Blue Apple Beach House
This exclusive escape which takes notes from the SoHo House brand has injected some much needed life into the seriously underrated Tierra Bomba Island, which thanks to retreats like this one, has now put its gentrification skates on.
Small but perfectly formed, Blue Apple doesn't do things in half measures. Within three months of opening their bolthole the Sunday Times listed it as one of their favourite hotel highlights of 2016.
Here you can truly switch off in style.
Each airy cabin (there are 6) have plenty of leg room and postcard perfect views overlooking the big blue.
Whilst a stay here is all about soaking up the island life, with the incredible sunsets, private outdoor showers and a chilled-out beach vibe, the cosmopolitan owners have equipped all rooms with city creature comforts like hot water and a clued up cocktail menu that wouldn’t be out of place in a New York speakeasy.
Six slinky suites, all named after Colombian fruits, sleep up to 20 people. Rooms can be rented individually or as a whole house if you’re a big group on the hunt wanting to escape dry land for a bit.
From: USD$200 a night
If you love delving into a bit of people-watching there's no place better than Hotel Caribe, a beach hotel hero that's had its feet in the sand long before anyone else cropped up along Bocagrande's boulevard.
It's above and beyond our favourite Bocagrande digs because it boasts a majestic olympic-sized swimming pool ( there are only three in the whole city) which could rival Bocagrande's big old blue. And there is nothing like soaking up the beach sunset from one of the colonial tower suites.
Hotel Caribe pimp up your beach experience by reserving the best bit of Hollywood Beach with VIP umbrellas, and a beach restaurant, Oh Caribe, a tasty little number which serves up Colombian snacks and meals for the hungry sunbather.
If you can't score a room here, you can still take advantage of their amazing olympic pool with a Day at their Pool.
Located a stone's throw from the idyllic sands of Cholón, Casa Navegante is a floating bolthole for those looking for a luxury island getaway set apart from the crowds.
A sea dream that hits all right notes for a new breed of high-end, environmentally conscious jet-setters, this truly unique, 2-bedroom property sleeps up to six people.
Spread over two floors, there's plenty of room for on-deck dining and chilling out by the pool with a cocktail while the BBQ cooks up the catch of the day.
Anchored in the lush Cholon lagoon you are within swimming distance or a short jet-ski ride from one of the best beaches in Cartagena, Playa Azul.
If the luxury fixtures and fittings, crystal clear waters and peaceful, star-studded nights weren't enough, this is the only hotel in Cartagena with 360 degree sea views.
Las Americas Beach Resort & Spa
Sitting pretty on a sporty stretch of Cartagena sand, Las Américas Beach Resort, Spa and Conference Center, is a glorious beachfront venue to enjoy in family or to indulge your senses.
Cartagena's biggest hotel complex pulls out all the stops to keep up to 1,000 visitors happy on a daily basis with myriad options for rest and recuperation.
The twin-hotel resort is home to more than 530 rooms, each one with a sea view, as well as spa, shopping, great eating options and no less than seven family friendly cascading pools.
For the kids there's the water slide and a fun fountain area. For the grown-ups there's the swim-up bar and an infinity pool on the roof that's a child-free zone.
Whilst most of the action takes place in the hotel's expansive pool area, Los Morros beach is also a Mecca for watersports including a host of kitesurf schools and Cartagena Flyboard for holidaymakers that can't leave their superhero attitude at home.
There's only one hotel in Cartagena that ticks all the beach boxes for the most powerful man on earth – the Hilton. If this beachfront hotel works for president Barack Obama it works for us.
Obama's historic stay in this Cartagena landmark in 2012, made him the first US president to spend the night in Colombia. He enjoyed his Cartagena retreat so much he even promised to come back with the wife and kids.
You can see why. Offering up great sea views and boasting its own secluded stretch of Caribbean sand, the hotel remains in a league of its own.
Boasting the best pool complex (four, in fact) in Bocagrande and Laguito and with plenty of fun on offer for families you probably won't want to stray too far from the hotel's swim-up bar.
But there's so much more to the Hilton Cartagena than the city's swimming pool and not having to deal with traffic in a bikini thanks to the hotel's proximity to the only private beach in Cartagena is a big draw.
From: USD$268 per night
Found on a privileged part of Isla Mucura, just two hours from Cartagena by speedboat, the island retreat of Hotel Punta Faro is as close as it comes to paradise.
Switch off completely in this isolated retreat in the Morrosquillo Gulf a forgotten archipelago, that's the best kept secret of moneyed families and honeymooners from the interior of Colombia.
Make the most of sublime snorkelling, canoeing and the chance to try you're your luck with a little windsurfing.
An in-house PADI certified diving centre is on hand to organise scuba diving adventures and boat tours of the surrounding islands can also be arranged.
There's also a top-notch tennis court for beach bums that like to stay active while re-charging their batteries.
Don't miss the chance to explore the world's most densely populated island, Santa Cruz del Islote, or simply just kick back and soak up the laid-back Caribbean vibes.
From: USD$440 a night