NOVEMBER 10 - NOVEMBER 13, 2023

Secret location
Havana, Cuba

Experience Le Dîner en Blanc with Absolutely Cuba

Are you ready for an extraordinary adventure that combines elegance, mystery, and pure delight? Absolutely Cuba presents an exclusive travel experience with Le Dîner en Blanc as its dazzling centerpiece.

Le Dîner en Blanc is more than an event; it’s a well-kept secret, an invitation-only soirée, and a celebration of culture and togetherness. Join us for a weekend that seamlessly weaves Cuban culture, culinary excellence, and camaraderie into a tapestry of unforgettable memories.

Indulge in the Magic of Le Dîner en Blanc with Absolutely Cuba

Imagine an electrifying evening in vibrant Havana, where friends gather, dressed to the nines in dazzling white, at a secret iconic spot, ready to savor a culinary masterpiece, all in the heart of Cuba, where every moment is a celebration of authentic connections and unforgettable memories!

Highlights of the Le Dîner en Blanc x Absolutely Cuba Experience:

THE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Boutique Hotel Accommodations EXCLUSIVELY Reserved for Absolutely Cuba
  • Welcome Cocktails & Welcome Dinner upon Arrival
  • VIP Access to Le Dîner en Blanc: No Waitlists. No Phases. Skip the lines & Secure Your Seat.
  • You Only Need to Bring Yourself: Your table, chairs, crockery and glassware will be provided to you. 
  • Pre-Event Photo Session: Shot in our Luxurious Boutique Hotel Accommodations, Your Dîner en Blanc Glam will be Memorialized for a Lifetime
  • Take in the far-flung parts of the city from the back seat of a convertible classic car
  • Our EXCLUSIVE Absolutely Cuba Shopping Experience: Experience the ultimate in retail luxury with our EXCLUSIVE Absolutely Cuba Shopping Experience, where you’ll shop in style at boutique destinations opened exclusively for you.
  • Enjoy a three-course meal of authentic Cuban dishes and a champagne toast against the backdrop of Le Dîner en Blanc
  • Exclusive Attendee-Only Experiences All Weekend
  • Your Own Private Photographer to Capture this Momentous Occasion and Every Memorable Moment from Start to Finish
  • Beach Day and Seaside Lunch for You to Wind Down After Partying the Night Away
  • Farewell Dinner and Paladar Takeover at one of Havana’s Most Renowned Restaurants ~ Delicious doesn’t even begin to describe the experience.

The secret unveiled in the Heart of Cuba

But here’s the twist – the location is a secret we’ll reveal to you. You won’t find it on your own; it’s all part of the enchantment. You’ll board a private transportation from our designated meeting point, and as you journey to the undisclosed destination, the anticipation builds. Then, the moment arrives when the secret is unveiled – a breathtaking surprise against the backdrop of Cuba’s rich culture and history.

Your Travel Package Includes:

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Accommodation Details

Luxury Boutique Hotel Accommodations:

Boutique Casa Italia

Absolutely Cuba is known for attention to detail and the lushness of the itineraries we create. Travel with us is an experience.

Beginning with the boutique accommodations we choose for our clients, we aim to show you what is possible for travel to Cuba through every unique travel experience we create.

Boutique Casa Italia is the perfect example of the type of quality our clients have come to expect.

Boutique Casa Italia, nestled in the heart of Havana, offers a blend of unparalleled luxury and classic colonial elegance.

A New Standard of Luxury:
The meticulously designed rooms and suites redefine luxury. Each element is thoughtfully chosen to ensure utmost comfort. The cozy ambiance and classic colonial accents create an atmosphere where guests can expect an unforgettable experience.

Guest Comfort as the Top Priority:
At Casa Italia, guest satisfaction is their unwavering mission. The dedicated staff is available around the clock, committed to meeting every guest’s needs and ensuring their stay is nothing short of spectacular.

A Culinary Journey Awaits:
Prepare for a remarkable culinary adventure at Casa Italia’s restaurant. Here, Italian passion meets classic colonial charm. The chef has carefully crafted a menu that celebrates the rich flavors of Italy while embracing the freshness of local ingredients.

Savor Italy and Cuba in Every Bite:
Every dish invites guests to savor the exquisite fusion of Italian and Cuban flavors. The restaurant offers a sophisticated yet welcoming ambiance, perfect for special occasions or intimate dinners. The knowledgeable staff is on hand to expertly guide guests through a thoughtfully curated wine list, elevating the dining experience.

