Private Villas in Colombia Ideal for Family Holidays

It’s only May, but we’re already dreaming about summer! We handpicked some of the best private villas in Colombia for a fun and relaxing family holiday.

Galavanta staffs villas with fascinating hosts and some of the best chefs in the region, to ultra personalise each family’s stay. All the experiences in each destination have been designed through our team’s endless scouting trips and our fabulous onsite partners.

All the villas can be easily combined with other exciting destinations like Medellin, Cartagena and Coffee Region, for those who want to explore more of Colombia.

Please note that all the villas and destinations we are recommending are in very safe zones that have no security threats. Los Naranjos, Providencia and Barichara, are located in green zones according to United Kingdom’s Foreign Travel Advice.

Los Naranjos, Tayrona


A great option for larger families, this striking villa located in the Tayrona region is the ideal getaway for surfers, yogis and nature lovers. Located only minutes walking from sprawling beaches and tropical forests, the villa’s area is superb for adventurers. Here guests can enjoy sunset drinks by the pool or an outdoor family dinner while surrounded by a breathtaking views of the Caribbean ocean, Piedra river and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The Property • 5 bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, lap pool, kid’s pool, outdoor dinning and grill area, private deck on the river, terrace with hammocks ideal for yoga sessions, and plenty of outdoor lounge areas for reading and relaxing.

Services • Chef, English-speaking host, housekeeper, nanny, and personalised wine and bar selection.

Activities • Trekking to waterfalls, surf classes, paddle boarding along jungle-lined rivers, in-home yoga and massages,  visits to Kogui indigenous communities, artisanal fishing, and boating in Tayrona’s remote bays (snorkeling and scuba diving).

Family Perks • Large garden with a trampoline and swing, kid’s pool, location inside a gated property where kid’s can roam freely.

Upgrades • Helicopter expeditions to the Lost City and remote areas of the Sierra Nevada, professional surf instructor for advanced surfers.

Getting There • Commercial flights from Bogota and Medellin to Santa Marta + drive 1 hour, drive 4 hours from/to Cartagena, or helicopter 1 hour from/to Cartagena.

Rates • Starting at $2,420 USD per night for a family of 4. Includes private villa, all chef-prepared meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, English-speaking host, full-time housekeeping.

Barichara, Santander

Once the home of Colombian ex-president Belisario Betancourt, this historic villa has hosted guests such as novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez and artist David Manzur. Today it opens its doors to select guests who want to experience the magic of Barichara, considered to be the most beautiful colonial town in Colombia and a haven for artists and artisans. Thanks to its location beside the Chicamocha Canyon, Barichara is an ideal location for outdoor adventures and extreme sports, but also a perfect escape for those who want relax, do yoga or soak in art and culture strolling along the town’s cobblestone streets.

The Property • 5 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, heated swimming pool, 2 indoor and 2 outdoor dinning areas, large gardens and terrace areas. Located just a 10 minute walk from the town square.

Services • Chef, English speaking host, housekeeper, nanny, personalised wine and bar selection.

Activities • Trekking, biking to other nearby colonial towns and waterfalls, visits to coffee & tobacco plantations, access to artists’ ateliers and local artisan workshops, pottery and art classes, in-home yoga and massages, white water rafting, rappelling, cooking classes, market visits & street food experiences.

Family Perks • Large garden and pool area to play around, endless boardgames, bbq pool days and bonfire dinners.

Upgrades • Helicopter expeditions to fascinating destinations in the region such as remote parts of Chicamocha Canyon, Tisquizoque falls, and Yariguies Natural National Reserve.

Getting There • 1-hour commercial flight to Bucaramanga + 20 minute helicopter or 3-hour drive to Barichara. OR 1.5-hour private flight on a turboprop from to San Gil airport + 25 minute drive to Barichara.

Rates • Starting at $1,550 USD per night for a family of 4. Includes private villa, all chef-prepared meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, English-speaking host, full-time housekeeping.

Providencia Island

With its open, breezy spaces and a décor that blends perfectly with the turquoise hues of Providencia island, this villa makes the perfect summer hideout for those looking to relax on the Caribbean. Providencia was once British territory and the hideout of Captain Morgan, but today it preserves a fascinating culture where locals speak Creole and play their own version reggae. This stunning island is still an undiscovered destination, so try to get there before the secret gets out!

The Property • 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, large terrace, swimming pool, large terrace with outdoor dinning, private dock on the ocean.

Services • Local cook, English speaking host, housekeeper, nanny, personalised wine and bar selection.

Activities • Scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, trekking, music classes, exploring the island onboard 4×4 buggies, boat excursions to secluded beaches, artisanal fishing, and experience the island’s Caribbean culture and gastronomy.

Family Perks • Direct access to a pool-like ocean in front of the villa, ideal for snorkeling, kayaking and playing in the sun.

Upgrades • Hang out with Elkin Robinson, a fascinating musician and local celebrity, who will give you the insider access to island life.

Getting There • Fly from Bogota or Cartagena to San Andres (1 hour) + 20-person turbo propeller to Providencia (15 minutes).

Rates • Starting at $2,100 USD per night for a family of 4. Includes private villa, breakfast & dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, English-speaking host, housekeeping.

Summer 2019

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