we had a great trip to cuba. the weather was pretty great. the resort was beautiful. we stayed at the iberostar laguna azul in varadero and we loved it. we went with another family who also have a kid about h's age.
we had a super fun time. it was my first time at an all inclusive so i was unsure what to expect but i loved it. i loved not worry about meals. yes, i am not the hugest fan of buffets in general so for me the food was just ok but that is because of my dislike of buffets. i still found enough i wanted to eat. the odd thing though was the lack of fresh fruit. found this odd in a tropical place!!!! buffets are great with children though. i also loved that you could eat whenever you want. i also loved drinks by the pool. my friend and my drink of choice was the havana special (rum, pineapple juice and a couple of other things?). the kids liked the all day icecream bar (ok i did too). the japanese a la carte restaurant was good and so was the italian one.
the people that worked at the hotel were wonderful. the entertainment staff were friendly but never too in your face about joining in. the kids loved the mini disco every night too. he got to sing and dance on the stage. we also watched a few of the shows put on by the staff which were entertaining. i never went to the disco. s went a couple of times. i was pooped from being in the sun all day.
i did visit the gym once for like 30 mins? i thought i was going to do more but i was enjoying laying on my back watching my kid play and reading a book.
the first couple of days we were there it was really windy. not ideal however it created waves which are rare in varadero. so we got to play in the surf. the rest of the week the ocean was calm. it is nice that is calm because you can let your kids play without having to hover constantly. we only had rain on the night we arrived.
the pools were beautiful too. one very large main pool and then 2 smaller (still ridiculously large) pools which were quieter. so when you felt like being around people/music you could and when you wanted quiet time there was a place for that too.
hayden liked the beach but loved the pools.
our room was nice. we stayed on the ground floor which i liked because we could go in and out our sliding door too. the hotel is only a couple of years old and the bathroom was starting to show a bit of ware and tear but nothing too concerning. i expect when i am staying somewhere tropical there will be a bit of damp issues like our bathroom door was very hard to open and close at times but nothing that ruined my holiday.
my only problem with my holiday. it wasn't long enough. we went for 7 days/nights. we just think 10 would be better. that way we could have had just as much time relaxing and a couple of extra days for excursions. we only left the hotel once to go into varadero for the day. we would have like to go to havana but we don't think 2 five year old boys would have loved that.
our next big trip is hawaii in august. we are thinking february of 2013 will be our next all inclusive holiday!