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  • Hotel Villa Coral

    Villa Coral Hotel Cuba

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  • Description: Villa Coral Hotel Cuba

    Nestled in the magnificent natural surroundings of Cayo Largo del Sur, famous for the beauty of its beaches and sea bottoms, and for the quality of its virgin environment, this hotel is a necessary reference for those who wish  to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. lt has 55 rooms, including 39 double, 10 junior suites, and 6 king size. All have telephone, satellite TV, safe, mini-refrigerator, air conditioning, private bath, and a view of the garden or the sea. Tennis, beach volleyball, aerobics, peddle boats, catamaran, snorkeling, kayak, windsurfing, pétanques, competitions, bocee, Cuban show, international show, dance classes, fashion show, clubhouse, motorcycle rental, horseback riding, bowling rental, billiards, discotheque. Other facilities: Swimming pool for children and adults, child care, mini-club, beach umbrellas, massage, medical  services, currency exchange, stores, dresser


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    Restaurant servlces: lt has a buffet restaurant, an outdoor a la carte restaurant, aqua bar,and a lobby bar.

  • Airports next to Villa Coral
  • Airports: Cayo Largo Airport

    Cayo Largo Airport

    The airport resides at an elevation of 3 m (9.8 ft) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 12/30 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 m × 45 m (9,843 ft × 148 ft).Vilo Acuña Airport or Juan Vitalio Acuña Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto "Vitalio Acuña") (IATA: CYO, ICAO: MUCL) is an international airport serving Cayo Largo del Sur, a small coral island in Cuba. It is located within the special municipality (municipio especial) of Isla de la Juventud.

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    • birdsofafeather1
      GatoCubano
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Just a disaster....basically one step from Gauntanmo Bay ”
      I stayed at the Gran Caribe Club Coral with my boyfriend and his family from April 20-27. I can honestly say that I have never had a worse experience than what I experienced at this hotel. When we got off the bus I went to go to the front desk to check in while my boyfriend got our bags. The girl at the front made us wait for 10 minutes while ignoring me, then she went to take the people behind me! When I advised her that I was waiting first she sighed and gave me attitude while checking me in. What was even worse is my room was not even ready till after 6pm as the person using it had opted for a later check out. We were given a temp room on the "italian side" of the resort. This room had no towels or soaps to wash up with nor did it have any toliet paper. When my boyfriend went to ask someone about this their response was "well your going to another room later so whats the point of giving you these items?" We finally got our room the same night after 8pm. And I was really angry at what I found, the air conditioner did not work and I had sent three times during the course of our trip for it to be fixed with no resolve. The room was musty and outdated. I was promised a hair dryer (one of the reasons why my boyfriends mother took the time to write the resort ahead of time to ask for rooms for us) and there was no hair dryer. The air conditioner leaked all over the room several times ruining my boyfriends luggage, again when we asked the hotel about this they didn't do anything to fix this. The food was beyond terrible, by the end of the week I stopped eating altogether. It might have also been the reason why I got sick (which was because of the food) By mid week we ran out of certain kinds of foods as Cayo Largo is on an island and the food is shipped over on a weekly basis. The buffet was dark and the food covered in flies (if you didn't get to the buffet fast enough the food got warm on the plates). The pork hamburgers are not cooked that well and the beef was over cooked. The power kept going out to the resort as did the water. When I got really sick all's I wanted was a shower (which was cold there was no warm or hot features only cold and colder) however the water stopped half way thru my very cold shower and I was left covered in soap this happened several times during my stay. One of the nights we were there, I was walking back to my room wnat the lights to the whole resort went out and I was left in the middle of the dark wandering around to find my room. My room was also called the "Solodad" which by the way means solitary so that means its way on the other side of the hotel so if you want something central don't pick the solodad rooms. The beach was very rocky and when you first walk out there is rocks in the water and are very slippery and covered in moss. The waves were very rough and could easily knock a person down and take them under the water. Also a side note for those who wish to attend this resort it is not for families as the beach is filled with nudists not something you want your kids to see. I'm in mhy 30's and I didn't even want to see this. To change money you had to go to the front desk at certain times of the day otherwise they didn't change your money. The bar at the reception is not free and belongs to the "italian side" of the resort so beware when you first come in if your not on the "italian side" that bar is not for you. The bar was basic at best, running out of beer several times the only saving grace was the bar staff were very personable and they took my orders very quickly and were very attentive. The pool was the tiniest swim out bar that I've ever seen! And when more than 10 people are in the pool it can get very crowded in the pool over all. The resturant staff were great very friendly got whatever drinks I wanted very fast and were very attentive and personable. The front bell hop was great and he knew everyones name and made sure we were looked after. Often when I was walking back from my room the the main area of the hotel he would stop and let me hitch a ride with him to get to where I was going. I wouldn't really recommend this resort it was my first experience to Cuba, and I was really put off by it, but in the end you really do get what you pay for.

    • birdsofafeather1
      cubamama011
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “Gran Caribe Villa coral. Never go here.. ”
      We arrived on Fri. Apr.13.... Reception dark gloomy, and lady was no help at all... we were given a very far from everything room.... Which took 1 hour to get a working card key to get in... Room very old, and dated... Smelled musty.. Buffet was a disgrace.... Nothing we would even touch..... all food covered in flys.. Very small and dark eating buffet area.. Beach was very high waves... Nothing special at all.. Pool bar was full of Italians, not leaving to go to the washroom.. We contacted our Rep from Notitours, paid a bit extra, and went to the Playa Blanca.... We were in our beautiful room, settled by 4:00 pm. same day. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY AT THE CARIBE..... Even the bar in the Reception area was NOT included..... (Please see my write up on the Playa Blanca... Best Vacation.... Oh... By the way, this was our 10th trip to Cuba...... 2nd time in Cayo Largo..

    • birdsofafeather1
      nobers
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Awfull Awfull

      “You Want It??? You got it!!!”
      My Wife and I travelled to Cayo Largo 2 years ago and stayed at Playa Blanca formally "The Barcello". I have been to Cuba and the Dominican many times and have to say, this was the worst experience I have ever had by far!!! We chose to stay at the Gran Caribe based on reviews, not price and being ranked higher than Playa Blanca----Large, Huge, Big Mistake!!!! We arrived at the hotel and all 40 people got off the bus. There was one lady to check everyone in and it took about an hour and a half. We finally got to our room and was pleasantly surprised with a nice Ocean Front view with a small double bed, so they brought up a cot for me, and so my wife got the the fantastic bed made out of ABS piping and I got a cot for a week!! Now I never complain really and truly, I can sleep on a cot for a week, hell, I have slept in hunting camps most men would run from. The stinky water from the shower was nice touch---all 4 streams of it! The "One" bottle of water that is in your fridge, it's great too especially when you get it refilled at the "Filling Station" the bar. Best part----it is contaminated. I can tell you this because my wife and I actually spent a night at the hospital on IV's and antibiotics!!!! Just an $800.00 peso bill---thank god for health insurance!!!! The food is great too!!! Don't eat anything but Rice and Pasta, I swear the rest will kill you, everything just sits out and what doesn't get eat at lunch will be there at supper in one form or another, I have to say the thousand flies in the dining room are a wonderful touch as well!!! Oh and the Grill was never cleaned once that we saw!! The salt water pool with the 2 living crabs in it was was cool, but the best part were the 10 people who were drinking the stale Bucannarro Draft beer for 4 hours straight who never got out of the pool, I swear I could see the water changing straight to yellow!! Oh yeah, I forgot, Cristal beer, the local brand, is not included in the the all inclusive part----that you pay for my friend, but it is sealed so you may be safe!!! Towels, none the first day, you can only get them from 8 till 12!!!! Every person who we meant had been sick at one time or another during their stay!! My wife and I are both in our early 40's and I think we are likable, fun, people who love to have a great time, who can party with anyone, and never complain, but this trip was not fun but scary!!!! Laying in that hospital was not cool and a fever of 39.9 was scary!!!! I even later caught the bartender filling the punch machine with a hose direct from a tap!!! To cap off my week was my check out. My wife and I dropped off our key and towel cards at the front desk and I needed to change a $5.00 Canadian Bill for pesos to make up the difference for the money to leave Cuba, she told me to do it at the airport because we were checked out and she had crossed our names off with a PEN!!! I could not recommend this resort to my worst enemy, sorry it was the worst and can only say one thing----Stay Away!!!! I will be contacting Nolitours Monday, they have to take this place off there list of Resorts, it's just not safe!!! It's just a shame, it could be a Gem!!!

