Three outstanding Cuba hotels win big at the World Travel Awards 2018

Posted: 27-Sep-18 10:54

Not one, not two but three different hotels in Cuba were recently awarded what are widely considered the Oscars of the travel industry. For the 14th consecutive time the iconic Hotel Nacional de Cuba was crowned as Cuba's Leading Hotel, while the Paradisus Princesa del Mar earned the title of Cuba's Leading Resort for the fourth time and the new Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski received a third award in recognition of its Suite Presidential Lorca which was named Cuba's Leading Hotel Suite.

Three outstanding Cuba hotels win big at the World Travel Awards 2018

For such a small country Cuba has won big at this year's edition of the World Travel Awards and three of its hotels have a lot to celebrate and be proud of. Especially the legendary Hotel Nacional de Cuba, who has managed to scoop up the title of Cuba's Leading Hotel for the fourteenth year in a row - yes, really! No other Cuba hotel has been able to snatch that prestigious distinction away from the Nacional, not for the last 14 years!

For the Nacional, being recognised for the fourteenth consecutive time is an enormous achievement, all the more so considering that this year it faced some fierce competitors like main rival in Havana, Melia Cohiba, the renewed Hotel Florida and the ultra-popular Iberostar Parque Central, also in the capital.

What this award recognises in the case of Nacional de Cuba Hotel is it incredibly long and rich history, the Hollywood stars and celebrities it is famous for having hosted in the 30s, 40s and 50s as well as its grand eclectic architecture and outstanding interior decor. More than a hotel, the "Nacional" has almost become a heritage site in the city where even non-guests flock to in order to soak up its regal ambience and enjoy a daiquiri overlooking the sea.

The other repeat winner at the World Travel Awards 2018 was the Paradisus Princesa del Mar resort in Varadero, which won Cuba's Leading Resort title for the fourth time. The five-star luxury beachfront property operates as an adults-only, premium all-inclusive resort perfectly positioned on a long stretch of Varadero's white sands.

Its 630 suites are elegantly decorated and finely equipped with luxury amenities, it has a Royal Service floor and signature YHI Spa, so it's little wonder it continues to win big at the World Travel Awards. So far it remains the most unbeatable option of its kind in Varadero; or, as judged by the World Travel Awards, in all of Cuba; and has already seduced thousands of couples and holidaymakers who rave about it on the likes of TripAdvisor.

The other winner was a newcomer who has started out well in its quest to revolutionise and elevate Cuba's luxury hotel offering. We're talking about the new Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinksi La Habana, the first Kempinski in all of Latin America, considered the island's most refined world-class hotel property yet. Its glamorous Lorca Presidential Suite with magnificent views of the city, more precisely over the National Fine Arts Museum and Plaza Central, was awarded the title of Cuba's Leading Hotel Suite 2018 at the World Travel Awards for the second time, as it had already earned the same recognition in 207. Sitting at the heart of the Cuban capital's old town, Kempinski's flagship property in Cuba soon got everyone talking; about good things mostly given it has already scooped up not one but two prestigious international accolades in its short history, having been in business for less than two years.

The 25th edition of the World Travel Awards, often referred to as "the Oscars of the travel industry", was celebrated with a grand gala in various parts of the World. The World Travel Awards Caribbean and North America Gala Ceremony 2018 was held last Saturday at Jamaica's Sandals Montego Bay and it marked the fifth and final leg of this year's WTA Grand Tour.

Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards (WTA) were created to reward, celebrate and recognise excellence across all sectors of the global tourism industry. Year after year, nominees are announced (they are picked, vetted and approved either through self-nomination or WTA commendations) in a variety of categories, ranging from hotels to airlines, tour operators and cruise lines.

The winners are then chosen by a panel of experts around the world who cast the final vote, to which the results of the consumer travel buyer's votes are added; a verified travel professional's vote counts for two, and a consumer's vote counts as one. Nowadays the WTA brand is widely recognised around the world for being the ultimate hallmark of quality in the travel industry, the benchmark towards which hospitality and tourism companies should strive to aspire to.


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