The Italian airline Neos is returning this month to Varadero’s Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport, after a two-and-a-half-year pause in operations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Once operations resume, Neos will be the 15th airline that flies to the Varadero airport, joining the Polish Lot, the British Thompson, the Russian Nordwind and others from Honduras, Germany and the Dominican Republic.
For its part, Varadero will join Havana, Holguín and Cayo Largo del Sur to complete the quartet of Cuban destinations to which Neos flies in this tourist season (November-April), a period in which Cuba receives higher flows of foreign visitors. At the end of October, 1,198,402 international visitors had arrived in Cuba, 31,558 of them from Italy, which is the ninth source market for the archipelago, preceded by Canada, the Cuban community abroad, the United States, Spain, Germany, Russia, UK and France.
Salsa Festival 2023 to be held in Havana
The Salsa Festival will have Club 500 in the Cuban capital as its main venue and its program includes dance workshops, DJ presentations, a tour of Old Havana, after-party sessions at the Casa de la Música in Miramar and the awaited concerts.
Among the bands that will perform are Los Van Van, Pupy y los que son Son, Alexander Abreu y Havana D’Primera, Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, Paulo FG y su Elite and Isaac Delgado, among others. Groups from the new generation such as El Niño y la Verdad, and El Noro y Primera Clase, Yasser Ramos y su Tumbao, Monika Mesa and many more will also perform.
The Salsa Festival, created by Cuban musician Maykel Blanco, is sponsored by the cultural tourism agency Paradiso and the Artex art promotion company. For those who wish to enjoy good danceable music, tourist packages have been designed and are available at agencies such as Paradiso and Havanatur.
The Gran Muthu Rainbow Hotel, an all-inclusive hotel in Jardines del Rey, reached its third year “of incredible achievements and moments” according to its Facebook page. “During this time we have created an incredible family, made up of our workers and guests, of which we boast with immense pride.”
The hotel operated by MGM Muthu Hotels in collaboration with the Gaviota Tourism Group, welcomes guests over 18 years of age and focuses on the LGBTQ community. Located on the Playuelas beach of Cayo Guillermo, it is famous for being an ideal paradise to connect with nature.
With an exotic and comfortable style in equal measure, it offers 248 Junior Suite-type rooms, with impressive views of the pool and the sea. The gastronomic adventure includes enjoying 11 restaurants and bars, with the most select dishes and unique customized attention. For leisure and recreation, guests have within their reach a shopping area, games room, beauty salon, swimming pool, gym, entertainment programs and options to practice sports such as windsurfing, horseback riding, sport fishing and diving.
International award for Comedor de Aguiar Restaurant
For the second time, the Comedor de Aguiar Restaurant was recognized as the Best Hotel Restaurant in Cuba and ratifies the excellence of its offers, praised by professionals in the culinary industry and the general public through an online vote. It is one of the most elegant and exclusive restaurants in Havana, where diners can enjoy a careful selection of Cuban and international dishes that are complemented by high-quality wines. It opens its doors from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for lunch, and from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. for supper.
The World Culinary Awards is a global initiative to recognize and reward excellence in the culinary industry and runs in parallel to the renowned World Travel Awards. This year the restaurants Bana, at the Meliá Las Dunas Hotel, and Las Caletas, at the Meliá Cayo Coco, were also nominated for Cuba. The Hotel Nacional de Cuba, where the Comedor de Aguiar is located, celebrates its 92nd anniversary this year and is one of the favorites of travelers who choose to discover the Cuban capital and its wonders.
Starfish Cayo Santa María reopens its doors
Starfish Cayo Santa María reopens its doors
Operated by Blue Diamond Resorts Cuba, this All-Inclusive hotel reopened its doors in mid-November, after extensive renovations that improved its main areas and services to delight guests of all ages on a beachfront vacation.
Starfish Cayo Santa María is surrounded by exuberant flora and offers 684 redesigned rooms, with views of the sea, the garden or the pool; three restaurants and four bars, an entertainment theater with capacity for up to 1,000 people, sparkling pools and a sports club. The resort also offers the ideal setting for weddings and honeymoons for a complete romantic experience.
The reopening of this Blue Diamond Resorts hotel in Cuba is added to the incorporations in Cayo Largo del Sur, Grand Memories Holguín and Sanctuary at Grand Memories Holguín recently announced by the company, with which it continues to expand its presence on the island.
Sol Varadero Beach invites you to Playa Azul
On the Hicacos Peninsula, 140 kilometers east of Havana, the Sol Varadero Beach Hotel, managed by Meliá Hotels Cuba and owned by the Gaviota Tourism Group, operates as a 4-star All-Inclusive hotel for people over 16 years of age. It offers 356 rooms, 7 restaurants and 5 bars and its design highlights the casual environments without visual barriers. The gastronomic proposals include the best of Italian, Mexican, Cuban and international cuisine in buffet and à la carte restaurants, and the grill.
The Casa de Los Cosmonautas ― an iconic building due to its architecture and history ― works as the Concierge Floor, and its guests have private check-in, late check-out and special facilities on the beach, among other options. For couples and newlyweds, Sol Varadero Beach has designed special programs, supervised by a team of coordinators that watches over every detail. The swimming pool, the Fitness Center with an outdoor hydromassage pool and the facilities for practicing sports or nautical activities are among the other attractions of the facility.
Plaza Faro Paredón, an attractive proposal facing the sea
The Faro Paredón Tourist Plaza offers extensive gastronomic and leisure options, quality services and the friendly attention of its staff. Managed by the Gaviota Tourism Group, it has the Adán y Eva spa with hairdressing, barbershop, manicure, pedicure, massage, body and facial treatments. Very close, in the commercial gallery, you can buy typical Cuban products to take as a gift to family and friends. At night the Blue Diamond fiesta room features shows and the tempting invitation to move your body to the rhythm of Cuban music.
The gastronomic offer includes an ice cream parlor, the Rocas del Mar snack bar and a Casa del Habano, with the best cigars in the world and excellent brands of rums, coffee and liquors. A meeting room offers a comfortable space for business meetings and a car and motorcycle rental service is provided.
During your stay in Cayo Paredón Grande, an exotic destination for sun and beach, where you can find two fantastic All-Inclusive hotels, we especially recommend a visit to the Faro Paredón Tourist Plaza.