A Bright Beach Hideaway for Thanksgiving: Aquazul Beach Resort, Barú, Colombia
I've been keeping this secluded resort to myself for a year now, but in honor of Thanksgiving I figured I'd share where we celebrated a year ago. I wrote about Cartagena here, but what I neglected to mention is that we ventured to Barú soon after.
This little-known mansion, Aquazul Beach Resort, is owned by a Colombian tycoon and boasts a private beach and six comfortable suites. It happened to be completely empty Thanksgiving week last year!
We could not believe it, but for a week we felt like Colombian royalty staying with Aquazul Beach Resort.
Immediately upon stepping off the boat that taxied us over from Cartagena, a young gentleman greeted us with a smile, grabbed our bags, and led us to our room. The house stayed cool, as the air breezed through the living room, kitchen and hallways. Our room was oceanfront, and had a relaxing wraparound deck attached to it.
Every meal was cooked fresh for us, to our liking. Breakfast was typically fruit, fresh coffee and toast, while lunch and dinner were our choice of fresh fish. Coconut rice was included with everything, and is a speciality in Colombia!
Although the mansion is quite secluded, we still had our choice of activities throughout the day. In the morning we would take a kayak ride out to a private island nearby, or take the jet skis out for some fun, and in the afternoon we would enjoy a massage on the beach or take a nice walk along Barú. They also offer snorkeling and beach volleyball!
Although this is not the typical boutique hotel erroguide writes about, they have done a great job keeping the house bright and clean. The decor is simple, with most everything being white, but there are pops of color in the sweetest places.
It was a bright Thanksgiving to say the least, and today all I'm feening for is some coconut rice!
Bring your own booze. They offer beer at a fairly cheap price, but we definitely could have brought our own wine or liquor.