The magic of the Villa Clara keys, called up by such names as Santa Marfa, Ensenachos and Las Brujas (the witches), is seen, not only in the natural spaces on the ocean and the excellent infrastructure, but the expanding active recreational areas under Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A., operating 2,:1:14 beach rooms in five hotels.
Las Brujas is the first islet, only four kilometres long and two kilometres wide, with 24 wood-and-red tile cabins (3 stars) built on pylons over a cliff, ideal for the most adventurous.
Ensenachos is part of an old indigenous settlement, :1.7-X 2 beachfront kilometres, with the elegant and exotic RoyalHideaway Ensenachos (5 stars Plus), 506 rooms -including 46suites- managed by the Spanish chain Occidental Hoteles.
Last but not least, Cayo Santa Marfa,:13 kilometres long, with three hotels: Sol Cayo Santa Marfa (4 stars) with 30:1 rooms; Melia Cayo Santa Marfal 358 rooms and the vast Melia Las Dunas, 925 rooms (both 5 stars), all of the Sol Melia chain.
An area in open developmet
Given the progressive development of central Cubal Grupo Gaviota plans eventually to have 111000 rooms in this areal focusing on Santa Marfa and Las Brujasl by late 2015. The area already has many novel comforts in science fiction sounding places like, Punta Madruguilla, La Estrella II, Las Dunas V and Piedra Movidal which offer excellent service for demanding clients who favour environmental protection in out-of-the-way, safe and natural spots.
As a distinctive touch, a tourist village will soon be finished in the Villa Clara islets that, in addition to integrating its beauty with the landscape, will also have an aquariumdolphinarium, restaurants, bars, a bowling alley, disco, shopping center, fitness center, business center and a nautical point to satisfy maritime desires, including yachting, diving and the like. Plans also include finishing the second stage of the Hotel Barcelo Cayo Santa Maria, already with 1308 rooms including a Royal area.
The keys are linked to the mainland by a 48-kilometer causeway over the sea, although there is also access by air with a domestic terminal in Las Brujas, for small and medium sized planes.
Cayo Santa Marfa Village will soon have three restaurants: Katzura, a Japanese restaurant seating 80 for those who prefer exotic Asian cuisine; Vesuvius, an Italian restaurant that will seat 100 and Auroral a gourmet restaurant that will seat 80 patrons with a discerning palate.
Grupo Gaviota's over twenty years experience is turning the northern islets of Villa Clara into .. . a new world of colors.