My husband and I spent a week at Las Palmeras Eco-Hotel. We had intented to stay 4 days but ended up spending a week. We were looking to stay on an island to relax and just hang out. This was the place for us. Our cabana was cleaned daily, the grounds were well taken care of and the staff was friendly and responsive to our needs. The Eco- Hotel is not a typical hotel, it is rustic with few amentities. But the place is laid back, real and a very safe place to stay. We gave daily English lessons to Ana, Manuel (husband) and a local boy trying to start a canoe tour business. We went swimming, snorkeling, took a boat trip around the islands, visited the bird sanctuary and aquarium. We visted the school, walked all around the island, met many of the locals and had interesting conversations with them. The food was basic, lots of fried fish and rice. Water is conserved because it has to be brought in from the mainland in 6 gallon bottles. There is one bathroom with a shower for the men and one for the women. Showers were taking using a 5 gallon bucket of water and a coconut shell as a pouring container. The beach is about a 10 minute walk through the jungle. We enjoyed our stay here and found it to be a very peaceful, low keyed place. Ana and her staff were great. We would suggest that you bring bottles of drinking water, alcohol and snacks as these are expensive on any island. Ana will help you get a local boat ride back to Cartagena at half the price it cost to get to the island on the tourist boat. We liked the idea of supporting a local family trying to run an eco-hotel on an island whose competitors are hotel chains with lots of money. All of this made it an interesting place to stay. We recommend this place to people who like to "Travel off the beaten path."
Contact informtion: Ana Rosa Martinez Berrio
Cels: 314 584 73 58 and 317 638 79 22
Facebook; Ecohotel Las Palmeras
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is 100% ecological and in nature, managed by five local families of islanders. We produce electricity from solar panels. We offer fun activities for adults and children: snorkeling in the coral reef, luminiscent lake at night, tour of the lakes and mangrove by kayak, bird sanctuary, forest hikes, and visits to the local village. The island is also perfect for just relaxing with a good book on a hammock or on the beach. ... more less