    • birdsofafeather1
      LGillevet
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Average Average

      “Gran Caribe - in rainy season ”
      May 14-21, 2012 Seasoned travelers, 5th time to Cayo, 2nd time to Gran Caribe. Recently renovated, newly managed by Italian Co. Eden village. Renos were both effective and necessary. Unrenovated Villa Coral rooms - be careful. Requested ground floor room to avoid stairs. given pool side room which would have been wonderful except... Italian mgmt: 98% Italian guests. This is not an international hotel. Cdn guests sold to fill vacant rooms. Staff service and entertainment was exclusively in Italian. Found one or 2 Cubans who spoke sufficient english to get by, but entertainment staff ignored rest of us. Entertainment stage was situated to face the main hotel building. Loudspeakers started at noon and went on til midnight. Volume was so loud it could be heard 2 resorts away. With the most of the rooms less than 300m from the stage - well you get a picture. What a stupid setup. Good luck if you got sick (which we both did) and needed bed rest. (I can still hear the Italian disco beat...) Hotel stopped fogging for insects so bugs were almost unbearable: hey, I'm Cdn, trust me the bugs here were out of control. Food was adequate but until the middle of the week the flys in the indoor buffet area were unacceptable. Beach was Cayo (wonderful). Did we get what we went for - R&R - Yes, off the property on the beach. Did we get value for $$; I guess (low season selloff). Would I go back - certainly not at high season prices...

    • birdsofafeather1
      grenadierca
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Average Average

      “Had a Great Time ”
      We were there from March 23 until April 6 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As mentioned in most reviews, this is a pretty bare bones operation but there was nothing that would keep me from returning. If not having the latest in decor and fixtures would bother you...don't go there. Everything worked fine in room 4009 (except the TV remote and I didn't go to watch CNN or CTV Edmonton so I did't really care). If you expect great TV in English you probably don't want to go there anyway. If not having a carvery, stir fry station, pasta cooked to order and things like that, don't go. Except for an egg/pancake station at breakfast it's buffet all the way. With the small resident population you don't get the number of choices you do at larger resorts but the small size was one of the attractions and I never had trouble finding enough to eat (and enjoy). Service in the dining room was amazing. Usually our drinks of choice would be on our usual table before we had time to get there from the door...and refilled promptly (sometimes when we didn't really want them refilled...but we managed to drink them anyway). For this we tipped sparingly on a day to day basis (and even forgot one day...no difference) and made a more generous donation before leaving. All tips were gratefully received. If you insist on 24 hour food and bar service this isn't the place for you either. If walking a couple of hundred metres to change money, visit the gift shop or get a key recharged (happened once to us) don't go. We walked to Sol Cayo Largo (stayed there twice before) and discovered that the walk from our rooms to the dining room there was probably farther than the walk from Coral Villa to Eden Village and the desk. Don't go to change money between about 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. They're balancing the account and you'll have to wait. No bug problems of any sort that I noticed. A few flies in the dining room, but nothing like a picnic or barbecue here in rural Ontario. We saw a few mosquitoes but not enough to cause any worries...our repellent remained in the suitcase for the whole trip. The beaches (CO and textile) were raked clean along the tide line every day. We thanked the worker on our last day and slipped him a CUC. He seemed surprised and very pleased. I recommend recognizing the effort that goes into trying to keep the beach weed and litter free on a daily basis. If only the smokers would realize that the butts they drop in the sand don't miraculously disappear! The small size and lack of pretension (we've stayed at Sol Cayo Largo and Playa Blanca before) was one of the reasons we chose this hotel (saving a few bucks to put towards another trip didn't hurt either) and we were very pleased with our choice. Unless things appear to change drastically Corral Villa will be our choice next time as well.

    • birdsofafeather1
      KenHass
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Average Average

      “Low expectations for $450 ”
      All in all; you get what you pay for. I was looking for a quiet beach vacation and got what I paid for. The beach is ok for Cayo Largo but nothing special. I frequented the CO beach so this area did not get cleaned very often however there is plenty of shade. The water is typical of Cuba but beach shoes are recommended as there is jagged rocks a few feet out in the water. Food: The food was edible but that's about all there is to say. Not alot of selection from a food perspective and it's 100% buffet. Occasionally there would be someone service Turkey or Beef or Fish by and large the buffet is all you had to choose from. No complaints regarding the service but no WOW Factor. Rooms: They are relatively clean and only noticed 1 cockroach my entire trip. There are no screens on the windows so you have to keep your room cool or you run the risk of being eaten alive. The hot water in the shower never worked so I enjoyed cold showers daily. On many occasions my room key was demagnitized so I had to hope a cleaning lady was around or walk back to the front desk and have it reset. Pool: They have one but it's very small. Service at the swim up bar is great. The swim up bar serves as the lobby bar as well. Great service from the bar staff all the time. For $450 I shouldn't have expected much more than I got. This is a full blown 2 STAR resort.

    • birdsofafeather1
      bobisfun
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Average Average

      “VERY GOOD VALUE ”
      We were lucky enough to be assigned a villa room that was right on the beach with a porch and hammock. No complaints about that. Be patient with waiting for hot water, it does come eventually. Pool is small but has a swim up bar that sometimes later in the day ran out of specific items. Food in the buffet was better than other places we have visited in Cuba. Since it is a small resort, the variety of food dishes was small but it was quite enjoyable. They even offered for 20 Cuban pesos a lobster/shrimp dinner which was excellent. Snack bar was okay, the pizza which we had was pretty good. The allacart restaurant was excellent. Fixed menu, which consisted mostly of fish dishes and was served and present very well. The island itself is so beautiful. The beaches are not crowded and you can walk and walk forever. The catamaran trip for the day was excellent. The stops at Iguana Island, the natural pool, snorkelling and beach were excellent. It also included a lobster or chicken lunch with unlimited drinks. We saw star fish and the snorkelling was excellent. Take the shuttle train to Sirena Beach as it is just beautiful and must be seen. There are change facilities available at the beach. Also the horseback riding was good. While at Sirena Beach we had lunch at the restaurant there and it was very good. We had the grilled fish and it was excellent. Great value for what we paid and would certainly go back.

    • birdsofafeather1
      richiehere
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “A pleasant return to a favourite resort.”
      Gran Club Coral, Cayo Largo Another wonderful. Vacation, there are so many reasons why so patrons return time after time. From December 3 to 17th I again enjoyed the hospitality of Coral, my previous visit was in April 2012 and on my return I was pleased to meet up again with at least twelve guests I had met in April, some of whom were there for five weeks. The beach is fantastic; it?s that fine white powdery sand that goes on for miles and miles. In my opinion it far surpasses Varadero and is great for strolling, tanning and relaxing. Swimming off the beach can be a little difficult however one only needs to take the free mini-train which runs on a regular schedule to Playa Sirenis a few minutes away for a phenomenal world class beach. My vacation started with Canjet leaving Toronto 6:30a.m arriving on schedule at 9:30, customs and immigration is fast so within the hour we were checked in at Gran Club. This is a resort where staff from administration throughout the ranks where everyone does their best to ensure the guests experience is a good one. Rooms are basic, but clean, equipped with bidet, bar fridge, TV. With several channels offering the usual Cuba selections and a big plus, many are ocean view at no extra cost, so in most cases the beach is at most two minute walk, down a few steps and you are there, no shortage of palapas or sun beds, even when the hotel is full as was the case during my visit. The beach is clothing optional and many guests avail themselves of that opportunity. The pool bar is the centre for meeting people over drinks served up by bartenders who quickly get to know and remember your preference. The pool is salt water and offers no shortage again of sun beds or a stool to park yourself at the bar. There is a spirited and entertaining dance and musical show plus karaoke and dance lessons at the bar a couple of afternoons and evenings each week. Wednesday night is ?White Night? time to party at the Marina in the nearby village where the resort staffs from all the hotels live. It costs 2 CUC for the bus. Hotel guests from all the Cayo Largo resorts join in the fun. Dining at this resort isn?t 5 star but it?s still really very good, great buffet breakfast with the usual choices, big selection lunch and dinner with , serving soups, salads, pasta, chicken, pork and delicious desserts. My guess is 99% of the guests are Canadian, 60% of that from Quebec, the balance a few Italians, Argentineans and a few others who by good luck or good management found their way there. This resort has a big following from singles and experienced Cuba visitors, the majority from 30 and up, if you are looking for action and want everything? just so? this may not be the resort for you. however if you are looking to relax, catch up on the art of entertaining yourself and travel friends you will probably love Gran Club, make lots of new friends, both staff and other guests and be planning your next visit before you leave. Don?t forget to pack a flashlight, the paths are uneven and can be very dark.

