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magnificent house in Cartagena spectacular views of the ocean and sunsets

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Centro - La Casa Que Besa el Mar

Private Home: 5 Bedrooms/5.5 baths . 7 beds. Ocean Front, 4 Full-time sta

La Casa Que Besa El Mar is located in the old city of Cartagena de Indias. It sits unobstructed, with views of the historic Spanish Colonial wall set just in front of the ever expansive ocean. Facing west, the sunset is visible each and every day, with optimal viewing from La Casa’s spectacular mirador (roof terrace).

La Casa Que Besa el Mar is the product of two colonial homes, combined and renovated to create a modern, spacious living environment like no other. Its Mediterranean style architecture allows cool breezes to sweep through open-air spaces throughout the day, providing moments of respite from the healing heat.

The attention to detail can be felt from the moment you arrive, with beautiful artifacts and exquisite furniture—accrued from years of travel—lining every room. Unique spaces designed for eating, talking, reading, tanning, and resting live on all four floors, facilitating the needs of each unique guest.

Every bedroom has its own unique touch, from handmade quilts and paintings from local artists, to brass waterfall showerheads and mosaic walls. They feature their own remote controlled A/C system for custom climate control, although we encourage guests to sleep with their doors open and let the nightly breeze filter in.

The home features five bedrooms, each with their own full bath. A swimming pool on the ground floor, and two lounging pools, including one on the roof terrace for prime sunset viewing. A full-time staff of four awaits to greet you upon arrival and make your stay as comfortable as possible, providing concierge services, from restaurant reservations and in-house massages to boat rentals and day trips upon request.

La Casa is primely located just walking distance from all the old city of Cartagena has to offer and just a 30-minute boat ride from the beautiful white sand beaches and warm turquoise waters of Las Islas del Rosarios. A curated list of must-see destinations and exquisite dining venues will be made available to you and any specific requests are encouraged prior to your arrival.

We hope you can experience La Casa Que Besa El Mar and the beauty of Cartagena.


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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

Andrea Villegas
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2016
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About Andrea Villegas

I'm a Colombian-born interior designer who, after spending 30 years living and working in New York, decided to return to the place I love most, Cartagena de Indias.

This house is my vision of paradise, a sanctuary for those looking to bask in the magical realism that is La Casa Que Besa el Mar.

Andrea Villegas purchased this villa in 1999

Why Andrea Villegas chose Centro

I love the view of the colonial wall and enjoy the daily sunsets over the ocean.

Cartagena is a beautiful walking town, so a car is seldom needed. I love the perfect weather all year round, but the most beautiful part of Cartagena is the warmth of the people and their unrelenting hospitality. The town is a charming colonial gem with top restaurants and a fun night life. In just 45 minutes y boat you can find yourself in the most amazing white sand beaches and turquoise waters. The house is very well located, and is walking distance to all that Cartagena has to offer.

What makes this villa unique

The view is extraordinary. Beautiful sunsets. A full-time staff of four, including a cook ready to satisfy your taste for Latin fare and anticipate your every wish. Walking distance form all best restaurants and night life. Just a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had the most amazing time at Andrea's beautiful villa!!! 10 girls from Manhattan are almost impossible to impress but somehow Andrea and her staff made our trip literally perfect! Andrea was so helpful and knowledgable about where to go in Cartagena and was so responsive via email and telephone. The staff at the house was amazing (Carmelo, Anita) where we would wake up to a beautiful breakfast every morning. I highly recommend this amazing house to anyone who wants to stay in the heart of Cartagena!! I cannot say enough about Andrea as a host. She is absolutely fantastic and will set you up with the most perfect trip of your life. Please do yourself a favor and book this house! If I could rate my experience it would be a perfect 10. Me encanta Cartagena!!
Sep 2014
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magnificent house in Cartagena spectacular views of the ocean and sunsets
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

I wanted to move in permanently!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Cartagena and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. All arrangments prior to our trip with the owner were seamless and everything was as we expected upon arrival - except for the house - that was BETTER than expected. This is a magical place and I was honored to be a guest here. You really get to feel like a native, surrounded by beautiful art work. The house is stunning, the views, unparalled and the service is beyond. I would return just for the arepa con juevos we had for breakfast! Each bedroom is uniquely decorated and even if you don't get the master suite (which is beyond beautiful) you won't feel slighted. You'll love whatever bedroom you stay in. The house is situated in a prime location with beautiful evening sunsets and a less than 10 minute walk to everything. I hate giving reviews like this because I want to make sure the house never gets too busy, but I had to give it all the credit it deserves. An amazing place!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous house, spectacular views of the ocean, three pools in a primo location