An Atmosphere of Colonial Grandeur:
Their elegant spaces, coupled with personalized service and exquisite cuisine, set the stage for impressing guests. Casa Italia becomes your trusted host as you immerse yourself in the timeless grandeur of Havana.

Boutique Casa Italia invites guests to experience luxury, charm, and sophistication in one of Havana’s most iconic settings. The journey to unforgettable memories begins here!

Frequently Asked Questions

This is easily the question we get asked most often…and the answer is a loud YES! Travel to Cuba is governed by 12 categories of travel established by OFAC. Travel by most travelers is covered by the category ‘Support of the Cuban People’ which mandates that itineraries of American travelers demonstrate a full-time schedule of meaningful engagement with the Cuban people. Every itinerary created by Absolutely Cuba is not only legally compliant, but we make sure that your time on the island is meaningful, engaging and entirely immersive and authentic.

Every person traveling to Cuba must purchase a tourist visa prior to arriving on the island. This visa can be purchased in advance of departure, via mail or at the airport. When you travel with Absolutely Cuba, we include your visa in your travel package.

Absolutely not! Several major carriers fly directly to Cuba from the United States. It’s never been easier to travel to this beautiful island.

In Havana, USD is accepted almost everywhere. More often than not, however, the change you get will be in CUP (Cuba’s national currency) at a rate decided by the location of purchase. Though you cannot exchange USD for CUP in the US prior to departure, once you arrive in Havana, Absolutely Cuba can arrange for our in destination concierge to help you exchange your USD at the best possible rate.

Credit cards issued by US-based banks cannot be used in Cuba. 

Cuba is the safest island in the Caribbean and you can absolutely travel alone. However, as with any destination, exercising good travel sense and maintaining awareness of your surroundings is key to having a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Unfortunately, many parts of Cuba are not ADA friendly. Between the cobblestone streets and the ever-present disrepair, strolls when one has a mobility issue can be a challenge. Additionally, our tours do have a decent amount of walking and some of our accommodations require walking up stairs to enter. The best way to see if one of our trips is right for you is to email Absolutely Cuba at hola@absolutelycuba.com. We are more than happy to provide the information to help you decide if this trip is the right one for you. 

Cuba is a year-round destination. It’s always a good time to travel to Cuba!

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER:
My name is Danielle Linares and I am the founder and owner of Absolutely Cuba, a travel concierge service for people traveling to the island of Cuba.

Over nearly a decade, through several short- and long-term visits to the island, I have immersed myself in all aspects of Cuban culture. At Absolutely Cuba we believe in imagining your itinerary through the lens of a local — not a tourist perspective.

We curate authentic, immersive, and memorable experiences that reflect the true essence of the island, through an Afro-Cuban lens.

The motivation behind my work is to inspire people to see beyond what’s possible for their lives, through lush travel experiences, like I had the first time I went to Cuba.

I have the travel pedigree and expertise to answer your questions and make sure that you have everything you need to make Cuba a profitable destination for your travel company. I use my insight, connections and insider knowledge about Cuba to show you the many travel possibilities for your clients looking to travel to the island. 

Single Occupancy
~ King Bed

Land Only Package

$1995 Per Person

Double Occupancy
~ Shared King

Land Only Package

$1795 Per Person

additional information

All bookings are accepted by Absolutely Cuba as agent for the travel Suppliers on your itinerary. Separate Supplier terms and conditions will apply to your booking and purchase of travel-related goods and services that you select, and you understand and agree to abide by the terms and conditions of purchase imposed by any Supplier on an itinerary you have approved. As a condition of booking, you must provide information requested by Absolutely Cuba along with your initial payment. Absolutely Cuba reserves the right to cancel your booking and all services and retain all related cancellation fees if your information is incomplete or inaccurate. Travel and payments are governed by Absolutely Cuba’s Terms & Conditions

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

•  AIRFARE

•  TRAVEL INSURANCE 

•  COVID TESTS, AS REQUIRED, FOR ENTRY & EXIT

•  PRE- AND POST-STAYS

•  MEALS NOT INDICATED

•  TRANSPORTATION NOT INDICATED

•  TOURIST VISAS

•  OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

•  ANY PERSONAL EXPENSES

BILLING:

Once your deposit has been made you can relax knowing that your future payments will be made automatically. We have set up a convenient payment plan that has evenly divided the cost of the trip over the next five months. Your initial deposit is due at the time of booking, and your future payments will be charged according to the schedule you see on your invoice. This is a service we provide for your convenience and at no extra cost to you.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

The unexpected is always a possibility. Losing money due to a cancelled vacation doesn’t have to be. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your travels. We cannot stress this enough. 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Travel documents, itineraries and travel instructions will be sent via email 30 days or earlier prior to travel.

