All inclusive on Cayo Coco
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We spent five nights in the Melia Cayo Coco all inclusive resort on Cayo Coco. Cayo Coco is a large sandbar island off the north coast of Cuba's main island, and it's linked to the mainland by a causeway.
We flew from Havana direct to Cayo Coco, which unfortunately involved a 4am pickup from the hotel. Cayo Coco airport is on the island itself, and a short drive from the majority of the resorts. We were also fortunate enough to be staying in the first hotel at which the transfer bus called, so didn't have to spend ages doing a tour of the resorts.
I will give a quick summary of how we found the resort to be:
1) Room - the resort was called 5 star, but the room was not what you'd expect from a 5 star hotel.
2) Food - the resort has a buffet restaurant plus three a la carte restaurants: an Italian, a Cuban and an International. The a la carte restaurants can each be visited once during each week you're at the resort. Because we were only there five days we were only allowed two visits, and we got a choice neither of which two restaurants to visit, nor of when we would visit. In the end they randomly gave us pretty much what we would have chosen anyway. The food in the a la carte restaurants was of a similar standard to the food in the buffet restaurant, which was suprisingly good for a buffet restaurant, but nothing special for an a la carte.
3) Facilities - the sun loungers both around the pool and on the beach were usually very full indeed, making it difficult to find ai space. This was usually due to large numbers being reserved by people's towels; often you could watch for hours and no-one would come and go. This was annoying, as it meant that we had to hunt if we wanted to find somewhere with a bit of shade. The other facilities on the site (which included tennis courts, gym, pool tables, kayaks, pedalos etc) were massively underused, and you could basically guarantee being able to use whatever you wanted without having to plan in advance. The sports equipment was all in pretty good condition.
3) Activities - there were daily activities including volleyball in the pool at 4pm and an evening cabaret show, as well as some other poolside games on occasion. It all felt a bit tacky for what was supposed to be a more grown-up resort than some of the others. The evening cabaret was OK.
4) Trips - we didn't go on any of the organised trips out, so I can't comment.
We generally had a pretty good time at the resort. The only criticism that I'd read of the place before going there was of the food, and I actually thought that that was one of the best features; that and the degree to which the sports facilities were being underused.