    • birdsofafeather1
      cubalovervickit
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “Less is more a Diamond in the rough!! ”
      Our group of six started our vacation on April 20, 2012, we travelled with Canjet and began our trip on a positive note, our flight was on time and we had pre-booked our seats both ways, which I feel is well worth the money especially when travelling with several people as you are assured that you will be sitting together even if you happen to be at the end of a long line-up. I also contacted the resort about a month before departure to request our rooms and then again as a reminder a week before departure, the Lady I emailed was very accommodating and was able to fulfil all of our room requests and emailed the room numbers to me at that time. When we arrived at the resort, two rooms were ready and two were not, which was a bit of a rocky start to the people in our group who had to wait and since we arrived on the early flight it seems all the longer to wait, one room was ready at around 2:00 pm and one room was ready at approx. 6:00 p.m. since previous guests had booked the rooms for a late check-out but I feel that the rooms, the location and the fact that we got the rooms that we requested more than made up for this little glitch. The Rooms as stated are basic and could use a bit of a TLC, a coat of paint, a couple of chairs in the room would have been a nice touch and we found the mattresses to be a little firm but for the amount of time you actually spend in the room, the price, the gorgeous views offered and the closeness to the sea the pros far out-weighed the cons in my opinion. The Beach was just beautiful, a little rocky in areas and quite rough for most of the week that we were there but as other people have said there are sandy areas around the rocks in certain areas, you also have the option of taking a free train to Playa Sirena and Playa Paraiso which is a definate must see, be forwarned that there are no washrooms at Playa Paraiso and as others have said always carry a roll of toilet paper with you on any outings away from your resort. You will also see a lot of naked people walking on the beaches, to me this was a bit of a novelty at first but became more common place as the week went on and I didn't find it offensive in the least. The Staff were excellent and I can't stress this enough, to me the resort was small enough to get to know everyone (staff and guests) by the end of the vacation and cozy and warm like being home away from home, on our week we had an amazing group of both staff and guests and we all seemed to get along like family, my friend and I walked over to see the gift shop at the Sol Pelicano and although it is a beautiful resort, to me it didn't seem to have that same cozy, friendly atmospere that comes from a small resort. The Pool always seemed to be the hub of activity since the only bar for our resort is located at the pool, the only thing that I didn't like at the pool was that if you weren't ordering drinks from the water you had to go to the back of the bar and bend over the bar to get your drinks while the bartender had to reach them up to you, it seemed a little uncomfortable for both patron and bartender. The Food was satisfactory some things are cooked in a different manner than what we are accustomed to at home but it doesn't mean that the food is bad or flavourless, when I think of Cuban food I think of it being more pure and with less additives than what we are used to, I personally also believe that since it seems to be a well known agreement that people don't travel to Cuba for the food it is up to the people that visit Cuba to realize that they are in some way responsible for satisfying there own taste buds by bringing spices, condiments, pancake syrup etc. whatever you feel you personally need to enhance your food and make your dining experience more enjoyable, they do the best they can with what they have. I often have people chuckle at me for the bag of condiments that I carry with me to each meal but I can honestly say that in the 15 times that I have been to Cuba I have never been sick from the food and have quite enjoyed it. As I say I feel that this resort is a Diamond in the rough, it isn't perfect and well-polished but it is in my opinion a gem none the less and sometimes less really is more. I would go back in a heartbeat if the price was right and I very rarely go to the same resort twice but would gladly make an exception in this case.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Cindi R
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “Would definitely go again & I plan to in January ”
      This, in my opinion, was a fantastic hotel: The food was excellent (for Cuba) and there were always several choices, the staff were friendly and happy and provided all services needed. The rooms are about what you should expect in Cuba, but so many had little balconies with an ocean view?who cares about the room! The beach was right there, not crowded and it was like walking on silk. The pool bar, accessible from both sides (*wet and dry) was the hub of activity and a great place for people to meet up and socialize. The guests, mostly Canadian, ranged in age from early 20?s to mid 60?s and blended well. The sea was a little rough most days and although a coral reef is about 100 meters from shore, you?re probably better off to plan your snokelling for the excursions. Not good for swimming, but great for bobbing in the waves! Even though The Villa Coral is a ?bare bones? resort, just for it?s service, food and location, it deserves more that a 2 star rating. As with most of Cuba, public toilets are missing seats, take your own TP and hand sanitizer wherever you go and tip, tip, tip: they not only need it, they deserve it! My tip: take a shoestring, lanyard with a clip or small carabiner and get the reception to punch a hole in your key card so you always home somewhere to put it!

    • birdsofafeather1
      karen_kershaw
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “had a really great time ”
      This is a very basic bare bones resort but the staff were extremely accomadating and tried really hard to serve. Been to a lot of places 5star where I felt that the locals didnt want you there but not here. 2 star resort with 5 star service. Beautiful beaches beautiful people. I would go back. If you want 5 star then pay for it .If you want basic, relaxing and clean go for it. Doesnt matter where in Cuba you go there are flies so get to the buffet early and have omelettes made to order for breakfast.

    • birdsofafeather1
      richiehere
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “Perfect for beach lovers ”
      Such a great beach, definitely a wonderful vacation if you are a beach lover. You can walk for miles and miles over beautiful powdery white sand. My Canjet flight left Toronto about 6:30a.m. arriving about 9:30 Cayo Largo time. Canjet was excellent even the snack was pretty good. A ten minute bus ride from the airport and I was quickly checked in by 11a.m. Yoel, one of the bell men took me by golf cart to my room 5020 in the Coral section.It was perfect. It was large, 2 ¾ beds, table chairs, TV. With several channels including CTV Edmonton, CNN and a host of others, bar fridge, bidet, tub with shower, also a safe. A plus, were 110 outlets which made charging my camera battery very easy. Solar power was in use and there was no shortage of hot water. The back patio overlooking the sea offered two sun beds, a hammock and chair, a perfect spot to also take in the sun. and overlooked the beach which was steps a way.it was a five minute walk to Ranchon where you could have an early afternoon snack or a la carte dinner, both very good A ?doesn?t forget? is a flashlight. The pathways at night are very dark and in some cases uneven. In short order I found this resort to be pretty much the type of resort I very much enjoy, small, only about 80 rooms, intimate, you quickly got to know many of the other guests, the staff and vice versa.. There weren?t a whole lot of extras such as wind surfers, pedal boats, hobiecats, tennis courts etc. that you often pay for at the larger 4 star resorts but may or may not use. The centre of the universe at this resort was the salt water pool bar and seating area above. where there were dance lessons, exhibitions and Spanish classes. It was the perfect shady spot to gather for drinks and chit chat. The bartenders were terrific after a few drinks they pretty much knew your drink of choice for future orders. Very much the big attraction at this resort is the beach, much of it is clothing optional. There are lots of palapas and tee pee shelters and no shortage of sun beds. A favorite pastime for many guests, self included was to take long walks on the white sandy beach which extended as far as the eye could see enjoying the beautiful Caribbean as you walked. walking past the other larger resorts, Pelicano and sol Club Cayo Largo which shared the same beach. If a guest wanted a change there was a free road train to take you the short distance to Playa Sirena, beautiful but very busy. The train schedule is posted at the Coral activities office which is where you can also exchange your beach towel. Dining. The buffet is amazingly good for a small resort. There is always a good selection. Dinner.. Always a soup plus a choice of , chicken, fish, pork, beef pasta, rice, salads, fruit, potatoes, fresh baked bread, cakes, ice cream. .always something to satisfy even the pickiest eater. My favorite place to sit was the outdoor area at the back of the dining room which offered a great view of the sea. The dining room staff were terrific. Since they work long days for several days straight then have time off you quickly get to know the servers and many of the kitchen staff. Dinner wasn?t until 7:30p.m. But if you were hungry earlier, you could get a snack, i.e. Hot dog, pizza ham and cheese sandwich at the snack bar adjoining the activities centre to tide you over. Lunch. Pretty much the same as dinner only not quite so many choices. Breakfast. Eggs, omelets, pancakes, sausages, fruit, cold cuts, salads, cheese,, toast, fruit, fresh bread, pastries plus a variety of juices. This resort is as unpretentious as the guests you meet and has to be the friendliest I have ever found in Cuba. A guestimate would be more than 60% were Canadian, the rest mostly Argentine and Italian. The age groups appeared to be mostly over 30 with several couples in the 50- 60 age group, a few same sex couples who told me they were very comfortable at the resort. there also several solo travelers. Many of the guests were repeaters, one lady told me they were on their 31st visit. This resort would appeal to tourists who don?t need constant entertainment but can create their own good times. I tend to think younger children would be bored and the resort is more geared for an older crowd.

