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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We were there the last week of March 2014. This was our third trip to Cuba, the second to Holguin, and the first to Sol Rio de Luna y Mares. We purchased the VIP package with an ocean view and late check-out - I recommend it. The view was spectacular, service was good throughout, no complaints, staff and guests were very friendly and generally everything was okay. The buffet was tasty as were the restaurants. The wine selection at the latter could be improved but it was passable, afterall we don't go to Cuba for the wine. The beach was absolutely fantastic, the best I've seen so far. Beautiful sand and never a worry about finding your favourite spot at any time. This trip we had decided we weren't going to do the chair-claim-thing early in the morning but turns out it was never a problem, on the beach. The pool's different but we're beach people so it didn't matter. One slight negatve is on our arrival we found dreaded CRs in the bathroom. The hotel was ameniable to changing our room albeit not one with the view we had. But with provided bug-spray we soon got the problem under control. We heard stories at the airport on our way home about the same issue at other resorts too so I don't think it's a localized issue. What can you do, it's the tropics? Anyway, we'll go back and will be prepared next time.More
DudeMan, Toronto, Canada
Hutchinson - Cuba First Timers
Visited Sol Rio de Luna y Mares for our 25th Wedding Anniversay for the first time, granted we asked to be moved from the first allocated room we had but the staff, Hotel and Food is absolutely amazing. Will be coming back ASAP !!!!More
wendy h, Doncaster, United Kingdom
Cuba first timers
Spent 2 wonderful weeks here 24th jan - 8th February 2014. Family of 3 adults and child aged 5. Initially allocated 2 adjoining rooms on mares side, however they were directly above the buffet kitchen and I am very sensitive to strong smell. Also felt the rooms, although were clean, were very dated and uncomfortable. Had to spend the night here as nothing else available. We paid to upgrade to a family suite on the Luna side, was expensive, but necessary to enjoy our holiday. Room was more comfortable and spotlessly clean, well done to Arelis, she was fantastic. Food at buffet restaurant was not great, but we didn't starve, not a great selection of fresh fruit and salad. There was a problem with flies in the restaurant when we first arrived however towards second week they drained an outdoor fountain area which seemed to clear away the flies? We found the Italian restaurant to be the best. The mares pool was disgusting while we were there, other guests were drinking and smoking in the pool!!!! Not the hotels fault as people should know this is unacceptable. Spent our time at the Luna pool and the beach. Beach was amazing!! Powder white sand, crystal clear water, enjoyed snorkelling every day. No problems with sunbeds or shade although sunbeds were very uncomfortable on the beach. The staff really make this hotel special, friendly, efficient and clearly happy at their job. Some are better than others!! We enjoyed our first time in cuba and hope to return. What disappointed us was soon after returning I contacted the hotel directly asking to rebook for 3 weeks requesting the same room for June and did not receive a reply, not even to say this wasn't possible!! Felt a bit let down by this given the fact Ricardo takes the time to reply to all these reviews. Obviously not wanting our custom, so we are off to Mexico instead!More
Mixed feelings this time around
I am going to find it difficult to write this review as this particular vacation our seventh to this resort left us with many mixed feelings and emotions. Would like to start with the positives, ie the main reasons for our repeat returns, The beach is a bay and is fantastic, beautiful, and always looks clean in spite of some tourists not using the bins ect. The staff at this hotel are in my opinion some of the best lovey people and one of the major reasons for our repeat returns. The cost of the vacation for us is extremely reasonable/cheep two weeks in the Caribbean for close to what it would cost for us to go to the med. This holiday being based over two resorts offers the best of both worlds the lunar is quieter very relaxed, the mares side with the swim up bar is louder and more sociable. We requested the room that we preferred from one of our previous stays and our request was kindly met in full you can't say fairer than that. There are many more positives at this resort than i have written but i cannot go on and on, we adore this resort and its employes. The manager and management teem also do everything they can to make your stay as enjoyable as they possibly can. Now this is difficult but it has to be said, We do not return to this hotel for the rooms they are in our opinion very clean and tidy they are adequate and meet all our needs, but having said that the rooms where tired when we first went and nothing in the last seven years has really changed. We visited for two weeks from the 12 march 2014 Unfortunately for us we got a stomach bug and we are of the firm opinion that we where by far not the only ones although we are not laying any blame at the hotel as we really don't know how we picked it up or got it and we do not believe that it was from the food ect but we got it/caught? it whilst on our vacation, and it was very unpleasant, Imodium didn't seem to touch it my wife has a nursing background and I am vary needy so she packs a very extensive/vast array of medication tablets ect, we have to say a very big thank you to all the good people we met who not only helped us morally but supplied all sorts of potions extra imodiums ect even though some of these kind people where in need of them them selfs, as for seeing the doctor sorry doesn't happen you just knuckle down and get on with it as best you can. I do however think the resort management knew that there was a problem on site/at the resort as behind the bar they had provision and where making up many drinks for people that tasted horrible but where for upset tummies,! Never seen this before so although a positive for reacting and offering this it was a clear indication to us that there was a problem at this time. We have a couple of tiny tiny nit picky minor issues that are basically not by any means holiday spoilers but again have been the same/haven't altered since our first stay, the beach toilets are to close to the eating places and at times the smell wafting in as you eat is untenable, the toilets at the mares pool are very poor, desperately need small amount of work to put right locks on the doors would be a start. Food our problem really there is plenty of choice i must add the most choice we have ever had at a Cuban resort, but after a while it does all become a bit samey and boring, and we where told that we where Only allowed one visit during our two week stay to the French alocart as it was to popular. Our biggest issue not of or anything to do with this hotel is that thomson/fist choice are not flying to Guadalavaca anymore! And I don't fit into the Thomas cook seats on there planes. Footnote A great retreat great people great times, the most sociable vacation I could ever had wished for thanks to all you know who you are! Gunner miss you all.More
Great family getaway
The beach was super, sandy and lots of shade trees and lounge chairs in April. The grounds were well kept and the pools were in full sun. The buildings are about 18-20 years old and clean. We didn't realize that they were on 220V, not 120 but as they have hairdryers in the units that was not a problem. Forget internet. We had an ocean view which was breathtaking. Music in the bars were nice, a Cuban group played in the main bare by the buffet and there were soloists in the other, one evening we enjoyed piano playing and another brought us a clarinet player. The music in the pavilion was LOUD - don't know why sound people think if they make it louder you won't hear how bad it is. As people say you don't go to Cuba for the food, as it isn't what we are used to, but there is always something to try, we didn't starve. We were on the third floor and took the stairs as the elevator was very small and didn't always work.More
Mary C, Sarasota, Florida
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