Attitude

Cartagena catalogue

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Hotels

Casa San Agustin

The most fabulous lodging in town comprises no less than three 17thcentur­y mansions decorated with local antiques. Two courtyards are connected to accommodat­e an L- shaped pool, while a third serves as the outdoor seating area of Alma, a gourmet restaurant with live music and a fashionabl­e cocktail bar. Try the ceviche marinated in Kola Roman, a popular local soft drink.

hotelcasas­anagustin. com

Casa Lola

Spanish interior architect Ignacio García de Vinuesa has decorated his Casa Lola with antiques and art from around the world. The 10 spacious rooms are all different but each is infused with a quirky sense of fun. The best thing about this boutique hotel is its multi- level roof terrace with three pools. Located in the Getsemani neighbourh­ood near Celele.

casalola. com

Bars and restaurant­s

El Barón

Located in a tiny space on the corner of the lovely Plaza de San Pedro Claver, this is the place for the best cocktails in town. Order the gin basil smash.

elbaron. co

Café del Mural

Found at 25- 60 Calle San Juan, a quiet street in Getsemani, this is where coffee savant David Arzayus brews only the purest and the most unusual coffee concoction­s.

Celele

Highly innovative New Caribbean cuisine, run by two of Colombia’s rising stars. The focus is on food and traditions from the country’s Caribbean coast, served with the kind of creative expertise one can expect from young chefs trained in some of the world’s most prestigiou­s kitchens.

celelerest­aurante. com

Maria

Modern Colombian cuisine enriched with internatio­nal touches from chef Alejandro Ramirez, who worked in the best kitchens of New York, Tokyo, London and Mexico City.

mariacarta­gena. com

El Gobernador

Easily the most elegant restaurant in town. Opt for the ceviche of lionfish: an invasive species that the region is trying to get rid of — hence not just delicious, but also guilt- free.

bastionlux­uryhotel. com

Elsewhere in Colombia

Medellin: Hush Hush Dinners

Chef Juan David Moreno prepares special private dinners in the fabulous homes of Colombia’s elite. The locations can vary according to the preference­s of his guests, but usually there is a focus on architectu­re or art. While Juan prepares dinner, Marta guides her guests through her extensive collection of contempora­ry art from up- and- coming Colombian artists. For more informatio­n and bookings, call Claudia Espinal of Muvon Travel on + 57- 314 697- 8356

Leo

Colombian celebrity chef Leonor Espinosa’s flagship restaurant in Bogota offers journeys though indigenous ingredient­s and gastronomi­c traditions that even most Colombians would rarely have been exposed to. Her current menu, called

Ciclo- Bioma, explores the ways new species can be used in the kitchen. Think alligator and big- bottomed ants paired with curious drinks such as arrechón ( an aphrodisia­c) and a fantastic salty cocktail inspired by the Pacific Ocean.

restaurant­eleo. com

Barranquil­la: Gay Carnival

For most of the year, the port city of Barranquil­la doesn’t have much going for it except a statue of the singer Shakira, who was born there. But during carnival, this is the place to be. Next year’s dates are 22- 25 February but make sure to arrive a week early for the huge gay carnival that takes place the Saturday before ( 15 February).

 ??  ?? SCOOP THE POOL: Casa San Agustin
QUIRKY: Casa Lola
SCOOP THE POOL: Casa San Agustin QUIRKY: Casa Lola
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MADE TO ORDER: Hush Hush Dinners
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COCKTAILS: El Barón

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