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      Paliser
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “Great Value, Exceptional and Friendly Service At Thie Property ”
      Gran Caribe Villa Coral-Soledad. January 6-13, 2012. Tour Operator and Carrier: We booked our vacation with Nolitours Vacations, we booked for two weeks in Cayo Largo. Our first week we spent at the Gran Caribe property, which I am reviewing here, the second at the Pelicano. We flew out of Toronto on a 6:10 a.m. Canjet flight, we arrived in Cayo Largo at 10 a.m.. We were well fed and watered on a very quick and comfortable flight. We liked flying with Canjet and if the opportunity arose, would do so again. We were through the airport pretty quick and before we knew it, we were on our 10 minute bus ride to the Gran Caribe Villa Coral. The Gran Caribe Cayo Largo Villa Coral-Soledad: Is an older, smaller, compact resort. It has a very nice cozy layout of buildings, pool, and dining area. This resort is a great place for a very quiet, no frills, reasonably priced, value for money, rest and relaxation holiday. The layout of this place makes it is so easy to get around. The beaches are just wonderful and there is lots of shade palapas on the beach. We were very happy a couple of years ago when they offered this property again to the Toronto market. Last January we were at Villa Coral for a week, although before that, we had frequenly vacationed at this place from 1991 until 1997. It was just wonderful to come back and stay at this property again. Hotel Check-In: As there were only about 10 of us for this property, it was a pretty quick check-in. We had requested Villa Soledad from Nolitours as we had never stayed there before, the hotel obliged us with a beautiful ocean view room. Great service from guest relations and Nolitours. Our Room: Wow!! When we seen it, we were ecstatic. We were 20m from the beach with great views of the ocean and sunsets. The room was quite spacious and had very high ceilings, It had a small, very quiet, air-conditioning unit, the AC worked very well and provided great air circulation when needed. We had a nice bathroom with shower, tub, and toilet, lots of hot water all the time. You did have to let the water run quite a while to get it hot. The wash basin and marble vanity was separately located outside of the bathroom, we really liked this. The closet was quite a good size and housed a safety deposit box, you could open the safe with your room key. The room was simply furnished with two wicker bedside tables, a small wicker table and chairs, a fridge, television, luggage bench, writing table. The room didn't have a lot of drawer space but that really didn't affect us in a negative way. There was lots of room for our suitcases in the closet. Yes, the room was very simple but very comfortable. We had good housekeeping all week long, the room was kept immaculately clean every day. Dining: There was one buffet dining room for the Villa Coral and Villa Soledad guests. The buffet was in the Villa Coral section. We really enjoyed the homey laid-back atmosphere here. The dining room is quite small but large enough for the size of the complex. We enjoyed our simple but tasty food. We mostly enjoyed exceptional and friendly service here at the buffet. Breakfast: You could have your eggs cooked to order and most days there was bacon, sausage, pancakes, breads, pastries, fruit, cereal. You could have a good substantial breakfast to start your day. Lunch: Everyday we chose to sit in the open air, back patio section of the buffet. What a beautiful place to have lunch, great views of the ocean and beach. Lunch was very simple with the usual choices of fish, chicken, pork, sometimes burgers, and a small variety of assorted vegetables. They served different pastas on different days, we never did see any potato dishes all week. There were salads of shredded cabbage, lettuce, shredded carrot, olives, cold beets, tomatoes. You had a choice of white or red wine or beer with your lunch. For dessert they had fresh fruit, fruit pies, a variety of sponge cakes and of course some different flavored ice creams. Dinner: Dinner was a mirror image of lunch, the back patio was usually closed in the evening and you had to sit inside. Snacks: There wasn't a lot of snacks available at this resort this year. Mostly it was pizza, it was mostly served in the late afternoon. We would have really enjoyed some french fries or burgers from time to time. Pool and Bar: The small intimate pool was quite nice. We did go for a dip a couple of times, I have to say that the pool water was more than refreshingly cool!. Despite the cool water, we enjoyed our swims anyway. The pool had a swim up bar, this bar was the only one officially available to Villa Coral guests. There was a very nice shaded seating area behind the pool bar, there you could have a wonderful cold beer or cocktail of your choice served by amiable and friendly bar staff. The bar patio was a great place to read a book or play a game of cards, or have good conversations with other guests you just met. The pool bar was open from about 7 a.m. until very late at night or early morning. It was supposed to be open 24 hours but really wasn't, well, not much before 7 a.m. anyway. The Grounds: They are quite sparse in vegetation, a fair amount of palm trees growing, very lacking in the smaller tropical landscape shrubs though. I would say that they could do a better job on the grounds of the Villa Coral. Both the Lindamar and Isla del Sur properties, which are both run for markets other than Canadian, are really kept in far superior condition than the Villa Coral and Villa Soledad. The Villa Coral and Soledad sidewalks and some other public areas definitely need some TLC. The Beaches: This year again, absolutely wonderful. The beaches this week were quite wide and the sand was, as always, hardpacked and easy to walk on. Our holidays here are a must do. It is here, that both Karen and I embrace our passion for walking the beautiful white pristine beaches and enjoying the wonderful warmth of the crystalline turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Our Holiday Overall: Pros: We found this hotel to be a fairly good solid 2 1/2-3 star property. We loved our room at Soledad, the cabana was always delightfully cool overnight, we only had to use the air conditioner on one evening just before dinner. It was always wonderful laying there on our veranda in the afternoon sun, listening our music and to the thunder of the waves on the beach, it kind of reminded us of when we used to stay just down the beach at the old Capricho property, we had same that feeling that we believe Robinson Crusoe would have had, that is if he had an Ipod to listen to and a refreshing Mojito in his hand. We had a room at Villa Coral last year and loved it also. The Villa Coral property is a laid-back, very quiet, relaxing place to be. It has absolutely beautiful beaches and wonderful wonderful staff. We already have plans to stay at this resort again next year. The front desk staff at the Isla del Sur where we checked in were very welcoming and really went out of their way to please the many returning guests. You can our photos of the hotel and area by googling Joe and Karen Cuban Travel Photos or at our photo site http://joeandkarentravelphotos.ca/grancaribecayolargo/index.html Cons: Last year in January 2011 when we visited this property we had limited all day use of the lobby bar at Isla del Sur, and for lunch, the Ranchon at Lindamar. This wasn't the case in January 2012. There was no mention of these changes when we booked our vacation. We would hope that next year, when we come back to this property, that they will again include that limited use of the lobby bar at Isla del Sur and lunch snacks at the Ranchon at the Lindamar. The Ranchon at the Lindamar is such a beautiful place and it was so great to just go there for a burger and fries and a cold Cervesa and just gaze at that picture postcard ocean and beach, those small added perks are just one of the many experiences that rounded off a wonderful stay. We certainly missed that this time . Also, as we are early risers, having our early morning coffee at the Isla del Sur 24-hour bar was such a great way to start the day, we really missed doing that this time as well. These aren't deal breakers, but they do go a long ways toward making a nice holiday a wonderful holiday. Our Flight Back to Toronto: After spending our second week at the Pelicano we headed back to Toronto on the 20th of January 2012. We left Cayo Largo on time, but right after takeoff, we were informed that the flap on the front door was loose or making a noise and that we would be making a landing in Varadero to look at the problem. I guess we had to burn off a little fuel before landing and circled out over the Atlantic. We got some great views of Cameleon Villa Jibacoa and a lot of the Cuban coastline. We were delayed at Varadero for two hours, but the remainder of the flight back to Toronto was uneventful. It really wasn't too bad as the time went by pretty quick. The crew of the aircraft did the best they could to keep us all happy. It was rush hour in Toronto and almost took us the same time to get home as it did to fly from Varadero to Toronto LOL. We are now looking forward to our next vacation at Villa Coral or Villa for Soledad in Cayo Largo.

