The south of Colombia is an exciting off the beaten track destination for a luxury holiday.

Home to the spectacular Tatacoa desert which spread across 330 square kilometeres and is home to towering cacti, plus the fascinating archeological artifacts of San Agustin, southern Colombia is a truly a unique destination to visit.  The San Agustín Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a filled with numerous pre-Columbian volcanic stone figures unlike any other, a must-visit for those interested in history. These unique statues are the largest group of religious monuments in the whole of South America – an impressive claim considering the vast history of this huge continent. These works of art accurately show the imagination and creativity of the northern Andean cultures that once resided here, and who flourished from the 1st to the 8th century. Another points of interest in this unspoilt region is the beautiful Las Lajas Sanctuary, a basilica church built on the side of a canyon. This impressive structure is surrounded by stories, myths and legends and dates back to the 1700’s. If you are looking for something more upbeat during your luxury holiday to Colombia, it is worth considering the city of Cali, also known as the ‘Salsa Capital of the World’. Here you can really get to know the local’s love for this genre of Afro-Caribbean music, and experience some of the best salsa clubs on the planet.


Our favourite luxury hotels

Bethel Bio Luxury Hotel

Bethel Bio Tatacoa is a charming boutique hotel in the Tatacoa Desert. Located minutes from the Tatacoa Observatory, it is the perfect base for exploring this beautiful and unique part of Colombia. The building itself is around 100 years old and has been constructed partly using recycled wood from the local area, the whole theme of the architecture is to incorporate the natural environment into the feel of the hotel. The decor is authentic with polished wood and fresh white linen. The six rooms offer guests cosy and welcoming accommodation with polished floors, natural, exposed wood and unique original pieces of furniture.

Akawanka Lodge

Akawanka Lodge is a charming hotel located in San Agustin. Its excellent location makes it an ideal base for exploring the sights of the National Park. The whitewashed walls are complemented with bright colours and local textiles. And a pretty garden surrounds the hotel. The 24 rooms are decorated in a charmingly rustic style with taste and simple elegance. The suite has its own private balcony. A garden terrace is the perfect place for guests to relax and enjoy the views. The restaurant serves delicious Colombian and Creole cuisine using fresh, ingredients grown in their organic garden and the coffee bar serves Colombian organic coffee. Guests can enjoy hikes on the local nature trails or take bikes to explore the area.