Cartagena in color 2017 

Join O. Christine Retreats this Spring for a colorful getaway to Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. On March 21-26, 2017 ten guests will come together to relax in a chic boutique hotel, share encouragement and laughs, and fast track toward positivity. 

It's a New Year, New You... right? Let's make 2017 the year of happier, healthier, action-oriented living. 


Thank you to our Wellness + Lifestyle sponsors:

Sarah Vasquez is a transformative coach helping individuals live their best life by cultivating self-love, self-awareness, and confidence to move forward. 

Peppered with cultural influences from her colorful Caribbean background, acclaimed designer, Samantha Smikle creates fashion-forward eyewear designs and trendy jewelry pieces.

Beauty Counter is revolutionizing personal care with better, safer products, and advocating for legislative change within the industry. 

natalie gaetani

Natalie G. is a health coach and wellness educator dedicated to sharing her knowledge of healing for the body, mind, and spirit. She helps people understand how to nourish themselves with whole foods and a whole life. 

Who is this retreat perfect for?

I started O. Christine Retreats to help people see the world the way I've been blessed to explore it: through food + drink, nature, and culture, while balancing wellness and relaxation. I hate feeling like I need a vacation from my vacation. I enjoy true "getaways": escape from routine, bad weather, bad energy, and burnout - why not create happy experiences at half the price of tour companies?

Cartagena in Color is perfect for anyone who is seeking a fresh start in life (or to continue their journey of forward movement) and release from Q1 burnout -- including budding bloggers and nomads!

With my partner, Alex, we cultivate positive environments where people (especially creatives, explorers, and entrepreneurs) can come together to adventure and share ideas, hope, and goals in a relaxing, culturally vibrant setting.

  • Are you already feeling run down and the year has just started?
  • Are you full of ideas and want to be around people who will understand (and offer advice about) change, taking leaps, and success?
  • Do you love colorful places and want to get away from dull routine?
  • Are you open to meeting new people and sharing a welcoming space with them?
  • Are you in need of a getaway similar to the adventures Olivia (and Alex) have on the @ochristine Instagram travel account?
  • Do you fare well in warm/hot climates? (Let's be real)
  • Do you like being on the coast near beaches or ports?

If you've answered yes to these questions, this retreat is for you!

Things you'll love about Cartagena

  • Colorful villas
  • Colonial architecture
  • Surrounding nature
  • Yummy food
  • Lively music
  • Awesome nightlife
  • "Old Havana"-esque charm
  • Artesian crafts and hand-woven goods
  • Beaches
  • Island escapes
  • Historic city walls
  • and more!

What's included in the price

You can see for yourself, but most tour companies charge double the price for the same inclusions. I know because I am cheap and I checked.

  • Airport transportation (first and last day)
  • Accommodations with air-conditioned bedrooms, private bathrooms, WiFi, private chef and onsite staff, pool
  • Daily breakfast; snacks; group dinner
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Private boat tour to explore islands and beaches
  • Sponsored gifts and surprises
  • Three complimentary yoga/meditation sessions
  • "Ask Olivia" blogging / marketing Q&A session
  • and more!

What's NOT included in the price

  • Flights
  • Airport departure taxes / visas (if applicable)
  • Travel and/or medical insurance
  • Gratuities and souvenirs
  • Entrance fees to bars, clubs, parks, museums, etc.
  • Misc. transportation during trip (at your discretion)
  • Other meals, activities, and tours (at your discretion)

Tentative itinerary: March 21 - 26, 2017

Tuesday, March 21:

  • Check in at 3:00 pm
  • Complimentary airport pick up after 2:00 pm.
  • Complimentary welcome drink
  • Leisure day at pool
  • Information circle (1 hour): Entrepreneur / Blogging / Travel Q&A
  • Meals included: fruit + snacks

Wednesday, March 22:

  • Breakfast
  • Complimentary morning walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site city walls with complimentary visit to Museum of Gold
  • Group dinner + swag + happy hour icebreaker (introductions)
  • Meals included: breakfast; fruit + snacks; group dinner cooked by in-house chef

Thursday, March 23:

  • Breakfast
  • Complimentary private boat to Rosario Islands and beaches
  • Lunch
  • Evening restorative yoga
  • Meals included: breakfast; fruit + snacks; lunch and drinks (provided on boat)

Friday, March 24:

  • Breakfast
  • Leisure day (recommendation: Castillo de San Felipe fort with 3-hour English audio tour $15)
  • Group Dinner
  • Musical evening
  • Meals included: breakfast; fruit + snacks; group dinner cooked by in-house chef

Saturday, March 25:

  • Breakfast
  • Sharing Circle: Reflections
  • Leisure day (recommedation: Souvenir shopping)
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Meals included: breakfast, fruit + snacks

Sunday, March 26:

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Yoga
  • Check out at 12:00 pm
  • Complimentary airport drop off
  • Meals included: breakfast, fruit + snacks

Flight Prices

As of January 2017, average flights to Cartagena (CTG) cost:

  • From NYC: $370 RT and up (LATAM, JetBlue, Avianca, COPA)
  • From LAX: $537 RT (Avianca, COPA, Spirit, United)
  • From MIA: $249 RT (Avianca, LATAM, COPA)
  • From BOS: $520 RT (Spirit, COPA, JetBlue)

Room Options:

Available (& partially reserved) Reservations:

Shared Queen Room C (Flexible): $950 pp

  • OPTION #1: (1-2 ppl)
    • 1 Queen Bed: $2,100 for the entire room
    • Can be shared by 2 people at $1,050pp
    • Includes private bathroom

  • OR OPTION #2: (2-3 ppl)
    • 1 Queen Bed + 1 Single Bed: $2,850 for the entire room
    • Can be split by 2 or 3 pp
    • Includes private bathroom

Shared Queen Room D (Flexible): $950 pp

  • 1 Queen Bed: $1,900 (can also be shared by 2 friends at $950pp) - AVAILABLE
  • 1 Single Bed: $950 - BOOKED (male)
  • Includes private bathroom

100% Sold out rooms:

Shared Room (2 Single Beds):

  • Single Bed #1: $1,099 - BOOKED (female)
  • Single Bed #2: $1,099 - BOOKED (female)
    • Includes private bathroom

Private Queen Room A:

  • $2,100 for the entire private room (perfect for 2 people to share or 1 person to treat yo' self)
  • Includes private bathroom

Private Queen Room B:

  • $2,100 for the private room BOOKED (male/female)
  • Includes private bathroom

Private Queen Room E:

  • $2,100 for the private room BOOKED (male/female)
  • Includes private bathroom

The Fine Print

  • All guests must be over 18 years old
  • Your $300 deposit is non-refundable; the remainder payment must be received before February 15
  • Cancellations accepted before February 15, minus deposit
  • Payments acceptable by credit or debit card, Google Wallet, Chase QuickPay, or PayPal
  • Guests must have a valid passport with at least two blank pages, that expires no sooner than September 2017
  • Guests much provide their own travel and medical insurance
  • All flight information must be provided to Olivia Christine at least 14 days before the event
  • All allergies and diet restrictions must be reported to Olivia Christine at least 14 days before the event
  • Any photos or video taken during the trip (including media of guests) may be used by Olivia Christine and O. Christine subsidiaries without guest or sponsor compensation; photos of the group may be used by Sponsors for marketing / portfolio purposes
  • Guests are expected to respect the local laws and tour / accommodation rules. Any violations that affect the retreat will result in a $300 USD fine

Header Photo Credit: Leo Rodriguez
Accommodation Photo Credits: A Tres Pasos