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      geoff62757
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “Simple, but perfectly acceptable for us ”
      We vacationed at the Gran Caribe Villa Coral in Cayo Largo, Cuba (VC for short) from April 8-15, 2011. This was our 7th trip to Cuba, 2nd to Cayo Largo, 1st to VC and we are a married couple in our 40?s. This trip was for our 21st anniversary. Here is my review and findings of what my wife and I consider a simple but perfectly acceptable resort and one that we will happily return to. When considering a resort, we want; a small complex, friendly staff, edible food, clean rooms and a beautiful beach. I can honestly say that this resort pleasantly surprised us by exceeding our expectations. CHECK IN: Check in for the VC is at the Isla del Sur (Eden Resort) which is the main building in the Gran Caribe complex that encompasses Villa Coral, Villa Soledad, and Villa Lindamar. While we were checking in, everyone?s bags were being unloaded. We were given our Villa Coral wrist bands, room key card and towel vouchers and were told to walk to our room and wait there and a gentleman would bring our bags to our room. It was about 10-15 minutes for the bags to arrive. ROOM: The VC is a small complex of 2 storey bungalows which amount to about 55 rooms total. It was a short 5 min walk to our room which was on the far west side of the resort. We were given a second storey room with a large balcony. Our room had a small 3 piece bathroom with a tiled floor. The shower floor was sunken about the thickness of a tile and had a curtain you pulled closed on 2 sides. Unfortunately often when finished a shower we?d find a wet floor in the rest of the bathroom. The sink was mounted to the wall with little space to set any items on. We always had lots of water pressure and lots of hot water. The toilet also worked well. There was not a hairdryer. The tiled floor continued into the bedroom where we had 2 single beds pushed together with fairly comfortable mattresses. The room was cooled by a small air conditioner that was mounted through the wall with wood trim surrounding it. It was slightly noisy but worked well. There was a closet to hang clothes which also housed the safe. The room also had a small dresser, 2 night tables and a TV set upon a small cabinet that housed a small fridge. The entrance to the balcony was through 2 poorly fitting wood doors. The balcony itself was beautiful and had views of the ocean from either side. We did have a few ants crawling around the room but nothing we needed to worry about. The bedroom and bathroom had 110v receptacles so there was not any need for a converter. RESTAURANTS AND BARS: The enclosed air conditioned buffet is open 7:30am-10am for breakfast, 1pm-2:45pm for lunch, and 7:30pm-9:45pm for dinner. The buffet also has an outside area covered just outside the doors as well as a small trellis covered spot over-looking the ocean. Keep in mind that you can also get pizza to the left of the buffet starting at 4pm. You have 2 a la cartes per week at the Ranchon over at the Villa Lindamar and you must make reservations in advance. We were only able to eat there once during our stay due to being booked up quickly. Although the buffet food selection is small, it is of fairly decent quality but can be repetitive. In fact it was better than what I was expecting. During breakfast there is; an omelette station, a station set up of pancakes, scrambled and/or hard boiled eggs, sausage or bacon, A pastry station with very tasty pastries, as well as a toaster with slice-your-own bread to toast and a fresh fruit station. Unfortunately fresh orange juice was rare to find. I usually drank mango juice at breakfast. During the evening there is a main station set up with the dish of the day. This often was roast pork, roast beef, and sometimes a fresh catch of the day. There is also a station set up of roast beef slices, pork slices, roasted chicken pieces, garlic mashed potatoes...yes, I said garlic! I did find the beef slices and chicken slightly chewy and dry. Sometimes there was a soup, and even spiced calamari rings, yes again, I said spiced. For those of you new to Cuba, it is commonly known that the food in Cuba can be described as bland. Often this is true, but sometimes you will find some that is not. Carlos, the main Chef here at the time we stayed, was quite good. Unfortunately we never came up from the beach to eat at lunch. I can honestly say I was surprised by a few dishes like the spiced calamari, soup, and garlic mashed potatoes. As well, I was surprised to find the roasts done fairly well, especially at a 2 1/2 star. We did splurge one evening and paid 20 pesos each for the lobster dish for our anniversary dinner. While the lobster was tasty, it was not something to rave about. On the other hand, the whole shrimp that accompanied the lobster were very tasty. I have to talk about our anniversary dinner more. Apart from the dinner itself, our waitress Daima went out of her way to make this a special occasion for us. Not only did she set up a nice table on the outside patio of the buffet, but she gathered flower petals to surround a tea-light candle and arranged for the house band to serenade us with a couple of songs. If that wasn?t enough she arrange for the pastry chef to make and beautifully decorate a delicious cake for us. RESORT GROUNDS AND BUILDINGS: When you first enter the resort from the Isla del Sur, you walk past the massage/medical rooms on the right and the main building on the left, and the pool in front of you. The main building houses the buffet, public washrooms, lounge area and club house where you get your towels. The so called club house is no more than a small room with a sign hung on it with times of availability between 8am-12pm. I point this out because it took us a day to find this room as no one told us this upon arrival. To the left of the buffet is a little seating area where you can get pizza, fries and sometimes hamburgers starting at 4pm. The grounds here are sparse, mainly sand covered with some ground cover, small bushes, and taller palm trees that provide shade throughout the resort. The buildings are painted in coral pink or turquoise and at close look, definitely show their age. There are concrete and interlocking stone walkways around the resort some of which have small pieces missing. Although it is sparse, the grounds are well kept and always clean. The maintenance/gardening staff seemed to be on top of things picking up old palm branches and leaves. I would say that for the most part it is guest friendly, except for anyone with a wheelchair or any trouble with stairs. Since it?s not a large resort you don?t really have too far to walk for anything. The beach was beautiful, but the entry into the ocean was hampered by coral/lava rock in the shallows. On a wavy day it could be difficult to find the few narrow pathways in. POOL: A salt water pool with a depth of about 4 1/2 feet, not huge but well kept and cleaned every morning. Times are from about 7:30/8 am to around 1 am. It is set within the square shape of the pool bar, buffet and club house sections. It does have a swim up bar where you can get most of your typical Cuban drinks, such as; Mojito, Ron Colins, Pina Colada, Daiquiri, and Rum Punch. It even had a whiskey which did not cost extra. There are some drinks that may be extra. You can also get an espresso and cappuccino here. The pool bar also has an extended covered area behind it where one could sit and enjoy a drink out of the sun. THE STAFF: All staff at this resort were very friendly and accommodating to us, always with an hola and smile when passing. Carlos one evening even brought my wife and I a small bowl of soup each over to the pool bar without us even asking for it. I happened to mention to him how much I enjoyed it the evening before. The pool bar bartenders, Vladimir and Yosvani were very friendly and a lot of fun to be around. I would recommend this resort to anyone who wants a very simple resort and does not need/demand 5 star food and accommodation. If any of the points I made above caused you to wince, this is not a place for you. Price will certainly drive my decision to return, but with the right price we will happily return. If you want to get on that amazing Cayo Largo beach without breaking the bank, this could be the place to do it. You can also see pictures of this resort on my Webshots page at: http://travel.webshots.com/album/580062822leDXdt?vhost=travel

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      JIM155021
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “A perfect unrushed uncrowded villa ”
      Service and food beyond our expectations . Superbly clean ..including pool area , bar , rooms and restaurant . Not for those wishing 24-7 pampering ..but perfect for those of us that are a little more independent minded . Staff was very accomodating and pleasant . Would definitely return . Shout out to our new friends Ivan , Joanne , Julie , Faed .. you were all a blast !!

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      lesab33
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “Cozy”
      I stayed at this hotel March 21-28 2010.Having been to Cayo Largo once before, I knew what to expect of the island. I did not enjoy my hotel last time around. This time I was very happy with my choice. Room 4052 ? 1st floor which at first I was disappointed. I had a small patio in front ? no patio in the back like some rooms. Two single beds pushed together were fine. Room did not smell. Bathroom had a small shower and perhaps the only con was not any space to put toiletries. Most sockets I saw were 110 volt. Mini fridge with 1 bottle of water upon arrival only. My room was located close to the buffet, swim up bar & not far from the Isla del Sur where the main reception desk was. I went there every day as my card would not open the door daily so the reception staff would have to reset it. I did not keep it anywhere near any magnetic strips so it must have been the door but they could not locate the technician and I really didn?t care after awhile. Food Main buffet served breakfast, lunch & dinner. Food was good ? not many vegetables except cabbage but I was happy with the food. Ranchon at the Lindemar hotel was nice. It would turn to the ala carte certain evenings and personally I think that is a waste of a reservation. It started out good ? prosciutto with toast & tomatoes, nice cream soup ? then you?re told to help yourself to the salad bar ? cucumbers, tomatoes & shredded cabbage and the main course ? rice, pork, fish and cabbage which you lined up for. Had I had a 2nd reservation I would of cancelled. I was told you can get sandwiches between 3:00-4:00 in front of the buffet but I never tried them. They do have pizza after 4:00 ? 6:00 which was nice. I always had cheese only but saw some with ham. Bar You could get drinks at the main lobby Isla del Sur bar but would have to pay for beer. The Villa Coral bar was at the swim up pool. Waiters were great. Staff I found the staff very friendly at all times. They all spoke English. There was a mixture of people from Quebec, Ontario, Argentina that I noticed. A few children , couples and singles ? due to the no single supplement I?m sure. I found this hotel very cozy and truly enjoyed it. I would not hesitate to return.

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      eeeefarm
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Very good Very good

