|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
La Casa Que Besa El Mar is located in the old city of Cartagena de Indias. It sits unobstructed, with views of the historic Spanish Colonial wall set just in front of the ever expansive ocean. Facing west, the sunset is visible each and every day, with optimal viewing from La Casa’s spectacular mirador (roof terrace).
La Casa Que Besa el Mar is the product of two colonial homes, combined and renovated to create a modern, spacious living environment like no other. Its Mediterranean style architecture allows cool breezes to sweep through open-air spaces throughout the day, providing moments of respite from the healing heat.
The attention to detail can be felt from the moment you arrive, with beautiful artifacts and exquisite furniture—accrued from years of travel—lining every room. Unique spaces designed for eating, talking, reading, tanning, and resting live on all four floors, facilitating the needs of each unique guest.
Every bedroom has its own unique touch, from handmade quilts and paintings from local artists, to brass waterfall showerheads and mosaic walls. They feature their own remote controlled A/C system for custom climate control, although we encourage guests to sleep with their doors open and let the nightly breeze filter in.
The home features five bedrooms, each with their own full bath. A swimming pool on the ground floor, and two lounging pools, including one on the roof terrace for prime sunset viewing. A full-time staff of four awaits to greet you upon arrival and make your stay as comfortable as possible, providing concierge services, from restaurant reservations and in-house massages to boat rentals and day trips upon request.
La Casa is primely located just walking distance from all the old city of Cartagena has to offer and just a 30-minute boat ride from the beautiful white sand beaches and warm turquoise waters of Las Islas del Rosarios. A curated list of must-see destinations and exquisite dining venues will be made available to you and any specific requests are encouraged prior to your arrival.
We hope you can experience La Casa Que Besa El Mar and the beauty of Cartagena.
I'm a Colombian-born interior designer who, after spending 30 years living and working in New York, decided to return to the place I love most, Cartagena de Indias.
This house is my vision of paradise, a sanctuary for those looking to bask in the magical realism that is La Casa Que Besa el Mar.
Andrea Villegas purchased this villa in 1999
I love the view of the colonial wall and enjoy the daily sunsets over the ocean.
Cartagena is a beautiful walking town, so a car is seldom needed. I love the perfect weather all year round, but the most beautiful part of Cartagena is the warmth of the people and their unrelenting hospitality. The town is a charming colonial gem with top restaurants and a fun night life. In just 45 minutes y boat you can find yourself in the most amazing white sand beaches and turquoise waters. The house is very well located, and is walking distance to all that Cartagena has to offer.
The view is extraordinary. Beautiful sunsets. A full-time staff of four, including a cook ready to satisfy your taste for Latin fare and anticipate your every wish. Walking distance form all best restaurants and night life. Just a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport.
We had the most amazing time at Andrea's beautiful villa!!! 10 girls from Manhattan are almost impossible to impress but somehow Andrea and her staff made our trip literally perfect! Andrea was so helpful and knowledgable about where to go in Cartagena and was so responsive via email and telephone. The staff at the house was amazing (Carmelo, Anita) where we would wake up to a beautiful breakfast every morning. I highly recommend this amazing house to anyone who wants to stay in the heart of Cartagena!! I cannot say enough about Andrea as a host. She is absolutely fantastic and will set you up with the most perfect trip of your life. Please do yourself a favor and book this house! If I could rate my experience it would be a perfect 10. Me encanta Cartagena!!
Our family chose this beautiful villa for a multi generational holiday. The choice was ideal. The house lovely but it also offers privacy for each couple. We loved gathering on the rooftop to watch the sunset over the sea and enjoy the breeze.
The staff is excellent, the house well maintained and well located. Our meals were excellent and we were able to work with the staff to tailor our needs.
We would return each year if time permitted.
This house is a romantic's dream come true.
The combination of the versatile architectural design, the eclectic, tropical, but unpretentious decor, the friendly staff, the uplifting energy that permeates the property, and the unique vantage point within the walled city of Cartagena - close to the undefinable mystique and unparalleled charm that is this Caribbean gem - makes the stay here unforgettable and a challenge to beat.
In June of 2014, a group of us visited one of the most beautiful & romantic cities in the world; Cartagena Colombia. I have been to Cartagena before and stayed in some beautiful boutique hotels, however this time we decided to stay in a villa instead- which turned out to be the best decision of our trip. This house is beyond words; the photos don't do it justice. As soon as you walk in you are transported to romantique, sensual, wealthy, and relaxing Cartagena- the old Cartagena, which is why so many of us are attracted to this part of the old city. The house is large, but feels cozy. You can tell that Andrea has put her heart into every piece in the entire house; so many antiques, pieces of art, interesting furniture; a true feast for the eyes. The house is very comfortable, not only due to the furnishings but also to its location just near the ocean- there is a wonderful sea breeze that flows through the central courtyard and atrium of the house almost all day long.
