What about lazy holidays in Cuba? – World Meanderings (n°08)
Don’t you sometime feel worn-out, burned out and close to falling down to pieces? These are times when all you want is to take a break and do absolutely nothing but enjoy laying down on a beautiful beach and bask in the sun! The “Cayos” in Cuba are the perfect place to achieve this dream: this small archipelago on the Cuban northern coast is synonymous with magnificent sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, preserved nature far from the lively resorts of Varadero and their numerous tourists. There are no villages and the only inhabitants you’ll meet are flamingos, iguanas or pelicans… Be ready to be delightfully bored!
There are 5 main islands in the Cayos and among them Cayo Santa Maria is a pretty good choice. It is linked to the main land by a 50 km road built on a sea wall and driven by your personal driver in your private car, with the sea on your left, the sea on your right and the faraway mangrove you will feel freed from your last worries.
To make it perfect indulge yourself in a luxury 5 star hotel such as the Buena Vista Royal Service where your every desire can be fulfilled. It’s an all-inclusive hotel for adults only and being far from the other hotels you won’t have to wear a wristband as is commonly done in all-inclusive hotels. On your arrival your personal butler will take you to your suite located in 2-story bungalow: if space is a luxury than luxury is what you’ll get. The smallest suites are 62 sq meters with twin king beds, a front terrace overlooking the ocean or the swimming pools, a bath with whirlpool and a smaller terrace with an outdoor shower. This shower offers all the privacy you might need but I wouldn’t advise to use it at night: mosquitoes can get hungry! There is a satellite TV in every room but don’t feel like you have to turn it on unless you desperately miss CNN!
The beaches perfectly complement each other: the first one has deep waters where good swimmers will be able to swim and have fun in the waves before laying down under a palm parasol where the waiter from the beach bar will propose a cocktail or a soft drink. The second beach is a romantic one: it’s very quiet and its shallow waters are seldom disturbed by waves. A pontoon allows you to get to a small bungalow built on stilts where you can take a yoga course: peaceful and relaxing. For more active holidays you can do snorkelling, diving, windsurfing or go sailing on a catamaran: just ask the concierge or your butler and they will arrange it for you. The Hotel is located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and you can go on ecological excursions to discover the local wildlife and take back home beautiful photos of colourful birds, the hummingbirds are so photogenic! There are also amazing green fluorescent lizards living in the coconut trees right in the hotel.
Although there are only 104 suites there are no less than 3 restaurants to eat one’s fill. Open from breakfast till dinner the “Los Marinos” restaurant is ideally overlooking the beach and Madriguilla Cove and if it’s not too hot it’s great to eat on its terraces sharing your meal with the demanding birds or the local cats. It proposes local Caribbean food in a relaxed atmosphere. For dinner you can also go to “Los Caribes” or to “Los Navigantes” where booking and dress code is required and enjoy your meal while listening to live music played by small bands of local musicians. What would Cuba be without its music?
Of course the Yhi Spa is waiting for you for complete relaxation and wellness and the fitness centre is fully equipped if you fill like sweating!
A luxurious hideaway, beautiful beaches and gardens, a friendly staff seeing to your every need: who could ask for more to recover from physical and mental strain?
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Text © Annick Dournes
Photos © Frederic de Poligny