8 Best Hotels in Baru, Colombia: What You Must Know First

My detailed analysis of the best Baru Island hotels to compare and quickly find the accommodation that’s right for you.

🛑 Stop making mistakes when choosing your hotel on Isla Baru. Start discovering your best options and easily decide where to stay.

Should you stay in one of the paradise-like Isla Baru Hotels for your Colombia vacation?

It can be a terrific idea, but you must do in-depth research.

You see, Baru Island has a lot of advantages and drawbacks. It will have a significant impact on your stay.

I’ve been several times to Isla Barú since 2015, and I spent tens of hours analyzing the best Barú island hotels.

After reading this expert guide, you’ll be able to:

  • Pick the perfect hotel that meets your tastes and budget. Plus, I’ll reveal my personal favorite.
  • Learn all the best tricks to improve your stay on Baru Island.
  • The best beaches of Isla Baru and my favorite activities.
  • The restaurants where you eat well.
  • The most beautiful parts of the island.

Bring your beach towel, and let’s go!


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Since 2015, Adrien, Alejandra, and I (Tom) have been helping travelers explore Colombia. Here, you will find everything you need to fall in love with this beautiful country easily.


My Best Isla Baru Hotels

Best beach
  • Where:
    North of Isla Baru
  • From 430 USD
  • 4.6
  • Description:

    Sofitel Baru Calablanca is a chic, modern resort with top-notch facilities like multiple pools and a spa. It's comfy and stylish, but meals and drinks are quite expensive.


Relaxing stay
  • Where:
    South-west tip of Isla Baru
  • From 309 USD
  • 4.5
  • Description:

    Got it! Sabai Beach is a peaceful, eco-friendly retreat with a beautiful private beach and comfy rooms. Expect amazing sunsets! Prices are quite high.

Family resort
  • Where:
    South of Isla Baru
  • From 450 USD
  • 4.4
  • Description:

    Isla del Encanto is a family-friendly beach resort with amazing pools and a nature-immersed setting. Great service and food, plus fun activities like snorkeling. Just a heads-up, it's popular with daytrippers!

Foodies
  • Where:
    North of Isla Baru
  • From 204 USD
  • 4.5
  • Description:

    Playa Manglares offers a serene escape amidst lush greenery, with a private beach, spacious rooms, and top-notch food. Expect some bugs and a rustic charm. There’s no A/C.

White-sand Beach
  • Where:
    Playa Blanca
  • From 108 USD
  • 4.5
  • Description:

    Soy Local Baru is a quaint eco-hotel with a stunning private beach and just six rooms. Expect delicious local food and attentive staff. The atmosphere is serene, and the amenities are simple.

Peaceful
  • Where:
    South of Isla Baru
  • From 217 USD
  • 4.5
  • Description:

    Casa Cordoba Baru is a serene getaway in a beautiful natural setting. Nestled by the sea, it offers a private beach, tranquility, and local activities such as snorkeling. Pack essentials for a secluded stay.

High-end
  • Where:
    South of Isla Baru
  • From 460 USD
  • 4.6
  • Description:

    Las Islas is a paradise in Cartagena! Wake up in a treetop bungalow, kayak in the Caribbean, and unwind with yoga in nature. It's a perfect blend of eco-friendly seclusion and city-like amenities. Just hop over to Isleta for more beach fun!

Family-friendly
  • Where:
    Facing Isla Cholon
  • From 156 USD
  • 4.3
  • Description:

    With its attentive staff, comfy rooms, and kayaking and spa options, Aura Hotel offers a family break in a lovely place. Food is great even if quite expensive, and dining choices are limited. It can be noisy from nearby party spots.

Best beach
Where:
North of Isla Baru
From 430 USD
4.6
Description:

Sofitel Baru Calablanca is a chic, modern resort with top-notch facilities like multiple pools and a spa. It's comfy and stylish, but meals and drinks are quite expensive.


