affordable BEST. Cuban CUISINE to die for, from your Chef Costello and smiling Aries, head waitress and wonderful serving staff, that all love their jobs, Smiling Local Farmers, Fisherman, and friendly vendors always eager to serve your every need! truly something for everyone! the Staff at Farallon are like FAMILY that you can adore & cherish each day , their dedication to care for us, was so refreshing during our entire 2 week stay, Hard working Staff at the hotel as it sparkles clean, with attention to detail and comfort, very evident they all take pride in their surroundings and it shows. As always in Cuba, safe, respectable and caring people, the local families, smiling school kids in clean uniforms as they all wave us by, they love Canadians! and like our friend, Aris, his Horse named (JALISCO) & Buggy owner, takes you on a carriage ride of yesterday, along the picture perfect mountainous countryside to see and experience the modest life of the people of this wonderful community! Aris, even invited us to meet his lovely family and have fresh lobster dinner and all the trimmings, in their modest home on the farm-sides of the Resort, it was humbling & gracious, such a wonderful experience! We also ventured out on the countryside on a bicycle ride, long walks on the beach between the upper Farallon and lower Marea the only 2 hotels for miles AROUND, up close and personal with new Friends we made along the way during our fabulous adventure, It is no wonder why so many keep coming back each year for the last 20 years, since the HOTEL ( Farallon) grand opening, for we have found an OASIS sanctuary on earth. Thank you Club Amigo Farallon del Caribe, Simply Amazing!!! see you soon, xo

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        Steve P
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Marea del Portillo / Farrallon ”
        My wife and I visited the Marea del Portillo in November of 2011. We spent two weeks there, and weren't terribly thrilled with the older section. Even though our room faced the ocean, the balcony was tiny, and our view of the beach was blocked by a row of trees. The beach was good, pool was okay. We changed rooms at the end of the first week, and moved up to the Farrallon section, and liked it much better. Our room was great, our balcony looked out over the pool, and we had great sunrise views! The food was decent, the bartender at the pool bar was extremely friendly, loved having the swim-up bar there! If you get the chance, take the three or four hour Island trip. Good snorkelling along the coral reef just off shore, and they serve a great lobster lunch. There are also pedal boats that you can use there. We tood a buggy ride into the small village nearby, all the locals came out, wanting us to buy their crafts and artwork. Not sure if we'll ever go back there, but if we do, we would definitely book into the Farrallon section again!

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        Virginiatucci
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “I'm 25 and we had fun! ”
        We are two girls that are 25 and had a great time at this resort! It's not a party place like you would find in veradero, but the people we met were amazing, staff was amazing and the weather, ocean and view were like no other!! Advice- stay in the marea section... Your back door of your room opens to the beach and the front to the pool and restaurant! Also---**********bring your own ketchup/relish... They have 0 there! ********* have fun!!!

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        eva181747
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Quiet place ”
        I was there April 2-9. I love the resort at Marea hotel. My room was cool and very clean, thanks to Virginia. The food was ok, I was never hungry. Very nice people I recommend this place for anyone who seeks quietness. Merla - the beauty saloon woman was just terrific, I pampered myself with 3 body massages. I would love to come back again, no problem.

