There are many shades of blue. But, the Cayo Guillermo turquoise is unique. I guarantee that you will not find another sea like this easily around the world. I’ve been to Cuba twice, I circled the island from end to end and Cayo Guillermo was where I left my heart. White sand, hundreds of starfish and that divine blue. Now you want to know the tricks of the trade?
Cayo Guillermo acquired a Kempinski hotel a year ago for you to immerse yourself in the private universe of Ernest Hemingway. The American writer maintained for years a summer house in Playa Pilar, where he arrived with his boat named “Pilar”, hence the name. A place that inspired many of the author’s works, among them “The Old Man and the Sea”. His house no longer exists. But the story is still alive!
It was there that the beautiful Kempinski Cayo Guillermo was born! The project recreates the bow of a ship that advances towards the sea. And it is not just any sea. It’s “that” sea !!! It is Cayo Guillermo, more precisely, Pilar Beach. If an overwater bungalow is your dream, know that the resort has six overwater villas in addition to the 245 apartments in the central building. And brand new. The pandemic stopped the world a month after its inauguration, but soon it will reopen its doors.
It is a place to walk barefoot in the sand, meditate, relax, date and read a good book having that insane turquoise blue as company. Fresh fish, caught right there, are part of the hotel’s kitchen. And since we are talking about Cuba, of course there is a Cigar Bar. After all, they produce some of the best cigars in the world.
Access from Havana can be done by car or bus, covering 600 kilometers of ground. It was my option to visit Cienfuegos and Trinidad, colonial cities along the way. There are also flights from Havana to Cayo Coco, the islet on the side.
Visit Cuba soon, before the island becomes too uncharacteristic. Remember to book everything well in advance as the logistics are still very complicated. Renting a car, for example, is not an easy task. There are few cars circulating and all very expensive to rent.
Program yourself and go. Cuba is a world apart. And Playa Pilar has one of the bluest blues on the planet. Combine Havana and Cayo Guillermo and you will not regret it!
XoXo and see you next week.