Kempinski to open first resort in Cuba

Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski will open later this year. Photo credit: Kempinski Hotels

Kempinski Hotels and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota have signed a management contract for Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski. The partners are promoting the property, which is currently under construction and is poised to open this year as the first five-star luxury resort complex in Cuba. 

The resort will be approximately 500 kilometers east of Havana, with design inspired by author Ernest Hemingway’s legacy and love for the region. The property will have 245 rooms and suites, including six overwater villas and a 200-square-meter overwater presidential suite, all of which will have private pools. 

Public spaces will include a spa, yoga facilities, pools, a gym, a kids' club, tennis court, lobby bar, cigar bar and several restaurants. 

Virtual Event

HOTEL OPTIMIZATION PART 2 | SEPTEMBER 10 & 24, 2020

Survival in these times is highly dependent on a hotel's ability to quickly adapt and pivot their business to meet the current needs of travelers and the surrounding community. Join us for Optimization Part 2 – a FREE virtual event – as we bring together top players in the industry to discuss alternative uses when occupancy is down, ways to boost F&B revenue, how to help your staff adjust to new challenges and more, in a series of panels focused on how you can regain profitability during this crisis.


“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,” said Carlos Miguel Latuff Carmenate, executive president of Grupo de Turismo Gaviota.

“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,” said Markus Semer, chairman of the management board and CEO of Kempinski Hotels. “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.” 

Suggested Articles

The Urban Park Hotel Collection is currently looking at hotels with 25 to 85 rooms, which will include both independent and franchise properties.

The new features are meant to facilitate low-contact stays while also incorporating gamification into the guest experience.

Teams working remotely or apart can use group video and real-time collaboration for mobile and desktop.