GENEVA — Kempinski Hotels and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA have signed a management contract for Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski, marking the arrival of the first five-star luxury resort complex in Cuba.

Kempinski, Gaviota team up again for new 5-star resort in Cuba’s Cayo Guillermo

GENEVA — Kempinski Hotels and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA have signed a management contract for Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski, marking the arrival of the first five-star luxury resort complex in Cuba.

Kempinski is no stranger to Cuba, having successfully managed the country’s first five-star city hotel, Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, for almost two years now.

The brand says it will enhance its presence on the Caribbean island and will further extend its footprint in the Americas with Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski, currently under construction and is scheduled to open during 2019.

The resort hotel is all-new, but it’s not all-inclusive. Billed as “Cuba’s first non-all-inclusive resort hotel”, Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski will be a “luxury hideaway from the crowds”, says Kempinski.

The design will be striking as well. Kempinski says the 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 have 245 rooms and suites including six over-water villas with a minimum 75 square metres, plus a 200 square metre 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 white sand Playa Pilar beach will be directly 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,” says the luxury hotel company. Specialty and buffet restaurants will serve fresh seafood and will set the resort apart from all other offerings on the Cayo, according to Kempinski. A kids club, gym, tennis court, lobby bar and cigar bar round off the facilities.

“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,” says 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% 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.”