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On this space you'll find inspiration for your travels to Cuba drawn from my very own experience visiting famous landmarks and off-the-beaten-path wonders, meeting wonderfully charming people and discovering new sites, new eateries as well as coming across exciting new adventures.

As I'm based in Havana, this magical city is my main focus and most of my travel experiences shared here will reflect that. From the colonial side of Old Havana with its grand buildings and decayed glamour, to the hip and happening new side of the city, which is currently opening up to the world with a modern outlook.

Follow my Cuban trail for a personal and updated view of the island, learn about the country's past and present, feel the pulsating Cuban vibe, read about the places where you can dance and mingle with the locals and plan to experience it all yourself with my handy tips and insider knowledge. For when you want to know the real Cuba and immerse fully in its culture; my posts will take you there.

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Susana Corona's Been There Done That

  • Got lost in a sugar cane field while sampling "guarapo"
  • Watched the sunset and sunrise from the Malecon on the same day
  • Sang along to some tunes from young amateur musicians in Calle G
  • Climbed "Pico Turquino" while attempting to salsa-dance my way up
  • Danced the night away in honour of the Orishas at a "santeria" house party

Recent articles in Our woman in Havana

  • 05 Oct 2016
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Looking for inspiration

15 unmissable attractions to experience the best of Mexico

For the most memorable of Mexican adventures, these top 15 experiences to be had in one of Latin America's largest and most diverse countries, truly encompasses the varied riches of this one-of-a-kind gem, a land that should be fully absorbed with all five senses. Read on to find out how to make the best of this fascinating land and embark on 15 unique Mexican adventures to forever treasure.
  • 07 Dec 2015
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All you need to know

The Holiday Place does it again - back to filming another edition of WTM 2015

Last week the World Travel Market swept London off its feet with another exciting edition of this grand travel fair (the largest of its kind in the world) with its super-sized, eye-catching panels and its ambitious and (sometimes) elaborate or futuristic stands offering a glimpse into the different worldwide destinations on offer. The Holiday Place was the once again there not only to meet up with long-established partners in the industry and do a bit of networking with potential new ones, but also to film the event for yet another year, interview some of our key partners and capture the essence of this larger-than-life, somewhat dramatic and deeply evocative event.
  • 28 Oct 2015
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Unforgettable experiences

A Martian landscape at everyone's reach - no spaceship required

Hardly ever a Hollywood blockbuster is able to represent so purely and immaculately an earthly landscapes that truly looks out of this world. Yet this is exactly what The Martian seamlessly achieves when shooting the Mars scenes on the wild vast desert areas of Jordan's Wadi Rum, with no special effects added other than dust to recreate storms and slight changes in the colour of the skies. Read on to find out the most fascinating aspect of The Martian and Jordan's out-of-this-world Wadi Rum...
  • 02 Oct 2015
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Unforgettable experiences

Things that struck me about India - my personal highlights

Join in my tour along India's Golden Triangle and read about what the highlights of this soul-enriching trip were for me. Discover all the highlights of my week-long adventure packed to the brim with a very busy itinerary taking in some of India's most iconic landmarks - from the sublime and well-documented beauty of the Taj Mahal and the ubiquitous cows' presence in urban areas to the less talked about Delhi Metro and the unexpectedly enchanting Qutab Minar.
  • 23 Mar 2015
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Looking for inspiration

Kick-starting the Year of Mexico in the UK 2015

The Holiday Place was present at the closing ceremony of Potters Fields Park's Mexico exhibition, held outdoors from 25th February to 11th March in one of London's most iconic riverside locations. For two weeks an open air fair showcasing the best of Mexico's vibrant culture was presented to the general public with a variety of evocative elements and eye-catching material representing the colourful North American nation.
  • 08 Jan 2015
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Amazing cities

