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Hotel del Parque

Set within the botanical gardens of Parque Historico on the banks of the lazy Daule River, Hotel del Parque feels a world away from the bustle of Guayaquil.

The 7.4-acre historical park is a showcase of cacao and coffee boom-era architecture, with a collection of restored 19th and early 20th-century buildings. Other areas of the 19-acre park feature wildlife exhibits with more than 50 species of native birds and mammals.

The hotel is set within a two-story, 19th-century palace with gardens and courtyards. At its core is a wooden chapel, now used for weddings and other special celebrations.

The hotel opened in 2017 after a complete, multi-year restoration.

Accommodations

The 44 guestrooms and suites feature wood floors, luxury linens, and high ceilings.

In-room amenities include Wi-Fi, air conditioning, bathtubs, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, television, coffee / tea service, turndown service, USB outlets, and security box.

Room service is available around the clock.

Amenities

Among the hotel amenities are a restaurant, bar, lounge, gardens, afternoon tea service, and a unique bell tower massage room.

Laundry and concierge services are available.

Guayaquil 

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s principal port city and the nation’s commercial heart. Founded in 1538, Guayaquil grew to become one of the continent’s most important Pacific ports. Here, in 1820, the Ecuadorian territory first declared formal independence from Spain.

During the Republican Era, booms of coffee, cacao, and bananas added to the city’s prominence and cultural riches.

The city has undergone a renaissance since the late 1990s, remaking its riverfront promenade, restoring the hilltop Las Peñas neighborhood, adding luxury hotels, and opening a contemporary art museum, and the leafy historical park.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT HOTEL DEL PARQUE GUAYAQUIL? 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.

Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Park Hyatt Buenos Aires is located in the heart of the tony Recoleta neighborhood, surrounded by shops, cafes, galleries, and parks.

The hotel is housed in separate structures: the sleek, 17-story Posadas tower and the elegant, neoclassical Duahu Palace. These buildings are linked by a terraced garden and a subterranean gallery hall.

Amenities

Among the amenities at Park Hyatt Buenos Aires are:

  • The Goaia Restaurant (for breakfast and brunch)
  • The Duahu Restaurant & Wine Bar (fine dining)
  • The Oak Bar
  • The Piano Nobile Salon (perfect for afternoon tea)
  • The Ahin Spa and Wellness Center (with massage rooms, indoor pool, and fitness room)
  • A floral shop
  • The Duahu patisserie

Accommodations 

The Park Hyatt Buenos Aires has 165 rooms and suites:

  • The Duhau Palace features 23 elegant guest rooms, attended by a dedicated team of butlers.
  • The 142 rooms in the Posadas Tower have a more contemporary aesthetic.

Among the in-room amenities at Park Hyatt Buenos Aires are television, turndown service, hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers, security box, mini-bar, and Wi-Fi.

Exploring Buenos Aires

It’s trend-setting and alluring, but Buenos Aires is not Paris.  Though deeply influenced by European tastes and immigration, Buenos Aires has evolved beyond imitation. This is one of the world’s great cultural capitals, exporting cinema, fashion, music, and cuisine. The city’s museums—housing works by Diego Rivera, Wifredo Lam, Frida Kahlo, Jorge de la Vega—are among the hemisphere’s best.

Other attractions in Buenos Aires include:

  • Polo
  • Futbol
  • Performing Arts
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Architecture
  • Street Art

Buenos Aires is a complex city of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own texture and personality. Pedestrian zones crisscross the capital, filled with smartly-dressed couples, and street performers. Parks and plazas serve as community gathering places—venues for picnickers, political activists, and amateur futbolistas.

Most of our clients stay three or four nights and often return for longer stays on their next trip to Argentina. Over the years, we’ve assembled a collection of trusted friends—ambassadors, really—who open the city to our clients, helping them access the city’s leading galleries, studios, workshops, and kitchens.

Since 2006, LANDED has arranged privately-guide touring and experiences within Buenos Aires. Whatever your interests, we’ll make the introductions. Speak with one of our expert travel designers today.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT PARK HYATT BUENOS AIRES? 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.

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira

Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira is located on the banks of the Liucura River, 10 miles (25 minutes) east of the Lake District resort town of Pucon. The 56-acre private estate is surrounded by native woodlands.

Food is a highlight; organic gardens and a 99-acre farm compliment fresh seafood and house-made cheeses.

Two white lounge chairs sit on the grassy banks of a stream in the Chilean Lake District.

The full board program at Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira (for three or more nights) includes:

  • Group-basis guided touring (maximum 14 guests per group; hiking, fishing, boating, biking, riding, and cultural excursions);
  • Three meals daily;
  • Non-alcoholic beverages and select Chilean wines; and
  • Group-basis transportation to and from the Pucon airfield or Temuco airport.

Vira Vira welcomes children to Suites and Villas between the dates of January 6th and December 19th only. Children are not permitted during the December and January holiday season, with the exception of the Hacienda. (Children may stay at the Hacienda–when taken on exclusive basis by their family–at any time of year). Regardless of dates, children under age 6 are only permitted in the Hacienda, not in Suites and Villas. A private guide must be booked (at an additional cost) for children under the age of 12 years.

The lobby at Hotel Vira Vira is fit with wood furnishings, cow hyde rug, a fireplace and large floor-to-ceiling window.

Accommodations

Hotel Vira Vira has 23 guest rooms, with three categories:

  • 6 Suites, located in the main lodge building;
  • 12 Villas, which line the riverbank; and
  • A 5-bedroom Hacienda, available on an exclusive (sole-use) basis.

In-room amenities include air conditioning, Wi-Fi, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryers, and security box. Rooms at Vira Vira do not have televisions.

