Top 5 luxury hotels in Colombia

A country still in its infancy somewhat where tourism is concerned, Colombia may not jump out as a luxurious destination when compared to other areas of the world. But don’t let this fool you into thinking luxury can’t be found here. The cities of Bogota and Cartagena in particular are home to some wonderful properties, and with Colombia’s national airline now flying into Bogota direct from Heathrow four times a week, why not indulge? Here are my top 5 luxury hotels in Colombia:

Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia

The Sofitel Bogota is a perfect start to a Colombia trip. The rooms are stylish, spacious and cosy, with the option of booking one of five private suites if you’re looking to indulge. The hotel itself is situated in the quiet, upmarket Chico neighbourhood. This is a great location for exploring the city, with a number of cosmopolitan restaurants and bars nearby. Alternatively, sample the gastronomic delights of the Sofitel’s own professional culinary team, who serve up tasty Mediterranean and Colombian dishes.

Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia Bogota

The Orchids Hotel

Situated in the heart of the Bogota, The Orchids Hotel is a unique neo-classical home lovingly developed into a boutique property. In my opinion, Orchids offers the ultimate in personalised service and boutique luxury in the capital. It has just eight rooms with butler service and little extras, including a tailor-made breakfast served when and where you like, a library and Jacuzzi. Around the house you will also see paintings, sculptures and handicrafts made by local artists, which are all for sale.

Suite at The Orchids

Casa San Agustin

Casa San Agustin is my favourite boutique option in the walled city of Cartagena, with original art work and architecture that give an insight into the city’s rich history as a 17th century Spanish stronghold. Just 24 rooms and 6 suites make up this small but perfectly formed property, which was developed out of three colonial buildings in the centre of Cartagena’s Old Town. Casa San Augustin has something of an exclusive air about it and with plenty of luxurious extras, including private balconies, plunges pools or jacuzzis you’d be a fool to give this charming property a miss.

Roof terrace Casa San Agustin Cartagena

Sofitel Legend Santa Clara

Though the Sofitel chain is known for its luxury properties, the name isn’t synonymous with individuality, so to step into the beautiful colonial architecture of the Legend Santa Clara is a real delight. Original features abound and during the renovation process a number of archaeological artefacts were found which are now on display throughout the hotel. A huge pool and great views are at your disposal, and don’t forget to sample the cocktails in El Coro bar – an absolute must if you stay here!

Sofitel Santa Clara Cartagena

The Charleston Cartagena

The Charleston is a grand restored 17th century convent that sits on the edge of the walled city. With gorgeous décor and a spacious rooftop pool, there are plenty of reasons to spend a night or two here. Take advantage of the excellent spa, or enjoy some down-time on the roof-top lounge area, before taking a dip in the property’s swimming pool. If you really must, the hotel also has a good gym. Impeccable service blends seamlessly with a stunning location, right on the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

Terrace at Charleston Cartagena

Craig Burkinshaw is a Founder Director of Audley Travel.

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  1. Xavier says:

    Great list, but I feel the need to comment since the 5 real top properties of Cambodia do not feature on your list:
    – Park Hyatt in Siem Reap
    – Amansara in Siem Reap
    – Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh
    – Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap
    – Song Saa Private Island

  2. Paul Johnson says:

    Xavier

    The list was top hotels in Colombia… not top hotels in Cambodia!

    Paul

  3. xavier says:

    Sorry about the mistake! Weird but I did not catch that. Great blog by the way. I you feel there is an opportunity to collaborate, feel free to contact me!

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