There’s more to this destination than Havana-ooh-na-na
When Camila Cabello trilled that half of her heart was in Havana, the C&I community sang along baffled – why just half, Camila? Cuba’s capital is firmly en vogue as tourism to the destination hots up, making it a firm favourite with incentive groups eager to venture to a bucket-list destination. And further investment across the country makes this a vibrant historic and cultural hotspot to surrender your full heart to.
Melia Hotels International has clearly set its sights on Cuba with 2145 new rooms in seven properties set to open in the country by the end of the year.
Historic buildings in Cienfuegos and Camaguey have been turned in to welcoming luxury properties but all eyes are on the new Paradisus Los Cayos in Cayo Santa Maria (right), a behemoth of a resort offering 802 rooms.
Billed as an exclusive all-inclusive eco resort, the hotel features swim-up pools, restaurants serving Caribbean flavours and stylish beachfront rooms. Neighbouring Angsana Cayo Santa Maria is the place to kick back and enjoy the pristine sands and array of watersports, which include scuba-diving, sailing and fishing plus exploring the local Dolphinarium.
But back to Havana. This heady Cuban city packs memorable punch and where better to explore the old town that from the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana (right).
Originally built between 1894 and 1917 as a European-style shopping arcade, this five-star 246-roomed property is set in the heart of old Havana, with views of the Capitol and the Great Theater and just minutes away from the famed Castillo del Morro. Steeped in history, the first luxury property in the country may well capture your heart.
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