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Blue Apple Beach House

Blue Apple Beach House is a boutique hotel and beach club located on the southwestern shore of Tierra Bomba Island, approximately 30 minutes from the Santa Cruz Marina in Cartagena by speedboat.

Blue Apple’s owner and founder, a UK expat with years of experience working on yachts in the French Riviera, opened her first restaurant on Isla Baru in October 2015.  It was an immediate hit, and diners kept asking to spend the night rather than make the return journey by boat to Cartagena. Blue Apple opened in July 2016 in response to that demand. The hotel now has 10 guest rooms, as well as one of the best beach club in Colombia.

The beach club is open to day trippers, and private groups as large as 200.  It’s a popular venue on weekends and holidays.

Accommodations 

Blue Apple Beach House is a converted private home, constructed with local architectural techniques and materials–thatch, stone, and rattan. Each room is unique in terms of colors, layout, and furnishings. You’ll find custom-crafted textiles; handwoven hammocks; and pieces created by local carpenters, artists, and artisans.

Each of the ten rooms has a private, ensuite bathroom, hot water, air conditioning, balcony or terrace, mini-bar, cable television, and Wi-Fi.

Nota bene: Blue Apple’s beach club guests love to dance and enjoy the music. Do not ask or expect Blue Apple to turn down the music or dampen the party.

Children under age 12 are not permitted to stay at Blue Apple Beach House on weekends.

Cuisine

The beachfront restaurant offers a seasonal menu featuring mediterranian classics and Colombian-Caribbean specialties–think mussles, coconut rice, seabass, shrimp, fresh vegetables, and chocolate churros. Food is made to order from locally and sustainably-sourced ingredients. Guests have access to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Hotel guests can even enjoy kosher-style meals.

The wine list is eclectic, with favorites from the new and old worlds. Cocktails are prepared with fresh herbs and juices.

Amenities

Among the shared amenities at Blue Apple Beach House are two open-air swimming pools, a large restaurant, beach club, and dive center.

Hotel guests receive VIP status at the beach club, with complimentary access to specially reserved sun-beds. 

Massage treatments are available for an additional fee.

Shuttle boat service is offered for hotel guests, with service 4x daily.

Mobile phone signal does not currently reach Blue Apple.

Activities

Guests can paddle board, kayak, snorkel, SCUBA dive, swim, and enjoy the beach club. Horseback tours of the island can be arranged, with helmets and chaps provided.

Bilingual dive instructors are available on site, offering guided snorkeling, diving, and PADI certification courses. The area’s top sites for diving and snorkeling–Rosario Islands and Baru Island–can be accessed in under an hour by speed boat.

If you can spend more time in the Cartagena area, LANDED can also arrange special experiences during an extended stay in the Old City:

  • Visits to the sprawling, ever-changing Bazurto Market
  • Rum tastings led by a master mixologist
  • Sunset cruises in the Bay of Cartagena
  • Private day trips by yacht to the Rosario Islands (snorkeling and beaches)
  • Visits with sculptors and painters
  • Walking or driving explorations of the old city with architects and historians
  • Cooking classes and chef’s table experiences
  • Coffee tastings guided by master baristas
  • Visits to handmade candy and ice cream shops
  • Helicopter overflights of the Caribbean Coast and The Lost City
  • Day trips by helicopter to coastal Tayrona National Park or sleepy, historic Mompox
  • Salsa lessons and accompanied visits to salsa clubs
  • Drumming workshops (seasonally available)
  • Boxing sessions (no prior experience necessary)

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT BLUE APPLE? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Parque Futangue Hotel & Spa

Parque Futangue is a private nature reserve in northern Chilean Patagonia. The reserve rests at the edge of one of the largest lakes in Chile–Lago Ranco–near the western slopes of the Andes.

The reserve borders Puyehue National Park, known for its volcanic landscapes and precious Valdivian (temperate) rainforest. This is an evergreen forest, with slow-growth species such as Lenga, Nirre, and Canelo Andino. Much of the forest is bearded with moss–a sign of its health. Resident species include kingfishers, foxes, Andean cats, and pumas.

Here, guests can explore a network of hiking trails covering more than 60 miles, and leading through the ancient woodlands to hidden lakes, waterfalls, lagoons, and peaks.

Accommodations 

Parque Futangue offers 26 guest rooms in three categories:

  • 14 Superior Rooms (279 square feet) with king bed;
  • 2 Suites (376 square feet) with king bed and a separate seating area; and
  • 10 Exploradores Rooms (269 square feet) with with two queen beds.

Guest rooms are finished in warm, natural wood tones. In-room amenities include luxury cotton linens, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, and security box. Rooms at Parque Futanque are television free.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, including in the rooms.

Amenities 

Parque Futangue’s centerpiece is the 4,800-square foot spa. Guests can enjoy the heated indoor pool, outdoor (seasonal) pool, sauna, and fitness room.  The spa offers a variety of therapies, using local berries and plant oils.

