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Artist Fer­nando Botero’s Carta­gena suite; Ven­tana Big Sur, an Alila Re­sort an­nounced; Delta and TUMI’s per­son­alised amenity kits

THIS IS A DES­TI­NA­TION FOR THE UL­TI­MATE Fer­nando Botero fan. A Colom­bian artist known for his volup­tuous paint­ings and sculp­tures, the mas­ter was hon­oured at Sof­i­tel Leg­end Santa Clara Carta­gena with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Suite Botero in 2012. Botero- es­que from top to bot­tom, Lina Botero, the artist’s daugh­ter, even han­dled the suite’s in­te­rior de­sign. The pres­i­den­tial-sized ac­com­mo­da­tion boasts not only all the mod­ern com­forts to be ex­pected in one of Sof­i­tel’s Leg­end-cat­e­gory prop­er­ties (think sta­teof-the-art tech­nol­ogy, Car­rera mar­ble, hand­made fur­nish­ings, dou­ble-height din­ing room), but also two of the artist’s mas­ter­pieces, var­i­ous pieces of Colom­bian folk art that has in­spired the artist, and a colour pal­ette of wheat and sand that re­calls his ear­lier works. It’s al­ready an out­stand­ing suite, but a re­cent visit by the 85-year-old artist him­self has now pushed the ex­pe­ri­ence over the top: upon vis­it­ing, he left a “sig­na­ture” mark of his own. Prob­a­bly cause for clean­ing charges if left by the av­er­age guest, Botero scrawled his au­to­graph across t he l i ving- room wall, a rare wel­come piece of graf­fiti that now sits pre­served be­hind a frame – and be­tween two por­traits of Botero as a young man – for any guests stay­ing in the suite to see. For even more Botero ogling, his plump, bronze “Gertrudis” statue can be seen in Plaza Santo Domingo, just a 10-minute stroll away from the ho­tel.


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