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Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka
Ranked #2 of 117 Santa Marta B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

I expected a lot more for this money. Yes the location is beautiful but THAT'S ALL YOU GET!

It's better to find an accomodation nearby (at Los Naranjos) and walk here to enjoy the view.

For USD 150 I believe this hotel is terribly overpriced.

The facilities at the hotel are very poor. The strip of beach is filthy and needs to be cleaned up, plus it reeks of sewage.

Furthermore the food (which is included in the price) is very minimal. Fried rice, fried plantain and beetrood salad for dinner. And egg and toast for breakfast.

The lunchmenu consists of only a cheese and tomato Fajita. Drinks are limited to: beer, wine and cola.

How can an expensive hotel like this have such limited options?? I was expecting fruit juices, snacks and excellent food for this money? The barman at the bar (which was empty!) had a bored look at his face and was playing on his phone the entire evening

If the accomodation price was 50 USD I wouldn't have written this review but USD 150 is way too much for what you get.

Avoid yourself the dissapointment and book Aite Eco Hotel at Palomino. AMAZING hotel for USD 70. Stunning beach, excellent food and top quality service. Best hotel I have stayed at in Colombia.

Finca Barlovento, your management still has A LOT to learn.

Best regards,


Room Tip: If you choose the beach property, be aware, at night the ocean is extremely noisy.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Experience a setting which looks across a river flowing out of the jungle into the sea. Totally relaxing, simple rooms, great food and easy access to the national park. You can choose between Maloka (river view and less sea noise) and Cabana with rooms precariously hanging out over the sea.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

Booked a very last minute stay at Finca Barlovento and although there was some confusion about where exactly we were staying (the hotel is more a complex of different hotels than one individual hotel) - once we got sorted we had the most perfect stay.

The rooms are comfortable with basic amenities but everything you need to relax. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bathroom was perfect.

The staff didn't speak any English but were helpful and we had no problems. A delicious dinner and breakfast was included in the room rate and the food was plentiful. Their was an honour bar with various beers and wines which was a nice touch.

However, the location of Barlovento is the main draw. Right at the junction of the river and the Caribbean sea, the views are simply sensational. From the rooms and the common areas we could look out and relax. We went for a walk down the sand and honestly it was pure perfection. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We booked a last minute stay at Finca Barlovento at the airport on our way to Colombia and I am so glad we did! Evening before being shown to our room we arranged to stay another night because we were both so in awe of the beauty that surrounds this place! The staff were outstanding-they prepared delicious cocktails, wonderful family style dinners, and had great suggestions of what to see and do while staying there. Truly the highlight of our trip and we cannot wait to return!

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

We stayed here for six nights in a maloka room and didn't get bored once!
It is in the most beautiful setting with stunning views.
Rooms are very comfortable with good showers- we had the end room with a great view from the shower down over the river and jungle.
Very comfortable communal area to relax with again, amazing views of ocean and river which can be seen from a sofa, comfortable deckchair or hammock.
There is a nice bar where you can choose either an ocean or river view or if you sit in the middle, both!!
Food was good both breakfast and dinner with an honesty fridge full of beer and soft drinks. The quesadillas are a good option for lunch.
Easy walk to another huge beach with more options for lunch.
Close to the park entrance, five minutes by bus from the top of the road (don't forget ID for the park!). We didn't wait long for a bus.
There is a small beach area and a great view point to relax on.
Staff are very friendly.
Only downside, if I had to find one, was nowhere to swim as crocodiles in river (we didn't see any) and too rough sea although you can join the surfers where they go to paddle out further but you can't really swim and the waves are very strong. The big tease is there is a pool in the private villa!!!
Loved it here and was exactly what we needed to completely relax.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Bex R
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Additional Information about Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka

Address: Km 33, 1 Via Riohacha, Los Naranjos, Next to Tayrona Park, Santa Marta, Colombia
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Region: Colombia > Magdalena Department > Santa Marta District > Santa Marta
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #2 of 117 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Marta
Price Range: ₹ 9,172 - ₹ 10,335 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cabaña hangs on a cliff over the beach and ocean. It has been featured in documentaries, tv and magazines such as Maison Marie Claire french edition. Maloka has lovely views to the river and sea or the jungle, its quieter than the cabaña and the rooms are spacious and with a private bathroom. The web site of Maloka can be accessed through "go to maloka" on the cabaña's web site. ... more   less 
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