Ok , well this was my first introduction to an eco hotel experience and I have to say I found it overall a disappointing one. The accommodation is a wooden shack, which although authentic if you are looking for that ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ experience, was however expensive compared to decent hotels in Santa Marta which my partner and I enjoyed for well under half the price. The island and the general state of the paths is not maintained well, and there is an air of despondency, that nothing should be fixed or be expected to be fixed. I counted about four dogs, mangey looking ones, which wandered around the clearing looking for food, and I suspect they might have had the cooking areas to themselves when the patrons were looking the other way. Cooking areas are not clean, note! When I asked about the shower and wash basin there was a shrug of the shoulders and I was directed to a large and not very clean looking water container from which you draw your water to wash with. After about an hour on the island I really wanted to get off, but there we were stuck there for the night. On the positive side we got to explore the lakes and mangrove swamps by kayak led by one of the owners called Jesus, a very gentlemanly and polite chap and it was a pleasure to be in his company. Ana Rosa, well, she appreciates if you speak Spanish, if not, well, she didnt seem impressed. I was glad to leave the island though as it falls short of the kind of qualities you would expect from paying the equivalent money for a hotel. My partner advises that its better not to pre/book this place with a travel company or you might get fleeced. Its better to just barter a price at the embarkation point for the boats from Cartagena.
- 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
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