For over a decade, Cuba was the top destination on our travel wishlist and it finally came a reality in March 2016. The resulting experience was beyond our hopes and expectations - culturally, creatively and emotionally. The visit inspired our new collection that is titled My heart skipped a beat in Cuba.
Over the next weeks, we are going to recap some of our best experiences as we toured the country.
The first stop on our journey across the island was the capital Havana and it set the right tone for our voyage across the island. A mixture of the old and new, rustic and modern; Havana provides a glimpse into the yesteryears where rowdy icons like the Rat Pack ruled the scene. It has managed to stand still at point in history that remains forever nostalgic and never out-dated.
We had rum everyday, with breakfast, lunch and dinner – the quality was that good. Enjoy a margherita at the Floridita bar, the favourite spot of the author Ernest Hemingway. It is a tourist trap but the magheritas are totally worth the wait. A tip for you, it is best to visit at night when it is a lot quieter on the tourist front and more locals attend.
It would be rude to visit Havana and not try a Cuban sandwich. Simple yet tasty, our favourite was had at Floridita.
The private restaurants serve would of a superior quality to the larger restaurants that are Government-owned.
We stayed at the Iberostar Parque Central hotel – the rooms were super spacious and it is in a great location that is close to Old Havana
Walk around the cobbled streets of Old Havana – make sure your cameras are at the ready as each corner is a postcard waiting to be captured. The locals are so friendly; you’re bound to get a few tips on what to do and where to go along the way.
Take a ride in the iconic vintage cars to have the best tour around the city.
A rum factory. They no longer produce rum, but they sell Cuban cigars and you do get to taste seriously great rum. We managed to enjoy some flaming cappuccinos too - the best coffee ever.
Catch a show featuring musicians from the renowned Buena Vista Social Club. The most famous is held at the Hotel Nacional du Cuba, but there are several others held around town.
The Yeni jumpsuit and you will get the right type of swag required for Havana. Pair with some flat brogues that you will need for walking. The only other accessory you may need is a cigar. Shop here.