VIDEO: Exclusive First Look at Cuba’s New Kempinski Hotel

VIDEO: Exclusive First Look at Cuba’s New Kempinski Hotel

It’s finally here. The highly-anticipated Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana has opened its doors to guests, a major new addition to Cuba’s booming tourism sector. The five-star property has been exquisitely restored, taking a building first constructed between 1894 and 1917 as Cuba’s first European-style shopping arcade and turning it into what’s easily one of the … Read more

Tasting the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

Tasting the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

If you’re a lover of Cuban cigars, you’re likely a regular at La Casa del Habano, the official global retail network of cigar stores for Cuba’s Habanos company. With more than 140 around the world, they’re mini-outposts of Cuba, typically offering a wide selection of cigars, walk-in humidors, plush seating and knowledgable staff. In many … Read more

Havana Hospitality Conference Addresses Sustainability and Resilient Design

Havana Hospitality Conference Addresses Sustainability and Resilient Design

Cuba’s potential for attracting massive investment from the hotel industry came into sharper focus last week during the South American Hospitality Investment Conference (SAHIC) held in Havana. Among the major hotel sponsors were Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Choice and Wyndham. Resilient design received much attention from the hospitality industry and Cuban leaders. As part of a … Read more

Meliá Reports Strong Cuba Business in 2016, Projects Positive 2017

Meliá Reports Strong Cuba Business in 2016, Projects Positive 2017

According to company reports, Meliá’s 2016 performance results in Cuba improved thanks to a 10.3% improvement in RevPAR, largely attributable to improved rates (+17.1%), especially in Santiago de Cuba and Havana. Meliá Hotels International SA specifically cited: the start of the normalization of relations between Cuba and the U.S.., the arrival from the 4th quarter … Read more

Tasting the Partagas Serie E No. 2

Tasting the Partagas Serie E No. 2

There is something different to a Partagas. While the legendary brand has the most famous (recently renovated) factory in Havana, there is a mystique to it, an air of exclusivity that even more easily recognizable brands like Montecristo and Cohiba somehow don’t seem to possess. A Partagas is different; it is understatedly elegant. It is … Read more

VIDEO: Cuba’s Watery World

VIDEO: Cuba’s Watery World

Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, contains an astonishing amount of pristine marine environments. It has 1,500 miles of coastline, 40% longer than Florida’s 1,197 miles. The island national also houses the largest protected biosphere in the Caribbean. The Caribbean as a whole contains the greatest concentration of marine species in the Atlantic Ocean … Read more