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Playa Koralia - Hotel Santa Marta - Colombia

At Playa Koralia, less than an hour outside of Santa Marta, a poetic calmness is idealized; not counting the loud and colorful paintings done in a Latin American and Asian style by Patricia Nieto, the owner’s sister.

The Guardian’s article “Colombia on a natural high” uses Playa Koralia as an example of supreme chillness and says that Shakira booked in here to get away from it all. Owner Jose Luis Nieto encourages relaxation, and will even confiscate laptops.

Chill outside in simplistic hammocks while gazing at the beach, but once inside your cabin, you’ll wish sleeping at the beach always felt like being an Arab Sheikh. The interior decoration is based on inspiration from pre-Columbian symbology, popular Mexican art, Indian Rajastan and the Mediterranean. Camping is also available if you have your own tent.

Koralia offers the chance to observe local handicrafts being made, canoe trips, jungle hikes to waterfalls, mountain hikes, snorkeling, massages, flower baths, etc… But, the best part is that this is no ordinary eco-lodge; there is stuff to do here after dark. In addition to a restaurant with a menu inspired by Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, there is a bar on the beach that has live music and bonfires.

48 kilometers / 29 miles east of Santa Marta

Santa Marta, Colombia


This Hotel is: High End

Hotel Amenities, Services and Facilities , Airport Pickup - Extra Charge, Bar, Breakfast Included, Child-Friendly Facilities, Common Room, Lounge, Restaurant, Sauna, Taxes Included in Price, Travel Info Desk

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

Getting There:

There are two options:


1) Fly into Barranquilla International Airport (less than two hours away).

2) Fly into the Santa Marta National Airport (less than an hour away).

Then, Playa Koralia offers a pick-up and drop-off transportation for a fee.

Room Prices:
Price Description:Camping $50-55; standard room $105-111, junior suite $122-139, Suite $133-155.
Rates are per person, per night, and increase in high seasons. Prices include three meals per day and tax.

Contact Information:
Phone: (57) - 310 - 6422 574
E-mail: koralia(at)

Other Hotels in Santa Marta that may be of interest: Hotel Saboy, Hotel El Rodadero, Hotel Arhuaco, Hotel Arrecifes Caribeño, Residencias El Titantic , Hotel Nueva Granada, Hotel Las Vegas del Caribe, Hotel Imperial Caribe, Park Hotel and Hotel Yuldama.

By Tammy Portnoy
By trade, I am a writer/editor/journalist. I have a degree in Spanish and a degree in magazine journalism, from what calls itself the oldest...
26 Mar 2011

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