…oh no. There was sunshine and blue skies during the day and pink skies at night. Lush gardens and crystal, clear waters. I’m sure there was even a unicorn somewhere. Hubs and I returned early Monday morning from a week in paradise. I’m sure it was Adam & Eve’s abode once upon a time but is now the Iberostar Ensenachos. This was our third trip to Cuba. We have visited other Caribbean islands but since discovering Queu-ba (I’m flustered just thinking about those Spanish accents) we haven’t been anywhere else. This resort was by far the nicest we have been to. It’s the first time we have said we would return. The grounds were luxuriant and mature. It’s not a place for anyone with mobility issues as it’s quite expansive but this was part of its charm for us. While it was close to being full some days – or so we were told - there were times when we felt we were the only people there.
The rooms were well appointed and laid out. Marble everywhere. Walk-in closest. Aahhh, hello ladies, I know you’ve got my back on this one! Stand-up shower and modern, acrylic bathtub. Large balcony with real chairs. And not just the plastic Walmart ones that you stick to 43 seconds after sitting down. Hot water anytime of the day (for anyone who has traveled knows that 86% of the time the hot water runs dry during prime times). Air-conditioning to the point I actually had to get a duvet. You wouldn’t know you had neighbours. Each bungalow had gardens and bushes in between them. Because they weren’t on top of each other, it really felt like we were staying at a private, intimate hotel.
Kudos to the architects on all of these fronts! The resort layout was flawless in my - for it’s worth - opinion. Best part of the resort? The beaches. Yes. Plural. Because the resort was in the Cayos de Cuba (Cuban Keys) it was essentially on its own little island. When we stepped on the beach for the first time I couldn’t believe what was under my feet. I swore I was walking on layers of silk. It was the finest, smoothest sand I have ever felt. Sigh. To be back there now.
And the water. Wow. It’s the water you see in the pictures of travel magazines that you think has been photoshopped and doesn’t really exist because it’s so clear. I can now tell you it does. You can walk out hundreds of meters before it’s above your head all while looking at the bottom of the sea.
There is a small coral reef right off the beaches that made for fantastic FREE snorkeling. We brought our own equipment so had the liberty of going whenever we wanted. Under the water we saw huge starfish, squid, sea veggies, and lots of other beautiful fish. We didn’t need to take food out to attract them – they naturally performed all around us. And besides, it disrupts their natural feeding and can make them dependent on a new source so please just leave it at the buffet. Getting to the beach was a bit of an adventure in itself. You walked across these long, wooden boardwalks through the mangroves that eventually opened up to the most amazing views. There were no skylines because the blue of the water was the same as the blue in the sky.
|Boardwalks leading to the beaches|
We stayed on the Spa side of the resort. In other words: adults only. We both work hard and in our spare time give back to our community by volunteering with different organizations. Translation: not a lot of downtime together. When we’re away I don’t want to worry about a little rugrats accidently kicking my drink over and wasting good alcohol or their mom’s scurrying to cover their eyes because my girls were free and soaking up some sun.