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MY Casa Nativa Hostal

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#16 of 22 Specialty lodging in Isla Grande
It's a magical place where you have the wonderful experience of connecting with nature amidst the joy and warmth of an island in the Colombian Caribbean. This lost paradise was abandoned for many years and it is today the Eco-sustainable Hostel for backpackers. It's an ecological paradise, where guests, employees, owners & visitors have the common aim to enjoy and and care of natural resourses
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I was recommended to visit Casa Nativa (part of a community of hostels called Paraiso Secreto) by a friend who had visited the island and loved it's chilled, relaxing vibe and amazing blue waters. A friend and I arrived and booked two beds for two nights in the 4-bed female dorm. Their website wasn't working so we were lucky they had space but they tried to charge us 10,000 more than their website advertised. Thankfully I had screenshot their website in case I had to explain the problem so they honoured this price after a bit of persuading. Then it went a little downhill... The staff appear to all be volunteers so no one has any interest in doing any work. I can not write this off as being 'hippie', they were just lazy and wanted to enjoy themselves and not work. So none of the activities they propose were running (they did say the phytoplankon tour would run that night and we rushed back after sunset to find no one there and no one to apologise. wasted that evening) and the bathroom was always a mess. No bathroom mat or anything, and they have a no shoes policy, so you have to stand in a puddle of water mixed with sand, salt and anything else while using the toilet or sink). The worst part came when we come back to the hostel at 8pm after sunset and the two staff members/volunteers tell us we need to move because they've overbooked and 3 girls need to have our room. They took zero responsibility for their booking mistake and eventually the 3 girls and us had to talk it out which only resulted in hostility and ruined everyone's day because neither were willing to give up the room. The staff could have easily managed this by offering them another room in one of the neighbouring community hostels, offered one of the girls a separate dorm and perhaps given drinks or food as an apology, but instead they upset everyone and turned the paradise of Isla Grande into an uncomfortable place we no longer wanted to be in. After the issue was resolved we later just found them complaining about us for being rude and smoking weed. I hate speaking negatively of people but I was just so disappointed as this place has such huge potential. The houses are beautiful and the walks to the little beaches with hardly anyone on them was magical. I wouldn't recommend this place but would recommend Isla Grande. The water is to die for, it's great to explore and it's small enough to see a lot in a short time. (p.s. prepare to get wet on the boat ride back to Cartagena. Wrap up your valuables and sit at the front to get less wet!!)
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It is a beautiful small hostel on the isla grande and one i can recommend anybody! The plqce where you sleep isnt special, just a room with 9 beds, AC and a small bathroom. But everything outside is soo beautiful! There is a small pool which isnt very clean but it will do. Also they have a small private beach that is amazing. Everything is set up as a small village with multiple hostel. The staff are very friendly and cool people. Also there is no electricity during the day but u wont need it anyway. The only real concern i had is that the food isnt the greatest (but its definetly not bad) and the way u order it is a bit complicating. If u go there id advise u to bring some things to cook as there is a kitchen to use. So overall if you're the guy who likes 5star hotels of course you will have some issues, but to anyone else i can only recommend to visit this place!
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I have stayed in many different hostels and hotels over the years and this is the worst place I have ever stayed - by far. Although you expect inflation on an island, the food and drinks here are extremely over priced especially because the quality and service are horrible. There is no electricity during the day, which is also normal on an island but as there was no natural light the dorm room, you couldn't find anything or do anything in the room during the day. No sort of social environment or anything going on. Pool looked very dirty. Some staff were very rude. Paid for two nights and left after one - never been so glad to leave somewhere.
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If you're looking to turn off from the rest of the world and relax in a relatively untouched slice of paradise, then My Casa Nativa is for you. It's actually part of hostel community called Paraiso Secreto which is a complex of 7 very colorful hostels on Isla Grande that are all unique from each other. The 7 hostels on this property all share the bar, restaurant, pools, activities desk, and the very quiet, secluded, private beach. So private that you literally cannot get to it unless you are staying at one of the seven properties of Paraiso Secreto. I loved how private this beach was and really enjoyed the nightly bonfires the very friendly staff would put on each night as the sun disappeared beneath the horizon. I especially loved My Casa Nativa for the warm and chilled out staff, and for the private rooms that they offer. Emir was such a lovely host and made sure we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Our room was a private queen room with shutter style windows complete with a mosquito net to protect you from all of the creatures. This is an eco hostel, so be prepared to come face to face with lots of bugs. They keep the windows and doors open 24/7 as to go with the laid back, island atmosphere. It's perfect for anyone wanting to get in touch with nature! Be warned that there is no power for most of the day, and although they offer wifi when the power is turned back on, it's a very weak signal - but why do you need electricity or wifi when you're in paradise? We took advantage of the many activities that they offer, and booked in a morning snorkeling trip to the nearby coral reef. They charge COP 30,000 ($10) for a 2 hour snorkel trip with pickup straight from the private beach and includes the snorkel rental (of course). It was a highlight of my trip and would recommend it as a top activity while you are staying here. Although a bit pricey (as everything is typically more expensive on an Island), the hostel has a bar and restaurant that you can order all sorts of delicious treats from. I ordered the waffle for breakfast and the fried fish for lunch and was very pleased with both meals. Overall, my stay with My Casa Nativa was so relaxing and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to unplug from their busy lives and just take in that natural island setting. It really is a little slice of paradise.
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Casa Nativa was the best choice for our holidays in the Rosario Islands, as the location is perfect in order to travel around the main island (Isla Grande) and the smaller ones nearby. The Eco-hostal "concept" made the experience more authentic, and we even got to meet the native people who live in the island. The room was very clean, tidy and comfortable, and the staff who run Casa Nativa were always reachable in case of needing anything. There were lots of friendly guests from all around the world, and we normally would hang out in the beach or while going out for the different activities offered by the staff, such as snorkelling, kayaking, walking at night to an enchanted lagoon and so on. I would definitely recommend staying at Casa Nativa and visiting the Rosario Islands. Also, don't forget to try the fresh lobster, it was amazing!
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ColombiaBolivar DepartmentCartagena DistrictIslas de RosarioIsla Grande
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