Framed by exotic greenery and set alongside a stretch of ice-white sand, the Sol Rio is in a first class spot. What’s more, there are a whole host of free watersports on offer at the beach – think windsurfing, snorkelling and catamarans – so there’s plenty to do besides relaxing.
Alongside the tropical gardens that cocoon the complex, the lagoon-like pool scene deserves a special mention. There are two huge outdoor pools to choose from, as well as a selection of roomy sun terraces. Factor in a poolside bar serving made-to-order cocktails throughout the day and it’s a great place to chill out.
Head inside, meanwhile, and you’ll find the vibe is just as laidback. Fresh cream walls provide the backdrop for simple wooden furniture and beds dressed in soft red cotton. Balconies or terraces come as standard, as do views of the gardens or the sea. In-room comforts like air-conditioning, satellite TVs and mini-fridges complete the picture.
On the food front, this place serves up no less than five restaurants. And with everything from big international buffets to authentic Cuban cuisine on the menu, there’s always plenty of choice. There’s a piano bar, too, and a beachfront disco, so nights at the Sol Rio can be as laidback or as lively as you like.
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Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks, Icecream|
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1 visit to 2 of the à la carte restaurants per week. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snack bar open 24 hours.
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You'll find this good-sized pool at the Mares hotel. There's a section for kids, a sun terrace and a shower area. And there's a swim-up bar with drinks and snacks on offer.
Available from the nautical centre on the beach at no extra charge. For adults only.
Daily activities for the kids are provided by the entertainment team. Suitable for kids aged 5 to 12.
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double room with sea view
Double room with sea view sleeps up to 3, with 1 double and 1 single bed. This room comes with an iron and board, TV, mini-fridge restocked daily with water and coffee-maker.
double room with garden view
Double room with garden view sleeps up to 3, with 1 double and 1 single bed - can be sold as a single. This room comes with an iron and board, TV, mini-fridge restocked daily with water and coffee-maker.
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The perfect place for a relaxing, exciting, beautiful getaway.
After some good research, we found the SolRio de Luna de Mares. WOW, what a beautiful sunny escape. This resort had it all. If you wanted peace and relax, the luna side provided that peace by the pool, music and many beautiful spots to walk around in and enjoy the tropics with a spa for a nice massage or reflexology. If you wanted to experience beautiful cuba outside the resort, they offered a variety of daily excursions. If you wanted to be entertained, they had a variety of nightly live music and entertainment including singing, dancing and musicians. The food was very good. A wide variety of pastas, meats, chicken, salads, vegetables and even poolside oven fresh pizza. The beach was absolutely gorgeous with white sand and catamaraning or just to lay back and enjoy the sun. It was an all in one perfect vacation spot for either couples or even the family. Highly recommended for a lovers get away. It exceeded our expectations and we will be returning.More
Lisa T, Etobicoke
Going back for another Christmas in the Caribbean
We are heading back to SLRM for Christmas this year. It will be our 4th trip to this hotel and we always go over the holidays. The staff are outstanding and we have always had a great holiday! If anything wasn't to our liking they would do everything they could to make things right. We have also recommended this hotel to friends and none have been disappointed. The beach is one of the nicest we have seen in Cuba. We have stayed at the hotel with our sons, alone and with my in laws who were in the 80's! So we have experienced the resort from different points of view. Last year we went down for New Years as we had had an extremely busy year and my husband & I really needed some down time. We were not disappointed and had the relaxing fun holiday we needed. This year we are meeting friends from Europe that we met there on our first trip for an extended family vacation! It's like going home for the holidays with our family! 2 more weeks and then it's Christmas in the Caribbean! Can't wait!More
Clubspeid C, Sherbooke, QC
Go with an open mind
Most of the reviews of this hotel are pretty honest and well documented so I can only add my own opinion. As we were visiting Cuba for the first time and as part of our Golden Wedding celebrations we e/mailed in advance asking for a quiet room with a nice view on the Luna side and were allocated 7306.--great full-on garden and sea view (and no supplements). Yes the rooms can be best described as "tired" and in our case one or two things went wrong during our stay, but faults were put right straight away.( door lock, electrics, toilet flush ). The C/D player did not work and patio doors very difficult to slide open- just minor problems. And the room was kept very clean with a nice surprise towel art every day. The customer services invited us to a celebration champagne dinner at the French bistro. This turned out to be a bit of a disaster and customer services made up by treating us to a super champagne dinner at the Mexican where we were treated like royalty. (many thanks to them) We did not find any problems with the food at the buffet other than the fact that because this restaurant in effect serves two hotels it does tend to come under pressure on occasions. In general all the staff work very hard and are eager to please and never give the impression that they expect tipping every time they serve you.(the odd coin now and again is gratefully accepted) The grounds and gardens are kept nice and tidy and no mosquito problems. The beach though "picture postcard" does shelve very steeply once in the water, so take care if not a strong swimmer.(This is the Atlantic coast) catamaran rides and pedalo rides are included in your package and no shortage of sun beds and shade. If like us in our 70s you prefer a quite laid-back holiday then go for the Luna side or for a little more "buzz" then opt for Mares. The good thing about this hotel is you get the best of both.More
Nothing more to say...
I travelled here back in august of 2012 and wrote a review back then, I thought I would write another one as two of my friends have been here in the past too. One however visited this year, august 2013. She agreed with me that this hotel is amazing, friendly staff that will do anything for you. My opinion is that this hotel is absolutely fantastic, I mean it is Cuba, pretty much the poorest country in the whole world! The service and overall experience was amazing. The trips are good, however speed boat one is great but the speed boats are a little old, as expected but there is absolutely no issue with them, I thought it was a great experience being out driving in the middle of the Atlantic. I was 13 nearly 14 at the time and they allowed me to drive, so any keen teens... give it a go! Dolphins are a must, I would rate it a better experience here than Florida. Also I met so many great people, I think my parents would agree that they never saw me, I was out at the disco every night. We have stayed as a family of 3 in many different hotels over the world, mostly 4 stars also some 5's. My parents have back packed around the world and visited Cuba 20 years ago, they said the country as a whole hadn't greatly changed and brought back so many lovely memories. I would say this is definitely a great 4 star I wouldn't rate it any less. When we booked we were a little apprehensive over visiting due to us liking quite clean surroundings, however this hotel exceeded our expectations and was just beautiful. So I would say that overall a fabulous time was had by us all. I am now 15 and still think about how good our holiday here was, if my parents would go back and not want to go to a different country I would love to happily return.More
Hannah F, Hertfordshire, England
If I could travel to Cuba every year I would. Beautiful place. Nothing is too much trouble for the locals and the beaches and the sea are clean and welcoming. Everything was so reasonably priced too. Only thing I can suggest is bring a personal fan with you as if you are waiting in departures at Holguin for too long you might pass out. The airport is very humid! I loved travelling to Cuba and can't wait to go back :)More
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