Premium beverages, helicopter flights and other premium excursions, laundry, and massage treatments carry an additional charge.


Suites

The hotel’s 6 Suites are 377 to 537 square feet and are located within the main lodge. These rooms overlook the lagoon or the river. Suites at Hotel Vira Vira are furnished with one king or two twin beds, a shower/tub combo, and private terrace.  These rooms accommodate a maximum of 2 guests.

A white king bed sits in a woodpanneled suite with a table and colorful handicrafts at Hotel Vira Vira.

Villa Suites

The hotel’s 12 Villa Suites measure 807 square feet. Each villa is furnished with a king bed or two twin beds, private patio, outdoor jetted tub, indoor soaking tub, and fireplace.

A large king bed with sofa and colorful carpet looks out of a floor-to-ceiling glass window overlooking the Chilean Lake District.

Hacienda Rooms 

The Hacienda is a five-bedroom private home, with dining room and full kitchen.  The Hacienda at Hotel Vira Vira is available on special request and exclusive (sole-use) basis.

A wood paneled suite is fit with colorful blankets and handicrafts at Hotel Vira Vira.an expansive living room suite with a white rug, wood furnishings and local artwork faces the Chilean Lake District.

Amenities

Lodge amenities: restaurant, bar, lounge, boutique, massage room, yoga deck, outdoor hot tub, and Wi-Fi.

An outdoor pool with a table and lounge chairs is surrounded by green trees at Hotel Vira Vira.A woman in a white robe gets ready to enter a outdoor hotub in the forests on the Chilean Lake District.

Activities

Hotel Vira Vira is located in the Lake District of northern Patagonia–a year-round destination.

October to May (Shoulder Season & Austral Summer)

During these warm weather months, visitors can enjoy:

  • Horseback riding
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Trekking
  • Birding
  • Sailing
  • Cultural visits with Mapuche elders
  • Scenic helicopter tours (heli-fishing, trekking, and biking are also possible)

June to September (Austral Winter)

During the winter season, snow-based activities may also be available, such as:

  • Alpine skiing
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing

Some activities carry an additional surcharge.  Among these are fishing and activities that include helicopter flights.

A man in a blue jacket stands up in a small fishing boat as he casts his reel into the waters of the Chilean Lake District.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT HOTEL VIRA VIRA? 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.

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel rests at the edge of Aguas Calientes town, just across the Vilcanota River from the base of Machu Picchu Mountain. By road, guests can reach the gateway of Machu Picchu National Park in only 30 minutes.

Conceived and operated by the Clavijo family, Sumaq is a reflection of the family’s warmth and Andean roots–rich textiles, dark wood, hand-cut stone, and vibrant accents. Although the hotel was christened in 2010, the interiors were fully renovated in 2017.

Accommodations 

The hotel’s 62 guest rooms are generously sized and appointed.

Rooms are furnished with complimentary drinking water, coffee and tea service, bathtub, television, goose-down comforters, security box, bathrobes, slippers, luggage storage, Wi-Fi, and hair dryers. Each room offers a view of the river and the forest beyond.

Supplemental oxygen is available upon request.

Some upper category rooms also feature jetted tubs and private balconies.

Amenities

The hotel also features a bar, lounge, fireplace, restaurant, and a spa offering massages and facials. Laundry service is available upon request.

The friendly concierge can also arrange cooking classes, shamanic ceremonies, and Andean storytelling sessions.

Activities

LANDED arranges privately guided tours of Machu Picchu and surrounding areas.

Machu Picchu is an engineering marvel—a city in the clouds surrounded by sheer precipices. The site contains 140 known structures, including temples, palaces, ritual baths and dwellings. The city also includes agricultural terraces and over 100 flights of stone stairs.

Want to learn more?  Speak with one of our expert travel designers, or download our Machu Picchu guide.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT SUMAQ MACHU PICCHU HOTEL? 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 de Uco

Casa de Uco is a boutique wine lodge located in the Uco Valley, near the foothills of the Andes. The surrounding valley is Mendoza‘s up and coming location for top-end wine production; the region’s main grape varieties are Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah.

With distinctive architecture, caring staff, and an on-property winery, Casa de Uco is one of our favorite hotels in Argentina.

The lodge is surrounded by a 320-hectare estate that features a winery, ambient-temperature swimming pool, tennis court, and picnic area.

Inside, guests can enjoy the restaurant and wine bar, fitness room, spa, sauna, and game room.

Bicycles are available on loan, and horseback riding can be arranged through the on-site concierge.

Wine & Dine 

Casa de Uco’s farm-to-table restaurant highlights regional flavors, local wines, and ingredients grown in the estate’s organic vegetable garden.

The hotel also offers a weekly asado–a traditional Argentine barbecue experience of fire roasted beef and lamb.

Accommodations

The 16 guest rooms and villas are accented in local wood, stone, and traditional textiles.

In-room amenities include luxury linens and towels, security box, television, mini-bar, espresso machine, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, and 24-hour room service. Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodge.


One-Bedroom Villa 

This villa features a bedroom, a master bathroom, dining area, fireplace, living room, and courtyard. The villa is 538 square feet. A rooftop terrace with a tub overlooks the vineyards and the Andes.


Two-Bedroom Villa 

This two-story villa features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining area, and a deck that overlooks the estate’s pond. The villa measures 1,077 square feet, will accommodation for up to 4 guests.

Tasting the Uco Valley 

LANDED arranges winery tours, blending sessions, and tastings at Casa de Uco and other wineries in the Uco Valley and Lujan de Cuyo region.

We can also design outdoor adventures such as sunrise or sunset horseback rides, net fishing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and paragliding.

ARE YOU CONSIDERING A STAY AT CASA DE UCO? 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.