Salsa, Sunshine & Sculpting

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

October 22nd - 27th, 2017
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I went to Cartagena last fall with Escape to Shape and loved it. It was a great vacation that allowed me to have fun, keep in shape and relax in an incredible place. The best part of the trip was the amazing villa that we got to stay in. It truly made me feel like one of those people on VH1’s “The fabulous life of the rich and famous”. I was in a huge villa in the center of the walled in city with a staff that catered to my every need. The best part of this all- inclusive vacation was that I could choose how to spend my time. They offered a wide array of activities but didn’t pressure or require you to take part in any of them. If you wanted to do yoga you could but if instead you wanted to sit on the terrace sunbathing or take a dip in the pool or hot tub you could. The owners have a great understanding of what it means to be on vacation and it leads to everyone having a great time

-- DCtravelman


Fitness Training. Yoga. Power Walks. Massage.


Delicious local & seasonal cuisine, such as fresh ceviche, flavorful salads, local-caught fish, free range chicken &, of course, tropical fruits are always in abundance. And who doesn't enjoy cocktails made with fresh, local coconut water? Plus, enjoy a hands-on cooking class so you can impress friends & family back home. Gluten free or vegan? We've got you covered!


If villa living is your thing, then a stay in this luxe villa is sure to impress. Love history? Grand architeuture? Discovering hidden terraces and cozy spaces? Pools with waterfalls? And a staff at your service? Well then, you may never want to leave.


Cartagena is one of the original Escape To Shape locations & Escape To Shape was the first wellness retreat ever in Cartagena, which means we have been vistiing since long before it became a must visit, trendy jet-set locale. Let us share all the off-the-beaten path gems & hidden hot spots with you.

Join ESCAPE TO SHAPE in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, considered by many the gem in South America’s crown. Experience the immense charm and sophistication of this 500 + year- old UNESCO protected Spanish colonial walled city, perfectly situated on the Caribbean coast. Enjoy a combination of luxurious accommodations, fitness training & yoga classes, rich Spanish traditions, narrow cobblestone streets lined with impressive architecture & splashed with cafes, restaurants, boutiques and artisans & plazas full of life. In addition, experience the natural beauty of Cartagena, set on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, with its long strands of sandy beach, lush vegetation, exotic fruits and palm lined islands just miles off the shore. Relaxing massages, salsa-dancing lessons, art tours & cooking classes all compliment this unique cultural + fitness getaway.


  • 5 nights accommodations in an exclusive colonial villa within the UNESCO protected historical city walls. Each room is spacious with an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning & amenities.
  • 3 delicious & healthy meals & snacks reflective of the region & the season provided daily. Meals will be enjoyed in the private villa and in some of Cartagena’s best restaurants.
  • Unique fitness classes taught by Teddi Bryant
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Power walks
  • Cultural excursions include a historical walking tour, day trip to explore the beauty of the Rosario Islands, an ‘insider access’ shopping tour and a dip in the natural, yet rustic, mud baths
  • Salsa dancing lessons
  • One 60 minute massage
  • Cooking class focusing on healthy ways to enjoy the local foods of the region at home
  • Free time to relax poolside or in a cozy shaded nook, stroll the charming streets and enjoy the luxurious villa
  • Round trip ground transportation from the Cartagena International Airport (CTG) to the private villa.
  • Tax


Private Room: $4500
Shared Room: $3800

$1500 non-refundable deposit per person. Please refer to the policies page of our website for our complete cancellation policy.


While in Cartagena guests will stay in an exclusive 16th century restored villa within the UNESCO protected colonial city walls. Imagine walking out the heavy wood doors into the narrow balcony lined, seductive streets of colonial Cartagena, steps away from famed author Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s home and haunts. Traditionally decorated, complete with original frescos from years gone by, a grand ballroom, a swimming pool in the courtyard center and many rooftop terraces designed to soak in the sun as well as the magnificent skyline of church domes, bell towers and the Caribbean Sea, a stay in this private villa is a unique experience in and of itself. Additionally, the villa boasts plenty of indoor & outdoor space ideal for practicing and inspiring each fitness & yoga class.

Sample Itinerary & Menu

Sample Days At Escape To Shape: Cartagena

Please note all activities are optional


7-10:00 am – Breakfast Available At Your Leisure

7:30 am- Morning Meditation & Journaling - 30 minutes

8:00 am– Morning Power Walk

10:00 am- Fitness Training

1:00 pm – Lunch 

Free Time to relax poolside, get a massage or stroll the charming streets of Cartagena

4:00 pm – Historical Walking Tour

7:00 pm- Salsa Dancing Lessons

8:00 pm - Dinner 


7:00 am-  Morning Meditation & Journaling - 30 minutes

7:00-8:30 am – Breakfast Available At Your Leisure

8:30 am – Private Boat Trip to Rosario Islands- swim off the boat, enjoy a traditional Colombian Beach Lunch, fitness class and free time on the beach

5:30 pm- Yoga

8:00 pm- Dinner




Colombian style scrambled eggs 

Home made muesli with dried fruits & nut milk

Fresh fruits


Green juice

Coffee & tea


Fresh-catch ceviche

Kale, broccoli, almond & crispy coconut salad

Sliced mango

Mid-afternoon snack -  Baked empanadas 


Carrot ginger soup

Baked chicken with passion fruit sauce

Quinoa & roasted cauliflower 

Raw coconut with raw chocolate sauce



Colombian style scrambled eggs 

Overnight oats with chia & seeds, almond milk & fresh fruit

Fresh fruits


Green juice

Coffee & tea


Avocado carpaccio

Whole grilled fish with baked patacones 

Grilled pineapple skewers

Mid-afternoon Snack- Banana & almond milk smoothie



Grilled shrimp & roasted vegetables      

Passion fruit mouse




Teddi Bryant

Teddi Bryant has over 25 years of private and group training experience in NYC, San Francisco, Miami and Mexico and is certified through the prestigious ACSM, NASM, EFTI, Special Populations, Pre/Post Natal, among others. Teddi is the owner & founder of Hot Mamas Exercise in Denver, Colorado and creator of her own training method, NAKED.NAKED is an incredibly fun class, with Teddi B’s signature playlists, designed to work the entire body using multiple disciplines of dance, martial arts, Pilates & yoga. NAKED is effective, challenging and non-stop but is created for all fitness levels. No two workouts are ever alike. The concept comes from Teddi’s years of research working with athletes, runway models and regular people alike. And made her realize that what people really want is a pared down workout that uses nothing but your body weight and can be done anywhere. And really, at the end of the day, who doesn’t want to look good naked?Teddi’s classes have been listed as one of the top workouts in Denver and has been featured in Vogue, Shape, Travel & Leisure, Fitness, and Cooking Light. She has two DVD’s as well: Hot Mamas Exercise Pre & Post Natal Conditioning. In her spare time, she is a mother of two and a DJ.