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Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka
Ranked #2 of 127 Santa Marta B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 15 September 2017

The guidebook said this was a beautiful place and it wasn't wrong. Overlooking the beach and the river with mountains in the background it is pretty special.

The accommodation is simple but spectacular as you look over the cliffs and can hear the waves crashing below you.

The food was excellent but the staff were never around although when they were they were very helpful.

Probably slightly overpriced but well worth a visit.

Room Tip: We liked our room in Cabana looking over the ocean
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We fell in love with this hotel. It's very simple and not many luxuries - but what you get instead is the most amazing location and view! Both on the river, the ocean and surrounded by nature.
It's very relaxing, with hammocks and chairs overlooking the ocean. Really great vibe and dinner and breakfast are included and delicious. You get to share tables with other people which was a fun way to meet other travelers! Highly highly recommended!

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Barlovento C, Owner at Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017
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Reviewed 1 September 2017

We stayed in Maloka. Based on the reviews and the price I expected a lot more. There are actually quite a few hotels on this beach - it's not nearly as isolated as it looks - and no place to swim (pool or beach). The rooms were fine and clean and comfy, though they smelled a bit odd. The staff was friendly but not that helpful (when we arrived the woman walked ahead of us texting while older members of our party struggled to carry their bags down the shell path to the rooms). I was a bit surprised by this because the person I emailed with about the reservation was incredibly helpful.

The common area is beautiful and nice to hang out in. Dinner was family style and tasty, and they did provide reasonable vegetarian options. The beach is small but stunning, and the view of the river coming in is very nice too.

Overall this place is fine, but by far not my favorite in the area.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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Barlovento C, Owner at Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Thank you very much for your review.

We want to point out that we are an Eco Friendly hotel with few rooms and thus we have limitations with the number of people that can work at the hotel and our unable to provide the service that you may find in a large hotel. That said, our personnel is under instructions to be as helpful as possible.

The odd smell you mentioned is the scent of the palm leaves which compose the thatched roof of our lodges. That happens specially when wet and we have been subject to an unusually long and heavy winter.

Thanks again for your review and we apologize for our limitations.

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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,

Karen

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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Barlovento C, Owner at Finca Barlovento Cabana & Maloka, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

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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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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
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 127 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Marta
Price Range: ₹ 9,462 - ₹ 10,434 (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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