El Palmar Guesthouse is situated in Groblersdal, Mpumalanga and was founded in the mixture of African and Cuban Cultures. The idea to convert the house into a guesthouse slowly developed due to the shortage of accommodation in town and the fact that the house originally had six bedrooms and was too big for the family of three. It is also the perfect opportunity to promote Cuba and its culture and for the Cuban community in Groblersdal to meet a larger scope of friends.
The name El Palmar means “The Palm”, and was chosen because it is the national tree of Cuba and Palm trees are commonly seen in Groblersdal.
The Guesthouse has six bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The names of the rooms were chose because of the connection to Cuban friends and family. Vedado is a town on the beachfront of the Cuban coastline and is the hometown to the Oramas family, a Cuban family closely related to the owner. This was the room used as the Oramas family guest room whenever they came to visit. Viñales is a town in the centre of Cuba with beautiful natural views and the hometown to the Labrador Family. This room looks out on the garden of the guesthouse. Varadero is the Suite of the guesthouse and was named after the jewel of Cuba, with blue seas and white beaches.
Varadero is also the most common holiday destination of Cuba. Santa Maria, also situated close to Havana, is on the coastline of Cuba, with beautiful beaches. This room has a full view of the guesthouse swimming pool area.
Buena Vista is the birth town of the owner, and directly translated means “good view” or “good sight”. This room is situated in the front of the house and has a view of the entrance of the guesthouse.