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Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka
Ranked #2 of 104 Santa Marta B&B and Inns
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Prague, Czech Republic
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“Magic scenery - A unique experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

We stayed at the Maloka which is not right on the sea, but quieter. Other guests were staying first in the finka on the beach and could not sleep at night because of the noise of the waves right under your room. The location is amazing and truyl worthwhile the experience. The scenery is fabulous with the view over the river flowing into the sea. In the early morning you seek a lot of local fisherman on the beach throwing their nets into the sea to try to catch some fish. Another world. The food is OK, but not our primary purpose for this location. It is probably a bit expensive for the quality of the room and the service you get, but nevertheless the location is so superb that you have to live with this. If you want to go to Tayrona, we recommend you walk to the main road which is a ten minute walk and lift your hand when a public bus passes (every 15 minutes) and ask to halt at the entrance of the park. This will cost you 1,600 pesos per person and is really easy. You then avoid the overpriced taxi fare.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

This place is really amazing, and highly recommended.

The first building made by now famous architect Simón Vélez, the house is perched above the sea. Look at the pictures to do it justice. The rooms are very rustic - you are sleeping in an open room (no windows) under a mosquito net. There will be bugs! This is not 5 star luxury, but a place to stay in a unique house in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Meals were great, and accommodated vegetarians, as well as being more than enough to eat. The meals are communal, so you can chat with the other travellers staying and meet some interesting people.

Service was great - from booking (I messed up booking on the web site, and was given a refund for it), the locals who run the food service, and the owner (he gave us a ride from the Tayrona park entrance 2.5km away when he saw us walking, and changed USD to save us a trip to town).

A couple of things to watch out for:
The house is a 45 minute drive from Santa Marta, and checkin closes at 7. If you are arriving late, you will need to arrange in advance, or stay in Santa Marta instead for a night (we were refunded our first night after staying in Santa Marta instead of making the trip at 9).

The prices quoted for reaching the house taxis etc by the booking agents are pricey - if you are willing to take a collectivo or flag down a taxi you will find them for much cheaper.

There is no cash machine until Santa Marta, and you need money for cabs, park entrance and food! Take out a lot for the trip. Luckily the owner changed some for us, but be prepared.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

I cant actually describe what went through my head when we arrived at the Finca. We arrived not really knowing which part of the finca we were staying in. We thought we had booked Barlovento - on the beach front but on arrival the lady that welcomed us said we had booked a Cabana looking onto the fresh water river. She asked if we wanted to see the suite, on the beach front, - of course we did.

Once she showed us the suite - that was it - where do we sign? The suite had two beds, a really spacey toilet plus a little balcony with rocking chairs - generally everything one needs in life. Contrary to the other rooms in the Barlovento Complex, the suite has air conditioning and is enclosed. We loved the room.

Anyway - enough of the rooms - the area itself is absolutely breathtaking. There aren't really many words I can think of that can do it any justice - just go and experience it.

Once we got over how cool the finca was - we headed down to the beach. On one side you have a long, long strip of beach which either leads to Tayrona or further north towards Los Naranjos. On the side heading towards mainland you have the most amazing scenery. Lush jungle, river, mountains. clouds.......you name it! The fresh water river leads into the sea, you can swim in this part, the current starts to get quite strong the closer you get to the sea. We were told by people at the Finca that swimming is generally ok for strong swimmers as long as someone is with them, preferably another strong swimmer. We saw some lads surfing in the evening.

The fresh water river has little fish that nibble on you whilst you are chilling. We basically just hung out on the sand bank between the river and sea just taking everything in. It is absolutely stunning. I personally have never seen anything like it.

As the day ends the sunsets are incredible. It's almost like Jurassic Park. A red fire starts in the sky as you look towards the jungle. The clouds move over and it gets darker and darker. They have some aptly positioned seats so you can watch this happen. Again - go see it. At night the place is pitch black - no light pollution, so star gazing becomes quite easy - on the first night the stars were really clear - my friend saw a shooting star.

The Finca operates an honesty bar which makes it even more chilled out. At breakfast all the guests get together at the table and are given food made by the extremely skilfull Pilar - her food is amazing. You gather again at night for dinner. I really enjoyed the breakfasts and dinners - its nice to meet new people and discuss what your plans are/what you have done over some really good food. We weren't too keen on chowing down on fish on our first night so Pilar made us some chicken - gracias Pilar. We were lucky enough to share meals with the owners son and the latters godfather. They told us loads of stories about the finca and had some really good advice to give - plus they were good fun - lovely people. The meals you share with the other guests adds to the experience you have at the Finca - it really is out of this world. I cannot recommend it enough. During the day, if you get peckish, you can ask Pilar to make you Quesadillas - these are good......

They make a point of keeping it very low key and rustic - with the surroundings you really don't need anything else. Its amazing to come here and totally switch off from unnecessary things.

We met the owner Luis on our last day - with his troupe of dogs, really friendly man - apparently Kiwi, one of the dogs - walks with you to the beach and looks after your things. She walked with us one day and hung around for a little.

On booking this place I had said to my friend, "how many times do you get to stay somewhere like this?" - I take this back - I would happily go back every year - watch this space.