Relaxing stay
Where:
South-west tip of Isla Baru
From 309 USD
4.5
Description:

Got it! Sabai Beach is a peaceful, eco-friendly retreat with a beautiful private beach and comfy rooms. Expect amazing sunsets! Prices are quite high.

Family resort
Where:
South of Isla Baru
From 450 USD
4.4
Description:

Isla del Encanto is a family-friendly beach resort with amazing pools and a nature-immersed setting. Great service and food, plus fun activities like snorkeling. Just a heads-up, it's popular with daytrippers!

Foodies
Where:
North of Isla Baru
From 204 USD
4.5
Description:

Playa Manglares offers a serene escape amidst lush greenery, with a private beach, spacious rooms, and top-notch food. Expect some bugs and a rustic charm. There’s no A/C.

White-sand Beach
Where:
Playa Blanca
From 108 USD
4.5
Description:

Soy Local Baru is a quaint eco-hotel with a stunning private beach and just six rooms. Expect delicious local food and attentive staff. The atmosphere is serene, and the amenities are simple.

Peaceful
Where:
South of Isla Baru
From 217 USD
4.5
Description:

Casa Cordoba Baru is a serene getaway in a beautiful natural setting. Nestled by the sea, it offers a private beach, tranquility, and local activities such as snorkeling. Pack essentials for a secluded stay.

High-end
Where:
South of Isla Baru
From 460 USD
4.6
Description:

Las Islas is a paradise in Cartagena! Wake up in a treetop bungalow, kayak in the Caribbean, and unwind with yoga in nature. It's a perfect blend of eco-friendly seclusion and city-like amenities. Just hop over to Isleta for more beach fun!

Family-friendly
Where:
Facing Isla Cholon
From 156 USD
4.3
Description:

With its attentive staff, comfy rooms, and kayaking and spa options, Aura Hotel offers a family break in a lovely place. Food is great even if quite expensive, and dining choices are limited. It can be noisy from nearby party spots.

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Best Barú hotels: Map

Want to know where you’re going? No problem; here’s a map to help you locate the best Isla Baru hotels I’ve selected for you. You’re welcome 🙂

How to Pick the Perfect Isla Baru Hotel

Before making your choice within the Baru Island hotels, here is what you need to know about Isla Barú.

Atmosphere

Las Islas Hotel
Credit: Las Islas Hotel

Remember to consider your preferences for serenity, eco-friendliness, luxury, or other factors when comparing most hotels.

Casa Cordoba Baru and Playa Manglares offer a serene and intimate atmosphere, perfect for travelers seeking tranquility. Playa Manglares, in particular, is set in a lush natural setting, providing a relaxing and private beach experience.

Las Islas, on the other hand, stands out for its eco-luxury offerings, with unique tree-top bungalows and eco-friendly initiatives such as seawater pools. This hotel offers a more immersive experience with nature while maintaining a luxurious atmosphere. I suggest you choose Las Islas if you want to combine sustainability with high-end accommodations.

Sofitel Baru Calablanca is another choice within the luxurious hotels in Baru, Colombia, boasting a modern design, multiple pools, and well-appointed rooms with ocean views. The hotel’s ambiance is relaxing and upscale, providing guests with a comfortable and lavish place to stay in.

In contrast, hotels like Sabai Resort and Playa Surf Baru focus on providing guests with an exclusive beach retreat featuring stunning beaches. I find these hotels perfect for relaxation and spending quality time with loved ones in picturesque surroundings.

Beach Quality

Isla baru Plastic chair blue water

As the Isla Baru hotels are spread across different parts of the island, the quality of their respective beaches varies.

Casa Cordoba Baru‘s beach has a mix of sand and stones, and the sea is not as clear as one might expect from a Caribbean destination. In contrast, Soy Local Baru offers a clean beach with soft white sand, and Aura Hotel’s beach is well-maintained but can get crowded during peak times.

