Do you fancy going to Cuba for 11 days for New Year 2018?

Do you fancy going to Cuba for 11 days for New Year 2018?


Do you fancy going to Cuba for 11 days for New Year 2018 Cuban Vibes & Key2Cuba?


27th December 2018 to 8th January 2019
Cost – £1,880 – to include

Return direct flights from Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic
3 nights all inclusive in 4* Blau Arenal Hotel Havana Airport

Welcome party with Cuban dancers Comprehensive programme of Dance and Parties
The 11 night holiday programme includes:

• New Year’s Eve Gala Champagne Dinner under the stars.
• VIP smooth entrance and top table reservation at Maykel Blanco’s New Year’s Eve Party/or Bamboleo.
• Back stage celebrity passes to the New Year’s Day 10 band concert on the sea front with Los Van Van. (Priceless)
• 15 hours of dance training with Cuba’s leading Afro-Cuban Academy Raices Profundas.
• 5 levels of tuition, in Casino Salsa, Son, Rumba, Rueda, Afro-Cuban and Orishas led by Ildolida Jane Ramos, Kerry Ribchester and guest celebrity dance teacher Carlton.
• 44 hours of being spoilt and supported on the dance floor with five of our master dance animation team every night and all 21 of the dancers on four special, off the tourist track events.
• 21 Cuban dancers. Two dance teams – one for class and one for dancing in the evenings

Not included in the cost:-
8 nights in an apartment in Havana – approx £180.00
Food for the 8 nights – approx £150.00
Total cost of the holiday:- £2,210

When you book please quote the Cuban Vibes Booking code Cvibes18.
More info call Carlton on 07904 082080 or email
Pay £200 deposit Call Vanessa 01438 310008
Atol protected no 10897


CELEBRATE this NEW YEAR with the award winning Key2Cuba, joined by Carlton and his Cuban vibes clan. 27 December 2018 – 5th January 2019

Allow us to welcome you into the pulsating heart of Havana’s inimitable salsa dancing scene.

Enjoy a mesmerising holiday, especially designed to transform your Salsa, boost your confidence and fully immerse you into the authentic spirit and culture of Cuba.
Join us whether you are new to Salsa, a performer, a teacher, travelling independently or with friends and partners. Regardless of your age, gender, nationality and sexual orientation Key2Cuba will welcome you with open arms.

The unique warmth and joy of our professionally trained Cuban dancers will sweep you off your feet and nurture and transform the dancer in you every day and night.
Pack your dance shoes, leave your worries behind and get ready for the dance holiday of your life.

Our legendary 11night holiday includes

* New Year’s Eve Gala champagne dinner at the beach under the stars. (Worth $120)

* VIP smooth entrance & top table Reservation at Maykel Blanco’s New Year’s Eve Party/ or Bamboleo.

* Back stage celebrity passes to the New Year’s Day 10 band concert on the Sea Front with Los Van Van. (Priceless).


* 15 hours of dance training with Cuba’s leading Afro- Cuban Academy Raiced Profundas
* 5 levels of tuition, in Casino Salsa, Son, Rumba, Rueda, Afro- Cuban dance, Orishas led by Juan de Dios & Kerry Ribchester
* 44 hours of being spoilt & supported on the dance floor with five of our master dance animation team every night and all 21 the dancers on four special off the tourist track events.
* 21 Cuban dancers; two dance teams one for classes one for dancing in the evenings
* Return direct flights from Gatwick, London with Virgin Atlantic
* 5 nights all-Inclusive in the Hotel Club Blau Arenal, Playa del Este Havana –
* 6 nights at the centrally located Hotel Sevilla, Old Havana – breakfast included
* V.I.P. Arrival and drinks at the airport and at both hotels
* Free welcome party with the Cuban dancers at a stunning location over- looking the whole of Havana
* Airport transfers
* Exclusive access to bands, backstage access where possible, latest updates on all the best bands, clubs and options whilst on island as they are happening
* Dance programme designed to build your dance skills and technique
* Luxury coach transfers between hotels
* Free Water sports, Spanish lessons and extra dancing around the pool at the beach hotel
* Bi- lingual tour leader Kerry Ribchester and production team in Havana
* Concentrated, private, cool / air-conditioned dance spaces with sound systems or live music.
* Kerry Ribchester, qualified dance lecturer/ Structural Integrator who has led over 100 trips to Cuba overseeing the trip
* A dancer’s guide book to Havana
* Live percussion in the Afro Cuban classes and warm up’s
* A master class with/ Ildolidia Ramos/ Cuba’s most famous Rumbero Vladimir, and Cuba’s leading Son specialist Luis.
* A Son Cha Cha Cha extra class led by Carlton from Cuban Vibes as our international guest teacher.
* 1-2-1 coaching for beginners
* 1-2-1 coaching on style and technique and feedback for everyone
* Atol protected holiday with our partner Captivating Cuba

