Madonna celebrates in style her birthday in Cuba

Posted: 03-Sep-16 09:01

Global music icon Madonna might have had the pick of worldwide destinations to choose from to celebrate her 58th birthday. But where did she choose? Havana, of course! Following in the footsteps of Beyoncé and Jay Z, the superstar enjoyed company of friends and family in Cuba as she immersed herself in opulence, fine food and music.

Madonna celebrates in style her birthday in Cuba

If you’ve ever wondered where the world’s most famous faces really choose to go on holiday, then it seems Havana may have the answer you have been looking for.

In August, Madonna landed in the Cuban capital in search of good times with her nearest and dearest to celebrate yet another year passing. Pictures were posted on social media showing her laughing with friends at La Guarida restaurant, with guests all dressed in elegant white being given five-star treatment on the eatery’s dreamy terrace.

With music playing, and Cuba Libres no-doubt flowing, the party went on well into the small hours, which may or may not have been a good idea considering she was then snapped preparing to leave for the airport and her flight back to the U.S. the very next day. But she even dance on a table of La Vitrola paladar.

Anyone interested in following Madonna’s footsteps for this particular trip may have their work cut out for them, though. The Material Girl punted for one of the finest addresses in the entire country by checking in to the luxury Hotel Saratoga in downtown Havana. Celeb boffins may remember this as the same residence Beyoncé and Jay Z opted for on their recent visit to Cuba. In addition to a number of restaurants, a stay here involves a beautiful rooftop pool with views across the city and specifically of the famous Capitol building, an on-site spa, and atrium lobby decorated in classic 1930s Cuban chic.

Staying in the Suite Habana, Madonna will have been given free rein over the biggest accommodation option in the building. With its spacious living area, dining table, designer furniture, exclusive artworks by famous Cuban contemporary painters, and ornate bathroom, it defines opulence. As you might expect, though, it doesn’t come cheap – an average night will set guests back an eye-watering $714.

Thankfully, though, there are abundant of cheaper hotel options available, both in Havana and out in the Cuban countryside beyond. An increase in inbound flights following the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba also means airfares are expected to continue falling over the next five years, and a series of new ferry routes have been approved for service by the U.S. State Department, departing from ports in Florida, and bound for Havana itself.

The result is a startling increase in capacity for inbound tourists, making this something of a buyer’s market right now, with fierce competition among airlines and seaborne operators keeping prices significantly lower than they were before the beginning of the decade.


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