Isla del Encanto’s beach may not be the most amazing, but its serene environment and comfortable sunbeds make it a nice spot to unwind. Playa Manglares has a peaceful private beach, although the water may be murky and rocky. Sabai Beach boasts a stunning, almost private beach with clear turquoise waters and lush greenery, ideal for relaxation and quality time with loved ones.

Las Islas offers a unique experience with its tree-top bungalows and a private island, Isleta, featuring a picturesque beach. Playa Surf Baru‘s beachfront location provides spectacular views, clear turquoise waters, and comfortable rooms with sea views. Lastly, Sofitel Baru Calablanca‘s beach is characterized by warm water and fine white sand. In my opinion, it is a top choice for those seeking a luxurious and relaxing beach experience.

Amenities

Isla del Encanto
Credit: Isla del Encanto

The hotels in Baru Cartagena offer a variety of facilities to cater to different travelers’ needs. Here’s a little taste of what’s on offer at the best hotels in Baru, Colombia, I’ve selected for you.

Casa Cordoba Baru‘s amenities include a pool, kayaks, and bikes to help guests explore the surroundings. Aura Hotel‘s amenities include a massage area and beach club, making it a great choice for relaxation and leisure.

Isla del Encanto has a range of amenities, such as a pool, spa, and beach club, as well as offering unique experiences like a bioluminescent plankton tour. Playa Manglares, being a smaller and more intimate hotel, focuses on providing a serene, peaceful atmosphere with a private beach, hammocks, and homemade food. Sabai Beach has limited rooms and dedicated staff, providing an exclusive experience with a beautiful beach.

Las Islas stands out with its unique tree-top bungalows, seawater pools, and eco-friendly initiatives. The hotel also provides access to a private island with a picturesque beach. Playa Surf Baru offers comfortable rooms with sea views, a variety of food and drink options, and beach beds and umbrellas for guests. Lastly, Sofitel Baru Calablanca‘s amenities include multiple pools, a well-equipped gym, a spa, and ocean-view rooms, providing a luxurious and relaxing experience.

Dining Options

Aura Hotel Baru - Food
Credit: Aura Hotel Baru

The Isla Baru hotels offer a range of culinary experiences to suit different tastes.

Casa Cordoba Baru‘s in-house chef prepares meals for guests, offering a personalized dining experience focusing on local flavors. Soy Local Baru has an on-site restaurant that provides a variety of dishes, including seafood and vegetarian optionsAura Hotel Baru‘s restaurant, La Palma, serves local and international cuisine, focusing on seafood, ensuring guests have a diverse selection of meals.

Isla del Encanto‘s restaurant offers local and international cuisine, including fresh seafood, along with a beach bar for refreshing cocktails. Playa Manglares is known for its delicious homemade food, prepared by the hotel’s warm and friendly staff. Sabai Beach serves a good cuisine, although the vegetarian choice is a bit limited, and prices are high.

Las Islas offers high-quality restaurant food, although I find that the service can be slow. Playa Surf Baru provides various food and drink options, but I think that the menu items can be slightly overpriced. Sofitel Baru Calablanca‘s dining options are expensive, and the quality should be improved for the high prices. 

Keep in mind that the hotel’s isolated location will restrict access to alternative dining options.

Location

Sofitel Barú Calablanca
Credit: Sofitel

Discover four unique areas on Baru Island I explored, each with its own set of charms and challenges:

  • Playa Blanca: This stunning beach boasts white sands and turquoise waters, making it a popular spot for both locals and tourists. However, it can get quite noisy and crowded, especially on weekends and holidays. To escape the throngs of people, I suggest you opt for a hotel with a private beach or a secluded area. Just be prepared for the persistent vendors and boats zipping by.
  • The side facing the lagoon: If peace and quiet are what you’re after, this area is perfect for you. With its lush mangroves, it’s an ideal spot for nature lovers. However, don’t expect to find a picture-perfect beach here – this area isn’t the best for swimming or sunbathing. Instead, consider staying in one of the eco-hotels offering kayaking or birdwatching activities.
  • The side facing Isla Cholón: With clear water and sandy beaches, this area is a prime spot for relaxation. However, be aware that the nearby party island of Isla Cholón can be heard from 10 am to 4 pm daily, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
  • The South of the Island: If you’re seeking a remote and secluded, amazing experience, I recommend you go to the south of Baru Island. Private hotels and resorts with their own beachfront offer tranquility and activities like snorkeling, diving, and kayaking. Remember that you might hear some noise from the town of Baru on weekends, and you’ll need to arrange transportation from Cartagena de Indias.

