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Colombia’s verdant “Coffee Triangle” and nearby Cocora Valley are home to some of the country’s most memorable sights – and remarkable places to stay.
Posted November 14, 2022, 07:03 GMT
The main house of Hacienda Venecia, surrounded by lush coffee plantations.
Ideal for coffee lovers
Situated on a working coffee plantation, it is the ideal location for those seeking peace and quiet, yet wishing to be well placed for local excursions. The mountainous setting is just a 30-minute drive from Manizales, one of the three main towns in Colombia’s coffee triangle. It’s full of character: all red and white spaces with huge original shutters and tiled floors. Head to the wraparound balcony for a drink or lounge by the pool to watch the peacocks roam the lawns. Don’t miss the Coffee Lodge, where you can enjoy a freshly brewed local beer. From £110.
Hacienda Bambusa was restored about a decade ago, retaining the bamboo and clay exterior.
Photographed by Hacienda Bambusa
Ideal for nature lovers
This former farmhouse outside Armenia offers plenty of hiking opportunities among the lush green slopes of the Cocora Valley. It was restored about a decade ago, retaining the bamboo and clay exterior, while the beautifully designed rooms inside feature dazzling white linens, velvet throw pillows, and colorful artwork. You might spend your time lounging by the pool, but there’s plenty to do, including jeep tours or birdwatching, highlights of which include the spectacled parrot and the red-tailed hummingbird. . From £165
Ideal for spa lovers
This beauty of a boutique hotel has everything you would expect from a luxury stay, including one of the best restaurants in the area, a refreshing pool and individually styled rooms, many with high wooden ceilings. slope, outdoor hot tubs and hammocks. But the real draw, especially after a day of hiking in the area, is the small spa, where you can bask in the jungle setting and try treatments such as the Guazalak ritual, involving fire therapy and massage. with volcanic stones for a physical and mental restart. . From £78.
Hotel Sazagua offers individually decorated rooms, most of which have high sloped ceilings, outdoor hot tubs and hammocks.
Photographed by Hotel Sazagua
Ideal for adventurers
Located in the heart of Salento town, this new boutique hotel wouldn’t look out of place in Scandinavia thanks to the pale wood exterior of the master cabin and the cool interiors of the bedrooms. Aside from the nice, laid-back vibe it creates, the main draw here is the location, minutes from the cafes and cafes of Salento, and close to the Cocora Valley. The team are happy to book coffee tours, bike rides and hikes for you, or there are plenty of businesses on your doorstep if you prefer to organize things independently. From £70 room only
Ideal for epicureans
Take in the mountain scenery just a five-minute walk from Salento at Kawa Mountain Retreat, an eco-friendly hotel with large lodges, treehouse-style cabins and, in The Colonial House, colorful rooms including many with outdoor tubs to soak up the views. The team are known for going the extra mile to make your stay special, from booking tours in the Cocora Valley, which you can see from the retreat, to lovingly prepared breakfasts of freshly squeezed juices, fluffy pancakes and lots of coffee. Be sure to take care of the resident dog. Doubles from £62.
Coffee tours, organized by Hacienda Venecia, include an in-depth introduction to coffee production, from seed to cup.
Great for views
It’s all in the name. ‘Mirador’ means ‘viewpoint’, and the stunning valley and mountain vistas certainly take center stage at this grand hotel. Enjoy them for breakfast from the huge open-air terrace; swinging in a hammock while parrots chat nearby; or one of the rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and views from the bed (some also have outdoor hot tubs). The interiors of this mid-range hotel are simple but warm. From £105.
Featured in the November issue of National Geographic Traveler (UK)
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