This week I want to tell you about my first experience in one of the most beautiful and magical places on earth: Cartagena de Indias, my favourite city in Colombia and now one of my top destinations in the world.
The moment I arrived to Cartagena, all the pictures I had been searching on instagram from the city came to life. Only much more amazing than I had expected. The sun, the colours, the good Caribbean vibes, the reggaeton, the tropical fruits everywhere and its happy people. Here is why I recommend you to go!
HOW TO GET HERE:
I flew from Bogotá with Avianca, what a great service this airline offers, upon checking in, they offered me if If I wanted to go on the earlier flight available so that I didn’t have to wait for my flight. Excelent, so I arrived to Cartagena before planned, summer here we go!
As for flying international you can connect via Miami on one of their daily flights.
From the airport to the center is about 15 minutes drive, I recommend you take an Uber as the cars are much more comfortable and with AC!
WHERE TO STAY: CHARLESTON SANTA TERESA
My first choice of hotel in Cartagena had to be the most recommended by my local friends, and one of the most famous, the Charleston Santa Teresa. One of the finest 5 star hotels members of the Leading Hotels of the World. Located in one of the most beautiful historical sights with the best sunsets overlooking the Caribbean Sea in the old town of Cartagena and next to the restaurants, shops…
Upon arrival you are welcomed by their impecable staff in white uniforms that shine as bright as their smiles! I first stayed at one of their standard rooms that was super beautifully decorated, I love the style of the accommodations with blue walls, and later got upgraded to one of the superior rooms which was double in size and even more comfortable! Special thanks to Jairo the manager for making our stay so fabulous!!! Traveling with my best friend from Colombia Isaybela it was perfect as we had more space to leave all our clothes and one king size bed for each one in the room!
In the hotel they take care of every detail, they will leave you water and rose petals everytime they come in to fix the room. All the rooms are equipped with iPads and speakers, so tune in your best playlist, I suggest Baila Reggaeton on Spotify and dance, you are on holidays in Colombia!! The hotel also has a spa, a gym and the best.. the swimming pool with the most amazing views to the old town of Cartagena and the sea! @charlestonsantateresa
WHAT TO DO:
A perfect day in Cartagena would start by having breakfast at the hotel, on the rooftop restaurant by the pool. A freshly squeezed juice of the most tropical fruits, a green tea and scrambled eggs with a little arepa with cheese! Mmmm delicious!
From here we turn to the pool and it’s fabulous sunbeds. I always say one of the best pleasures in life is tanning in winter and here we are 30º Celsius so it’s a perfect situation!
After chilling here all morning we head down to explore the city and grab the hotel bikes to go around town. How beautiful is Cartagena?? I can’t believe it myself. I have to stop on every door, every building, every fruit trolley. Is this one of the most picture perfect places in the world? I think so!!!! Prepare your phones, cameras, best outfits and go get lost in the little streets of Cartagena!
WHERE TO EAT:
The hotel itself has three restaurants, my favourite is the one at the Santa Teresa Plaza, where you can enjoy the views of the hotel building and the city surroundings accompanied of the best sunsets by the sea! My favourite dish here ( I came to the restaurant twice and I had to order the same because it was amazing) is a white fish ceviche accompanied with fried yuca, sooo goood!
Right next to the Santa Teresa I had one of the best pizzas I ever tried! And it must be because its recognised as the number 1 pizza in Colombia! Isn’t it always a good time for pizza?? Of course yes!!! Go to La Diva and order the pizza prosciutto! @ladivapizzeria
On the same street there is also a wonderful restaurant called Bohemia, a patio interior where you can enjoy the most delicious Colombian dishes and best wines!
The ideal location of the Santa Teresa is perfect to go shopping as when you exit you have all the shops you need. One of my favourite brands is Azulu, the shop is right outside the hotel, where you can find from bathing suits to evening gowns to sunglasses! @azuluofficial
My other love brand is Silvia Tcherassi, where she designs the most amazing dresses and dream gowns that will make everyone fall in love with! Attention she also has shops in Miami and Madrid! @silviatcherassi
Maaji swimwear: Ideal colombian clothing line for swimsuits and beach wear dresses and accessories 🙂 @maajiswimwear
If you need a photographer in the city I recommend you the most talented one in Cartagena that is Andres Lesmes @andreslesmes he will make you stay unforgettable by snapping some fabulous shots for you around town!!!
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See you in Cartagena!