This leafy oasis in western Havana is the most welcome retreat from the downtown hustle and bustle. The mosaic-tiled swimming pool is hemmed in by Royal Palm, coconut palm, mango, bird of paradise flower, white orchids and poinsettia. The dining area, small kitchen and barbecue are positioned for eating and drinking next to the pool from morning to night. Should the Havana heat sizzle, retreat to the indoor open-plan living and dining room. The 6 bedrooms come with smart bathrooms, pool towels, and a mix of modern and colonial furniture. Casa Michael’s is in a quiet, bougainvillea-laced cul-de-sac close to the Tropicana cabaret and the Mexican paladar, Los Compadres.