The colorful cultures of Miami, Florida and Havana, Cuba have been intertwined for generations. In this dynamic getaway, three fortunate couples will celebrate that collective legacy with a relaxing, refreshing start in Miami, followed by a deep dive into the artistic, architectural, literary and culinary wonders of Cuba.
Your journey begins with a private transfer to marvelous Miami, where you’ll check-in to the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club for two posh nights. Sip cocktails that evening in the Champagne Bar prior to enjoying a chef’s tasting menu with paired wines at Le Sirenuse. Spend the following day either indulging your passion for luxury at Bal Harbour Shops, enjoying spa treatments or spending the day relaxing at the Surf Club pool. Later that evening, dine at the Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller.
Next, travel to Havana, Cuba, via a private flight. Upon arrival, a guide will lead you through the historic Revolution Square to see the José Martí Memorial, the famous Che Guevara image and the Ministry of the Interior Building, followed by a classical dance performance with percussionist at Compas Dance. Afterwards, lunch awaits you at a private palador, before taking a trip to the quaint fishing village of Jaimanitas. Here, you’ll visit renowned artist José Rodríguez Fuster, as well as his private home and studio, and view the exciting neighborhood mosaic tile art project inspired by Catalan modernist Antoni Gaudí. Later, check in to the new Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski for three nights. That evening, you’ll dine at one of the best traditional private paladars in Cuba, followed by drinks at the famous El Floridita – one-time hangout of Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos and Ezra Pound.
Your itinerary continues the next day with an Old Havana renovation talk from the lead city planner and chief architect for the city of Havana. Later, experience a walking tour of La Habana Vieja/Old Havana to explore the four major plazas: Plaza Armas, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja and Plaza San Francisco. During the city tour, couples will join in a casual and candid photo shoot with a photographer before visiting a community-based Graphic Arts Studio for printmaking. Lunch at a popular eatery in Old Havana is followed by a private rum tasting with the sommelier of Havana Club Rum. Later, enjoy private salsa lessons at Casa del Son before returning to the hotel and taking a sunset ride through Havana in classic 1950s convertibles. That evening’s dinner will be at a restaurant with one of the best wine cellars in the city. You’ll also have a chance to attend a ballet performance at the National Theater.
The next day, enjoy a tour of H. Upmann Cigar Factory, one of the oldest cigar factories in the world, followed by a visit to Finca Vigía, the estate of Ernest Hemingway in the San Francisco neighborhood. You’ll then head to a special lunch at a private paladar with a renowned chef who will provide you with personal mojito mixology lessons! And that’s not all – that afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to either enjoy unique access to the private studios and galleries of some of Cuba’s top and emerging artists or visit the University of Havana. For your final evening in Havana, have dinner at La Guarida, an emblem in Old Havana with a former diplomat.
Before departing back to Naples the following day, wrap up your stay with a visit the Cuban Wing of the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Almacenes San José Artisans’ Market to browse local crafts and souvenirs.
Toast to the sights and sounds of Miami and Cuba – with the best possible bid!
Private Airfare is from Miami, Florida to Havana, Cuba, returning to Naples, Florida. Private car service from Naples, Florida to Miami, Florida is included, as well as transfers to the Miami Airport and from the Naples Airport. Ground transportation in Miami is not included. Accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club in Miami are based on availability at the time of booking and will either be in Premier Ocean Front rooms or Private Cabana Studios. Dinners at Le Sirenuse and the Surf Club Restaurant includes tax and gratuity, but beverages are not included. The optional activities (shopping, spa treatments, etc.) would be at the winning bidder’s expense. All ground transportation with a dedicated driver in Havana, Cuba is included. Your professional English-speaking, Cultural Cuba guide will be the couples’ full-time guide throughout the trip. The order and timing of some of the listed sites and activities in Havana may change due to a change in accessibility. While in Cuba, breakfast each morning at the hotel is included, but the lunches and dinners mentioned in the itinerary will be at the winning bidder’s expense. The dedicated expert Cuban guide will be available to navigate any changes to the itinerary, as well as to incorporate any substitute activities and adjustments to the pacing that are requested. Trips to Miami and Havana are to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates and must be scheduled at least 60 days in advance.
Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Cultural Cuba and with thanks to Christin McKay, Luxury Travel Advisor with SmartFlyer
Private Airfare donated by Kathy & Dan Mezzalingua and Delta Private Jets