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        Cuba475
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Marea Del Portillo ”
        Just got back from this resort on Wed April 9th. This was my first trip to this resort and part of the island but my fourth trip to Cuba. I have been to the typical Varadero, but also Havana, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Also travelled around the world so I have much to compare it to. This resort was excellent all around. The food, service, rooms, everything. The beach was great, we always had beach chairs to choose from, the water warm and fun to play in. The pools were great always clean and warm. We were worried about the rooms at first because when we arrived at night we had a number of large ants in the room, which we quickly dispatched. Realized it was because the previous occupants of the room had broken the centre window overlooking the beach and the resort staff had to place a piece of particle board there to seal it and that was when the ants got in. That being said after getting rid of the ants that night we never saw any again. Shower was tiny but not an issue because it worked and always had hot water. Beds were okay two twin mattresses put together to make a large one which made sleeping at night difficult with the girlfriend. The food was good, always hot, and here is a tip. Leave the burgers, hotdogs french fries and pasta alone and try the rest of the food, it is very good and the combos you can make are great with the fresh fish, beef, rabbit combined with rice and beans and veggies. I know I didn't come to Cuba to have burgers. One thing that was discouraging which we didn't know till it was to late was that the a la carte restaurants are unlimited, so when we tried to make a reservation two days into the trip we found it was booked straight through till Wed when we had to leave. So book right away when you get there as others that have been there will book every night and you'll never get a chance to try it. The day trips we tried were great the Saturday night fiesta was interesting to see how they enjoy their nights. the live music bar was great seeing 60 year old Cuban couples cha cha for 10 minutes straight with no breaks then go right again for the next song. I don't think I would see anything like that in Canada. Just be advised you are an outsider there and although no one will mess with you in any way it can feel uncomfortable at first. But just relax and enjoy and take it all in and participate in the dancing and have fun. We also tried the horse adventure. It was a great way to go up into the mountains and see the town of Marea and just take in the scenery. The lunch at the Cuban families house you visit was by far the best meal I have ever had in Cuba and I have eaten at some great places in Havana. All home grown veggies and fruit, and locally raised meat. We had ostrich meat with a yucitan veggie, hot peppers and tomatoes with rice and beans and plantation chips. Like I said best meal I have had in all of Cuba and the woman that prepares it all is the kindest lady in the world and will likely remind you of your mother or grandmother. The downside of the day trips are that they require a minimum number of people to book them, so missed out on two big trips we wanted to do. A trip to the city of Bayamo which required 8 people (we could only get 6) and a visit to La Plata (Castro's headquarters, and hike high into the mountains) required 4 minimum (just myself and the girlfriend willing to try it out). So be hope full that the trips you want to make have the minimum number to go. The staff are all great from the sunwing rep Elaina to the maids, bartenders, and amigo staff. All were helpful and if they couldn't help they brought us to someone that could help. Thats about it, I found this resort great and I hope to get back there in the future. Best piece of advice I can give is get out of the room get off the resort and experience the culture and meet the people, there is nothing like playing baseball with the locals, chatting with them, or just sitting down and having a drink with them to really get a feel of what life is like down there for them. Travel Tip: Bring down clothing and tote bags that you don't ever use and give it to the locals in trade for little trinkets. It helps them out greatly, and the locals that we did this with gave us their addresses so that when we came back they could treat us to a dinner at their house.

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        Maggie C
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Marea del Portillo hotel vacation ”
        Just came back from a week in the sun at Marea del Portillo Hotel, Manzanillo, Cuba. I have been there over 50 times to this area, love it, it is my second home. Very picturesque there, lots of views, take lots of pictures of your memories. Your first trip will not be your last, I promise you that for sure. Going back there soon for a longer visit soon. Good value for your money, however the prices are going up with Sunwing Airlines. VIP is the way to go, lots of activities to take advantage of while there. Already collecting "stuff" to take down again with me to give to the locals and friends. Safest place I have been to every visit , I have never had a problem there walking at any time of the day or night anywhere on the property or off the property. Friendly staff everywhere. Lots of activities to do if you want to participate with the staff or with other tourists. The costumes are beautiful for the dancers and such an improvement in the shows in the evenings. They have done major improvements to the dining room at Marea hotel and the heating of the food is so much better than before. Clean rooms and pool area. Hello to all my friends down there, it was great to see them all again. Going on the catamaran was so much fun the day and time my friend and I went out in the bay.