All of the bedrooms are quite large and have en suite bathrooms that are exquisite- the outdoor showers are a dream! Each room has A/C so you sleep like a baby. The lovely staff help you with anything you need, from tidying up your room to doing your laundry, or cooking- they are essential for this type of trip.
There are three pools in the house, the main large pool in the courtyard is a wonderful place to hang out with cocktails and listen to music to unwind after a day in the city, touring, shopping, eating. The dining room which is open to the pool is a wonderful place to have a candlelit dinner rather than going out during one evening of your trip.
The rooftop dip pool and views are amazing, again- beyond words. We sat up there every evening to enjoy the sunset and watch the tourist and lovebirds stroll along the wall. There is a great little spot up there for breakfast as well.
All in all, we always have an amazing time in Cartagena but staying at this house took the experience over the top. The privacy, the intimacy, the service, the location, and the variety of its spaces and design make it a place truly better than any of the boutique hotels. Being on the last street in the walled city gives it unparalleled views and breezes (and light) that the inner villas just don't have.
Don't consider anywhere else, book this house if you want to experience its perfection!
Just returned from a week in this truly lovely home! Beautiful art, expertly furnished with comfortable and inviting furniture, and multiple areas to relax. We had a party of 10 and so enjoyed nightly cocktails on the roof terrace @ sunset, hanging out in the pool usually twice/day, daily breakfast cooked/served by the friendly staff. We all felt pampered and well looked after. The home is fabulous and even with 10 of us always felt there was room to for alone time or private conversations. It is right in town with great restaurants just steps away from the front door. Thank you for such a wonderful experience!
Our family is still smiling about and missing our wonderful home in Cartagena.
The house is beautiful, lovingly furnished with antiques, comfortable furniture, beautiful art work and seductive hammocks.
We each had a comfortable private room and bath. We loved the overhead showers!, comfortable beds and privacy.
The pool is wonderful and cooling as is the whole house. We were always delighted by how cool and comfortable the house was.
Andrea is a wonderful host, helpful, knowledgeable and charming. We truly appreciated all her gracious assistance.
Her staff is superb, wonderful cooks, who maintain the house beautifully.
We have rented villas in Turkey, Italy, Australia and Greece and feel that this is our favorite.
Cartagena: a Colombian destination of history and culture
Haga click sobre la imagen para ampliarlaCartagena is a fantastic city that guards the secrets of history in its walls.
Cartagena is a fantastic city that guards the secrets of history in its walls / Photo: Carlos Sueskún.
Cartagena is a fantastic city that guards the secrets of history in its walls, balconies, buildings and narrow cobbled streets.
The charm of the walled city
The magic of Cartagena lies in its massive fortifications, the warmth of the people, the richness of the architecture and the infinite range of cultural expression of a doughty and valiant people.
The city is full of romance, and there is the setting for many a tale of times past in every street and square, and along the walls that bound it, waiting for the sunset to evoke past struggles.
On a sunny day vibrates with color along the facades of the buildings and the sea breeze refreshes the visitor on his way along the narrow streets of the old city.
Haga click sobre la imagen para ampliarlaAs night falls, Cartagena is warm, bathed in its own light, coming to life, transformed.
As night falls, Cartagena is warm, bathed in its own light, coming to life, transformed / Photo: Carlos Sueskún.
The monuments are there: sober, ancient monasteries, churches, battlements and the remains of bloody battles: a testimony to the invincible men and women who brought freedom to the “heroic city”.
Night falls, and is bathed in a light of its own, coming to life and transforming itself. It is a unique atmosphere that captivates the visitor and takes him back to times past and forgotten, in a horse and carriage.
From the walls there is a beautiful view of the sea. Then, euphoria grows and the tireless fiesta dances on until the first rays of the sun sweep away the mysteries of the night.
Yes, this is Cartagena. A city that tells its own past, its fascinating history and its rebirth in every age.
A favorite destination
Haga click sobre la imagen para ampliarlaTour the streets, see the old Spanish colonial buildings.
Tour the streets, see the old Spanish colonial buildings / Photo: Carlos Sueskún.
Declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1984, Cartagena encapsulates all the charm of Spanish colonial architecture, the republic period and today, the attractions of intense night-life, cultural festivals, exotic scenery, superb beaches, wonderful food and a wide offer of hotels and tourist infrastructure.
Walk the streets, look at the Spanish colonial buildings – the Palace of the Inquisition, the Clock-Tower and the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas; enjoy the soft, warm breezes as you pass through the squares and plazas.
Eating out is another form of entertainment in Cartagena, with countless choices of new and exotic flavors in local and international styles.
The choice of accommodation is very wide too. There are traditional hotels and exclusive boutique hotels offering unique experiences of detail and personal service.
Cartagena offers all the enchantment of its history and the legacy of those who made it great and turned it into one of Colombia’s most important tourist destinations.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Notes||Tips are very apreciated.|
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