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“An Unforgettable Romantic Get Away!”

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Villa Maria Tayrona - a Kali Hotel
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

This place is simply a small paradise to unwind and enjoy a romantic and memorable get-away experience with your best half...We stayed in one of the rooms at the tower. It is spacious, cosy and with a beautiful view of a mix of forest and the sea scape in the long distance. The staff is simply outstanding and they strive to render a personalised service trying to accommodate all your needs regardless of how specific they might be. Food at their restaurant is delicious and quite affordable making it much more worth it eating at the hotel rather than outside. Few minutes walk there is the "Los Cocos" beach which offers a really breathtaking, relaxing and romantic scenery. Going to Tayrona National Park is very easy from here, it takes a few minutes ride on a bus that passes by frequently 5 minutes away from the hotel. Since the hotel has only four rooms it feels really intimate and everyone treats you like family. The hotel manager is superb and will do anything to make your stay as good as possible. He himself is an outstanding chef and on our request cooked for us fresh fish that had been caught earlier in the morning. The state is packed with fruit trees and as you walk through a path in the forest that leads outside you are likely to stumble upon so many mangos all over which you can take with you to your trip. We will definitely come back once we return to Colombia.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacob_Schwarz, Owner at Villa Maria Tayrona - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2014

Thank you so much for this wonderful review. Villa Maria is a truly special place that we are proud to operate. You mentioned many great aspects of Villa Maria, and we are so happy that you noticed all the little things.

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Reviewed 14 June 2014

My husband and I recently stayed here for 3 nights and it was one of the best stays we've ever had due to the beautiful accommodations, location and the staff. We booked the upper suite and had 360 views of the hillside and ocean- gorgeous! The staff, especially Eduardo, we amazing. Eduardo was so accommodating and spoke really good English. The villa is in a tiny village so there's nothing to really do but relax at the villa and their beach and take day trips to Tayrona park which is an easy 10 minute bus ride away. The Los Cocos beach at the property is stunning. We pretty much had the entire beach out ourselves except for the local fisherman. There is a great little swimming hole in a river about an hour walk up the beach. The path the beach is full of avocados, mangos, pineapples, limes and other delicious goodies. The food at the Villas was wonderful and a very reasonable price. All in all we loved this place and hope to be back one day.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacob_Schwarz, Owner at Villa Maria Tayrona - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2014

Thank you so much for this great review. We are proud of Villa Maria, and continually work to improve the service and quality. You touched upon so many great points of Villa Maria, from Eduardo and his English skills, to the solitude of Los Cocos beach, to the easy access to Tayrona National Park. As you may have noticed, we are building some new luxury cabins that will add a whole new dimension to Villa Maria. Check out our Instagram @kalihotels for updates on the construction!

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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

Wow - by far the most amazing place I've ever stayed in all of my travels. By leaps and bounds, our two nights here were the highlight of our 9 day trip in Colombia. I didn't want to leave and right now I want to go back! I don't know what I loved more - the gorgeous room where you are surrounded by an octagon of windows looking at the jungle behind you and the ocean in front of you - as the other reviews mention spring for the upper view room, the grounds beautifully manicured, perfect pool & hammocks surrounded by jungle & sea and a walking path to a beach completely deserted except for local fishermen, the food cooked to order for breakfast and dinner and each meal unbelievably better than the last, but perhaps most of all was the host Eduardo. He was a former Tayrona guide and he drew a map complete with English directions to help us maximize our only day in Tayrona. His English was wonderful and he was just a joy to have as a host - warm, inviting, with boatloads of info about the park and nature. If you want to explore Tayrona this is the ONLY place to stay. Luxury in the jungle at its finest. I can't wait to go back and stay at one of the new villas they are buildings with friends and family. Thank you to everyone at Villa Maria, especially Eduardo!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacob_Schwarz, Propietario at Villa Maria Tayrona - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2014

We are so happy that you truly enjoyed your experience at Villa Maria. It is a special place, with elements of tropical jungle, mountainous terrain, and of course, a pristine beach. Thanks for mentioning Eduardo! He's so much more than a receptionist, as you noted, since he has guiding experience in the area, he is quite knowledgeable and very eager to help out in any way. I hope you get a chance to visit again, as well are currently adding on a new section of Villa Maria which will be incredibly beautiful with all the amenities.

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We stayed at Villa Maria for two nights in April 2014 and we could not have been happier with the experience. After staying in Cartagena for two nights, we made our way to Tayrona because we wanted to experience the park and stay in a more remote area.

The hotel is gorgeous. Located just a few minutes past the entrance to the park, you will be greeted by a friendly, welcoming staff who make you feel at home. We stayed in Grand View Lower Suite which is in the newer building located up some steps from the main house. Staying in this building (Rooms 3 & 4) is definitely worth the extra money. The rooms are huge and super comfortable plus they have amazing views. The King sized bed was awesome and the AC works great.

While the menu is not huge, the food is delicious and the staff goes the extra mile to make sure you are satisfied. My favorite item was the fish (so fresh) served with coconut rice and french fries. Plus we enjoyed hanging around the main house, chatting with other guests over a few beers.

The pool is great for relaxing and cooling off. We did not spend much time there, but it is a great amenity. The beach at the Property is about a 10 minute walk, but it is very private as there were barely any other people there.

If you come to Villa Maria, do not miss the park. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and hands down one of my favorite parts of visiting Colombia.

Villa Maria is awesome - highly recommended!

