The Kohsamui is an affordable boutique hotel at the beach of Manzanillo del Mar. It´s more than half an hour from the historic centre of Cartagena by car, but is worth the effort and the money you will have to spend on taxi drives (30.000 COP one way - more at night). During daytime, there is a bus going to the centre and even to the entrance of Castillo San Felipe at the top of every hour for just 1.500 COP. It leaves in front of the village church. The staff was so lovely and dropped everything to take me to the right place since there is no sign indicating a bus stop. Thank you so much again.
At the beach, you will almost feel like Robinson Crusoe since there are hardly any other people around. It´s not a beautiful beach and there is some rubbish like at any Colombian beach (even including Islas de Rosario), but at night you´ve got the sound of the ocean and the starlit sky all to yourself. It was amazing spending hours in a chair just starring at the moon and stars and listening to the waves. Thank you, Maria, for this spontaneous idea of yours.
Maria, the owner of this four-roomed-gem, is always reaching for the stars to make your stay a highly enjoyable and memorable one. The interior design and the food are a delight. But even I have to admit that having dinner at the Kohsamui is a bit pricy and it is not always clear what you can order for breakfast. Knowing some Spanish will help getting the most out of your stay, I guess.
You should decide quickly on going to the Kohsamui because others have found out that this beach is a lovely place and there will be another hotel next door. And maybe more to come. I just pray this won´t become a noisy and touristy place in the near future. Would be very sad.
Let´s not forget: Maria knows the best taxi driver of Cartagena. He is very reliable, honest and takes you back safely at night. It´s so great chatting with him that time flies. Muchas gracias, Jesus.
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