A Wonderful Cuban Holiday
We spent two weeks at Memories Trinidad del Mar in the Trinidad area of Cuba. This was our fist trip to south central Cuba. We thoroughly loved the area and the hotel. A critical part of our trip was the services of a local guide who took us to the Escambray mountains north of Trinidad, to the city of Trinidad, to a coffee plantation, and helped us experience the many stages of the century's old art of charcoal making in Cuba. The hotel is built on a gorgeous beach, Playa Ancon, with excellent sea access into the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. We had a ground floor unit, with a renovated bathroom and a great shower with warm water, a good safe, and a very comfortable bed. We were only steps form the restaurant. We felt totally safe and at home in this room. We enjoyed the varieties of types of food with enough selection to provide us with good meals. The lobby bar provided a good selection of beverages and the animation staff produced excellent evening shows. We found the architecture of the resort beautiful and picturesque. We were part of the Diamond Club option, which meant that we had quiet designated seating for our meals and a quiet area of the beach with very good lounge chairs. The staff at the resort were kind to us, helpful, and worked very hard to ensure we had a good vacation. We are part of a group called Together for Cuba who bring medical supplies in suitcases to various parts of Cuba. We brought two cases of medical supplies, each about 50 lbs., to a doctor in Trinidad who is going to distribute the many items for medical care to various other doctors in the community of Trinidad. This area is full of exciting history and we found having a local guide enabled us to make the most of our time in terms of learning local history, culture, and current Cuban challenges. Our main appreciation goes to the wonderful hotel staff, who are working in a very critical time in Cuba's history, with massive shortages of food, fuel, medical supplies, and medications. We often wondered what individual staff members faced as they went home to their families at night. We have a deep sense of appreciation of how they worked through their many difficulties to provide us with an excellent vacation. We heartedly recommend Memories Trinidad del Mar as an excellent vacation site in Cuba.