The island of Cuba lies supine in the Caribbean basking in the heat of the tropical sun. Its northern coastline is blessed with stunning white-sand beaches and bowing coconut palms, and is sprinkled with dozens of islands dressed by dazzling sands and sapphire blue seas.
Off the western peninsula, tiny Cayo Jutías and Cayo Levisa provide secluded hideaways, while pockets of black and golden stretches of sand dot the south coast. Coconut palms, coral reefs, tropical fish, barbecued seafood and cold mojitos have always enticed the visitor looking for a luxury Cuba holiday.
Treasure Island devotees in search of escape can sail to the tip of Cayo Jutías to mingle with colonies of giant orange starfish before gliding along the northern coast on a catamaran for a private and intimate lunch at nearby Cayo Paraíso served by personal butlers. A night in a beachfront bungalow on Cayo Levisa will follow. For a new luxury Cuba holiday experience, sybarites can escape to Cayo Santa María and its butler-run newest hotel before taking a private catamaran to island hop through the cayes.
At Varadero, dine from the mafia menu at Al Capone’s house, a cute blue and stone outsized cottage, right on the turquoise waters of the country’s longest golden strand. After lunch, recline on the deserted sands in front of the house while sipping post-prandial cocktails.
For those in search of something more unusual, book into Baños de Elguea, for mud therapy and intense slumber and treatments at this remote natural thermal spa. Or, helicopter over to Cayo Saetía in the far east for a morning on the sands in front of your rustic cabaña before an afternoon spotting wild African animals that roam the island.
At stunning Playa Pilar, on Cayo Guillermo, after a morning’s sunbathe, take a catamaran across to Cayo Media Luna for a more secluded sunbathe, snorkel and a seafood lunch.