Casa Higo

Hit the Holiday Jackpot at Casa Higo

In the Cartagena vacation rental lottery, this bountiful bolthole is like hitting the jackpot.

  • This is What We Love

    • The decor details only possible from a top-notch interior designer's eye
    • Who needs a bookshelf when you can shelves stocked with vintage whisky
    • The beautiful black and white photographs that showcase Cartagena's rich past
    • Being so central, in the midst of Cartagena's touristic highlights
    • Having our favourite bars and restaurants on the doorstep
    • A dining room that screams luxury banquet
    • Staff that really know how to cook and understand service
  • What you Need to Know

    • This 7-bedroom house is made up of 1 twin, 1 superior suite, and 5 master suites
    • This house can also be rented by the room during low season
    • Breakfast is not included
    • A bar on the second floor should be completed by mid-2016
    • Guys only groups are asked to pay for a surcharge of 20%
  • Written By

    Logo aulatrés Rainbow Nelson
    Founder of This Is Cartagena. I've been writing about travel in South America for Wallpaper*, VICE, WSJ Magazine, Jetsetter and the Robb Report for 20 years
  • The Details

    Number Of Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms

    Optimum Occupancy: 16

    Beds: 9

    Price: $2,500.00/Night

    Price (High Season): $3,488.00/ night (rates) ?

    Rates for colonial and luxury houses during Cartagena’s high season can vary considerably. The high season rate for this property applies for bookings between Dec 15 - Jan 15

    High season 

    Dec 15- jan 15

    Address: Centro, Calle Santos de Piedra, Cartagena, Colombia

    Neighbourhood: El Centro

    Rating: This is Cartagena

WHY THIS IS CARTAGENA

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    Concierge Services

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  • Concierge Services

    While Colombia's reputation has been transformed in recent years, some visitors can still be daunted by the prospect of arriving in Colombia on vacation for the first time. To ensure you and your family or loved ones, feel right at home we’ll send a member of our Cartagena travel team to help you check you in and get you plugged into Cartagena's laid-back Caribbean groove. Your bilingual concierge will be on hand to join up the dots throughout your dream Colombian holiday. If there's anything you need, from table reservations to coordinating the most authentic tours and experiences in Cartagena, you can call on them day or night

  • Quality Assurance

    We’ve slept in every bed in town and have hand-picked a blissful collection of luxury vacation rentals in Cartagena that will make you yawn with yearning. Even some of the most impressive houses to rent in Cartagena require a little intervention to make sure they live up to our lofty standards so we offer complimentary airport transfers and a great breakfast served fresh every day to ensure that all our exclusive colonial mansions, beach villas and private islands are a cut above your average stay in Cartagena.  

  • Insider Intel

    We really do know Cartagena and Colombia better than anyone else. Our talented team of travel advisors has cherry-picked the very best Cartagena has to offer so you can experience this marvelous Caribbean city like a local. We’re on-the-ground, all-year-round so we can share with you all of our favourite Cartagena things to do, places to eat, drink and relax. Don't take our word for it, check out some of our testimonials and customer reviews here


  • THE LOWDOWN

     

    Amenities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Family rooms
    • Swimming Pool
    • Rooftop Terrace
    • Jacuzzi
    • TV
    • Wi-Fi
    • Concierge Service
    • Room service
    • Lounge bar
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Non-smoking
  • FULL LISTING

    Ironic since it was occupied in the 16th century, by Anglo-colonial crusader (the locals call him a pirate) Sir Francis Drake, who 'camped' out here after sacking the city in 1586.

    A seriously handsome house with show-stopping details, Casa Higo, can only be accused of modesty in terms of the number of bedrooms - the house only has seven rooms - we'd love more.

    The magnificent seven, however, are totally in keeping with a house that places quality over quantity and avoids any 'who-gets-stuck-with-this-room' scenario, an issue in other less lavish vacation rentals.

    Thankfully for lucky guests at this property, the house's owners avoided the temptation to squeeze more rooms in.

    Even the traditionally bland twin room offering is sexed up wonderfully with two queen beds, sleek four-poster masts and sophisticated design touches.

    The smallest room practically requires a hoist up to reach the blissful bed that dominates the glorious sun-lit space. There are two split-level suites with fancy bespoke chaise longues. Need we say more?

    The remaining five master suites are spacious, designer knockouts, thanks to the French owner's mother who could outdo Coco Chanel when it comes to stylish use of monochrome.

    The top floor rooms are true heartbreakers, equipped with a walk-in wardrobe and jacuzzi bath - talk about having some serious Je ne sais quoi.

    The emerald ground floor pool - deliciously inviting with a backdrop stonewall water feature - clashes ever so beautifully with the rest of the mansion's two-tone colour scheme.

    The contrast is even greater when you are perched on the living room's balcony with the Santa Catalina de Alexandria Cathedral's burning red and orange cupola flirting outrageously in sight.

    Boasting what's probably Cartagena's most insanely picturesque, baroque backdrop, the rooftop plunge pool provides the cherry on top of this pretty, Oreo-themed cake.

    There's no need to think that all tropical fun is taking place outside Casa Higo's walls, there's a charismatic toucan called Francois to remind you that you’re in the middle of the Caribbean – not the French Riviera.

LOCATION

  • Centro

    Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.

    Constructed on one of three islands that are now connected to the Colombian mainland, the historic walled city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

    Ever since UNESCO made the announcement the money has poured into restoring the incredible architecture contained inside its historic walls. Wandering aimlessly through Cartagena's historic center is without question it's one of the highlights of any trip to Colombia. 

    Centro has lost none of its importance over the last three centuries, thanks to the universal allure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area. 

    While the riches of the region no longer flow through Cartagena on their way from Colombia, Peru and Ecuador to Spain, the city has maintained its position as the colonial gem in Colombia's Caribbean crown.

    Cartagena's best hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.

    The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze, added security, papal pardons and the chance to get an early first whiff of pirates.

    While it was home to the slave traders of yesteryear, today not much has changed with only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list able to afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.

    As well as hosting the most opulent churches and principal tourist landmarks, Centro is home to the best bars and restaurants in Cartagena.

    Standout foodie destinations include restaurants Don Juan, La Vitrola and Maria and bars and nightclubs like Alquimico, Cafe del MarLa Movida and La Jugada.



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