Activities and Excursions

Snorkeling-Isla-Grande-1

Isla Baru has something for everyone, no matter what kind of traveler you are. You’ll never run out of amazing things to do, from water sports to cultural experiences and nature-focused adventures.

  • Water sports: Snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding are widespread across the island. Hotels like Casa Cordoba Baru and Aura Hotel Baru make it easy for guests to explore the beautiful marine life and crystal-clear waters.
  • Cultural experiences: Some hotels in the South offer opportunities to engage with the local community, providing a unique and authentic experience you won’t find in other Caribbean destinations.
  • Nature-focused adventures: For nature lovers, Playa Manglares and Sabai Beach offer birdwatching, hiking through mangroves, and relaxing beach experiences. These serene settings allow guests to connect with and appreciate their surroundings.
  • Unique offerings: Hotels like Las Islas provide one-of-a-kind activities such as bioluminescent bay tours, Astro-tours, and Colombian cooking classes. These exclusive experiences cater to travelers looking for something out of the ordinary.
  • Proximity to the Rosario Islands: All hotels in Baru Cartagena are close to this popular local attraction, making day trips and boat tours easily accessible for guests.

Service Quality

While service quality can vary among the best hotels in Baru, Colombia, the friendly and attentive staff is one constant. 

Smaller hotels like Playa Manglares and Sabai Beach receive high praise for their warm and welcoming staff, who go above and beyond to create memorable experiences for their guests. 

However, some larger hotels, like Las Islas and Sofitel Baru Calablanca, occasionally struggle with service speed and efficiency. 

That said, overall, Isla Baru hotels have a reputation for friendly and attentive service that enhances guests’ stays.

Transportation

Public Boat Cartagena - Rosario Island

Getting to and from Isla Baru’s popular hotels alone can be an adventure in itself. With the island’s north connected to the mainland by a bridge, you typically have two primary transportation options: land transportation followed by a boat transfer or a direct boat ride from Cartagena de Indias.

  • Direct boat ride: Luxury hotels in Baru Colombia, like Las Islas and Sofitel Baru Calablanca, provide exclusive boat transfers from Cartagena or even helicopter services for an unforgettable arrival experience. Although faster and more enjoyable, I have to tell you that the weather conditions may affect boat transfers, especially during windy seasons.
  • Personalized car service: Some hotels, like Playa Manglares, have owners who can recommend a car service to and from Cartagena at a reasonable price. This ensures a comfortable journey, even if it takes a bit longer.

Regardless of your chosen method, I suggest you be prepared for potential challenges like rough, unpaved roads or choppy seas, depending on the season. I also advise you to communicate with your hotel staff to coordinate the best transportation arrangements for a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

Best Hotels in Isla Baru: my Mini-Reviews

Discover a smart summary of each of my favorite Baru Island hotels. I sort them by distance from Cartagena (the closest being the first one).

1# Sofitel Baru Calablanca: Modern, luxurious, massive hotel

Modern
Sofitel Barú Calablanca
Pros:
  • Many pools and beautiful property
  • Amazing private beach
Cons:
  • Expensive food
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My opinion: I love the Sofitel Baru Calablanca for its beautiful, modern, and comfortable facilities, perfect for pampering yourself and slowing down in a stress-free atmosphere.