      “Not for everyone but perfect for me! ”
      Date of stay January 31st to February 7th 2010 I have stayed at Cayo Largo previously and wandered through the Gran Caribe complex. I've always wanted to try it, but it wasn't previously available from Toronto. When it was offered through Hola Sun I jumped at the opportunity.Flight with Cubana was above average. Very good flight attendants and a decent snack complete with complimentary wine. At Cayo Largo you are five minutes from the hotels, so transfers are quick and painless. I had a wonderful room with a fabulous balcony that was as large as the room. Ocean view and very close to the beach. The room was clean and comfortable, although the bed was a bit hard for my taste. There was a safe and mini fridge provided at no extra charge. A 1.5 liter bottle of water was also included. The bathroom was basic with a shower only, no tub. Lots of room to hang clothes, and several drawers to put things in. The air conditioner was a window type and quite noisy. Most nights I turned it off and listened to the surf. I had the balcony door open much of the time and there were also windows for cross ventilation. When it was windy, this was perfect. Unfortunately when the wind died the mosquitoes arrived and I had to close things up and use the A/C. The buffet restaurant afforded an ocean view and there was a patio on the sea side where you could sit outside if you wished. Most didn't while I was there. Breakfasts were typical, with an omelet station where you could get eggs and sometimes pancakes cooked to order. Fresh fruit was wonderful, particularly the grapefruit. The bread was fresh and delicious. I am vegetarian, so can't comment on the meats. Lunch could be taken at the buffet or at the Ranchon at Lindemar where there was a choice of beef, chicken or fish. Also salads and deserts. Lunch at the buffet usually featured ice cream, which was delicious. Dinner at the buffet was a little spartan for me, as there was not a lot of variety in the way of vegetarian fare. However, I certainly did not starve! Meat eaters had much more choice. A la carte dinners are available at the Ranchon, reservations in advance. Pizza is available around 4 p.m. at the coffee bar behind the buffet restaurant. The coffee here is excellent and available all day. You could also go over the Isla del Sur and get a pizza, which I did several times. It was a wise precaution in case there was a scarcity of vegetarian fare at supper. There is a bar at the pool and we also had access to the bars at Isla del Sur and of course at the Ranchon. I can't comment on the mixed drinks since I don't indulge, but the cerveza was cold and good. Other guests I spoke with seemed to enjoy the Pina Coladas and Mojitos. Wine was available at lunch and supper. Service was mostly good, although some staff were more attentive than others. I had no complaints. The pool was deep enough for swimming, although it was fairly small. There is a swim up bar. Beaches in front of the Gran Caribe complex are fine for sunning but a little challenging for swimming. The entry to the water is rocky in places, but it wasn't too hard to find a sandy access. No "towel games" going on.....lots of chairs and shade for everyone! The grounds didn't feature a lot of gardens or flowers, but were neatly kept. The shuttle went three times a day to Playa Sirena and Playa Paraiso, and was free. Animation at the hotel tried to get people involved, but I usually avoid these activities.....I'd rather be at the beach! Decent off the beach snorkelling to be had in front of the hotel on calm days and at Punta Mal Tiempo behind the reef. Also on the protected side of Playa Sirena. I really enjoyed this small hotel. It is quiet and a perfect place to relax. There were some issues with hot water from time to time, but mostly everything worked well. If you are looking for a charming, quiet spot to enjoy Cayo Largo's fabulous beaches without breaking the bank, this is an excellent place to be. It's not "party central", but that suited me to a "T". I will definitely be going back!

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      CLbeach
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Far exceeded our expectations ”
      When may 7th for a week. 6th trip to Cayo Largo, first time at coral villa. Wanted to try this hotel as always great pricing on sell offs. Without a doubt best vacation in Cayo Largo yet. Hotel pretty empty due to it being low season so no problem getting lounge chairs on the beach, no line ups at the bar or at the buffet restaurant. Got upgraded to an ocean view which had to be the closest room to the beach. And the best room in the hotel...at no extra cost! Not interested in the entertainment as too tired most days from beaching it, and not much anyway again due to low season. Food was great. Much better than Pelicano or Playa Blanca. Staff was great, all in good moods as not so rushed. Decided no longer going in January as I have before, May is so much better. Weather was fantastic, water was so warm, just a wonderful stay at Villa Coral!!

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      Vittorio1_11
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Material Paradise”
      We returned form cayo largo yesterday, april 27, stayed one week. It's a very good place to seek a retreat from your busy schedule and hastle, or honeymoon, etc, one practical advice: when go to cuba take a little bottle of your own shampoo, and a roll of a toilet paper. The beach was great, white sand, celestial ocean, very few people if at all, nice nature, but if you like more you can go to another two beaches : paraiso and sirena, where you can drink mohito. Overall food in the hotel is ok, fresh vegetables, chicken and fish are always there, the bar at the pool is very good: rum and pina colada are very good, a pint of beer and always cold is there too. The personnel is helpful, but speak poor english, so pick up some spanish. There is a store just across the hotel where you can buy necessary things: shaving razors, disinsectant, toothpaste, etc. Mosquitoes are very aggressive after 8 pm. Hot and cold water was always there at any time of the day. Wherever and whenever you want to go, ask reception and they'll book you a bus to go marina or village, it's the same thing, for 2 cuc/person. The airport is only 5 min ride from the hotel. What we did not like was flies in the restaurant, very annoying. TV channels are good, I was able to watch all European soccer games with barca, real, bayern, chelsea, teenis final from monter carlo. Massage therapist is good, but you have to catch her with some extra help. Tip wherever/whenever you want/can or bring some old attire, foam, sweets, etc and give it to the people. Overall, we enjoyed our stay with minor discomfort. The air conditioner was working well at all times. P.S. There is no toilet seat in the washroom in the international airport on cayo largo.

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      Goodlife555
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Simply amazing!!! ”
      VILLA CORAL - VILLA SOLEDAD - ISLA DEL SUR - EDEN VILLAGE - VILLA LINDAMAR I just came back from the Gran Caribe Cayo Largo on April 7, 2012, after a 7-week stay. I was confused when I got to the hotel because it is called Isla del sur (main reception area). There is the Eden Village right next to it which is for Italians. The Villa Coral, Villa Soledad and Villa Lindamar are all the same hotel, but in different little "villages" on the resort. I stayed at the Villa Soledad (2-story buildings). It was a 5 minute walk from the main reception at the Isla del sur. Villa Coral is a bit closer to the main lobby and it is very central being around the swim up bar, the restaurant, the activities, 2-minute walk to the post office, car rental and store on the other side of the street. In order to call to Canada, you will need a calling card that you must buy at the post office. BEACH AND WATER I was surprised to see how quiet the beach was... We had great weather all week and although we had beautiful days, sometimes, we were alone on the beach in the afternoon. When there were people on the beach, lots of them were nudists. I've never seen so many on a beach before!!! You can also go to Playa Paraiso or Playa Sirena which are about 10-15 minutes by taxi (2 cuc per person) or you can take the little train that picks up people at the hotel (free, but bumpier ride than in the taxi and longer). It leaves at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 in the morning and comes back at 12:30, 3:30 and 5 something. If you walk about 30 minutes at Playa Sirena, you get to a point where you see lots of starfish. It's amazing! The water is cristal clear and it's just like in the pictures. It's perfect... :) STAFF As for the staff, they are the friendliest people ever, very professional, and that is why I always go to Cuba. We even went to a party with some of the dancers that did the night shows! They showed us how to dance salsa and merengue. The disco is like "downtown Cayo Largo" at the marina. This is where all the employees sleep, there's the disco, a restaurant, a shop and marchants outside during the day. We were dancing outside with the wind of the Caribbean Sea... You can dance on the street if you want! It was wonderful! FOOD As for the food at the main restaurant, it was good compared to other resorts I went to in Cuba and I am a very picky eater. However, there are not a lot of choices from one day to the next... ROOM As for the room, there were mini ants in my bathroom, which is to be expected when you go to Cuba... There were a few other insects in my room, but after a few days, there were a lot less. The A/C worked very well; however, in other rooms, they were working, but they weren't as cold. OTHER/MISCELLANEOUS The Cubans work 20 days and then they go back home for 10 days. If you have a problem and he is there when you go, contact Yoel (the one that takes care of the luggage, not the chef). He works his butt off for people! There are also spanish and salsa lessons near the pool around 4:30. The beach was a 30 second walk from my hotel room. I would go back there in a heartbeat. What I like about Cayo Largo is that it is very cozy since it's a small island... There's only one place to go party every night if that's what you want to do. The marina is about 10 minutes from the hotel. This was my favourite vacation to Cuba by far... :uD

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      Maricela M
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Had a blast! ”
      My husband and I went to Villa Coral from Feb 24 to March 2 2012. We arrived the airport on time (10:00am), flight was great. Although it was a bit confusing what bus was taking us to Villa Coral, we finally got on and it was a ten minute bus ride, we were checked in and in our room by 11:15am. We got room 4017, it was just right for us, we put the two beds together to make one big bed. The maid service was great, always left us extra toilet paper, extra towels. The food was your typical food, it didn't vary much but it certainly wasn't bad. The bar was great, Jose and Joel were both great bartenders. The staff who took care of breakfast, lunch and dinner, Nolbert, Urbano were awesome! We went to the Marina only once and it was very nice, just keep in mind don't go out from 6-8pm the mosquitoes are horrible! We went to the disco one night at the Marina and had a blast, everyone that works at the resorts goes there after work and they are a blast. We went to Playa Paraiso which is beautiful, I recommend going there!!! We took the little train there (I guess if you want to go early its better because you'll get a spot on the train, we barely just fit). On the way back we took the taxi which was $2cuc each. I really have no complaints about the room at all, or anything for that matter. This isn't a complaint but our room the a/c was awesome, it kept our room so cold the whole time, at night we slept with extra covers. If you aren't picky on food, don't mind a location that isn't 5 stars this is the place to go!!!!

