Sofitel Barú Calablanca
Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort is a new stylish and sophisticated resort with a powdery white sand beach on Isla Baru. Just 40-minutes from Cartagena by catamaran, this is the place to go for a relaxing beach escape within easy reach of the city.
A striking piece of architecture, the resort has 164 rooms and 23 suites which are spacious, breezy and carefully designed to reflect the natural environment that surrounds them. Every room boasts a private balcony or terrace with unobstructed panoramic sea views, and bathrooms have showers and bathtubs plus luxury L’Occitane amenities.
As you would expect from the prestigious Sofitel brand, it delivers on its promise of a high standard of service. There are three restaurants and seven bars for you to enjoy each with its own distinct theme, and other facilities include five swimming pools, spa, gym and a kid’s club for ages 5-12.
What our clients say
Barichara and the walk to Guane. Also the village of Raquira.RH, London
Colombia is a fascinating country with very friendly people. It is opening up to tourism, after years of conflict, and offers the prospect of an exciting, varied and economic holiday.JH, Chester
Highlight?: The local knowledge of the guides and their willingness to adapt to our needs. We were taken to places that were not part of the schedule. E.g. Local restaurantsSD, Esher
San Agustin and Isnos were amazing expereinces: cultures I knew nothing about and memorable sites and monuments.DG, Sheffield
Highlights?: Coffee region and Tayrona, lovely people everywhereJM, St Albans
A trip with JLA is a trip with the local experts. They can respond quickly to challenges such as FCO advice not to visit an area and know the local people who can make the holiday really memorable. One other comment about Colombia - the people we encountered, of all ages, in the streets, shops, hotels etc were friendly, welcoming and the most polite I have met anywhere in the world!HR, Brentford
Our expert's view
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort is a wonderful new hotel on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast. It’s the perfect place to escape the heat and humidity of Cartagena and cool off by the sea.
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Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert
Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert
Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.
Heloise Buxton - Travel Expert
Heloise started her Latin American journey as an exchange student in Santiago, Chile. With extended summer holidays this was the perfect opportunity to backpack through Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Brazil.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.