All-In Luxury® Staycation - From Cuba with Love

Satisfy your travel daydreams with an All-In Luxury® Staycation inspired by the stylish architecture, pristine beaches, and soothing tropical ambiance of Cuba!  From a traditional Cuban dinner recipe to an uplifting curated destination playlist and delicious cocktail recipe to celebrate the end of a workday, discover the best of Cuba from the comfort of home.

Classic Cuba Mojito

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1 oz Lime Juice
1 tsp Sugar
5 Mint leaves
2 oz White Rum
Crushed Ice


1) Combine your mint, rum, lime juice, and sweetener in a cocktail shaker. Then use a cocktail muddler to gently muddle the mint a bit so that those fresh minty flavors get released.⁣
2) Add ice to the cocktail shaker, then cover and give it a good vigorous shake for about 15 seconds until chilled.
3) Strain the mixture into a tall glass filled with ice, being sure that an inch or so is left at the top of the glass. ⁣
4) Top off with club soda and serve! Garnish with lots of extra fresh mint and lime, if desired.⁣

Cuba Playlist

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Salsa, Cha Cha Cha and Mumbo your way to the weekend with our curated Cuban playlist! From Cuba with love, we bring you the very best selection of Latin music that is sure to lift your spirits and get you moving during your All-In Luxury® Staycation! Turn up the tunes on our Spotify playlist by following this link

Ropa Vieja Recipe

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3 pounds chuck roast, brisket, or flank steak
2 tablespoons (or more if using flank steak) extra-virgin olive oil
2 large onions, chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 tablespoons Diamond Crystal or 3½ teaspoons Morton kosher salt
8 garlic cloves, finely grated
½ cup dry white wine
4 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 tablespoon dried Mexican or Italian oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
2 bay leaves
¾ cup pimiento-stuffed Spanish olives, halved crosswise
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
Chopped cilantro, white rice, maduros, and black beans (for serving)


1) Pat roast dry with paper towels. Heat oil in a large oven-safe pot over high. Cook chuck roast, turning occasionally until browned on both sides (5–7 minutes per side). Transfer to a plate. 

2) Place rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 250°. 

3) In the pot, cook onion, bell peppers, and salt (plus 2 Tbsp. oil if using flank steak), stirring occasionally, 12–14 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently and scraping bottom of pan, until vegetables are golden brown, 3–5 minutes.

4) Stir in wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until evaporated. Stir in paprika, oregano, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne until vegetables are coated; continue to cook, stirring, until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute. 

5) Add tomatoes and coarsely break up with a spoon. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. 

6)  Nestle roast into tomato mixture and tuck in bay leaves on either side. Cover and transfer to oven. Braise roast and vegetables until meat is very tender and shreds easily, 2½–3 hours. Let cool 15 minutes. 

7) Skim excess fat from sauce; discard bay leaves. Using a potato masher or 2 forks, tear and smash beef into sauce until it’s shredded and incorporated into sauce. Stir in olives and vinegar. 

8) Top with cilantro. Serve with rice, fried sweet plantains, and beans alongside and enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit

Share your love of Cuba and Royalton on your next Zoom video call!​

While having your weekly video conferences, social “happy hours” with friends or connecting with family/loved ones during this time of social and physical distancing, download one of our custom Royalton Cuba backgrounds and use it on all of your video calls. See the instructions here.

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Located just steps from the soft white-sand beach of La Estrella, Royalton Cayo Santa Maria offers guests a luxurious adults only stays in Cuba. Combining the island’s charming culture with a beautiful property, exceptional service and incredible attention to detail, Royalton Cayo Santa Maria promises travelers the vacation of their dreams. 

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Nestled on the white-sand shores of Varadero, Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa offers discerning travelers an unforgettable all-inclusive experience in Cuba. Combining the island's charming culture with exceptional service and incredible attention to detail, Royalton Hicacos  is a cut above the rest with its all-inclusive resort facilities designed to create the perfect ambience for relaxation.

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