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Hotel El Salton , Contramaestre, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Hotel Horizontes Villa El Salton
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Hotel Horizontes Villa El Salton Ranchon Pool Room
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Guide giving pre-walk briefing
A Landscape on a Sierra MaestraTrail from El Salton Hotel
A Sierra Maestra Trail
El Salton Waterfall
Waterfall next to the Hotel
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About Hotel Horizontes Villa El Salton
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Hotel Horizontes Villa El Salton is located on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Maestra, Cuba’s highest mountain range, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, a natural cascade and microclimate.

Opened some three decades ago as a health resort for the Cuban Communist Party elite, today this mountain resort does double duty as an eco-resort and spa. The setting is lovely. "Montane rainforest" surrounds the hotel, which overlooks a river canyon, and birdsong abounds. Hence, it's popularity with birding groups. Trails lead deep into the mountains, and a main draw here is the chance to hike a little explored part of the country with modest comforts to return to at the end of each day. The hotel offers guided hikes, horseback rides, and birding trips.

The spa services are a tad utilitarian. Definitely no romantic candles and incense here. Still, the massage service and whirlpool spa (water is usually tepid rather than hot) help soothe weary muscles after invigorating hikes or horseback rides. A thatched open-air restaurant overhangs a cascade and we enjoyed a delicious garlic sea bass during our most recent visit. There's even a small swimming pool.

El Saltón has 22 air-conditioned rooms in four buildings overlooking lawns sweeping down to the river. We like these simply appointed rooms, with their wood-paneled walls, terrazo tile floors, and picture windows. Utilitarian furniture is limited to twin beds, dresser, and side-table, and each room has a small satellite TV, phones, plus refrigerator. Bathrooms have been upgraded with modern fixtures.
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Cafe / snack bar
Ecological excursions programme
Evening entertainment - cabarets
Games room
Medical services
Money exchange
Nightclub, disco or dance hall
Shop(s) with basic supplies, souvenirs & gifts
Swimming pool
Taxis desk
Telephone - national & international calls
Details of Standard Room  
The standard rooms have air conditioning, minibar, telephone, radio, private bath and room service.
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Minibar / Fridge
Room service
Guide to Contramaestre
The city & municipality of Contramaestre lies on the main highway roughly midway between Santiago de Cuba and Bayamo. The 610 sq km of Contramaestre municipality has a population of about 100k.

The name Contramaestre means "a foreman, vigilante or master of factory workers", but here the word was used when "the master" tributary of River Cauto was discovered here in the 16th Century, and called Rio Contramaestre.

The recommended route to Hotel Villa El Salton is via the rather spiffing (newly tarmaced 2010) scenic road from Contramaestre City.
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