Luxury beaches, luxury cocktails, luxury Cuba
Visiting Cuba is a sensuous experience. It evokes images of deserted beaches, enticing cocktails, puttering old American cars, semi-clad cabaret dancers, clusters of sorbet-coloured buildings, the fringed leaves of coconut palms, sun-baked Spanish colonial palaces, and weathered old men strumming strings on a street corner.
For a slice of Cuba chic, take to the road in a classic convertible Cadillac with a private guide and driver to introduce you to the eclectic culture and idiosyncrasies of Cuba.
Pull up on the cobblestoned streets of the preserved colonial town of Trinidad. Stay in a private home bedecked with elegant Spanish colonial furniture and recline in a bed decorated in mother of pearl. Meet a local personality who will introduce you to the hidden corners of this enchanting town. Your classic American wheels can motor west to the Viñales Valley for a private tobacco tour, or north to the private villa of a luxury hotel on Cayo Santa María. With more time, savour the east and discover private beach coves around Guardalavaca during your luxury Cuba holiday.
Back in Old Havana, tour the prized colonial core in a horse and 19th-century carriage before taking a private cigar tour at the Partagás factory by one of the country’s top cigar sommeliers. Visit Cuba’s avant-garde contemporary artists and photographers in a bespoke art tour tailored to your interests and talk rum and revolution with the capital’s inventive mixologists at a Hemingway haunt to sample the writer’s favourite cocktails.
Later, dine with the owner of Havana’s most famous paladar, immortalised in iconic Cuban movie, Fresa y Chocolate, before a night out to suit your musical tastes – a smoky subterranean experience of jazz, the erotic feather-and-jewel spectacle of the Tropicana cabaret, gyrating hot and sweaty salsa at the latest en vogue venue, or absorbing the rich, dulcet tones of a Buena Vista star taking the stage of an art deco music hall.