Monday, 15 June 2015

Cuba

Jet off to colourful, incredible Cuba, this year’s hot destination

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Havana Short Break
The NH Capri La Habana reopened last year following a substantial refurbishment, and it’s gorgeous. Like the Hotel Nacional and the Hotel Riviera, the Capri is one of Havana’s most iconic buildings, and was a prerevolution playground for Hollywood stars and American gangsters – it gets a mention in The Godfather.

The new 220-room hotel is packed with 1950s character, and has an amazing rooftop pool. It’s close to La Rampa art and craft market, and other must-sees are a short taxi ride away. 

Western & Oriental offers a four-night stay at the NH Capri from £960 per person, including B&B and Virgin Atlantic flights; until July: 020-7666 1234, www.westernoriental.com

Deep in Cuba
If you fancy a more detailed exploration, Steppes Travel’s 13-day Cuba In-depth holiday includes a ride along Havana’s streets in a vintage open-top car and trips to the Bay of Pigs, site of the infamous US-backed invasion in 1961, and the Zapata Peninsula, great for birdwatching. You’ll also visit Trinidad, a mini Havana with great live music, stay with a local family and enjoy the beaches of Cayo Santa Maria, an island off the north coast.

Cuba In-depth Including Trinidad & Santa Maria costs from £3,295 per person, including B&B and flights: 0843-778 9926, www.steppestravel.com

Go Solo
For single travellers looking for beaches, heritage and culture, Solos Holidays offers a seven-night escorted tour, Cuban Cocktail, departing on 7 December 2015 and 15 February and 18 April 2016. The trip includes some meals, a guided tour of Havana, tours of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, and swimming with dolphins.

Prices start from £2,319 per person B&B in a single room, including Virgin Atlantic flights: 0844-371 8860, www.solosholidays.co.uk

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Small Cruise

Voyages Jules Verne’s Cuba From The Water is a small cruise around western and central Cuba, taking in Havana, Trinidad and Cienfuegos, aboard the MS Panorama, a three-masted motorsailer with 24 cabins. Departing on selected dates in spring 2016.

The 11-night trip costs from £2,995 per person – with a £150 per person discount when you book before 28 September – and includes direct Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick, most meals and excursions: 0845-166 7035, www.vjv.com

All-inclusive
If it’s a fly-and-flop holiday you’re after, Virgin Holidays offers seven nights allinclusive at the 4V Memories Jibacoa. The resort occupies 19 acres of land between mountains and the picturesque Arroyo Bermejo Beach, and has four restaurants and five bars.

Havana, Matanzas and Varadero are all within easy reach. Meanwhile, before you even fly out, you can relax in the v-room at Gatwick, costing £24.50 per adult and from £14 for kids.

From £969 per person, including scheduled direct flights from Gatwick and transfers, based on a 30 November departure: 0844- 557 3859, www.virginholidays.co.uk or visit one of Virgin Holidays’ 126 locations in Debenhams and House of Fraser stores nationwide.

For more information about Cuba, visit www.autenticacuba.com

Contact Wendy at wendy.gomersall@thelady.co.uk

Prices are correct at the time of going to press.


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