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Located in the heart of the walled city of Cartagena, in a hip area full of trendy boutiques, art galleries and restaurants, and just a few streets away from the city’s historic centre.
Ananda is also the name of a seriously luxurious spa hotel in the Himalayas, and the word means a state of bliss in Sanskrit, but if you stray from the Indian sub-continent Cartagena isn't a bad place to end up.
Ananda itself is a restored 16th Century colonial house, with just 23 suites (no mere rooms here, you understand), all different, and all charming - some are double height with mezzanine floors, while others have private terraces.
The restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes in the atmospheric dining room or on under the shade of a large almond tree in the courtyard. The hotel also has a bar, swimming pool and gym.
Just around the corner from the hotel is the ancient city wall- Las Murallas - that protected the city from pirates, and which serves as a great vantage spot for views over the city.
The original colonial cistern water tank has been converted into an open air patio from which there are great views across the city rooftops.
Ollie, Original Traveller