Casa San Agusten
What can you tell us about your luxury spa?
Set within Cartagena’s walled city and hidden inside boutique hotel Casa San Agustin is the Aurum Spa. Inspired by gold and natural elements, a nod to Cartagena’s ancient history and El Dorado lore, the spa offers a range of full-body treatments with local ingredients and mystical practices to promote relaxation and awakening.
Latin for “Gold” and “shining dawn,” gold is the symbol of radiance, health and new beginnings. Pre-Colombian civilizations revered the Sun as an important deity thought to reside on Earth in its physical form as gold. The element has long been associated with healing and mystical properties, as well as its qualities of protection and harmony with nature. This, together with Cartagena’s aura of Magical Realism, is the foundation of the Aurum Spa at Casa San Agustin.
The Aurum Spa at Casa San Agustin brings together traditional Colombian wellness practices and modern innovations to promote the awakening of the inner spirit and lost energy within. The spa’s services are personalized to cater to each individual need, transforming the mind, body and soul on a journey to radiance and self-discovery. The Spa includes four treatment rooms, as well as a hammam, soaking tub, relaxation room, and a manicure and pedicure room.
What makes you unique?
All rituals and treatments include potent local ingredients, including Colombian coffee, pure tobacco, volcanic mud, horse chestnut, sea salt and more. The spa’s oils, lotions and aromatherapy are sourced from Naturopathica, an organic, botany-based skincare line inspired by traditional Naturopathic medicine. The spa also includes a Hammam, a powerful space that promotes detoxification, skin rehydration, anti-aging, reduced muscle tension and better sleep. Treatments are available in the spa for head-to-toe harmony, from the Pure Gold Massage to the Wild Lime Scalp Treatment. Several specialty treatments are also available and draw on the power of local ingredients, including the Cartagena Coffee Body Treatment, Lemongrass and Mimosa Body Scrub.
What do you recommend as the ultimate treatment?
For the ultimate relaxing treatment, book the Time is Gold ritual. In today’s 24/7 world, the greatest luxury we can give ourselves is time. This 120-minute treatment starts with a full body Colombian Coffee Scrub in the spa’s Hammam, followed by a moisturizing body wrap and facial (or Wild Lime Scalp Treatment), capped off with the signature Pure Gold Aromatic Massage. The entire ritual is $188 ($550.000 Colombian Pesos).
What other amenities can your guests enjoy?
Welcome Spa Signature Tea, relaxing time in the jacuzzi, fresh cut fruit and a light menu of Spa Cuisine from the hotel’s Alma Restaurant.
Any insider tips
Guests can book a range of packages and experiences as gifts or special surprises. For example, book the Breakfast & Spa Experience which includes Signature Spa Welcome Tea, Aurum breakfast at Casa San Agustin’s Alma restaurant, 15 minutes of jacuzzi before starting a 60-minute body massage of your choice, and a special Aurum gift to take home. Couples can have a romantic day of pampering with the Luxury Love Spa Experience including a welcome tea, 30-minute facial, jacuzzi soak with champagne, a 60-minute body treatment in a duo cabin for two people, and fresh strawberries after the massage.