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Reserva Natural El Matuy

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Kilometer 74, Troncal Del Caribe From Santa Marta to Riohacha | Palomino, Colombia
Reserva Natural El Matuy
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is sort of a fantasy spot where you can disconnect from the rest of the world and relax 100%. This is one of few spots where you enjoy nature, human interaction, detox from technology and daily stress. I was there for 4 days with 15 other friends and it was a fascinating experience. The staff is very friendly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excelent food. Excellent service. Cabins in very good condition. The posibility of a huge variety of tours around the place, (waterfalls, river tubing, walks, birdwatching) is very interesting. Dinner under a big tree with candles and torches makes the experience priceles.

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Bogota, Colombia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This hotel is one of my favorites ever. It is in a wonderful peaceful location by the sea. The food is great (having breakfast here by the shore is priceless). The staff are friendly and accommodating. The nature is great, especially for bird lovers. What more can I say?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We have been subconsciously delaying writing this review because we selfishly want to keep the magic of El Matuy our secret. My husband and I spent 7 glorious days at El Matuy this past December/January. While the deserted beach, comfortable cabins and delicious meals make El Matuy unique, the wonderful staff make it truly memorable. Prepare to disconnect (literally disconnect... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This hotel is a dream! if you want to really relax, just enjoy nature, eat delicious food! and be in a quiet and rustic room, this is the place for you! I love it and will be back soon! Love the beach, be careful with the big waves :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

To find little places with no crowds, that´s luxury. With no energy, excellent food and nothing to do but enjoy the ocean, read, walk and watch sunset, there´s no better plan for our family. It´s better an less expensive if you fly to Riohacha, just 20 km more than Santa Marta, and you can buy "mochilas" ( hand made colorful... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This magical little piece of virgin beach with the most comfortable bungalows in the middle of nowhere this is an absolute paradise. Location: you are 1.5 hours away by car from the Santa Marta airport which is extremely convenient. you are central in el parque tayrona so you are in the heart of incredibly expeditions. The "Hotel": it's not a... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The place is absolutely beautiful with lovely cabins and amazing outdoor bathrooms. Food generally was amazing but let down by one or two bad meals. We would give it 5 starts for the first two days, the only minor complaint we had was sharing tables with other people when the place was sold as a romantic retreat. However, on our... More 

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ElMatuy, Owner at Reserva Natural El Matuy, responded to this review

Dear Danny, As our number one objective is so provide a beautiful, warming environment in which the guest can relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the area, thank you for visiting El Matuy and your positive comments of our hotel. As for the rest of the review, there seems to be a lack of communication that is worthy of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Wonderful place just outside small town of Palomino, 80 km east of Santa Marta. Perfect romantic vibe: from cabins to candle-lit dinners (no electricity) to palm-trees' garden to wide beach and hammocks. Tip: go 15 minutes to the east, pass a lagoon and you'll find a river with cold and warm currents. Don't swim in the lagoon :)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My wife and I took our honeymoon to northern Colombia. We visited Cartagena, Tayrona, Palomino, and Minca. Looking back now, I'd say we had our most relaxing day and our most nature-filled day while staying at El Matuy. Patricia and Inez cooked up 3 fantastic meals for us each day. The beach is a walk to two river heads and... More 

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