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 meals. 2 visits per week to the à la carte restaurants. National and international non-premium alcoholic, soft drinks and cocktails. Snacks at set times.
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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.
Daytime activity programme
A varied entertainment programme for kids, teenagers and adults runs at the hotel during the daytime and evening. During the day we're talking archery, aqua aerobics, darts, dance and Spanish lessons, badminton, ecological tours, minigolf and horse riding.
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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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Fantastic Family Holiday Resort
Went to Cuba 17th Feb 2014 for a family wedding. We were a party of 17, including 3 children aged 4-12. Hotel staff are extremely helpful and polite. Beautiful hotel, bathrooms slightly dated but what do you expect when the cars are from the 50's??. They have difficulty in importing into the country, and so you understand that the hotel has been completed to the best of their ability. Food was good. A choice of 5 restaurants (French, Italian, Mexican, Cuban and Mediterranean) to choose from in addition to the buffet style restaurant and snack bar. Drinks great too, something for everyone. Waiters and staff work hard for their tips as wages in Cuba are low. Took a trip to the local market in a 50's style car. You can also go via horse and cart. Market small but nice. Best chance to pick up your holiday gifts etc. Catamaran trip definitely worth it. We were very lucky that our rep Urli arranged a private trip for us as we were a wedding party. Travelled to one of the local islands where we stopped of for lunch and some sunbathing on the beach. This island is breath taking. Two small shops in the resort which have limited supplies so make sure you take all your toiletries with you. Great spa facilities, try the full body massage for 35CUC (around £20). Very relaxing. Fantastic holiday. Wedding amazing with fantastic and attentive staff. Can wait to visit this country againMore
Cllowey, Abercynon, South Wales
Fabulous family vacation
From arrival on Feb 20 until the sad departure on Feb 27, this was such an amazing adventure. Our family has been here before and is already planning our return. The resort and all of the amenities were exactly what we go for. Rest and relaxation! The beach and hotel grounds are awesome. The crystal aquamarine of the ocean, oh my, I wish I were back there now. The staff were phenomenal. Ruby in the dining room, Eduardo on the beach, and I wish I could name them all. Each and everyone helps to make this a well-run establishment. Accessibility for a wheelchair was critical for our group and staff did all that they could to help. The sand was hard to navigate and a pathway would have been very useful. Other than the beach, all areas were totally accessible. The food was divine, so all you nay-sayers on Cuban food - this is where you should check it out. The daily excursions were such a delightful touch, no need to plan ahead but could do the "spur of the moment" thing based on the mood of the day. What a delight to re-visit with Lorraine, the Nolitours rep. Amazing memory to recall that we had visited before. The rooms are dated but so what? They provided a good nights sleep and that's all we needed. I can't wait to come back.More
Carol C, PEFFERLAW
Fabulous two weeks!!!
We went at the end of November 2013 and this was the first time for a two week all inclusive holiday, so I was concerned about getting bored but I had no need to worry! We arrived to a 'welcome drink' which was much needed after the hour long transfer and were quickly checked in. We were in block 7 on the 'Luna' side of the resort (which is the quieter side) on the ground floor and were happy with room. We had no problems in the room or bathroom but felt that they could do with being refurbished. The room was looking tired but in saying that, the builders were in working on the 'Luna' side of the hotel so hopefully 'Luna' is in the middle of a transformation. For the best sea views, ask for a room on the 'Mares' side of the resort but beware, if you prefer it to be quiet in the evenings then don't stay on this side, the bar is directly below the accommodation and there is musical entertainment on every night. There are two large swimming pools, with plenty of sun beds and we never had a problem in obtaining these. The resort is right on the most gorgeous beach, which had plenty of sun beds and parasols and we spent most of the days on the beach. There is easy access to a bar from both pools and the beach for drinks throughout the lazy days. The entertainment programme was good, there was music entertainment every night in the lobby of the 'Mares' side and in the middle of the resort is a stage where there was entertainment every night. We never saw any of this as we were too busy talking to all the lovely people we met throughout our holiday. There was a pianist playing most nights on the 'Luna' side of the resort. The food in the buffet restaurant was better than I thought it was going to be. There was plenty of variety, so long as you're not a picker and try everything on the first night! There are 4 restaurants (Italian, French, Mediterranean and Mexican, which you must book) and we tried all of them with my favourite being the French restaurant. The Mediterranean restaurant (which is on the beach) transforms into a late night disco until around two in the morning. If you're an active person there is plenty to do within the resort. There is a gym, tennis courts, volleyball on the beach, mini golf, windsurfing and there are sailing boats, pedlos and kayaks for those who like water based sports. My fiancé dives and he managed to get out on a couple of occasions but be warned, it can be windy and the coastguard will cancel all dives if they feel it necessary. He booked 5 days of diving and he only managed to get out on two of those days! He did enjoy those two days mind. Guardalavaca is only a 10 minute taxi ride away and worth a visit. The market stalls are all there which is great for buying gifts for friends and family back home. There is also a public beach there which is beautiful. We took a pony and cart back, which took around half an hour for 15 pesos, something different! We also did the overnight trip to Havana which we LOVED! If you're thinking of doing this, book it at home before leaving for Cuba as this trip is extremely popular and chances are it'll be fully booked by the time you get out there! I highly recommend the overnight trip to Havana! Overall our holiday to Cuba was amazing! The staff were great and they couldn't do enough for you! We met loads of people, couples, families and groups who were there for weddings and we had a right good laugh together! I highly recommend staying at the Sol Rio de Luna y Mares!!More
