On the idyllic islands beyond Cartagena de Indias lie a number of elegant, modern and tropical settings, which boast bars, restaurants, lounge music and a number of activities to guarantee you a luxurious day on the shores of the Caribbean.

Relax under the sun’s rays and sip on some delicious drinks in VIP surroundings at a number of beach clubs, which offer high-class services, saunas, jacuzzis, pools, delectable food and plenty of rest.

Arrive early to make sure you make the most of the seaside amenities before heading back to Cartagena at the end of the day. If that’s not enough time for you, though, the majority of these clubs offer accommodation so that the fun can keep going long into the night

A plethora of fantastic options for a day on the beach await you just ten minutes from Cartagena by sea. Hidden on the south of Tierra Bomba island is the Blue Apple, an exclusive beach house with a swimming pool, a Mediterranean and Colombian restaurant, tropical cocktails and a DJ on weekends. If you’re not one to simply sprawl out on the beach all day, there is a range of aquatic activities to keep you entertained.

For a tranquil day looking out to the shimmering sea from the comfort of a deck chair or the refreshing waters of an infinity pool, make your way to the Isla Real Hotel, on Playa Mamón. The hotel (which includes a spa, restaurant and terrace bar) offers a number of day pass options for groups and couples, as well as the premium pass, complete with a cocktail, lunch, WiFi, transport and use of the saunas and jacuzzis.

Alternatively, The Beach Hostel offers the Bomba Beach package, another great option for travelers looking to spend the day on the sand enjoying all the luxury amenities of an exclusive club. You’ll be pampered beyond belief, with a boat picking you up from Castillogrande beach and taking you to a sunny haven, rife with large pergolas, swing beds and hammocks, as well as a waiter service. Make the most of the swimming pool, the restaurant, massage area and beach bar, while toasting to your holidays with a sumptuous, fruity cocktail.

Give in to a sense of total and utter relaxation on the white sands of Fenix Beach Cartagena and its comfortable VIP beds. Nibble on delicious sharing platters offering the best of Colombian, Mexican, Spanish or Peruvian cuisine, laze about in the pool, or get active with a bit of ping pong or beach volleyball.

Pure rest and peace await you in the magical wooden facilities of Hotel Isla del Encanto, surrounded by palm trees which gently sway in the warm sea breeze. Enjoy unrivalled comfort, with a swimming pool, open-air spa, playground, bar, sublime cuisine and underwater activities.

Another spectacular option for escaping the city and unwinding in a seaside hideaway is Aura Hotel Barú, in the Cholón inlet, which offers varied plans, including diving and nature trails.

Caribbean-style luxury is on offer in Casa Córdoba’s three lodges with swimming pools, fully equipped for an extremely comfortable and unique respite.

Boasting smooth sands and a crystalline sea, the Rosario Beach Club is the ideal spot for exclusive, private parties, offering visitors the height of cool, with great music, a wonderful choice of food and excellent, personalized service. With such stunning amenities and facilities, it’s little wonder that this has become a desirable location for photographers and TV and advertisement producers.

If you’re looking to connect with nature, go diving, or take a canoe ride around the Laguna Encantada, the staff at Hotel San Pedro de Majagua will welcome you with open arms. You could also spend the day relaxing with an open-air massage and enjoying the unique culinary offering.

Set deep in the heart of the Islas del Rosario national park sits the charming Coralina Island hotel, with suites and bungalows with an unrivalled sea view, as well as a Caribbean restaurant which combines local flavors with a touch of French cuisine. This is also the perfect place to indulge in some snorkeling or diving.