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New five-star luxury resort to be built in Varadero, Cuba

The Government of Cuba announced last week that a new brand new five-star resort will be built on the island. The luxurious Carbonera Club will be located near Varadero Beach and is expected to cost $350 million as part of a partnership between British firm Esencia Hotels and Cuban firm Palmares SA.

New five-star luxury resort to be built in Varadero, Cuba

A brand new luxury hotel complex is scheduled to be built in Varadero, according to the Cuban government.

The five-star Carbonera Club will be built near Varadero Beach, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cuba, and the project is said to cost approximately $350 million.

The property will be built as part of a joint partnership between the British firm Esencia Hotels and Cuban firm Palmares SA, and it will feature a beachfront hotel, spa, tennis club, golf course and a residential development.

Esencia stated that the hotel has been designed by the architectural studios, Rafael De La Hoz, Conran and Partners and One Works, as well as the golf course designer PGADC.

Earlier this year, Cuba enacted its new foreign investment law and the new five-star hotel is expected to be the first of its kind on the Caribbean island.

According to the Tourism Ministry, Cuba has received just under 1.3 million tourists during the first quarter of 2014, a five per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

Varadero is situated in the province of Matanzas on the Hicacos Peninsula on the north coast of Cuba. The coastal resort is home to more than 20km of pristine white sand beaches and several luxury all-inclusive beachfront resorts under international hotel brands such as Melia, Sandals, Iberostar and Cubanacan.

The area's stunning natural landscapes include the Bellamar Caves and idyllic virgin cays, and the turquoise ocean waters are perfect for scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing, and deep sea fishing.

Varadero town is a fantastic place to wander around and explore local open air markets or dine at gourmet restaurants. The famous Varadero Beach, also known as the "Blue Beach" because of its warm calm azure waters, is a great place to relax or pick up some authentic handicrafts from beach vendors.

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