The best time of the year to go is on the off season. Why? The resort is relaxed and the activities are not over crowed. There is a pool on the top of one of the larger buildings and there is a wider more open pool near the buffet area. This pool includes a slide, a childrens pool and a hot tub. There are dancing, bingo, a bonfire and several other activities to do if your not swimming. There are swings and play sets, a daycare center and activities like making cookies, playing soccer or building sand castle competitions. I did not try the internet but I believe that if you are located in the bungalow's like we were that you will find yourself happier with the service. The bungalows have good air conditioning and the maids were wonderful. Our daughter was allergic to the soap on the sheets, they replaced all the fabric, even the curtains to make the entire experience more enjoyable. The water warms up nicely and the hotel is nice enough to place a safe in each room so that a persons valuables are always safe. The hotel greeted us with cocktails and spent time debating with my husband the best way to arrange our weeks food services. We signed for each of our meals and used the buffet and when we wanted something like the meals from the USA we arranged for a specific dish to be made. If you have the time I recommend taking a boat to the homemade aquarium. It is nothing like that which is in Chicago, IL but it is a simple relaxed day. We saw a walrus and dolphins perform tricks and my 4 year old loved it. We also stopped at a local beach, you can talk with the boat driver to arrange this and we went snorkeling. This was a first for me and since I am afraid of putting my face in water I had a difficult time getting use to the idea but the locals were calm and let me go at my pace. They usually do this in groups, and remember these are local people who do this daily so they are not going to go too far out, or go too deep but they are capable of handling a group of 8 or so without difficulty. Overall, we will be going back because the people were friendly, the week was relaxed and although I sure wished I had brought snack foods, which I recommend, our family enjoyed ourselves. There are more american style hotel rooms but since I enjoy my husbands laid back nature and wanted to be away from the majority of the people we used the bungalows. I recommend them. Also, if you get a chance try to check out the lizard lake.. it has some iguana's. We even made a game to see how many we all could find.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Pozos Colorados area, 20 minutes from Santa Marta, Irotama captures all the magic and enchantment of a luxurious Caribbean hotel. This breathtaking resort is surrounded by nature and has tennis courts, a golf draving range and a kilometer long beach. Come discover it! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Irotama Hotel Santa Marta