Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria resort is Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts' first resort in Cuba

Posted: 24-Jan-17 10:10

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts has become the first Asian hotel brand to open a property in Cuba. Last December, the hospitality group launched the 516-room Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria resort complex on the tiny island of Cayo Santa Maria located off the north coast of Cuba, and it is planning to open a further three hotels in the country in the near future.

Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria resort is Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts' first resort in Cuba

The Singapore-based hospitality group Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts has become the first Asian hotel company to open a new resort in Cuba. The group marked their entry in the country with the launch of Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria complex in December, 2016.

Located on the small archipelago of Cayo Santa Maria off the north coast of Cuba, the lifestyle resort has a private beach and 516 guest rooms and suites. The hotel is one of four Banyan-branded properties that are scheduled to open in Cuba in the near future.

"We made the decision long ago to enter Cuba. It's exotic, has beautiful beaches and it has the size that a lot of Caribbean countries do not have.”

stated Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, the Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree.

Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria is situated in Cayo Las Brujas, 90 minutes from Santa Clara International Airport, where travellers can arrive via flights from Havana and other main cities. The luxury resort has 516 guest rooms and suites, plus five restaurants and four bars, two swimming pools, a fitness centre, a kids' club and a theatre with 545 seats.

The resort operates under Banyan Tree’s new Dhawa brand that caters for millennial travellers, and features fun, cool and simple design. Guest rooms boast around 400 square metres of space, and feature modern music systems and variable lighting.

The new hotel features contemporary design, diverse food and beverage outlets, and multi-use public spaces. It will also be the first hotel to offer wireless internet inside the guest rooms, which is rare in Cuba due to its challenges with restrictions on internet providers, availability, and coverage.

Des Pugson, the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Banyan Tree, stated:

“There are just enough frills to feel like you have a solid four-star experience. Dhawa is very much designed for what you need when you need it.”

At the end of the year, Banyan Tree will also open the Angsana Cayo Santa Maria Cuba resort on the same half-mile beach as Dhawa Cayo Santa Maria. The hotel will cater for families and groups, and will have 220 guest rooms that span around 500 square feet.

Cayo Santa Maria is a part of a chain of islands located in the northeast of the central Cuban province Villa Clara. Home to the UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve of Buena Vista Bay with 11 kilometres of pristine beaches, holidaymakers can enjoy access to turquoise waters, diverse wildlife and magnificent tropical landscapes. The area is accessible via the 48 km causeway which connects it to the area of Caibarien in Villa Clara.


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