Playa Ancon, Sancti Spiritus
Playa Ancon, 12km south of Trinidad, got its name from a black rock on Punta Maria Aguilar that one served as landmark for sailors. Because it seemed to resemble the leg of a horse, it was nicknamed ancona (hind leg). Over the centuries, ocean currents have built up 4km of soft, white beach here, and a few hundred meters offshore is an excellent reef for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Since the late 1980s, Playa Ancon has been developed for international tourism and now hosts several large hotels facing the warm Caribbean. Many visitors arrive on package tours and stay at one of these resorts. Playa Ancon makesan ideal base from which to explore the architectural treasures of nearby Trinidad and the forested Sierra del Escambray. Not as overwhelmed by tourism as Varadero or Guardalavaca, it's a good choice for a Cuban holiday.
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Top 2 of 2 Hotels in Playa Ancon
Hotel Brisas Trinidad Del Mar
Purpose-built for the packaged tour group trade, this all-inclusive resort at Playa Anc?n opened in 2004. Designed in a quasi colonial fashion (architectural elements imitate the nearby city of Trinidad\'s famous landmarks), it is far superior to the lackluster Hotel Anc?n next door, despite its garish color schemes. It makes a big play for families kid\'s club, children\'s swimming pool, and special programs for children. But there\'s plenty of appeal for everyone thanks to a wide range of recreational attractions such as tennis, beach volleyball, and watersports that include aqua-bikes, Hobi-Cats, kayaks, and windsurfing.
The buildings envelope a long, sinuous swimming pool surrounded by spacious sundecks and palm-shaded lawns. Guests get a choice of three restaurants. However, even this relatively upscale resort isn\'t free of the two bugbears that afflict the Hotel Anc?n: namely, desultory service and bland food. But the evening cabaret shows are good, and the lively nightlife of Trinidad is a 20-minute taxi ride away.
Hotel Club Amigo Ancon
Guests should be prepared for poor service and relatively Spartan decor, despite having been refurbished as an all-inclusive for the tourist trade. It is used primarily by package tour groups from Europe and Canada. The lobby ? spacious and airy ? sets a good initial tone and has a small gift store, games room, and tour desks. A high point, the huge swimming pool to one side is flanked by spacious sundecks, although the beach offers more appeal. Alas, the buffet restaurant and specialty Italian restaurant both offer ho-hum fare at best, and food here is one of the most consistent weak links.
Nor do bedrooms shine. In fact, the decor seems a carry over from Soviet days, with frumpy fabrics, second-rate mattresses and utilitarian furniture. At least guests get satellite TV. Overall this is one of the least appealing beach hotels in the country. The best that can be said for this hotel is that it offers scuba certification and runs superb dive trips.