Parque Futangue’s restaurant–Meson del Caulle–highlights the heirloom ingredients of northern Patagonia. Chef Christian Cosme Garrido is a pioneer in rescuing and reviving many of the foraged and nearly-forgotten herbs, mushrooms, vegetables, and berries of this region.

The seasonal menu also features fresh seafood, eggs, Patagonian lamb, and grass-fed beef, most of which is organic and locally sourced.

Other amenities include private access to the beach at Lago Ranco, a lounge, bar, and terrace.

Activities 

Most of our clients stay 3 or 4 nights.  During the warm weather months (October to April) guests at Parque Futangue can enjoy:

  • Hiking;
  • Biking;
  • Horseback riding;
  • Fly fishing; and
  • Kayaking (river and lake).

LANDED also arranges private helicopter excursions, such as volcano overflights, heli-biking, heli-fishing, and heli-trekking.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT PARQUE FUTANGUE? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Mari Mari Natural Reserve

Mari Mari Natural Reserve (formerly known as The Cliffs Reserve) is an all-villa retreat located on the Pacific Coast of northern Chilean Patagonia. With 9,000 acres of terrain and 13 miles of Pacific coastline, Mari Mari is a base for exploring both land and sea.

Most of our clients choose to stay 3 or 4 nights. During the warm season (October to April) guests can enjoy:

  • Hiking, riding, and biking on the reserves network of trails;
  • Sea kayaking;
  • Fishing (from shore or by boat);
  • Visits to the nearby fishing community;
  • Helicopter excursions to lakes, volcanos, and Chiloe Island;
  • Boat visits to the penguin and sea lion colonies; and
  • Dolphin and whale watching excursions.

Cooking classes and cultural exchanges with the native Mapuche communities are also possible. (Mari mari means greetings in the Mapudungun language.)

During the cool weather months (May to September) the resort is open on a per-booking basis. These are rainy months with rougher currents.

Mari Mari’s centerpiece is the 20,000-square foot oceanfront clubhouse, which houses the resort’s restaurant, bar, lounge, fitness center, meeting space, and spa facilities. Outside guests can enjoy the ambient-temperature (seasonal) swimming pool and sun deck.

The spa offers a variety of services, such as facials, scrubs, and massages. Yoga and meditation classes are also offered, and personal training in available. It’s facilities include wet and dry saunas.

Accommodations

Mari Mari has six villas in two categories:

  • 3 Master Residence four-bedroom units; and
  • 3 Oceanfront two-bedroom units.

Each of Mari Mari’s villas is located on a bluff overlooking the coast.  Each has a private, wood-fired hot tub.  Other amenities include kitchens, fireplaces, patios, large living rooms, luxury linens, and jetted tubs.

Villas can be provisioned according to your wishes prior to arrival, and in-villa meal service can be arranged.

Amenities

On property features include horse stables, marina and boathouse, an organic garden with two greenhouses, and a network of trails.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT MARI MARI? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Pousada Trijuncao

Pousada Trijunção is set within the 33,000 hectacres of Brazil’s great savannah, the Cerrado.

Fields of green and yellow trees sit beneath a blue sky at Trijuncao.

The Cerrado is considered the richest savannah in the world, boasting more than 850 bird species, 251 mammals, 482 reptiles and more. Despite these numbers, 150 species of animals are at risk of extinction, including the jaguar, armadillo, anteater and more.

At the lodge itself, guests can see hundreds of bird species, wolves, and black panthers.

The exterior of Trijuncao shows an orange-layered roof, blue sky and stone walkway.An outdoor courtyard is filled with a yellow hammock, chairs and a wood table.

Accommodations 

The lodge has just 7 rooms forging a intimate feel for guests. Each room is decorated with traditional Brazilian crafts and photos of the Cerrado region.


The Master Suite

This king-bedded suites measure 968 square feet. The suite has a bedroom, a separate living room, and two balconies. The bathroom has a large soaking tub. Up to two single beds may be added, for a maximum occupancy of four guests. In-room amenities include air-conditioning, cable television, security box, mini-bar, hairdryer, high-thread-count linens, and Trousseau bathrobes.

The master suite at Trijuncao features a king size bed, bamboo roofs and large bathroom.

Premium Suites

These king-bedded suites measure 645 square feet. They have a bedroom and separate living room. Up to two single beds may be added, for a maximum occupancy of four guests. In-room amenities include air-conditioning, cable television, security box, mini-bar, hairdryer, high-thread-count linens, and Trousseau bathrobes.


Standard Suites

These king-bedded suites measure 322 square feet. One single bed may be added, for a maximum occupancy of three guests. In-room amenities include air-conditioning, cable television, security box, mini-bar, hairdryer, high-thread-count linens, and Trousseau bathrobes.

Amenities

The pousada has maximized their space that feature bird filled gardens and books that celebrate Brazil’s history.

For relaxation there is also a small pool, hot tub and massage room.

A big blue swimming pool is surrounded by trees and blue sky.Large trees frame a green grass courtyard at Trijuncao

Activities

Fully guided excursions are available throughout the region. Guests can visit the Endangered Maned Wolf project that is dedicated to the preservation of these South American canids.