You should choose Sofitel Baru Calablanca for its stunning location, beautiful beach with warm water and fine white sand, comfortable rooms with ocean views, and excellent hotel facilities, including multiple pools, a well-equipped gym, and a spa. The hotel provides a relaxing atmosphere and is not a place for mass tourism or partying. The staff is helpful and kind, and the beautiful property itself is modern and well-designed. It is the most recent establishment in Barú’s highly competitive hotel estate. It is officially considered a 4-star hotel but offers facilities worthy of a 5-star hotel.

❌ What are the drawbacks? 

Drawbacks include expensive food at the hotel’s restaurants (quality should be improved for the high prices) and slow service, particularly in the beach area and during high occupancy periods. The hotel’s location is somewhat isolated, and transportation to the hotel can be rough due to unpaved roads. There is a need for reservations at the hotel’s restaurants, which you may not be informed about beforehand.

🏖️ How is the scenery around the hotel? 

The scenery around Sofitel Baru Calablanca is breathtaking, with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea, impressive infrastructure facilities, and a modern design.

🚗 How to get there: 

1h15 by road with a bumpy section at the end, or a 30-minute boat ride from Cartagena.

📍 Where: North of Isla Baru.

Tips to improve your stay:

  • I suggest you plan your visit during a less windy season to enjoy the beach better and ensure smoother transportation. 
  • Reserve your spots at the hotel’s restaurants beforehand, and consider budgeting for the expensive food prices
  • Be prepared for a potentially bumpy car ride to the hotel, or consider taking a boat from Cartagena. 
  • Anticipate slow service in some areas, particularly during high occupancy periods or at the beach.

2# Playa Manglares: Lush vegetation & homemade food

Foodies
Playa Manglares Hotel
Pros:
  • Delicious food
  • Peaceful and easy to reach
Cons:
  • Not the best side of Barú
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My opinion: I love Playa Manglares for its peaceful vibe and the intimate feeling it offers, perfect for chilling out in a natural setting far from the crowds. And I love the food!

For those seeking a serene, peaceful experience to relax in a natural setting, Playa Manglares is the place to be. With a private beach, warm and friendly staff, an amazing show, and delicious homemade food, you’ll find a relaxing and intimate atmosphere perfect for unwinding.

What are the drawbacks? 

A word of warning: there’s no air conditioning, and you might encounter some bugs due to the natural setting. Also, the beach’s water isn’t as clear as other Caribbean locations, and the hotel’s remote location might limit dining options and make it harder to access popular beaches.

🏖️ How is the scenery around the hotel?

Playa Manglares is all about lush nature, stunning sunsets, and a peaceful private beach. While the water may not be crystal clear, the beach’s hammocks and seating create a relaxing atmosphere.

🚗 How to get there from Cartagena? 

The hotel owner can suggest a car service to transport you to and from Cartagena for a reasonable price (about 1 hour). For specific directions, contact the hotel directly.

📍 Where: Facing the “lagoon”

Tips to improve your stay:

  • I advise you to pack insect repellent and water shoes for the beach. 
  • Take advantage of private day trips to the Rosario Islands and the aviary for more activities. 
  • I suggest you embrace the more rustic experience and accept the presence of bugs and creatures. 
  • Manage your expectations regarding the beach and water clarity, as they may not be as pristine as other locations in the Caribbean.

3# Soy Local Baru: A popular paradise on Playa Blanca

White-sand Beach
Soy Local Barú
Pros:
  • On a lovely beach facing the sea
  • Very attentive staff
Cons:
  • Vendors can be annoying and the rooms are simple
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My opinion: I love Soy Local Baru for its dream setting and its eco-responsible spirit. It’s the right place for chilling in paradise.

Picture this: a paradise beach experience in a somewhat less crowded part of Playa Blanca Beach. Generous portions of mouthwatering food and attentive staff cater to your every whim. That’s what Soy Local Baru offers! The beach is clean, with soft white sand, and comfy sunbeds and umbrellas are on the house for guests.

What are the drawbacks? 

Okay, nobody’s perfect. You may miss in-room amenities like a fridge and clothing storage, and you might have to deal with some noise from generators and boats at night. The hotel’s remote location might not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you crave more activities and nightlife. Oh, and beach vendors might get on your nerves sometimes.

