Trading With the Past
Experience the romance of the opulent Xanadu mansion, Varadero's most luxurious property
This excursion presents an amazing opportunity to experience the genuine glamour and opulence of one of Cuba's most luxurious properties. Set in beautiful grounds overlooking the ocean, the Xanadu mansion is a breathtaking example of the very height of 1920s style and luxury.
French American multimillionaire Irenee du Pont was, as the story goes, inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem about a legendary Chinese warrior, Kubla Khan. In the poem, Coleridge describes in rich detail the luxuriant paradise of Xanadu, and Du Pont set out to build his very own version on the pristine white beach of Varadero. No expense was spared and no detail was overlooked, with tapestries featuring Coleridge's poem commissioned for the windows, marble shipped in from Italy, and exotic plants imported from all around the world.
In addition, a massive organ was built for the playing pleasure of one of Du Pont's daughters. Installed in the basement at a huge expense, air shafts carried the sound of the music around the house to the delight of Du Pont and his guests. It is said that the mansion's servants took delivery of fresh food every day, so that Du Pont and his guests could drop in at any time.
Your trip will commence with a vintage classic car journey right from your hotel, whisking you off to this exquisite mansion. You will experience the historic charm of Xanadu, which still boasts its original polished marble floors and amazing cascading chandeliers. You will enjoy the history and atmosphere of this grand, four storey residence, along with its incredible 450 acres of land and no less than five miles of pristine sandy beach.
You will dine in luxury at the mansion, sampling fine food and drink coupled with stunning views over the gorgeous Varadero beach. Then, to round off your delightful day in an unmistakably Cuban way, you can dance away the evening to traditional Cuban music at the Mambo Club.
Your trip to Xanadu will be a magical, romantic experience. It's a unique opportunity to absorb the rich, authentic opulence of a bygone era in Cuba, and a very special day that's ideal for couples to enjoy together.
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