Optional extras that we know you won’t want to miss out on

* Option for Cuba’s leading cinema photographer to accompany the trip – last trip yielded over 1,200 photos on a DVD on the last day of the trip, organised by date and venue!
* Option of 5 more animation dancers and teachers for every club night and event during the vacation
* Optional extra programme of unique events;

A Bembe with over 16 professional dancers and musicians, private Rumba party with the famous Rumba ensemble, Clave -guaguanco, bring your Cuban friends along for free, free visits to recording studios with Cuban artists, beach parties with live bands, certification of dance course available for teachers.

4star Hotels.
Five nights all- inclusive at a four -star paradise beach hotel location, 20 minutes from the Havana night life.
Seven nights on a B&B basis in the heart of Old Havana in a colonial hotel where Al Capone used to rent the sixth floor. The hotel Sevilla.

You choose your style of accommodation in Havana city, either;

Option A.
Al Capone’s favourite hotel in the heart of old Havana, the majestic 4 * Hotel Sevilla with Spanish style architecture, rooms with views and balconies 24 hour bar, room service, a stunning marble courtyard with a water fountain to sip mojitos, outdoor pool and centrally located

Option B.
Stay in a local casa for the last seven nights. (Find you own casa on Air B& B or we can recommend one on a first come first serve basis). Pay the owner directly.

4 *Beach Hotel 5 nights – Club Blau Arenal- All inclusive.

Unwind, recharge and get to know your group at the stunning paradise beach resort in Havana. It has almost an Olympic size pool, with an eco-friendly nature reserve and lagoon. Located 25 min from Havana

The first five nights are at a hotel located on the beautiful beach of Santa Maria which boasts miles of white sand and turquoise seas. Enjoy a massage at the beach, free water-sports, and the real beauty is that every night we have access to the best of Havana night life, just a short ride into town. On returning back to the hotel on New Year’s Eve, a few of us usually go to the beach to see the sun dawn for the first time on 2019.

4 * Hotel Sevilla, Old Havana 6 nights – Bed and Breakfast

Our hotel located in the heart of old Havana. It has a 24hour bar, and our Cuban dancers and friends are welcome to hang out with us there after we have been dancing. It has a pool, gym and sauna. This hotel boasts some of the best panoramic views of the city and the island. Our hotel gives us the opportunity to go on foot to two of Cuba’s most famous salsa clubs with hundreds of bars, restaurants and museums all boasting live music, great food, entertainment and culture beyond belief. Al Capone used to rent the whole of the sixth floor

For whom?

Our holiday caters for complete dance beginners to advanced professional performers and teachers. We usually a have a few couples, small groups of friends, 40% are returning clients and lots of interesting individual travellers who come on their own. There is no need to bring a partner as you will feel part of a passionate, talented family that will welcome you with open arms. Our clients age range is from 21 – 75 years. Get ready to make friends for life from all over the globe. Our group number’s range from 15- 30, so you will be spoilt in class and on the dance floor.

We are delighted to be welcoming Carlton and his dancers from Cuban Vibes!

The Key2CubaTeam

Our twenty- eight strong team of dance professionals and teachers all have advanced specialisms in the various styles of Cuban dance. Raices Profundas dancers train daily in Russian ballet and afro-Cuban dance to a high level. Key2Cuba does not work with unqualified dancers and the quality of your lessons and dance experience is assured.

