The chicest hotel in Cartagena has just opened

Just a five-hour flight from New York awaits the jewel of the Caribbean, Cartagena.

For decades, the Colombian town has been a hot watering spot for high-society favorites – Lauren Santo Domingo vacations here, so you know it’s incredibly chic…

Dripping with a rich history, the walled colonial city, which even includes a fortress, also has some of the most luxurious destinations, including the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. Originally built in 1621, throughout its long life this historic space served as a prison, convent and charity hospital before opening as Cartagena’s grand dame hotel in 1995.

For years, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara has been the most sophisticated place for a metropolitan stay. And if you need a city break, there’s their recently opened sister property on neighboring Barú Island, Sofitel Baru Calablanca Beach Resort.

Ask any local and they’ll tell you that a visit to Cartagena is incomplete without going through Barú. Now you can easily take a 40 minute long yacht ride to the resort and spend the night there!

Until October 31, you can combine your trip with two city and sea special offers. Caribbean Flavors of Colombia: Cartagena & Barú (two nights in Old Town; two nights in the Islands) for $2,480.00, and The Alchemy of Colombia: Cartagena & Barú (two nights in Old Town; two nights in the Islands) for $2,200.00!

Curious for an insider’s perspective on planning your trip? We asked Carmen Otero, Cartagena native and Director of Sales and Marketing at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, to share some of her absolute favorite spots in the historic city.

What do you like the most in Cartagena?
The incredible history of the walled city, as well as the old town. Originally built in 1621 as a convent, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara is an iconic part of Cartagena’s vibrant heart, the historic center.

What is your favorite restaurant?
Restaurant 1621 at Sofitel Legend Santa Clara offers a 6-course paired menu. The dining room has 400 years of history and the tasting menu includes the best local produce and creative cuisine. Our Head Sommelier has crafted pairings to enhance the flavors of your palate, with a fine selection of wines from our Wine Spectator-awarded cellar.

Where do you like to shop in the old town?
La Serrezuela, an iconic mall next to the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara. Shopping in this architectural gem offers a unique experience. La Serrezuela also offers a variety of artistic events and shows for additional entertainment.

[Photos courtesy Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort]

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