BARÙ – Nestled in the heart of the idyllic white-sand beaches on the island of Barú, the highly anticipated Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort officially opened its doors on December 1, 2021. As the third and most recent project of Accor’s luxury brand, Sofitel, in Colombia, the resort is the country’s first luxury beach destination and tastefully combines the essence of the Caribbean with Sofitel’s French heritage and DNA.
“We are very happy to present our project as an environmentally conscious hotel that will contribute to positioning and promoting Barú in the global segment of luxury tourism,” said David Mulin, General Manager, Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort. “This tropical paradise has it all: biodiversity, natural landscapes and, most importantly, a cultural identity that makes it unique in the Caribbean.”
Located 25 minutes from the city of Cartagena and separated by the Dique Canal, the resort is nestled amid the natural beauty and cultural richness on the island of Barú and features 187 beautiful and modern rooms-including a presidential suite and 22 suites-all with balconies and terraces, facing the Caribbean Sea.
Three restaurants and seven bars, all under the unique culinary direction of the French chef, Patrice Guaus, offer diverse experiences and cuisines. These include Calablanca Restaurant and Bar, which features traditional Colombian and Mediterranean cuisines accompanied by ancestral techniques and farm-to-table ingredients, and the dinner-only Humo Restaurant and Bar that has a robata grill concept inspired by Japanese, Chinese, Thai, French and Peruvian cuisines. Guests can also enjoy cocktails and conversation throughout several social spaces including the lively Lobby Lounge which offers an extensive list of classic spirits; La Pérgola, the resort’s rooftop terrace bar that is the perfect place to watch Barú's colorful sunsets; and three poolside bars.
Stretched across nearly a mile of striking Colombian coastline, guests of the resort are treated to diverse landscapes thanks to its rich biodiversity. With more than 60 species of coral and an on-site nursery that cultivates native species and plants from the region, Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort is fiercely committed to environmental sustainability and successfully balances its architectural design with nature.
“It is the first and only hotel in Barú and in the Colombian Caribbean to have LEED certification, recognized worldwide for sustainable construction. This endorsement demonstrates the hotel's commitment to achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly operation”, explains Thomas Dubaere, CEO Accor South America.
Additional property features include a world-class spa encompassing four cabins where treatments and rituals engage the body and mind, as well as a sauna, Turkish bath, and yoga room for wellbeing and relaxation. A robust convention center with six rooms that have all the latest technology make meetings and events a success, while the destination’s unique landscapes in a paradise of a turquoise blue sea and white sand beaches also make it the perfect location to celebrateweddings. And a vibrant and engaging Kid’s Club ensures families are welcome and little ones guided through exciting activities.
A rich cultural and outdoor adventure program is also on offer. As part of its ethos, the resort works closely with its local community to offer a creative lineup of immersive experiences that reflect the island’s unique identity and heritage--from braid and sombrero workshops to music classes and local artist exhibits. For adventure-seekers, various locally-curated recreational activities are offered such as bicycle tours, ecological walking tours, bioluminescent plankton outings, catamaran tours, paddle and snorkeling experiences, scuba diving and more.