This letter comes to you from the 16th century. In a way I wish it were the good old days, but in so many others, I am grateful for the growth that the passage of time has allowed us all to experience. Sitting in the ancient walled city of Cartagena de Indias, It’s easy to imagine what life might have been like back in the day. Hotel Ananda is giving me all the right vibes to entertain those thoughts while pampering me with the spirit of comfort and luxury amidst a solid foundation connecting me to that past. The walls here are thick and filled with stories. A short stroll away from my cozy hotel I find important monuments like the much talked about cathedral and other historical buildings like the Plaza Santo Domingo and the Palace of the Inquisition. I am having such a wonderful time. The vibrant life of the streets, fashionable boutiques, art galleries and gourmet restaurants, all imbued with the warmth and friendliness of its people allows me to imagine a simpler life, yet one still filled with joy and happiness. With the brightly colored walls and lovely narrow streets, I am just cruising along with a grin on my face. There are street vendors selling art, fruit, hats, jewelry and all sorts of fabulous tourist buys. My meandering took me right to the wall, without having to look for it, that once defended the city from pirates, thieves and buccaneers and to which the centuries have turned into one of the most romantic places in the world.
Everything about the position of Hotel Ananda screams history and romance, in a city that echoes the same sentiment. The rooftop pool calls me at sunset, while the cooling shade from the afternoon sun makes the courtyard pool my sanctuary before 4 pm. This is a little slice of fantasy, right at the top of South America. Please come visit me here, I am considering taking up residence, if they’ll have me. Hasta que nos encontremos de nuevo