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        JennyC-Muskoka
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “Why I'm a "repeater" at Club Amigo Marea del Portillo ”
        My Feb. 26, 2014, trip to Club Amigo Marea del Portillo and Farallon del Caribe was not my first visit to this charming little Cuban resort. I want to be up-front about that because it?s an important point ? I am a ?repeater.? I will not give a one-off critique of a place I happened to stay at once because it was cheap; I will provide an honest commentary about why I keep going to this resort and what has changed since I began visiting in 2009. I am a repeat guest at this resort for several reasons. First, as many people note in other reviews, the scenery is phenomenal. Located on the southern sole of Cuba, in the historically significant province of Granma, this resort is on the rim of a peaceful bay, on the cusp of the Sierra Maestra Mountains. Do you prefer the mountains or the ocean? Here, you don?t have to choose ? it?s the best of both worlds! You can go swimming, kayaking or sailing from the back porch of the hotel, so to speak. But, if you?d rather go for a hike, just head out a different door of the hotel and hit the trail. Or, if you want to simply sit and relax, you can watch the sun rise over the mountains and/or set over the ocean. If lazing about isn?t your cup of rum, however, you can take a bike trek, go for a horseback ride, participate in one of the many interesting excursions the resort offers, or just explore on your own. There are options available for anyone of any fitness level. That is another reason to like this resort ? it has something for everyone. There are the usual sorts of poolside activities, of course, but there are also opportunities to learn about the community and culture. You can take a tour of local villages, visit a farm, go on a ?Jeep? excursion (in Suzuki 4X4s) or take the Manzanillo Art Tour ? a new day-trip that was launched while I was there in February. And, if you like local art and crafts, be sure take a stroll to the rotary at the resort?s main entrance; you?ll find a nice selection of souvenir booths there almost every day. Crafts are also intermittently available by the pool at each hotel. Not sufficiently entertained yet? Well, don?t miss the evening entertainment that?s offered at both hotels ? the Marea and the Farallon (which is open in high season only). These shows are high-energy variety nights that generally include live music, comedy and dancing. As a repeat guest, I can tell you there are some consistent elements and schticks but there are also new skits, new dance routines and new costumes on display every year, as well as new bands that feature some incredibly talented local musicians. As well, for those who want to party into the night, there?s a disco on the beach, where the d.j. will take requests. I can also tell you, as someone who has been paying attention over the years, that this little resort has been working hard to make annual physical improvements. This past year, for instance, they did a major overhaul of the Marea Hotel dining room, and it looks great! They?ve created a new a la carte restaurant at the Farallon Hotel, added more outdoor beach showers and patios at the Marea Hotel, upgraded the Marea cabañas and enhanced the grounds in general. It just keeps getting better, each and every year! Other improvements include more shaded seating at the Marea poolside snackbar, as well as more choices of snacks (although supplies do sometimes run low). The food at the resort, in general, has improved over the years, in my opinion. There?s more variety at the buffets and the new steamer tables at the renovated Marea dining room keep things hotter. My best repeat-guest dining tip is this: be sure to check what they?ve got on the grill before filling your plate at the buffet. The grills at both hotels always have the freshest, hottest meat, and sometimes vegetables too. Here?s another repeater tip: book the VIP package. It is available with Superior Rooms at the Farallon or Cabañas at the Marea, which are the only two hotels in the main complex ? the Punta Piedra Hotel is technically part of the resort but is actually located 5 km down the road. The VIP package includes two trips to an idyllic island called Cayo Blanco, a lobster meal, a Sunset Cruise, free use of the in-room wall safe, etc. You can pay for these options separately after you arrive but, if you do the math, you?re better off being a VIP, which must be booked in advance. The physical stuff aside, there?s another compelling reason to return to Marea del Portillo time and again: the people. I?m not just talking about the resort staff; I?m also referring to the community surrounding the facility. According to my own observation, reading and conversations with others, the people in this part of Cuba are some of the warmest, most welcoming folks in the entire island. Maybe it?s just good, old-fashioned southern hospitality. Perhaps it?s because they aren?t as over-run with tourists as other parts of the country and, therefore, aren?t tainted by the inundation. I don?t know. Whatever it is, I like it. I appreciate the opportunity to chat with the locals and get to know their culture in a more up-close and personal way ? not just observing life through a bus window! Why do I keep returning to this obscure resort in a rather remote, rural part of Cuba? I?ve fallen in love with the people, as well as the place itself. I feel at home here ? peaceful, happy and safe. Guests are not warned to stay on the grounds; they are encouraged to explore the area and consider Marea del Portillo their second home. For many people who visit this resort regularly, it is a place of healing and rejuvenation, which is why they keep coming back. The rate of repeat clients here is among the highest in Cuba. Club Amigo Marea del Portillo and Farallon del Caribe may be rated as a three-star resort but I consider that a mere technicality. People say ?you get what you pay for? but, here, I truly believe you get MORE than you pay for!

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        daviewj
        Review about Club Amigo Marea del Portillo Hotel
        Excellent Excellent

        “A+ for a cheap vacation... ”
        I ended my vacation to Marea Del Portillo yesterday and I had a great, relaxing and stress free vacation. I stayed at the Club Amigo Marea Del Portillo. Not the Farallon. Although I had use of both properties, I prefered my resort because it sat right on the beach. The thing about "cheap" vacations is that you risk having an awful experience (as I have had once or twice before!)...but this resort was well above my expectations and here is a summary of why.... THE SERVICE The staff at this resort are very friendly, attentive and made me feel very welcome. That's a huge plus for me. I've paid alot more for 5 star resorts in Dominican and received very poor service. THE FOOD Yeah its Cuba and it's basic but there are many opportunities to spice up your plate. I mistly avoided the buffet tables and went to the grill where the chef would customize your order. I had fried fish, chicken, pork or burgers most nights. There were lots of salads and pastas for sides. Breakfast was great - I had my two fried eggs cooked sunnyside up and bacon was added a couple of days (yum). There are snacks served by the pool everyday so I really ate well. THE ROOMS Again, its Cuba. Its basic. But the room looked onto the beach and each morning I was greated by the sound of the ocean and a beautiful sunrise. I had hot water all day, everyday....and the maid was very friendly and warm. I left her a big tip for her great attitiude and warm smile. THE AMENITIES The pools were well maintained and clean. The activities were great - morning water exercises, bingo and daily dance lessons from a very energetic MC. I was never hassled the way I was in Dominican. No one ever asked me to buy anything and that was a welcome treat. My only complaint is the fact that the resort is 90 minutes from the Airport. They use modern, air-conditioned buses which is great but the ride was a bit of a chore because it was at night and I couldnt see anything. I wish SUNWING would return the Cuba flights to the morning like they used to be!! In summary. If you want a great vacation for cheap, this is the place to go. A+ FOR LOW DOLLARS.