Xanadu is the gorgeous mansion just east of Varadero, built by the Dupont family in the early 1930s. It was expropriated after the Cuban revolution in 1959, yet remains as beautiful today as it must have been at inception. It is also the home to Cuba's only golf course.
Our group of 4 had lunch there in March of this year. We were staying at the nearby Paradisus Varadero, a magnificent hotel about which I have written previously.
Our lunch was adequate, not great. It was rather pricey. We ate on the veranda overlooking the beach and sea, a picture perfect post card view. We thought the service was pleasant, although slow. This was a surprise, considering we were the only people there for lunch that day.
Not withstanding my less than enthusiastic views of the lunch, you should visit this place. It is in a time warp,beautifully preserved. The architecture is outstanding. Visit the bar on the third floor - a 360 degree view with music all the time, and dancing in the evening. Note the carved wood ceiling and contemplate the replacement cost!
If you are staying at one of the many nearby all-inclusive hotels in Varadero, make a point to visit Xanadu, if not for lunch or dinner, at least to enjoy the beauty of the place.
- Also Known As:
- Mansion Xanadu Hotel Varadero