CHANGE OF INFORMATION

Every guest is responsible for notifying Absolutely Cuba of any changes to their information, including but not limited to phone number, address and/or email address. Absolutely Cuba will not be held liable for client’s failure to receive information or notification due to faulty or missing information. 

You MUST purchase your own flight to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana no later than November 15, 2022. The airport code for Havana is HAV.  Our accommodations are 30 minutes from the airport. 

Once your flight has been purchased, ENTER YOUR FLIGHT INFORMATION HERE. This will ensure a smooth transfer from the airport to your casa accommodations. 

ARRIVAL TO CUBA

Please be mindful of your arrival time to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. Those arriving prior to 4 p.m. on October 5, 2023 will be entitled to pick-up and transfer from the airport. 

MISCELLANEOUS

Not all parts of Cuba will afford you the familiar standards of Western culture, i.e., air conditioning, wifi or cultural norms. Especially in Cuba, a country like no other, this is part of the experience.  

There will be parts of your trip where you will be “unplugged” and without access to technology. This is not a “lay on the beach” trip, but you will have the opportunity for leisure, allowing you to immerse yourself in the culture of Cuba, as it comes to you.

ENTRY TO CUBA

Beginning November 15, 2021, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS, the testing mandate has been removed. Effective April 6 2022, the vaccine mandate to enter has been removed. You may still be given a PCR test on arrival in Cuba.

All travelers are required to complete a Health Declaration (Declaracíon Jurada de Sanidad) online before travel.

From December 1, 2020, all air tickets will have a sanitary fee of $30 included to cover the cost of various provisions associated with health and safety on the island. 

Every traveler traveling with Absolutely Cuba is required to purchase Cuban health insurance. Cuban health insurance is not included in your package. Cost: approximately $30USD. 

SCREENING AND QUARANTINE

At the discretion of the Cuban government, arriving tourists may be given a PCR test on arrival and may be subject to quarantine. Any costs related to additional testing and/or quarantine will be paid at the traveler’s expense. 

If you are selected for testing and your first PCR test is positive, you will be transported to a state-run hospital or medical center. Arrangements will be made by the Ministry of Public Health.

Once discharged, the costs of the hospital or clinic stay are paid by you in cash. The cost of a hospital stay is roughly estimated at $300USD per day. 

CUBA: FOR YOUR INFORMATION

OFAC COMPLIANCE

All itineraries created and executed by Destination by Danielle d/b/a Absolutely Cuba (“Absolutely Cuba”) are compliant with OFAC regulations. Our itineraries provide a a full-time schedule of experiences focused on meaningful engagement with the Cuban people.All U.S. Citizens must travel under one of 12 authorized categories. Your trip falls under the category “Support of the Cuban People”.  PLEASE NOTE: By law, you are required to keep your itinerary on file for five (5) years.

PASSPORT VALIDITY

Your passport must be valid for at least SIX (6) months after your departure date from Cuba. Please be sure to verify your passport’s validity. Refunds will not be issued due to inability to travel.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

Some electrical items with heavy power consumption may be confiscated on entry to Cuba. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are also subject to import requirements and may be confiscated. Confiscated items are normally returned on departure.Mobile telephones, tablets and laptops can be taken to Cuba, but any inbuilt GPS should be disconnected or disabled. For more information on Cuban customs regulations, including a list of prohibited and regulated items, visit the Cuban Customs Administration website.Cuban regulations allow a maximum of two pieces of checked in luggage per person, each to a maximum weight of 32kgs. Passengers should confirm their luggage allowance, which may be more restrictive than this, and excess baggage charges with their airline.

RELEVANT LINKS:

ABSOLUTELY CUBA TERMS & CONDITIONS

COVID WAIVER

ABSOLUTELY CUBA SAFE TRAVEL AGREEMENT

THE CUBA YOU CAN’T GOOGLE

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