Any time a country or region imposes any sort of visa stipulation - even if it’s a waiver - the travel industry sighs a collective groan, knowing the obstacles and headaches to come.
The 4 ½-star Hotel Grand Muthu Cayo Guillermo sits on the last cay in the splendid Jardines del Rey Archipelago, in Cuba. Since it opened its doors in March 2018, the beachfront hotel has been a welcome haven for vacationers looking to enjoy some tropical fun.
Four à la carte dinners are included per week. Among the dinner choices, the Malabar Indian Spice restaurant is a highlight, with its authentic Indian menu. There are plenty of unlimited drink options for that refreshing afternoon cocktail by the pool or evening drink at the Cigar Lounge. As for snacks, they’re available 24 hours a day, a nice touch when guests crave a late-night nosh or have kids who wake up early—and hungry.
The hotel is part of Transat’s Family Collection, so children stay and eat for free*. Plus, there’s a free excursion for one child aged 2–11. Another bonus: extended kids’ club hours. While they play tag and draw spaceships, mom and dad can share a romantic dinner or sip a cocktail in the infinity pool.
What do all vacationers want when they go down south? A room with a view. After all, it’s not every day they get to wake up to palm trees and turquoise waters. The good news is that 80% of the rooms here offer an ocean view, while the rest look out on the verdant grounds. The rooms are bright, with Caribbean-themed décor, and a balcony or terrace to sit and soak up the scenery. Connecting rooms are available.
Food and drink
The hotel’s eating options include four themed restaurants:
As for coffee or cocktails:
Things to do
The resort has two pools, including a beautiful beachfront infinity pool. Athletic guests can use the fitness centre or enjoy a friendly game of volleyball, soccer or tennis. The little ones can have a ball at the kids’ club, kids’ pool, playground and water park.
Grand Muthu Cayo Guillermo is the closest resort to Plaza Hemingway. With its spa, bowling alley and discotheque, it opens up ever more fun options.
The hotel is a dream location to tie the knot. Lovebirds will find all the romantic flourishes they associate with a destination wedding: beachfront gazebo, in-room bottle of champagne, breakfast in bed for the morning after the ceremony, and much more. And guess what? Grand Muthu Cayo Guillermo is the only hotel in the area that offers Indian wedding packages. No detail has been overlooked for a traditional celebration.
*For families travelling before October 31, 2019