Kempinski to Open Five Star Resort in Cayo Guillermo

The new luxury five-star Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski on Playa Pilar is set to open this year. Image: Kempinski Hotels

The Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski, the first five-star luxury resort in Cuba, is under construction at Playa Pilar beach and scheduled to open this year. The luxury resort is the result of an agreement between Kempinski Hotels and Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A. Kempinski Hotels will manage the resort as put forth in an agreement with Gaviota.

Kempinski Hotels says it plans to grow its brand presence on the Island and further extend its footprint in the Latin American region.

The hotel complex is brand new but will not be a typical all-inclusive resort. It will become “Cuba’s first non-all-inclusive resort hotel, a luxury hideaway from the crowds,” Kempinski representatives told a press conference.

The stunning architectural design is shaped like the bow of a boat entering into the Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by a breathtaking tropical landscape and extensive gardens, the resort will have 245 rooms and suites as well as six stunning over-water villas of 75 square meters plus, and a 200 square meter over-water presidential suite, all equipped with private swimming pools. Most of the standard guest rooms are next door to the white sand Playa Pilar beach and will have unobstructed views of the sea.

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Kempinski Cayo Guillermo Resort Kempinski promises to be “an unprecedented experience of barefoot luxury, offering guests a spa and yoga classes, extensive pool landscapes and an unparalleled gastronomic delight.”

Fresh seafood served up at the specialty and buffet restaurants will distinguish the resort apart from all other resorts on the Cayo. A kids club, gym, tennis court, lobby bar and cigar bar will also be available at the exquisite location.

“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.”

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