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Colombia with an "Oh!" Should Be in Your Headlines

We are pleased to announce a few new properties in Colombia, catering to families and groups of friends who seek a fully staffed get-away ,complete with a dedicated host, chef and housekeeper, as well as 24/7 security.

Although most guests travel during North American winter, May through September is also an amazing time to visit Colombia - with smaller crowds, better prices and incredible wilderness and nature events.  In the months of April through June take advantage of epic on-shore fishing with one of the largest sardine runs in the world, ideal for fly fishing.  The massive amounts of plankton also bring in whale sharks, the giants of the ocean.  Enjoy your days snorkeling with whale sharks, participating in sea turtle liberation, fishing, trekking to waterfalls, and being immersed in the fascinating Afro-Colombian culture of the region.  Just one month later, the humpback whales start migrating from Patagonia to the warm waters of Colombia’s Pacific Coast to mate and give birth.  Spend your days cruising around the bay (Bahia Solano) and surrounding coastal areas, where one can spend hours admiring these majestic whales and their magnificent jumps.

The newest opening is a stunning private villa in Cartagena’s Old City.  Owned by the artist Manuela Echeverri, Casa Botero is an art collector’s paradise, with works by renowned Colombian artists such as Fernando Botero, Ana Mercedes Hoyos, Olga de Amaral, David Manzur and Edgar Negret.  The villa features a rotating art collection that is shared with other galleries, including Manuela’s private art gallery in Bogota.  Casa Botero is an exclusive oasis with breathtaking gardens, courtyard pool, rooftop terrace with beautiful views of the Old City, and 5 spacious bedrooms that have been exquisitely decorated with art pieces and special touches such as Hermes amenities.  Rates are very reasonable when compared to 5-star hotels and offer the privacy and attention of a dedicated staff.

Another exclusive-use property, Cala Mambo is a newly opened island oasis located in the Rosario Islands Natural Park, just 50 minutes by boat from central Cartagena.  The completely private island features various outdoor dining spaces, hammocks, and plenty of lounge areas around the sandy paths that connect the main house with the common areas.  The villa consists of 7 master bedrooms.  The staff includes an amazing chef, a creative mixologist (best margaritas in the area), and with English-speaking host, housekeeping, and servers. 

There are plenty of activities to stay busy!

- Cruise on Cala Mambo's spectacular speedboat around San Bernardo archipelago

- Master the art of ceviche and patacones with the chef’s cooking classes

- Kayak and paddle board with the villa's new equipment

- Snorkel and scuba dive at the nearby coral reefs –

- Learn to prepare epic cocktails with the mixologist

- Enjoy a massage or yoga class

Another prized property is located 5 hours north of Cartagena in the lush Tayrona region, where Tewimake Hotel blends organic design with modern-day comforts, right on the banks of the Don Diego river.  This family-friendly property has 7 bungalows, each with a private dip pool or jacuzzi overlooking the forests that are loaded with fascinating birds and flora.  Rooms are spacious with an on-property spa and restaurant that boasts local culinary traditions.  The hotel’s privileged location offers guests access to a beach on Don Diego river and options for nature activities such as trekking, paddle boarding or tubing down river in search of howler monkeys and exotic bird species.  Bungalows can be reserved on an individual basis.

Our partner in Colombia, Galavanta is now a designated B Corp, a group of companies that promote a positive impact for a more inclusive and regenerative economy.  Becoming a certified B Corp supports their mission to lead with responsible and sustainable business practices and positive impact in local communities. 

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