Vacations in Paradise – 5-Star Paradisus Rio de Oro Hotel in Holguin in Cuba
If your idea of a perfect vacation is relaxing and sunbathing, the 5-star Paradisus Rio de Oro hotel in Holguin, Cuba, is the stunning place for you.
From the moment that we landed at Frank Pais airport to the end of our journey, we had a blast every minute of our vacations. The shuttle to and from the resort was a very comfortable bus. While having a ride, a very witty representative told us about a little bit of history of the region as well as the different activities that we may engage to enjoy our vacation. The city of Holguin was founded as San Isidoro de Holguín in 1545, and it is named after its founder Captain García Holguín, a Spanish military officer. Holguin has been the birthplace of great Cuban poets and warriors during the Cuban revolution. After arriving and checking in, it was the time to become familiar with our surroundings. Our unit was located about 600 meters from the main entrance of the hotel; along the walkway we had the opportunity to admire sculptures created by local artists, an assortment of plants and trees that belong to the region such as: traveler palm, adonidia and banana trees, cactus, and a variety of flowers as well as a map describing where the different amenities were at. After the long trip from Toronto, we felt like eating and went to the La Ceiba’s restaurant. It is located just close to the lobby bar in the main core of the resort and offers buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner to the guests. We chose from a wide variety of dishes including pork, chicken, seafood and local fish. Before dessert we tried some of the local fruits of the area: coconut, watermelon, papaya, and guava. After enjoying our meal, we went back to our unit to get changed and get ready to our main destination - the beach. Taking a different path, we walked by the swimming pools, the Jacuzzi and the pool’s restaurant located nearby. Before taking the stairs that lead to the beach, we saw an assortment of hearts engraved in the side with different names of couples, lovers, and friends that had visited and enjoyed the place. As soon we took the first step overlooking the beach of Playa Esmeralda, we were taken aback by the beautifulness of the sea, peaceful at times, strong when the winds come to shore, so much so that, we felt the urge to swim until there would be no more energy in our bodies to continue. We were happy to find out that close to the beach there was a small restaurant; very handy for people like us, which like to spend most of the day at the beach side and relish eating without having to return to the main building. The attendants that supplied reclining beach chairs were helpful, friendly, polite and eager to provide information about their traditions, style of life and opinions about the changing times in Cuba. At no time they requested tips and it was up to us to give them some gratuities. Same applies for all the waiters and waitresses at the restaurants, which always gave us that special Cuban smile. Following our day at the beach and relaxing for a little while at our unit, we went back to la Ceiba’s restaurant to have dinner and afterwards listen to piano players, singers and trios that delighted us with Cuban and international music during the seven days of our staying. We chose not to engage in any tours or any extra activities, but it’s an option that is always there if after a few days of the same routine, the guests become tired of it. The Paradisus Rio de Oro is an all-inclusive eco-resort located within the Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park, on Playa Esmeralda, on the north coast of Holguín. Breathtaking landscapes, turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, green mountains, lush vegetation, offshore coral reefs, excellent facilities and services make it the perfect Cuban destination for a nature-filled, amazing Caribbean vacations. We felt sad leaving Paradisus Rio de Oro, which clearly indicates, that we really enjoyed it.
Thanks to the recommendation and booking from Toronto travel agency Altair Travel, my wife and I spent seven unforgettable days in paradise.