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Kilometer 74, Troncal Del Caribe From Santa Marta to Riohacha | Palomino, Colombia
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Reserva Natural El Matuy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

O went in April with my husband, my children and another couple with kids. The best vacations ever, for the kids. Excellent Cabins, very comfortable. At night gorgeous candles and deck. Good food Very nice beach, very close you can take surf classes. The river next to the hotel is also very fresh and pretty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

wonderful, peaceful getaway given the lack of distraction with no cell phones or computers (no electricity). our biggest stress was deciding which hammock to lay in. the staff were professional and delicious food! i would highly recommend this to friends. NOTE: the waves are a bit rough and we did not go into the ocean as much as we thought... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Absolute paradise! I can not rate this place highly enough. Home-cooked food, wonderful beach huts and miles of untouched coastline at your disposal. What more could you want? We loved our stay and would only have liked to have stayed longer.

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Address: Kilometer 74, Troncal Del Caribe From Santa Marta to Riohacha | Palomino, Colombia
Location: Colombia > La Guajira Department
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
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