A whole host of Cuban hotels are ready to receive travellers from 15th November!

A whole host of Cuban hotels are ready to receive travellers from 15th November!

A whole host of Cuban hotels are ready to receive travellers from 15th November!

 10 November 2021   Travel Trade Caribbean

Following the recent news that Iberostar is re-opening over a dozen of its hotels starting on 1st November, Blue Diamond Resorts, Melia, and ROC Hotels are following suit in a grand re-opening of the island! Read on and find out more about this great piece of news!

Cuba welcomes you back!

Spanish luxury hotel chain Iberostar has already announced that it is re-opening sixteen of its hotels across Cuba from 1st November, with another new hotel set to open in January 2022. Now, Blue Diamond Resorts, Melia Cuba, and ROC Hotels have announced a similar statement.

Blue Diamond, the fastest growing chain of hotel complexes in the Caribbean, stated that they are ready to re-open their facilities in Cuba over the winter season that begins this month.

"We are pleased to announce that our Blue Diamond Resorts properties will re-open from November. You will be able to once again enjoy the impressive white sandy beaches and first-class amenities in the beautiful and exotic destination of Cuba." - Spokesperson for Blue Diamond Resorts

Following the pandemic, there are, of course, new challenges to take on board. Biosecurity protocols have been rigorously reviewed, and Blue Diamond are keen to convey that their "Guaranteed Safety Vacation" programme protects both guests and company members across numerous new guidelines, which include physical distancing, greater team training, "360-degree" cleaning in all common areas, and completely disinfecting every point of contact.

Hotels and resorts in Cuba are now ready to receive travellers

Which Blue Diamond hotels are re-opening, and when?

The Cuban Ministry of Tourism's (MINTUR) green light to re-open the island of Cuba to tourism in November was a welcome one for the tourism industry, and hotels didn't wait long to act.

Considering that more than 90% of Cuba's 11.2 million inhabitants will have been fully vaccinated by 15th November, the decision to open the doors to tourists wasn't a difficult one to make.

As a result, Blue Diamond has already opened the Grand Memories Varadero, Sanctuary at Grand Memories Varadero, Memories Jibacoa, Royalton Hicacos, and the Starfish Varadero, all of them all-inclusive resorts in the beach resort of Varadero, Memories Miramar Habana in Havana, Memories Caribe, and Memories Flamenco in Cayo Coco, and the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria in Santa Maria.

However, the good news is that there are lots more to follow. In Varadero, the wonderful Mystique Casa Perla is scheduled to open on 15th November, and then on 20th December, Starfish Cuatro Palmas, Starfish Las Palmas, and Memories Varadero all re-open.

Similarly, in Havana, the Starfish Montehabana re-opens on 20th December, as does Starfish Cayo Guillermo in Cayo Coco.

In Cayo Santa Maria, holidaymakers will be pleased to know that Grand Memories Santa Maria and Sanctuary at Grand Memories Santa Maria both re-open on 15th November, before Memories Paraiso and Starfish Cayo Santa Maria follow suit on 20th December.

Finally, the beautiful Memories Trinidad Del Mar opens on 25th November in the UNESCO heritage town of Trinidad.

It's official! Melia to re-open its Cuban hotels on 18th November!

After the news that Iberostar Cuba and Blue Diamond Resorts were re-opening their facilities, the Spanish chain Melia Cuba was not going to be left behind.

On their Twitter account, they announced that 18 of the 32 hotels they manage in Cuba will operate again from 15th November, the same day the Cuban borders officially re-open.

According to a recently published blog released by the Spanish chain, the renovations carried out in recent months will ensure customers "a comfortable and safe stay", following the application of the new "Stay Safe with Melia" programme.

Which Melia hotels are re-opening, and when?

Like Blue Diamond Resorts and Iberostar, Melia Cuba has acted fast. In Havana, Melia Habana is already open with Tryp Habana Libre scheduled to open on 15th November.

In Cienfuegos, the Union by Melia and the Melia San Carlos are due to open on 15th November, but many hotels are already open in various locations across the island.

