Strolling the rainbow-hued streets of Cartagena’s old town, it comes as no surprise the beautiful Colombian city inspired an entire literary genre. This is the place that fuelled the imagination of Nobel Prize–winning Colombian author and godfather of magic realism Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It is a place where he envisioned the fantastic intermingling with everyday life.
To see Cartagena is to realize this surreal dream. Perched on the Caribbean Sea and encircled by an elaborate stone wall built centuries ago to ward off invading pirates, the city’s old town tells the story of Cartagena’s history as a thriving port. Magnificent churches and colonial mansions bursting with bougainvillea appear around every corner, solidifying the city’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To experience Cartagena to the fullest, book a stay at an exclusive boutique hotel; there’s nowhere more honeymoon-appropriate than Casa San Agustin. Step through the property’s ornate gates and you’ll discover a tranquil escape where history meets modernity. With just 20 guest rooms and 11 suites spread across three exquisitely restored 17th-century colonial homes, Casa San Agustin has the intimacy of a luxurious family home with all the thoughtful amenities of a five-star hotel. A palm-fringed courtyard frames a pool set against an ancient aqueduct, while original frescoes adorn the walls. At the heart of the property sits Alma, a modern Colombian restaurant with world-class fare and live music, which is rated among the best places to dine in Cartagena. This hotel is a true refection of the city, highlighting the area’s rich past and exciting future as one of the most fashionable destinations in South America.—Jen
Some hotels are worth planning a honeymoon around, and Casa San Agustin is one of them.
Rooms at Casa San Agustin are filled with thoughtful details. Dine al fresco at Alma restaurant. O’Brien