Bravo Club Hotel Arenal

Resort in Habana del Este

Back after a six-year hiatus, the Arenal has re-established itself as Playas del Este's best hotel (although this isn't saying much). Situated aside a small lagoon with boardwalk access to a lovely slice of beach, it lacks the panache of Cuba's northern cayos (keys), though its slightly iffy architecture has, at least, received a welcome sprucing up. The clientele is primarily Italian.