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a week in Colombia and stayed in the house for 5 nights with 4 couples. The house was magnificent! The house is very eclectically furnished, filled with beautiful Colombian artwork and furniture. The house is also filled with lush plants, flowering vines and trees. The staff was friendly, efficient and helpful. they made us yummy breakfast everyday, did our laundry and made fresh juice for cocktails. They would have made lunch but we were out everyday. Andrea the owner was extremely helpful in all of our arrangements.. She pre-stocked the house with food and liquor, arranged airport vans and helped with arrangements for a hotel in the islands. The top floor pool and lounge area overlooks the ocean and is perfect for viewing the sunset, sunbathing, having cocktails and lounging with a nice ocean breeze. The mid level mini pool has two double lounges and is very lush and comfortable. The first floor pool is the biggest and stays cool because it is somewhat shaded. The bedrooms especially the Master suite and the two second floor ensuite bedrooms that convert to king beds were extremely comfortable and clean. The two ensuite queens on the first floor were also very nice just a bit darker!! The A/Cs in all the bedrooms work extremely well which is important because it is hot and humid in Cartagena! The location is amazing. Situated across from the beach by the outer wall of the old town. It is a walk to everything in old town and a quick (and cheap!) cab ride to everywhere else. The internet as well as the TV worked well in the house. Overall an amazing experience. I would love to return and stay in the house again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Most Incredible House in Cartagena

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed in this house this past weekend. Words cannot express how incredible our experience was. The pictures don't do it justice, the house is absolutely gorgeous. It is extremely spacious, clean, and unique, making you feel as though you are in a dream home. The owner, Andrea, was nothing short of amazing. She was always available through email and was more than willing to fulfill any requests I had prior to arriving and during the vacation. The staff was always attentive, friendly, and extremely helpful. The view from the rooftop is beautiful, you are extremely close to the beach just outside the walls and very close to the center of town inside the walls. Andrea arranged transportation to and from the airport and make every effort to make our trip smooth and stress-free. I am already planning my next trip! I have rented many houses through VRBO and this is without a doubt the most spectacular house I have ever stayed in with the most helpful staff and owner. If you are planning a trip to Cartagena, look no further than this gorgeous property.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfax, VA, USA

Excellent House!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the house for 4 nights and 5 days with my friends. The house is located at convenient place in the old city and not too far from the airport. The house is exceptionally phenomenal and the photos on this site does not do any justice. The owner has an amazing taste in the art and kept the house in old style but yet modern. You get to experience both old and new! The house comes with Chef, Maids and Guard at night. All you have to do is to tell them what you need while you stay. All the maids were great and provided exceptional services even though we could not speak Spanish and they could not speak English. The owner Andrea was awesome. She made arrangements for our needs (city tours, reservations, pick and drop off etc).. She was very professional throughout the process (booking to our departure). It has three levels and each level provides you an unique experience. The pool was great to beat the heat and humidity (depends on time of your visit). The top floor provides an incredible view of ocean and sunset..I would highly recommend for friends or families in large group..The only recommendation I have is to improve the music system !! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!. I hope to visit it again sometime in the future

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Shiva, Thank you for your kind words. I just purchase a new music system. Andrea
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the house with my 3 kids ages 9,11,20, also with my parents aged 60 and cousin and her husband. The house was amazing all around. The service was amazing starting with the owner Andrea to her staff who was just simply amazing, manager Carmelo, Chef Muria and the two other helpers Ana and Graciela. The house has the best location in the wall city of Cartagena with amazing views just like advertised. The best part is of all was Andrea's staff they made us feel so welcome that my kids are asking me when are we going back to see our family, referring to the staff. Hopefully that can be soon in the near future. If going to going to Cartagena for the first time , the Chivas tour at night is lots of fun . They look like open side school buses with a local band playing local ballenato music on the bus and free drinks. Its a party and an experience. There are so many things to do around near the house , but please whatever you do don't forget to try Muria's arepa con huevo and her delicious coconut rice. thank you all again

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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México City