🏖️ How is the scenery around the hotel? 

The hotel’s location offers a picture-perfect view of the beach and its calm waters. The surroundings create a paradise atmosphere, allowing guests to unwind and enjoy their stay fully. But remember that you’ll be in Playa Blanca. Be ready to share this paradise with many tourists and beach vendors.

🚗 How to get there from Cartagena? 

The hotel can hook you up with a taxi service from Cartagena or assist in finding transportation to the parking area. For specific directions, give the hotel a shout.

📍 Where: Playa Blanca.

Tips to improve your stay:

  • Bring a portable clothes hanger for storage, earplugs for noise reduction, and a SIM card for more reliable internet access. 
  • Practice your polite “no, thank you” to deter beach vendors. 
  • Don’t hesitate to communicate your food needs or preferences to the staff, as they’re known to be accommodating. 
  • Lastly, pack your patience and understanding regarding minor inconveniences like shower pressure, as resource management can be challenging on the island.

4# Aura Hotel: Family-friendly but noisy

family-friendly atmosphere
Aura Hotel
Pros:
  • A/C in some rooms
  • Secure environment for children
Cons:
  • Near Isla Cholon (the party island)
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My opinion: I love Aura Hotel for its family vibe in an idyllic setting. It’s perfect for a relaxing two-day break.

Aura Hotel is ideal for travelers seeking a family-friendly atmosphere, delectable food, free kayaking, and attentive staff. The hotel provides a comfy and secure environment for children to frolic on the beach, and the air-conditioned rooms are a bonus in the area.

What are the drawbacks? 

Some disadvantages include a not-so-good Wi-Fi signal that doesn’t reach all rooms. The hotel’s remote location means no dining options are nearby, and the restaurant can be pricey. In the afternoon, boats drop tourists off for lunch on the beach, and they take over the loungers. Music and jet skis disturb the peace and quiet of the beach

🏖️ How is the scenery around the hotel? 

The hotel property is enveloped by greenery, creating a peaceful haven. However, the sea view here is not as tropical as expected, and the beach is less than idyllic. The water isn’t turquoise, and the hotel is located near Cholon, known for its “party island,” which might cause noise disturbances.

🚗 How to get there from Cartagena de Indias? 

To reach Aura Hotel from Cartagena airport, expect a 1.5-hour car ride on bumpy roads.

📍 Where: In front of Isla Cholón.

Tips to improve your stay:

  • I suggest you bring your own bottled water since the hotel only offers small bottles.
  • Be prepared for the mandatory tip on the invoice and the hotel’s policy on not consuming outside food and drinks.
  • I recommend you stay only two nights if you’re seeking a more tropical beach experience, as the nearby sea is not ideal.
  • Lastly, try to tolerate or embrace the nearby party atmosphere or plan your stay during less busy times to avoid noise disturbances.

5# Casa Cordoba Baru: Quiet, with a private beach and pool

Peaceful
Casa Cordoba Baru
Pros:
  • Tranquility on a private beach
  • Swimming pool & lovely garden
Cons:
  • The sea is not turquoise blue
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My opinion: I love Casa Cordoba Baru for its secluded location in a beautiful, peaceful, natural setting. Its zen atmosphere is great for relaxing away from the crowds.

Hotel Casa Cordoba Baru is a property perfect for those seeking a serene escape in a slightly off-the-beaten-path location. This charming hotel boasts a tranquil environment, roomy accommodations, air conditioning, and complimentary use of water sports equipment and games.

What are the drawbacks? 

Some downsides include thin walls between rooms, potential issues with beds and bathroom facilities, and limited dining options due to the hotel’s secluded location. The beach is not your typical powdery white sand, and the sea doesn’t offer the crystal-clear blue water you might hope for.

🏖️ How is the scenery around the hotel?

