Just to update this post for anyone planning to go…although the pool had re-opened before we arrived, it had some technical difficulties and was closed again when we arrived Dec 6. They started re-filling it and it was fully functional about 1 1/2 days into our vacation. As it turned out, it wasn’t a big deal as it was much chillier and windy than we expected so we never did get overly hot enough to go swimming. But the resort is beautiful, the staff was great, and we still enjoyed our vacation! The food was good enough (for Cuba), I never go hungry there.
My only complaint was the loud music by the pool. I love the Cuban music that is usually played around the pool at any of the hotels I’ve been to, but this was not enjoyable. It was as though the activities staff were aspiring DJs and they had it absolutely blasting, so much that you couldn’t talk to your travel companions over the music. And it wasn’t background music, it was nightclub hip-hop, rap etc and SO loud. As soon as they started to set up the speakers, my mom and I would pack up and leave the pool area. Very disappointed with that. Otherwise, the place was great!