Cartagena is no secret anymore. Its rich culture and history has had tourists flocking to the “jewel of the Caribbean”. Airlines like Jetblue have expanded service to Cartagena, which has helped make it the most popular tourist destination in Colombia. No matter day or night, you can feel the beat (and heat) of Cartagena flowing from the colorful and bougainvillea-draped colonial walls into the music filled streets and plazas.
As elegant and romantic, yet tattered and sexy as Cartagena can be, it is a bustling city. A relaxing experience is hard to come by. Even a well intended day of lounging on the nearby beaches will be met with aggressive street vendors, persistent masseuses, and a lot of litter. Yet, on an island 8 miles away, all of these nuisances fade away.
Only 30 minutes from Cartagena by boat, tucked away on the island of Tierra Bomba is the beautiful and sustainable paradise of Blue Apple Beach House. Comprised of a beach club and hotel, this property is conscious of their environmental and social footprint. Blue Apple is focused on leaving a positive impact on the guests, the community, and its surroundings. By sourcing their food locally and sustainably, reducing landfill waste, and providing employment to the local population, it is a unique and relaxing experience.
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Inspired by summers in the French Riviera, Blue Apple Beach House provides an intimate beach club retreat with some Colombian flavor. Whether you prefer to sunbathe on the private, secluded beach listening to the Caribbean Sea waves or by the infinity pool enjoying the DJ spin latin beats to house music, you will relish in its relaxing oasis #vibes.
Want to be pampered? Enjoy a massage (reflexology available) or a mani/pedi. Need to find your zen? Try a private and group vinyasa yoga classes. Require more activity? Reserve a kayak or paddle board and enjoy the water. Searching for more adventure? Blue Apple also offers scuba diving and free dives. Many of the activities on the island (such as massages, snorkeling, souvenirs, walking tours & dirt bike tours) are provided by locals from the nearby community of Bocachica, which Blue Apple helps support by subsidizing English lessons and saving a portion of sales for professional development and the community fund.
At Blue Apple, you can also enjoy doing nothing at all. With numerous areas to lounge and relax, you can thoroughly revel in your recovery escape. Sip your Provençal rosé or a fresh fruit cocktail in a hammock, in the pool, or on a daybed. Savor every moment of this getaway.
Allowing only a limited number of guests per day, this is the perfect place for those who want to enjoy a lazy day of good music, good food, good wine and/or cocktails. On such an intimate property, the staff are always friendly and attentive, readily available to make your stay as comfortable as possible. If you have any special requests or dietary restrictions, you will be provided with options whether you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or even kosher. Rest assured, you will be taken care of in any way you need.
Remember: Isla de Tierra Bomba has no cell phone service. If you are coming to Blue Apple, you come to unplug and unwind. However, WiFi is readily available in the rooms, by the pool, and on the beach, just in case you want to share a vacation selfie (or two).
By booking directly with Blue Apple Beach House, you will receive complimentary shuttle boat transfers to/from Cartagena; a bottle of wine welcome gift or two 30-minute massages (for stays of two nights or more). Make sure to book your day pass or hotel stay in advance.