Amarla Boutique hotel opened her doors officially for the first time today. The evening started with a blessing ­– a beautiful, peaceful and yet powerful gong bath. The gong is a musical instrument, a healing tool for the nervous system, and a cauldron in which you can create alchemical blends that open and develop the inner self. Carlos delivered the gong blessing which was intended to wish well on the house and all present. Sending love and gratitude into Cartagena and beyond.

Guests arrived to the jazz melodies of a sax player on the library balcony. His incredible music filled the air and attracted a crowd of photographers and well-wishers. The whole street was smiling.

Founders Robin Faulker and Asher Warr made emotive and inspiring welcome speeches. These two visionaries clearly wish for the very best for Amarla and Cartagena, and they included words from Colombia’s literary icon –

‘It was enough for me to take a step inside the wall, to see it in all its grandeur in the mauve light of six in the afternoon and I could not repress the feeling of having been reborn.’

 – Gabriel García Márquez

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