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Hacienda Bambusa—Armenia, Colombia

Call for directions to this rural location near Armenia

The motto at this petite rural hideaway in Colombia's coffee triangle is "delightful rustic life" and that's delivered with country chic and serenity.

Hotel Hacienda Bambusa

To reach Hacienda Bambusa you must first travel past grazing cows, cacao trees, and orchards of oranges. It's a fitting way to ease into the peace and quiet of the place which is located on its own 500-acre working farm.

There's a real feeling of being in the middle of a huge rural property, but you can banish thoughts of rickety farmhouses from your mind. The two-level traditional home on the farm, which is owned by the family of Colombian race car driver Juan Pablo Montoya, has been lovingly restored to retain the traditional look and feel while adding luxurious touches.

Hacienda Bambusa suite

All of the eight rooms and suites have TV, Wi-Fi, excellent mattresses and bedding. The renovated bathrooms include lovely tile, brass fixtures, and L'Occitane products. Rooms also have air conditioning and practically silent ceiling fans which were more than enough to stay comfortable during my stay. Fans are an even more viable option now that Bambusa has added screens to all windows which allows you to keep them open to catch welcome breezes without inviting insects in.

Two of the standard rooms can be joined. Junior suites, which are worth the splurge, offer the most space including wrap-around patios with hammocks, new patio furnishings, and views of the surrounding greenery. Fresh-cut flowers add color, as does the art of Santiago Montoya, son of the owners, which lends a modern vibrancy.

Hacienda Bambusa sitting area

All of the rooms at Hacienda Bambusa are named after a type of bird as a nod to the 127 species of birds found in the area. Hummingbirds make up a large portion of those species and the hummingbird feeders all around the property are never left empty. Sloths, red howler monkeys, and night monkeys are also sometimes spotted.

Your best chance of seeing all that wildlife is during the 1.5-hour guided Cacao Waking Tour (included in rates) which is an easy stroll through part of the huge farm. The walk culminates in a dense and moody stand of guadua (a type of bamboo) where a picnic table is set with fruit salad, chips, and a cooler stocked with water and beer. Other bookable activities include hot-air balloon flights, coffee farm tours, bird watching, horseback riding, coffee tasting, and longer trips to Salento and the Cocora Valley.

Hacienda Bambusa cacao walks

Or just relax at this perfectly peaceful hideaway. The lovely pool in the back just got a new shaded area. It seems like the ideal place to book a hand or foot massage while enjoying something from the honor bar which is stocked with beer, wine, and champagne.

Rates at Bambusa include breakfast and dinner. The wonderful breakfast buffet, served al fresco in the front of the house when the weather is good, includes fresh juice, fruit, a range of excellent fresh breads including croissants, eggs to order, great coffee (Colombian, of course), and more.

Hacienda Bambusa dining

Dinner at Hacienda Bambusa hotel is served around the pool where a new barbecue area has been added. White tablecloths, lanterns, and candles effectively transform the area into an elegant space. A particularly successful dinner included ample salads along with ribs, chicken, beef, and chorizo fresh off the parilla. Live music and attentive, English-speaking staff round out the experience and cap off another tranquil day at Bambusa.

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Total Number of Rooms: 9
Published rates: Standard package is $340 to $460 double occupancy including breakfast, dinner, unlimited soft drinks, and a guided hike

Original review by Karen Catchpole, photos by Eric Mohl.

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