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Cartagena is the shining beacon of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. “La Heroica’s” gleaming modern skyline surrounds the UNESCO World Heritage colonial district; symbolizing the best of the country’s past as well as its bright future. During the turmoil of the 1980’s tourists were left to make other choices around the Caribbean, but today Colombia is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and is evolving by the minute as both a global tourist destination and an economic power in South America.
The Ciudad Amurallada or “Walled City” has a story to tell around every corner and is the most intact colonial city you will find in the Americas. The incredible Spanish colonial houses are surrounded by a massive defensive wall as well as several fortresses which once defended Cartagena from the French, British and pirates like Francis Drake. Be sure to stay at one of the historic hotels within the walls for the best Cartagena experience rather than some of the more modern hotels in Bocagrande or Los Morros which are not convenient to the premium activities and food options the city has the offer. Cartagena’s mainland beaches are plentiful, though their sands are grey, containing volcanic material from nearby El Totumo. In-the-know luxury tourists find their way to the Islas del Rosario, a group of islands just outside of Cartagena’s harbor which have turquoise waters and white sand beaches to rival any in the Caribbean chain. Chartered speed boats or yachts are the best way to get out to the islands, while helicopters are available from Rafael Nunez Airport if a faster mode of transport is required.
Apart from amazing architecture and cultural activities, one of the advantages of visiting Cartagena is its proximity to 26 virgin island called the Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario). Within a 40 minute speed-boat or Yatch ride, you can experience crystalline waters, outstanding snorkeling and kayaking, and the freshest fish and seafood; sometimes caught right in front of you. With only a few true small luxury hotels, the Rosario Islands have been kept completely natural and wild, leaving you feeling relaxed, disconnected and in touch with nature. We recommend Aguazul Beach Resort; a gorgeous caribbean style house with a private beach, pool and great staff.
Located in the best hotel in Cartagena, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, 1621 is one of the most elegant restaurants in the city. The cuisine is mostly European inspired with a touch of Colombian flavor. We recommend booking in advance to secure a table in the stunning outdoor gardens surrounded by beautiful plants and world-famous sculptures from artist Fernando Botero.
Colombian celebrity Chef Jorge Rausch initially opened Marea in the Convention Center in 2012; elevating the restaurant scene to international standards. El Gobernador was opened to rave reviews last year and is located within the walls of the old city. Both visitors and locals enjoy exquisite locally sourced dishes interpreted by Rausch with incredible gourmet pairings. The classic ambiance at El Gobernador transports you almost to colonial times working perfectly for both business and romantic dinners. With ingenious dish combinations, dining at El Gobernador feels adventurous and exciting. The presentation of each plate is artistic and invites for impromptu food photography.
Carmen is set in one of the most beautiful boutique hotels within the old city, Ananda Hotel Boutique. With a more eclectic menu mixing local dishes with Asian inspired sauces and pairings, a dinner in Carmen will surely entertain. Service is impecable, the ambience is gorgeous, and meals are exquisite. Recommended for a small gathering or romantic dinner.
The Sofitel in Cartagena is one of those magical places impossible to accurately describe. The hotel is sensorial; producing a feeling that you’ve stepped into another time, a grand but simpler era when sitting to have a cup of coffee was in itself ceremonious. Without a doubt, this is the best hotel in all of Colombia. The service is up to par with the grand European hotels. The architecture is enchanting making the hotel a destination in its own right.
This 16th century Spanish colonial style hotel has all of the modern amenities you could ask for while oozing history and intrigue just like the city it is set in. Bastion is one of Colombia’s most luxurious hotels and is conveniently located in the center of Cartagena’s walled city. With “El Gobernador by Rausch” located downstairs, you can enjoy the best foodie destination in the city right in your hotel. Boasting luxury shopping and nightlife just steps away; Bastion is a great hotel choice for the private-jet-set.
The most famous Colombian fashion designer, Silvia Tcherassi, designed this hotel as an extension of her fashion vision. Each of the rooms is unique in design and decor. The beauty of the hotel lies in its details and intimacy. Guests can feel as the only ones in the entire space. The hotel is also home to one of the best restaurants in Cartagena, Vera, a tribute to the designer’s mother. The Spa offers the most luxurious treatments of the city. Overall, a stay in the Tcherassi Hotel + Spa is a complete range of experiences worth booking months in advance.
Rafael Nunez International has just undergone a renovation on the commercial side and a purpose built private FBO has been built on the back side last year as well. Cartagena (SKCG, CTG) is a key airport for private jet charter as the city is a key destination for luxury tourism in the Caribbean and South America.
The Hawker 4000 is a luxuriously appointed super-mid class jet that is perfect for flights all over South America. From Cartagena the Hawker can reach all parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, delivering you in comfort with its stand-up cabin and wide seats.