Among the other excursions are kayak trips on the Rio Formoso, bicycle tours, birdwatching, a visit to the Grande Sertão Veredas Park, stargazing, alligator night spotting by kayak, and a nighttime eco-safari.

Two kayaker paddle on a blue sparkly lake on Brazil's Cerrado.Colorful macaws fly across a blue ski at Trijuncao.

CONSIDERING A STAY AT POUSADA TRIJUNÇÃO? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.

Casa Legado

Casa Legado is a family-owned boutique hotel with 7 unique rooms. The family of owners share a love of mid-century modern design, cheerful colors, a zest for life, and Colombian optimism. Their manifesto:

Past, present and future generations have a lot to teach us. We wanted to merge them all together in our family hotel and create a ONE-OF-A-KIND experience that reveals the immense pride and privilege of our loving family and our happy life. Let’s remember that slowing down and taking a minute to make someone happy can make a BIG difference. For us, people will always come first and those memories lasts forever, so smile and be happy, you deserve it!

The entrance to Casa Legado features a wall of orange flowers, cement steps, and a white exterior.

Casa Legado is a two-story hotel, with an interior garden at its heart. Guests are invited to relax in the bright, airy living room, and to cozy up near the fireplace and library. The dining room and kitchen are open to guests 24-hours a day, to snack on seasonal fruits.

The hotel’s complimentary breakfast includes freshly baked bread and Colombian coffee. The dedication to hospitality extends to complimentary packing and unpacking of guests’ luggage.

Shelves of plates, bowls, and pitchers sit in front of yellow wallpaper in the dining room of Casa Legado hotel in Bogota.An aerial view of a blue plate with two pieces of toast, a bowl of granola and glass of orange juice.

Accommodations

The Luisa

The Luisa has two beds (with total accommodation for two guests) and features a petit balcony and vintage wallpaper. Other amenities include television, Wi-Fi, and security box.

The Luisa room features a green leafed wallpapers, a yellow blanket and white walls.

The Valentina 

The Valentina sleeps up to three guests, with a queen bed and sofa bed. Other amenities include television, Wi-Fi, and security box.

The Valentino Bedroom features blue walls, a window, white comforter, and two pillows.

The Santiago

The king-bedded Santiago room can accommodate two guests. This is a room characterized by graphic precision, discipline, and charm. Amenities include television, Wi-Fi, and security box.

The Santiago room features black and white pillows, yellow hanging lights and a Queen size bed.

The Lucho

The Lucho has a queen bed (accommodation for up to two guests) and features a petit balcony and hand-tufted carpet. Other amenities include television, Wi-Fi, and security box.

The lucho bedroom at Casa Legado is equipped with a large maroon rug, King size bed, pink pillows and a large brown chair.

The Helen

The king-bedded Helen room (accommodation for two guests) is designed for comfort, warmth, and sound sleep. Amenities include television, Wi-Fi, and security box.

The Helen room features two chairs, a Queen size bed, and brown rug.

The Maria 

The Maria sleeps two guests, with a queen-size bed.  This room is wheelchair accessible. Other amenities include a small balcony, television, Wi-Fi, and security box.

The maria room features a queen size bed, white comforter, and wood floor.

The Natalia 

The king-bedded Natalia room accommodates two guests. It has a free-standing bathtub, tile and wood flooring, shower, Wi-Fi, television, and security box.

The Natalia bed at Casa Legado features a white interior with a white comforter, tiled walls, and floor.

Amenities

Hotel amenities include a washer/dryer (basic laundry service is included!), picnic baskets, snacks, loaner bikes, and umbrellas. Need to reset or relax? Thai massage and yoga are available for an additional fee.

The courtyard at Casa Legado is full of ivy, wood tables, and a black and white checkered floors.This living room features a navy couch, two small wood tables, and a large rug.

Exploring Bogota 

Casa Legado is located in Bogota’s trendy Zona-G–the city’s “gastronomic” district.  Within a short walk of the hotel, you’ll find several of our favorite fine dining restaurants, cafes, and night spots.

Bogota is Colombia’s capital city—a national hub for finance, education, and commerce. Emerging from the political and economic turmoil of recent decades, Bogota is now blossoming with creative energy. This is the new capital of cool, home to South America’s best museums, art galleries, fine dining, and nightlife.

Most of our clients who visit Colombia choose to spend 2 or 3 nights in Bogota, exploring the historic center, visiting museums, hiking in the Andes, sampling artisanal coffee, and enjoying the nightlife.

Speak with one of our expert travel designers today.

The exterior of Casa Legado features glass windows, and an orange wood door.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT CASA LEGADO? LANDED PROVIDES PERSONALIZED, CUSTOM TRAVEL WITHIN CENTRAL AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE ANTARCTIC. WE’LL CREATE A UNIQUE ITINERARY PLAN TAILORED TO YOUR INTERESTS AND DREAMS. EXPERIENCE THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME. SPEAK WITH ONE OF OUR EXPERT TRAVEL PLANNERS TODAY AT 801.582.2100.