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      occupied247
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Absolute treasure at an incredible price. Lots of adventures! ”
      Traveled Dec 2011 as a couple for 12 days. The resort was rated 2.5 star so we didn't expect too much. We had stayed in 2.5 star resorts in Cuba before and had good success so we weren't expecting anything spectacular. Airport to Hotel was super quick. 10 minutes tops and check in was fast. The gal at reception didn't speak much english so it was a bit confusing at first when she handed us an envelope with two tickets inside. She couldn't explain what they were for (turns out they were for beach towels). We figured we'd get answers from our rep next day at the briefing. We missed our briefing though. We were confused as to where it was being held and who our rep was. So we had to figure a lot out for ourselves the first few days. We were feeling 'disoriented' since half the resort was designated as being for Italians only but it turns out that that side was closed at the time. We weren't sure if we were 'allowed' to go in certain areas. If we'd had our briefing it would have been best but all in all it worked out. There weren't many at the Villa Coral resort so it was super quiet and relaxed. That's what we wanted and that's what we got. We had asked for a room close to the beach when we booked online and with a king bed. The room we were given totally surpassed our expectations! It was a stones throw from the beach with two doors that swung open onto a patio with chairs and off to side was a semi-private cabana overlooking the beach. We were mere steps to the water! Unreal. It was heaven. The rooms are spacious, we had a double bed and it was quite comfortable and the rooms were clean, clean, clean. Our chambermaid was Juiba and she made the most amazing animals, flowers and birds for us during our stay out of towels and always fresh flowers to enjoy each day. The water wasn't hot for the first week no matter how long it ran but then they did some maintenance and it was just like home for temperatures. Very good. The in-room safe is free and is operated using your room key. The beaches are incredible. Lots of rocky areas ON the beach which made it quite interesting but the sands were soft and cool. We enjoyed that contrast of rock, sand and ocean and climbed all over with our beach shoes. Fun. Signs of the hurricanes that destroyed some resorts are still visible. Cement stairs end in nothing, buildings ravaged, complete resort areas devastated. We got to explore and it was impressive just how strong the wind and waves must have been. They have repaired a lot it seems but there are still many that aren't rebuilt. So much to fix. Everyone was friendly. We enjoyed being able to walk the beaches or roads and just explore on our own. We went looking for horses to rent for a ride and found the nursery where they grow the flowers and trees for the resort and a very lovely woman named Engracia who took us to see CROCODILES living right there at the stone tower (old water pump house of sorts). That was a highlight and we returned a couple of times. To be able to stand within 8 feet of a wild crocodile, no fences, was a thrill to say the least. She would call for the turtles and they would come to the sound of her voice for food. Crabs and birds came as well to get something to eat. Very neat. A large iguana named 'Lola' that's 10 years old lives there too and is very friendly. No horse riding. They were sickly and we didn't want to endanger them any further. We were told that 4 had dropped dead from being ridden hard by tourists and not getting enough sustenance just before we arrived and the other two were on their last legs. We saw them one day and then never again. VERY sad. :( The dining room was clean and there is a great variety of food and salad options to choose from. You can only get coffee in the AM in the dining room and then you get it at the bar the rest of the day. . Good cappucino and espresso at the pool bar.. Urbano and Alina in the dining room were super and we enjoyed meeting them. They were always friendly and very helpful. Urbano gave us a special 'flambe' light show on our ice cream one evening just for fun. It was awesome and a vase of fresh flowers. Very sweet. We appreciated the kind gestures. It made our trip very memorable. The first week we thought we had arrived at a 5 star hotel for the food. It was outstanding. We didn't bother to go to the a la carte restaurants because the food was so good. Also, there were Italian tourists our first week that were staying due to an overbooking at a higher star Hotel. We truely believe that the better food was for their benefit. Sadly with a hotel staff change and the Italian tourists gone home the food went downhill quite a bit the following week. It was still good for the most part but we missed what we had gotten used to previously. The new kitchen staff may not have been as 'gifted' in food preparation but we had some questionable options on the buffet. Our fresh melons and papaya became canned peaches and pineapple! Most of the time we simply had white or pink grapefruit and canned peaches offered. The food preparers seemed to get lazy too. Even the squash wasn't peeled. It was chunked but the skin was left on and cooked. Disappointing. The chicken was normally very good as was the beef which was offered quite often. That's something different for us. Normally we see mostly pork in Cuba. There was a night where a beautiful fresh caught fish was offered on the buffet (Red Snapper) and it was delicious. We didn't go in for the entertainment much but what we watched was quite good and the entertainers were very talented. The music was very good. The biggest complaint was the times for the meals, especially the supper hour. Breakfast was 7:30 - 10 am which was great. Lunch ran 1:00 - 2:45 which was just fine bu supper wasn't until 7:30 pm. Much too late for us to eat. They did have a snack bar but no menu so we didn't know what they offered. We tried the pizza once but it was a flatbread with sauce and cheese only. Not great in lieu of supper. We were told by our rep Andre (lovely and very helpful woman from Nolitours group) that we could eat at the beach bar which was open until 5pm for hamburgers, hotdogs, sandwiches and fries besides drinks. We stopped to get a cold drink a couple times. It was very quiet with few patrons. Our last day we were going to get a bite to eat there mid afternoon but we were turned away! We were told that the hotel decided that the beach bar would be for the Italian tourists only except on three nights when they offered a la carte to our hotel - Villa Coral. Very strange but it was our last day so we didn't worry about it. It was listed on our sheet from Andre as an option for snacks. Our first week was a bit uncomfortable at times as there was a LOT of nudity right in front of our room and one person would constantly come nude from the beach and shower at the wash station and also lay nude in the cabana area outside our door. Since we were practically on the beach it was unavoidable to have them directly outside our door. That wasn't hotel policy of course. Nudity is supposed to be reserved for the outer areas off the resorts. Some people took liberties for sure. The last part of the trip we didn't have to deal with that as much since we didn't walk in the areas where those sunbathers were. However, it was uncomfortable in some areas of the beach as certain people would try to make themselves noticed by all, standing directly in your path as you walked the beach and were quite profane in their actions with certain male body parts. That wasn't the fault of the resorts, that was simply crude tourists. The playa Sirena beach was unbelievable for beauty. It's a must see. Crystal clear, warm and calm waters for the most part. The sand is silky soft and cool. The two captive dolphins there are fun to watch and you can swim with them for $10 CUC The train ride out to the beach is an experience that we enjoyed once. It was 25 minutes on the roughest and bumpiest 'road' you can imagine. Fun. We would have gone again but it got very windy the last part of our trip and we didn't return to the beach since the waves were too much. We took a taxi back to the hotel later from Playa Sirena and it was another adventure. Same sandy and bumpy road but riding at breakneck speed sliding around corners and being catapulted to the ceiling when you hit a bump. We wouldn't have traded that experience though. Great fun. The trip to the Pueblo (Village)/Marina was outstanding. We paid a taxi to take us and he charged us a lot even though we had already walked part way there. On our return we decided to start the walk back to the hotel (which would be about about 7 kms or so) because inevitably a bus would come along and they would always stop and pick us up. We had gone about a mile when we were picked up. That was awesome! We should have caught one to go the town in the first place if we'd thought of it. At the village/marina we loved the restaurant for their delicious ham and cheese pizza but the TURTLE SANCTUARY and Alexandre are a MUST VISIT. You can learn about the green sea turtle and handle them. We saw 1 week and 1 month old baby turtles and got to hold them. That was a great experience. The work done there to save the turtles is amazing. If you plan to visit, please take along a LARGE jar of NUTRAFIN Turtle pellet food. It's incredible to see the rich color of the young turtles eating this supplemented food compared to those eating fish only. They can't get this food on their own. They need tourists to bring it. There's a museum and other sites to see in the village. Arrange a visit with a guide from the hotel. That would be better than going alone. When we got to the village we had to wait 1.5 hours for someone to show up and sell us a ticket to get into the turtle sanctuary. They never came and finally they just let us in and we paid the caretaker - Alexandre our 2 pesos. There were so few tourists, no guides were working when we were there. Best 2 pesos we ever spent!! It was a trip to remember. The value for the price was unbelievable for this time of the year. We would return for sure. There is still so much to experience and do there. We enjoyed many adventures, met lots of great people and the beaches are unsurpassed for beauty. We highly recommend this if you aren't looking for constant entertainment and excitement. This resort is absolutely our choice over the higher rated hotels. We toured them all and we love the quiet ambiance and charm of the Villa Coral Resort. Next time if we return with friends to show around and experience the resort it will be twice the fun. Internet service is very good as well. The shops were expensive. It's a tourist island so the prices are quite a bit higher than other resorts we have been to. Even the artisans charge a lot for their wares. The airport shop is VERY small with little selection so if you see something you want to buy at a resort store or in the town, definitely buy it. We missed buying some very nice wine from Argentina and Chile thinking that they would have a greater selection at the airport to bring as gifts.

    • birdsofafeather1
      snorkelerDover
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “best location and easiest accessto beach, snorkeling and todo. ”
      Good food but not great at buffet until hotel big shots and airline people came. Perfect ,most convenient setting.Great Massages.Best employees ,the 'maletero.Manuel,and Roberto from reception.All other employees here were fickle and distant. I would stay at this hotel and then pay for excellent food at Cayo blanco. The Ranchon was superb for luncheon,with Sergio and staff. They were at least personable If it weren't for the friendliness and helpfulness of Manuel, I probably wouldn't return.Cayo Blanco , I think is more reliable,pelicano,sol cayo largo, much larger with lots of service staff.Pretty far away from beach and ocean view.

