Cut off from modern influences, Cuba has developed at its own pace. A unique blend of Latin American and Caribbean cultures, it is a fascinating and complex country to visit. As restrictions have been eased, stylish boutique hotels, cool bars and innovative restaurants have learnt to thrive here. Indeed, there are plenty of reasons to be positive about the future of Cuba: not least its denomination as the safest country in the Caribbean.
Havana, Cuba’s capital, is famous for vintage cars, colonial mansions and the sound of salsa drifting through the streets. Music is everywhere. To the west, Viñales and Pinar del Rio, sit at the heart of Cuba’s tobacco region, a land of fertile plantations, orchid gardens and waterfalls.
To the east, surrounded by plump green hills, colonial Trinidad is all pastel-hued facades and cobblestone streets, with pristine beaches to the south and west.
Cuba’s second city, Santiago, is the country’s cultural capital, its identity rooted in Afro Caribbean and revolutionary influences. Salsa and Son were born on the streets of Santiago, and Bacardi set up his first rum factory here.
A luxury holiday to Cuba should unquestionably include 4-5 nights in Havana. Those drawn to more authentic experiences, who don’t mind sacrificing some home comforts, should combine with the east of the island. For those on a shorter timescale and, requiring a higher level of accommodation, we would recommend focusing on western Cuba. Whichever direction you take, we will ensure it is a highly memorable adventure.