Hidden away on the southern shore of Tierra Bomba island, just 30 minutes from Cartagena, Colombia, Blue Apple Beach is an exclusive beach club and hotel. Inspired by a combination of local Colombian vibrancy and the old-world chic of clubs such as Anjuna (Eze, France), Club 55 (St Tropez) and Beso Beach (Ibiza), life at Blue Apple is about escaping to enjoy lazy days and nights in a Caribbean island paradise. The focus is on great food, washed down with plenty of provençal rosé and delicious cocktails, all set to a tropically inspired soundtrack. There is a cosy, laid-back, island vibe where, a far cry from a tourist-trap, locals and in-the-know visitors to Cartagena enjoy lazy days, music and great food in a beautiful setting.
Guests can experience Blue Apple for the day with a Day Pass and enjoy the lively poolside vibe or lay back and forget the world on the island’s deserted beach. A seasonal menu inspired by Mediterranean favourites and local, Colombian-Caribbean specialities offers up healthy, simple beach food such as paellas, seabass & coconut rice, ceviches and carpaccios served by a charismatic local team who provide attentive, but relaxed personal service. At Blue Apple Beach music is food for the soul, and there is a carefully curated soundtrack inspired by tropical island life taking guests on a musical journey through soul, blues, and disco, to electro, house, reggae and calypso.
Blue Apple Beach House is a converted private home available for for those looking to live the private island life. It offers five stylish bedrooms and five independent cabanas. The design has a real sense of place, having used local architectural techniques and materials to blend seamlessly with the island landscape. Palm fronds, stone, bamboo and wood open into rooms decked with crisp white linens, local artworks and textiles. At night, a handful of guests enjoy a peaceful, secluded ad romantic atmosphere. By day, they receive automatic VIP status at Blue Apple’s hip beach club, with complimentary access and reserved sunbeds.
Visitors can spend days lounging on the beach or by the pool, sipping on cocktails, enjoying a massage, mani, pedi or reflexology session. The actively inclined might practice yoga, get stuck into volleyball, beach games, paddle boarding, kayaking, jet skiing or exploring the house reef with the on-site scuba operation. Boat trips can be arranged to the nearby Rosario islands, as well as locally guided dirt bike island tours.
All rooms have complimentary minibar, hot-water, air-conditioning, satellite TV and WiFI. Bluee Apple is available for exclusive hire or individual room bookings.
New for 2018:
Five new independent Cabanas – stand-alone cabanas set apart from the Beach House with private plunge pools, ocean-views, king-sized beds and outdoor rain showers – ideal for luxury lovers, and fun-loving honeymooners
Scuba Diving – Paraiso Dive is located in Blue Apple’s ground and offers taster sessions, PADI courses and guided snorkelling
Acro Yoga (15 – 22 September) – For one week in September, Blue Apple will be running daily Acro-Yoga classes with Samantha Sievens.
Freediving – Colombian Champion freediver, Carlos Correa, offers a taste of the Big Blue. Combine a freediving class with yoga for the ultimate in breath control, and inner peace. Three-day course costs 600,000 pesos (£156).
The Environment – Blue Apple aims to be plastic free, and reduce its landfill contribution by 60%, this year. The team runs composting, worm farms, and a budding kitchen garden. They only use biodegradable soaps in the kitchen, bar and laundry and are designing a grey water system to feed the garden. They have chickens and are currently negotiating with them to lay all their eggs in one basket. Blue Apple will be hosting a team of scientific divers from Penn State University, working on a local reef research and conservation project.
Rooms at Blue Apple Beach House start from £120 per night based on two sharing. This includes return transport by boat to the island, breakfast and VIP access at the beach club. Full board pricing starts from £215 per night (based on two sharing).
Return boat rides from Cartagena to Blue Apple Beach and a sunbed costs from £20. A full day pass with lunch and drinks starts from £55
Over-12s only welcomed on weekends and bank holidays
For more information or to book, visit www.blueapplebeach.com