Boasting gorgeous island scenery, magnificent architecture and a rich national culture, Cuba is a hidden gem nestled in between the wildly popular Bahamas and the equally as enticing Caribbean Coast. Yet as the nation continues to evolve, so too does it tourism scene, meaning Cuba is now home to a collection of luxury resorts and boutique hotels that offer the ultimate in indulgent accommodation. Once you’ve settled on the perfect lodging, Cuba offers a wealth of dining options, activities and attractions that are guaranteed to delight discerning travelers from across the globe. To help get you inspired, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite places to stay, dine, drink and experience.
• Hotel Santa Isabel: Inner City Chic
Located in the heart of Old Havana, this grand boutique hotel is a converted 18th century palace offering its guests the ultimate in colonial Cuban luxury. The building overlooks the beautiful Plaza de Armas and features sumptuous suites and exceptional service. After a long day exploring the city, why not kick back in the central courtyard while sipping one of the establishment’s famous cocktails?
• Royalton Cayo Santa Maria
If you’re on the search for an award winning all-inclusive resort experience, look no further than the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria. Situated on the stunning Jardines del Rey archipelago, this adults only establishment blends five star luxury with rustic Caribbean flair for a truly unforgettable holiday experience.
• La Guarida
Celebrated as Havana’s most elegant fine dining restaurant, La Guarida is a must visit for lovers of gourmet cuisine. Featuring a magnificent marble staircase and a wraparound balcony with spectacular views over the city, the setting alone is incredibly impressive. The dishes are equally as breath-taking, the menu featuring creations such as coconut glazed tuna steak and watermelon soup.
• Bar Cafe Del Oriente
Birthplace to the Mojito, Cuba Libre and Daiquiri, a trip to Cuba simply wouldn’t be complete without sampling the nation’s world famous cocktails at one of the capital’s classiest establishments. While a trip to the ultra-touristy El Floridita can be fun, if you’re looking for refined elegance, head to Bar Cafe Del Oriente. Located in the Plaza de San Francisco, this sophisticated colonial style establishment serves up spirits, cigars and tasty finger food.
• Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
It may not be up there with Paris and New York but Cuba’s art culture holds its own and the best place to soak it up is at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Housing everything from ancient Greek ceramics to contemporary Cuban pop art, this fascinating museum is a mecca for art lovers.
• Barracuda Diving Center
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the delights of Cuba is to take a trip into its watery depths. Matanzas’s resort town of Varadero is the ideal place to start, with Barracuda Diving Center our top pick for friendly, multilingual staff. After a day spent marveling at colorful coral and marine life, treat yourself to a seafood feast at the Barracuda Grill!
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