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Cuba to get first luxury five-star resort

A Kempinski resort hotel complex taking inspiration from Ernest Hemingway is set to open on Cayo Guillermo in Cuba this year.

Kempinski Hotels and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota have signed a management contract for Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski, the first five-star luxury resort complex in Cuba.

Having managed the country’s first five-star city hotel, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, for almost two years, the brand will increase its presence on the Caribbean island and the Americas as well.

“After having successfully introduced our city hotel Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana almost two years ago, we will complement our offer and will soon provide exclusive luxury in a beach resort, Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski,” said Carlos Miguel Latuff Carmenate, executive president of Grupo de Turismo Gaviota.

Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is currently under construction and scheduled to open at some point this year.

The all-new resort hotel will be located approximately 500 kilometres east of Havana on the cay of the Jardines de Rey archipelago.

It will be Cuba’s first non-all-inclusive resort hotel and will be dedicated to those “wanting to stay in luxury” away from the crowds of the city.

Inspiring stay
Kempinski says that Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is “inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s legendary love of the Cayes.”

Surrounded by the natural landscape and extensive gardens, it will offer 245 rooms and suites. These include six “over-water villas with panoramic views and an over-water presidential suite”, all of which have private pools.

The majority of the standard rooms will also have unobstructed sea views and the famous white sand Playa Pilar beach will be directly adjacent to the hotel.

The resort will be built like the bow of a boat advancing into the Atlantic Ocean, while Playa Pilar bears the name of Hemingway’s yacht.

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