Every day Key2Cuba’s itinerary includes dancing at whichever salsa club or venue offers the best live music, or entertainment that particular day. Our team train with your daily in the lessons to bring out the best in you for the social dancing in the evening or Matiness. Expect to be swept off your feet !

Exclusive access to the artistic scene in Havana

Key2Cuba clients enjoy unparalleled access to Cuban artists, famous musicians and bands, due to the close artistic relationships Kerry has developed with them individually, on numerous projects.

The Key2Cuba family experience every event as VIP’s with allocated seating and back stage access. Over the years Kerry has taken her clients (for free) to band rehearsals and many clients met Juan Formell and were present for Van Van’s recordings of ‘Chapenado’ and ‘Fantasia,’.

Easter 2015 we attended and featured in the live recording of Alexander Abreu and Havana D Primera, new album in Abdula studios. We were invited by Alexander to be part of his private audience.

Key2Cuba clients often have the opportunity to perform in the videos alongside A list Cuban singers and orchestras. In the award- winning video ‘Me Mantengo ‘ the Key2Cuba New Year’s group danced Rueda and Orishas, around the Capitolio building, with Los Van Van and more recently many clients took up the offer to perform in ‘Mira Me ‘ our new video directed by Kerry Ribchester with Maykel Blanco & su Salsa Mayor and Maykel Fonts. Every trip holds a magical experience: when we say, off the tourist track, we really mean it!

This New Year we may be filming with Yasser and his orchestra.

Quality assured

KEY2CUBA – WINNERS- 3 X Lukas award winners-
Best holiday company – Lukas awards U.K.
Best video for ‘Me Mantengo’ with los Van Van, our dancers & clients
Best video as voted for by the Cuban public for ‘Al Fin de la Vida’ with Alexander Abrue and Maykel Fonts.

See our videos


Key2Cuba offers only direct flights from the UK to Havana with Virgin Atlantic. Many clients who travel from overseas come over to the UK and check in with the “twilight check in service”.

However, if you wish to fly from your own destinations direct we offer holiday only prices. Please see the website for details.
The Virgin Atlantic flight is 9.5 hours with full entertainment, food and drink.

Book early for the best deal – Key2Cuba’s allocation gets snapped up fast.
New Year sells out every year by October.

Key2Cuba’s Range of Services

Key2Cuba offers a range of services to its clients including dance classes at UK locations, congresses, weekenders, corporate packages, video production and the sparkling jewel in the crown are the world class, legendary Salsa Dance Holidays.

Kerry has conducted more than 95 trips to Cuba over 15 years and brings her wealth of experience and love for the country, the people and its culture to you.

Kerry Ribchester has won many prestigious awards, recognitions and nominations – Three significant awards relating to Cuba – 2 UK Lukas Awards – Best Tour Operator and Best Latin Video; and then the ground-breaking FIRST foreigner to ever win a Cuban Lucas Award for Best Dance Video – La Fin de la Vida featuring Maykel Fonts and Alexander D’Abreu – Havana de la Primera.

The Key2Cuba Agency offers these spectacular trips at least five times a year, as well as specialist VIP trips and Corporate packages. The specialist trips and corporate packages are tailored for your individual/company needs and can include music, dance, percussion, photography, Spanish lessons, team building and well- being.

The Agency also produces music videos, documentaries, locations for photo shoots and models with Cuban artists both in Cuba, UK and around the world. We also supply music for films, videos, Television and radio and recently Kerry has become the Cuban correspondent to a UK Salsa Radio Show on Back2Back Radio 88.6 FM and co -presents the international Cuban show on colourful radio with DJ Hughie. Next show 18th April , where we will be giving Cuban vibes a big shout out !


Call Kerry on: +44 (0) 7767 313 168
Call Vanessa at Captivating Cuba on: +44 (0) 1438 310 008

N/B PLEASE NOTE- Flights are selling out to Cuba more than six months in advance due to the new political changes. If you leave it late, there will be no flights left on Virgin, and the only flights available will be indirect and very expensive

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