Banyan Tree Group Re-Opens First Hotel in Cuba

Date: May 2018

Location: Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

Name: Dhawa Cayo Santa María

No. of Keys: 515 rooms and suites

Singapore based Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts opened the Dhawa Cayo Santa María, in March 2017, and the property has maintained good occupancy rates despite having to shut down following Hurricane Irma, in September 2017.

The hotel is the company’s first Dhawa branded property in the world.

The hotel boasts a private beach setting on the island of Cayo Santa Maria, which sits off the north coast of the central province of Villa Clara in Cuba.

The hotel is 90 minutes by car from Santa Clara International Airport.

Facilities include five gourmet restaurants and four stylish bars, two swimming pools, a modern fitness centre, a kids’ club, and a 545-seat theatre.

To date, the hotel’s main markets have been Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Argentina, Chile and Spain. During the summer months, Cubans were in second place.

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts will add another three hotels in Cuba, with the second opening this year in the secluded key of Cayo Santa Maria.

The new hotel will operate under the Angsana brand, and will have 252 rooms and two swimming pools, and will cater for adults only.

Two other hotels are planned to open in the popular coastal resort of Varadero and will be operated under the Angsana and Banyan Tree brands.

The Banyan Tree Group currently owns or manages more than 40 hotels and resorts, 66 spas, 80 shops and galleries, and three golf courses.

The group has four hotel brands: Banyan Tree and Angsana, and the newly Cassia and Dhawa.

THPT Comment: Banyan Tree, once courted by Accor, but that was not to be, have done OK and clearly are looking strong in Cuba.

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