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Holidaymaker Falls Severely Ill in Cuba

We were recently instructed by a client who suffered food poisoning whilst on a luxury Cuban holiday.

Tropical Island Holiday

Stephen booked to stay at the all-inclusive 4* Sol Cayo Coco, situated on the tropical island of Cayo Coco, Cuba, for two weeks. The holiday was booked as a package deal through tour operators Thomas Cook.

However, after arriving at the hotel it was immediately obvious to our client that levels of hygiene within the hotel were not at an acceptable standard.

Poor hygiene standards

Stephen claims there was a strong smell of sewage that was noticeable throughout the hotel, faeces was found on the floor and the majority of toilets within the hotel were blocked and overflowing.

Stephen also claims that his room was not cleaned regularly and that towels/linens were not changed during his stay. Furthermore, appliances provided in his hotel room, such as the shower, were not in good working condition.

Hotel restaurant – ‘dirty’

As our client had booked an all-inclusive stay at the Sol Cayo Coco, he ate at the hotel restaurant each night during his holiday. According to Stephen, this was not a pleasant experience. Food served to guests was often left out uncovered for long periods of time, food was under-cooked and at times appeared to have been reheated.

Overall the standard of food available at the hotel was poor, as was the choice of dishes available. Furthermore, our client claims that the restaurant itself appeared ‘dirty’ and was infested with flies and insects. Stephen adds that the cutlery and crockery provided to guests also appeared unclean.


Unfortunately, just a few days into the holiday Stephen began to feel ill. He suffered various debilitating symptoms including vomiting and severe diarrhoea, as well as stomach cramps, nausea, fatigue and a high temperature.

Our client avers that his symptoms, which lasted a total of 20 days, were caused by the poor levels of hygiene at the Sol Cayo Coco.

Our expert Travel Law team managed to secure Stephen total of £2,400 in compensation.

Stephen was very pleased that we were able to secure the compensation he deserved and said following the result:

“Having been treated very badly by my tour operator, I turned to Hampson Hughes for help. The help and support I received from their Travel Law team was fantastic”

Holiday Illness Claims – Expert Advice

If you believe that your holiday illness symptoms are linked to poor hygiene standards within your package deal hotel, you may be entitled to holiday illness compensation. There are certain steps that you could take in support of your claim:

•Note all important dates
•Report any hygiene issues to your holiday rep
•Document any suspected poor hygiene (e.g. photo, video)

For further information on holiday sickness compensation, please take a look at our Package Holiday Claims page.

Discover how much compensation you could be entitled to and call our expert team of travel law solicitors today for instant answers. Whatever your experience with holiday sickness, we may be able to help. We offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email .

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