Chewylouey, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Great time at Luna Mares
Great experience. First time in Holguin. Beach is fantastic, deep and long with white sand and majestic palm trees and some other trees besides the usual palm leafs covered shades. The hotel grounds are beautiful with a lot of palm trees of all kinds and flowering shrubs and the cleaning is constantly going on. People are very polite and friendly. There are many bars and restaurants. We were staying in Luna but where mostly eating at Mares where there is a main buffet restaurant. Choice of food is great and we really appreciated fact that the food is healthy without hormones and chemicals. I loved having a juice, in the morning, that has been made out of the real fruit right in front of my eyes. We had reserved dinner at Cuban and Mediterranian restaurant. We liked food in Cuban and liked location of Mediterranian. Rooms have seen better times but everything was very clean and room decoration was of not importance to me. We have taken a trip called Cuba in side which included visit to Holguin, Gibara and the cigar 'factory' and where able to see how ordinary Cubans leave. I highly recommend it.More
lida p, Toronto, Canada
Fantastic Holiday, but hotel needs investment. Go with an open mind
We arrived on Feb 17th and decided straight away to upgrade to a sea view room, much cheaper at the resort than through Thomas Cook. We were handed the keys to 2 rooms and told 'take your pick', great touch we thought. We picked a room in the 5 block, unpacked, went to the buffet, got back to room, all 3 of us (including 11 month old Daisy) fell asleep on the massive comfy bed. Both rooms we saw were tired, but read all the reviews so was expecting this. Then at 4am I awoke to a dripping sound....... The room was leaking from the balcony above directly into Daisy's travel cot. Lucky she was not in there. Trek to customer services saw us moving to a better (dryer) room 6314 with a fantastic view at 430am on the first morning. We are open minded people. Happy a new room sorted quickly, and hotel washed our bedding and cot mattress we took. However, air con really was poor, nothing could be done, our flush broke and toilet leaked on the 3rd night in the room, and there was a mix up with 2 birthday cakes, one which we eventually got with no knife to cut just as we were getting into bed. All discussed with customer relations through our excellent Thomas Cook rep Urli, and they made things right with a special night with sea view meal, late check out, and a cake at last! They really did make us feel special, and that is why I give 4 star and not 2 or even 5. They do well at putting right the wrongs, but as the buildings are tired a lot can go wrong. We were really bored of the buffet food by the end. The standard and choice at the Sol Cayo Coco was much better. We felt they were under staffed, particularly at the breakfast buffet on the quiet side where there were always plenty of tables but none of them set up. This is not the staffs fault as they work tirelessly and are brilliant. The French was excellent, closely followed by the Italian , then Mexican. For Cuba that is. Bones and gristle in the chicken at all 3 were standard. The pools are big and well maintained, the grounds are beautiful and immaculate. The beach stunning. Loads of shade at all times and plenty of beach beds brought to you with a signal of how many you wanted. The sea was clear and warm. Entertainment through the day - wonderful. Always something on. And no pressure to join in, just do it if you want. Loved coming from lunch and seeing live musicians at both lobby's. Did not see any of the night entertainment. We go to bed early and sober to enjoy the next day. I really liked I could get 7 year aged Havana Club in the AI. Great rum I can recommend to all. As I said we travelled with our 11 month old and took our own travel cot. Having seen some of the cots used, I would recommend taking your own (free to take with Thomas Cook if travelling with infant under 2). Urli the TC rep was awesome and we did the Dolphin Trip. Urli gave great advice about this which enabled us to get Daisy to meet and touch 2 Dolphins for free. And I got to take part in the show. We took a horse and cart to the local market. At 20 peso return worth doing. The cigar shop and 2 shops are stocked well, and always local traders about the hotel too. We also did the nature trail. Hard work with a buggy but again nice to get out and do something different. But what made this trip and hotel great was the staff and guests. You all made our 11 month old Daisy feel like a princess for 2 weeks. Whether you waved, gave her chocolate, spoke to her or made her smile. Daisy also had hand and mouth on the trip which was caught in the uk, and symptoms developed on holiday. The medical staff at the resort are brilliant. I just want to thank everyone for making Daisy feel so special for 2 weeks. We hope we did not ruin anyone's time when she got grumpy on the odd occasion when tired. Special thanks to the Canadian lady who looked after Daisy when I had to take her to the buffet alone one night when I got her food. Overall, we preferred the sol Cayo coco for the food, rooms and sea. This hotel had a better beach, entertainment and variety of things to do. You can find that review on my profile Please do go to the SRLM, but be polite when it does not go to plan, the customer relations team do put things right. Once again, thanks to all the staff and guests who treated Daisy so well. We were privaliged to spend 2 weeks in your company.More
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