Cayo Santa Maria - Fuente de Vida (Source of Life)

Need to relax?!

We made this excursion on December 27, 2002. It's a relaxing day in a Cuban hotel & spa. We were 15 people and our guide was the nice Raul from Gaviota Tours.

Location: Hotel-Spa "San Jose del Lago" at Mayajigua in the province of Sancti Spiritus

Cost: Adults - $36.00 US, Children - $27.00 US


  • Transportation in a air-conditionned bus (approximately 1 hour from the hotel)
  • Welcome cocktail (cuba libre)
  • Lunch ( we had to choose between: chicken, porc or beef). One drink is included (beer or soft drinks)
  • Bath in a thermal water pool rich in minerals
  • Mud treatment for the skin (approximately 20-30 minutes)
  • Massage (approximately 45 minutes)
  • Herbal tea
  • Free time to enjoy the facilities of the hotel: boat, kayak, pedal boats, horse back riding, swimming pools, pédalo, équitation, walk around in the gardens.
Notre appréciation personnelle:

We found this hotel and its gardens very charming! The domain is rather large. There are many flowers, palm trees, cactus and trees of all kinds, pink flamingos, huge weeping willows and royal palm trees, etc. The day we were there the main swimming pool was closed because they were building a stage in the middle of it for the New Year's celebrations.

One should not expect to find a spa as we are accustomed to in Canada or in Europe. It is different and the installations are rudimentary, but the therapeutists are careful and they seem to be well trained. We were a group of 15 people to make the excursion that day and there were only 4 masseurs, it was thus necessary to go in turn. The disadvantage is that we felt they were a little bit in a hurry so that the last ones do not wait too much. While some were in the thermal pool, others were getting the mud treatment, and others were receiving the massage.

A little advice... I don't know for the others, but the massage I received (masseur: Jorge) was quite energetic and with a lot of trager. It was more a therapeutic massage (Swedish style) than simply a relaxation massage. Therefore, for those who would prefer to receive a soft or very soft massage, do not hesitate to mention it at the beginning. The masseurs and masseuses only speak Spanish, but you can say: "Quiero a masaje suave (muy suave) por favor", or simply "suave por favor". He/she will surely understand.

Another little advicel... the door of the massage rooms are closed only by curtains, therefore not sound-proof. For those of you planing on doing this excursion, please remember not to talk too close to the rooms while waiting to receive your massage. It's less relaxing for the people already inside. In this kind of place it's always more courteous to whisper.

We did do the horseback riding. There are a few horses on the site, but that afternoon there was only one was who was saddled and available, I don't know why. The lunck was OK but nothing out of the ordinary. We took the chicken, others said the pork was better. Chantal (TMR represnetative) told us that they also usually serve large shrimps, but unfortunately for us not the day we were there.

We were looking for something different. We were altogether agreeably surprised and we appreciated our day, especially for the price paid versus all that was included.

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