If you want the best stay in Cartagena -THIS IS IT!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was my third visit to Cartagena and after a lot of research I was lucky enough to find this magnificent house. Let me start with the owner, she takes care of all your needs, makes sure every detail is perfect for your stay. She even took care of our transportation, every day delicious meal menus and restaurant reservations where we were treated like kings, even the chef was making sure we were completely satisfied. The house, looks spectacular in the pictures, we'll let me tell you it is even more impressive in person. Decoration with such great taste and is perfectly maintained. Walking distance from the most popular and best restaurants and bars, even the main touristic places to visit, so forget about taxis and enjoy walking this beautiful city. One big pool and two jacuzzis, the best view in Cartagena (in front of the spot where all the tourists take sunset pictures next to Cafe del Mar, but better as it is higher and of course your own place!.) Spent the whole time in the upper terrace with jacuzzi, and unbeatable spot! Excellent staff that that includes a great cook, they all know how to make sure all your needs are satisfied and that you enjoy local cuisine. We were a group of guys and we all enjoyed this place that is like a dream come true. All of us are convinced that for our next visit to Cartagena and all that are to come, we will stay here for sure. This is the best you will find for your money and the most reasonable deal. Believe me you do not need to look for more options if you want the best -THIS IS IT!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: OMG!! Thank you so much for your wonderful review. I am glad all the hard work pays of with your kind review. The employees are so fantastic. I am grateful for your review. Andrea
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Is only 15 minutes from the house by car
Nearest Barpub
5 Metres
Many Bars and restaurants walking distance.
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
40 minutes by car
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Metres
Best restaurants walking distance.
Nearest Beach
0.5 Metres
Walking distance .
Car: not necessary

Cartagena: a Colombian destination of history and culture

Haga click sobre la imagen para ampliarlaCartagena is a fantastic city that guards the secrets of history in its walls.

Cartagena is a fantastic city that guards the secrets of history in its walls / Photo: Carlos Sueskún.

Cartagena is a fantastic city that guards the secrets of history in its walls, balconies, buildings and narrow cobbled streets.

The charm of the walled city

The magic of Cartagena lies in its massive fortifications, the warmth of the people, the richness of the architecture and the infinite range of cultural expression of a doughty and valiant people.

The city is full of romance, and there is the setting for many a tale of times past in every street and square, and along the walls that bound it, waiting for the sunset to evoke past struggles.

On a sunny day vibrates with color along the facades of the buildings and the sea breeze refreshes the visitor on his way along the narrow streets of the old city.

Haga click sobre la imagen para ampliarlaAs night falls, Cartagena is warm, bathed in its own light, coming to life, transformed.

As night falls, Cartagena is warm, bathed in its own light, coming to life, transformed / Photo: Carlos Sueskún.

The monuments are there: sober, ancient monasteries, churches, battlements and the remains of bloody battles: a testimony to the invincible men and women who brought freedom to the “heroic city”.

Night falls, and is bathed in a light of its own, coming to life and transforming itself. It is a unique atmosphere that captivates the visitor and takes him back to times past and forgotten, in a horse and carriage.

From the walls there is a beautiful view of the sea. Then, euphoria grows and the tireless fiesta dances on until the first rays of the sun sweep away the mysteries of the night.

Yes, this is Cartagena. A city that tells its own past, its fascinating history and its rebirth in every age.

A favorite destination

Haga click sobre la imagen para ampliarlaTour the streets, see the old Spanish colonial buildings.

Tour the streets, see the old Spanish colonial buildings / Photo: Carlos Sueskún.

Declared part of the UNESCO World Heritage in 1984, Cartagena encapsulates all the charm of Spanish colonial architecture, the republic period and today, the attractions of intense night-life, cultural festivals, exotic scenery, superb beaches, wonderful food and a wide offer of hotels and tourist infrastructure.

Walk the streets, look at the Spanish colonial buildings – the Palace of the Inquisition, the Clock-Tower and the Castle of San Felipe de Barajas; enjoy the soft, warm breezes as you pass through the squares and plazas.

Eating out is another form of entertainment in Cartagena, with countless choices of new and exotic flavors in local and international styles.

The choice of accommodation is very wide too. There are traditional hotels and exclusive boutique hotels offering unique experiences of detail and personal service.

Cartagena offers all the enchantment of its history and the legacy of those who made it great and turned it into one of Colombia’s most important tourist destinations.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa Centro, Cartagena

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26 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
high season
3 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £490

The house and the content is for the use of the people renting the house. We won"t allowed any other people in the house other than the renters..
Tips to my wonderful employees are very appreciated.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa Centro Cartagena

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • resort
  • village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Outdoor Shower
  • Beautiful bathrooms surrounded by tropical gardens.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • First floor Two charming bedrooms with a queen size bed each, open large living room surrounded by tropical gardens, the sound of birds, open dining room, swimming pool, kitchen, laundry, maids room. Second floor, Two charming bedrooms with two singles beds each, that can convert in one king size bed if necessary. Third floor The master bedroom is wrap by a balcony cover with flowers, king size bed, beautiful view of the sea, In-suite bathroom with out door shower. Shower under the stars and the moon.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We won't allowed guest of guest. only the people renting the house. no laud music, respect the neighbours, and the house.

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