The pristine coastline of Tayrona natural park awaits at the Playa Koralia, a verdant escape in the north of Colombia. An easy one-hour drive from the airport in the city of Santa Marta, the resort is nestled amid coconut palms with the warm Caribbean waters just moments away. A fantastic base for seeing the north of the country, it is just four hours from Unesco-listed Cartagena and a short plane ride from Bogota.
Tucked away on the edge of the beach, the thatched bamboo and palm spa is a temple to healing and beauty. Out of the sun’s glare and surrounded by the Caribbean vegetation, you are sure to feel transported not only by the calming environment but also the variety of satisfying treatments on offer.
Designed to be at one with its blissful surroundings, the rooms – each with a unique appeal – feature murals, mosaic floors, antique chairs, hammocks and beds with clamshell-print nets. Materials like traditional palm, stone and wood create a calming atmosphere, while views stretch out towards the grounds and sea. Whether you are here as a couple on honeymoon, or spending time with family and friends, you are sure to find the room to suit you.
A wide arc of beach is the major attraction at Playa Koralia, perfect for sunbathing, walking or bird-watching. From here a 30-minute walk will also take you to a river mouth, where you can bathe beneath tropical waterfalls. Excursions can lead you on treks up through lush forests, along the river on tire tubes or into the Tayrona park where iguanas and monkeys live alongside archeological ruins and a spectacular landscape.
Freshly caught seafood features on the menu at the innovative restaurant, where a meal kicks off with an expertly muddled aperitif. The ocean’s treasures are backed up by delicious local produce, including exotic fruit and vegetables. Red meat is not served, leaving the focus on excellent cooking and the richest natural flavours.
15km from Parque TayronaSanta MartaColombia