Trip to hotel
- there were lots of complaints about the trip from the airport to the hotel but it’s not bad at all. All but 20 minutes is on paved roads, the 20 minutes that is on a gravel road has a ton of potholes and it’s very bumpy but the bus goes slow. The most interesting part is that you take a small barge across a river to Isla Baru. There are 2 spots to take the barge across we took one there and one going back. The barge is pulled by a little boat and the whole ride is less than 5 minutes.
Check in was fast and our room was ready, very organized.
The hotel exceeded our expectations; don’t be worried about the 4 star rating. We have travelled to many hotels and have been at 5 star for the last few and were worried about moving to a 4 star. The hotel is only 2 years old and everything still looks fresh and new, it’s very clean, well groomed and furnished in modern furniture. There are 4 pools, they all have different levels of wind and noise so there is something for everyone. There were also many loungers; we always found some whenever we went to either the pool or the beach.
The rooms are well furnished with a king sized bed and flat screen TV. The only oddity is that there wasn’t a clock in the room but they do wake up calls if you need one. We were in block 8 on the second floor which I would recommend; you get a view of the bay and in a quiet spot. I would avoid block 7 which is right in front of the mangroves and a bit smelly at times.
The al a carte restaurant’s are outstanding and once again exceeded my expectations. We ate at all 3 and they were terrific.
The buffet is good, breakfast is always great with lots of choices. We only ate lunch at the buffet once, it was ok. They also offer lunch at the beach bar and at the beach bar across the bay (we didn’t even realize that we could go over there for the first few days). The lunch at the beach bar across the bay was the best, fresh fish with salad and rice was outstanding (and the cocoman drinks that are only available there were my favorite). Dinner at the buffets is ok but not outstanding. Not a lot of choices for kids.
The beach is smallish on the stretch in front of the hotel but if you go to the area where they lend out the kayaks then you can take al little boat across the bay (don’t swim across, very strong currents at different times of the day) then you can get to more beach and also walk to playa blanca which is about a 35 min walk. Play Blanca has a bohemian feel with hostels that rent out huts and small basic restaurants. There are some fish to see at the main beach at the second last pier and some more fish to see across the bay but the wooden posts that are sticking out of the water. Lots of small fish to see and I did see one large puffer and one small eel.
We took the bus into the city, it was $18 US. They drop you off at a Decameron building where you get a map and can use the bathrooms and get a cold drink and snacks throughout the day. I would highly recommend going to the city, its is beautiful and very safe. We took a cab to la popa which is a church on the tallest hill in the city, saw Castillo San Felipe which is a very large old stone fort from the 1600’s (definitely recommend making the effort to see this) and also went to the inquisition museum (small but interesting with a very pretty courtyard, I think it was about $7 USD each)
-we did the snorkeling tour from the hotel, it was $27 USD each for about an hour. It was good, the place they take you to is fairly deep for snorkeling but I still enjoyed it.
Learn some Spanish, not a lot of English is spoken there but everyone tries
Bring pesos, and maybe some US cash. We only brought US cash and it was inconvenient and you end up paying more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the paradisiac Baru peninsula, 75 minutes from Cartagena and member of the TripAdvisor ‘Hall of Fame’ for its certified excellence during 5 consecutive years, the Decameron Baru allows guests to enter a magical experience that will disconnect them from the outside world. The resort is located amidst a tropical forest and its architectural design intermingles with an ecological environment surrounded by many beaches, among which is the popular ‘Playa Blanca’, considered one of the best beaches of the Colombian Caribbean, and the luxurious ‘Playa Puntilla’ beach, where our travellers may enjoy a private club and several sports such as kayaking, rowing, scuba and snorkeling. Partying and enjoyment are guaranteed, enlivened with the rhythms from the countries of the great Caribbean basin such as ‘champeta’, a genre that mixes African and Colombian Indigenous sounds and that introduces travellers to the local culture. As a complement to pleasure, you may sharpen your senses with the delicacies of typical and renowned Colombian Caribbean cuisine. From this destination you may explore Cartagena’s colonial history and visit other important cities from Colombia’s northern territory such as Barranquilla, a commercial, river and sea port and seat of the multitudinous Carnival, as well as historic Santa Marta, considered the most beautiful bay in America. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Baru Hotel Isla Baru