HOTEL LAS ISLAS
CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, COLOMBIA
Reconnect and refresh your spirit amidst the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of Colombia’s Isla Barú
AMENITIES & FEATURES
Property Type: Eco Resort
Season: All Year Around
Types of Accommodations: Tree House/Bungalows
Environment: Forest/Woods, Islands
Nearest Airport: CTG - Intl Airport Rafael Nuñez
Starting Rates: $610 USD
YOUR ECO-FRIENDLY AMENITIES...
Locally Sourced Food
Water Conservation Methods
Energy Efficient Lighting
Showers in Room
Toilets in Room
Restaurant on Property
Bioluminescent plankton night tour
Short astronomical tour
Tour through the Mangroves
Visit National Aviary
Tour the Archipielego San Bernardo
Tour the Rosario Islands
Scuba Diving - PADI Dive Center
Transfer to hotel’s private island “Isleta”
Paddle board kit
Minimize physical, social, behavioral and psychological impacts
Design, construct and operate low-impact facilities
Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect
Provide financial benefits for Conservation
Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts
Provide financial benefits & empowerment for local people
Deliver memorable interpretive/educational experiences to visitors
Raise sensitivities to host countries political, environmental and social climate
Hotel Las Islas is a sophisticated, environmentally conscious retreat, with luxurious accommodations and exceptional amenities.
Settle into your immaculately appointed bungalow, with its views of the sea or of the neighboring Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y de San Bernardo. Visit one of our restaurants and bars for locally sourced, expertly prepared cuisine. Relax by the freshwater pool, take in the views from the solarium or explore one of the many activities available at the hotel. Throughout your visit, you’ll enjoy the personalized attention of our staff members, all of whom are committed to making your stay truly extraordinary.
The hotel, located in Barú, Cartagena, offers the possibility to stay in one of its 55 bungalows: 22 at sea level and 33 amongst the treetops with sea view or internal garden views and a sailing boathouse. Las Islas Hotel offers three restaurants, three bars, a café, a freshwater pool, nautical sports center, spa, gymnasium, solarium and astronomic observatory, handicrafts shop, and the hospitality and quality standards.
Revitalize your mind and body with a visit to Spa Niña Daniela. Designed by a renowned local architect, the hotel’s beachfront spa and wellness center is a haven of tranquility within the breathtaking beauty of our surroundings, and features a full menu of soothing treatments.
Feel your stress melt away as you enjoy a massage or a thalassotherapy-inspired body wrap in one of our six treatment rooms, or book an al fresco service, and be completely at one with nature. Make use of our cutting-edge neurostimulation technology to experience deep relaxation and rejuvenation.
Follow your treatment with a visit to the pool and the Jacuzzi.
Our spa also features a Turkish bath and a sauna for the ultimate in pampering.
Should you prefer to have your spa treatment in the privacy of your accommodations, please contact us in advance.
The restaurants and bars at Hotel Las Islas offer exquisite dining options to satisfy every appetite. We draw upon the natural bounty of our seaside location to create fresh, seasonal cuisine, with an emphasis on local fish and produce. Relax with friends and family at Las Guacas, sample ceviche at Tía Coco, or satisfy your sweet tooth with an ice cream at Los Mangos. Pair your drink with live music at Monaprieta, or catch a glimpse of the island in all of its splendor at Las Islas Bar. Room service is available 24 hours a day, enabling you to dine in the comfort of your accommodations.
The property has been honored during the last two years with the following awards: World Best Eco-Green Hotel in South America by World Luxury Hotel Awards 2019, Hotel Finalist in Best for sustainability hotels category by Condé Nast Johansens’ Awards 2020, Best World Best Architecture & Design 2019, Hospitality Built category by Global Architecture Design Awards 2019, Honorable Mention by Paris Design Awards 2020, Colombia’s Most Outstanding Coastal Hotel 2019 by Lux Life Magazine, Top 10 Best Resorts of South America by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2019, among others.
Their Eco Story
A Sustainable Hotel
The hotel was conceived taking into account its surroundings and designed to respect the environment. According to Condé Nast, Las Islas Hotel is among the three best sustainable hotels in South America. A recognition comparable to that awarded in 2019 by the World Luxury Hotel Awards as the Best Eco-Sustainable Luxury Hotel in South America.
In fact, not a single tree in the area was felled for construction. Its 55 bungalows are strategically located for the conservation of the native ecosystem, both maritime and terrestrial.
The integration of recycled and organic materials is seen in both the infrastructure of the hotel as well as the everyday activities. The evidence is not only in the use of certified wood for its construction, but in the reused glass bottles that are used to supply water to guests. Also, in constant training to the staff on the non-use of single-use plastic.
Along these same lines, the property encourages the recycling of waste, which, once separated, is delivered to a certified company for final disposal.
But, tourism sustainability goes two ways. For this reason, the hotel's activities department offers guest talks during the tours on the care of ecosystems and on what actions they can take to protect them.
Commitment to the community
The Las Islas Hotel craft shop is a collage of colors and textures that showcases Colombia's craft identity… Mompox filigree, backpacks of the Wayuu culture, vases in werrengue del Chocó, vintage hats in Caña flecha from Córdoba and Sucre ...
Of course, the social contribution of the property is not a recent venture. Since before its construction, it has fostered the growth and well-being of the premises with the generation of more than 500 jobs. Today 90% of the staff working in various areas of this luxury hotel project are residents of Barú. Each one trained through the alliances that the hotel makes with entities such as the National Service of Learning,
Our efforts to contribute to the development of Baru's community and its surroundings are not temporary. Once a month, a boat arrives in Barú from Cartagena supplying water. The baruleros buy it by tanks that they mobilize to their homes in wheelbarrows or motorcycles. This is how the water service works in one of the most touristic islands in Colombia.
It is that this Afro-descendant community, of approximately 4,000 inhabitants and that began living on this island more than 200 years ago, has never had an aqueduct and sewerage service. A harsh reality that is expected to change very soon, thanks to the transfer of land that the Hotel Las Islas made for the start-up of a supply system through the desalination of brackish water captured through beach wells located inside the hotel.
In the town, it is said that now they will have water. Meanwhile, the hotel donates up to 200 tons of the liquid daily to the community.
Many animals have made Las Islas their refuge. Raccoons, tigrillos, anthills and even coyotes, share this natural paradise attracted by the survival possibilities offered by the ecosystems that converge here: mangroves, tropical dry forest and coral reefs. Hotel staff monitor them through cameras and motion sensors to record their daily activity, without harming or confining them.
Corales del Rosario and San Bernardo National Natural Parks
Here the corals are dying. Overfishing, pollution and global warming are its main executioners. A global catastrophe, considering that the corals are the habitat of countless marine species and they protect the coasts from floods and the beaches from erosion.
Now, a few meters deep, the corals have a nursery. A conservation project in which the Hotel Las Islas, with the help of the Malpelo Foundation and Conservation International, seek to provide the necessary conditions for these species to reproduce and thus form new reefs.
Although It may seem like a simple task, it is not. This is why diver visits to the coral nursery are not allowed. Of course, the conservation project is part of the talks that the hotel staff provides to travelers during the tours as a way to promote the protection of marine ecosystems and restore the health and productivity of the oceans.