The 3 star All Inclusive Hotel Marea del Portillo is located in the Sierra Maestra National Park and is part of the Marea del Portillo beach hotel complex together with Hotel Farallon del Caribe. It is ideal for those who wish to enjoy themselves in a harmonious setting of sea and mountains. Marea del Portillo, at the Cuba's very southeastern corner, is about as remote a beach resort as you can find in Cuba. The hotel complex and nearby ramshackle fishing village of Marea del Portillo occupy a broad bay framed by foothills of the Sierra Maestra, which form a rain shadow. This is Cuba's dry quarter, and cactus stud the parched earth. While the setting is stunning, the beach is gray-brown sand, and you're out in the boondocks and thus totally dependent on the two resort hotels here. Forget city life! The beachfront Club Amigo went up two decades ago to serve budget travelers. A more upscale hilltop property, the newer Farallon del Caribe, was run as a separate hotel. In 2007 the two hotels were amalgamated and visitors can now choose between the two distinct sections. The beachfront Soviet-inspired architecture has been spruced up with fresh paint, and the airy lobby and glass-walled restaurant with bamboo furniture are attractive. The mainly buffet menu here disappoints, but you're a captive audience.