Cuba Calling! The Luxe New Way to Explore the En Vogue Isle by Private Jet

Cuba Calling! The Luxe New Way to Explore the En Vogue Isle by Private Jet

Grab a group of friends for a posh $40,000 vacation... before the masses of Americans access the island.

By Melanie Bowden Simón
Yes, travel restrictions to Cuba may have eased, but luxe travel to the globe’s buzziest destination has largely been out of reach to Americans... until now.
British private jet charter service Victor books direct, on-demand flights and curated experiences to Cuba with take-off from 19 major U.S. cities, including L.A., New York, Atlanta, and Miami.

“This is for the traveler who has been everywhere and done everything but not been to Cuba,” says Victor North America senior vice president David Young. “Our luxury services translate to once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” 

With the swipe of an app, you and a group of your BFF's can whip up custom itineraries — and some serious sizzle.

Jet on a Lear 45 or Gulfstream’s newest supersonic star, the G650, rigged with plush leather seating and touch-screen options for temperature, lighting, window shades, and entertainment. On touchdown, you’ll check into upscale digs, Iberostar's Parque Central, or Hotel Saratoga, where Beyoncé and Jay-Z created frenzies during their fifth anniversary celebration on the isle.

Photo: Bo Powell
Roll through Havana in an American 1950s classic, seaside along the Malecón and through the city’s Revolutionary Square, Havana University, and Old Havana. Explore movie star and mobster stomping ground Hotel Nacional with its peacock-grazing gardens and stunning ocean vistas. Inside, the Wall of Fame showcases global celebs, royalty, and heads of state who visit regularly. Keep an eye out for Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, Kate Moss, Javier Bardem, and Sean Penn, who’ve been spotted in recent years.

Photo: Bo Powell
Other standout options include a private performance by the Lizt Alfonso dancers. Have an intimate cocktail party with diplomats and dinner at Havana’s hippest eatery, El Cocinero, housed in a revamped oil factory — and follow it up with rooftop drinks with Cuba’s hottest up-and-coming musicians. Cut block-long lines for an exclusive after-party with live music, art, and photography at groundbreaking spot, La Fabrica de Arte Cubana or Cuban Art Factory — a.k.a. the brainchild of rock star and filmmaker X Alfonso.

Photo: Bo Powell

Take a breather with an excursion to western Cuban tobacco town Viñales where you can hike or horseback through the mountains, breaking for cave and waterfall dips. Lunch on a local organic farm is trailed by samplings of the iconic hand-rolled cigars produced on site.

Back in Havana, round off the drool-worthy trip with a private concert with Buena Vista Social Club, and a send-off dinner at the home of one of the country’s top art collectors. Rum tastings with the country’s leading experts on the terrace wrap the tropical getaway.

A four-night program for eight travelers from Miami begins at $40,000.
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