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Hotels in Cayo Naranjo, Holguin

Hotel Gaviota Villa Cayo Naranjo

Hotel Gaviota Villa Cayo Naranjo

Providing an insight into the erstwhile privileged lifestyle of Cuba\'s government elite, this reclusive villa-hotel is on an island once reserved for their exclusive use as a hunting retreat. Yes, you\'ll do a double take! Those really are antelope and zebra wandering the scrubby island and formerly intended for the crosshairs of rifle scopes. Today the isle is a nature reserve and the lodge now caters to tourists. Still, it plays mightily on the hunting theme. Trophy heads stare down as you eat in the lounge and dining room. The chandliers are made of antlers. And ox-hide chairs play up the theme.

You can partake of Jeep safaris and guided hikes and horseback rides. For eats, take your pick of the air-conditioned main dining room or a rustic outdoor thatched beach grill. Yes, there are some lovely little beaches for sunning, and the snorkeling is excellent (bring your own gear).

Some rooms are in motel-style rows with terra-cotta floors; others are in rustic freestanding wooden cabins; still others are in lofty suites on stilts.