The hotel is nestled in a lovely garden by the sea, featuring a private beach and a quaint swimming pool. The hotel preserves its tranquillity, with no pushy vendors or loud music. However, the beach has a blend of sand and stones, and the access road is in rough shape.

🚗 How to get there from Cartagena de Indias?

To reach Hotel Casa Cordoba Baru from Cartagena, book a taxi recommended by the hotel staff, as the access road’s poor condition might cause problems for some taxis. Check the road conditions before traveling, especially during the rainy season. The journey should take around 1h30.

📍 Where: South of Isla Barú, facing the “lagoon.”

Tips to improve your stay:

  • I suggest you bring beach shoes to navigate the stony beach comfortably.
  • If you’re concerned about privacy and noise, opt for one of the larger suites downstairs.
  • Pack all the essentials you need since there aren’t any nearby shops.
  • Prepare for limited dining options and potentially higher prices at the hotel’s restaurant.

6# Hotel Las Islas: The most luxurious option in Isla Barú

High-end
Las Islas Hotel
Pros:
  • Secluded
  • Luxurious experiences
Cons:
  • Value
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My opinion: I love the Hotel Las Islas because it offers a haven of peace far from the hustle and bustle of Cartagena. It’s great for playing Robinson in a bungalow surrounded by lush vegetation by the sea while enjoying top-quality facilities.

You should visit Las Islas for the unique tree-top bungalows with AC and spacious bathrooms, high-quality restaurant food, eco-friendly initiatives like seawater pools, and access to their private island with a picturesque beach.

What are the drawbacks? 

Some drawbacks include slow service for requests (such as water delivery), lack of initial guidance on hotel amenities, and limited beach area at the main hotel. Also, mosquitoes can be bothersome.

🏖️ How is the scenery around the hotel? 

The scenery is breathtaking, with tree-top bungalows nestled within mangroves, views of the Caribbean Sea, and a beautiful private island, Isleta, with an even nicer beach.

🚗 How to get there from Cartagena de Indias? 

Las Islas can be reached by a 1h30 drive from Cartagena, by boat (1h), or even by helicopter for a memorable arrival experience.

📍 Where: South of Isla Barú.

Tips to improve your stay. 

  • Pack mosquito repellent and clothing suitable for biking, as bikes are used for transport within the resort (you can call a golf cart, too).
  • I suggest you spend time on the private island, Isleta, for a superior beach experience. 
  • Enjoy unique activities like the bioluminescent bay tour, Astrotour, or Colombian cooking classes.

7# Isla del Encanto: A family-friendly resort

All-inclusive resort
Isla del Encanto
Pros:
  • Modern & comfy bungalows
  • Excellent facilities
Cons:
  • Drinks aren't included
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My opinion: I love Isla Del Encanto for its comfortable bungalows surrounded by greenery and for its stunning pool area. There are plenty of activities to enjoy. It’s a great place for a relaxing family stay on a lovely Caribbean island.

If you’re dreaming of a chilling getaway in Las Islas del Rosario, Isla del Encanto is your spot. A quiet atmosphere, comfortable accommodations, and huge pools make it perfect for couples and families alike. Plus, staff members are super friendly and attentive, so you’ll feel well taken care of during your stay.

What are the drawbacks?

Heads up, the beach itself isn’t the most amazing you’ll ever see, and there are some limitations to the all-inclusive package. Drinks can be a bit pricey, and you might need to shell out extra for certain things. Also, the hotel can get a bit noisy on weekends due to nearby bars in the town of Baru, and daytrippers come every day from Cartagena de Indias.

🏖️ How is the scenery around the hotel: 

The hotel is surrounded by lush greenery and clear waters, creating a chill and enjoyable atmosphere. While the beach might not be perfect, it’s still a nice spot to unwind and soak in the natural beauty.

🚗 How to get there from Cartagena de Indias: 

To reach the hotel Isla del Encanto from Cartagena, hop on a one-hour boat ride. The hotel can help arrange transportation, making getting there and back easy.

📍 Where: South of Isla Barú.

