This week we continue in Cartagena de Indias, my latest discovery and one of the most beautiful and magical places on earth, my favourite city in Colombia and now one of my top destinations in the world. 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. Excellent, 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.
WHERE TO STAY: SOPHIA HOTEL
New opening in Cartagena, the 5 star luxury hotel Sophia made me fall in love with the city even more. Charming and elegant, this Caribbean style hotel is a dream come true. I realise the more I travel, the more I prefer to stay in smaller hotels where they give you a more personalised treatment. The Sophia hotel is not only a wonderful place to stay but also the service is so friendly and accommodating that makes you want to stay with them forever. The manager Rossana is the most amazing woman who looks after all the clients, taking care that everything is perfect for them and most important, always with a smile.
Now let’s talk about the room , well should I say the apartment? I had a junior suite number 304 which was just like a dream apartment. So comfortable that we didn’t even want to leave the room, one night we preferred to stay in ordering room service and watching tv than going out to the wonderful Cartagena nights, why? Because it felt like home.
And about the pool, without doubt the Sophia Hotel has the best rooftop views in Cartagena, from the Cathedral to the Marina of Cartagena. Enjoy the views while you sip one of their signature cocktails! Paradise? Yes!
WHAT TO DO:
After spending the morning by the pool (wear protection the sun is super strong!) go enjoy the city!
The amazing location at the Sophia makes it great to just leave the hotel and get lost in the streets of Cartagena, bring your phone / camera and walk around! Every corner has a story to discover 🙂
In the afternoon head back to the rooftop to enjoy the best sunset views in Cartagena while you listen to live music!
WHERE TO EAT:
The hotel is so new that on my stay here we inaugurated the restaurant, Clemente. When something just opens you expect it to be having some trouble, but on the contrary the restaurant in the hotel Sophia was absolutely top from day 1.
For breakfast I had the chance to eat the Cartagenero breakfast which consists of fresh tropical fruits, an arepa de huevo y carne (arepa with meat and egg) absolutely delicious, and a carimañola which is the typical fried yuca with cream cheese inside! I would eat this every day, Colombian people really know how to take care of themselves! 🙂
San Pedro; right next to the hotel I discovered one of my favourite traditional restaurants in Cartagena, try the fish ceviche, prawn cocktail and Thai salad. So healthy and so delicious.
Mila: Close by the hotel you will also find this super healthy restaurant where I had one of the best salads ever! The love salad, with mozzarella, tomato, bacon.. will be on the video on Wednesday so you can see what I mean! They also make the best chocolate desserts for compensating being so healthy 😉
Cartagena is a place to disconnect, have fun, laugh, dance , sip cocktails and enjoy the city without making plans. Book your flight, book the hotel Sophia and get ready for an unforgettable experience. Remember you only regret the things you didn’t do! Travel, explore, live!
Special thanks to Zulema Serrano from OxoHotel for being the best organising the trip!
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See you in Cartagena!