La Passion

Hotel in Cartagena

Run by a French movie producer and his Colombian partner, this republican-style home dating to the early 17th century features eight uniquely decorated rooms, some with Roman baths and outdoor showers. It's the canoe-swing in the courtyard, though, that really sets the eccentric, albeit stylish, tone. The pool and rooftop terrace with front-row views of the cathedral clinch it.