Prepare yourself: the vista from this pastel-pink colonial-style hotel is one of the best in Cuba. Open the shutters of your classic valley-facing room and drink in the shimmering sight of magnificent mogotes, oxen-ploughed red fields and palm-frond-covered tobacco-drying houses. While no five-star palace, Los Jazmines benefits from its unrivaled location and a gloriously inviting swimming pool.

Handy extras include an international clinic, a massage room and a small shop/market. The setting comes at a cost: bus tours stop off here almost hourly, thus eroding some of the ethereal ambience. The hotel is walkable from Viñales: 4km south on the Pinar del Río road. The Viñales tour bus stops here; so may Víazul drivers if you ask nicely.