Oozing old world charm and full of distinctive period features, it’s all so easy to fall in love with Xanadú Mansion. With dark mahogany staircases, original paintings, polished marble floors and elegantly carved sculptures, you’ll quickly feel yourself transported back to Varadero’s glorious and glamorous past.
The hotel was recently refurbished, but thankfully it hasn’t lost any of its character. It features six tastefully furnished guestrooms and the décor of each has been designed to preserve the flavour of 1930’s Cuba. Irenée Dupont would no doubt approve of the respect given to his once treasured home.
Luxury abounds in all of the rooms of this boutique hotel, with your own antique marble bath, a private dressing room and delightful period furniture. A range of modern comforts also comes as standard, including air-con, cable TV and a personal mini bar. In addition, most of the rooms feature their own private balcony or terrace, each offering guests stunning ocean views.
Xanadú Mansion also boasts its own a la carte restaurant - "Xanadú" Restaurante, which serves up a selection of French and globally inspired dishes. To complement your meal, you might want to pick a bottle of something from the hotel’s dedicated wine cellar, with an impressive range of wines sourced from 18 different countries around the world.
Along with offering private accommodation and a highly-regarded restaurant, Xanadú" Mansion also serves as the clubhouse for the Varadero Golf Club – Cuba’s first and only professional 18-hole golf course. So, if you have the time to spare during a visit here, you could always try and fit in a leisurely round of golf on this picturesque coastal fairway.
The properties stunning location is a real highlight and it is open to the visit of public. To truly appreciate it, you’ll definitely want to head up to Bar Mirador Casa Blanca. Perched up on the rooftop of this 3-storey property, you can take your pick from a tempting choice of tropical cocktails. With live music playing and an ice-cold drink in hand, it’s pretty much the perfect spot to finish your day and watch the sun go down.
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