Camaguey - a largely undiscovered Cuban city and province that has it all

A little explored city by most international travellers, Camaguey is a relatively unknown gem that holds many surprises. It has it all, from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to picturesque colonial landscapes, beautiful and varied architecture, puzzling layout, a rich history, captivating culture and the most gorgeous coastal landscapes you could wish for. Start discovering it here and learn why you should include it in your itinerary to Cuba.
  • 29 Dec 2014
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Cuba's vibrant festivals - The Carnival of Havana

The Carnival of Havana has long been ridiculed when compared against its much larger, much grander rival, Carnival of Santiago. Yet I'm here to show you why you shouldn't be quick to dismiss the capital's biggest, all-dancing, all-singing festivity and why, if ever you were to find yourself at the Cuban capital during this time, you should make time for taking part and joining in the conga line. Read on to find out more.
  • 12 Dec 2014
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All you need to know

The Holiday Place at the WTM 2014

Last November The Holiday Place attended the 2014 edition of the World Travel Market 2014, held at the ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Centre. Our main mission there was to shoot a video with the input of our travel partners but also to solidify relationships with the existing destinations we cover as well as engage with new ones that we might feature in the future. It was a day of inspirational encounters and general travel browsing that left us with an even bigger thirst for the world.
  • 17 Oct 2014
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Exciting news

Discovering Cuba at the Royal Geographical Society

Just two days ago, The Holiday Place was invited to attend the Royal Geographical Society's evening on Discovering Cuba, an event that looked to shed light on this emerging Caribbean destination whilst helping interested travellers plan their first trip to the island. I was there with a team from The Holiday Place and these are my chronicles of the event, which I found inspiring, moving and highly informative.
  • 22 Sep 2014
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The finer things in life

7 quirky and unique places to eat in Havana

Havana itself, we know it to be a place of sometimes quirky sometimes frustrating contrasts and this can be reflected in the island's dining tables too, many of which are now recently opening up as adventurous new eateries put in place by innovative local entrepreneurs. As if Cuba weren't quirky and eclectic enough, here we bring you seven of the top quirkiest restaurants in Havana.
  • 03 Sep 2014
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A walk in the past

Getting to know Cuba from its foundations - a story of 7 villas

Those that know Cuba well know that this island nation didn't start out split into the provinces and cities it has today. In its very beginnings, as the Spaniards conquered the island, they established settlements at various points throughout the country, with seven initial villas. These villas are of special interest as they are the ones to preserve original colonial architecture and infrastructure. Find out all about them with this introductory blog to Cuba's founding cities.
  • 14 Jul 2014
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Resolving the "Ultra" all-inclusive conundrum

Join me on my personal quest to finding the best ultra all-inclusive hotel chain of the times and find out what makes these kind of properties stand out from the rest, how they compare to each other in terms of what they offer, the quality of facilities they feature and the overall value-for-money that they represent.
  • 19 Jun 2014
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Exciting news

Crumbling historic building in Old Havana to reopen as new boutique hotel

A historic building in Old Havana is to be restored to its former glory after years of neglect and visible decay thanks to a new project that will see it converted into a shiny new deluxe hotel property that will be operated by Swiss luxury chain, Kempinski. If you'd like to find out more about what makes this centenarian structure so special, read my blog dedicated to its past, present and future.
  • 06 Jun 2014
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Havana's not so secret gems - boutique hotels for every budget

Havana is famous for its unique mix of past and present, of old and new, of modern salsa dancing and old traditional rhythms, but also for its immaculately preserved boutique properties that whilst boasting modern amenities have managed to remain virtually untouched despite the relentless passage of time. With amazing colonial mansions completely restored to their former glory and converted into hotels, on this blog I describe just what makes Havana's boutique retreats so special.
  • 22 May 2014
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Discovering Havana's finest Art Deco pieces

