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We are a eco hostel located in the San Bernardo Islands, on Colombia's Caribbean Coast, where fresh lobster, reggae, and turquoise waters are the vibes~ General information We are located just in front of Isla Tintipan, in the San Bernardo Islands. To get here you must take the boat from Cartagena, Rincón del Mar or from Tolu.
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Rafael Nunez Airport51 mi
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As others have said, the hostel and its location are beautiful. Unfortunately we could only stay for 1 night but 2 would have been perfect. We weren’t sure what kind of vibe to expect when we arrived. A party hostel/island or everyone doing yoga whilst staring out at the ocean.
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I've only stayed in a hammock for 1 night at Casa en al Agua, since it was fully booked most of the times. The hostel itself is beautiful, very eco-friendly and the staff and food is amazing. Waking up in a hammock and seeing the crystal clear carribean sea was breathtaking,
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Pros: - included breakfast (bog standard) and drinking water/coffee - hammocks were extremely comfortable - Beautiful location - free snorkel hire - great eco toilets which you throw a sawdust type material called cal down - friendly staff - meals at a set time and no WiFi
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Response from CasaenelAgua, General Manager at Casa en el Agua
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi K4Kay, Thanks for your message and we really appreciate your comment and all the suggestion. We will check all this and try make a better service for the boat (but that's a company with work with) and for the meals we will check how much quantity are we serving and as well the food cost COP$30.000 because we buy everything in main land and the cost is higher than when you leave in main land and you get access to supermarkets as we don't have and we need to travel for 1 hr to do the shopping and get everything we need to run so that's why our prices are not the same as in other places in main land. Regards, Casa en el Agua Team!
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Mauro and Andrea very attentive and respectful as well the rest of the employees. Great food(upgraded to Lobster). Dont expect too much and be ready to disconnect from the world. A place to relax and make friends. Its a PARADISE...!
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Response from CasaenelAgua, General Manager at Casa en el Agua
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Angel, Thank you so much for this message. Mauro and Andrea say hi and they hope to see you again in the Casa so you can enjoy it more and go again for the Lobster. We wish you a great trip and hope to see you again!. Regards,
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Put down your phone and enjoy a good book and/or the company of others! This place is exactly as advertised -- an eco hostel that's two hours away from the mainland for fun in the sun. Luckily there's plenty of shade, too, for sunburn-prone folks like myself... The hammocks are
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Response from CasaenelAgua, General Manager at Casa en el Agua
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Margaret, Thank you so much for your great review! We love that you had an amazing time with us and hope to have you back one day so you can relax and dance with us. We will upgrade our library so the next guests can enjoy the library. ¡A hug from the Caribbean!
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No, it´s not possible. Have a look for Isla Mucura Hostel (10m with the boat away) and it´s also a beautiful spot to stay. The water taxi can bring you there during the day and you can spend some time on the casa.
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Hi Luzriano! Thank you so much for your interest in Casa En El Agua. We would of course love to have you here, due to popular demand it is recommended (necessary) to make your booking exactly 60 days before your desired date of stay. All pricing of accomodation and activities can be found on our website as well as a whole range of useful information about what to expect when staying with us. Also all booking is made directly through our website so that is really your best bet on all fronts. Thanks again for your interest. Sunny regards, Casa En El Agua team.
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Hello Casa en el Agua Team. I made my reservation few weeks ago and I was so excited to go there. Now, after reading mostly all the reviews, I'm kind of scared to go to this called paradise and have a really bad time but great view as some reviewers clarified. Due to some interesting reviews I wonder if you had taken care of your costumer service. Did you take care of the bed bugs in shared rooms, privates and hammocks? Or the entire hostel? Does the hammock include at least a pillow? Is the hammock too near to the floor? Is the hammock too near to other hammocks? (Considering your guests are not staying there for free) Do you offer a locker that actually work? Do the cameras work? Did you take care of how your staff treats your guests? (Again they are not there for free) Could you guarantee safe and on-time Boats (9am as it is showed on your website)? (Considering the price I might like to have at least a boat who doesn't stay in the middle of the sea without gas) Could you guarantee your guests can come back to Cartagena the day and time planned without overweight boats and 4.5 hours trip instead 2 hours? Why can a guest book a boat ticket from the city to Casa en el Agua and not from Casa en el Agua to the city? If someone goes for one night, how could he/she guarantee he/she will be able to leave the next day at 12pm as it is said on the website? What about the food? Could you guarantee your food providers have sanitized and safety qualification to don't get a plague of intoxicated travelers and staff? I want to make you know and who will read this that some of the bad reviews were made in 2015, 2016 but also 2017 and even February 2018. I will really appreciate your quick answer. I'm looking forward to hear from you as soon as possible. Thank you!
