Tierra Bomba Beach Clubs
There is a new wave of beach club bliss taking over Tierra Bomba island that you simply have to dip your toes into.
We don't know if it's the short distance from Cartagena city centre (it's only 15 minutes away by speedboat) or the silkier swathes of sands, but Tierra Bomba is having a serious moment.
The new breed of beach hotels and clubs are realising that sea and sand are not enough for fussy beach bums and have installed palatial pools into the water mix. We couldn't be more pleased!
Our team of pool-o-holics swam out there to scout the fairest of them all and discovered two boutique beach clubs, tucked away from all the tourist riff-raff. We've kept the names hush-hush because we want to keep them that way!
If you're looking for an infinity pool overlooking the sea complete with Ibiza club style beach beds and delicious food, then head to A Very Tasty Beach Club.
If a Burning Man festival vibe is more your scene, and you're in a large group, then A Spiritual Beach Retreat will fit the bill.
This hotel has the city on a pool lockdown with a drop-dead gorgeous 360-degree view of the city.
It's pretty hard not to feel on top of the world when you're jamming in Movich Hotel's perfectly formed pool, martini in hand, while drinking in the hypnotic cityscape around you.
The knockout view does all the talking here. The pool's petite frame is built for sun gazing and lounging not for water babies looking to cut lengths like there's no tomorrow.
The layered terrace has an equally delicious Jacuzzi to warm up in once the sun goes down, making it even more difficult to abandon this rooftop water paradise for the world below.
From: USD$246 per night
Officially home to Cartagena's only Olympic sized pool, the Caribe's old school mystique and decadent big blue has been the hotel's knockout feature since it opened its doors in the 1950s.
Hotel Caribe's swimming pool, much like Bocagrande's Northern American mindset, likes to think big and bold.
Oodles of space instils that the Caribbean castaway island feel you've been craving, despite the hotel's resort style size.
You can flap and dive around with your mates without disturbing the more chilled out vibe at the back thanks to the stylish bridge that cuts across the middle of the pool.
Make it your very own bikini catwalk strip should the glamorous mood take you.
Finish your day on an al fresco dining high by ordering a slap up fruit plate to enjoy in the afternoon sun.
From: USD$145 per night
Hotel Las Américas
Hotel Las Americas wows the holiday crowds with its pool prowess of boundless water activity options (yes, sunbathing counts) fit for families and couples.
Hotel Las Americas ticks every type of pool box, outshining the competition with five star delivery on maximum comfort for each and every guest.
Big on resort style comforts this majestic hotel resort offers every possible water combination you can think of: cascading pools, fountain filled pools for kids and an infinity pool on the roof that affords dizzying 360-degree views of Cartagena's mini-Miami.
We can't get enough of their Scandinavian functionality concept that cleanses any cluttered thoughts, setting you up for the purest Zen vibe you've had in years.
The lower ground pool makes an even bigger splash, with sun beds submerged in the water so the sun never gets too much.
Just don't expect to get much sightseeing done when you have so many pool gem options on your doorstep.
From: USD$181 per night
Up in the clouds, on top of the world is the only way to describe the swimming experience in Bastion's tempting waters.
Bastion's crisp, still swimming pool ripples with excitement when the well-heeled crowd comes up for a swim on its luscious rooftop.
In fitting with the rest of the hotel's low-key interiors they have kept the stone terrace design simple, sharp and symmetrical, letting earth's beautiful elements steal the spotlight.
Escape the hustle and bustle below by escaping up here to watch the sunset with a bottle of bubbly with a loved one.
From: USD$251 per night
Sofitel Santa Clara
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara's expansive pool terrace will make you feel like a fairy tale mermaid in one dip.
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara built the pool to end all other pools when they added statuesque palm trees into the poolside mix.
Stunning yet practical, these leafy delights provide gentle shade whilst you're flung out on one of their snowy white sun loungers.
The garden retreat hugs a gigantic pool, perfect for day time dipping to escape the midday heat or as a cooling refreshment after one of Sofitel's SoSpa luscious spa treatments.
From: USD$250 per night
Boasting not one but four pools, The Hilton has no trouble swimming to the top of the tree of best hotel pool options.
Mums and dads can stay by the (pool side) bar knowing that the kids will be tiring themselves out doing endless rounds on the waterslide.
Big kids can also get involved in the water park-esque good times with swim up bar that makes the tequila sunrise taste all the more sweeter.
All the poolside action proves so tempting, even people here on business will be sneaking out of the hotel's conference rooms for a secret dip.
From: USD$260 per night