In Varadero, the Melia Internacional Varadero, Sol Palmeras, Melia Peninsula Varadero, Sol Varadero Beach, Melia Las Americas, Paradisus Varadero, and Melia Las Antillas are all open already, receiving guests, with just the Melia Varadero left to open on 22nd November.

Likewise, in Cayo Coco, Melia Cayo Coco and Tryp Cayo Coco are both already open, as is the Paradisus Rio de Oro in Cuba's second city of Holguin.

Finally, in Cayo Santa Maria, Melia Las Dunas and Melia Buenavista are already open with Paradisus Los Cayos set to re-open on 1st December.

Cuba: Setting the bar for luxury choices with Iberostar

Just like Blue Diamond Resorts and Melia, Spanish chain Iberostar has also declared that they're ready to re-open sixteen hotels in Cuba between 1st November and January 2022.

Furthermore, the new year will see a brand-new hotel opened in Cayo Cruz; the Coral Level Esmeralda, located on the Jardines del Rey archipelago to the north of the Camaguey province.

More about Iberostar's re-openings!

On 1st November, the Grand Packard hotel in the Cuban capital Havana officially re-opened, providing tourists with the choice between that and the already open Iberostar Parque Central.

What's more, also on 1st November, the Iberostar Selection Bella Vista Varadero re-opened its doors along with the Iberostar Selection Varadero, Iberostar Laguna Azul, and the Iberostar Tainos.

Then, on 1st December, the Iberostar Bella Costa will re-open, followed by the Iberostar Playa Alameda on 22nd December.

This means that by the end of 2021, Varadero will provide no fewer than six luxury hotels for tourists looking for some Autumn and Winter sunshine.

Further east in Cayo Santa Maria, Iberostar Selection Ensenachos and the Coral Level at Iberostar Selection Ensenachos re-opened on 1st November, and in nearby Cayo Guillermo, the Iberostar Daiquiri opening its doors on the same date. In more exciting news, the Iberostar Selection Playa Pilar will then re-open on 1st January 2022.

Finally, the Iberostar Grand Trinidad will re-open on 22nd December in the beautiful colonial city of Trinidad on Cuba's south coast, and the Iberostar Selection Holguin and Coral Level at Iberostar Selection Holguin will re-open on 1st December in Holguín.

What are ROC Hotels doing?

Due to the decrease of COVID-19 cases across Cuba, as well as the encouraging vaccination progress being made, ROC Hotels have announced that they too have re-opened two of their hotels on 7th November.

The ROC Presidente and ROC Barlovento now join the ROC Arenas Doradas which is already open for international tourism.

What's more, in order to celebrate this happy news, from 7th to 14th November, all guests staying at the ROC Presidente will enjoy the following special services, free of charge:

  • Special welcome cocktail

  • ROC Presidente gift

  • Discounts on dinners

  • Breakfast by the pool

  • Live music matinee around the swimming pool

If you're still not tempted by this, ROC Hotels Cuba, together with the Cuban Bartenders Association, is organising the ROC Hotels Cuba 2021 Cocktail Championship!

This is prior to the 2022 World Cocktail Championship held in Varadero where bartenders from each hotel will participate, all trying to create a unique and original Cuban cocktail!

Cuba's proud fight against COVID-19

Currently, Cuba is the first country in the world to initiate mass immunisation of children from the age of two, a campaign that began on 3rd September with a combination of the Soberana 02 (two doses) and Soberana Plus (one dose) vaccines.

No fewer than five vaccines have been produced by the Cuban medical authorities, and it's a fact not widely recognised that the island has more than 30 years of experience in producing vaccines. Some, such as hepatitis B or anti-meningococcal have been widely used all over Latin America, as well as other countries all over the world after having been approved and supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In fact, Cuba's history in biological, medicinal, and virological research in these fields is a strong guarantee that the five Cuban vaccines are of good quality. This is mainly because the Centre for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices (CECMED) has been working with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) for years and is considered one of the eight reference centres and the highest level in the region.

With four luxury hotel chains re-opening their doors this Autumn and Winter, along with Cuba's commendable stance against COVID-19, it's likely "The Pearl of the Caribbean" will be a much sought-after destination over the coming weeks.

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