Cayo Naranjo, Holguin
This pristine cay, on the eastern side of the Bah?a de Nipes, isn't terribly easy to get to, but if isolated and totally unpopulated, sugar-white cove beaches are of interest to you, it could certainly be worth the effort. An erstwhile exclusive game resort, the cay has an exceptional roster of flora and fauna, which includes not only deer and wild boar, but also a wild collection of exotics like antelopes, ostrich, water buffalo, and zebras. Most excursions include snorkeling, boat rides, jeep safaris, horseback riding, and lunch on the beach.
There's one hotel on the cay, Villa Cayo Saet?a, with a half-dozen nice cabanas. Cayo Saet?a is about 90 minutes from Guardalavaca by car and just 20 minutes by helicopter (the preferred method of transport).
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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.