Havana is famous the world over for its old age allure, its impossible-to-replicate mix of architectural styles perfectly coexisting without any of them looking out of place, the nostalgia of the crumbling marvels that were glorious in its heyday - and amidst all these stand the amazing Art Deco buildings that are authentic living, breathing time pieces that have magnificently withstood the passage of time, remaining virtually untouched for all to admire. Get to know them here.
  • 01 May 2014
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Exciting news

A fabulous time at the 2014 LUKAS Awards

Last night, together with a group of colleagues from The Holiday Place, I was lucky enough to be invited to the hottest Latin event of the year - The LUKAS - a ceremony that rewards the efforts, dedication and achievements of Latin personalities in the UK. Read on to find out about my fantastic evening at the LUKAS gala and the procession of Latin stars that graced this year's event.
  • 28 Mar 2014
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A walk in the past

Romantic Trinidad - the colonial beauties and experiences you shouldn't miss

Trinidad is fascinating not only because it has wondrously managed to escape the passage of time and remain virtually intact across the centuries, but also because it offers an array of unique experiences no one on a visit here (even a short one) should miss. This is why I've taken the time to blog about romantic Trinidad and the amazing beauties and experiences you shouldn't dare to overlook!
  • 09 Mar 2014
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Unmissable opportunities

Immortal Tango - Best seats for just £25

The glamour of Hollywood comes to life in this world premiere dance spectacular. Created by international tango superstar German Cornejo, Immortal Tango is an unforgettable evening of sultry passion, elegant costumes, live music and exquisite tango dancing.
  • 08 Mar 2014
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My private Havana journey - "almendrones", "paladares" and "casas particulares"

Just two weeks ago I came back from my most recent visit to Havana. But beyond visiting family and friends, I had an agenda - to learn more about Havana's newly emerging private sector, after the change in legislation allowing for more private businesses in the country. I tried and tasted many of these establishments along with a group of colleagues who joined me on this latest adventure. Now you can also join me by reading my post and experience Cuba's most recent changes through my eyes.
  • 03 Feb 2014
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Exciting news

Two unique hotel gems reopening in Havana

Havana is welcoming the re-launch of two outstanding and invaluable properties on two very different areas of the capital. The legendary Capri Hotel of the 50s on one hand in the city's modern Vedado neighbourhood and the colonial gem of El Comendador in Old Havana. Read my post to learn more about what makes these two reopenings so exciting and special.
  • 22 Nov 2013
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Sights to spot along the Malecon - a personal guide

Aged and flavourful, like a good wine, robust and patient, like a graceful old lady, Havana's Malecon evokes feelings of love, longing, admiration and awe. The confidant of many, it has offered consolation to melancholy passers-by, it has glimmered with hope, it has shined with the colours of the rainbow, it has endured the fierce lashings of the waves throughout the years. Follow my journey along its length and find out about its history and the places and sights you will find along the way.
  • 28 Oct 2013
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The finer things in life

La Guarida, the best "Paladar" in Havana

A legendary restaurant unlike any other in Havana, La Guarida is that iconic, Bohemian corner where many of the rich and famous have come to mingle and enjoy the delicious Cuban cuisine with unique menu items and a refreshing, typically Cuban decor.
  • 26 Sep 2013
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Top all inclusive resorts in Cuba, a quick holiday guide

If you're wondering which all inclusive resort in Cuba is the right one for your particular needs and wants, this quick guide will show you the best of the best in different regions of the island. From the top three all inclusive resorts in famous Varadero beach to the two most outstanding all inclusive retreats hidden away in Guardalavaca and the best all inclusive in Cuba's virginal keys, this guide showcases the best of the best.
  • 18 Jan 2012
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Experience Cuba now with 10 nights all inclusive in blissful Varadero Beach

Get acquainted with Cuba's most famous and largest beach resort and discover why so many come back again and again to the island's largest stretch of floury soft fine sands and shallow turquoise waters. In the meantime you'll enjoy the all-inclusive facilities, amenities and services of a great value resort offering plenty of options for a laidback stay or a fun-filled getaway.
  • 17 Jan 2012
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