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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Very pretty beach, white sands, average rooms
Went here for my nephews wedding. Lovely country and location. Varied food offerings, I most enjoyed the Italian restaurant. Pool very cold. Large resort with a beautiful white, soft, fine, sandy beach. Service was hit and miss, but hey we were on holiday, everything was slow. Lots of selection available also at the buffet.More
Beverley A, Reading, United Kingdom
It just gets better!
This was our 4th stay at this hotel from the 28th March until the 11th April 2014 as part of a wedding party. We emailed a couple of weeks before our stay requesting a sea view and that is exactly what we got so was very happy. The room was absolutely fine and we had no issues whatsoever during our 2 week stay. As far as I'm concerned everything was just perfect and I have nothing negative to say about this hotel, in fact each time we visit just gets better and better! To anyone thinking of going I would say go for it and ignore any negativity. It's surrounded by beautiful countryside, beautiful beaches and beautiful people so what more could you ask for? I've visited various places in Cuba and this is by far my favourite and will always return here. We also met some lovely people from the UK, Scarletrugby aka Peter and Helen who we met right here on Tripadvisor. Overall a fabulous holiday which will give me so many happy memories for years to come.More
Amazing trip! Stupid security guard
I visited this resort on march 25, 2014 and stayed for 7 nights. My bf and I went with another couple, we are in our late twenties and early 30's. We enjoyed the trip very much! The beach was beautiful with always a sun chair around or some1 to bring u one. The food was ok. I'm picky but didn't go hungry. The Italian restaurant was delicious.. I would skip the Mediterranean if I went again. The staff are always smiling.. And Paula at the main mares bar is awesome always smiling and singing! We rented a taxi and went into holguin the market there was better priced than guardalavaca. We rented mopeds and went in the country side where we gave children candy. It was a wonderful experience. The snorkelling trip to the dolphin swim I highly recommend. The 4 by 4 trip was informative but not the adventours trip I had believed it to be. Playing water volleyball and water pollo was fun. My bf rented out the wedding gazebo ( the dinner was delicious) and proposed! It was romantic and beautiful overlooking the ocean. On the way up the security guard ask my friend and I if we were going to dinner. We said yes and he asked us who was getting the ring ( and included a motion for the ring finger) my friend was already married so he spoiled the surprise. The nightly entertainment was okay a little repetitive.. The water ballet was amazing tho! The transat rep went above and beyond to make out trip memorable! Great value and amazing memories at sol rio de luna y mares!More
Wonderful holiday place !
It was our third time at Sol Rio and again we had a fantastic time ! Thank you so much to all the hardworking , friendly & caring staff that did their best to make each day happy, entertaining & stress free ! We have to mention a few names as they really did make our holiday the best ! Firstly Lina at Customer services who always makes us feel special & does every thing she can to make our holiday the best ever ! Our thanks to Ricardo the Manager , Juan Carlos ( hope your shirt fits ) Orlando in the beach bar , Luis & all the bar staff ( we kept them busy haha ! ) Lisandro,Orfalina, Lily, Cecelia,Yanelis, Yanet, Nelkis, Janet , Cherry & all the gardeners who seem to work non stop to keep the gardens looking absolutely beautiful ! We attended our friends wedding on 25th March & Lily made the day very special for all of us xx Many thanks & see you all same time next year for anniversary ! Woohoo ! Simply if you want to relax completely in beautiful natural surroundings this is the place for you . It has the best beach we have ever seen worldwide xx the best staff who befriend you xx wonderful culture for you to discover xx and lastly a feeling of ' home from home ' xx Hasta la Vista ! More
levans58, London, United Kingdom
Firstly, I would just like to thank the management at the hotel for honouring our request that we sent via e-mail regarding where we wanted our room situated and to have a high floor. We travelled out to Cuba on 12.03.14 for 2 weeks and what an amazing time we had. We stayed at the Melia Cayo Coco last year and loved it that much we decided to return and try the Sol Rio de Luna y Mares and we were certainly not disappointed! On arrival to hotel we were greeted by friendly staff who gave us welcome drinks, we had already been checked in on the coach so it was a speedy process. Our room was located on the Mares side of the hotel (which we requested), the rooms were lovely and spacious. The cleaning staff we very attentive and the room was spotless every day. Our view looked straight on to the pool and then straight on to the beach and sea, I would recommend emailing the hotel prior to depature and requesting staying this side of the hotel because the views are fabulous. The beds were very comfortable, never had a problem sleeping. We had a fridge in the room that was stocked daily with water. You can buy proper coca-cola, lemondade etc in the shop by reception that you can take back to the room and store. The shop also sells a variety of toilettries, alcohol, soft drinks and much more. There is also a tobacco & souvinier shop. There are 2 swimming pools at the the hotel, the one on the mares side had a swim up bar which had a great selection of drink and a well stocked up bar. This pool is where all the entertainment goes on throughout the day, it's good fun, not noisy to disturb your sunbathing but certainly keeps you entertained and is a good laugh. Theres lots of variety of food in the hotel, even if you are a fussy eater there is a restaurant to cater for everyone. There is a beach disco every night with a DJ which we went to nearly every night, all ages were in there and we had a great time every time we went. The staff in the hotel are so so welcoming and friendly, they go out of their way to make everyone feel at home. They work so hard throughout the day and night to keep the hotel running so smoothly, they are truly amazing and I thank each and every one of you for making our stay unforgettable. We will be returning in the new year and look forward to seeing you all soon!More
FranFofana, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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