In recent years Colombia has undergone a remarkable transformation and made huge strides in restoring security and stability to the nation. Today, the country’s boundless energy and genuine spirit fill every corner of the land, and music, dance, food, art, fashion and style saturate its conurbations. Nowhere is this more evident than the historic 16th century Caribbean walled city of Cartagena de Indias, a fairytale destination of romance, legends and superbly preserved beauty and remarkable secrets, contained within centuries-old colonial stone walls.
Cartagena was granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1984 and remains one of the most authentic and well-maintained examples of Spanish period colonial architecture in the world. A maze of cobbled alleys, ornate bougainvillea-covered400-year-old houses, crumbling mansions and massive churches that cast their shadows across plazas, music, aromas and pulsating rhythms greet visitors in every corner of city. Horses and carts clatter through the streets and flash mobs dance in pretty squares. Whilst the whole of Colombia is designed to be explored at ground level, once visited, the nation’s undisputed Caribbean queen saturates with her architectural gems and embraces with her alluring charms to such an extent that it’s truly hard for one to leave.
The recently opened Conrad Cartagena resort hotel, on the north side of the walled city, is a veritable first-class oceanfront oasis, boasting a tropical atmosphere with vibrant colours and Caribbean flavours. Aside from the 268 rooms including 31 deluxe suites, Cartagena’s new hospitality queen offers seven restaurants and a wealth of leisure facilities, including four swimming pools, a scenic 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed TPC golf course, a sprawling spa with a multitude of treatment rooms including a couples’ suite, a well-equipped fitness center, a dreamy beach club, a kids club, an executive lounge for VIP guests and expansive sandy beaches. In short, staying at Conrad Cartagena affords visitors to Colombia’s VIBRANT Caribbean city the perfect place to recover after a night out on the town and rejuvenate in readiness for the next!