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A credit to South American architecture, Hotel Spiwak Chipichape Cali, Business Destinations’ Best Luxury Hotel, Colombia, 2012, is a sight to behold. From the chic décor and local flair to chocolate baths and exotic gastronomy, a stay at the hotel is an unforgettable experience


Hotel Spiwak Chipichape Cali opened its doors in 2010 and has since been redefining the concept of luxury accommodation in Cali, and all of Colombia. Designed, engineered, and constructed to exude spaciousness, its 226 sumptuous suites start at 48 square metres and only get bigger. Special accommodations include 52 VIP suites with private balconies, eight deluxe Jacuzzi suites, five armoured rooms for unparalleled security, and a palatial presidential suite located on the 10th floor.

The hotel’s semi-circular design and lush open air atrium is such that the hallways are continually bathed in fresh mountain air and natural light. As guests walk to their rooms, they feel the cool ocean breeze rolling in from the hills behind, while catching staggering views of the Cauca Valley and the green mountains that outline it.

Ideal location
The Spiwak Chipichape Cali Hotel is centrally located in the heart of the city’s financial district. It is the nearest luxury business accommodation to the Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport, the Valle del Pacífico Convention Centre, and Yumbo, the industrial hub of the city.

Embedded within the new extension of the exclusive Chipichape Mall, the Spiwak Chipichape Cali Hotel offers guests the opportunity to safely stroll past hundreds of designer shops and boutiques, banks, restaurants, supermarkets, movie theatres, and entertainment areas – all just a few steps away from the rooms. Such safety and convenience is an intrinsic asset, and is particularly important in a country like Colombia.

Guests looking for something outside the mall, however, don’t have to stray too far.

Menga, an area known for its exuberant nightlife, and Granada, a neighbourhood celebrated for its creative gastronomy, are less than 3km away. No other hotel in the city offers such a strategic location for the perfect mix of business and leisure.

Leisure facilities
Hotel facilities include a heated outdoor pool and a recently developed fitness centre, featuring cutting-edge cardio and balance equipment along with a range of weight training options. VIP guests enjoy upgraded complimentary access to the vast three-story BodyTech Gym. With an army of personalised trainers, a boxing ring, and daily group workout sessions, the BodyTech Gym is a health buff’s ultimate fitness dream.

Savour local and Mediterranean flavours at La Zarzuela restaurant, accompanied by the perfect glass of wine from the exclusive wine cellar. Take a peek into the grand open kitchen and enjoy live local music on the weekends, or dine al fresco on the elevated pool decks, which provide the most intimate dining experience possible with nothing but the stars and the moon as company.

When it’s time to unwind, guests can visit the new H2O Relaxation and Wellness Spa, opened during August 2012. Nationally renowned plastic surgeon and aesthetician, Alan Gonzalez, pampers clients with first-class beauty treatments, indulgent relaxation sessions, and a sauna and steam room. Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet, deep-tissue pain relief, or a softer and brighter complexion, this is the only spa you need. Tropical treatments with a local flair abound. Get ready to be bathed in melted chocolate, slathered with warm mud, and massaged into bliss.

Arts and amenities
With a private bedroom and separate living room, guests have plenty of extra space for family or work. Noise-isolating walls and windows guarantee a good night’s sleep, and gorgeous panoramic views of the city and nearby mountains are a feature of every room.

Amenities include a work desk, individually controlled air conditioning, wet bar, mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, in-room safe and HD flat screen TV with DIRECTV cable. Free unlimited high-speed wireless internet service is available throughout the hotel and the adjacent mall, so guests can keep in touch and work remotely wherever they go.

A splendid breakfast buffet served on the verdant poolside terrace is included in every stay. To start the day, guests can choose from a wide variety of hot and cold items including cooked-to-order eggs, cold cuts, and cheeses. For something lighter, there are exotic local fruits like carambolo, guayaba, and guanabana, and local breads like arepa, pandebono, buñuelo, and almojábana – in addition to pastries, cereals, and hot and cold beverages.

The minimalist yet traditional décor features lavish dark wood, stainless steel, glass, and rusted iron accents. The photographic art that dots the walls, meanwhile, is from photographer extraordinaire Monika Herrán, who handed out hundreds of disposable cameras to school children and residents so they could record their daily lives. What resulted was an extraordinary pictorial tribute to the Valle del Cauca’s ebullient everyday life. As homage to the local landscape, the hotel’s lobby floor mosaic was designed by renowned artist Pedro Alcántara to resemble the sugarcane plantations that famously surround Cali.

Eco-friendly ethos
Luxury with a conscience is the philosophy behind the Spiwak Chipichape Cali Hotel’s green initiatives. The hotel challenges itself daily to make Cali a cleaner city by decreasing its carbon footprint. A range of initiatives have been applied to make the hotel more environmentally friendly while ensuring that guests continue to have a luxury experience reflected by the extra space, impeccable service, an exceptional spa, and creative cuisine.

The Spiwak Chipichape Cali Hotel constantly monitors the maintenance of energy efficiency, water management, and air quality across the hotel. It pays particular attention to the air conditioning system, which, in warm weather, is usually the largest consumer of energy through the premises.

To reduce energy use and water waste within the air-cooling system, for example, the hotel installed a unique hot water network that recycles and then re-distributes the warm water that is discarded by the air conditioner’s chiller. Additionally, to better retain the cold air once within the suites, soundproof windows were mounted on specially designed fittings throughout the hotel.

The laminated glass used for the windows, meanwhile, was outfitted with polyvinyl film and UV protection to keep the sun’s warm rays at bay. Finally, to avoid the use of thousands of plastic bottles each year, the hotel installed faucets with highly purified ozonated water in every room. Not only does the potable water filtration system reduce plastic bottle waste, it also saves the hotel’s guests thousands of dollars a year in unnecessary mini-bar purchases.

The slogan at Spiwak Chipichape Hotel in Cali is ‘Todo es Sí,’ which translates as ‘Everything is Yes.’ It means that every employee always tries their hardest to enthusiastically fulfil his or her guests’ every request – small as they may be – in order to provide outstanding service and establish a connection. With the guidance and assistance of Preferred Hotel Group, the Spiwak Chipichape Cali Hotel has raised its levels of customer service and hospitality to demanding international standards.

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