Hi Gabriela, First of all, thanks for booking with us at Casa en el Agua! We´re so excited for you to come and we want your stay to be an excellent one, just like thousands of other travellers who have visited us. We´d like to clear up some of your doubts, so you can come with no worries and you can just enjoy the amazingly unique experience that we offer here in the middle of the ocean. First of all, the Casa experience cant be compared with any other hostel, given the conditions under which we have to work. We have no running water, we have dry eco-toilets, we have very little space, and sometimes, due to having solar panels backed up by generators, the electricity isnt too reliable either. But thats all part of the fun of being in an incredibly remote little house in the middle of a National Park. We invite you guys into our home, and we want you to know that it is exactly that, a home. The food we serve is good home cooking, by local ladies from Islote, and some of the freshest food you can eat. We of course ensure that the kitchen is in an excellent hygeinic condition to serve food. We all eat together, at the same time, at the same table, and would never serve something that we ourselves wouldn´t be prepared to eat. In terms of accomodation, the hammocks have never included a pillow. We have plenty of spare fluffy blankets available for our guests in case they get cold which we give at no extra cost. We have an area of hammocks which is shared, where you get your own space, and locker. Like any other hostel, guests should bring their own lock for the locker, and we also sell them at reception. For two and a half years of Casa en el Agua being open as a hostel, we didn´t have security cameras, and have recently got them installed. We are working to ensure that they are all functional to guarantee the safety and security of all our guests. The bed bug situation was for around a week, no more, in around Feburary last year. We closed the entire hostel to fumigate, and haven´t had bed bugs since. When we replaced the roof after storms in July, we also closed for a day in September and fumigated just to be extra sure that there were no bugs in the new straw roof. Our boat Tranq it Easy, like any transport, is always subject to the weather of the day. We have had days where our boat (along with all other boats in Cartagena ports) was not allowed to sail, due to torrential tropical rains in October and November, and sometimes these rains have caught us on the way back from the Casa, when we have had clear weather in the morning. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about weather issues, and it is just like planes that have to be delayed or cancelled, something which also causes us great inconvenience. We invite people to arrive at the port at 8:30am and usually end up leaving at 9:30am, arriving at Casa en el Agua at 11am. The boat leaves every day at 12:30pm midday, arriving at Cartagena at around 2pm, obviously depending upon the conditions of the day. The maximum capacity of the boat is 46 people, and the maximum capacity of the Casa is around 35 people. This way we know that there will always be guaranteed space for our guests, as Casa guests get priority over guests from other hotels in the archipelago. As for our staff, they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That is to say, if there is a storm at 4am that means the kayaks need to be brought out of the water, they will be there, and if people want to party and dance until midnight, they are there, and they are up at 6am to start the day and prepare everything for the upcoming reservations of the day. They live and breathe the Casa, and love their jobs, and always try to be supportive and friendly to all our guests. Unfortunately we have had a few complaints, which have been duly followed up and the staff members in mention have been notified to ensure that our guests (who are our number 1 priority) have the best possible time in our humble little Casa. I hope I have answered all of your questions, and really hope that you have a wonderful stay with us. Kind regards, Beth - Casa en el Agua
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"Hammocks are in the walkway to the private rooms, people will be up partying until early morning"
"The hammocks are surprisingly comfy and easy to sleep in -- go ahead and book one!"
"Nido de Amor was super breezy."
"book with time"
"All rooms you can hear the party. Hammocks aren't bad."
ColombiaBolivar DepartmentCartagena DistrictArchipelago of San BernardoIsla Tintipan
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