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PALMA DE MALLORCA — The opening of Iberostar Hotels & Resorts’ new Iberostar Holguin, the resort company’s first five-star hotel in the province of Holguin, is set for Nov. 15.
The hotel’s launch adds to Iberostar’s portfolio in Cuba while the chain celebrates its 25th anniversary on the island.
“The opening of Iberostar Holguín is another step forward in our sustainable development strategy for Cuba, as well as further proof of our commitment to the local community,” says Aurelio Vázquez, Global COO for Iberostar Group.
The resort comprises 12 low-rise buildings with 638 rooms, six restaurants and four swimming pools. The new hotel also offers the Star Prestige service, an adults-only area with a wide range of premium amenities, including the best rooms, access to exclusive area, and special services. Guests opting for the Star Prestige experience can also relax on a sun terrace furnished with Bali beds, dine in an exclusive restaurant, and enjoy drinks in the open bar lounge.
An extensive range of daytime and evening leisure activities await all guests, plus dining options featuring international and local dishes with touches of African and Spanish culinary traditions. Asian cuisine is another highlight. Altogether the resort will have six restaurants and nine bars.
The resort sits on Playa Pesquero on the North Coast, with a succession of coves and bays dotted with cliffs covered in lush vegetation and fine white sandy beaches. One of the world’s largest coral reefs is just 15 km from the hotel. For day trips there’s La Mensura Nature Park, Sierra Cristal National Park and Guayabo Waterfall. There’s also the town of Banes, known as Cuba’s ‘capital of archaeology,’ Gibara and the city of Holguin itself.