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Bass Fishing in Hanabanilla Lake, Escambray Mountains, Cuba
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Hotel Islazul Hanabanilla, Manicaragua, Santa Clara, Villa Clara, Cuba
Hotel Hanabanilla
Hanabanilla Lake & Abandoned House on a Tiny Island
Hanabanilla Lake & Abandoned House
The Escambray Mountain's Lake-side Hotel Hanabanilla
Water-front of the Lake-side Hanabanilla Hotel
Panoramic View from the Mirador (Lookout) Bar at the Hotel Hanabanilla
Panoramic View from Mirador Bar
Hanabanilla Lake (Reservoir), Cuba
Hanabanilla Lake
Nigel Hunt taking the Power Boat to the Waterfall & Lakeside Restaurant
Power Boat to the Waterfall
Hanabanilla Largemouth Bass Fishing in Cuba
Largemouth Bass Fishing
Pool Table in Lobby Bar of Hotel Hanabanilla
Pool Table
Hanabanilla Protected Natural Landscape
Protected Natural Landscape
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Hanabanilla Hotel enjoys a superb position on the north flank of Lago Habananilla, a lovely lake framed by the dramatic Sierra Escambray mountains. The hotel is a good base for hiking or horse-back rides into the mountains, or for fishing. It is a great 2 night stopover if you are doing the Caraterra Central through Cuba.

Getting there is quite an adventure. Expect to get lost at least once, especially at night. But there always seems to be some local around to help out. Depending on the water level of the lake the road to the hotel might be several metres under it. If you don't arrive too late at night you (not the car) will ferried by small boat the short distance to hotel, otherwise you'll have to find your own way along a short trail that weaves around the lake and across the dam.

The modernist Bauhaus design is similar to scores of Soviet-era edifices erected since the Revolution. The 125 bedrooms are air-conditioned and fitted with functional utility furnishings, but also feature satellite TVs, telephones, and bathrooms recently refitted with modern fixtures.

Don't raise your hopes up in the two restaurants, where the range and quality of food leave much to be desired. And you'll either love or hate the disco, which on weekends kicks out noise to wake the dead. The large swimming pool also gets lively with families. Your fellow guests are sure to be Cubans, so it's a good chance to mingle with locals.

The real draw is the mountain lake. Here, you can go boating and fish for large-mouth bass (the largest specimens ever caught in Cuba came from this lake). The mountain vegetation is tropical/jungle-like with huge Royal Palms everywhere. It is highly recommended you take your boat to have lunch or dinner at the remote lake-side Río Negro Restaurant.

The Hotel Hanabanilla itself is nothing to die for, but the subtropical mountain lake is.
© 2013 Nigel Hunt
Reviewed on 12 Jan 2016 by philip m from United Kingdom
a 2-night stop off on way to Trinidad become 1 night very quickly after we arrived at what was accurately described as an unappealing building in a stunning setting. But the staff are so apathetic and the food so appalling that we left as early as we could to continue our travel to Trinidad (if we could have secured a taxi the previous evening we would have left even earlier). ok, basic by European standards is absolutely fine if its clean and if you are greeted with the charm and hospitality you generally get elsewhere on this beautiful island. Both were lacking. My Spanish is pretty negligent and thats entirely my fault. I don't expect the hotel staff to be accomplished English-speakers but they should be aware of their own facilities and be able to direct visitors to the much publicised hiking and walking in the area. We were given a wave in a general direction, no offer of guides (seems there are none available, despite being advertised on some websites) and really, that was it. The less said about the food the better. Appalling by the standards elsewhere on the Island.
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Air conditioning
Bar
Barbecue
Barber / men’s hair-stylist
Daytime activities programme
Ecological excursions programme
Fishing
Games room
Garden
International cuisine
Modern building
Money exchange
Parking
Poolside snack bar
Post office
Reception staff speak Spanish, English, French, German, Italian
Restaurant
Safety - front desk safe deposit box
Safety - uniformed security personnel 24hrs
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Swimming pool
Telephone - national & international calls
TV room/bar (international channels & videos)
Water sports (non-motorised)
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Air conditioning
Balcony (subject to availability)
Bathroom (ensuite)
Hot & cold water
Satellite TV
Telephone
Twin beds
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Guide to Manicaragua & Escambray Mountains
The coffee plantatoins on the Manicaragua slopes of the Escambray mountains produce coffee beans that are considered to have an "unparalled aroma". The tobacco grown on the lower planes, El Hoyo de Manicaragua, is used by the cigar factory of Manicaragua City.

The earliest inhabitants, Siboneyes tribesmen, called their home, rather immodestly, Manicaragua, the Arawak language for "The Land of the Brave".
More Hotels in Manicaragua & Escambray Mountains:
UK Sales :: Audrey :: +44 20 7498 8555 or 0800 298 9555
USA & Canada Sales :: Jeffery or Bastien :: Toll Free 888 361 9555
Havana Tourist Center :: Idelsis :: +53 7 863 9555
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