    • birdsofafeather1
      Trillium
      Review about Villa Coral Hotel
      Excellent Excellent

      “Gran Caribe Villa Coral - a little pearl in the gem of Cayo Largo Cuba ”
      REVIEW GRAN CARIBE CAYO LARGO CUBA APRIL 12 ? 26, 2009 (VILLA CORAL AND VILLA SOLEDAD) This resort is a little pearl in the tiny island of Cayo Largo. I flew from Montreal to Cayo Largo on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. I had booked online with Yourtraveltickets from St Catherines, ON two weeks before departure and paid $1166 for two weeks All Inclusive at the 3* Gran Caribe. My flight on Air Cubana, a new airbus, was delayed 90 minutes as they were waiting for the plane to arrive from Cuba. This was the first time I have traveled with Cubana. The seating was comfortable; they distributed headsets prior to showing the movie. One ear was in Spanish and the other ear was in French for listening. There was no English option. The morning meal served at 10:30 am was a cold entrée consisting of fruit cup, apple Danish, bun and butter orange juice and coffee. There was no complimentary water, juice or soft drink service. All these were for sale only. The flight lasted 3 hours, 15 minutes. Our flight was combined with the Cayo Coco destination but we landed in Cayo Largo first. We quickly went through Customs. We were the only plane on the tarmac at the time. ¾ of the passengers disembarked at Cayo Largo and only 2 of us were going to the Gran Caribe. There was one other passenger on the 40 pax bus with me. We arrived at the Reception Desk of Isla del Sur to check in. The Gran Caribe is a four-hotel complex. The Barcelo (which has just been transferred to become part of the Gran Caribe chain in May 2009) is to the left and the Pelicano is to the right, both only a short 20 minute walk away. Two of the four Gran Caribe sections are exclusively Italian Club sections (Isla del Sur and Villa Lindamar). The Villa Coral and Villa Soledad have Italian, Canadian and Cuban clientele. I was in Villa Soledad for the first week of my stay (room 5041). I was on the second floor with a beautiful ocean view, which allowed for watching the spectacular sunsets in the west each evening. My room was basic, spotlessly clean, contained two single beds, double closet, fridge, TV, dresser, and the bathroom had a tub shower, sink, bidette, toilet, and hair dryer installed on the bathroom wall. The air conditioner was new. The hotel supplied bars of guest soap. The fridge was not stocked with anything. The second week of my stay I moved to Villa Coral to be closer to my traveling companion who was assigned a room in that section. The Villa Coral room (4028) was on the first floor with a full ocean view and was just a few steps to the beach and the section closest to the Villa Soledad. This room did not have a tub or bidette or a hair dryer. I believe the Soledad rooms, although in a quieter part of the resort, because there is no pool or buffet there, are more updated. They were about to put a new red tin roof on my building as I was leaving. The main buffet in the Villa Coral had better than average food than what I was anticipating for a 3* in Cuba. Every breakfast provided a made to order omlette station, fresh fruite (watermelon, pineapple and the sweetest orange sections I?ve tasted all winter), fresh baked loaves of French bread and rolls, various cheeses, ham slices, jams and butter and a selection of breakfast cakes. The hot entrees included deep fried potato rolls, which were delicious, bacon, ham, pancakes (one morning only), boiled eggs and toast. There were two choices of cereal and milk, yogurt and buttermilk in jugs. There were also jugs of fruit juice (frozen concentrate, I think) of grapefruit, orange, mango and mixed fruit). Coffee and hot chocolate came from a machine but it was very good. There were sugar bowls and salt and pepper (white pepper) on the tables. The buffet walls were decorated with various paintings from the Leonardo de Vinci era. There was only an air conditioner directly above the salads and dessert tables. Breakfast was from 7:30 until 10:30 a.m. Lunch was open from 1:30 until 3:30 and there were a variety of salad dishes as well as platters of cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce (on week #2). Oil and vinegar was the only salad dressing offered. We brought our own favourite from home. There were 5 hot entrée steam table dishes of chicken, pork, fish, pasta and soup. Red and White Argentinian wine was served on request. An alternate lunch option was available at the Villa Lindemar Ranchon beachfront restaurant which served chicken, fish, hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. This became an a la carte on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings serving steak, pork, or fish. Supper buffet opened at 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. Throughout my stay, there were always at least 5 choices of meat, 2 vegetables, soup, various salada similar to lunch and desserts consisted of crème caramel, cake, éclairs, fruit flans, ice cream and fresh fruit. No coffee was available at supper. We would walk next door to the 24-hour lobby bar at Isla del Sur for a delicious cappacino, expresso, and café Americano while sitting on the patio overlooking the entertainment stage and large freeform pool of the Isla hotel. There is a 5-member house band (Cinquillo Pinero) that circulates in the dining room. One night they gave the half a dozen Canadians in attendance at the pool bar an impromptu concert from 8 to 11. It was a magical evening. You can view a video on You tube if you key in SUCU SUCU A ISLA DEL SUR Entertainment was at 10 pm each night at the Isla del Sur but it was only in Italian. The entire resort complex of the four hotels was 95% Italian guests from Italy, and the remainder of the clientele were from Quebec and Cuba. I was the only Anglophone in the resort and my traveling companion was the only Maritimer. I think all of the English speaking only visitors to the island from Toronto tend to book at the Pelicano, Barcelo or Sol. The Gran Caribe is not sold out of the Toronto gateway, only Montreal. The Villa Coral has a swim-up bar (Giovanni and Vladamir are excellent, fun bartenders) and there are two activity staff (shout out to Alex and Daeme), two great people who teach salsa, give Spanish lessons and provide various games activities. I even saw Alex babysitting an 8 year old boy one day while his parents went on an excursion. Pizza is served in the afternoon at the bar as a snack. Music is loud and often repetitive. The beaches of Cayo Largo are renowned for their beauty. The Playa Paraiso and Playa Sirena are picture postcard perfect with powder soft sand which is not hot to walk on. The water is clear and aqua marine in colour and is either calm as glass or has very gentle waves perfect for laying on an air mattress. Walks along this beach towards Punta Mal Tiempo to the left or beyond Playa Sirena always produced interesting things to see like starfish, sting rays, birds, etc. There is nudism displayed on this island in various sections of all the beaches. There is a complementary shuttle train three times in the morning: 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 going to Paraiso and Sirena. It is an extremely bumpy ride but a lot of fun. Taxis are for hire and cost 2 CUCs per person and are faster than the road train. At Paraiso and Sirena there is a restaurant and bar to purchase food and drinks. The palappas and loungers are usually taken by the 8:30 arrivals but become available at 1:30 when the shuttle comes to pick up and return guests to their hotels. The last shuttle returns at 5:00 pm. There is a gift shop located across from the main entrance of the Isla hotel. They sell rum, coffee, beach bags, swimsuits, snorkels and masks, towels, handicrafts, fragrances, cigars, crèmes. It is quite remarkable how well stocked it is. There is a little post office beside the store (tienda) which sells post cards, stamps and pens. Beside that is the car, scooter rental which is popular. Jorge Felix is the Public Relations person and is always circulating throughout the resort, greeting guests, making a la carte arrangements for the Ranchon steak house on Tues and Thurs evening (seating for 30 people). If you have a problem, Jorge does his best to find resolution. I had the opportunity to visit each of the other hotels on Cayo Largo and in comparison, the Gran Caribe does show its age (it was the first hotel on the island) but it is kept very clean and in good repair. The Villa Coral buildings are painted in pretty pastel colours (blue, pink) that are pretty against the palm trees and various bushes that dot the resort. The Italians were given an orange bracelet to wear. I was given one but told not to wear it, just show it at the Villa Coral for my first meal and then put it away. The Cubans that arrived throughout the week for 3 day stays wore pink bracelets. The reps from TMR, Varaplaya and Cubana were present each day to book various excursions that people wanted to take. The Catamaran tour was very popular for $73 CUCs. It included snorkeling, visit to Iguana Island and a lobster dinner at sunset. The village was a $5CUC taxi ride away and houses the museum (a history of Cayo Largo and pictures of the hurricane damage from 2001), a store, a couple of restaurants, a bank, turtle sanctuary and marina. There are apartment complexes for staff in this village also. It takes about an hour to see everything in the village. This was my first trip to Cayo Largo but I immediately fell in love with its charm, quietness, natural beauty and friendliness of the people. I will go back again next year and probably meet the same guests I befriended this year (shout out to Suzie, Sebastian, Andre and Diane, Joanne and Linne, all from the Montreal area.). I would recommend this resort for a totally relaxing vacation. It certainly helps to speak French, Spanish, or Italian here. Anglophones are definitely the minority population. I got to practice my French that I haven?t spoken since high school. It was a fabulous 2 weeks for me. I loved every minute.