• Kempinski Hotels to Open Cuba's First Luxury Resort Hotel

     
    POSTED May 6, 2019
     

Kempinski Hotels and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA have signed a management contract for Cuba's first five-star luxury resort, Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski. After managing Cuba's first five-star city hotel, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana for nearly two years, the brand is enhancing its presence on the Caribbean island and will extend its footprint in the Americas. Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is currently under construction and is scheduled to open during 2019.

Located near Havana in Cayo Guillermo, the new resort will offer guests an experience of exclusivity and privacy away from the hustle and bustle of the island's capital city. The resort is inspired by Ernest Hemingway's legacy and love for the Cayo and is surrounded by natural landscape and extensive gardens. The property will have 245 rooms and suites, which will include six over-water villas and an over-water presidential suite, all of which will have private pools. The majority of the standard guest rooms will also boast unobstructed sea views and the famous white sand Playa Pilar beach will be directly adjacent to the resort.

To complete the luxury Caribbean experience, the resort will offer a spa, yoga, pools, buffet restaurants with fresh seafood, a kids club, gym, tennis court, lobby bar, and cigar bar.

“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,” says Carlos Miguel Latuff Carmenate, executive president of Grupo de Turismo Gaviota. “We are delighted to be able to partner again with Kempinski Hotels. Renowned for its expertise in managing resorts and hotels throughout the world, the luxury hotelier will continue to bring individuality and European refinement to Cuba.”

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