This post was last updated on July 21st, 2016
The former Spanish colony of Cuba offers everything the erstwhile adventurer could desire from a luxurious getaway. A haven of white sands, crystal clear seas, and softly swaying palm trees, this enchanting Caribbean island was once a paradise for the rich and famous of yesteryear, and it’s easy to see why. Atmospheric and breathtakingly beautiful, it stands as an eternal monument to the elegance and decadence of times gone by, with an indefatigable charm that endures to this very day
For those seeking old-school luxury and vintage glamour, here are just a few of the delights that you ought to enjoy…
#1: Aquaworld’s Seafari Cayo Blanco
Cuba escaped its colonial shackles many years ago, but the froth, frivolity, and aesthetic of its former colonists can be seen in evidence everywhere, and their taste for excess endures to this day. For those who delight in decadence, Aquaworld’s seven-hour sojourn from Marina Chapelin to the idllyic beaches of Cayo Blanco will suit you down to a tee. Expertly catered to the luxury lover’s every need, it includes an open bar, lobster lunch, snorkelling stops, and live music. The perfect way to enjoy Cuba’s natural beauty, deliciously cooked cuisine, and intoxicating entertainments, it’s well worth booking your passage and experiencing this opulent escapade before you leave the island.
#2: The Acuario Cayo Naranjo
Few experiences are more fantastical than the chance to swim with dolphins, and Cuba does not fail to delight its eager visitors. Located on a man-made island in the middle of a bay, the site of the Acuario Cayo Naranjo was once the haunt of pirates and corsairs, lending a storied history to its beautiful setting. Accessible only by boat and catamaran, it now houses eleven dolphins, five sea lions and a crocodile, and offers the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with them in the sea. With a bar, restaurant, boutique, and sunbathing areas to divert you when you need a break, you may want to add it to your list of must-visit destinations.
#3: El Morro
Holiday providers like Cuba Holidays offer tourists the chance to stay in the most beautiful, luxurious, and decadent hotels on the island, yet even these cannot compare to the famed grace and elegance of El Morro. For those who would like to experience the very epitome of grandiosity, a trip to this 16th century fortress should be on the cards. Sited on a natural rocky elevation, it towers over the stunning seascape below. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers an enchanting example of renaissance architecture, coupled with exquisite views across the famed city that it birthed: the legendary Havana.
Where will you choose to visit when you take your own trip to Cuba?