An oasis of luxury... or even decadence... right in the heart of socialism. Cuba's first luxury hotel should help the country raise badly needed cash. But there is already resistance.
Cuba's first ultra luxury hotel opened its doors Monday in Havana, with guests paying up to $2,500 a night to stay in five-star comfort on the Communist island.
Analysts say little will change as Miguel Diaz-Canel takes over the presidency in Cuba. The country's economy is in desperate need of reform and US-Cuba relations are on the rocks after a brief honeymoon.
Some of the world's most lavish consumer brands are making their first appearance in Cuba. After decades with a focus on social equality, the government hopes high-end tourism will help the economy.
A series of alleged health attacks in Havana have soured relations between the US and Cuba. Washington insists that travelers are at risk. Others claim it is all nonsense.
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