Room Tip: Choose a room in the newer building - either Room 3 or 4. It is worth every penny.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacob_Schwarz, Propietario at Villa Maria Tayrona - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2014

Thanks a lot for this wonderful review. It is reviews like yours that allow us to share the Villa Maria experience with more people. It is a great escape from the city, and the perfect addition to time in Cartagena or Santa Marta. Thanks for mentioning the menu. While it is not very large, everything on there is quality, plus if you stay for a while and want some more variety, we are happy to make anything we can! We hope to see you again. Be sure to check out our Instagram @kalihotels for pictures of the new construction.

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Stayed with our 2 kids as a base for Tayrona NP. It was a simple but warm place and the smiling staff with bottomless fresh lemonade for the kids made the stay even better. The fresh breakfast, especially the arepas con juevos, was delicious. Meals were fresh and the staff was very obliging about making substitutions e.g., grilling the fresh fish instead of frying it, to make our meal memorable. Nice pool that our kids enjoyed thoroughly.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Jacob_Schwarz, Propietario at Villa Maria Tayrona - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2014

Thanks a lot for this review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Maria. It is a truly unique place, where we are currently expanding our number of rooms from 4 to 10. The new section is in a separate part of our land and will be quite beautiful when finished in a few months. If you are interested, you can check out our progress on Instagram @kalihotels.

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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Words cannot decsribe how perfect Villa Maria is. We arrived not really knowing what to expect but were compltely blown away with the stunning views and surroundings. It truly is a little bit of paradise. The food is fresh, simple and delicious. You could always ask what the catch of the day is and upgrade! Washed down with a simple yet seemingly never ending supply of wines it made for the perfect evening meal. There is so much to do in the surrounding area and yet always nothing to do which is equally as perfect. Heading off thorugh the jungle to the completely isolated beach, heading up to the local waterfall which is indescribable or chilling by the pool.... you'll never want to leave. Couldnt recomend it more.

Room Tip: If you can push the boat out the Grand View Upper Suite is well worth the extra..... Out of this wor...
  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jacob_Schwarz, Propietario at Villa Maria Tayrona - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2014

Thanks so much for this review! We always appreciate hearing from guests, and its especially great when their stay was amazing. Villa Maria is a paradise, and we are proud to offer this type of jungle retreat to anyone visiting the area. Keep a watch as we are opening up a new section of Villa Maria quite soon, with new bamboo huts complete with TV, hot water, A/C, and hopefully internet! You can see the construction on our Instagram @kalihotels.

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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We spent two night here during march break. The property is quite nice, well maintained, with a lovely pool area. We stayed in the main complex, which was a little small, but rustic in a good way. The staff are very friendly (though no english is spoken) and accommodating with breakfast and other needs. We ate dinner there twice (not much of choice given the location) and the food was adequate (though nothing special). There is a path (currently being upgraded with flagstone and lights) that takes you to a very secluded and beautiful beach, about 10 minutes away. We chose this hotel for its location to Tayrona National Park. We took the local bus ($1) to the entrance to the park and hiked for about 1.5 hrs to get to the sea. Then, there are several choices as to beaches. Very beautiful. My only complaint, which has nothing to do with the hotel, is getting there. We took a shuttle (van) from Cartagena to Santa Marta (4 hrs+) and then a taxi to the hotel. Ate up much of the day. Did the same on the return.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jacob_Schwarz, Owner at Villa Maria Tayrona - a Kali Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2014

Thank you so much for this review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Maria. Yes, the trip from Cartagena can take up most of the day, but it seems the easy access to Tayrona Park and a secluded, virtually private beach (except for the local fisherman) compensated for the day's travel. We hope to see you again soon! Our Villa Maria construction is very exciting and can be seen on Instagram @kalihotels.

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Additional Information about Villa Maria Tayrona - a Kali Hotel

Address: Troncal Del Caribe Km 34 | (3km on the Main Road From Entrance of Park), Tayrona National Park, Colombia
Region: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Tayrona National Park
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Tayrona National Park
Price Range: £91 - £166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Villa Maria Tayrona - a Kali Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Maria combines natural beauty with the comfort of a luxurious resort and the intimacy of your personal country retreat. Surrounded by lush jungle overlooking the ocean, you relax in the shade next to your private swimming pool. Our staff will give you the best welcoming. As you walk the 5 minutes path on your way to the virgin, white sand beach, you will pick avocados, papayas, and bananas right off the tree. Attended by a 24-hour staff, Villa Maria provides daily cleaning, free breakfast, air conditioning, meals upon request, and of course, lots of fresh air. Just 45 minutes from the Old City of Santa Marta, you can expect the same superior quality of amenities and personal service as at all Kali hotels. At Villa Maria, you choose your own agenda. With our on-site staff, all of your needs will be anticipated and met. Drink juice directly from coconuts harvested 10 feet away, or eat fresh fish caught just in front of the local beach. Located 3 kilometres from the entrance to Tayrona National Park, the Villa keeps you close to the park's legendary beaches while giving you the privacy of your own home. Furthermore Villa Maria is the only hotel in the area offering hot water and a/c in the rooms. Local attractions of Quebrada Valencia, the trek to La Ciudad Perdida, and Orinoco can be reached with ease. Our network of hiking trails gives you the authentic sense of exploration felt by the area's first pioneers. Surfing, sunbathing, swimming in waterfalls, or simply walking the grounds will make you cherish every moment you spend at this slice of paradise. At the end of the day, satisfy all of your senses with a comfortable bed and the iconic aroma of the Ylang-Ylang flower, made famous by Chanel No. 5, growing on our gardens. ... more   less 
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