Kempinski Hotels to open first five-star resort in CubaMay 14, 2019
Photo: Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski to open later this year, Credit: Kempinski Resorts
MAY 2019 – Kempinski Hotels and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA have signed a management contract for Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski, the first five-star luxury resort complex in Cuba. After having successfully managed the country’s first five-star city hotel, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, for almost two years, the brand will enhance its presence on the Caribbean island and will further extend its footprint in the Americas. Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski is currently under construction and is scheduled to open during 2019.
The all-new resort hotel in the paradisiac location of Cayo Guillermo, approximately 500 kilometres east of Havana, will offer the brand’s discerning guests an experience of exclusivity and privacy away from the hustle and bustle of the tropical island’s capital city. Cuba’s first non-all-inclusive resort hotel will become the luxury hideaway from the crowds. The hotel offers a uniquely refreshing and authentic experience, inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s legacy and love for the Cayo, reimagined for the contemporary traveller.
The ample yet human-sized resort will be built like the bow of a boat advancing into the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by a breathtaking natural landscape and extensive gardens, it will offer 245 rooms and suites. These will include six over-water villas with stunning panoramic views and a minimum size of at least 75 sq m each, plus a 200 sq m over-water presidential suite, all of which will have private pools. The majority of the standard guest rooms will also boast unobstructed sea views and the famous white sand Playa Pilar beach will directly be adjacent to the resort.
Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski will ensure an unprecedented experience of barefoot luxury, including spa and yoga, extensive pool landscapes and an unparalleled gastronomic delight. Specialty and buffet restaurants will provide the freshest sea food and will set the resort apart from all other offerings on the Cayo. A kids club, gym, tennis court, lobby bar and cigar bar round off the exclusive facilities in this luxurious hideaway.
“After having successfully introduced our city hotel Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana almost two years ago, we will complement our offer and will soon provide exclusive luxury in a beach resort, Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski,” said Carlos Miguel Latuff Carmenate, Executive President of Grupo de Turismo Gaviota. “We are delighted to be able to partner again with Kempinski Hotels. Renowned for its expertise in managing resorts and hotels throughout the world, the luxury hotelier will continue to bring individuality and European refinement to Cuba.”
“Having grown our project pipeline by 18 percent last year, I am delighted that this year our development growth has started equally bullish and I am very pleased to have signed our second project in Cuba with our long term partner Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A.,” said Markus Semer, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Kempinski Hotels. “With Gran Hotel Mazana Kempinski, we introduced the concept of luxury hospitality to the city of Havana and are honoured to have also been selected as management company for the first ever luxury resort in the country. We are proud of the strong partnership we have built with Grupo de Turismo Gaviota and look forward to replicating our accomplishments in Havana, where we look back on particularly successful first two years of operation.”
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 78 five-star hotels and residences in 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands. /