Thank you to everyone at Finca Barlovento - I had an amazing time.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

So, yes the place is expensive and not much in the frills department but it really is one of a kind. I stayed at the Cabana which was so peaceful and beautiful. The meals were simple but tasty. Snacks are limited to chips, soda and beer. If you are looking for buffet meals and variety than the Cabanas are not for you. If however, you want to get off the grid-- no wifi!!-- than go here, quickly. They have one room that is enclosed but the windows don't open so it felt stuffy. The room was large and clean with air con, so if you are worried about the weather or mosquitoes than ask for this room. We switched to a small room that was open air so we could hear the waves/watch the sunrise, it felt like sleeping outside except with a roof. It was AWESOME! the beach was great...no one was on it! The staff kept to themselves and were pretty non existent which was really nice for us. If you needed something Luis wasn't far away to seek out transportation to Santa Marta or to TNP.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

We were very excited when we read about this in Lonely Planet, it sounded amazing, maybe our expectations were to high...
The Good - we stayed in the open air house, the location is very impressive, the sound of the crashing waves, being able to watch the night storms and see the stars, watching the sunrise in the morning, all very nice! The house is basic but clean.
The Bad - it is is very rustic, the rooms are a little too basic, poor bedding, cold and damp, a mosquito net that was broken. The price is not cheap by Colombian standards, especially when you factor in the 2 meals a day that are included are sub-standard, meager and cost pennies to make. The food really put a damper on this place, if the food was average it would bring this place up a notch. I understand its simple food, but this was food made with zero heart and sole, mushy overripe papaya for breakfast (I think chopped up days before), for dinner oily fried fish and a blob of brown horrid rice. there is no fresh juice or fruit offered. No dessert offered at night, here is a city of fresh fruit, amazing ice cream and you cant ever serve some ice cream with fresh fruit or a slice of cake. Dessert was a joke a tablespoon of gruel, not even enough for all 8 guest, only 6 brought out by the surly staff.
The Worst - The unsmiling, grumpy and unfriendly staff. The did everything with a scowl. They seem very unhappy to work there, you greet them with a friendly "Buena or Buenos Dias" and you just get a scowl. I know they do not understand english and apparently they are shy, but smiles are international and there is a difference between shy and hostile. I believe this is also why the food is so awful, they take zero pride in their work and you get the sense you are nothing but a chore to them. Shame because a few smiles and a little effort would have resulted in tips for them and likely a better stay, this really put a damper on the stay. Definately a one star for service.
The Verdict - Don't expect much for service and food, bring your own snacks/food/drinks, just go to enjoy the view and property, but for the same price you can stay in a nice 5 star, but again you wont get the beach front. Go if you like rustic nature, but just keep your expectations in check.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Luis fernando g, Propietario at Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thanks so much for your comments.
The bad experience you suffered with the food has been passed to our staff.
Regarding the unsmiling housekeeper. She is an institution. Her nick name is vinagrette. In fact she is a kind woman and a professional nurse which is handy in a place like this. Some of our guests actually laugh and proudly mentioned that they made her smile once. Sure, she won´t get a job as a hostess in Disney World.

It is good you mention the rusticity of the place. If you want more comfort there is always the maloka (barloventomaloka.com) a few meters away. In any case, what you get in Barlovento is the experience of an unforgetable place and setting and probably the chance to meet very interesting people. But you are right, for the same amount you can find a posh hotel with all the commodities. Hope travelers are aware of this fact.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Finca Barlovento really is one of these out of the world, almost once-in-a-lifetime kind of locations and experiences. The property has lush vegetation, with all types of birds and other wildlife being visible. Architecturally, the property is unique in that it is set on a bluff on the Caribbean where the Rio Pedras meets the sea, the interplay of these two water bodies and the resulting views are just stunning.

Luis, the owner is ultra-friendly and he was able to greet us at the property when we took the cab from Santa Marta airport. Breakfast and dinner are taken care of, lunch is a la carte. This is a very standalone property and has a wonderful tranquil feeling; you will spend a lot of time on the hammocks overlooking the ocean/river and wandering along the almost completely deserted beaches. You can swim in the river but the sea here is very rough and extremely dangerous, more than made by just how picturesque it is.

Luis and his friendly staff offered us the choice of the rooms on the ocean, or in the new construction "Maloka" opened in summer 2013 - we chose the Maloka since the rooms were smaller (and we were only 2 people), and it had a great view of the river, the ocean and the surrounding foliage where we spotted all sorts of birds, lizards and iguanas. The river has plenty of white cranes and we were lucky enough to see 3 pink flamingoes one day. Maloka is impeccably furnished and very colourful, rooms are very comfortable and its a great feeling sleeping hearing the sound of the thudding ocean waves.

Tayrona national park is about 15 min away, Luis can arrange either a taxi or a motorcycle ride which we chose to do. Its an all day excursion to the park with really nice jungle hikes, beach views and swimming in very select lagoons.

Our stay was amazing - we are both vegetarian, and Luis and his ever smiling and friendly staff treated us like royalty.

I recommend a minimum of 2-3 days here, you will almost forget that the outside world exists. The views of the sea and the river, the nearby mountains, the beach and the people will make it unforgettable.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

I was with 2 friends and we stayed in the Finca with the sea pounding below our bedrooms. The birds are all around you: herons, egrets, king fishers and I even saw a pair of ospreys strutting along the coast (who had made it probably from Florida). Behind the Finca is a large shallow lake that flows into the sea. The sun heats it but at night it cools so it is full of birds fishing and I saw a cayman (look out for a log doing funny things). Also a pair of humming birds.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka
Address: Km 33, 1 Via Riohacha, Los Naranjos, Next to Tayrona Park, Santa Marta, Colombia
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Location: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
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Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #2 of 104 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Marta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cabaña hangs on a cliff over the beach and ocean. It has been featured in documentaries, tv and magazines such as Maison Marie Claire french edition. Maloka has lovely views to the river and sea or the jungle, its quieter than the cabaña and the rooms are spacious and with a private bathroom. The web site of Maloka can be accessed through "go to maloka" on the cabaña's web site. ... more   less 
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