The UNESCO World Heritage city is seeing a new lease of life
01
Stay In A Unique Hotel

Fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi has just turned a 250-year-old colonial mansion into the Tcherassi Hotel + Spa, while the Viceroy Cartagena is about to launch Colombia’s first six-star hotel.

02
Visit An Enclave For Street Art

An abandoned soap factory has become the undisputed home of Cartagena street art. The city has already attracted international artists such as Fin DAC from the UK and Bell Borba from Brazil. [For an insider guide, ask your Lightfoot Travel designer to book you on an art tour.]

03
Dine In A Prison

The restaurant that is causing the most buzz in Cartagena is Restaurant Interno. The restaurant that has seen celebrity chefs and politicians walk through the door is based within San Diego’s women’s prison. The inmates serve dishes such as sea bass cocktail and Cartagena-style sliced beef along with vegetables that have been grown in the prison’s garden.

04
Stop By A Colombian Speakeasy

The cocktail scene has seen a new lease of life with Cartagena’s own twist on a Manhattan speakeasy, the Alquimico that’s set in a former two-storey mansion. The team make rum infusions using local Colombian produce. The heady mix of cocktails and local DJs keep the crowds dancing till dawn.

05
Buy One-Of-A-Kind Souvenirs

Visit The Shop at Calle Sargento Mayor. This tiny boutique stocks a wealth of crafts, art works and organic chocolate and Colombian coffee from local artisans.

Suggested Itineraries

Ancient Andalusia

Andalucia Spain Europe

  • Marvel at the Moorish architecture of Granada’s Alhambra

  • Delve into Spanish tapas on a food tour of Seville

  • Enjoy dinner and a live flamenco display at Tablao Flamenco, Cordoba

  • Sample fine wines and watch dancing horses in Jerez

  • Experience the atmospheric ancient cities of Andalusia

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 7 nights

The Best of New South Wales

New South Wales Australia Australasia

  • Visit Sydney Harbour on a two-hour private cruise

  • Discover Australian wildlife on nature tours in the Blue Mountains

  • Go horseback riding through Australia's picturesque Wolgan Valley

  • Explore the vibrant underwater world of Lord Howe Island

  • Be pampered in luxury accommodation and awake to stunning views every day

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 8 nights

Ultimate Malaysia: Highlands, Heritage & Islands

Penang Langkawi Kuala Lumpur & Central Malaysia Malaysia Singapore Asia

  • Visit local artisans, villages and restaurants in Penang
  • Enjoy beach life and mountain biking on Langkawi
  • Learn about the local tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands
  • Embark on a historic river cruise in Malacca
  • Witness iconic monuments in Singapore

When to go:

J F M A M J J A S O N D
ideal length 14 nights
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