Tips to improve your stay:

  • Stock up on a few large water bottles before you go, as you’ll need to purchase them between meals.
  • If the weekend noise is a concern, I suggest you bring some earplugs or plan your stay during the week
  • Don’t forget to enjoy the hotel’s free activities, like kayaking and paddle boarding, to make the most of your time there.

8# Sabai Beach: a remote paradise

Peacefull stay
Sabai Beach
Pros:
  • White-sand beach & turquoise waters
  • Nice staff
Cons:
  • A bit too expensive
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My opinion: I love Sabai Beach for its natural environment and intimate atmosphere. The sunsets from its private beach are magical. What’s more, the staff takes good care of you and the food is pretty good.

Formerly known as Baru Playa Eco Beach resort, Sabai Beach is perfect for those seeking a tranquil retreat. With its stunning, almost-private beach, limited rooms, and dedicated staff, you’ll enjoy an exclusive experience, making a trip to it ideal for relaxation and quality time with loved ones. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. You’ll love the blend of contemporary style in a natural environment.

What are the drawbacks? 

Drawbacks include a slow restaurant service and rather high prices. Furthermore, Outside of mealtimes, there isn’t much choice to calm small hunger pangs. Mosquitoes attack in the afternoon and evening.

🏖️ How is the scenery around the hotel?

The hotel offers a picturesque setting with a long and beautiful white-sand beach, clear turquoise waters, and lush greenery. The serene environment is perfect for enjoying sunsets, stargazing, and connecting with nature.

🚗 How to get there from Cartagena de Indias? 

To reach the hotel from the city of Cartagena, arrange land transportation (taxi or hotel van) to the town of Baru (1h30). Then, take a boat transfer from Barú to the hotel (15 min). Hotel staff can help coordinate these arrangements for a seamless travel experience.

📍 Where: South of Isla Barú.

Tips to improve your stay:

  • I recommend you pack mosquito repellent to combat the insects.
  • Bring extra snacks and water, as on-site options might be limited and not complimentary.

Here are the answers to the questions you might have before choosing to stay at one of the best hotels in Isla Baru, Colombia.

  1. Where is Isla Baru?

    Isla Baru was once a peninsula to the south of Cartagena de Indias and was transformed into an island by the construction of a canal to facilitate sailing. Geologically, it is not part of the Rosario Islands, although it is considered to be.

  2. Is Isla Baru safe?

    Yes, Isla Baru is safe, as is Cartagena de Indias. As in many other tourist places in the world, I just advise you to keep an eye on your belongings on the beach when it’s crowded with tourists.

  3. Is Baru Island Expensive?

    Cartagena de Indias and the surrounding islands are some of the most visited sites in Colombia. So, yes, prices are high on Isla Baru. What’s more, in the most remote Baru Island hotels, you’ll have no choice but to eat on-site. So expect it to be expensive. I suggest you take a few bottles of water with you, so you won’t have to buy too much on the spot.

  4. Are there ATMs in Isla Baru?

    No, there are no ATMs in Isla Baru. So I advise you to ensure you have enough cash before you go.

  5. Are there mosquitos on Isla Baru?

    Yes, there are mosquitoes on Isla Baru, especially in the rainy season (April to November) and if your hotel is close to the mangroves or lagoon. Pack a repellent and long-sleeved shirts for your walks and evenings out.

Beach South of Baru olinto (1)

You’ll find a wide range of hotels in Baru Cartagena for a paradise-like stay on the Rosario Islands. To choose from my selection of the best Baru Island hotels, see if you favor peace and quiet, natural surroundings, activities, or your own comfort without, of course, forgetting to consider your budget.

If you’re looking for a peaceful, slightly rustic atmosphere in a dreamy natural setting far from everything, then I recommend Playa Manglares. If you prefer the comfort of a luxury hotel while still being immersed in nature, Las Islas is for you. Finally, Aura Hotel will appeal to you if you just fancy a two-day break by the sea and your party side doesn’t mind the company of happy tourists.

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