Accor has announced the opening of its third Sofitel-branded property in the country, with stunning Caribbean views and a nursery cultivating native plant species.
Already welcoming its first guests, this new property offers a luxurious retreat on the idyllic white-sand shores of Isla Barú.
Celebrating local culture and biodiversity
Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort combines the luxury hotel brand’s French roots with inspiration drawn from its Caribbean coastal setting. The project is located 25 minutes from Cartagena amidst the natural beauty of Isla Barú.
In total, the resort has 187 elegant rooms and suites, including a presidential suite. Plus, the accommodation options here come with balconies and terraces facing the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
David Mullin, General Manager of Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort, said: “We are delighted to present our project as an eco-friendly hotel that will raise Barú’s tourist profile and bring the destination onto the global luxury stage. This tropical paradise has it all: biodiversity, natural landscapes and, above all, a cultural identity that makes it unique in the Caribbean.
Reflecting the extraordinary biodiversity of its environment, the resort is committed to following sustainable practices. It even has its own on-site nursery, where a host of native plant species are grown.
“It is the first and only hotel in Barú and the Colombian Caribbean to have LEED certification, recognized worldwide for its excellence in sustainable construction,” added Thomas Dubere, CEO of Accor in South America. “This approval demonstrates the hotel’s commitment to being a sustainable and environmentally responsible operation.”
A varied F&B program
The third resort of the Sofitel brand in Colombia is home to three restaurants and up to seven bars, each under the culinary direction of chef Patrice Guaus.
Calablanca Restaurant & Bar serves traditional Colombian and Mediterranean dishes, showcasing local produce and age-old cooking techniques. Another culinary highlight is the Humo restaurant and bar, which uses a robata concept, while other prominent social spaces include the lobby lounge, rooftop terrace bar La Pergola, and three poolside bars. .
Guests can relax in the resort’s spa, which has four treatment cabins, a sauna, Turkish bath and yoga room. Additional facilities include a kids’ club and a six-room convention center for meetings and events.
The resort experience is further enhanced by the addition of a rich cultural and outdoor adventure program in which experiences are offered in conjunction with the local community. Activities include music lessons, eco-tours on foot and by catamaran, and scuba diving.