I recently took a spontaneous trip to Cartagena, Colombia that was amazing, and I had always wanted to go. Good thing to note- JetBlue flies directly to Colombia from New York City in 4 ½ hours.
Not only was my trip relaxing, but also I was able to experience a new place and all that it had to offer. Cartagena is an absolutely beautiful city with flower-lined streets and incredibly friendly people. The city was the first Spanish colony on the American continent and one of the first sanctuaries of freed African slaves in the Americas.
I stayed at the Ananda Hotel in the old city/walled city, which was extremely well kept, quiet, and the food was amazing. One of my favorite things about the hotel was their roof top pool, which was also quite and peaceful.
I also spent some well-deserved time at the Sofitel Hotel Spa and had several wonderful massages by a woman named Sonia. This was literally one of the most gorgeous spas I have ever been to. I also ate there, which was also fantastic.
The massage that I enjoyed the most was called “SO” and it was an exhilarating and soothing body massage that used signature techniques that shapes and tones your silhouette.
One experience that I will never forget from this trip was a visit to the mud pool at Volcan del Totumo. I did some prior research on this excursion, and read that it would be to my benefit to go later in the day to miss the “mud rush hours.” I hired an amazing translator, Rafael Herrera, email@example.com, and we took a private car instead of taking a tour bus. This was a good decision.
When it was my turn to lie in the mud, I had one of the most unusual experiences of my life, but one of the coolest. Never the less, I was lying in a pool of mud at the crater of a small volcano. The most interesting part to me was that you could float in the mud without sinking. After lying there for a while, I was given an included massage that relaxed me even more.
If you are planning a trip, the experiences that I listed are a must. Of course, part of traveling is making it your own, and don’t forget to relax every chance you get.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A space that transmits the spirit of luxury and comfort in perfect harmony, the ideal place to reach the maximum state of happiness. We invite you to live this wonderful experience on your next trip, because when you think of a luxury hotel, a dream honeymoon, organize a special event or an exclusive company trip, in a charming destination, you will be thinking of ANANDA. ANANDA HOTEL BOUTIQUE is located in the heart of the walled city of Cartagena de Indias. Within walking distance of the hotel you will discover important monuments and historical buildings such as La Catedral, Plaza Santo Domingo and Palacio de la Inquisicion; You will also be amazed by the vibrant life of its streets, trendy boutiques, art galleries and all impregnated with the warmth and kindness of its people that allows us to imagine, for a moment, life in the Caribbean of the sixteenth century. Turning around a corner, and without looking for it, you can find the Wall, that once defended the city of pirates, thieves and buccaneers and which, centuries have become one of the most romantic places in the world. ... more less
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